If you are considering selling your home, you have probably already made a list of all the small projects that you want to do to entice buyers. Everyone wants to do small, cost-effective projects that will increase the value of their home. But how do you know which projects are worth your time and money? Here are some of the best do-it-yourself projects to increase the value of your home from my personal experience.
When it comes to home projects, keeping it simple is the best place to start. It is true that putting in an entire new kitchen and redoing all the tiles in the bathrooms will increase the value of your home, but it may not be worth it if you are trying to sell quickly. Bigger projects are typically saved for when you are planning on living in the home for a while—why do a big renovation if you’re not going to be able to enjoy it yourself? Therefore, if you want to sell soon and don’t want to break the bank on renovations, keep it simple. The three things I would focus on are fixing broken things, cleaning and restoring surfaces, and rolling on some fresh paint.
Do It Yourself Projects
Take a walk around your home, inside and out, and make a list of everything that is broken. How are the hinges on that fence gate in the backyard? What about that flickering light bulb in the garage? These are the first things that buyers will notice when touring your property, so get them fixed first. Cleaning is a no-brainer (having a dirty or messy home will not send the right message to buyers), but there may be things that need to be restored. Check those hardwood floors for scratch marks or your carpet for rips. These are common problems that parents or pet owners forget about because they’re used to them. Unless the surface is badly damaged, these fixes are usually easy to do yourself.
And lastly—paint, paint, paint. That rose-colored feature wall in your bedroom may be your favorite part of the house, but buyers usually respond better to neutral wall colors. When light bounces off of soft colors it makes the room seem bigger and more inviting than when bouncing off of darker colors. Also, slapping on a fresh coat of paint on the baseboards and crown moldings can really revitalize a room. Paint does fade over the years and you probably won’t notice much of a difference, but potential buyers will. If you are looking to buy a home in Colorado, give Mark Eibner a call today. He’s been in the Colorado real restate business for decades and can help you get into the home of your dreams.