Quick ways to update your home for under a few thousand dollars

April represents the peak home sales season of the year. Are you confident that you are going to get top dollar for your home?

It's not always easy to look around your home and see what's wrong with your home. You look at it every day. But homebuyers are going to take notice. Don't worry, though, there are some small ways to make your home feel like it's been recently updated - and you don't have to pay an arm and a leg. Sometimes it's the small things that make a big difference.

Here are a few quick ways to spruce up your home in a budget of a few thousand dollars, so you can get more attention and sell it faster (at a better price!):
  • Paint with warmth - Instead of using white, which can seem cold, use pale colors like soft taupe or off-white. Painting is actually the most profitable improvement you can make.
  • Clean up your kitchen - Clearing the countertops will make a kitchen more appealing. Adding a few new appliances will modernize it. Remove child-proofing clasps on the cabinets. Spending $300 on cleaning and de-cluttering your home, according to a HomeGain survey, and you could add $2,000 or more to the sale price.
  • Light it up - Light makes rooms appear bigger and more welcoming. Open the curtains and blinds. Turn on lights, even in daylight. Shine up those mirrors. Wash those windows, inside and out.
  • Clean the floors - Buyers, like everyone, prefer to see clean floors, whether it's hardwood, linoleum or carpet. You can cover stains in the carpet with a nice new rug. Ikea is a good place to find rugs for under $500.
  • Landscape your outside entrance - Add a few new flower pots, small shrubs or hanging plants to spruce up the outside. Spending just $400 to $500 on fresh landscaping, according to the survey, can boost your home's value by $1,600 to $1,800.
  • Refresh your bathroom(s) - Quick fixes like replacing old tiles, fixtures and shower curtain will make the bathroom appear more updated. Bleach and scrub in between tiles. Add a vase of flowers to cover bad odors or just add a warm touch.
You can also speak to your agent about what they recommend, since he/she is familiar with what your home looks like, and what is going to make the biggest difference to potential home buyers.

An online tool called "Home Sale Maximizer" will also help you determine what to spend money on: http://www.homegain.com/tool_center/home_sale_maximizer/index_html.