If you’re like most homeowners, you enjoy the occasional project around the homestead. Warm weather is upon us, and it’s the perfect time to get out that to-do list. Whether you’re looking to sell or you simply want to increase your home’s wow-factor, discover these four DIY home-improvement projects you can do this summer to increase the value of your home.
Freshen up Paint
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It’s remarkable what a fresh coat of paint can do, and it’s one of the quickest ways to add some vibrant new life to that dull space. Color profoundly transforms the look and feel of a room, and with the swipe of a brush, you can create a productive home office enveloped in blue. Instantly create a warm and cozy bedroom in calming hues of soft green, or add yellow to your studio to stimulate creativity.
If you’ve just listed your home, consider painting the exterior to boost curb appeal. A couple of coats of quality paint will also protect your home from the damaging effects of Longview’s heavy rain.
Smart Heating and Cooling
Get more enjoyment from your home comfort system and save a few bucks with an intelligent heating and cooling thermostat. This innovative technology is more than convenient — smart thermostats increase the value of your home.
Contact your HVAC professional before you head over to Amazon for the highest-rated thermostat. It’s vital to ensure the technology works with your existing system. These fancy new gadgets come loaded with cost savings and comfort features, so prioritize what’s important to your family, such as geofencing or automated temperature controls.
Remove Popcorn Ceilings
Although manufacturers stopped using asbestos in textured ceilings back in 1977, its popcorn texture can look pretty unsightly. That bumpy stuff is the perfect trap for dust and dirt, and they’re hard to clean. Once removed, you’ll reveal a beautiful plaster ceiling, and the ideal canvas ready for paint or tiles.
Bid farewell to this dreary feature with one of three DIY techniques: scrape, cover, or skim coat, depending on your time, budget, and design strategy. A 4-inch utility knife is perfect for scraping off the old finish or retexturing the popcorn with a new coat of plaster. For extreme cases, cover the ceiling with a fresh layer of drywall.
Give Your Bathroom a Facelift
You can build some serious sweat equity with just a few new touches to the bathroom. An elegant porcelain-on-steel tub is all the rage, and with a slate-colored tile surround and matching floors, add the allure of more expensive elements. Update the lighting fixtures and especially the vanity mirror.
If you’re serious about selling and this facelift isn’t a weekend warrior project, definitely replace your toilets, too. It’s not as hard as you might think, and buyers like the idea of a new commode.
Small updates around the house this summer will go a long way toward increasing the value of your home. Remember to keep track of all remodels over the years for the best return on your investment.