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Five DIY Upgrades That Each Cost Under $100

Posted by Linda Scarberry on August 23, 2016 at 11:25 PM

Anyone looking to sell a great home for a reasonable price in today’s market shouldn’t have too much trouble, but we could all use a little boost to help make sure that we get top dollar when those buyers come knocking.

If you have watched your share of DIY shows on TV, you have probably seen all kinds of major projects that people have undertaken in order to improve the price their homes will sell for. But what if you don’t have the time or money to commit to a major renovation project in order to sell your home for top dollar?

Cheap-DIY-Projects.jpgFor those of us who happen to be a little bit more grounded in reality, we put together a quick list of five really simple DIY projects that each cost under $100, but will still deliver serious value when the time comes to sell.

One Magical Can of Paint

The number one thing that you can do to upgrade your house when planning to sell it is grab a can of paint and put a fresh coat up somewhere. Painting the whole house inside and out is probably a good idea, but who has the time and money for that, right?

We think you can get some serious return on just one can of paint if you use it in the right way. You will have to make the decision on where you house needs the most help, but a fresh pop of color on the front door almost always returns value.

Other great ideas that can be executed with just one can of paint include painting the inside of your kitchen cabinets with a pop of color, or painting an accent wall in one of your favorite rooms.

Laundry Room Lighting

One of the strange, but popular, design trends right now is to install an elaborate chandelier in the laundry room or walk-in closet. For under $100, you can grab a pretty nice looking chandelier from your local home improvement warehouse, and they’ll even walk you through the process of installing it!

If those elaborate light fixtures aren’t really a good fit in your house, you can get almost as much value from installing a traditional ceiling fan…or even just updating the older light fixtures in any room with something more modern.

Install Shelves

High-end closet organizer systems are a huge asset when trying to sell a house, but they are also quite expensive to purchase and take a while to install. The DIY hack that gets you most of the same value for a lot less time and money is to simply install a few shelves at key locations throughout your house.

You might not have ever even thought about it yourself, but wouldn’t it be nice to have a shelf above the washer and dryer? How about a few simple shelves in the home office so that you can get that clutter up off of your desk? Same goes in the kitchen!

Install Undercabinet Lighting

Speaking of the kitchen, undercabinet lighting has always been popular, but it has never been as easy to install as it is today. Long gone are the days of running complicated wiring through the cabinets. Today’s undercabinet lighting runs on LED bulbs and batteries and can be attached with relative ease.

Adding that elegant light below your cabinets will really help your house show well. It is also another example of a relatively simple project adding far more than its cost in perceived value.

Re-Caulk Kitchen and Bathrooms

No matter how long you have lived at your current residence, there is likely going to be some issues with the caulking somewhere in the kitchen or one of the bathrooms. Fixing that is a simple evening project that costs next to nothing.

Pro-Tip: When selecting your caulking, make sure that you get the kind designed for kitchens and bathrooms, and make sure you buy all of the same color!

In addition to all of these basic DIY projects, other areas where you can really benefit from spending as little as $100 including paying professional cleaners to scrub those difficult places in your house and then paying a professional photographer to take high-level pictures for your listing.

After spending a little bit of money in a smart way, you will find it much easier to command top dollar when your listing hits the market.

Topics: Seller Resources


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