Increasing Home Value: Where to Focus Your DIY Projects

When you’re looking at DIY projects to make selling your home easier and more profitable, the task can seem overwhelming. There are so many different ways to attract buyers that it can be hard to know where to start. However, when a person is looking at buying a home, there are a few major areas they consider more than other parts of the house. It is these spaces that should receive the most attention. Here are a few important areas of your home that you should improve for a better sale.

The Kitchen is the Heart of the Home

The kitchen is often the biggest seller and the biggest deal breaker. A nice, clean, updated kitchen tells buyers that the rest of the home is also valuable. While replacing your appliances is one way to improve your kitchen, there are far cheaper ways to do it.

Consider adding an accent to the walls above the counters. The space between the countertop and cabinets is a great place to add tile or a mosaic. For larger wall spaces, you could sponge paint an accent wall for a high-end touch of color. You might also want to add decorative lighting either above an island or a bar. These decorative fixtures are a quick and easy way to give your home an upscale feel.

Bathroom Renovation

Bathrooms Tell Buyers More Than You Think

A basic bathroom with little to draw the eye says that the home is not luxurious, therefore meaning it is worth less. Imagine entering a white bathroom with white fixtures, dull linoleum, and frameless mirrors. Now picture a tiled bathroom with elegantly framed mirrors and accent lighting. Which one seems like it belongs to a more valuable home?

Giving your bathroom a sophisticated vibe can be as easy as adding a mirror frame and matching metal towel hooks. You want unity in the metals, simple designs, and possibly tile. Adding a tile floor is the ultimate way to make your bathroom worth more but can become costly and time-consuming.

Your Front Yard Makes the First Impression

The state of your front yard is a quick way people can judge how well you have cared for your home. A patchy yard in need of landscaping tells buyers that you likely have not taken care of your home either. A trimmed, green lawn and a few nice shrubs, trees, and flowers very quickly provide a positive first impression.

Plant hardy shrubs that are easy to care for and future shade trees to reduce energy bills. These are both excellent selling points beyond making a good first impression. Plant some colorful flowers to make your home look inviting and your home will be all set to impress its prospective buyers.

Improving your home’s worth can really be done in just a few coats of paint and some decorative add-ons. The new paint helps the home look cleaner and newer while things like mirror frames and decorative kitchen lighting keep your home looking modern and classy. Talk to your realtor about what would work best in your space and get to work on some DIY home improvements.

Paul Denikin began learning about DIY home repair projects after his daughter, Maggie, was born with special needs. He has learned a lot through trial and error as he has worked to make his family’s home safe and accessible for her. Today, he shares his DIY knowledge on DadKnowsDIY.com, a website that offers home improvement project how-tos and other accessibility information.