You don’t have to spend a fortune to make your home desirable when it comes time to resale your property. Simple and affordable do-it-yourself projects can greatly increase a home’s resale value, according to HomeGain’s annual home improvement and staging survey. The marketing company surveyed nearly 600 real estate professionals to discover which DIY home improvement projects give sellers the biggest return for their buck.
- Clean and declutter. Remove personal items, free up counter space, organize closets and shelves, and clean the home…really clean the home. ($290 Cost – $1,990 Return)
- Brighten. Clean all windows (both sides), replace old, dusty curtains, update light fixtures, and remove anything that blocks light from the windows. ($375 Cost – $1,550 Return)
- Smart staging. Rearrange furniture, bring in new accessories and furnishing to enhance rooms, incorporate artwork, and play soft background music. ($550 Cost – $2,194 Return)
- Landscaping enhancements. Perk up curb appeal in the yards by adding mulch, bushes, and flowers. Be sure the plants and grass are tended to and manicured. ($540 Cost – $1,932 Return)
- Repair electrical or plumbing. Fix leaks under the sinks, remove mildew stains, and ensure all plumbing is in good working condition. Fix any lights or outlets that don’t work, and replace old plug points with new safety fixtures. ($535 Cost – $1,505 Return)
- Replace or shampoo dirty carpets. Steam-clean carpets, replace any worn carpets, and repair any floor creaks. ($647 Cost – $1,739 Return)