3 simple home improvement projects to increase your home’s value

You don’t have to spend tens of thousands of dollars on a complete kitchen remodel or professional landscaping to increase your home’s value. Whether you’re planning to sell your house or just want to spruce it up, there are easy, low-cost things you can do right now. Don’t know where to start? Begin with these 3 simple home improvement projects to help increase your home’s value quickly and easily.

3 simple home improvement projects to increase your home’s value

1. Improve curb appeal

The ever-important first impression endures. Maybe the inside of your home is pristine and updated. But if the outside is unappealing, it sets the stage for negative judgments about the entire home.

Since we see our homes day in and day out, we get used to all their quirks and don’t view them objectively. So, a good strategy is to pretend you’ve never seen the place before. Be critical. Walk around the outside of your home and write down the most obvious things that need repaired, replaced, or cleaned up. Take note of what you first notice when you drive by your home. (Even better, have a friend do this with you.)

Things to improve the outside of your home:

  • Repair siding, roof, or any other exterior structural issues
  • Paint the siding (if it’s paintable)
  • Paint or replace the front door
  • Power wash/clean deck, siding, sidewalks, patio, and driveway
  • Pull weeds
  • Clean up and trim overgrown plants and bushes
  • Add a new layer of mulch
  • Plant flowers in containers (color adds to appeal)
  • Clean up yard clutter (tools, toys, etc.)
  • Cut lawn
  • Trim trees and bushes
  • Install solar lighting in landscaping and along paths

2. Paint

Painting is the ultimate DIY project that almost anyone can do with a little time and effort.

At $25-$50 per gallon, paint is one of the simplest, cheapest ways to transform your home and boost its value.

Painting the exterior of your home is a great way to add value (as mentioned above). You can either touch up the existing paint or give your home an entirely new color scheme. Whether you need to brighten things up or tone them down, paint can give your house a complete facelift. (Just be careful on those ladders!)

The walls in your home get dingy and worn easily. Plus, the wrong (or right) color can completely change the look and feel of a room. Choose your color carefully (neutral is always best) and get to work! You’ll be amazed at the difference a fresh coat of paint can make.

If your cabinets are dated, you don’t have to spend the money to replace them. Painting cabinets takes a little time, but the results are transformative. Paint helps you update your kitchen or bath without breaking the bank.

When you’re deciding on paint colors for any project, keep it neutral. Shades of white, gray, or beige suit almost any paint project and have wide appeal. Using neutral paint colors is particularly important if you plan to sell your home.

3. Update fixtures

Replacing and updating fixtures is an easy way to increase the value of your home. And you don’t have to buy top-of-the-line fixtures to create an updated, cohesive look.

Simplicity and uniformity go a long way. If some of your home’s fixtures are brushed nickel and others are oil rubbed bronze, this creates a jumbled, thrown together look. Choose similar fixtures that complement each other throughout your home.*

Fixtures to replace and update throughout the home:

  • Switch plates and outlet covers
  • Light fixtures
  • Doorknobs and hinges
  • Drawer and cabinet pulls
  • Curtain rods
  • Faucets
  • Towel rings and rods
  • Outdoor fixtures, such as lighting and door knobs

*For curtain rods and towel fixtures, spray paint can be a cheap solution for creating a cohesive look.

You can tackle many of these tasks on your own with a little time and energy. And, if you cover all three of these home improvement projects, you could increase your home’s value by thousands of dollars. It may well be worth the effort in the end!

Whether you’re selling or buying a home, the process can feel intimidating and overwhelming. But it doesn’t have to. At Coluzzi Real Estate, we answer all your questions and simplify the process. We’re there for you every step of the way. Please don’t hesitate to contact us today!

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About the Author:

Amanda has lived in the Des Moines area since 1999, where she and her husband have bought and sold a handful of homes over the years, including a recent flip. Amanda enjoys writing, obsesses about personal finance and is fond of looking at houses. She loves sharing useful tips and info to make life easier for anyone wanting to buy or sell a home. In her spare time, Amanda cherishes time with her family, volunteers with IHYC, gardens, hikes, and practices TaeKwonDo. You can read more of her writing at whywemoney.com