DIY Projects Can Increase the Value of Your Home

There comes a time where you may think about selling your home. Before doing so, it’s important to do as much as you can to increase the property value through renovations and home projects. Not only will this increase the value of your home, it will also help to sell your home quickly, as some prospective buyers are more interested in renovated and well-kept homes.

 

While this doesn’t necessarily entail a complete overhaul of your home, a few DIY projects will go a long way to selling your home quickly and easily. Here are a few home projects to consider.

Applying Mulch to Yards

Mulch is not only used to make your front or backyard more attractive to prospective buyers, it’s also used to keep soil healthy and lock in necessary moisture. A variety of mulch may be used, including:

  • Rubber
  • Garden
  • Bark
  • Hardwood
  • Hemlock
  • Leaf
  • Glass

To apply mulch to your yard, it’s important to follow these tips:

  • Apply mulch in layers of 1 inches to 3 inches in depth
  • Avoid using old or “bad” mulch
  • Keep mulch away from the base of trees to avoid decay
  • Accent the mulch using bricks, stones and stucco

A yard is one of the first things a buyer will see, so it’s important to make a great first impression by using high-quality mulch and accents.

Resurfacing Kitchen and Bathroom Cabinets

While a complete overhaul may not be necessary, you can spruce up your kitchen or bathroom by resurfacing the cabinets. This method can be done through the following instructions:

  1. Remove cabinet doors
  2. Clean the exterior of the cabinet
  3. Glue plywood on outer-most sides
  4. Cover the stiles using veneer
  5. Remove excess veneer trimmings
  6. Hang the cabinet doors using screws
  7. Add knobs and pulls to complete the look of your new cabinets

Resurfacing cabinets is also a cost-effective alternative to buying new cabinets. This allows you to save money while also increasing the value of your home through cabinet renovations.

Caulking

Caulking involves using a caulk gun to fill gaps in your home to keep bugs and moisture out. It’s also used to replace old caulk in bathrooms and showers, which are more prone to dirt and mold (otherwise known as re-caulking). Here are several ways to caulk various parts of your home.

  1. Remove old caulk
  2. Clean the surface
  3. Add painter’s tape to ensure clean and precise caulk lines
  4. After the caulk gun is loaded, apply caulk using a 45 degree angle between the tube and the gap
  5. Use a finishing tool to smooth the surface of the freshly applied caulk
  6. Remove any painter’s tape before the caulk begins to dry
  7. Clean up any excess caulk

Caulking is an easy way to do some damage control in your home, as well as making your bathroom, showers and windows look good as new.

Calculating Property Value

Before displaying that For Sale sign, it’s important to calculate the new cost of your home. You’ll need to know aspects of your home such as purchase quarter, purchase price and valuation quarter before obtaining a quote. You can also hire an appraisal, or obtain a competitive market analysis through a broker.

 

Selling your home doesn’t have to be hard, especially when you utilize DIY projects to increase the property value of your home. Consider major and minor aspects to renovate, such as landscaping, filling in gaps and cracks and resurfacing doors and cabinets before putting your house up for sale.

 

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