DIY Projects to Add Value

All your time at home this spring might have you itching to tackle some DIY home projects. But which ones will add value to your home? Here are some DIY projects that require minimal skill but have maximum payoff when it comes time to sell.

1.  Landscaping: The exterior of your home makes an important first impression.  Attractive landscaping can add between 5%-12% to your home’s value!

It’s not complicated either! Pay attention to the sun your yard receives and choose plants accordingly.  It also helps to have some visual height differences—tall background plants and shorter ones in the foreground.  If you live in a climate with four distinct seasons, choose some evergreens for year-round beauty.

Other cost-effective perennials that add color and beauty that are easy to care for include hostas, hardy mums, lavender, boxwoods, daylilies, daffodils, tulips, hydrangeas, and Black-eyed Susans.


2.  Backsplash: A whole kitchen renovation is pricey and requires a high level of skill, but adding a kitchen backsplash is within most people’s skill-set and can be completed in a weekend!  It makes kitchen clean-up easier and is appealing to potential buyers whenever you decide to sell.  Pick a neutral tile and simple shape so it stands the test of time.

 We found this tutorial helpful as a starting point!

3.   Lighting: Outdated lighting can really bring a room down.  The fixtures that were popular in the 80s and 90s should be swapped out for ones that are in style today.  There are beautiful options available from online retailers and at home improvement stores.   Matte black chandeliers, drum shades, geometric designs, glass globes with Edison bulbs, wicker shades, industrial designs and wooden beads are all having a moment right now!

Simple electrical work like this isn’t complicated, and you can have an updated home with a few hours of work! This tutorial should help get you started.

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