No matter how big or small your home is, it is up to you to make sure you take care of, and improve your biggest investment. Even if you aren’t planning to put it on the market any time soon, maintaining it’s value is important for the future. Luckily we have 9 easy DIY projects that will boost your home’s value, curb appeal and livability! Feature photo below, from ‘HGTV‘ by ‘HDR Homes’.
Plant a tree. Nothing looks toward the future more than planting a tree! Not only will it boost the look of your landscape if you are selling soon, it will increase your home’s value in the long run by adding mature shade, energy savings and an established look to your home. Learn how to plant a tree from ‘HGTV’.
Install a programmable or smart thermostat for energy savings and convenience. You know you want one. :) Today’s homes have technology integrated into everything from the garage door to the coffee pot. You can start with something easy, like a smart thermostat such as “Nest”. These thermostats allow you to adjust the controls remotely via your phone or other device. Ok, maybe that just means you can turn up the heat from bed on Sunday morning. (These are great systems when you are away from home though, even at work!) But you can also integrate with more technology when you’re ready, such as video monitoring and alarms. Great investment and not too expensive. Learn how to install a Nest thermostat from ‘Apartment Therapy’.
Remove those popcorn ceilings! Yes, you have to be careful of asbestos if your home was built before 1978. If it was, or if you have any doubts, be sure to have it tested before you do anything. But popcorn ceilings without asbestos can easily be removed DIY. Nothing will update the interior of your home faster! Find out how at ‘Instructables‘.
Declutter! Ok, maybe this should have been number one, it is so important! Nothing subtracts from the value of your home more than clutter and “stuff”. This one takes some elbow grease, and maybe a little “learning to let go”, but costs the least. Take it room by room and step by step, and be brutal. Try these four easy steps to decluttering from ‘Southern Living’.
Paint selectively. Ok, when we say paint, what we mean is “re-paint”. Why? One of the top turn offs to prospective buyers are paint colors that aren’t neutral. Even in kids’ rooms, people have a hard time seeing past the personal nature of your choice in paint colors. It doesn’t mean you have to repaint the whole house! Generally, rooms that have scuffs and wear, such as kitchen and baths, kids rooms and hallways need the most touch ups. And, of course, that purple bedroom. :) That doesn’t mean it has to be all beige though. Learn about the new neutrals at ‘DYSS’!
Update lighting. Few things date a home like those old brass light fixtures. Updating the lighting in your home can be done room by room, and should reflect the overall style of the home. Modern fixtures can be used to add a more contemporary feeling to a builder grade home, which makes it look more expensive. Industrial or farmhouse style lighting can add vintage charm to a house that lacks detail in other places. Try this DIY farmhouse bathroom vanity light fixture they put together over at ‘Liz Marie Blog’. Really added character!
Freshen the bathroom. Outdated bathrooms suck the value right out of a home. We spend a lot of time there, and we want to feel pampered, not afraid of what is under that bath mat! You don’t have to do an expensive remodel to update a bath. This DIY bathroom reveal by ‘Bower Power’ shows a great before and after of an average bath… transformed with paint, new light fixture and some details, like a new shower curtain. Go check it out, you could do this this weekend!
Spruce up the kitchen. Ok, admittedly a little more work to update the kitchen, if only because it is a larger space. However, same thing applies here… you don’t have to do a remodel to make a difference in your home’s value. Painting the cabinets, updating the faucet and adding a backsplash can make a serious improvement. Learn how to paint kitchen cabinets with chalk paint by Linda at ‘Craftaholics Anonymous’. Why chalk paint? ‘Cause everything your brain is moaning about when it comes to painting cabinets is made better with chalk paint… No pre-sanding, no priming, easy touch ups.
Enhance your Exterior. Ok, last project for you! You’ve heard it again and again, curb appeal, curb appeal, curb appeal. Make sure your home shines from the street! Clean it up, cut back overgrown plants, add a window box, replace an old mailbox… you get the idea. New light fixtures help too, as does painting the front door a fresh, but neutral color. A nice new door mat and maybe this new house numbers project from ‘4 Men 1 Lady’ are just the thing to give your home that added value.Image Credits: 4 Men 1 Lady, HGTV, Apartment Therapy, Instructables, Southern Living, Bower Power, Craftaholics Anonymous