If you're wondering how you're going to pass the time during this quarantine and also work off some nervous energy when so much is out of our control right now, I have some great ideas for you! Not only do they add value to your home, they are easy DIY projects that will leave you feeling satisfied and accomplished. You can even include your children by getting them involved in helping clean up the garden or decluttering their own spaces!
Changing up the paint color in any room to modern, stylish or classic colors can immediately change the vibe of your room and peak a buyer's interest. Often, buyers have a hard time visualizing their own styles in homes, this can be especially true if your paint colors are overwhelming.
2. Landscaping/Yard Clean Up
Cleaning up around the yard including picking up stick debris, cleaning/weeding flowerbeds, mulching flower beds, trimming back shrubs and trees (this is especially important around your house--make sure no trees or branches sit up against your house making it easier for pests to get in), and even painting shutters or exterior doors will immediately add curb appeal. Be sure to also clean any porches and sweep away any cobwebs or debris from these areas.
Decluttering is a great way to add value to your home. By seeing your home neat and organized, it allows prospective buyers to visualize their own belongings in that space. Declutter and organize all closets as well as declutter furniture from crowded rooms. Your rooms will feel bigger and not only will this add value if you decide to sell your home, you will feel great seeing your space in a new and organized light.
4. Deep Cleaning
Deep clean the surfaces of your home and pay special attention to the areas such as shower and bath tub enclosures that have mildewed and no longer look clean (these may need to be recaulked or grouted). Seeing a home that is clean and well taken care of will ensure any buyers how well loved and maintained you have kept your home. Air out the house on any nice days and be sure to clean any curtains, bedding, etc. This will help with our current health scare and will give you security of knowing your home and space is clean from germs.
5. Repair Small Items Around The House
Now more than ever is the perfect time to tie up those loose ends on any home improvement projects you've been putting off. For example:
- Repair or replace any door knobs that no longer function correctly
- Add lubricant to squeaky door hinges
- Tighten up those creaky floorboards
- Replace burnt out light bulbs or light fixtures