If you’re planning on selling your home, you should do everything in your abilities to raise it’s perceived value as much as possible before you put it on the market. Now, while obvious things like a thorough cleaning are useful, there are also a number of DIY home improvement projects you can also undertake to make your house stick out from the rest just enough to give you a healthier profit margin than would normally be the case, even with the cost of the following projects.
Before we move on to our key DIY home improvement tips, remember, while all of these will cost you money to implement, doing them yourself and avoiding contractors will save a fortune on costs; the difference won’t be small.
1. A New Landscaping Project
($1000 at a minimum but can cost as much as you like; doing the work yourself and hiring only casual laborers to help saves a lot of money)
Landscaping and gardening projects are not only fairly easy to pull off, they’re also a great way to lift a home’s perceived value and aesthetic appeal. The best thing about taking on a landscaping operation to make your home look better is that it’s amazing just how much you can achieve yourself without the help of certified professionals.
There are all sorts of ideas that you can work with; from something as simple as simply cleaning up your existing garden and planting some new trees, flowers and shrubs to completely reshaping everything. For maximal return on your investment that also happens to be something almost any able-bodied person can do with a little learning, we’d recommend a full-scale re-turfing of your lawns, adding in some dug out garden beds, filling them with elegant shrubs and, to finish things off, installing a small pond with rocks around it. You can also add in a small stone paved barbeque area if you really want to make potential buyers fall in love with your home.
2. Installing New Appliances
($5000 to $10,000, depending on brand and number of major appliances)
Many homes suffer from a dearth of new, gleaming and modern appliances. Instead, they are equipped with things like 10 year old refrigerators, 20 year old ovens and leaky water heaters.
If you want to really add some interior aesthetic value, think about refurbishing your home’s interior with all new appliances that, although they will cost more than a few bucks to buy and install, will possibly give you enough of a presentation edge that you can add enough extra dollars to your final price tag to cover the original appliance expense.
3. Decorative Molding and Sideboard
($4 to $10 per linear foot)
Decorative crown molding and sideboards spread throughout the rooms in your home can add a lovely touch of elegance that truly leaves an impression on visiting buyers. Not only are these two features easy to install, relatively cheap and very pretty, they also mix well with our next item on the list.
Be sure to pay careful attention to cutting, measuring and pegging the molding; although you can easily do this installation on your own, it will look noticeably terrible if it’s badly done.
4. Paint your Interior and Exterior
($10 to $50 per gallon can depending on paint quality and type)
A solid paint job is one of the easiest, cheapest and most impactful DIY value adding projects you can give your house. First start with interior painting and do your best to coordinate color schemes so that they match each other elegantly for distinct effects in each room based on its use, location and how much sunlight it received. If you’ve installed molding features, the effect of painting the walls with distinct colors other than white will create a truly elegant appearance that cost very little money on the whole.
Having painted your home interior, move on to the outside. While you don’t have to paint your entire house, at least give it a nice splash of retouching in any areas where your original paint is starting to fade or crack apart and peel off.
5. New Doors and Windows
($100 to 200 per Window and $150 to $500 per door)
A series of new Windows and doors are not only fairly easy to install throughout your home, they also dramatically improve both its internal and external appearance.
When buying your installation fixtures, aim for quality door and window types but try to select more budget conscious product sources. Also, for added appeal, you should consider installing solid wood doors and insulating double paned windows instead of something that’s of lower quality than what you had in place before.
The key to successful door and window installation lies in making sure you do your measurements right beforehand and that all windows are tightly sealed into place to prevent moisture leaks.
6. Green Energy Project
($5 to 20,000 for solar, as little as $1000 for micro-hydro generators)
This is a little more complex as far as DIY projects go, but installing an environmentally friendly alternative source of energy in your home can create an enormous price boost that completely outstrips installation costs.
Good projects to aim for would include a solar array, geothermal heating (where ground conditions allow) or a micro-hydro project if your property contains a small but fast running stream.
Whichever is the case, not only will you benefit from the value addition of having installed a practical utility on your property, but you will also be adding a certain environmentally appealing image to your home, which has enormous social value given modern earth friendly trends.
While installing any of the above alternative energy systems may seem daunting, there are both kits and instruction packages available to order that can enormously simplify the process and make it much less confusing or time consuming.
About the author: Michelle Lim writes for Chicago Luxury Bedding. When he’s not busy writing or reviewing bedding products, he likes to take it easy with his wife and dog on his Hastens Marquis bed.