3 DIY home renovations that increase home value on a budget

Selling your home is an endeavor that takes time, energy, and tons of patience. It’s a process that can be wrapped up in a matter of weeks if you’re lucky – but you might also find yourself holding out for a buyer for months. You also want to make sure that you’re getting as much of a return on your initial investment as possible.

If you’re looking to bump up the value of your soon-to-be-sold home, here are a few simple DIY renos that are sure to wow potential buyers! Remember to respect the golden rules of DIY and you’ll be on your way.

  1. Refresh those walls 

Cost: $200-$300/room

Nothing sucks the energy out of a room faster than an old paint job. Drab beiges in the living room, washed-out yellows in the kitchen, and eye-popping reds in the dining room (among others) can severely limit buyers’ imaginations and end up pre-defining these rooms’ personalities as wonky and inaccessible.

Do your visitors – and your realtor! – a favor and refresh your walls with a coat of white or off-white paint. This fix is beyond easy to accomplish on your own, and will give your space a modernized feel that sells.

  1. Doorway to heaven

Cost: $1,200-$2,200 for an exterior door

After a while, we stop noticing our doors – they get downgraded from “charming centerpiece of a home” to “barrier between me and the cozy interior that lies beyond.” But a simple switch-out of these curb-facing elements can render your home almost unrecognizable in the best way possible.

Chances are, your current door is covered in a sea of dents, nicks, chips, and scratches that are easy to overlook day-to-day, but are likely to catch buyers’ eyes. Give your home a budget-friendly facelift and let your new door do the talking.

  1. It’s all in the details 

Cost: $30-$200 for a faucet, $5-$20 for a cabinet knob

No need to gut your kitchen or bathroom to increase your home’s value: instead, simply start replacing small fixtures that make big impressions. Elements like faucets, cabinet knobs, and light fixtures are the unsung heroes of fantastic-looking rooms, and a basic refresh of these design components can change the way people perceive the value of your house in a subtle but important way.

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