When you are preparing to sell your home, a few easy do-it-yourself DIY projects can make a big difference in generating interest from buyers. No need to spend lots of money on major upgrades when a few fixes can boost your home’s appeal quickly and for a reasonable cost.
DIY #1 – Pay attention to the small stuff.
New doorknobs, switch plates, outlet covers, cabinet handles and drawer pulls freshen up the look and feel of a home quickly and cost-effectively. While this update may sound like small stuff, it can have a bigger than expected impact. Quick tip: For cabinet handles and hardware, measure the space between holes or remove an existing handle to take with you while shopping. Use the old handle to make sure the new handles have the same measurements to avoid having to drill holes or hide old holes in cabinet doors–saving time and hassle.
DIY #2 – Splash it up.
A new back-splash provides an instant face-lift for your kitchen. With so many different options of materials, shapes, patterns and colors, you’re sure to find something both you and potential home buyers will love. Many home improvement stores hold classes on installing a new back-splash yourself or there are multiple tutorials online.
DIY #3 – Appeal to the front.
You’ve likely heard of curb appeal, but how about entrance appeal? Create an inviting entryway that makes potential buyers excited to come in the door and see the rest of the home. A fresh coat of paint on the front door and a new door knob and lock set instantly change the look and feel of the front of your home. Switch out the house numbers or apply a fresh coat of paint. Add potted plants on either side of the door– choose plants with rounded leaves, according to our feng shui experts. Finish the invitation with a new doormat and curious buyers will be lining up for a peek inside.
DIY # 4 – Take the crown.
Crown molding is a surprisingly easy option to boost your home’s appeal. No saws or workshop in the garage? No worries! Most home improvement stores will custom cut crown molding to the measurements you need. Just make sure to measure, double-measure, triple-measure to ensure a smooth installation for a touch of elegance potential buyers will appreciate.
These four quick and inexpensive DIY projects give your home’s appeal factor a big boost. While some seem like minor details, they can actually have a pretty big impact. Even better, these quick fixes won’t take a big bite out of your wallet!