You may have carried your bride over the threshold or had your first child there. The stories change from family to family, but your home is filled with memories that you cherish. But as you prepare to sell your home, you may discover that the things you love most about it are the same things that turn off potential buyers.
Fortunately, you don’t have to spend a fortune to give buyers something to remember and love about your home. Here are a few simple DIY projects that will be sure to add some character to your home without breaking the bank.
Lighting Can Help Sell Your Home
Lighting can have a transformative impact on a home, particularly when you’re trying to sell it. Your realtor or staging agent may recommend adding or removing lighting to refine the ambiance in key spaces.
Unfortunately, your lighting fixtures can sometimes have a detrimental impact on your ability to sell your home. Those Hollywood lights around your mirror were all the rage back in the 70’s, but now, they’re making your home feel outdated. A more traditional, timeless light fixture will accommodate most décor, which is what realtors and prospective buyers are seeking. With buyers looking for homes that require the least amount of time and money to meet their needs and design tastes, more up-to-date lighting can give them peace of mind that your home is move-in ready.
Invest in DIY money-makers
Did you know that, on average, Americans are seeing a return of more than 100% on investments into their bathrooms? Expensive natural stone countertops and dual vanities are always a hit with buyers, but you can perform smaller improvements and still see a return.
Your bathroom mirror is a major focal point with great potential for a cost-effective touch-up. If your bathroom has a “builder grade” mirror, then you have an inexpensive opportunity to wow buyers. Instead of spending hundreds of dollars on a new mirror, consider framing the current one with Elmer’s ProBond Advanced glue and pieces of painted wood trim and crown molding that you can buy for a few dollars. Missouri DIY and Home Improvement Expert, Erin Hankins offers a simple, step-by-step tutorial on how to build a frame on her blog, howtonestforless.com. Unlike traditional construction glues that can leave a foamy mess, non-toxic ProBond Advanced is perfect for DIY projects, because it can bond so many different materials, like glass to wood or ceramic to drywall, without leaving any foam residue.
Breathe new life into your bathrooms by swapping out old bathroom fixtures for contemporary ones. This is one of the easiest and most effective projects. Your local home improvement store or websites like Wayfair or Houzz offer a variety of fixtures for every budget.
While you’re at it, buy a set of plush, new towels that match your bathroom’s color scheme and hang them on your towel racks. Accessorize the space with fresh flowers, candles, lotions and scented soaps to make your bathroom feel like a luxurious spa to buyers.
Capitalize on color to raise your home's value
Painting is one of the least expensive DIY projects with the best return on investment. Use paint to rejuvenate cracked walls or cover up your kids’ old growth charts. Neutral tones will appeal to more buyers, but you can take it a step further and select a bolder accent color to showcase your living room or master bedroom.
If you’re seeing signs of dents or scratches, consider painting, or even re-staining, kitchen cabinets. A hot new trend has been painting the interior of cabinets and shelves with a color that complements the doors to add a subtle yet fun change to your kitchen.
A simple project that has a huge ROI for your home is painting your front door. Buyers often make up their mind about homes before they even walk in the door, so be sure you have their attention by making sure the wood is treated and the paint isn’t chipping near your entryway. If you have a fence on your property, be sure to give that its due makeover, too.
Your home gave you many years of happy memories, but as you prepare to move, don’t be afraid to take on a few projects to make your home attractive to a new family. With smart investments into inexpensive materials, like fixtures, glue, paint or trim, you can transform your home, without ever having to pull out the power tools, into a showplace that delights prospective buyers.
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