Summer is approaching quickly! ! You might have a lot more time on your hands, and you’re likely spending that time at home. If you are considering the benefits of fixing up your home to make it more appealing to potential buyers, or just to have a nicer place to live in the era of social distancing, you should know that not all DIY home improvement projects will offer homeowners a solid return on their investment. Here are 3 things that you need to know before breaking out the toolkit, read on!
Painting… Your Front Door?
Believe it or not, a super simple project such as just painting your front door can have big returns. Amanda Pendleton, Zillow’s home trends expert, says “A glossy coat of exterior paint can really amp up your curb appeal.” When it comes to the type of paint though, the devil is in the details. Painting your front door black, in particular, could add as much as $6,000 to your home’s sale price, according to Zillow’s research.
Change Your Lighting Fixtures
Another relatively simple change a homeowner can make is to replace light fixtures with smart lights. “Not only are you going to save money on your power bill, but you’re going to sell your home seven days faster,” Pendleton said, citing additional research from Zillow. Change the light bulbs, as well as the lamp shape and size to maximize your returns as well.
Replace Indoor Flooring
There are also cheaper, easier alternatives to major home improvement projects such as replacing the flooring in your home. A Zillow survey found that 87% of real-estate agents suggest cleaning the carpets before listing a home. Many homeowners will switch out the carpet anyway, so rather than investing in installing new, a homeowner can rent a carpet cleaner from their local home improvement store and refresh their carpets in a cost effective manner.
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