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6 Simple DIY Projects To Increase Your Home’s Value
Spring is finally here, and in addition to spring cleaning, it’s a good time to start thinking about some home improvement projects. Whether selling your home is on the horizon or not, upgrading some of your home’s features is a great way to enjoy your space more. Not to mention the pride of ownership that comes from having your home in great condition.
Here’s 6 simple DIY projects that will make a big impression on visitors, and your wallet.
1. Freshen Up Your Kitchen
Just about any upgrade you do in your kitchen will add value, and depending on your budget you can make some pretty dramatic changes with a small budget and a little time. According to Remodeling magazine, even small kitchen projects earn a return on investment of more than 83 percent.
Here are things you should consider.
Upgrade your cabinet pulls.
Add sliding drawers to cabinets.
Select and install trendy light fixtures over the island and/or kitchen table.
Add a backsplash.
Upgrade to stainless steel appliances.
2. Add A Fresh Coat Of Paint
Scuffs, nicks, or dingy walls can make your home look unkept, so if you’re looking to add a little value over a weekend consider adding a fresh coat of paint to the walls. But don’t pick just any color, choose wisely. Here are three interesting color notes from the real estate experts at Zillow: 1) homes with blue bathrooms sold for $5,440 more than expected, 2) kitchens with light blue/gray walls sold for $1,809 more than expected, and 3) natural tones of beige and gray are top-performing listings.
3. Prioritize Curb Appeal
Whether selling you’re planning to sell your home or stay, investing time and attention to your curb appeal won’t just increase the value, but it will give you a greater sense of homeowner pride. Imagine friends pulling up to the front and seeing your new “wow factor.”
Depending on your budget, these are some simple fixes you can consider.
Trim your trees and bushes, and remove anything that’s dead or severely overgrown.
Patch seed your yard if it has bare spots.
Clean out your gutters.
Plant some colorful annuals and perennials.
Give your home exterior a good powerwash.
Add a new doormat and a new porch planter with fresh flowers.
Upgrade your mailbox.
With a little more effort, replacing an old worn out door will yield a return on investment of 130 percent.
4. Add Molding
Adding molding in key areas is a sure way to boost your asking price when it comes time to sell, as molding is sold for around $1.50 a foot. This can include chair molding in your foyer, crown molding in your family room and even beautiful wainscoting in your dining area. “What Home Buyers Really Want,” published by the National Association of Homebuilders, reported that crown molding appears #3 and chair molding #7 on what desirable home features buyers seek.
5. Swap Out Your Bathroom Sink
Similar to kitchens, any money spent upgrading bathrooms is money well spent. One of the biggest bangs for your buck is upgrading your vanity to something more current. This includes, the cabinet, the sink, the countertop and the faucet. Don’t be discouraged, though, this DIY project can pay big dividends, and you’ll enjoy that fresh new look.
6. Brighten Up Window Treatments
Nothing dates a home quite as much as old, worn out window shades, especially if they’re the old plastic mini blinds. With as little as a tape measure, a drill, and a pencil, you can freshen up rooms by measuring, ordering, and installing more high-end wood blinds. Or, consider making your own beautiful Roman shade.
Consider meeting with your realtor, Chris Kusznir, before you get started with your projects. Most realtors offer a free home evaluation. This will give you a chance to see what your current home value is, and an opportunity to get some ideas on what projects they recommend as priorities to best increase your value. With a little work this spring, you’ll be enjoying some fresh new spaces by summer.
Article provided by Bret Engle from DIYGuys.net.