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DIY home projects aren’t just for making your home look better - they can also help sell your home more quickly. This is because a well-maintained and renovated home may look more appealing to prospective buyers. This can be as easy as decluttering unwanted items, painting walls and furniture, or updating light fixtures. Below are some ways to sell your home quickly through easy home projects that you can do yourself.
If your kitchen, bathroom or bedroom could use a makeover, consider updating the floors. Over time, floors can chip or peel, which may give off an outdated appearance. Below are some easy ways to update the floors in your home:
- Install an engineered luxury plank floor.
- Add checkerboard flooring.
- Add a vinyl tile floor.
- Lay a variety of tiles and accents (these also come in a range of colors, patterns and shapes).
- Install carpeting.
- Lay stone tiles.
Though floor maintenance is often an overlooked task, it’s an easy way to increase the value of your home.
Like flooring, worn baseboards may add an outdated appearance to your home. Fortunately, it’s easy to repair baseboards with the following tips:
- Use a joint compound to fill in any gaps or chips within the baseboard.
- Use a drywall taping knife to reshape the chipped sections of the baseboard (after caulking).
- Sand and/or paint the baseboard for a newly-remodeled appearance.
Repairing baseboards is also an affordable alternative to replacing baseboards and doesn’t require as much time to complete.
Change Out Handles and Knobs
Knobs and handles are also subject to wear and tear, but can also easily be replaced or repaired. Below are some ways to do so:
- Remove rust using a combination of vinegar, baking soda and water.
- Replace parts (such as springs or screws) using tweezers and screwdrivers.
- Tighten any loose screws.
- Make sure the door is working properly, which can also affect how the door handle functions.
- If the above tips don’t work, consider replacing the door handle. You may also need to call a locksmith to change the locks.
Repairing and replacing knobs or handles also doesn’t require the use of any fancy tools. All you really need is a screwdriver and some tweezers or needle nose pliers for small adjustments.
Fill in Nail Holes
Hanging up pictures or posters with screws or thumbtacks can cause unappealing holes in your wall. Fortunately, these can also be easily filled by using drywall spackle or wood filler. Simply use a drywall knife to add drywall spackle to a desired spot on your wall, and smooth it out until it’s dry. For smaller areas like trim, you can also use your fingers to add wood filler. You can also repaint the area if desired, especially if there is a distinguishable contrast of color between the drywall and filler.
How Much Can You Make From Selling Your Home?
This question is determined by several factors, including the sale price of your home, loan balance, interest rate, transfer tax rate and annual property taxes. Simply use an online calculator to fill in the requested information to get a sale proceeds estimate. It’s also important to note that you must pay property taxes on your home up until the sell date. You may also be required to pay a transfer tax to your local government office after the home is sold.
Home projects are a quick and easy way to update the look of your home for prospective buyers. While it’s important to focus on large projects like painting or remodeling the kitchen or bathroom, it’s also important to update the small details of your home, such as baseboards and nail holes. Consider these details when working on your next DIY home project.
Suzie Wilson is an interior designer with more than 20 years experience. What started as a hobby (and often, a favor to friends) turned into a passion for creating soothing spaces in homes of every size and style. While her goal always includes making homes look beautiful, her true focus is on fashioning them into serene, stress-free environments that inspire tranquility in all who enter. The Ultimate Guide to Prepping Your Home for an Open House is filled with tips, tricks and other advice based on Suzie’s years of experience in interior home design that will set you up for success.