Home Improvement Projects You Can Do Yourself
Home improvement projects can add value to your home, and help you sell your house faster if that is your goal. However, by hiring a professional for smaller projects you can do yourself, you may spend any potential equity gained on the labor involved. It’s worth the DIY effort for some projects to build sweat equity in your home.
Determine Necessary Fixes
Deciding what needs to be fixed in your home is the first step. While some things might be obvious to you, other fixes may not. If you’re planning on selling your home, ask your listing agent to walk through and advise you on what fixes he or she would suggest. If you want to make sure all your bases are covered (even those you may have to hire out), you can hire a home inspector to walk through and do a pre-inspection for you. They will note the same types of issues that a buyer’s home inspector would.
Types of Projects You Can Do Yourself
Depending on your experience, you might want to start with only the easiest of home improvement projects yourself. Some projects are simple to do, and others are far easier than you’d expect. The internet offers exhaustive DIY resources for nearly any project, and your local Indoor home improvement store is likely to have experts to give advice, and some even have free classes to show you in a hands-on way how to complete common projects.
Some projects you might want to start off with include painting (an easy way to brighten any room), updating appliances, and updating lighting fixtures. Adding a backsplash can give some pizazz to a kitchen. If you are selling your home, decluttering and cleaning are also very important and easy to do yourself.
Don’t Forget the Outside
Do not make the mistake of overlooking the exterior of your home. Improvement projects outside add curb appeal and make a great first impression on potential buyers. Adding new plants, revitalizing a dying lawn, and planting a new small tree are things you can do yourself to add value and appeal.
While some home improvement projects may seem intimidating, many are easier than you might think. By working on these projects yourself, you can add sweat equity value to your home, and make it a more pleasant place for you and your family to live.