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Your home is your largest asset. That’s why, when the time comes to list it, you should make sure that you have maximized its resale value. Our DIY tips will help you do just that and ensure that you show your home properly so that you can sell it for top dollar quickly.
1. Install High-End Ceiling Fans
According to HouseLogic, one of the best DIY projects to undertake to increase the resale value of your home is installing new ceiling fans to replace old, outdated ones. Potential buyers like to see refreshed rooms with crisp, new paint and quality ceiling fans that help save on energy costs. Fortunately, most homeowners who know how to use a screwdriver, needle-nose pliers, and a cordless drill can replace outdated ceiling fans in a short amount of time. Keep in mind that it’s easier to replace a ceiling fan than to install one in a location that did not previously have one.
Remember to hang the fan seven to eight feet above the floor, choose the largest Energy Star-rated fan for the size of the room, and opt for a high-end fan that accentuates the room and provides better cooling with less noise. If you install a fan on a low ceiling, choose a ceiling-hugging model that is flush-mounted.
2. Improve Your Window Treatments
Potential home buyers will not be impressed by windows with dingy, inexpensive blinds, shades, or curtains. While you don’t need to spend an arm and a leg on custom window treatments, you should consider installing plantation shutters, wooden blinds, or quality drapes that add a pop of color to your rooms. Updated window treatments freshen rooms and give your home the finishing touches that appeal to buyers and entice them to spend more.
3. Give Your Bathroom a Makeover
Buyers expect to see updated bathrooms, and you need to deliver to maximize your resale value. Unless you are a plumber who can turn an old tub/shower combo into an amazing tiled double shower, you probably need bathroom makeover ideas that just about anyone can tackle DIY style. That’s where the budget bathroom tips from In My Own Style come in.
Consider adding a beadboard frame painted the same color as your walls to help a modular shower enclosure blend into the background. Make your mirrors look built in by adding wooden frames and molding. If you have woodworking skills, or if you enjoy using power tools and have time to practice your skills, consider adding crown molding, wainscoting, or board and batten treatments to your walls to update the bathroom and give it a sophisticated look. Don’t forget to update your faucets and hardware on your doors and vanities, too.
4. Make Sure Your Home Is Ready for Walk-Throughs
When you are ready to put your home on the market after completing these valuable upgrades, make sure that you are prepared for showings. There are a few home-showing etiquette rules to follow that will help maximize your resale value and entice buyers to make offers.
First, you need to leave the property during a showing. Buyers get uncomfortable when sellers are present for showings. They also have a more difficult time picturing themselves in your home when you are there. The best policy is to coordinate showings with your realtor to ensure you won’t be home.
Be sure your home is staged in a way that it will help potential buyers picture it as their own. Remove at least one large piece of furniture from each room to create a more open, welcoming space, and remove any items that have personal touches, such as framed family photos. Lastly, stow away anything that might be a turn-off to those who view your home, like politically-themed items or artwork that contains anything that might be considered vulgar. If the act of home staging requires you to clear out a lot of your belongings, opt for keeping them in a self-storage unit rather than a closet or your garage. They can be rented inexpensively, and you don’t want to transfer clutter from one space in your home to another when you’re trying to sell it.
Also, remove all signs of your pets in your home. Some buyers will be turned off if they see pet hair, toys, or remnants of food or treats on the floor. Remember to clean dog waste out of your yard, take your pets’ food dishes and toys with you, and hide their beds and crates. If a showing is scheduled while you’re working, board your dog for the day. This way, you won’t worry about him crying, whining, or barking while strangers visit, and you won’t dissuade potential buyers from making an offer.
Before you list your home for sale, tackle DIY projects that you can handle. If you have old ceiling fans, replace them with quality ones. Then, improve your window treatments and update bathrooms. Prepare for showings by leaving beforehand, staging your home and removing all signs of your pets.