What Makes Your House A Home: Small Projects That Sell

Happy couple sitting in front of a freshly painted wall surrounded by paint buckets

Whether you're planning on putting your home on the market within the next week or looking to sell further down the road, there are simple home improvement projects you can complete in order to help it sell faster. Here's a list of five DIY projects that can improve the look of your home while adding value at the same time.

Cover your Walls

When updating your home, adding a fresh coat of paint to your walls should always be number one on your to-do list. Not only will it freshen up any room, but the new paint will cover scuffs, stains, and even some smells. Keep it simple by sticking to a neutral color scheme. This shows that you've stayed on top of current trends while also appealing to a larger group of potential buyers.

Less is More

It's important that when you're showing your home you work to help potential buyers envision themselves in the space. You want to make it as easy as possible for them to see their family lounging in the living room or eating dinner in the dining room. But how can they do that if they can't even fully see the space through all the furniture and general "stuff" you own. This is why it's important you take a couple of days to declutter. The more items you donate, throw away, or gift to family and friends before showing your home, the larger it's going to look and the easier it's going to be for others to imagine themselves living there.

Update Hardware

You would be surprised at how put together a home truly looks with new fixtures. From your kitchen to your bathrooms, upgrading faucets, door or cabinet handles, and light switch covers to one cohesive style is a great way to give your home a breath of fresh air. Plus, this is one less thing the buyer has to worry about potentially changing when touring your home.

Let in the Light

Maximize the light in your home and make your space seem larger by taking advantage of the sun. Giving your windows and skylights a good wash, replacing dark and heavy curtains with lighter shades, and updating overhead lighting with modern ceiling fans will all work to transform your space into one that's cheery and bright.

First Impressions Matter

While these tips have focused a lot on the inside of your home, this doesn't mean you can forget the outside. You want to wow the buyer the second they drive up to your home, and simple yard maintenance can go a long way in doing so. Mowing the lawn, raking leaves, replacing mulch, and planting colorful flowers are all a great way to boost curb appeal without being forced to break the bank.

Putting a focus on these easy DIY projects is a great way to help raise the value of your home and make it faster and easier to sell. If you are interested in putting your house up for sale, contact Iowa Real Estate professionals, Jessica & Sarah!