Small-Scale DIY: Increasing Your Home’s Value


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Many DIY home improvement projects are expensive, drawn out, and tricky to get right. When reselling your home, you naturally begin looking for ways to increase its value and attract potential buyers. While repainting certainly doesn’t hurt and installing an Energy Star appliance is never a bad thing, there are much simpler ways to make your house more appealing to buyers. Here are some small-scale DIY ways to attract buyers and increase your selling price.

Update Your Hardware and Fixtures

Many homes are guilty of having clashing metals. Door knobs, towel racks, and faucets may not have a cohesive theme, which can cause a perception that the home is not finished or ‘put together’ in the minds of some prospective buyers. Mismatched pieces within the home are something that can be remedied very easily.

Pick a modern, decorative design. You might ask your realtor what’s currently in style and match the trend to help your home look up to date. Be sure you don’t go too simple or too ornate. A decorative yet classy style is your best bet. Be sure your cabinet knobs, door handles, hooks, towel racks, and other metal hardware is matching. A classy, cohesive design is much more elegant and pleasing to the eye.

Make a Statement with Updated Light Fixtures

Central lighting is a good way to draw potential buyers’ eyes. If you have boring, standard lighting, you may not get a negative reaction, but there also will not be a positive one. If you spend a little extra and hang a minimalist chandelier or a carefully chosen lighting fixture in the living room, suddenly the home feels more custom and valuable.

Other great places to add decorative lighting might be the kitchen, the bathroom, and dining spaces. You should be sure that any metal on the fixtures also matches your hardware.

Plant Some Flowers and Shrubs

Your front walkway is the first impression your prospective buyers will get. A green lawn is fine but does not catch the eye or invite visitors in. Rows of cheery flowers leading the potential buyer to the front door are a great way to put your buyer in a good mood, feel welcome, and be inspired to pay a little more for the home.

For an added bonus, plant hardy and drought-resistant shrubs alongside your flowers. When buyers fall in love with the landscaping and learn it’s easy to maintain, it can be an excellent way to close the deal.

Replace Showerheads with Aerated Alternatives

Aerated shower heads and faucets are a wonderful way to reduce water waste and, most importantly, your water utility bills. Aerated simply means that both air and water are pumped into the faucet, cutting water use without sacrificing water pressure. Showerheads with aerated settings are inexpensive and easy to install while offering you a bigger payout on your home.

Sprucing your house up for a better selling price doesn’t have to be a big, expensive task. Though some of the bigger projects can be beneficial, simpler options can have a similar effect. Taking a mismatched bathroom and tweaking the fixture colors can take a poorly planned room to a beautiful, modern, and coordinated space.

Adding a simple chandelier to the dining area turns a simple room with a table into an elegant dining room where your buyers can picture entertaining guests. There are many small DIY projects you can do to make your home just a little more valuable and a lot more attractive to buyers. It’s simply a matter of deciding what finishing touches your home needs most.

Paul Denikin began learning about DIY home repair projects after his daughter, Maggie, was born with special needs. He has learned a lot through trial and error as he has worked to make his family’s home safe and accessible for her. Today, he shares his DIY knowledge on, a website that offers home improvement project how-tos and other accessibility information.

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