When you need to spruce up that recent real estate investment or get your home ready to sell, but you don’t want to spend a lot of time or money on it. Here are a few tips that are quick, easy and inexpensive ways to fix your fixer upper.

Paint – When you are trying to improve the appearance a little paint can go a long way in improvement. A nice freshly painted surface can make it look as good as new. If you find a good looking paint you may want to think about brightening up the trim with a coat of semi gloss. Make sure to go with a beige or white neutral color when painting the interior.  lowes foam board

Cabinets – Do the bathroom and kitchen cabinets got you down? Spruce them up with a coat of paint to give them a new and improved look. If the cabinets are stained or heavily colored use a white semi gloss. A quick coat of paint on the cabinets is much less costly than replacing them and can make them shine. Take it a little further by purchasing some new hardware for the cabinets. You can pick up simple round handles inexpensively at any home improvement store.

Switch out the switch and outlet covers – Do not paint over switch plate covers. They are cheap so just purchase new ones and replace them for a fresh and clean look. If the problem is the entire switch does not work, replace the whole thing for as little as $2.

Give it new trim – If that trim is not looking good, just replace it. You can get the durable foam trim that looks just like the real stuff at Lowes or Home Depot. You will be able to find it either unfinished or already painted depending on what you are looking for.

Give it new doors and handles – Go ahead like on the outlet covers, bit the bullet and replace the doors. Doors are inexpensive you can typically replace an old door with a new six panel hollow core for around $30. Then take and give it even more by replacing the old, worn door handles with new ones. This can give it a fresh, less grungy look. Door handles will run about $10 to $20 depending on the style you choose.

On the topic of doors – Improve the entrance to the home by replacing that front door to make the home brighter. You can get a nice heavy door for about $140, but if you don’t want to replace it try giving it a coat of high gloss paint instead. Use a color that makes it pop like red or green.

Make the mailman smile – Buy a new mailbox that makes a statement. For around $30 to $40 you can get a mailbox unlike anyone else’s on the street. If you add another $60 you should be able to get a nice, new sturdy post to place it on.