You’ve lived in your home for several years, and you’ve created a wealth of memories. It holds a special place in your heart. But now it’s time to sell. Maybe your family is growing, and you need a larger home. Or maybe you’ve been offered another job in another city, and you need to relocate. Perhaps your youngest child has left for college, and you no longer need that large four-bedroom home.

It doesn’t really matter why you need to put your house on the market. What’s important is the fact that you want to sell it for the highest price it can fetch on the market. In many cases, this requires making home improvements to raise its resale value. If you’re putting your home up for sale and need to increase its market value, read on for ways to improve your home so you can sell it to the highest bidder.

Give It a Paint Job

Once of the simplest ways to make your house look amazing is to give it a fresh coat of paint. This Old House states that when “you’re getting ready to put a house on the market, don’t allow walls with chipped paint to go unmaintained.” Paint the walls neutral colors so that prospective buyers can easily picture themselves living in the house. It doesn’t matter if your favorite color is lime green. If you want to use a bold color, save it for the front door or shutters. According to realtor.com, bold colors on the front door or shutters makes a home feel more welcoming.

Kitchens and Bathrooms

Do you really want to boost your home’s value? If you have it in your budget, renovate the kitchen or bathroom. Buyers love updated kitchens and bathrooms and are willing to pay extra to get them. U.S. News reports real estate

agents agree that remodeled kitchens and bathrooms bring a “significant payoff” when it’s time to sell your home. Home buyers who see homes with outdated kitchens worry that the cost to renovate them is too much trouble and expense. And many home buyers love the idea of having double-sinks and a large, luxury tub in the bathroom.

Keep the Lawn in Top Shape

What’s the first thing most people notice about a house? The lawn! If you don’t keep your lawn well maintained, buyers may not want to take one step inside the house. Some may reason that if your lawn looks a mess, you probably don’t keep up with home repairs either.  In fact, if you have beautiful landscaping around your home, it will command a higher price than other houses with minimal landscaping. So if lawn care isn’t your thing and you despise gardening, consider hiring a landscaping and lawn service. Your bank account just might thank you once you sell your home for a higher price.

Plan Ahead

If you’re attempting home repairs you’ve never done by yourself, plan ahead. Talk to hardware store workers to get advice. Go online and research do-it-yourself methods. Taking time to learn how to complete a DIY project can save you time and money. It can also prevent you from damaging your home.

It’s important to consider whether you want to make roof repairs. When making roof repairs, consider calling a reputable contractor. If your house is two stories or has a steep roof, there’s always the danger of slipping off the roof and getting seriously injured. If you do decide to tackle roof repairs by yourself, practice how to lay the tiles before you even climb onto the roof.

You want to sell your home for the highest amount of money. In order to achieve this goal, invest in home improvements that increase your home’s value. Whether it’s small renovations like a new paint job or extensive ones like completely redoing a kitchen, everything you do to make your home more desirable to buyers will help it sell. If you plan in advance and research how to effectively complete your DIY projects, you can enhance your home’s beauty and find a buyer that will fall in love with it.