Home improvement shows make DIY projects look so easy, but the reality is unless you’re Joanna Gaines or Ben Uyeda, mistakes can cost you cash and time.
That said, small upgrades can have a big impact. These DIY home improvement projects will boost your home’s value without breaking the bank.
1. Paint a Room
A fresh coat of paint can do wonders for a room. It’s also one of the easiest home improvements you can make to increase your property value. When buyers see a clean canvas, they’re more likely to get creative and add their own touch with wall art or furniture.
You can choose a bold paint color to attract attention or opt for neutral tones that coordinate well with the rest of the house. You can even choose a simple shade to liven up a feature like a window seat or cabinet door trim.
Painting can be time-consuming, though, and DIY blunders like dribbles or streaks will detract from the appeal of your project. You may want to hire a professional to make sure that your new room looks its best.
2. Add a Smart Device
With so many home improvement shows on the air, it’s easy to become inspired to do some DIY remodeling. However, certain projects should always be left to professionals, including advanced plumbing, electrical work and structural changes.
According to a new study from Coldwell Banker and Vivint Smart Home, adding smart devices like voice-activated thermostats, security cameras and smart speakers can boost your home’s value by as much as 9%. Plus, these devices can help you save money on your energy bills while you’re living in the home, making them a win-win upgrade. Just be sure to install the products correctly so they work properly, which is something that only professionals can do. Otherwise, you could end up with a flood or a fire. Not exactly what you want.
3. Paint a Single Wall
Painting a room can make a big difference and is one of the easiest home improvements you can do yourself. It’s also a relatively low-cost way to add value to your home, especially if you choose a neutral shade that will appeal to most buyers.
Remember that paint colors can look very different under various lighting conditions, so it’s always wise to buy a sample size and test it against the furniture and accessories in your home before committing to a color. Also, if you’re going to do multiple coats of paint, try to get as much done at one time as possible.
Be sure to cover your floor and furniture with a tarp and line the edges of the walls with painter’s tape before you start rolling.
4. Clean Your Clutter
A clean home is always a plus for potential buyers, and the best way to make yours truly look fresh is with a decluttering project. Professional cleaning services run about $200 to $225 for a four-bedroom home, but you can do it yourself in less time and for far cheaper.
Start by creating a donation box that contains items you no longer use and would like to donate. Then, work through your closets and other storage spaces, minimizing clutter as you go. If you have a spare room in the house, turn it into a home office by adding a desk and custom shelving. In just a weekend, you can transform your space into something that is much more appealing to potential buyers.
5. Add Low-Cost Landscaping
With a little know-how and some time, you can improve the exterior of your home and boost its curb appeal. Adding a few simple landscaping touches can make your home more appealing to potential buyers.
For example, you can add some inexpensive flowering perennials like catmint or Queen’s Anne’s lace to your garden to make it look lush and well-tended. It’s a great way to add color and charm and it’s easy to do.
Regardless of whether you’re selling your home or just want to improve its comfortable ambiance, there are many easy DIY projects that can boost your home’s value. Just be sure to avoid advanced plumbing, electrical work or any structural changes that can be dangerous for amateurs. Also, keep in mind that some projects may not pay off in the long run.