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DIY Touches That Add Value to Your Home

Making your home stand out doesn't have to be hard or overly expensive. If you're thinking of selling, small touches can make a big impact and help put your home above others. You don't have to break the bank when it comes to making your property 'pop.' Below you'll find some quick and easy DIY projects that can help add value to your house.

 

ACCENT WALL

Creating a striking focal point in a room is a great way of highlighting the room and creating a new and exciting vibe within the house. From small spaces like a powder room to a larger area like a dining room, an accent wall can completely transform any area. Whether you paint, add wallpaper, use tiles, or install wood paneling, focusing on one wall not only helps create a balance within the room itself, creating an accent wall is an affordable and quick DIY touch.

 

STAIRCASE FINIALS

Sometimes it's the little things that add a special touch to a property. For many homes, the staircase is often overlooked when it comes to personalization. A quick DIY project is adding a staircase finial. Finials come in all shapes, sizes and materials, meaning you will have no problem finding one to match the overall feel of your home. While it's not a huge change, it will stand out to buyers.

 

MOLDING

If there's one thing that can instantly upgrade a room, it's molding. A feature commonly found in historic homes and luxury properties, molding can quickly change a drab room into a showpiece. Whether it's upgrading your baseboards to a taller board, installing Crown Molding in a kitchen, adding a chair rail, picture rail or wainscoting to a dining room, or going above and beyond with an ornate trim, this DIY addition can help boost your home's resale value and bring your property up a notch.

 

DOOR HARDWARE

An easy and quick DIY project for any home is upgrading door hardware. From the doorknobs and hinges on interior and front doors, to the hardware on your kitchen cabinets, upgrading small things can make a huge impact when it comes to attracting buyer attention. If you have old brass doorknobs, upgrading them to a more contemporary material will not go unnoticed. If you have wood knobs on your kitchen cabinets, even upgrading them to metal will have a positive impact.

 

LIGHTING

Lighting can make or break a room, especially in small rooms or rooms that don't have a lot of natural light. Buyers will notice if your overhead lighting needs an upgrade; utilize the opportunity and put on your DIY gloves and get to work. New ceiling light covers are an affordable upgrade, and they can be changed to a modern style in a matter of minutes. If you really want to go above and beyond, you can switch out close to ceiling or flush mounts for track lighting or even a fan. New lighting changes a room and captures a buyer's attention, and it's a DIY project that is quick, easy and improves the overall resale value of your home.

Upgrading your home doesn't have to be a long and expensive project. If you find you don't have a lot of time or a large budget, choose small projects that pack a punch. Little things add up, and buyers do notice the small things. You don't have to completely overhaul your kitchen or renovate your master bathroom to get buyers to look at your house. DIY projects are a great way to instantly change up a room, and they can help add additional value to your property.

The Watsons are active in local communities and have lived in the Northwest Suburbs for over 40 years. Their knowledge and experience will get you the results you want! ~ Jayne Smith, Palatine, IL