Not only are people always on the look out to find ways to make their homes prettier and more attractive but also seek to enhance the value of their home in most cost effective manner. Forget consulting an expensive interior designer, here are 15 easy DIY ideas to boost the value of your home:
Front yard makeover
A beautiful front yard enhances the attractiveness and adds value to any house. Cleaning the drive way, patio, walkway; planting colourful flowers and evergreen trees; surrounding the flower beds with pretty fences, painting the existing fences and boundary wall etc are ways to enhance the look of the front yard or garden.
Putting stained glass bath room dividers, replacing the old taps and cabinet knobs with the latest ones, placing a trendy bathroom mirror instead of the traditional one etc are easy ways to enhance the look of the bathroom and thus increase the value of the home.
Redone kitchen cabinets
Clean the kitchen cabinets, clear all the stains and grease residues and then paint them in a neutral colour to create a fresher and newer look. Colouring the cabinet in white always makes the kitchen look bigger and elegant. Changing the old knobs and handles of the cabinets surprisingly makes them look much better and beautiful.
A fireplace with clean, soot free and stain-free bricks definitely adds value to a house. Clean the accumulated soot and stains from the bricks by wiping with a damp cloth and scrubbing with special fire brick cleanser to make the area look spick and span.
Improve the lighting
A house with a bright and right lighting scheme appears attractive automatically. A well lit house with creative and beautiful lighting fixtures helps to enhance the value of the house easily and effectively. Putting some self made creative lights and chandeliers does the trick cost effectively.
Sun roof in bedroom
Creating a sun roof in the bedroom allows more light and sunshine into the room while also providing a romantic setup for night time star gazing. This not only makes the bedroom look more attractive but enhances the value of the house too.
Give a fresh coat of colour to the scratched, dirty and dilapidated walls in the house. Cover and even out these glaring irregularities by painting the walls, preferably with a neutral colour like white, to make the house look more spacious, cleaner and beautiful.
Under staircase store
Building cupboards, cabinets, book shelves, mini library etc in the wasteful area under the staircase makes a beautiful cum smart home. It not only increases the storage space in the house but adds to the overall value of the home.
Install crown molding
Molding is basically decorative strips of wood available in every home improvement store. Buy these strips, cut and resize them according to the size of the room and then attach it carefully to the top of the wall with a nail gun. Crown molding is a simple and inexpensive technique that adds character to the interiors.
Paint the front door and replace the welcome mat
Freshening up the dull front door with coat of paint makes the house look appealing in the first instance itself. Replacing the old and dirty welcome mat with a new one that matches the exteriors of the house or a special customised mat also fetches brownie points for the home decor.
Power wash the exteriors
A house with clean and dirt free exteriors looks attractive automatically. Washing the exteriors of the house once in a while makes the house look fresh and almost as good as a newly painted one.
Cleaning and polishing dirty, patchy and dull windows help to brighten their look and create more light in the house. Replacing cheap old curtains, plastic blinds and paper shades with beautiful drapes further beautifies the window and adds a dash of sophistication to the home interiors.
Replacing the old switch boards, light fixtures, curtain rods and doorknobs with newer and latest alternatives helps to give an older home the latest look. Matching the colour scheme of the furniture with the colour of the house makes the house look prettier and richer.
Add welcome seating areas
The porch or the patio containing a small comfortable seating area always makes the house look more beautiful and spacious. Placing furniture like chairs and a centre table, to gel well with the exteriors of the house, is a good idea to make the house look richer.
Redo the mailbox and the name plate
Clean and dust the mailbox and repaint it in nice colours to enhance the look and make it appear attractive. Refresh the name plate or replace it with a new one.
Cleaning the gutters
More than improving the value of a house, maintaining clean, properly functional and well covered gutters helps to maintain the value of the house. An inefficient gutter system fails to keep unwanted water, like rain water, away from the house and causes issues of molds and mildew in the house. A proper gutter system helps to keep these unwanted problems at bay and aids in maintaining the structural integrity of the house and curb repair bills.