Want to raise the value of your house, but don’t want to tear down any walls and, you know, spend tens of thousands of dollars to make that happen? Well, it turns out, you don’t necessarily have to make drastic changes to see your house’s stock prices go up. A couple of cheap DIYs later and your home will start attracting buyers from all over. Here’s what you have to do:
No leaky faucets in this house
You know which rooms in your home get the most use? The bathroom and the kitchen. The state of these rooms has the potential to make people want to snap your home right up or run for the hills. There are two super small fixes that’ll make sure it’s the former. Just fix leaks and tighten handles. Want to take it a little further? Upgrade your faucets. They’ll make the rooms look fresh again without having to do a whole renovation.
Bold is not gold (indoors)
Dirty walls getting you down? No need to paint every single room. Instead, just grab a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser and quickly rub those scuffs away. Then, if you do have rooms that are an unusual or dated colour like, let’s say, blood orange, chocolate brown or chic lime, consider painting them a clean, fresh and neutral colour. That’s what potential buyers want to see.
Outdoors is another matter. Give your house instant curb appeal by painting your front door a rich green or red.
Put more money in the bathroom and get a big return
Like we said earlier, your bathroom is very important. If you want to make the value go even higher, think about regrouting your bathroom tile:
adding a new toilet:
or a new sink:
or a new light fixture:
A bathroom upgrade of $300 to $1,000 could raise your potential return by 2 to 3 per cent. Sweet!
Declutter and deodorize
A simple and surefire way to make your home more valuable is to just put away any personal items in your house. Family pictures with your dog and that ancient heirloom chair (that your great grandmother gave you) are priceless, but they’re not adding much to the space when potential buyers come by. You should also open drapes and blinds to let in natural light. It’ll make your rooms look, well, really roomy. The best part? This DIY is free, free, free. And it can boost your potential return by 3 to 5 per cent.
And, there you have it. How simple are these DIYs? Your house will be looking spiffy in no time.