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We all know that our homes are a great investment. But it can seem that when we decide to sell our home, the room for improvement of that investment never ends. There’s always something we can do to increase the value of our home. And when we’re selling, maximizing that investment with as little out of pocket cost as possible is key. That’s why we came up with these top 5 DIY projects you can do to increase the value of your home, without breaking the bank.
There is nothing that a fresh coat of paint can’t improve. Old and stained walls will always look better when freshened up. The same goes for trim work, doors and the exterior of your home. Don’t forget about your kitchen cabinets as well. They see a lot of use in daily life and some fresh paint can make them look new again.
2. Update Your Curb Appeal
Planting a few new shrubs is never a bad idea when you’re selling your home. Try switching out your mailbox and putting in new house numbers if they are rusted or faded. Also, an often overlooked outside element are the gutters. Clean and replace them as needed. Good looking and functioning gutters are a subtle, but important factor.
3. Visually increase your square footage
Square footage is more than just a number. Replace heavy drapes and shelves for lighter options. A sunny spacious room feels much more open. When you can, add an accent mirror. The larger the mirror, the more the reflected space can add to a room. And don’t forget to clear the clutter. Your souvenirs and pictures mean a lot to you, but they can clutter up and take away from the room itself. For now, tuck away anything that makes the room look smaller. This also includes any unneeded furniture. If you need to, buy a storage unit for a month or two. It can really help minimize your belongings and maximize your floor space.
3. Easy updates to the kitchen
You may think that updating your kitchen is a major overhaul, but that’s not alway true. You can find new hardware at your local Goodwill or ReStore pretty cheap. These small updates plus a fresh coat of paint will make any old kitchen new again. Also, don’t forget about small appliance updates either. Replace your old dated microwave or stained sink. Even these small upgrades add big value to your the home.
4. Update your fixtures
Replace your outlet covers, plates, curtain rods, and doorknobs, They can often be overlooked by owner, but they are also often noticed by buyers. Ceiling fans are not only sought after, they can actually cut down on air conditioning costs. Improving these accents make an old home look new and are sure to attract interest.
5. Spruce up the bathroom
The bathroom is another highly considered room when buying a home. Luckily by replacing old sinks with relatively inexpensive pedestal sinks or new faucets can go a long way. And make sure to regrout floor and tubs for added freshness. You can even update the floor with easy vinyl from your local hardware store that lays right on top of the old floor.
Selling your home can seem like an ongoing task of getting prepared and making it better. And sometimes you update it so well, you wish you weren’t moving at all! That’s why these DIY updates are not only easy on your wallet, they are also easy to complete.
What’s the easiest update you’ve done and loved before selling your home? Let us know in the comments below or on our Facebook page, we’d love to hear from you!
Martina is a native Texan and a proud graduate of Texas A&M University. She has a strong customer service background from her time supervising customer service agents in the auto finance industry. She....
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