It may surprise you that some simple changes can actually significantly increase the value of your home. The best part of these changes is that you don’t have to spend a fortune remodeling or investing in large expensive projects: you just need to be willing to put forth a little effort. The following DIY projects can add real value to your home inexpensively.
1. Freshen Up With Paint
It is incredible what a fresh coat of paint can do for your home’s aesthetics and value. The good news is that this is one of the most cost-effective home improvements of all. Remember to keep the tones neutral so they appeal to a wide range of potential homebuyers. While freshening up a room by removing tacky wallpaper and adding a fresh coat of paint can do wonders, think about your kitchen cabinets and doors, too. A little TLC can go a long way.
2. Install Crown Moldings
This is a DIY project that can bring higher value to your home, and is often overlooked. Installing crown moldings is simple and adds an impeccable dose of character and luxury appeal to your home. Decorative strips of wood can be purchased from your local hardware store, sized for the room and installed with a nail gun. You may need to brush up on your woodworking skills and ensure you have the right tools, but it’s an inexpensive task that brings more value.
3. Update Fixtures
Oftentimes, when thinking of ideas to bring more value to your home, the simple actions are overlooked. However, it’s those very things that can make all the difference. Swap out your outlet covers, switch light plates, curtain rods, doorknobs and light fixtures for updated versions that match the interior of the room. A couple of dollars can go a long way!
4. Install Ceiling Fans
When everyone is looking for effective ways to reduce their bills, ceiling fans can make a huge impact in trying to sell your home for more. Start circulating the air within your home by installing ceiling fans in the bedrooms and common living areas. If you don’t have overhead lighting in the rooms, additional fees will incur as electrical work will need to be installed, but it can still be worth the added value.
5. Treat Your Windows to Some TLC
Low-quality blinds and curtains can drain the style right out of a room. Fortunately, replacing them can be an affordable option to add a bit of pizzazz back into the area. Instead of throwing up some cheap plastic blinds or paper shades, spend a little more on wood blinds or beautiful drapes. This will increase the appeal of your home for potential buyers.
6. Update Bathroom Fixtures
Again, it’s the simple things that can make a huge impact on the value of your home. Bathroom fixtures are often overlooked, but old, grimy ones can seriously sacrifice the aesthetics of the room. Replace them with new, modern versions to give your bathroom the sparkle it needs to bring on those offers. Everything from the towel bar, light fixture, and showerhead should be considered.
7. Update Hardware
Old cabinet doorknobs and drawer handles can make your home look cheap and dated. Updating such hardware takes a little bit of work, but it can give the entire room a well-needed facelift.
8. Install a New Front Door
You’ll want to entice homebuyers before they even enter your home, while also adding value, and a new front door can do just that. You can enhance your home’s curb appeal, invite potential buyers, and get those offers coming in.
9. Replace Your Front Door Mat
The front door mat can instantly influence potential buyers’ opinions of the entire home before they even enter. Throw out the old and embrace the new with a new front door mat that provides a warm and welcoming introduction.
10. Add Closet Storage
Having more space to store your items is always great. When potential buyers see ample storage space around your house, their estimation of the property’s benefits will increase. Improve your closet’s storage by adding in custom shelving systems. This not only provides more space but also gives you an opportunity to organize your closet further.
For a very small price and some simple DIY projects, you can instantly add value to your home and entice potential buyers.
1. Boost curb appeal. This is something you always hear, and with very good reason. Many people thinking of touring your home will do a quick drive-by first, often deciding on the spot if it is even worth a look inside. Make sure your home is ready to lure in onlookers with these tips:
- Power wash siding and walkways
- Hang easy-to-read house numbers
- Plant blooming flowers and fresh greenery
- Mow lawn, and reseed or add fresh sod as needed
- Wash front windows
- Repaint or stain the porch floor as needed
2. Welcome visitors with an inviting porch. Even if you have only a tiny stoop, make it say “welcome home” with a clean doormat, potted plants in bloom and — if you have room — one or two pieces of neat porch furniture.Keep your porch lights on in the evenings, in case potential buyers drive by. Illuminating the front walk with solar lights is a nice extra touch, especially if you will be showing the house during the evening.
3. Get your house sparkling clean. From shining floors and gleaming windows to clean counters and scrubbed grout, every surface should sparkle. This is the easiest (well, maybe not easiest, but certainly the cheapest) way to help your home put its best foot forward. You may want to hire pros to do some of the really tough stuff, especially if you have a large house. Don’t skimp — this step is key!
4. Clear away all clutter. If you are serious about staging your home, all clutter must go, end of story. It’s not easy, and it may even require utilizing offsite storage (or a nice relative’s garage) temporarily, but it is well worth the trouble. Clean and clear surfaces, floors, cupboards and closets equal more space in the eyes of potential buyers, so purge anything unnecessary or unsightly.
Give Them the Right Amount of Light
Don’t Drown Your Plants
Keep Them Clean
Groom When Needed
Watch for Drafts
Watch for Problems
Check the Pot
It’s no secret that moving is a difficult, time-consuming task. You pack everything you own into a moving van, only to unpack everything into a new house. What may surprise you is that moving doesn’t actually have to be a daunting experience. There are some excellent tips that can make the entire process easy, effective, and enjoyable. If you are able to hire movers, all the better. In any case, these 10 tips are all you need to know when moving into your new home.
1. Connect your Internet
This is one thing that many people forget. If you want to have Internet access as soon as you move into your new home, you need to plan for it ahead of time. Depending on your location and service provider, set-up and wiring can take several weeks to book. So, schedule this prior to the move.
2. Set up your electricity
Similar to the Internet, some people forget that the energy is likely disconnected in their new home prior to move-in. There is nothing more frustrating than trying to unpack in a dark room, but fortunately, the process of connecting your energy is fairly simple. Just call your local energy provider and give them the necessary information they request, such as your new address and connection date.
3. Contact movers, or assistance, 3 – 4 weeks in advance
Once you have a tentative date, or a schedule, in mind for your move, it is important you contact your movers as early as possible in advance. This way you aren’t rushing last-minute, or revising your personal schedule, to begin the booking and organization process.
If you are not hiring professional movers, it is still important to inform anyone who might be helping you in advance so they can take time out of their schedule to help. For more information on the type of moving company you may want to hire, view our breakdown of moving services here.
4. Give it a deep clean
If you have access to your home prior to moving day, take some time to give it a deep clean. This is actually fairly easy because the space is already empty—it will never be emptier, in fact. Scrub those cupboards, floors, baseboards, windows, and everything else while there’s nothing hindering access to such areas.
5. Inspect your belongings
When the boxes are off the truck and sitting in your new living room, take the time to inspect your belongings. This is incredibly important, especially if you hired movers. Make sure that everything has made the trip to your new place, and while doing so, you can place the boxes in the correct rooms.
6. Unpack with organization
If you followed the previous step and have already placed boxes in specific rooms, you’re already ahead of the unpacking game. One way to make the entire unpacking process significantly easier is to start with the essentials. Unpack the absolute necessities, such as bedding, clothes, toiletry, and towels, first, and you’ll be able to start the relaxing process for the day quicker.
7. Install window treatments
It’s time to turn your house into a home, and installing window treatments, such as blinds or curtains, is the first step to settling it. This will also help you protect your possessions, as people outside won’t have a clear view of everything you own. If you haven’t decided on specific window treatments just yet, hang some linen in the meantime just to give your new home and possessions that extra protection.
8. Change the locks
Another thing you may want to do for your new home is change the locks. Unfortunately, you don’t know how many extra keys were made when the previous owners lived there. So, change the locks on the exterior of your home as soon as you can just to be sure that no outsiders have an open invitation into your new house.
9. Locate the circuit breaker
As you unpack, you will likely come across the circuit breaker anyway, but this may be something you want to find right from the beginning. Check it out, and if there are no labels, make your own so you know what breaker controls each section of your home.
10. Meet the neighbors
After all the unpacking, you’ll need a break, and some fresh air will do you well. Take a walk around your neighborhood, and stop by, and say hello to anyone you see. You’ll begin the process of fitting into your new atmosphere and feeling at home right away.
Moving doesn’t have to be an undesirable experience. With these tips, you can enjoy the entire process of moving into your new house.
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You know a good lawn when you see one—the kind of luscious lawn that makes you want to roll around or have a picnic. Well, the good news is that the grass isn’t always greener on the other side. With some basic lawn care and grass-growing tips, you can have the kind of lawn that people will stop to admire. Here are the only steps you’ll ever need to having the greener grass on your side.
Choosing the Right Grass
If you’ve found yourself in a situation where there’s more dirt than there is grass, you definitely need some grass-growing tips. It may surprise you that there are many different varieties of grass. Growing grass is much more complex than simply planting some seeds. Understanding how grass grows can mean the difference between having no grass or having a stunning, luscious lawn.
There are several things to consider when choosing the right grass for your property, depending on the quality of grass you desire. The best lawn care tip is to choose a grass that is best suited to your climate. Grass is categorized into cool season grass and warm season grass. In cool season grasses, you have grasses like Kentucky Bluegrass. In warm season grasses, you have grasses like Buffalograss. You should pick the right type of grass within the respective category you belong in. You can learn more about choosing the right grass here.
You also have the option of skipping over the seeds and placing sod. This can be a fast way to get beautiful results, but basic lawn care is still needed.
Prepare Your Yard
Preparation is the key to many things in life. This is especially true when it comes to planting new grass. You simply can’t have green grass if you try to seed or sod over poor quality soil, branches, and stones. The first step to new lawn care is to clean up the area. Pull up weeds, remove any existing grass, and get rid of any debris. Then, fertilize and water the area in order for the new grass to feed and grow into a new lawn.
Time to Lay Down the Lawn
Now that you’ve prepped the foundation upon which your new grass will grow, it’s time to lay down the lawn. Whether you’re seeding or sodding, it will take some time to plant and grow. Some people choose to start in smaller areas and work their way through the backyard throughout the course of a couple days to give their body a break. However, getting it done in one shot can feel just as amazing.
If you are planting seeds, consider using a seed spreader to evenly spread seed across your entire lawn. Use this handy calculator to figure out how much grass seed you need to use in order to properly lay down your lawn.
Down to the Basics
It’s time for some basic lawn care. That means watering, waiting, walking, and much more. New grass needs a sufficient amount of water in order to grow, but too much can drown the seeds. Follow the instructions as per the seeding label or sod being used. Once you place it, you should give it a nice little watering just to get it started. Then comes the tricky part: keep all kids, animals, and adults off your newly planted grass for at least a couple weeks. Once you start seeing little sprouts of grass, you can water every day, but do not mow until it is at least 3.5’ tall. This longer your grass grows, the deeper the roots will go. So let your new lawn flourish before giving it a trim.
Just like that, you’ll have a new, luscious lawn sprouting in a couple of weeks! Be sure to stay on top of basic lawn care to ensure your new grass continues to flourish.
The poll surveyed the thoughts of 10 sports experts from several different media including ESPN, Yahoo! and the Associated Press. These experts have visited many college towns over the course of their careers, according to Athlon Sports.
Athens was chosen as No. 1 because of its “rich musical history” and “natural charm,” according to the Athlon article.
Other features mentioned by the experts included Athens’ restaurants, bars and outdoor parks and trails, according to the article.
Athens was chosen out of 128 possible towns on the ballot, according to the article.
“It has it all. A great downtown area with a lot of great restaurants and bars, a pretty campus and my favorite football stadium,” said Pat Forde, a journalist for Yahoo! Sports, in the article.
These decorations are a cinch to put up, but will add a nice pop of color to your next backyard party—and you can often save some money by making them yourself. You might even consider using some of these ideas the next time you have an open house. After all, who wouldn’t want to envision throwing a beautiful outdoor party at their newly purchased home?
Overhead outdoor party decorations
Instantly add bright pops of color to your outdoor party with these pretty paper lanterns. You can assemble them in a cinch and hang them with brightly colored ribbon from gazebo roofs or trees. Mix and match lantern colors to create a bold look, add light bulbs and you’ll give your outdoor party a magical glow at night.
Flower and seashell patio-chair decoration
Add a bit of color to outdoor patio furniture with this easy-to-make chair decoration made from a repurposed tin can. To make, wrap patterned fabric around the can, glue in place and let dry. Glue a starfish to the can. Cut two vertical slits near the top of the back of the can; tie can to the chair back with ribbon threaded through the slits. Place a jar of water in the can and fill with brightly colored flowers.
Etched glass vase decoration
Update a plain glass vase for an outdoor party decoration with a pretty etched design. To make, use a border punch to cut a design from adhesive shelf liner. Apply the liner to the glass vase and smooth out any air bubbles. Following the package directions, spread a thick layer of etching cream onto the vase, covering the design. Leave the cream on for the instructed amount of time and then rinse with water; embellish with a paint pen. Add some greenery and a flower, then place on your outdoor table for a fresh accent.
Flowerpot wall art
Improvise with outdoor wall art by adding suspended flowerpots to a wooden fence. Spray-paint nine terracotta pot bases in bright colors. Secure pot hangers to the fence and suspend pots from the hangers, filling each container with annuals or herbs.
Glass-bottle light fixture
Everyone will be talking about this creative light fixture! Make it yourself from recycled glass bottles. Drill four holes an equal space apart near the top edge of a galvanized-steel feed pan (available at a farm-supply store). Loop four equal lengths of braided framing wire through the holes and secure with a stainless steel quick link. Drill more holes equally spaced apart all around the side of the pan. Coming from the back, thread a plastic zip tie through a hole, wrap around a glass bottle, and thread through the next hole, tightening around the bottle and securing on the back. Continue around the pan. Finish the cool design by filling the center of the feed pan with candles and lighting them at sundown.
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