If you’re planning to sell your home, you’ve probably thought about what you can do to increase the sale price. There are many fun and easy do-it-yourself projects that can add value to your home. A good realtor will also have suggestions, such as painting, improving window treatments, and staging.
These are some great do-it-yourself projects that you can have fun with while adding to your home’s value.
Give Your Kitchen a Facelift
The kitchen is considered the heart of the home for many, so it makes sense that a kitchen renovation can provide one of the biggest returns on investment. Unfortunately, renovating a kitchen from top to bottom can cost upwards of $50,000 and almost always requires hiring professionals.
Thankfully, there are a few things you can do yourself to improve and modernize your kitchen. One of the easiest is replacing knobs and pulls on the cabinets and drawers with some that add more personality and character to the room. In addition, you can update your sink’s faucet with a modern matte black, fingerprint-resistant one.
If you’re up for a bigger project, you might stain or paint all of your cabinets. It is also possible to replace the cabinet fronts with custom doors that are already painted.
Replace Light Fixtures
An old chandelier or dusty fan can instantly create a bad impression, making your home look outdated or even unkempt. Old ceiling fixtures such as island lighting, entryway chandeliers, fans, and vanity lights, are much easier to remove and replace than you probably think, and they can make a significant difference when it comes to improving the look of any room.
If replacing a large fixture is out of your comfort zone, you can also remove old recessed canned lights, replacing them with LED lights. The process is so easy, even the most novice homeowner can do it. It’s as simple as pulling out the old can, unclicking to power, and clicking in the new light.
Consumer Reports notes that replacing LED lights can increase your home’s value by up to 3 percent, not to mention that it will save you money on your electricity bill until your home sells.
Incorporate Smart Features
There is a wide range of smart tech items on the market. Smart appliances such as ovens, refrigerators, and dishwashers are just the tip of an iceberg. The most popular smart features are alarms, doorbells, and thermostats, which are relatively inexpensive and can easily be installed to increase the value of your home.
Not only will adding smart technology to your home increase its value up to 5 percent, but it can potentially reduce utility bills, make it a more enjoyable place to live, and help sell your home faster if and when you put it on the market.
Revive Your Landscape
Keeping your lawn in good shape, trimming back the hedges, pulling weeds, and planting some colorful flowers is a great way to boost your home’s curb appeal. For an even bigger boost to your home’s value, you might want to lay sod, add outdoor lighting and attractive pathways.
After incorporating these easy and fun do-it-yourself projects, when asking the question “What is my home worth?” you’re likely to be pleasantly surprised by the answer. In some cases, it could be tens of thousands of dollars higher than it was before.