7 DIY Projects to Increase the Value of Your Home

Josh Wilson, a licensed realtor and co-founder of That Florida Life, shares that the average cost for a full kitchen remodel project depends largely on the extent of the work being done but typically ranges from $5,000 to $15,000. For those brave enough to revamp their culinary space sans pros, Wilson says there are a few key tips to keep in mind: “Create a budget before you start, maximize the use of available space by using smart storage solutions, and develop a plan with a timeline that allows for unexpected hiccups,” he says, also highlighting that he’s also a fan of adding some new paint or changing the hardware on existing cabinets for a refreshed look.

$1,000 and beyond

Buy a new carpet or two

A new rug or carpet can liven up the look of a space and help it sell. 

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Wilson believes replacing a carpet or more than one area rug is a great idea for home sellers seeking a good ROI. “It can dramatically improve the look and feel of their home and can also increase the home’s value. On average, replacing the entire carpet in an entire house will cost around $1,500 to 3,500,” he says, adding that when replacing the carpet, it’s important to consider the area’s size, the type of carpet used, and the underlayment needed. “It’s also important to make sure that the carpet is installed properly stretched and secured,” says Wilson, caveating once again that doing it yourself is possible if you have the tools and the time for it, but as with any major project, it’s likely best to hire a professional to ensure the best outcome.

Replace windows

Though not the easiest DIY, new windows can reduce energy costs and increase home value. 

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Windows are the literal viewfinder into your home, and yet an oft overlooked renovation. “Replacing windows is fantastic as it can help improve a home’s energy efficiency, reduce long-term energy costs, and can help to increase the value of a home,” says Wilson. “The average cost to replace one window can range between $400–$650, but this fee can vary greatly depending on the size and types of materials used.” (Since we’re guessing those looking to replace one window in their homes, likely have more to swap out, we’re grouping this with more expensive projects). Take note that this project isn’t for the DIY faint of heart: “To do the project on your own, it is important to take accurate measurements of the existing window, research local resources to purchase the window, including reviews and pricing, and familiarize yourself with the installation process in advance,” he says. “More so, taking safety precautions and having the right tools on hand can help to ensure the project is done correctly and is as efficient as possible.” When in doubt, hire a professional. 

Update your landscaping

Sisson considers spiffing up your landscaping as part of the larger, worthwhile initiative of boosting your curb appeal. “The cost for this can vary a lot based on the size of the parcel of land on which the home sits and whether it’s a simple trim and pruning that’s needed or if new plants and foliage would make a difference in accenting the appearance of the home,” says Sisson, who ballparks the budget for this about $1,000 to $5,000. “The goal here is to accent the appearance of the exterior and improve its appeal,” he continues, noting that he’s a fan of incorporating lush greenery and a splash of color when rethinking your landscaping MO.

It may require a bit of dough up front, but it’s well worth it: “A beautifully landscaped yard not only increases your property’s curb appeal but can also increase your home’s value from 5.5% to 12.7%. On a $300,000 home, this is an extra $16,500 to $38,100,” says Lippi, cautioning that this is usually a professional’s job. “If you were to DIY this project, I highly suggest doing softscaping [which refers to the living elements of landscaping like flowers, grass, soil, and trees; as opposed to revamping the foundation, or hardscaping—DIYing your own paths or walls] could only cost you around several hundred bucks. The key is to make sure your yard looks inviting and well-maintained.”

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