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Top 5 Projects for Increasing the Value of Your Home

Posted a few years ago by Rosie Wood - No Comments

When it comes to selling your house, there are some factors which you cannot control. Your neighbors, the views from your property and which schools are in your district are all out of your control. These things will all effect the intrinsic value of your land and will change the lowest possible price your house could sell for. However, above this bottom price there will be variation within the local sales prices, and you can make sure that your house gets top dollar with a bit of DIY.

Unless you intend on knocking walls down, building an extension or other large building projects, which substantially change your property the key to adding value is all about cosmetics.

First Impressions – yard, front door, paint
Everyone makes snap judgments and that is no different with property. Some of the things which you may think that there is nothing wrong with, could quite often add a great first impression without spending too much money. If you were to enter a property with a magnificent oak front door, beautifully manicured lawns and a tidy section, you expect that the property is going to be amazing inside. After this, as long as you don't let them down with anything inside which is severely outdated, broken or untidy, their first impression is likely to last; no-one likes to be proven wrong, even by themselves.

Some of the best projects for adding value to your first impression are:

  • A new or freshly painted front door with a grand looking handle – very inexpensive compared to your house, but creates a great impression.
  • A tidy garden – this is more of a cleaning project than DIY, but don't let the driveway be full of leaves, overgrown shrubs block the house or hedges be left uncut.
  • If the paint on the outside of the house has not been done for 20 years then people coming to view your house will assume that there is other deferred maintenance elsewhere in the property.

Interior paintwork always looks its best when it is new, after that it will start to get chips in it and marked up. Of course go for neutral colors with paintwork, what you may think is trendy and cool other people may think is unattractive. People tend to have very poor imaginations, although it would be easy for most house buyers to paint a house shortly after buying it, often they will not see the potential that a coat of paint can add to the house. If you paint it a neutral color, most people will be able to match their stuff with it.

Although not really cosmetic, decking is not really about function – often their will be somewhere to put your BBQ, table and chairs before you add decking. Adding a deck to your house means people will stand on it and appreciate the weather / garden / view or other appealing outside features. When someone goes through an open-home, if there is a deck they will stand on it! They will contemplate the house and if it is new and attractive, it will leave a good impression. There is a lot of value to be added from a deck, although, it is the most expensive DIY project in this list.

Kitchen cabinets and bench-top
Everyone knows that it is the women who chooses the house. Well, women do like to be able to show off their kitchen to their friends – whether they admit it or not. When women have their friends over, they will stand in the kitchen and make coffee or cocktails. A kitchen really is important for your house's value. However, kitchen makeovers do not need to be expensive. Some projects are really easy and make a kitchen feel very different, these include:

  • Painting cabinetry – depending on your budget this can be done by a professional who can provide you with a finish similar to new, or yourself it the property is not expensive.
  • A new bench-top – it is said that the first surface that you see when you walk in a room is the floor, in the kitchen, a bench-top is second.
  • A new floor – rip up the vinyl and polish the floorboards, tile the floor, there are many options and as long as you avoid 'too fake' wood, or cheap / old-fashioned vinyl, they will all be an improvement.

When it comes to adding value in the bathroom, the real money-maker is not so much installing an entirely new bathroom, but making sure you don't put people off. These projects will all help with making your bathroom look clean:

  • New shower curtains – NEVER leave moldy ones in the bathroom
  • The toilet – trust me this is important, these things help if you don't want to buy a new one: get a new toilet seat as they are not hard to attach and scrub the bowl with some seriously strong bleach
  • Re-silicone any areas in the bathroom where you cannot get the grime off

Rosie Wood - Author Biography

Rosie has DIY experience fixing up houses for herself and her family. She's been responsible for Painting, Tiling, Deck Building, Old Floor Maintenance, and home decoration. She brings a woman touch to our website, helping handymen and handy woman with DIY projects for their home.

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