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Thanks to Gene Williams at DIYDad.info for this article!
Many homeowners are eager to find simple ways to boost their home’s value, even if it’s a few years old, since houses start to depreciate the moment we move into them. Even if you’re a model homeowner, it’s impossible to do everything right. Not only that, but rooms need upgrading every few years as paint colors and other superficial touches become worn out or too old-fashioned.
Fortunately, there are several simple ways you can touch up your home that will add to its value at the same time; even if you aren’t in the market to sell, you might be a few years from now, and fixing small things will give you a leg up when it’s time to garner attention from prospective buyers.
You don’t have to spend a ton of money or time on these projects, either; homeowners on a budget can easily spend a couple of weekends with a minimal budget and some elbow grease to complete these projects.
Here are a few of the best DIY projects to add value to your home.
A fresh coat of paint can work wonders for any room, as long as you do it right. Take your time picking out the right color and finish, fill in any nail holes, and use at least two coats for a nice, even end result. Touch up baseboards as well to help them stand out against your chosen color. For more great tips on how to energize your home on a budget, check out this Redfin.com article.
Do some landscaping
A few simple touches to the front of your home can work wonders when it comes to curb appeal. You don’t have to go overboard; planting a couple of trees, sprucing up existing shrubs, and adding a few pops of color here and there will make your home more visually appealing and doesn’t cost an arm and a leg. Get a start in the spring and try to maintain everything every other weekend to keep it looking fresh.
Make it energy-efficient
You might think that creating a more energy-efficient home takes a lot of work and money, but there are actually several simple things you can do to make it more eco-friendly. Start by replacing all your light bulbs with energy-efficient ones and do some research on how much water a low-flow toilet can save. Not only can these relatively small changes potentially get you more money when you’re ready to sell, they’ll save you money now on utility bills.
Upgrade your kitchen/bathroom
These are often the first places a potential home-buyer will look when taking a tour of a home, and if they’re outdated or need repairs, they can be a dealbreaker. If you have a decent budget, consider upgrading these rooms to ensure they have new faucets, countertops, and tile. If not, painting cabinets, adding lighting (or natural light), and creating more storage space can really work wonders.
Take care of the big things
It’s important not to put off maintenance when it comes to the big things: hot water heater, doors and windows, and heating/air. Fixing any problems in these areas as soon as they arise will likely save you money in the long run, and if you take care of them now, your buyer can check it off their list. There are some great tips on keeping up with maintenance here.
These simple repair projects can help you keep your home looking beautiful and working for you at the same time, but there are many more that you can do in your free time that will boost value and draw in potential buyers when you decide you’re ready to sell. Think outside the box and look for easy ways to turn your home into a real showpiece.