Published: September 26, 2016

    3 Small, Easy Upgrades to Increase Home Value

    Selling your home can be quite the hassle, particularly if you’re looking to increase its value. You might be thinking that you’ll have to hire a contractor or buy expensive new appliances. While these things certainly can’t hurt, there are plenty of DIY improvements and installations you can do for a much lower cost. Check with your realtor for any quick, DIY projects they would recommend but in the meantime, here are a few small, easy things you can do to make your home worth more.

    Install Water-Saving Fixtures

    Faucets, showerheads, and toilets that conserve water make a great selling point. It’s an eco-friendly add-on that can save the next owners money on their water bill. Aerated shower heads will cost as little as $10 while faucets run a little higher. To avoid spending money on a brand new faucet, you might consider buying the aerator piece by itself and installing it into your current faucet. A toilet is a much more expensive and complicated endeavor so be sure you are sticking to your budget and your abilities.

    Add a Water Filter

    When you are able to advertise pure, filtered tap water, your potential buyers will suddenly be willing to pay a little extra. It may seem like a daunting task but with a little online research, installing a water filter isn’t too complex. If you’re worried, hiring a plumber for such a simple job would likely be inexpensive. The filter itself can vary wildly in cost. Pelican Water has a water filter/softener combo that removes chlorine, chloramine and pesticides from water and protects pipe work and appliances from building up scale.

    Plant a Future Upgrade

    Your front yard is the first impression a buyer will get. While it is important to be sure the lawn is trimmed and green, you should also consider the landscaping. Large, shady trees actually work to reduce heat in the home, thus reducing cooling expenses. You may not be able to plant a mature tree now, but even a sapling can be a value-booster. Make sure potential buyers know that the trees will grow to function as shade for the home.

    Planting a variety of plants can also be a great future investment. Beyond shade, plants can lower the temperature around them. It may be a minimal effect, but when combined with the aesthetic appeal of landscaping, it’s certainly worth the time and money. You should aim to plant hardy, drought-resistant plants alongside colorful annuals if the weather is right.

    Upping the value of a home only seems like a complex and expensive task. In actuality, there are a number of DIY projects that will cost a fraction of professional work and increase home worth just as much. Consulting a professional on what projects they think would be most beneficial can be a great start but from there, it is wholly possible to get everything done yourself.

    Your realtor is a good source of advice and a professional’s time can be bought for an hour at a low cost if you think you need suggestions. So swing by a home improvement store and start upping your home’s value. It’s easier than you think.

    Paul Denikin began learning about DIY home repair projects after his daughter, Maggie, was born with special needs. He has learned a lot through trial and error as he has worked to make his family’s home safe and accessible for her. Today, he shares his DIY knowledge on DadKnowsDIY.com, a website that offers home improvement project how-tos and other accessibility information.