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10 Pro DIY Projects to Increase House Price Before Selling

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A family seated in their living room prior to a DIY painting project.
When putting your house on the market, making it attractive to potential buyers dramatically increases your chances of selling. And while home improvements can be expensive, there are several small-scale DIY projects that can improve the appearance of your house and help you make a profit.

Just like home warranties that can be transferred from seller to buyer, home improvements can give sellers an edge in the competitive real estate market. Even small-scale home improvement projects can bring you closer to the greatest possible return on your investment. In fact, Zonda's 2022 Cost vs. Value report states that the average return on investment after home improvements is 58.93%.

This article highlights 10 professional and easy DIY projects that can increase the value of your home.

Let’s take a look.

1. Add a Fresh Coat of Paint

First impressions matter. Whether you're just repainting or using a brand new color, any prospective buyer will appreciate walking into a beautifully painted home. Painting your home is a cost-effective DIY improvement project that gives your house a new look and increases its value.

To paint your home, you'll need:

  • Paint
  • Paintbrush or roller
  • Paint tray
  • Drop cloths
  • Painter's tape
  • Ladder or stepstool

Tip: Before painting, clean and prep your walls, tape the edges and doorways, and apply a few even coats of paint.

2. Level Up Your Lighting Game

Updating your light fixtures is a simple yet effective way of making your house more attractive to prospective buyers. A clean, modern light fixture that provides good lighting has the potential to elevate a space and bring in a warm, cozy atmosphere.

You can also improve the general lighting in your home by cleaning your skylights, opening your windows, and switching to lighter curtains.

3. Upgrade the Closet

Reorganizing your closet doesn’t only have to do with neatly arranging your clothes but also repairing any damage, repainting, and fixing any unstable shelving or jammed drawers. Maximizing your closet space is always a good idea, and a good-looking closet may even motivate buyers to take the plunge and purchase your house.

Tip: If your closet is on the smaller side, add a few bins and hooks on the inside for extra storage.

4. Remove the Carpet

One of the best ways to give your house a modern and timeless look is by removing your carpet. The floors underneath are usually tile, hardwood, or concrete. Hardwood and tiled floors are usually easy to maintain and can showcase the beauty of your home to prospective buyers.

Although it may seem complicated, removing your carpet is something you can do by yourself in very little time. Start by removing all the furniture in the room. Then, put on some gloves, grab the edge of the carpet with pliers, and pull.

5. Give the Bathroom Walls a Makeover

A sleek, modern bathroom can increase the value of your home. Luckily, you don't need to do a full remodel to achieve a beautiful bathroom—simply give the walls a little TLC.

Giving the walls a makeover is a great way to upscale your bathroom and attract buyers without breaking the bank. You can upgrade your bathroom walls with paint, tiles, or brightly colored wallpaper.

6. Paint Your Front Door a Fun Color

According to Zillow, a colorful front door could increase your house's value by $6,500, so don't underestimate the power of a slate blue front door. Painting your front door an attractive color could seal the deal for a prospective buyer.

Start by cleaning the door and removing the hardware. Next, sand the door with light sandpaper and prime it. Lastly, apply a few thin coats of paint in an eye-catching color.

7. Restore Worn-Out Hardwood Floors

If you have an old house, some parts of your hardwood floor may be worn out and look a little worse for wear. This can be unappealing to a prospective buyer, reducing the value of your home.

Restoring hardwood floors is easier than it seems. Simply fill any holes and cracks with wood filler, sand the floor, and apply your choice of sealer or stain.

8. Spruce Up Your Kitchen Cabinets

The color of your cabinets greatly affects the appearance of your kitchen. Luckily, you can give them a makeover without totally replacing them. You can spruce it up with paint or attach new handles. This transformation is affordable and super easy to do yourself.

A beautiful kitchen with cabinets that look good as new is sure to add value to your house.

9. Keep Your Garden Neat

Your garden is often the first thing a potential buyer sees, so it should be in great shape. Spend some time taking care of your garden. Get rid of those unsightly weeds and plant some flowers or shrubs around your home. You can also add some decorative garden furniture.

10. Upgrade Your Kitchen Appliances

Buyers are often attracted to new and modern kitchen appliances. It may be a good idea to invest in a reliable stove, oven, or dishwasher that can be included in the sale of the house. This will surely increase the value of your house. Just make sure to get a good home warranty to cover it until your house is sold.

If you can’t afford it, you can thoroughly clean or repair the ones you have.

Final Thoughts

Even if you’re not a DIY pro, increasing the price of your house isn't as difficult as you may think. A fresh coat of paint, refinished hardwood floors, and good lighting can go a long way. What's more, these DIY projects can be fun too! And don't forget about the exterior of your home, either.

If you plan on selling your house, these tips can help you get the best return on your investment.

Head and shoulders photograph of Lucy Adegbe
Lucy Adegbe is a financial writer specializing in personal finance, e-commerce, FinTech, and cryptocurrency. She began her career as crypto trader and advisor at Guru Capital LTD, and has since worked for several blockchain-focused companies. In addition to writing for, Lucy has also worked with publications such as The Balance, CRD Network, and DeFi Planet.