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6 Ideas for Value-Adding DIY Home Improvements

Home improvement doesn’t need to be overly expensive to increase or optimize sale. Realtors worth their commission will often recommend reviewing your opportunity to improve your property before sale. You should know that small construction and DIY project can go a long way in attracting prospective buyers to your house and give you a good paycheck – even more than you expect.

Replace Your Front Door

Your front door is one of the most worked elements of your household. It ushers in you and your guests daily and also seal your house tight. But once it got tired and worn out, don’t hesitate to replace the front door.

While most homeowners inherited their front door with the purchase of their home, a majority see their current door as an inaccurate reflection of their personal style. Invest in a front door that speaks to who you are as a homeowner but also stays within the architectural detailing of the home. - HGTV

Replacing your old front door with a new steel door is a project that improves curb appeal and results in the best payback. A new steel front door may cost $2,000 when installed but will recover 75% of that cost at resale.

  • Take note of energy efficiency ratings and choose one that relates to your home design and temperatures in your climate.
  • "Less is more" has definitely become a new rule in front door design.

Get New Siding For Your Home

Siding protects your home’s interior walls and if not installed or maintained properly, it’s much easier for water damage to occur. - Tennessee Contracting Services

The new vinyl siding includes transferable lifetime warranties and fade-resistant finishes that are far better than the guarantees of decades ago. As you would expect, there is good payback too.

A report by Remodeling Impact, the $12,000 national median cost of a vinyl sliding replacement comes with a solid return of 83% when you put your home up for sale. Fiber-cement siding also has a good payback of 79%. Though it costs $7000 more than vinyl siding, it has the perception quality vinyl lacks.

Kitchen Upgrades Are Totally Worth It

This isn’t the fairy kitchen remodel displayed on Houzz and Pinterest. We are talking about minor kitchen improvements and remodels in the realm of the affordable.

The kitchen is the hub of the home, and simple refacing is a DIY project that is increasingly popular. Some common DIY projects in the kitchen include replacing of old cabinets or flooring. For replacements, consider appealing, modernized designs for great added home value.

This won’t cost too much in construction prices on the front end. It’ll likely be a fun learning project to enjoy with your partner or kids. As a bonus, your house will have increasing resale value.

Landscaping Can Decrease Costs & Improve Value

More than 92% of home buyers make use of the internet which means many are looking for the pictures of your home. You want to make an attractive first impression. You should try to showcase your property in the most attractive way you can to bring interested individuals. Quality and beautiful landscape have the potential to bring you a massive return of 252% according to Bankrate. Not only that but you can make real improvements to living conditions and costs with the right choice of tree placement and tree service.

By having just 17% shade over your house during the day you can decrease your cooling bill by $10 a month, if you increase that shade up to 50% you can expect to raise your savings by an additional $20. - Joey Malin of Cut Nashville Tree Service

Repainting Can Give Your Home A Fresh Appearance

 

Prospective homeowners are always looking out for the things they need to update or work on in the homes that they check out. A newly painted home will cause the buyer less stress because they know that the painting is fresh and beautifies the house.

What this means is that you get a better chance to sell fast and at a cool price.  That said, you should be careful with your color choices. The exterior paint of a home impacts how buyers feel about the house.  Not only that your local HOA can dictate to you what colors to choose.  In homes in Rowlett , TX for instance many home owners have to get HOA approval before they start or they run the risk of having to start all over. Yikes! So, choose attractive but warm and neutral colors like tan, white and taupe and check in with the HOA before you start.

Add Privacy Fence

Construction of a quality fence can have a significant impact on the look and security of any property. Depending on your location, the average fence height is four to nine feet and could be made of quality materials like stone or wood. Although a chain link fence is an option and may be more secure; however, it won’t provide many options for privacy like a stone or wood fence would.

Updating Windows

You should add the touch of modern design to your home by replacing old, single pane windows with the in-vogue windows design. By simply completing this one DIY project, you could save up to $465 per year on your energy bills. Although you may not make the entire cost of the new windows back when the house is sold, it will sway buyers to choose your home over others.

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