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Simple DIY Projects to Add Value to Your Home

Sylvia Schmidt

Enthusiasm and a zest for life are two of the driving forces behind my real estate practice – and my life...

Enthusiasm and a zest for life are two of the driving forces behind my real estate practice – and my life...

Mar 26 3 minutes read

If you're wondering how to pass the time at home as you practice social distancing or you're looking for hands on projects to channel your energy, I have some great ideas for you! Not only do they add value to your home, they're also easy DIY projects that will leave you feeling satisfied and accomplished.  

I've also included some ideas that the whole family can take part in like cleaning up the garden or helping declutter spaces! As Mary Poppins says, "In every job that must be done, there is an element of fun. You find the fun and – snap! – the job's a game."

Paint

One of the easiest ways to update your home is by swiping on a fresh coat of paint. No matter which room you're in — the bedroom, kitchen, or bath — adding a new colour to your walls or furniture is a cheap and commitment-free way to make an eye-catching change. Not looking to make a change but you have some paint on hand? Touch up the walls or baseboards and other areas that see wear and tear and scuff marks over the years. If you need some help picking out colours, take a look at the best paint colours for 2020 from Good Housekeeping.

Landscaping/Yard Clean Up

The very first thing people see when they drive past, or up to your home, is your front yard and entrance. Your front yard is what sets the tone for your whole home, and if it doesn’t look good, most people might expect the same from the rest of the home. I suggest spending some time on the side and backyards as well. A quick sweep of any loose dirt and leaves instantly improves the appearance of any outdoor space. An easy task that children can take part in is combing through the yard to remove weeds or setting up a small garden. 

Declutter

Decluttering allows the space in your home, even when limited, to be shown to its full capacity. Allowing prospective buyers to see the true value of space and storage by seeing it neat and organized helps them to visualize their own belongings. Decluttering can go beyond closets and drawers to crowded rooms as well. Remove extra furniture from a room to help the room feel bigger. Not only will this add value if you decide to sell your home, you will feel great seeing your space in a new and organized light.. 

What else can you do?

Deep Clean

Deep clean the surfaces of your home paying special attention to the areas such shower and bath tub enclosures that have mildew and no longer come clean easily (these may need to be recaulked or grouted). This will help with our current health scare and will give you security of knowing your home and space is clean from germs.

Repair Small Items

Tighten up the creaky floorboards, repair or replace any doorknobs that don't function correctly, add lubricant to squeaky door hinges, replace burnt out light bulbs or light fixtures that don't work, tie up the loose ends on any other home improvement projects you've been working on.

Wash Windows

A clean window literally makes a difference in how you view the world. You only need to clean your windows once or twice a year, and it's even easier if you divide the job up and do it room by room. Air out the house on any nice days and be sure to clean any curtains, bedding, etc.

Feeling Overwhelmed?

If you need recommendations for service providers for any of these projects, I would be happy to help with that - feel free to send me a message.

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