Are you getting ready to list your home? Then it might be a good idea to spruce up your place. Although staging and improving your home for buyers might seem expensive, it’s actually anything but! Here are a few DIY projects that buyers will love—and they won’t take much time at all.
Freshen Up with Some Paint
Adding a fresh coat of paint can do wonders both inside and outside your home—and you can even do it yourself. Not sure where to start? Take a look around your place. Are there any walls, doors, or surfaces with a lot of chips? Does your home have any bright colors that might not appeal to buyers? Those are probably the best places to start.
Depending on the kind of surface you’re painting, you’ll need to select the right paint, brush, or roller for the job. For example, acrylic latex exterior paint is best for garages, and you may want to use a small 1/4″ nap roller on your walls. When in doubt, just head to your local hardware store and ask plenty of questions.
Update Hardware and Fixtures
Let’s face it—older cabinet handles and faucets just look, well, dated. Believe it or not, you can replace aging hardware for just a few dollars, and it’s easier than you might expect. Today’s buyers are often looking for black or brushed nickel finishes, which never go out of style.
If you want to tackle these DIY projects for yourself, your local hardware store will have plenty of options to choose from. All it takes to replace a few handles is a drill, screwdriver, and wood putty. For more advanced projects, such as faucets or sinks, be sure to check out online tutorials and pick up any necessary tools before you start.
Install Smart Home Tech
Did you know that smart home tech can actually increase your home’s value? Many buyers are willing to pay a premium for home automation, and it doesn’t take long to set it up yourself.
Some of the most-requested devices include smart thermostats, doorbells, appliances, locks, and outlets. While it might not be worth investing in a smart fridge, it’s easy to install a new thermostat or doorbell during a free afternoon. If you do choose to add these features, be sure your agent mentions them in your listing.
Add Decorative Touches
If you’re not interested in working with power tools, you can still stage your home with a few choice accessories. Creating a warm, inviting environment for buyers without crowding your space is essential—but it doesn’t have to take much time at all.
Adding fresh cut flowers or house plants is one of the quickest DIY projects out there. Just find a decorative vase or planter (you can even jazz it up with some paint), find the right greenery, and display it in your space. Adding some soft textiles or hanging neutral art can also help tie your interior together.
Ready to List?
If you’re getting ready to put your Central Ohio home on the market, we’d love to help! The Raines Group has the expertise you need to list, market, and sell your home for just the right price. Have questions? Drop us a line—we have all the answers you need.