If you’re looking to sell your home in the near future, you can give yourself a competitive advantage by making some small improvements around the home. While major renovations will add value to your home, you will almost never break even. Rather than taking on big, expensive renovations, sellers should focus on a few simple, cheap DIY projects that can make the place look a lot better and help it sell faster.
A Fresh Coat of Paint
Perhaps the most common DIY project for people looking to sell, putting up a fresh coat of paint can really make a home seem new again. However, many people make the mistake of thinking that an eye-catching paint job will help move their home more quickly, when just the opposite is the case. If you want to repaint before you sell, your best bet is to stick with neutral colors like white, light grey or beige. Sure, these bland colors don’t really beg for attention, but that’s sort of the point. Potential buyers don’t want to see your personality on display; they would much rather see a blank canvas that allows them to envision making a space their own.
Kitchen and bathroom renovations often offer the highest rate of return in the home, but you don’t need a total overhaul to make these rooms look more attractive. Old plumbing fixtures can make a room feel dated. By merely replacing faucets and knobs you can make the kitchen feel more modern for the cost of a few hundred dollars. Of course, you can replace more than just the plumbing fixtures. Door knobs, light switch plates, wall outlet covers and light fixtures can also be updated to give your home a fresh look.
Add Garden Beds
An empty yard can give you home a barren look, but you can easily take care of this by adding a flower garden or some raised beds. In the front, a basic flower garden bound by bricks or stones is a simple DIY project that you can complete in a weekend. For a backyard vegetable garden, around $100 of lumber is all you need to add a few raised beds, enough for a vibrant green space. Not only will a new garden make your yard look better, but you’ll also appeal to any buyers with a green thumb.