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15 quick weekend renos to add value to your home

By Ece Demir  |  6 May, 2021

Whether you want to add value to your home because you might be planning to sell, or you simply want to update your property, there are many ways to add value to your home without going through a major renovation.

With a few weekends, you can add significant value to your home if you’re willing to roll up your sleeves and apply a little elbow grease. You may be able to boost up your asking price if selling your property by just completing a few projects.

If you are worried about not having the money for a major renovation, you shouldn’t be! You can count on quick DIY improvements that are cost efficient which are based on what adds the biggest home value.

We have put together 15 quick DIY tips to help add more value to your home.


1. Refresh your home with a coat of paint.

This may sound pretty straightforward as a tip and it is! Painting your home can lift the overall look and feel and it is inexpensive if you are willing to do the work yourself.

When choosing colours keep in mind that neutrals appeal to the greatest number of people, therefore making your home most desirable. If your budget allows, you can paint the walls yourself and have professionals tackle the ceiling as those are a bit more difficult. You might be able to get away with the skirting boards, doors and window + door frames with a good clean using sugar soap or washing soda.

Choose a warm, dry day to start your project and move all your furniture into the middle of the room. Do the first coat of paint in the morning and most paint need only a few hours between coats, you can do the second later in the day and have the room finished by the evening.

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2. Revamp your entrance, make it enticing.

First impressions count, especially if you’re putting your house on the market. If you don’t have the budget to replace the front door, use that paintbrush you just had for the walls and paint the front door. When choosing a colour, go with one that complements the overall scheme of your house, and don’t select a tone that is too out there as it can turn people off.

3. Update your kitchen.

The kitchen is a key selling point in any home, so if it is looking a little worse for wear, why not add value to it this weekend? A great starter is adding or updating the splashback as it is one of the most eye-catching features. By using some inexpensive stylish tiles you can modernise and brighten the space.

If your benchtops in the kitchen are also a little tatty, an easy and budget-friendly option is laminate. It is available in a wide range of colours, with patterns and finishes that mimic more luxury’ materials.

4. High pressure clean old surfaces.

When trying to increase the value of your home, clean, new-looking surfaces are essential. Especially if you plan to sell your house, as a neglected appearance can sometimes turn away buyers. Pressure cleaners are an excellent way to remove dirt, mildew, and oil from surfaces and restore their appearance.

Over the weekend it is an easy project to hire a high-pressure water cleaner and tackle surfaces like:

  • Courtyard pavers.
  • Outdoor decks.
  • Driveways and garage floors.
  • The grout between bricks and outdoor tiles.

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5. Update cabinet hardware.

Another perfect way to modernise your home is to spruce up your cabinets and drawers by replacing the factory-issued handles and pulls with ones that match your personal style. Simple metallic hardware contrasts well with a majority of paint colours and materials. If you want something more one-of-a-kind, look through antique stores for hardware parts.

6. Upgrade your landscaping.

Landscaping is one of the most cost-effective ways to increase your home’s value. A well-kept lawn with healthy trees, plants and flowers can improve the appearance of a home. It is not always about the inside but the outside too. The initial first look with buyers is your landscaping and you can also easily make an outdoor patio in a weekend. Adding some outdoor seating, potted plants and tiles can transform the look and feel of your home.

7. Replace your showerhead and taps and fittings.

If your bathroom and kitchen are in good shape but need some modernising, look at replacing the taps and showerheads. Matching taps will depict an overall cohesive theme throughout your home. You can also tackle the bathroom; start with shabby fittings like the toilet seat, vanity and shower screen. Showerheads can also be replaced to achieve a spa-worthy bathing experience as new versions have more control and are more efficient water flow.

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8. Change out old flooring to new.

This can be accomplished in a variety of ways. If you are on a tight schedule, installing a hardwood floor can take longer than a weekend, but it is still an option if you want to dedicate a few weekends to complete the entire room! Laminate and sheet vinyl are other great choices that still look great and last a long time. Loose-lay sheet vinyl is distinguished by the fact that it does not contain adhesive. Once cut to size and placed, it is assembled, making it an excellent solution for covering surfaces such as painted concrete where adhesives do not stick well.

9. Rethink your window treatments.

Updating your window treatments is an effective way to transform your home. There are many options available that can add value to every room of the house. Whether you’re contemplating curtains, blinds, shutters or awnings, try to take into account the style of your home as well as practicality. Some of these treatments may serve as a way to help create extra warmth during winter or keep your house cooler during summer.

10. Install some outdoor lighting.

If you enjoy entertaining your friends and family at your house, turning your backyard into the perfect space to do so is a great step! You can set the perfect outdoor ambiance with string lights. They are weather-resistant and cost-efficient to light up your patio or deck. You can also add solar spike plant lights in your garden for a modern feel.

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11. Add some smart technology

This may be a little more out of budget for your weekend, however if you have outdated thermostats, light switches, fire detectors, alarms and security cameras this may be a great way to boost your home and sync it all into one. This adds efficiency to your home and a modern appearance. Technology is one of the most important features in a home and this could increase your asking price if you are wanting to sell your home.

12. Replace your garage door.

The outdated garage door that you’ve entered into a hundred times could be ruining your home’s curb appeal. Replacing your garage door isn’t a hugely pricey investment and in doing so you could make your house more attractive and secure in the long run. Not only can a new garage door look better, but it may provide updated security safety.

13. Swap your old wall switches.

Standard plastic light switches tend to look yellow over time, and can outdate your home without you realising. It only costs a few dollars and takes mere seconds to replace those old covers with more elegant wooden, ceramic or metal ones to create a better aesthetic.

14. Change old light fixtures.

Old light fixtures could be looking down on your home. One way to update and modernise your home efficiently and in a timely manner is to replace your light fixtures. Lighting fixtures can create ambiance and a good feel in your overall home – they are almost like the jewellery of the house, so you want to be able to show them off!

15. Refresh your artwork.

Sometimes increasing your home’s value is as simple as adding in some fresh artwork or removing the old, outdated frame it’s being kept in. Home furnishings and artwork can make a huge impact on the feeling and value that your house gives, particularly if you are wanting to sell. Just by rearranging or replacing some artwork and the frame wall hangings can create a new space.

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Words by Ece Demir

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