12 DIY projects that will increase your home valuation

Who would not like to enjoy their home “today” more and sell it for the best price “tomorrow”?  – DIY projects will come very handy to make this happen.

Whether you’re looking to sell your home down the road or you’re getting ready to put your home on the market this month, there are many home improvements you can do on your own to add value to your home. Keep in mind that most home buyers prefer to move into a new home that requires very minimum change. The average return at resale for home improvement projects would be 64.4 percent of a project’s cost if the home were sold within a year ( Remodeling Magazine). With that said, home improvements are necessary if you want to sell your home fast and get the top dollar. Increasing the value of your home doesn’t have to involve a huge amount of cash, especially when you’re willing to put in a little sweat equity. Small fixes around the house can increase the value of a home by 16%.

 

Small improvements, such as paint colors or furniture placement, can go a long way toward upgrading the look and feel of your home.

 

Below you will find 12 excellent tips that you can implement without going broke.

 

1.Fresh Paint-

Most cost-effective and simplest improvements of all are paint; therefore it can make a dramatic difference when you get rid of scratches and dirty paint on walls. Freshly painted rooms look clean and updated. Keep in mind that neutral light color scheme appeals to the greatest number of people. Make your home desirable for more people and avoid dark, funky colors.

 

2.Bathroom Makeover

Upgrade the bathroom floor. Installation makes up a major part of the cost of most home improvements, saving all that money on labor may allow you to pick nicer flooring than you could otherwise afford (YouTube is great platform for “how to..” videos). If you have cheap looking or outdated fixtures, replacing them with newer, more customized versions can make your bathroom shine. For about $40-$100, you can replace an old light fixture with something elegant. A spa-style chrome shower head adds a touch of luxury for about $80. Towel bars are the easiest and cheapest fix at about $20-30. Outdated and boring bathroom fixtures can really take away from your bathroom’s style and feel.

 

3.Kitchen Makeover –

Paint kitchen cabinets and upgrade cabinet knobs and door handles. Updating this hardware can give your kitchen a facelift whether you redo your cabinets or not. White cabinets will brighten the room, don’t usually go out of style and are easy for future owners to repaint if they want something different.  The kitchen is the part of the home that gets the greatest return when updated.

 

 

4.Update Your Laundry Space-

 

The laundry room is a great selling point for a home. Adding floating shelves or cabinets are very easy to fix.

 

5.DIY Crown Molding-

This task is surprisingly simple but adds a lot of character. Buyers consistently rank both crown molding and chair railing (Place a chair railing at one-third the distance of the ceiling height; Chair railing placed incorrectly can make a room seem out of proportion) on their list of most desirable decorative features they seek in a home. You simply buy the molding, which is nothing more than decorative strips of wood from a home improvement store, cut it to the size that fits your room (or have the store cut it for you), and attach it to the top of the wall with a nail gun. This simple DIY project will give your home upscale look.

6.Change Your Light Fixtures

Outlet covers, switch plates, curtain rods, light fixtures, and doorknobs are often overlooked, but a few bucks can make a huge difference. Attractive metal switch plates and outlet covers can cost as little as $5 apiece but look much more expensive. Again, make sure to choose items in colors and finishes that will appeal to a broad audience. Updated light fixtures will make your home look modern and fresh.

7. DIY Closet –

Closet space is one of the most important selling points. Just because your closet doesn’t come with drawers, doesn’t mean you can’t add any. Organizing your closet makes it seem bigger. Build a rod space, hang catchalls on the inside of the door or go all out with built in shelving.

 

 8.Curb Appeal Makeover –

A very basic steel front door costs about $100, but for just another $100-$200, you can get a door with a lot more character that will improve your home’s curb appeal. If you can’t afford a new door, a fresh coat of paint in an inviting color may be all you need. Make sure to replace the old front door mat because it’s one of the first impressions people get of your home. In this case, $20 can make a big difference. Power wash the exterior of your home, you may be surprised by how new it will look afterward. Use greenery in front of your house and/or along walkways to draw attention to your home. To get the most for your buck, choose perennial plants, or ones that will come back year after year. Any yard work that improves the curb appeal of your home will benefit you long term.

9.DIY Wood Flooring-

Older homes, in particular, are likely to have hardwood floors lurking beneath the carpet. If your floor squeaks, that’s a decent sign that you may have wood floors. If you do have wood floors, there’s a good chance you’ll have to refinish them to restore them to their original splendor, but that will be much less expensive than installing new flooring from scratch. Replace carpet with wood floors. Lately, potential homebuyers are moving away from wall-to-wall carpeting and prefer homes with hardwood floors. Making this upgrade will help you sell your home fast.

10.Improve Window Treatments-

The cheap vertical plastic blinds, paper shades, or horizontal aluminum blinds that may have come with your house don’t add any value to your home. Consider replacing them with plantation shutters, wooden blinds or beautiful drapes. By the way, it doesn’t matter whether the curtains will come with the house if you are in the market as a seller. The important thing is that they make it look nice while it’s on the market and help you get top dollar for your home.

11.Plant Some Trees-

Trees are moneymakers that get better with age. A mature tree could be worth between $1,000 to $10,000, says the Council of Tree and Landscape Appraisers. A recent study of home sales by the Pacific Northwest Research Station of Portland showed that street trees growing in front of or near a house boosted its sale price by an average of $8,870 and shaved two days off its time on the market.

12.Add Storage

Nobody ever complains about having too much storage. It’s usually the other way around; people love having lots of room to storage their stuff. Adding storage is a no-brainer, but it does take a little brainpower to find your home’s hidden room. Try to think outside of the box…build book shelves to a wall that doesn’t serve much purpose, to make it functional; install platform storage that hangs from ceiling, add floating shelves or even stair case can be a great area for some extra storage.