When it comes time to put your home on the market, a few simple DIY home improvements can actually increase your home’s value. Follow these simple projects to up your home’s value and get as much bang for the buck as possible.
- Landscaping – You only get one shot at making the perfect impression, so it is imperative you get a potential buyer hooked the second they see the home. It’s all about that curb appeal! Spend some extra money on some easy DIY landscaping — you can go as far as you want with this. Planting trees, flowers, native plants, or adding some outdoor lights really brings some life to the front of the house.
- Cleaning – Now that the outside curb appeal has got the buyer hooked, you want to keep their interest once they enter the home, too. A clean house is a powerful way of keeping the home feeling attractive. Just think of how you feel when you walk into a home and everything is sparkling and smells fresh. Rid the carpet and floors of any nasty stains or peculiarities, scrub the kitchen counters and appliances until they sparkle, de-clutter and organize as much as possible, and make sure the bathrooms are immaculate. Plus, cleaning is FREE!
- Paint – Think about how new and crisp a home feels when you walk into it and it smells like fresh paint and the walls are practically glowing. This is such an easy update to a home, and really, a bucket of paint only costs $20-$30! Remember to use neutral colors to appeal to as many people as possible — hot pink isn’t for everyone.
- Lighting – Now that our house is sparkling clean and looking gorgeous, let’s illuminate all our hard work with some lighting. You don’t have to spend hundreds of dollars on a glamourous chandelier, but a little goes a long way here. Get rid of out-of-date or gaudy curtains/drapes as this may not fit in with others’ preferences, giving them the wrong impression about the home, and it also limits the amount of light that can flow in. Let in as much natural light as possible to make the home feel brighter and happier. Next, remember that the kitchen and bathroom are possibly the most important and frequently used rooms of the house, so make sure these are well lit. Under counter lights are sure to impress!
“What’s that?” – You know those things in your house you have put off fixing and learned to live with? That huge crack in the wall that you’re not sure where it came from, that broken step, that one light switch that doesn’t work, that weird mold growing in the shower — fix and rid of it all. Unfortunately sometimes the bad outweighs the good, and the client will remember these little imperfections and it will tarnish the effect of all the hard work you’ve put into increasing your home’s value.