Wednesday, August 27, 2014

5 DIY Projects that Increase the Value of your Home

There are probably thousands of DIY projects out there to make the space you live in more beautiful or more functional.  But if you are on a tight budget like me, you may be looking for inexpensive things you can do on your own to not only make your home more beautiful, but also more valuable.  Here is a roundup of my top 5 favorite DIY projects that I've done to my house (so far) that will undoubtedly help me sell my home for top dollar down the road.

5. Framing Builder Grade Mirrors

Framing a large mirror is a simple and inexpensive way to make a room feel custom rather than builder grade.  Read about how we framed out bathroom mirror here.

4. Spray Paint Doorknobs

If your house is equipped with brass doorknobs and fixtures, by far the cheapest way to upgrade them is to spray paint them.  Read how easy this is to do here.

3. Remove Popcorn Ceilings

I must admit that removing popcorn ceilings is a mess, and I'd be lying if I told you we were finished with this project in our home.  Actually, we are just getting started!  The transformation is totally worth the work and mess however.   Here is the tutorial I followed and it is so easy and so inexpensive!

2.  DIY Patio

If your yard doesn't have a patio,  I highly recommend adding one before putting it on the market.  This doesn't just make the yard more aesthetically pleasing, but it also makes it more functional.  Function = value when it comes to real estate.  We saved thousands of dollars by installing the patio ourselves, and the result was well worth the effort.  Learn more here.   

And the #1 DIY project that has added value to our home is....

1.  Painting the Kitchen Cabinets

Kitchens and bathrooms sell houses, its a well proven fact.  When most people see a dated kitchen, they see dollar signs $$$$.  The good news is, we took years off our home just by painting our oak kitchen cabinets, and it cost us less than $100!  I'm so in love with our kitchen now, and it doesn't hurt to know that our house is more valuable because of it now!  Read more about that project here.

All of these projects are easy to do without any special skills or tools.  Some take more patience than others, but when the time comes to sell our home, the return on investment will make it all worth the effort!  Have you done any projects around your home that have made it more valuable?

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