DIY Upgrades That Increase Your Home’s Value

by on March 13, 2013RealEstate.com Guest Contributor

Many homeowners neglect some of the simplest upgrades that would make their homes significantly more appealing. It’s not necessary to spend thousands of dollars on upgrades, but in a down market, a homeowner needs to do everything he can to make a home more enticing to buyers. So, how can you do it? Here are some simple DIY upgrades to increase your home’s value.

Install a Storm Door

Installing a storm door can increase security and may add value to your homeWith many new storm doors available in a wide variety of colors and styles, you’re likely to find the perfect storm door for your home without doing much research. And if you choose an energy-efficient door, you may qualify for a tax credit in 2013.

Storm doors are designed to further secure your exterior doors and are often made of steel or iron. These heavy-duty storm doors last years longer than the less expensive plastic and wood options.

Installing a storm door outside your main entryway will add curb appeal to your home and will reassure the potential buyer that the home you are selling is a safe one.

Minor Bathroom Upgrades

Installing new faucets is an inexpensive and simple way to make your bathroom look better and thus increase your home's valueHave you ever walked into an open house, only to find the bathroom sinks (and more specifically, the faucets) leaking, rusted over, or marred with water spots? While all of these will happen over time, you shouldn’t prepare to show off your house before investing a little bit of time and money in replacing the minor things.

Bathrooms can go from bland to being rich with character simply by replacing the faucets and towel bars. If you recently painted your interior walls, the addition of new towel bars and faucets will only make the bathrooms in your house look even newer.

If you don’t have the time or money to commit to doing a complete bathroom overhaul, you can invest significantly less and still leave the potential buyer thinking you spent thousands on your bathroom renovations. Installing these items is a relative breeze, and you’ll be stunned by how much these minor upgrades improve what may already appear to be a pristine bathroom.

Install a Security System

Home security systems protect your home, possessions and family and make your home more valuableIf you are selling your home, consider equipping it with a home security system. It is prudent to protect your home, possessions and family, and anyone looking to purchase a home will feel the same way.

The key to installing security measures at your home is to have a well-rounded package of different home security devices. Home alarm systems are relatively inexpensive (most providers offer a small installation and first month combination fee) and are a great way to provide those viewing your home with an added security measure.

Another upgrade to consider is the installation of security cameras. Much less expensive than many expect them to be, security cameras offer a great element of protection for a homebuyer. Even if you were to purchase cameras solely for the exterior doors of your home, you would provide your potential buyer with a sense of security. Many systems allow you to stream the camera’s feed to your personal desktop or laptop computer, eliminating the need for an additional monitor. You can even go as far as purchasing automatic security lights, which will provide light for your security camera feed and deter any would-be burglars from attempting to enter your residence.

Lastly, if you have yet to do so, purchase a new set of locks for all of the doors of your house that lead outside (even the door leading to your garage). Installing new door locks is an easy way to deter intruders from entering your home. With many door locks offering anti-drill steel chips and multiple layers of levers, you will be able to secure your home with a great set of new locks with only a minor level of inconvenience.

This guest blog post was contributed by Rachael Jones, a blogger for DIYMother.

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Bill Gassett December 21, 2013 at 4:04 pm

I agree all of the items mentioned are relatively inexpensive other than the security system and can certainly add value to a home along with increasing its saleability!

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Albert May 20, 2013 at 4:46 am

It is important that you should install a high security system these days to render protection to the home. Crimes have enhanced many fold these days and you can install the best Security Screen Doors to impart protection to the home.

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