Are you planning to sell your home and want to increase its value? Have you been in your home for a while, love your space, and want to make it an even better place to live? Regardless of the situation, there are dozens of easy DIY projects you can undertake to create a more attractive, comfortable, and saleable home. The time commitment ranges from a few hours to a few weeks with a cost from $100 to a few thousand. There’s something for everything on this list. Check it out!
1. Freshen up your walls
Perhaps your paint has gotten a bit dingy or scratched, or your walls are covered in shabby, outdated wallpaper. Whatever the case, a new coat of paint can transform your home. Neutral colors are often the best bet, as they open your space and appeal to a wide variety of potential buyers. This year, the trend is moving away from cool grays to warmer beiges.
2. Update doorknobs, cabinet handles, fixtures, faucets, and knobs
You probably don’t give too much thought to your doorknobs or other fixtures but changing them can add a lot of style for a low price tag. The most modern-looking finishes include matte black and unlacquered brass, which gains a charming patina over time.
3. Change your lighting
Interior lighting can change how colors appear, brighten a space, change the mood, add drama, and create atmosphere. Installing new lighting fixtures is an easy way to add panache and flair to a tired interior. Spa-like lighting in a bathroom or flexible, adjustable lighting in a kitchen can be a game-changer! Today’s trends include art deco styles, oversized fixtures, matte black finishes, and nature-inspired designs.
4. Choose new window treatments
Window treatments serve a functional purpose by letting light in or keeping it out depending upon your needs at the time. They add aesthetic value as well! If your windows are covered in fussy curtains, consider changing them to sleek cotton or linen curtains, minimalist roller or roman shades, or classic shutters.
5. Spruce up your yard
Any yard improvement is sure to add curb appeal to your home and provide more enjoyment of your outdoor space. Eschew messy beds for simple bushes, plant a vegetable garden, trim your plants, remove dead vegetation, and hide garden hoses.
6. Refinish hardwood floors
If you have hardwood floors in your home, lucky you! They are a great asset and add a lot of value to any space. Sanding and refinishing hardwood floors might seem like a huge undertaking, but it’s not nearly as difficult as you might think. With some elbow grease, a little patience, and a few days, you can truly refresh your entire home.
7. Paint or refinish your kitchen cabinets
Kitchen cabinets take a lot of abuse! They are easily scratched, and icky grease buildup can dull paint or wood finishes, seriously detracting from your kitchen’s appearance. Refinishing or repainting your kitchen cabinets can completely revitalize and modernize the heart of your home, without spending an arm and a leg. To create an airy look, consider painting your cabinets a bright white.
8. Install a kitchen backsplash
Installing a kitchen backsplash can instantly improve one of the most important spaces in your home while increasing the value of your entire abode. Backsplashes protect your walls from grease and splatter and act as a barrier against water, preventing mold growth. Best of all, they are available in a huge variety of materials and styles to suit any homeowner’s personal aesthetic. Consider shiny, reflective glass to add light to a dark space, or tile for its variety of design options.