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Four easy DIY projects that can instantly add value to your home

Here, we look at four easy DIY projects to make your home worth more money and add value.
By Ben Lobel on Nov 3rd, 2016   @freelotteriesuk

If you’re thinking of putting your house up on the market, there’s plenty of quick and easy bits of DIY you can do to make sure it sells for as much as possible. While these simple projects take very little time and money, together they may increase the price of your home by thousands.

If you’re looking to instantly add value to your home before you put it on the market, here’s our pick of five easy DIY projects that could be worth thousands.

Replace old windows and doors

First impressions count for a lot, and therefore adding to your home’s kerb appeal could add thousands to its price. Before you put it up on the market, do a survey of all your property’s windows and doors. If they are looking worn or have been damaged, you should consider having them replaced — this not only improve the aesthetics of your home, but also its energy efficiency.

When it comes to updating your front door, you can set your home apart from the rest by avoiding functional uPVC and instead going for something a bit more colourful. For example, Evander makes composite doors that offer all the practicality of uPVC in a range of attractive colours. Alongside tidying up of the front of your property and performing a few simple maintenance tasks like unblocking your drains, this simple upgrade could add thousands to the value of your home.

Hang mirrors in your entranceway

While the front of your home is the all-important first impression, your entranceway will be the second. However, in many homes this can be a cramped space full of coats, shoes, and anything else that’s been dumped beside the front door.

If you’re looking to sell your house for as much as possible, it’s crucial that you make the entrance as attractive and welcoming as you can. Other than tidying up, you can instantly improve the space by simply hanging some mirrors in the space. This will make ever the most cramped hall seem light and spacious, which can be the finishing touch that helps sell your home. Notonthehighstreet.com has an excellent selection of mirrors in a wide variety of styles to choose from — pick one you love and it will not only make your entrance more appealing, but you’ll also be able to take it to your next home as well.

Give your home a new lick of paint

When you’re showing potential buyers around your home, you want them to be wowed. Drab interiors full of peeling paint and yellowing gloss are unlikely to do the trick — if this sounds like your home, a bit of care and attention and a few pots of paint could pay for themselves a hundred times over when the time comes to sell.
While many experts recommend painting the rooms of your home a neutral colour if you’re planning on putting it up on the market, this has both benefits and drawbacks: while it is likely to help buyers imagine their own spin on the property, it could also make it look boring in comparison to the other houses they’ll be viewing. Style at Home recommend a middle ground in their guide to painting your home for resale, in which they recommend a number of shades that are both neutral enough to provide a blank canvas, but interesting enough to add some character to your home.

Convert your spare room

If your home has a spare room that you’ve been using as extra storage space, you could drastically increase your chances of making a quick sale by clearing it out and converting it to another bedroom. While it may seem counterintuitive to spend money on converting this space when you’re about to put it on the market, adding an extra bedroom to a one- or two-bedroom can drastically increase its resale price. 

You can pick up a basic single bed and bedside table for a few hundred pounds — even less if you find a bargain on Gumtree or eBay. Relocate the things you were storing in your spare room to the loft or an accommodating family member’s house and install the new furniture alongside a few finishing touches, and you could dramatically increase the price of your home.

Perform these simple bits of DIY and you could add thousands to the resale price of your property, making them well worth the time and effort if you’re thinking of putting your house on the market.