Regular readers of my blog will already know that I love the DIY ethic. But, when it comes to doing jobs around the home, it’s worth looking at value, other than just appearance. Yes, we all want to live in a beautiful, unique home. But which DIY jobs and renovations will help you make more money when the time comes to sell your home and move on elsewhere? We’re going to take a closer look right now!
OK, so let’s start by working with what you already have in your home. Extensions and adding square footage can be incredibly expensive, and costs can spiral out of control. It means that when it comes to selling your home, you may not get even close to getting your money back. Instead, focus on what you have already and make improvements. For example, you could redo your basement area or convert your attic. You could also lighten up a dark house by knocking down safe walls and making it open plan.
When a potential buyer visits your home, there are two areas they will focus on first: the kitchen and the bathroom. So, it makes sense that a kitchen remodeler or bathroom upgrade can help you get more money when you finally decide to sell. The great news is that you don’t have to go wild and spend a fortune on luxury. As long as your kitchen and bathroom are clean, fresh looking, and modern, they will add value to your property price.
The more energy efficient is, the less money it will cost to run. And, when people know their running costs will be lower, they will often be prepared to dive deeper into their pockets. Look at your windows and consider Energy Star rated upgrades. Also, look at holes in floors and walls that can cause drafts. Finally, make sure your attic space and wall cavities are insulated.
If you are looking for a great garden project this summer, why not try creating a decking area? Decking is low maintenance, lasts for years, and it also creates a nice flow between your living space and garden. More people than ever are looking at garden spaces when they choose a new home. So, it should come as no surprise to hear that they are willing to pay more for it, too! It’s not an expensive job, wither. You can buy decking from as little as $1000, and it’s also possible to save money on labor costs by going down the DIY route.
A paint job
Even basic upgrades like a fresh coat of paint can increase your home’s value. When a prospective buyer comes to view your property, they will be on the lookout for any areas that need immediate attention. And old, flaky paint with your kid’s graffiti scratched all over it is not a good selling point! Make your home look fresh – inside and out – and you will increase its value. Good luck – and let me know how you get on!