2 Jul 2012

Five DIY Projects That Add Value to Your Home

Posted by bcsands

There are two main reasons to embark on DIY projects. One is to increase the value of your home and another is to make living there more pleasant. While these five DIY projects meet both objectives, they have been proven time and time again to add value to a property:-

  • Painting – All research shows painting to be at the top of the list for adding instant value. Repainting a home that has any of the following will instantly transform it:-
  • Out-dated colour schemes
  • Dirty walls and/or ceilings
  • Strong coloured feature walls, cornices, ceilings or doors.
  • Odd coloured rooms
  • Faded or peeling paint on exterior walls
  • A faded or moss-covered tile roof (especially old concrete tiles)
  • Floor Coverings – There are several ways you can spruce up old floors without spending too much money, and the return on investment will be well worth the effort. Here are just some ideas:
  • An updated carpet
  • Re-polished floorboards
  • A floating floor made of laminate material
  • Tidy up a garage or concrete driveway with hard wearing floor paint.
  • Gardens – First impressions are important, so make sure that the garden, and particularly the front garden, is in good order. This is fairly easily achieved by:-
  • Weeding all flowerbeds
  • Mowing lawns and trimming edges
  • Planting flowering annuals or placing pots of them in strategic areas
  • Mulching around the existing plants in garden beds
  • Pruning any dead or overhanging bushes or trees


  • Outdoor Work – There is limited scope for easy renovations inside of a home, but outside there are things that potential buyers very often consider of value. These projects can cost much less than, say, renovating a bathroom, and are excellent projects for the avid DIY’er to plan, build and complete. These include things like:-


  • Adding or renovating a storage shed or workshop.
  • Re-painting or oiling an existing pergola or patio
  • Building a new pergola or patio
  • Mending and/or painting the fence
  • Creating a small studio or retreat


  • Updating a Bathroom and/or Kitchen – This can work out to be a little pricy so check your ROI (Return on investment) before you do too much. But there are little things that can make a huge difference to the price without impacting the bottom line. Here are some of them:


  • Update your cabinets by refurbishing rather than replacing them through the use of modern techniques and materials.
  • Install a pre-fabricated shower instead of re-tiling an old one.
  • Use modern paint-on finishes to refurbish tiled kitchen or bathroom splashbacks.
  • Change the window coverings like roller blinds or curtains
  • Put in new tapware to give a bathroom or kitchen an instant facelift.


There are so many ways to make a difference to your home before you put it on the market, just remember the savvy renovator’s question “Why replace when you can cover?” There are of course many more than five DIY projects that add value to your home, just use your imagination and you’ll find many more.

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