The housing market can be a fickle thing. Sometimes, it’s a buyer’s market. Other times, it’s a seller’s game. And still, sometimes it’s a bit of both, depending on the zip code you are looking in. However, a home that’s well-cared for and stylish inside with good curb appeal on the outside will always be attractive.
Here are a few DIY-friendly home projects that will help boost your home’s appeal and property value.
Budget-Friendly Kitchen Makeover: The kitchen is one of the biggest selling points of a home, and prospective buyers always take notice of a nice kitchen. Kitchen remodels can easily cost thousands of dollars, but thankfully, a kitchen can also be spruced up without breaking the bank.
One of the easiest kitchen upgrades is to paint your kitchen cabinets and replace the hardware. For an extra touch, consider installing soft-close kitchen cabinet hinges. This can really add some “wow” factor, all for just a couple hundred bucks.
If you’re feeling extra DIY handy, you may want to consider adding a backsplash. From super simple stick-on vinyl tiles to elaborate mosaic glass, a backsplash doesn’t have to be complicated but will always impress.
Home Exterior Maintenance: It doesn’t matter how nice your home is on the inside; if the outside is “blah,” many prospective buyers won’t look twice. One of the best ways to improve a home’s curb appeal is with landscaping.
If your flower beds are full of weeds, clear them out, put down some mulch, and plant a couple of low-maintenance shrubs. Add a few planter pots on the porch with colorful flowers, and your home will already look more inviting.
While landscaping can go a long way, don’t neglect your home’s actual exterior, either. If your home’s brick or siding is looking gross, give it a good cleaning with a powerwasher and then touch up any chipped paint around doors and windows.
Upgrade Lighting Fixtures: Outside lighting can also go a long way in both improving a home’s exterior visual appeal and providing an extra layer of security. An oversized light fixture at the front door will create a welcoming glow for guests, and solar-powered lights can help to illuminate walkways.
Making improvements to interior lighting fixtures will also help to make the inside of your home more appealing. Pendant lights are very in style and work great in kitchen areas, but even simple swaps to existing light fixtures can be a significant improvement.
Consider swapping out frosted glass shades on an old chandelier with clear glass or updating outdated metal finishes with a simple can of spray paint.
Window Treatments: Window treatments not only provide privacy, but they can add an element of style, depending on how creative you want to get with textures, colors, or patterns.
Blinds, whether they’re wood, faux wood, vinyl, or aluminum, are easy to install and can be customized for just about any window size. If you’re looking for something softer and even cheaper, curtains and drape options are nearly limitless and can be outfitted in limitless style possibilities.
When you’ve found a home you truly love, finding ways to give it your personal touch and make it even more appealing is the easy part. If you’d like to find your dream home in the Crosswinds community, reach out to us today.