5 DIY Home Improvements to Increase Re-Sale Value

By Teresa Cowart in Blog,For Home Sellers,For Homeowners. Tagged:

Home Improvements Increase Resale Value

No matter where you live, if you’re getting ready to put your home up for sale, there are things you can do that will increase the overall value of your home, which leads to a higher listing price.

The key though is to do the work you are capable of on your own so the overall cost of the improvements are kept to a minimum.

Here are five DIY home improvements that will increase the value of your home.


Curb appeal is a buyer’s first impression of your home. To improve your yard, start by weeding, patch or sod bare spots in your lawn, repair or replace any damaged fences or other structures, and add low maintenance plants. Don’t forget about the front door when it comes to curb appeal. The front door should be just as welcoming as the landscaping and the interior of the home.

Improve the Entrance

The front porch is the welcome center of your home, a preview of what’s to come when stepping inside. No matter how small or expansive your porch is, you can give it style and character and leave a lasting impression on buyers. A few tips are:

  • Don’t leave the floor bare, the use of an exterior area rug can complete the look of the conversation area.
  • Use hanging flower baskets to line a long front porch.
  • Clean and even spray paint the mailbox, railings, or other outdoor items.

Bright Spaces

You can use light to improve your home’s interior by cleaning all of the windows, including skylights and mirrors, and removing furniture, large items, and anything else that blocks your windows. This is the time to repair any light fixtures, make updates, and replace light bulbs. A lighting fixture can be just the “wow” factor a space needs. Installing this type of lighting is key when preparing to sell your home and can even become the focal point of a room. For example, replacing that 15 year old gold chandelier in your foyer with an updated, decorative one will help to greet buyers (and guests) right as they walk in the front door.


When you are preparing your home for sale, use the time to start packing away the items you don’t use everyday. Clean out closets, drawers, cabinets, pantries, refrigerators, and pack personal items and family photos. Show off the size of space so buyers can picture themselves living there.


A fresh coat of neutral paint will immediately improve the look and feel of a room. A neutral color palette may sound dull, but actually there are a ton of different colors out there that can transform your outdated space into something amazing!

When the room is empty, start the painting. Then you can put the necessary items back in and coordinate the decor to appeal to buyers.

These cost-effective home improvements will increase the overall value of your home, whether you’re selling or staying!

Now that you know a few home improvements that will increase the value of your home, be sure to read about the worst home improvements to expect ROI.

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