10 DIYs That Can Increase the Value of Your Home
It may be a surprise that some simple fixes can actually significantly increase the value of your home by appearance alone. The best part is that you don’t have to break your wallet remodeling or invest in big, and expensive, projects—you just need to be willing to put in a little elbow grease.
These DIYs can add real value to your home.
1. Replace the Door Mat
A front door mat can instantly influence potential buyers’ opinions of your home before they even get through the front door. The new mat should inspire and provide a warm and welcoming introduction.
2. Update Fixtures
Fixtures are often overlooked when thinking of ideas. Replacing the original 20¢ white vinyl outlet and switch covers can make a big difference. Updated curtain rods and your door knobs can make a big impact too.
3. Window Treatments
Low-quality blinds and curtains can take down an entire room. Replacing them can be an affordable option that can jazz it up. Instead of cheap plastic blinds or paper shades, spend a little more and get wood blinds and some complimentary drapes. It may not make a big difference to you but it will make a huge first impression to potential buyers.
A fresh coat of paint can have a remarkable impact on your home’s aesthetics and value. Next to replacing the fixtures this is probably the most cost-effective home improvement you can do. Keep tones neutral so they appeal to a wide range of potential buyers. Also, removing tacky wallpaper and adding a fresh coat of paint can do wonders. Don’t forget about your kitchen cabinets and doors too, sometimes the wood stain that was popular only a decade ago can kill a deal today.
5. Install Ceiling Fans
Installing ceiling fans in the bedrooms and common living areas can be a dramatic asset when trying to sell your home for more. A note of caution: If you don’t already have overhead lighting in the room this addition could cost a bit more because you’ll need to hire an electrician to do some wiring but it will still be worth the added value.
6. Bathroom Fixtures
Ah, fixtures, didn’t we cover that already? Well, yes, but it’s the little things that make a big difference. When you’re looking to add not only aesthetic but real dollar value to your home, bathroom fixtures should be taken seriously. Replace them with modern versions to give your bathroom the spark it needs to bring in those offers. Consider updating your towel bars or hooks, tissue holders, switch plates and fixtures with ones that match.
7. Cabinets and Drawers
Old doorknobs and handles can make your home look dated. Updating these are easy because, most likely, the holes are already drilled and they’ll give the entire room a facelift.
8. Crown Moldings
These are a relatively simple add-ons and provide an unbelievable helping of character to your home. This ornamentally shaped wood, plastic or stone can be purchased from most home improvement stores, can be sized for the room and installed with a nail gun. This does take a bit of skill in woodwork but the are plenty of YouTube videos to learn or brush up on your skills and if you don’t feel you’re up to the challenge there’s always Handyman Joe’s.
9. THE Front Door
We replaced the door mat on Tip #1 so now you may want to consider replacing or painting the front door to make homebuyers feel welcome before they even enter your home. As a Sig Ep at the University we always painted the front door red as a welcome sign. You’ll boost your home’s curb appeal and invite more offers.
10. Storage Space
As George Carlin always said, Everyone needs a place to keep your stuff. Having more space is always great and when buyers see ample space to keep their stuff too your properties benefits increases and you’ll be able to buy a place so you can get more stuff. Install custom shelving in your closet to improve, or, if your home has some unutilized space like ours we were able to add storage under the stairs and in the basement. Having more places to put your stuff allows you to look more organized too.
For just a little money and some effort on your part you can instantly add value to your home and attract more buyers.