If you want to sell your home for top dollar, you’ve got to make buyers believe it’s worth every penny—which might mean putting in a little time to get it looking its best. But before you start hiring contractors or planning major renovations, you might want to consider these DIY home improvements.
Simple DIY Improvements That Will Make a Big Difference
Getting your home ready to impress buyers doesn’t have to mean gutting your kitchen, building out your bathroom, or redoing all your flooring. In fact, you may want to steer clear of those larger and more costly updates, for the sake of both your wallet and your sanity. Instead, here are some DIY home improvements you can tackle all on your own.
Give your bathroom a mini makeover
If your bathroom is looking a little worse for the wear, it might be time to give it a facelift. You can start as simple as replacing your shower curtain, bathmat, and shower head. Then, scrape and re-caulk your tub. Is there still old wallpaper lurking around? Consider a fresh coat of paint.
Replacing the hardware on your sink is another fairly easy way to give your bathroom a high-end look. If you’re feeling more adventurous or your bathroom really needs some work, you might consider replacing the vanity with something more modern.
Show your kitchen some love
If your kitchen is still borrowing its style from the 70s or 80s, it might be time to do some updating. Start simple by replacing your kitchen faucet and replacing the pulls on your cabinets and drawers. You might also consider repainting or resurfacing your cabinets, if they’re looking a little worn.
Bigger updates might include new countertops or appliances, and while these are more expensive (and at times not DIY) updates, they can be worth the cost, depending on the current state of your kitchen.
Spruce up your paint
If there’s one DIY improvement with the power to make a big difference, it’s painting. Choose neutral colors, like beiges, greys, or creams, or perhaps a light pastel, like a soothing blue, a sage green, or a cheery yellow—just be careful not to go too bold, bright, or overboard.
Really want to make your new paint job pop? Consider repainting or replacing your baseboards (4.5 inches typically look best). If you’re fairly handy, you might also consider adding crown molding or chair rail molding.
Update your lighting
One of the easiest ways to make your home look better is simply to replace your lightbulbs! Increasing the wattage of bulbs can add some brightness to your room, even making it feel larger or more open. Adding a table lamp or two can help to increase lighting in rooms that don’t get a lot of natural light, or to add some softness to rooms that feel overwhelmed by overhead lights.
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Are you thinking of selling a home on the Seacoast of Maine or New Hampshire? Jim & Ann are here to help! Contact us today to find out more about how we can price your home, get it looking fantastic, and list it for top dollar—even virtually, if need be!