DIY renovation projects offer the best return to homeowners — but there’s a catch


Thank you for the Cov epidemic, Americans have more time on their hands—they spend their time at home.

Earlier health crisis, economists predict that the expenditure of the renovation project will actually dip across much of the country. But recent data show that there is a definite surge in interest in some home improvement projects.

Just look at Timber Market: there is now a shortage of pressure-treated wood used to build decks all over the country.

At the same time, the housing market has recovered, as well as from the beginning of the epidemic, sales of houses increased dramatically due to pent-up demand among buyers pushed further by the record low mortgage interest rates.

As a result, many owners may consider the benefits of fixing their home, making it more attractive to potential buyers—and a better place to live in the era of social alienation. They can consider the Do It Yourself route, give extra free time a lot of people are having this summer.

“They’ve been sitting at home for months, they just want to spend a little more money to invest in their house, and make it a little better,”said Steve Cunningham, owner of Cunningham Contracting in Williamsburg,Va., And Vice-President of the National Association of Home Builders(Association)transformation of the work*.

But not all of the DIY home improvement project, the homeowner provide a solid return on investment. Here is the homeowner what needs to be considered before the outbreak of the kit.

To start, Know Your Limits

Remodeling magazine produces an annual list tracking the cost of various improvement projects in relative percentage, which was recovered in the home resale value. Many of the projects at the top of the list is not for the faint of heart or someone who is not a trained professional.

No. 1 Remodeling magazine’s list: to increase the manufacturing of stone veneer outside of your home.

“Their only limitation will be their skills,”Cunningham said. “These DIY shows, they show one person starts, and then you go to commercial and come back in and ready to use. They tell you only part of the process, you need to do is right.”

In your head can prove very expensive. For example, re-tiling a shower. If the homeowners don’t know how to properly waterproof under the Tile, their work may lead to leakage. When they notice the leak, they might see thousands and thousands of dollars worth of damage to the wood rot and replace the tile,Cunningham said.


‘These DIY shows, they show one person starts, and then you go to commercial and come back in and ready to use. They tell you only part of the process, you need to do is right.’


—Steve Cunningham, owner of Cunningham Contracting in Williamsburg,Va., And Vice-President of the Association of renovation work*

Similarly, anything involving the pipes. In these cases, hiring professionals is often more inexpensive route in the long run.

The project pay off

Many of the projects, increase the value of the home is not so complicated as re-tiling a shower, though.

A new coating of paint can work wonders, especially if you choose the right location and color. “Paint the front door said,”Amanda Pendleton, housing
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Home trends expert. “A glossy coat of exterior paint can really amp up your curb appeal.”

When it comes to paint, however, the devil is in the details. Paint your front door black, in particular, can increase up to $ 6,000 to your home’s sale price, according to housing research. Similarly, the blue of the bathroom can add nearly $ 3,000 home sales price. Throughout the rest of the house, for the purpose of modern neutrals like Gray and brown to boost the home’s appeal. In addition, the paint the more affordable, increasing ROI, these changes. At the other extreme, a family of painted yellow sold for $ 3,600 below the average than similar homes.

Another relatively simple changes a homeowner can do is replace the illumination device with the smart lamp. “You not only want to save money on your electricity bills, but you want to sell your home seven days faster,”Pendleton said, citing more research from the housing.

There are cheaper, better alternatives to major home improvement projects, such as replacing the flooring in your home. A shelter survey found that 87%of real estate agents recommended cleaning the carpet before a home. Many owners will replace the carpet anyway, so rather than invest in installing a new one, homeowners can rent a carpet cleaner from the local home improvement store and refresh their carpets on the cheap.

Similarly, instead of installing new tile around the house, the homeowner can safely regrout their flooring alternative. “You can even swap the color out,”Pendleton said. “If you’ve got beige yellow, can be placed in a gray mud and it looks more modern.”

Cunningham suggested, that the disclosure about the decor around their room, including kitchen and bathroom backsplash faucet. “It will have so many things to do a little update,”he said.

If money is a concern, it is good to priority buyers care about the most. “I love my renovated kitchen, the kitchen is the worst place to spend your money,”Pendleton said. Instead, focus on the main bathroom of the house, which often have great attraction with buyers.

Don’t forget outdoors

With a crowded public venue representative of the threat of age-COVID-19 home buyers more interested in purchasing the home, providing an outdoor living space that they can enjoy security.

“Good landscaping is proven to help homes sell faster, so that work, make your yard look original,”says Rachel Stults, the 副编辑Realtor.com. “The garden has become a popular trend in the isolation area, so why not show buyers what they can do with your space, by starting a small kitchen garden?”

Clean up a person’s outdoor space does not need to be difficult. Cut back overgrown weed trees, trim the grass and planted colorful flowers goes a long way to go. “

Homeowners want to kick things up a notch, although you may need to consider installing a fire pit. Residential and fit of the pit is mentioned in their listing descriptions to sell almost 3% more than similar homes.


‘Good landscaping is proven to help homes sell faster, so that work, make your yard look pure.’


—Rachel Stults, the 副编辑Realtor.com

The Home Office is not a foolproof investment

Millions of Americans were suddenly forced to work at home because of the epidemic. And companies like Twitter
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Someone even suggested that their labour may remain remote even after the Coronavirus outbreak has ended.

In fact, the market has a office to take the 3. 4%price premium and sold nine days faster than the list of not one, 根据Realtor.com data. “Buyers are looking for fully equipped home office space now more than ever,”Stults said.

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Affiliated mobile company, and the market is a unit of Dow Jones, which is also a subsidiary company of News Corporation)

But Home Office projects have their pitfalls. Many people’s first instinct is to place their unfinished basement into a work space, Pendleton said.

“What we found from our home study is you only get about 50 cents in resale value for every dollar you invest in a basement remodel,”Pendleton said. “And at the end of the day, even if you work at home, you don’t want to do it in your dark, dingy basement.”

In addition, people are very particular about their family office needs. Some people will want space for multiple computer monitors, others will want a larger bookshelf. Making the space suitable for your current needs, may alienate the buyers in the way. “Each customer is a little different—this is not a Shoe for everyone,”Cunningham said.

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