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The housing market in Denver is booming, so you may be thinking about selling your old house for an upgrade — and there isn’t a better time to do it. However, you may also want to consider making a few improvements to your home before you put out that “for sale” sign. If you don’t have the cash for major improvements and renovations, you can still help improve the value of your home with some small yet smart decisions. Here are a few different things you can do to raise the value of your home without breaking the bank.

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Small Kitchen Improvements

The kitchen is one of the most important rooms in your home, so you’ll want to start your home improvements in there. However, just because you want to improve your kitchen, it doesn’t mean you need to spend thousands of dollars on new cabinets and fixtures. For just a few hundred dollars you can change out the kitchen faucet, lighting fixtures and cabinet door handles, which will all go towards giving your kitchen a fresh, updated look. If you have a little more to spend, you can consider re-facing your current cabinets for a fraction of the cost of installing new ones.

The Bathroom

Another area of the home where you can get a big bang for your buck is in the bathroom. Sure, a full remodel is great, but if you’re strapped for cash, there are some small improvements you can make that will still help a great deal. Even something simple, like a new toilet seat or replacing the sink with a pedestal sink, will help a lot. Then spend the time to re-grout the tub and to replace any chipped tiles. Just a little bit of elbow grease and a modest budget is all you need to add some value to your bathroom.

Closet Space

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Closets are always an important feature of a home, and if you’re in an older house you’re probably dealing with limited closet space. Boost the value of your home by putting in some closet storage systems. Many are very low-cost and even do-it-yourself options, so you can get a lot of organization into a closet without spending a ton of money. Simple wire shelves and some smart use of space will go a long way to showing any potential home buyers how livable your small closets really are.


If you can’t afford to replace the carpet in your home, at least spring for a professional cleaning. You want your floors to look their best, and you won’t need to spend a lot of cash to make your carpets look like new. If you’re dealing with really worn carpet, then consider getting some area rugs and strategically placing them to hide any signs of wear. Then, when your house sells, you can build the cost of new flooring into the home. The new buyer still gets new floors and you didn’t have to spend a lot to do it.

Curb Appeal

Don’t forget to think about what your house looks like from the outside. Make sure your lawn looks great and spend a little bit of money on some carefully placed shrubs. Remember that this is the very first view a buyer will get of your home, so you really want it to shine. A clean walkway, a nice lawn and some pretty bushes are all you need to show your home in its best light. If you have a little bit more cash, you can even hire a landscaper to add a professional touch to your yard for an even bigger wow factor. Plus, with the limited moisture in Colorado, you can improve your home a little more by going with the right type of plants for this specific climate.

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Deborah Flomberg is a theater professional, freelance writer and Denver native. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.