For most homeowners, their property is their most prized asset in the whole world. For this reason, when it comes time to sell, they want to make as much profit as they possibly can. This might push them towards Google, in a bid to find ways to increase their home’s value. These searches offer a lot of suggestions, most of which, unfortunately, tend to be large, expensive, and not worth the hassle. Thankfully, this isn’t the only way to go. Instead of spending a fortune to make a small profit, you could opt for cheaper and easier projects that can be done with your own hands. Here are eleven DIY projects that can boost the value of your home.
Keep Up With Cleaning
Housework isn’t usually thought of as a DIY project, as it’s something you happen to do every day. That being said, it does have the power to maintain and boost the value of your home. After all, if potential buyers were to see that your house is dirty and untidy, they’d assume that it wasn’t taken care of properly, and would be less inclined to put down a reasonable offer. For this reason, it’s crucial that you plan and stick to a cleaning schedule. This should include all of the little jobs you don’t have to do very often, like cleaning the fireplace brick and wiping the walls.
Freshen up the walls
One of the best ways to make a significant difference in the appearance of your home is giving the walls a small facelift. This is especially true if your walls are scratched, dirty, or decorated with an outdated colour or wallpaper. When potential buyers come to view your home, they will want to be able to imagine themselves living there. Unfortunately, this will be difficult if you’re a fan of bright orange or animal print walls. To avoid putting anyone off, you should stick to a more neutral colour scheme. This will also make the space appear larger and more welcoming.
Boost the storage space
In the world of real estate, there is no such thing as too much storage space. With that in mind, you should do all that you can to increase the amount in your home. You can do this by adding storage to unused spaces, by installing shelving, hangers, cabinets, cupboards, and more. The backs of doors are also great spaces to add hooks for coats and scarves. Before you start allowing viewings, you should take the time to clear out some of your clutter and free up this storage space. This will make it seem as though you have more room than you do.
Update fixtures and fittings
Fixtures and fittings, like outlet covers, doorknobs, switchplates, and curtain rods all tend to be overlooked when it comes to boosting the value of a property. However, with just a few pounds and a little creativity, you can easily give your home a new lease of life and make it look a lot newer. Light fittings can have a particularly large impact, especially if you switch them out for ceiling fans. These are appealing to potential buyers, as they increase comfort and reduce energy bills regardless of the time of year. Whatever you choose, make sure it fits your colour scheme.
Restore hardwood floors
With pollution and global warming being such a hot topic these days, more and more people are trying their best to reduce the impact they have on the environment. More often than not, these individuals are starting their changes at home, by making an effort to create a more sustainable and eco-friendly property. For this reason, hardwood flooring is a particularly desired feature in most homes, despite being covered up in the past. If you find that your home has hardwood flooring under the carpets, restoring them could help to boost your property’s value.
Remove Artex Ceilings
Years ago, Artex ceilings or popcorn ceilings were seen as the height of fashion and interior design. Unfortunately, these days, they’re generally considered an eyesore and are one that can completely put buyers off your property. This could translate to a huge drop in profit for you. Because of this, you may want to remove these ceilings and reveal the flat surface underneath. It can be messy, but it will be worth it for the extra profit. Just make sure that you have your ceiling tested for asbestos before you start your work.
Create a open plan living space
These days, open-plan living spaces are incredibly popular, with homeowners and potential homeowners favouring the extra light, space, and ease of conversation. For this reason, you may want to consider knocking down a wall or two to create a larger, more open space and capitalise on the valuable trend. Of course, this is no simple task and certainly isn’t a job for just any DIYer. You’re going to need lots of skill and knowledge to be able to perform this well. You also can’t do it completely alone, as you’ll need to bring in a surveyor to inspect the walls.
Spruce up your entrance
When viewing a home, most potential buyers make up their minds before they even step foot in the door. Because of this, it’s crucial that you give them a great first impression, by ensuring that your front door is clean and welcoming. Replacing your door with a new one can massively boost your kerb appeal, but, if this is more than you can afford, then a fresh lick of paint can work just as well. You may also want to replace the doorknob, knocker, and numbers, and add a welcome mat to give the entryway a more put together and welcoming feel.
Repair and clean up walkways
Of course, your viewers’ journeys through your home may not necessarily start at your front door, as they’ll also have to walk up your drive or pathway. For this reason, it’s important that you repair any damage there may be, and jet wash these areas to make them look more appealing. If you don’t have a driveway, then you could consider building one yourself. This can be a tricky task for beginners, but steel reinforcement cages can reduce the labour and make things a little easier. Having this extra space is incredibly convenient, making your home more attractive.
Clean up your garden
An out of control and overgrown garden can have a serious impact on the kerb appeal of your home, which, unfortunately, would also damage your property’s value. To avoid this, you should do your best to keep on top of your gardening and make sure that it remains well maintained at all times. The first steps you would need to take are cutting the grass and pulling the weeds. Adding flowerbeds might also be a good idea, as they look attractive and create a homely feel. That being said, you should avoid any high maintenance varieties, as these can scare people away.
Repaint exterior walls
The exterior walls of your home can get very dirty over the years, leaving your property looking dull and appealing. Thankfully, you can usually put this right relatively easily. All you need is a scrubbing brush and garden hose. For some homes, a power washer might work a little better. If you’re struggling to remove the filth and grime from your walls, then you may need to try a new paint job. Of course, with the ladder and height involved, this isn’t a job for every DIYer, but you could always hire someone if you can’t do it yourself.
With these DIY projects, you should have no trouble getting the most from your home.
A blog about my life in The Old House, a mum to teenagers, a primary school teacher and my passion for gardening.