Being a responsible, forward-thinking homeowner is all about property value. Even if you currently adore the home you’re in, you may eventually want to sell it to move up, move somewhere else, or just for a change of pace because you can. When that happens, naturally you want to get the highest possible value for the home and one of the best things about being a homeowner is the ability to improve your property value as a hobby over time. Many people do a big DIY improvement every summer, renovating the kitchen, building a playroom, or improving the garage shop.
If you’re looking for a project this year that will be fun, affordable, and increase your home’s value, we’ve got a great list of ideas to start from and you can see where your DIY fancy takes you from there.
1) Repaint Anything
When it comes to home value, paint is a homeowner’s best friend. Old, dingy, or dated paint makes a house look older dirtier. In contrast, a bright, clean layer of paint in a currently modern color scheme is the perfect way to give any home a ‘like new’ face. Repainting the walls is standard and gives you a chance to express your inner interior designer with color choice, accent walls, and your selection of wall, trim, and border contrast. New enamel for the cabinets can transform the look and feel of kitchens or bathrooms and you can even paint doors, baseboards, and ceiling fans.
Tip: Use painter’s tape liberally. Clean lines, no drips, and clean outlets are the key to a professional-looking paint job. Remove outlets and light switch covers to paint separately.
2) Retractable Screen Doors
Tired of that old screen door that always bangs when you close it or hits you in the rear when you’re trying to bring in groceries? Most homeowners don’t realize there’s a better way. Modernize your home to the extreme (while still acknowledging that bugs exist) with a retractable sliding screen door. These screen doors are easy to install, take up practically no space, and never hit you in the rear on your way through. Not to mention delighting future prospective home buyers with a unique and innovative solution to the screen door problem.
3) Shiny New Plumbing Fixtures
Want to change the look of your kitchen and bathrooms? Consider replacing all the faucets and plumbing handles in the house with a shiny new set that suits your vision of the home’s interior design. Waterfall faucets are popular right now or you could go classic with elegant brass fixtures. Whatever you choose, almost any new fixtures will be an improvement on those old chipping ‘silver’ ones the house came with.
4) Replace Every Handle
Handles play a surprisingly big part in the appearance and quality of a home and you can buy them in big matching packs. You can, for instance, add beautiful new handles to your kitchen cabinets, a new style of door handle for your interior doors, and even a new handle on the front door itself. When combined with repainting, you won’t even recognize your stunning new home for very little cost and effort.
5) Decorative Door Glass
If you want to transform the appearance of your front door and entryway, consider a few decorative glass inserts. These can fit on either side of your front door to add an incredible amount of elegance and class to any home entrance. Incidentally, if you love these frosted glass panels, you can also install them in other places in your home as subtle room dividers and decor.
6) Install Built-In Shelves
If you’re handy with brackets and a power drill, you can quickly and easily install any number of shelves, cubbies, organizers, and hanging bars anywhere in the house. You can build your own closet organizer, construct some beautiful built-in bookcases for the living room, or just add a few shelves to the garage shop. You can even design a new laundry room system that will be the joy of anyone who does laundry in your home in the future.
As a homeowner, property value isn’t just a concern, it’s a hobby! If you love to DIY or even if you’re just starting to get into it, the most important thing is that you have fun with your home improvement projects and are satisfied with the results. For more fun home project tips and tricks, contact us today!