DIY Home Projects: Bang for the Buck

By Owning a Home

Increasing the value of your home – while not breaking the bank – is an endeavor familiar to most. Countless reality TV shows promise to teach viewers how to fully makeover a home, for less than the cost of new couch, while increasing home value.

But, what are the DIY projects that really get you the most bang for your buck? Our 18,000 real estate agent members have some ideas.

Fix Dated and Broken

Fresh paint (neutral colors), replace carpet or refinish hardwood floors, update light fixtures and wall plates, fix any closet doors that are off track. Fix any peeling paint on exterior siding and trim (to be eligible for FHA buyer).

Laura Bender

Your Castle Real Estate, Inc.

Finish the Details

Often times a DIY homeowner will get the largest part of a project done but loose motivation to finish the remaining details. This may mean that they painted the entire room except for that one spot that was too hard to reach way up by ceiling of a tall wall. They may have installed beautiful wood floors but never got around to re-installing the baseboard or adding a quarter round piece of trim. Another way to update a home that is a relatively easy project for the DIYer is replace light fixtures with a modern style. Get rid of the builder grade brass.

Patricia Milks

Coldwell Banker Residential

Fresh Paint

At minimum, fresh paint on the entry door and any 2010 HGTV-suggested bold interior paint redone in lighter tones. Depending on season, enhance curb appeal with annual flower plantings and absolutely clean up the landscaping front and rear.

Rick Yerman

Keller Williams Realty DTC


Hinges and door knobs

Tom Cryer


Key House Elements

Paint, carpet (either replaced or cleaned), counter tops if they are not granite, new tile in the bathroom, caulk updated everywhere.

Cindy Marlowe

RE/MAX Alliance & Redhead Properties


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