Selling your home is an endeavor that takes time, energy, and tons of patience. It’s a process that can be wrapped up in a matter of weeks if you’re lucky – but you might also find yourself holding out for a buyer for months. You also want to make sure that you’re getting as much of a return on your initial investment as possible.
If you’re looking to bump up the value of your soon-to-be-sold home, here are a few simple DIY renos that are sure to wow potential buyers! Remember to respect the golden rules of DIY and you’ll be on your way.
Refresh those walls
Nothing sucks the energy out of a room faster than an old paint job. Drab beiges in the living room, washed-out yellows in the kitchen, and eye-popping reds in the dining room (among others) can severely limit buyers’ imaginations and end up pre-defining these rooms’ personalities as wonky and inaccessible.
Do your visitors – and your realtor! – a favor and refresh your walls with a coat of white or off-white paint. This fix is beyond easy to accomplish on your own, and will give your space a modernized feel that sells.
Doorway to heaven
Cost: $1,200-$2,200 for an exterior door
After a while, we stop noticing our doors – they get downgraded from “charming centerpiece of a home” to “barrier between me and the cozy interior that lies beyond.” But a simple switch-out of these curb-facing elements can render your home almost unrecognizable in the best way possible.
Chances are, your current door is covered in a sea of dents, nicks, chips, and scratches that are easy to overlook day-to-day, but are likely to catch buyers’ eyes. Give your home a budget-friendly facelift and let your new door do the talking.
It’s all in the details
Cost: $30-$200 for a faucet, $5-$20 for a cabinet knob
No need to gut your kitchen or bathroom to increase your home’s value: instead, simply start replacing small fixtures that make big impressions. Elements like faucets, cabinet knobs, and light fixtures are the unsung heroes of fantastic-looking rooms, and a basic refresh of these design components can change the way people perceive the value of your house in a subtle but important way.