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Low-Cost Home Improvements – Just Under $500!

by Marquette Turner Luxury Homes

in Renovation, Variety

Let’s say you want to sell your house in the suburbs and move some place closer to where you work. Montreal’s new condos are definitely very enticing, with their modern amenities and affordable prices. But before you can invest in a condo, you may have to sell your old home first. And to ensure you get the best price for it, you’ll need to make some renovations. Don’t worry if you’re on a tight budget. There are low-cost home improvements you can opt for, and they won’t cost you more than $500!

Here are our top picks:

  1. Home Repairs

When it comes to homeownership, repairs are inevitable. This is especially true if you plan to sell your home. You don’t want potential buyers to be turned off by leaking faucets or worn carpet.

  • A/C or heating repair ($300). If there’s something affecting your home’s cooling/heating system, try to call the repair company during off season as you may get a discount.
  • Repair faulty plumbing ($400). Leaks in your plumbing can be very expensive in the long run, as it not only wastes water but also leads to even bigger problems later on.
  • Garage door repair ($250). If your garage door is not working properly, have it fixed as soon as possible.
  • Carpet repair ($300). Carpet burns and stains are very unpleasant to look at and can be a major disappointment when buyers inspect your home. There are cut-and-plug carpet repairs you can resort to if you don’t want to replace the entire carpet.


  1. Cleaning Services

Only very few people have the energy and time to deal with a thorough house cleaning schedule. And if you’re planning to put your home in the market, you better make sure it’s spotless. Here are some cleaning services you can consider:

  • Clean fireplace / chimney ($250). Cleaning your chimney is best left to the pros as it can be a very tedious job and you probably don’t have the tools and equipment to get it done efficiently.
  • Window cleaning ($200). If you have high ceilings, it would be a good idea to hire a window cleaning service to avoid injury while performing this task.
  • Carpet cleaning ($200). Vacuuming your carpet can get rid of surface dirt and dust but to be able to deep-clean it, you need to hire professional carpet cleaners.
  • Gutter cleaning ($150). The pros will not only remove leaves and debris in your roof’s gutters, but will also flush out downspouts and do a thorough inspection of the entire gutter system.
  1. Small Projects

When it comes to giving your home a brand new look without spending a fortune, adding a fresh coat of paint to your walls and cabinets tops the list. Admittedly, it’s going to cost more than $500, although on the low end it can be as cheap as $375 depending on the size of the area you need to paint. To save on costs, opt to paint your interior yourself, and perhaps you can ask family members to help you as well.

Other minor and inexpensive improvements you can try are – concealing wires, adding more storage space, and placing some new home décor in key areas in your home. Replacing lighting fixtures and installing electrical outlets will also cost less than $500.

So there you have it! If you have a bigger budget, then you can do a whole lot more to enhance your home’s appearance. But if you can’t spend more than 5 hundred dollars, then 1-2 of the options listed here should suffice.

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