5 DIY Ways to Increase the Value of Your Home

Do-It-Yourself projects can significantly increase the value of your home. How can you improve the value of your home? Improve its appearance. A little elbow grease can go a long way in maximizing the home’s value. These 5 DIY projects are doable and inexpensive, but can make a difference in improving your home. 

1. One coat of paint can go a long way.

The first project on this list is where every homeowner should start: the walls. Take off any un-stylish wallpaper and repaint any dirty or unsightly walls. The goal here is not to attract attention, but to ensure that your home looks updated and clean. One of the best ways to do this is to repaint any bright rooms a neutral tone. With paint you want to play it safe, so go for off whites and grays, so as not to turn off buyers. Painting a few walls in your home may seem like a daunting task, but it can dramatically improve the value of your home.  

2. Your green thumb can rub off onto your wallet.

Landscaping can significantly improve the appearance and value of your home, and doesn’t require a professional.  A home without much landscaping can benefit from even the smallest addition. A nice green lawn and/or a beautiful flowerbed can substantially improve the your home’s curb appeal. 

Another way to substantially increase the value of your home is to plant a tree. Though it takes time for trees to mature, the rewards of having your home near mature trees is sizeable. Trees can provide your house with much needed shade in the summer, and break the wind in the winter.

This can add up to hundreds of dollars a year in energy savings. When it is time to sell your home, trees improve the look of your home and give your potential buyer a better impression of the neighborhood. Planting trees around your home not only saves you money and increases the value of your home, but also improves the value of your neighbors’ homes.

3. Improve the appearance of your floors

Changing or repairing the flooring in your house can improve the value of your home greatly. DIY floor projects have varying degrees of difficulty, and your choice of project should be based on your budget and potential return on investment.  When rehabbing a home, I often start with the kitchen and bathroom.

A home’s kitchen and bathrooms are high in wear and tear, and affect a considerable portion of a potential buyer’s impression. Because of this, the flooring in both areas often need attention. Even something as simple as regrouting the bathroom tile can immediately enhance the appearance and increase value. Replacing or refinishing your house flooring is a doable project that can reap sizable rewards. 

4. Brighten up your home

The improvements to your walls and floors can go unnoticed if you have poor lighting. You want your house to be bright, vibrant and alive. Old and sporadic lighting can leave the house looking dull. If your house is in need of better lighting, add recessed lighting or a basic overhead. Also, if you have outdated light fixtures, then replace them to match the rest of your updated home. 

Another addition to the lighting is might be with dimmers for the bigger rooms in the house, allowing you to set your own feel and, additionally, gives your home a more modern feel. You want your home to feel updated, clean and new, and proper lighting is necessary to take advantage of other improvements. 

5. The easiest way for your home to make a better first impression

Your front door can set the tone for someone looking at your home. A battered door or a door that does not highlight the style of your home will negatively impact the value of your home. 

You have two choices when improving the appearance of your front door: replace or refinish. If your door is fairly new and works with the style of your home, I would recommend choosing the cost-effective option and refinishing it.

Staining or repainting your current door will cost you very little, but can turn an eye sore into a quality first impression. Though replacing a door is more expensive, it can be worth your while. Shop doors thoroughly and install it yourself. When working on your home, give a quality impression, but also diligently work to ensure you are maximizing your return on investment.