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DIY Home Improvement Projects for Your Home

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Spring is the perfect time of year for change and making improvements to your home — something that is especially important if you have plans to move. Making the most of this valuable asset is the best way to ensure you get the best returns and are able to move into your next dream home with ease. 

While there are extensive (and expensive) renovations that you can undertake, there are also a number of simple smaller changes that will make a tremendous difference to your property. We’ve recently talked about exterior changes in the form of curb appeal, and now we’re going to look at some of the interior changes where you can Do It Yourself. 

Changing Perspective - Add Mirrors

Sometimes the most important thing isn’t the room itself, but how it appears to prospective buyers. Even smaller and narrower rooms can be made to appear larger or more open with the arrangement of furniture, art, and mirrors. Adding a mirror to the right area can add depth and make a room seem more open. 

Practical Considerations - Add Storage

Making these changes isn’t just about improving the value of your home, you can also make practical adjustments that will make your life easier even before you begin the process of selling the property. By adding additional storage options, you will make your home a more practical and easier living space for both you and prospective buyers. 

A Fresh Look - Install New Fixtures

Giving your home that freshly renovated look and feel isn’t just a matter of brand new layouts and decorating schemes, smaller and simpler touches can go a long way to making it feel new and clean. Updating overlooked smaller fixtures such as switch plates, outlet covers, curtain rods, light fixtures, and doorknobs can add an extra splash of vibrancy and personality to any home. If you want to go a step up, a slightly more expensive but just as worthwhile option can be updating the light fixtures and curtain rods in your property. 

Stylish Designs - New Curtains

You can also change the style of the window coverings, a small move that can help reinvigorate or even completely alter the style and aesthetic of a room. Consider replacing your older and possibly dated coverings with plantation shutters, wooden blinds, or drapes, and try to focus on neutral colours and designs in order to appeal to as wide of an audience of prospective buyers as possible. 

If you’re lucky enough to have a functioning brick fireplace you’ll want to make sure this desirable and valuable feature is well tended in order to ensure it remains a significant selling point when the time comes to sell. To remove excess soot, a damp rag wipe down can be effective, but for a more thorough clean a specially formulated fireplace cleaner can be used to remove creosote, resulting in a beautiful and inviting fireplace.

Kitchen Renovations 

The kitchen is one of the most important areas for any prospective buyer. No longer seen as simply a practical consideration, it is a key focal point of any home. Because of this, a full kitchen remodel is often one of the most popular major renovations, however if you don’t want to go that far there are still a number of smaller kitchen projects, updates, and renovations that can go a long way towards improving the desirability and value of your home. 

  • Repaint your kitchen cabinets
    A simple repainting of your kitchen cabinets can go a long way to revitalizing and changing the dynamic of a kitchen, while sparing you the hassle of a full refit. 

  • Install new doorknobs and handles
    Instead of fully replacing the cabinets, a new doorknob or handle can make a surprising amount of difference acting as a mini facelift, without necessitating a large expense.

  • Install a new backsplash
    These not only offer protection, they come in a wide range of materials and styles which offer both practical value and a touch of style and flair to a kitchen. 

Bathroom Renovations 

Often overlooked by homeowners, the bathroom still plays a key role for many prospective buyers. And as such, it can be a great way of adding hidden value to your home, even with some simpler and smaller DIY renovations in the form of adding new fittings and fixtures to the room. 

  • Add storage
    We may not think of bathrooms as the first place to add storage space to, but this is something that is at a premium throughout every room of a property, and can be very important in homes where multiple people will be using the same bathroom. Adding in additional cabinets or floating shelves to your bathroom can be a cost effective way of improving the storage solutions throughout your property. 

  • Install new taps
    When it comes to new fittings, one of the most cost effective and useful options can be the choice to replace your current taps. These are often aesthetic elements that stand out to prospective buyers, and as such the right design choice can add notable value to your home. 

  • Replace the toilet seat
    Replacing a worn-out toilet seat is a simple and speedy task that only requires a few basic tools. While it may not significantly increase the value of your home, it will certainly enhance its overall appearance.

No matter how you approach it, making your home as desirable to prospective buyers as possible, will be the best way of setting yourself up for the future. This means being able to lean on the knowledge of real estate experts who understand what buyers look for, and can give you an honest and unbiased appraisal of how best to sell your property. Contact our team at Madsen Langlois to get the best advice, guidance, and care when it comes to selling your property, and in finding the best property for your next move. 

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