There’s something gratifying, personally satisfying about getting on board the DIY-trend train. Often, that gratification comes in the form of serious money savings. Homeowners can even enhance the value of their home by achieving some DIY projects that are known to increase home value. If you don’t mind rolling up your sleeves, you may be able to save substantially on labor costs while improving the value of your home and property. If you’re wondering how to sell your home, these projects can help you ready your house before listing it on the market.
1. Show Off Hardwood Floors
If you making updates with an eye toward selling a house, consider removing carpeting to reveal hardwood floors. Buyers are increasingly shopping for houses that have hardwood flooring. If your wood floors aren’t in great shape, you should refinish them, which is much cheaper than purchasing new flooring. You can even rent the equipment needed for the job from your local home improvement center.
2. Bathroom Update
Updating your bathrooms is another way to sell your house and add value to it at the same time. Buyers want bathrooms that are updated—that don’t look dated. Many bathroom updates are easy for do-it-yourselfers. For instance, swap out old faucets for new ones. Add a new mirror or medicine cabinet. Transform the vanity with some paint and new hardware. Even if you invest in materials to create new built-ins or to lay a new floor, you’re likely to recoup your investment after selling your house.
3. Install New Security Doors
Security is a high priority for buyers. If your doors are dated or in poor condition, it could turn off potential buyers right from the start. Adding new security doors is another investment that sellers are likely to get a return on. High-quality doors may be costly, but sellers can save substantially on labor by installing the doors themselves.
4. Add / Enlarge Patio
If your house does not have a patio or has a modest one, consider expanding it. Many buyers are looking for homes with outdoor living space. A large patio allows them to cook, dine, and lounge outdoors. Lugging materials home and laying a new patio is a physically demanding job, but if you don’t mind this type of work, you’ll save a small fortune by doing it yourself!
5. Boost Curb Appeal
You can enhance your home’s value by boosting its curb appeal. Replace worn shutters, update your porch light and mailbox, trim overgrown trees and shrubs, and repave your driveway. When selling a house, it’s important to impress buyers from the moment they drive up to your home.
6. Kitchen Update
An updated kitchen might be the single-most important DIY project you can undertake. The condition of the kitchen can make or break a potential real estate deal. Sellers can transform dated cabinetry with fresh paint or a new stain. Add new hardware and you can completely transform this kitchen feature. Similarly, install a new kitchen floor and update window treatments to give this space a contemporary look.
7. Install Crown Molding
Finally, install crown molding in major rooms like the living room, family room, and master bedroom. This type of project takes time, but it’s relatively easy. Crown molding enhances the appearance of these living spaces and buyers are apt to take note.
Keep these DIY ideas in mind when selling your house. They can help you impress buyers—and save money while doing it!