7 Simple Home Improvement DIY Projects (Easily Sell Your Home in 1 Day)

Updated 3/8/2023

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Have you been paying attention to the housing market lately?

It’s insane!

Maybe it’s started your wheels turning in your head. How much could you get for your house? I know you’re not looking to sell now, but still, you wonder.

“Always be prepared!” That’s the BoyScouts motto.

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I agree. You never know what the future may bring. Whether it’s good news (hopefully) or bad (hope not), it’s best to have a plan.

If you had to sell your house tomorrow, do you think it would sell quickly? What about that dripping faucet in the kitchen? Or that cabinet door that won’t close properly? How about the mold around the tub in the bathroom?

Not exactly brochure friendly.

What if I told you that by following a few simple steps, you could have your home looking in tip-top shape and get it sold in 1 day?

I will show you 7 simple home improvement DIY projects that can help to easily sell your home in 1 day! (without spending a ton of money)

Where to Start Your DIY Home Improvements

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You don’t need to start ripping down walls with a sledgehammer to get your house ready to sell; however, there are several areas to focus on and a few things you can do without complete renovations.

I will list the areas you should focus on and a few things you can do to optimize the results.

#1) Improve the Front Yard

Making your home look appealing from the street will go a long way in drawing in potential home buyers.

Here are a few easy DIY improvements you can do to spruce up the view:

  • Keep the lawn mowed and manicured.
  • Remove weeds and prune shrubs and bushes (de-clutter the front of the house).
  • Use “edging” strips to create mulching beds and sharp lines around the perimeter of the lawn.
  • Add mulch around bushes, shrubs, and trees.
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#2) Improve the Back Yard

Buyers from the city will be looking for a space to hang out and entertain. They could have pets, and having a functional backyard is essential.

  • Add a small brick or concrete patio area for grilling.
  • Keep outdoor furniture and cushions clean and mildew free. A nice table with an umbrella and chairs will look inviting.
  • Improve the backyard similar to the front where you can.
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#3) Simple DIY Improvements for the Kitchen

“Kitchens and bathrooms sell homes.” I’m sure you’ve heard it a thousand times, but, It’s true.

You don’t need to spend a fortune to make your kitchen look like a million bucks.

  • Refinish your kitchen cabinets.

Don’t freak out! It’s not that hard. Check out this post: 10 Steps for Refinishing Kitchen Cabinets Like a Pro (+ What Not to Save Money On)

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  • Replacing old hinges and knobs will give your cabinets a refreshing new look.
  • Add a tile backsplash.

This video shows you how to add a backsplash with zero skills:

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#4) Easy Ways to Improve the Bathroom

You don’t need to “gut” your bathroom to make it dazzle. Instead, add a little DIY home decor, and buyers will love it.

  • Give your bathroom a “theme.”

Do you live near the ocean? If so, go with a beach vibe by painting walls a seafoam green. Add sea shells and starfish accents on window sills, shelves, and toilet tank covers.

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Do you live near the city? Add contemporary accents like wide-framed mirrors and an industrious-looking light fixture.

  • Replace old shower and sink fixtures.

Installing a “rainfall” type shower head is always a crowd-pleaser. Just make sure everything matches.

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  • Replace noisy bath fans
  • Add colorful towels and washcloths
  • Remove moldy caulking around the tub and shower surrounds
  • Paint your bathtub

Having an old, ugly bathtub is a huge problem when you decide to sell.

Painting a bathtub is a bit involved, but you can do it in 1 day. There are several products available for DIYers, including refinishing kits and spray cans. Remember to follow the instructions carefully

#5) Improve Your Closets

Potential home buyers will need places to store their “stuff.” Providing ample storage space and closets will convert “looky-loos” into buyers.

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  • Install closet organizing shelves and racks

Big Box Stores have a variety of closet organization systems to choose from; most can be easily installed in a few hours.

  • Shoe Racks and Organizers

Some people have more shoes in their homes than forks and knives. Storing footwear on a rack inside the bottom of the closet or on a hanging rack will provide the buyer with a glimpse of how your organized closet could be theirs.

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When organizing your closets, try to remove any clutter and donate old clothing to Goodwill or some other local charity.

                       

#6) Improve the Lighting

Dark and dreary rooms are not what sells houses. By providing ample lighting, you will create a more appealing and welcoming vibe.

  • Swap out light shades

Table lamps can be spruced up with new shades in a variety of styles. Choose neutral-colored shades to improve the light coverage area.

  • Install “instant-on” LED lightbulbs
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Switching to LED lightbulbs will show buyers you are an energy-saving ninja, and these savings can be passed on to them.

  • Add New Lights in Dark Rooms

Lighting symmetry is important when staging your home for future home buyers. Matching end table lights present a clean and organized look that is sure to please. Add reading lamps around sofas and chairs in rooms where natural light is low.

#7) Paint

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I can’t stress enough how important a fresh coat of paint is when you are preparing to sell your home.

By following a few simple rules, you can add color to your home that will please even the most scrutinizing eyes.

  • Front Door

Change the front door’s color so it “pops” when viewed from the street. Do not use bright pastels or flashy hues as they will turn people off.

The door color should complement the body color or can be painted to match the shutters (if any).

  • Main Interior

Choose one color that will be applied to the main area of the interior. Painting this way gives the appearance of a natural “flow” in hallways, foyers, and the family or living room in the house.

Having a 9-room house does not mean you should have nine colors. The kitchen and bathrooms should have their own identity, so choose light colors that will give the appearance of a roomier space.

  • Don’t Paint for You!
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You don’t have to paint your interior right now, but when you are ready to sell, it’s important to remember that your paint colors should be primarily neutral and light. Light colors give the appearance of an open, warm, and inviting home.

For now, paint with colors you love but when it’s selling time, paint with colors that anyone would find appealing.

DIY Done

By following these steps, you’ll be prepared to list your home at a moment’s notice giving you a massive advantage over other sellers.

By completing these 7 simple home improvement DIY projects, you will easily sell your home in 1 day!

If it takes more than a day to sell your home, it’s because there’ll be a bidding war over it based on the simple home improvements you’ve done yourself!

Bravo!

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