Whether or not you’re in the market to sell your home, if you are handy you might be looking for some good projects to update it. The best choice is to make updates and repairs that will add value, like the ones below.
With kitchen renovations costing five figures, you might wonder if you can afford to update your kitchen. If your cabinets are in good shape, leave them alone but give them a good cleaning. Otherwise, you might want to consider painting them, changing the knobs, or changing cabinet doors. Painting cabinets can be a time-consuming endeavor, but with the right paint, it can really make a difference in giving your kitchen a facelift.
In the kitchen, brightness is critical. A simple change of your curtains to sheer white panels might help, as well as under-cabinet LED lighting. DIY Network has some excellent project ideas in the $100 range, such as resurfacing a laminate countertop, installing a backsplash and new light fixtures – bright ones of course! Learn more kitchen updates from Good Housekeeping.
According to Zillow, smaller projects can have a big impact in these rooms. Update hardware or put in high-quality towel bars. A new light fixture and a fresh coat of paint can help as well. If your grout is too far gone to clean, you can use a grouting pen to update the tiling.
Bathrooms are great to update because you can easily coordinate accessories. You can also repaint cabinets or frame a mirror. Read more budget-friendly ideas from This Old House.
Restore Hardwood Floors
If you have an old home, you may have vintage hardwood floors lurking under your carpets, according to Investopedia. Carefully pull up a tiny corner of your carpet to see what’s underneath. If you do this project, you may need a power sander as well as a handheld sander. Read what you need to know to successfully restore floors from this post at Home Guides.
Add Crown Molding
This can be tricky if you don’t know how to use a miter box or miter saw, but for those with moderate handyman skills, this can give a plain room a classic look. Read exactly what you need to know for this install at Family Handyman.
Create Curb Appeal
You can start by updating your front door. Painting it a vibrant color, updating hardware, and crafting a beautiful wreath can easily add a “wow” factor to your home. You can also plant a small garden and upgrade your mailbox. Add wood chips around trees or create a rock barrier from rocks you unearth in your own backyard. Don’t forget to clean or paint your shutters, too.
Finally, refinishing your deck or wood fence is always a good upgrade. Read ways to add curb appeal to your home from Backyard Boss.
For more ideas, read HGTV’s tips to increase your home value at different price points.
Important Tips For DIY Repairs
If you are making DIY repairs, keep these tips in mind:
● Before starting, set a firm budget with a little wiggle room for problems that may arise.
● Make sure you stay on budget. You might be tempted to think, “I can make up for this.” Unfortunately, this is a good way to get into financial hot water.
● Be flexible with your timeline. While the hope is that everything stays on track, mishaps happen: unexpected rain, wrong orders shipped, etc.
● Have the right tools on hand. For example, a quality stud finder can help you find the right spot to set up a heavy mirror or install built-in shelving. Read reviews of the top stud finders from Tool Review Lab.
Updating your home to increase its value is doable on a budget, especially if you have moderate DIY skills. Be sure to select projects you feel comfortable doing and use the right tools.
Photo credit by Pixabay