December 1, 2021 Selling

Easy DIY Fixes to Increase the Value of Your Home!

By Kate Barker

Looking to put your home on the market? These simple, cost-effective DIY projects can increase its value and get your home sold faster!

Upgrade light fixtures

This project can range from simply changing your light bulbs and covers to actually replacing the fixture and switch plate itself. In order to safely change the fixture or switch, first shut off all electricity to the room from the breaker box. Then carefully remove the current fixture, take a note where the wires are connecting, disconnect those – carefully! – then attach them to your new fixture in the correct placement (most new fixtures will have the wires labeled so you don’t mix them up!) Once everything is screwed securely back in place, turn on your power and enjoy your new lights!

Add a firepit

Nothing screams outdoor relaxation like sitting around the campfire. Get ready to cook your s’mores in your own back yard with a DIY fire pit! There are many options for firepits these days that include above-ground pits you can purchase to brick walled pits that sit on the ground. If you’re building one on the dirt, make sure you prep your ground correctly. In Canmore, bylaws state your firepit must “be built into the ground, on brick or stone, or in a fire-proof container”. They also stipulate fire pits must be at least 2 metres away from buildings, fences and other combustibles and cannot be built under trees or flammable materials.

Upgrade your tech

Smart homes are becoming more popular, and there are some simple to install tech pieces that can make any home compatible with smart technology. Installing a smart doorbell with a camera is as simple as changing a light fixture. Things like smart locks are great if people lose their keys, or for real estate agents to have access to your home to show it off to potential buyers. Smart lights are a simple upgrade so long as they’re compatible with your smart home system. The smart home system itself is available from many suppliers and typically just needs a plugin and wifi to connect to compatible devices.

Freshen up your cabinets

Giving your kitchen an upgrade can be as simple as changing up the knobs and handles on your cupboards and drawers. This cheap, simple fix requires nothing more than a screwdriver and a little bit of time to complete. Take it a step further by painting the cupboard doors, replacing them with something more up to date or scrap the doors altogether and go with an open shelving concept. While this trendy, open concept cupboard may look great, make sure to keep the contents inside clean and tidy since they’ll be wide open for everyone to see!

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