If you’ll be putting your home on the market this year, doing some home improvement projects first can boost its value. When your budget only allows for a limited amount of money on these projects, there are still plenty of things you can do.
Consider one or more of the following DIY home repair projects:
- Pick up some paint. Painting is one of the most budget-friendly ways to spruce up your home. Give each room a fresh coat of paint, but make sure that it’s not a shade that will turn buyers away. Choose neutral tones for your walls. You can always add some color with accessories, such as throw pillows or an area rug.
- Go local with landscaping. Change your landscaping to native plants, which are easier to care for and don’t use up as much water. Local plants can add beauty to your home and improve its curb appeal, which helps bring in buyers. You can also include plants that tolerate drought.
- Update your bathroom. If a big remodeling job isn’t in the budget, just do a few smaller changes. This could mean refinishing the vanity or cabinets, installing a new light or replacing the faucet or bathtub knobs. Even small changes in the bathroom add up to a lot of extra value for your home.
- Replace a carpet. If your budget won’t cover replacing all of the carpets in your home, choose one area to replace instead. Invest in new carpeting for a room with an old or faded carpet or an area that gets a lot of foot traffic, such as the living room. This DIY home repair is one of the best ways to impress buyers.