Selling Your Home? Improve Its Value and Enhance Its Appeal with These Small Upgrades


When it comes to selling your home, sometimes the little things mean the most. If you are getting ready to put your property on the market, you need to know what buyers want, and that means making some strategic upgrades.

You do not have to spend a fortune to get your home in selling shape. Major home improvement projects like a kitchen remodel could be counterproductive, costing you more than they return in increased value.

On the other hand, some small and relatively inexpensive home upgrades can pay off big. Here are some little touches suggested by award winning Associate Real Estate Broker, George Campolo, that could enhance the appeal of your home and increase its value.

Outdoor Accoutrements

The appeal of your property does not end within the four walls of your home. If you want your home to have the broadest appeal, you need to think outside those four walls.

Exterior features matter a lot to most buyers, so think about things like attractive landscaping, a fire pit, an upgraded patio or even an outdoor kitchen. Buyers will love these outdoor features, and you will appreciate the added value and affordability.

You can also enhance the appeal of your property and possibly increase its value by building an outdoor getaway. She-sheds are all the rage these days, but you could also make your new outdoor living space gender-neutral to appeal to both sexes.

Upgraded Kitchen Counters

If your kitchen cabinets are in good shape, new countertops can dramatically change the look and appeal of your kitchen just by themselves, especially if you are replacing worn-out Formica.


If your sink is still functional and reasonably attractive, you can enhance its beauty with a new set of faucets.

From brushed copper to polished chrome, from matte black to stylish silver, modern buyers love beautiful faucets. “Best of all, this is one home improvement project you can do on your own. If you know how to turn a wrench and can locate the water shutoff valve, you can replace your faucet in an hour or two,” stated George Campolo.

You may also want to upgrade your showerheads while you are at it. A modern showerhead will make your bathroom look great.

New Window Treatments

You will be surprised at the difference new window treatments can make. Installing a stylish set of blinds or great curtains will put your home in the best possible light and entice modern buyers.

A new set of window treatments is one of the most affordable upgrades you can make.  If you are handy, you can probably install these yourself, but even if you have to pay for installation, new window treatments are one of the most affordable upgrades you can make.

Clean Those Windows

I can’t tell you how many times I am in a beautiful home with prospective buyers and the windows are absolutely filthy. This is probably the one thing you can do for the least that will help you the most. Even if you have to have a cleaning crew come in, it is well worth it.


If you want to sell your home quickly and for top dollar, you need to know what turns buyers on and off. You do not have to spend a fortune to get your home ready for market; if you know what to focus on, a few simple and inexpensive changes could make a world of difference.

About George Campolo:

George Campolo is an Associate Real Estate Broker with RE/MAX Distinguished Homes and Properties, serving the Westchester/Bronx/Putnam area and points beyond. Highly respected for his unique marketing strategies tailored to individual sellers, he also specializes in working with first-time buyers who might otherwise encounter the pitfalls often found when buying a home or investment property. Mr. Campolo’s clients come first, and he is a fierce advocate for their best interests.


You can reach George at (914) 760-6858