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70 Ways to Increase your home value
PART 2: DIFM (Do it for Me) 23
Energy Efficiency Upgrades 24
Outdoor Area 28
PART 3: DIY Step-by-Step 29
Install Door Glass 31
Install Brisa Screen 36
Install Tubular Skylight 37
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PART 1: DIY Projects 4
Add or Replace Door Glass 5
Door Hardware 8
Walls, Ceilings, & Flooring 9
Energy Efficiency Upgrades 11
Light Fixtures 12
Outdoor Areas 13
Living Room 18
Other Rooms 21
Window & Door Treatments 22
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70 Ways to increase your
Whether you're preparing to sell your home or you're simply looking to boost your curb appeal, it's never a bad idea for homeowners to tackle projects that increase their property value. To help get you started on your goals of increasing your home value, we've put together a list of projects that you can do on a budget and in a weekend or less!
For those of you who love a good DIY project, Part I of this guide lists a handful of projects you can do on your own. But if you'd rather have a professional get the job done, we have a list of DIFM aka "do-it-for-me" projects in Part 2. Don't worry, there's something in here for every homeowner, no matter your skill level or home improvement experience.
Finally, if you’re already feeling amped up and ready to tackle a rewarding DIY on your own, you’ll want to check out Part 3, “Get Started Today: DIY Step-by-Step,” at the back of this guide. In this section, we highlight three different DIY projects and offer a step-by-step guide to making them a reality in your home today. This last section is there for homeowners who are ready to “get ’er done”!
Once you’ve finished reading this guide, we guarantee you’ll be bursting with all kinds of ideas and inspiration for what you want to tackle. Complete any of these projects this summer and fall, and your home will be ready to hit the market (or just be shown off to your neighbors!) as early as next spring.
Happy home improvement!
Do It Yourself Projects
Did you know: Improving your front door is one of the best investments you can make in your home?
Adding new decorative door glass on your front door is an easy way to make a change. If you’re adding door glass, this simple modification can brighten up your home, allowing natural light to shine through. This DIY project takes about 2 hours for the average DIYer and is a very affordable upgrade!
You can, in fact, replace your home’s door glass without having to get rid of your entire door! Replacing door glass is just another way to keep your home looking up-to-date. It's also a great way to fix any problems that may have occurred over the years to your current door glass, like fogging. Choose one of the door glass insert options from Zabitat to give your entryway an instant boost of curb appeal.
If your current front door is really worn out, installing a new door is another value-boosting project.
Whether you choose door glass that’s more decorative, more functional, or a combination of the two, adding some extra character to your entryway is always appealing. And, if you’re ready to give this one a try, you’re in luck: This project is included in our “Get Started Today: DIY Step-by-Step” at the back of this guide. Check it out for all the tools and instructions you’ll need for adding or installing door glass. Or, simply keep reading for more DIY improvement projects to explore.
Add or Replace Door Glass
Changing up the colors of your interior walls or the exterior of your home can make a big difference in aesthetic appeal and design. It’s a simple DIY project that makes major impact!
Sometimes, all it takes is a fresh coat of paint. Give your interior walls new life by giving them a new paint job. For the best value, choose a neutral, non-trendy color.
Too much color and personality on the walls can be distracting and take people out of the experience. A neutral palette guarantees that no potential home buyers are offended by the home. You want them to be able to envision themselves living in the house. Using a neutral color palette will do just that!
Painting the exterior of your home yourself is doable, but takes quite a bit of time and effort. Before you get started, make sure you have all the right tools, equipment, and most importantly -- time! Exterior painting is not a DIY project you'll want to rush.
A new coat of paint or stain might be the solution in freshening up your front door and tying your entryway together. This is where you can get a little more creative. Have fun with it, but ensure that the color you choose is still complementary to the exterior walls of your home.
Painting is an approachable DIY activity. No matter your experience in DIY home improvement, you can really add some character to your home by simply adding a fresh coat of paint. This project is an easy fix that you can take care of in a weekend and have some fun along the way!
Replacing your door hardware is another project that can be easily checked off your to-do list. Once all your hardware matches and looks cohesive throughout your home, you’ll wonder why you didn’t tackle this DIY project sooner!
This DIY project is super simple! Replace all of your outdated hardware like door knobs and drawer pulls with new fixtures. This project really does make a difference. It can take your home from looking like an outdated mess, to a modern upgrade that you can be proud of -- all without having to break the bank.
The hardware on your front door not only adds the finishing touch to the look of your door and entryway, but provides safety for you and your family. Think of a strong, high-quality lock as the most basic security system you can install in your home. Zabitat has the perfect solution for you with our extensive line of Yale residential locks and door hardware products.
Ensuring that all the hardware throughout your home matches in both color and style will increase the perceived value.
Gold, bronze, platinum, wrought iron — whatever finish of door hardware you choose, ensuring all your door handles are uniform is a satisfying, value-boosting accomplishment.
If you’re new to DIY, you might not think there are many projects you can do to update your walls, ceilings, or flooring. You’d be surprised, however, at how many quick, easy upgrades are available to you.
If your home is unlucky enough to have popcorn ceilings, do yourself a favor and get rid of them. A popcorn ceiling is never something a potential home owner is looking for in a house. It’s an eyesore and a turn off. Get rid of it. This quick yet messy DIY project will make a world of difference. Flat ceilings alone will boost your home’s value.
Make your walls pop by installing crown molding. It’ll make your home look more elegant and increase the perceived value.
Consider installing matching ceiling fans in bedrooms for convenience and versatility. If you already have ceiling fans, oil the ball bearings to make sure it spins as smoothly as possible.
Exposed brick and original flooring top the list of desirable features in a home. Exposed brick is a hot topic for new homeowners. It's great for the use of an accent wall, and the nice thing about it is that you can usually enhance the room with simple decor and accent furnishing.
Walls, Ceilings, and Flooring
If you have good hardwood floors then you need to show them off. Get rid of carpet and rugs that cover beautiful, natural hardwood flooring. It’s what home buyers want to see!
From installing ceiling fans to pulling up old, worn-out carpet, increasing the appeal of your walls, ceilings, and flooring will give your home value a boost.
Energy Efficiency Upgrades
Modern home buyers are looking for homes that are not only updated from a design standpoint, but are energy efficient, as well. Making your home more energy efficient is as easy as just a few DIY projects.
Improve your home’s insulation by making sure all your windows and door frames are properly sealed. Your wallet will thank you later.
Installing a Brisa Retractable Screen Door from Zabitat can help lower your home energy costs. Enjoy a few extra months without having to turn on the A/C and take advantage of fresh, breezy air instead!
Consider replacing your normal door or window glass with Low-E glass instead. This special material allows natural light to pour into your home, without overheating your interior! Learn more about Low-E glass at Zabitat here.
Lighting can really make or break the overall mood and style of a home. Ensuring you have the right lighting throughout your home not only boosts the value, but creates a warm and inviting atmosphere.
Swapping out old, outdated light fixtures with new, modern fixtures can be a huge value-booster in your home, whether you want to sell or just make some aesthetic design improvements.
Another light-related project is to add better lighting to your home. After all, you want to cast your home in the best light, right? Skylights are a great way to add natural light to your home without having to go to the trouble of installing new windows.
When you’re out shopping, you'll notice the infinite number of style, wattage, size and shape of light bulbs. Make sure you pick one type of bulb and stick with it throughout the entire floor of your house for continuity in lighting.
Replacing light fixtures throughout your home, adding more natural light to your living areas, and using a consistent type of light bulb will add unprecedented value to the interior of your home. Nothing adds more personality to a room than the right lighting.
Curb appeal is everything! Boosting your curb appeal can be as simple as adding more colorful annuals to your front yard, or tackling major remodeling and renovation projects.
Rent a power washer to clean your deck, walkway, and/or siding. Over the years, you may not realize it, but dirt and grime builds up on these surfaces causing your home to look dated. You won’t believe the difference less than an hour will make. When you're done, it'll look as good as new!
Install or upgrade your boundary wall or fence.
Having a mature tree in your yard will improve your home’s value by an average of 2%, and sometimes as much as 10% – 15% in high-income neighborhoods.
Add outdoor lighting to highlight your pristine landscaping. Freshen up your mulch in your flower beds.
Spruce up your outdoor space with a pergola. There’s no better companion to your back patio or deck area than a pergola that adds dimension and design to your space. In addition to the style benefit, pergolas can also provide shade and privacy. Plus, if your pergola is in a garden area, installing a trellis or letting vines hang down from your pergola adds a beautiful, majestic touch to your backyard.
A majority of homes have outdated or extremely cheap address numbers. Replace or jazz up your home’s old-school address numbers for something more contemporary and eye-catching to score major curb appeal points.
Make sure your front door always has a season-appropriate wreath hanging on it for eye-catching curb appeal.
Plant shrubs and add potted plants to your porch for an instant boost of landscaping curb appeal!
Adding or sprucing up an outdoor living space -- a deck or patio -- can add 15% of value to your home.
Paint the fascia boards (the wood along the trim and roof of your home).
Adding or sprucing up an outdoor living space -- a deck or patio -- can add 15% of value to your home.
Give your windows a proper treatment. If they seem barren then try installing window box planters in front of them or adding shutters. Sometimes a better frame for the windows is all it takes.
Install a new trouble-free Brisa Retractable Screen Door to enjoy fresh air and natural light (without the bugs!) year around. Half an hour and a cordless drill can give you the indoor-outdoor living you've been looking for. Whether you have an in-swing or out-swing door, or a sliding door, there's a Brisa trouble-free screen that will work for you and your family. Brisa Retractable Screen Doors allow fresh air to circulate into the home without all the banging and slamming and in-the-way hassles of a traditional, hinged screen door. The full-view screen retracts when not in use so it doesn’t get in the way. There when you need it and out of sight when you don’t.
You could spend all summer tackling outdoor area projects. Work your way through one project or one side of your house at a time and eventually, you’ll have a gorgeous outdoor oasis that complements the rest of your home.
The kitchen is the gathering place of the home. Because it’s a heavy-traffic area and a room that families spend a lot of time in, you want to make sure your kitchen meets modern-day buyer standards and looks both welcoming and functional.
Nowadays, homeowners and new buyers want open floor plans with a good flow. This is especially true when it comes to the kitchen. It’s especially valuable to open up your kitchen so that you don’t inhibit the social flow of your home. A compartmentalized home can feel cluttered and claustrophobic. Open it up for an increase in home value.
If you have enough space to work with, try installing an island in your kitchen. It provides a central gathering space and extra counter space for cooking prep and storage.
Replace outdated appliances with new, stainless steel ones for a modern, sleek look.
Just say no to hardware from the '80s and '90s! Replace outdated hardware on cabinets to instantly upgrade the design of your kitchen.
Install new counter tops -- granite, marble, and concrete are popular styles right now.
Home buyers will want to see a kitchen with cabinets that look contemporary and clean. Give your kitchen cabinets a fresh coat of paint to make them really stand out for a potential home buyer. These changes can really help your home’s value skyrocket.
Kitchen projects might seem like a massive undertaking, but the payoff of a modern, updated kitchen will be even more massive for your home in the long run.
Living rooms often become unintentional storage facilities. Keeping your living room clean, well decorated, and open will help maintain the perceived value of your home.
Time to get organized! Make sure your living room isn't overly cluttered -- especially with items like children's toys, pet beds, or boxes you just haven't put away yet.
Freshen up the door glass treatments in your living room with new blinds such as add-on blinds and enclosed blinds from Zabitat. They add privacy to your home when you need it, and natural light when you don’t!
Rearrange your living room furniture so that the TV isn't the main focal point. If you have a fireplace in your home, then try setting up the furniture so that the fireplace is the centerpiece.
Buy, or make your own, new throw pillows to add a touch of color and style to your living room.
A little bit goes a long way in the living room. Whether you’re doing something as simple as adding a new rug, or you’re tackling a bigger project like adding window treatments, living room upgrades are always a smart idea.
There’s nothing worse than an outdated bathroom with worn-out fixtures and bad plumbing. Take the time to tackle some DIY projects in your bathrooms this summer and it will pay off when it comes time to sell.
Like the kitchen, bathrooms are an area of your home where buyers expect to see convenient, modern updates. Make sure your bathroom looks fresh and sparkling clean as far as any tile you might have, your shower or tub, and your sink and vanity.
Replacing your outdated tub with a new, chic, walk-in shower can yield a return-on-investment of over 100%
Paint the walls a new color -- bathrooms are a good room to get creative!
Install a new vanity -- and don't forget about lighting.
Replace your boring mirror with a new one that's eye-catching, stylish, and interesting.
Upgrade your faucet and the hardware on your cabinets, shower, and walls.
If you don’t have time to make major upgrades to your shower, toilet, vanity, or plumbing, small updates like fresh paint and new decor can go a long way.
You know what they say — it’s all in the details. Ensuring the additional rooms in your home are just as put-together as your kitchen, bathrooms, and living rooms will create a consistent, high-value experience throughout.
If you have a spare room that's not quite right for a bedroom, there are other ways you can revamp it to increase your home's value. Try creating a man-cave, home-theater, exercise room, or children’s play area. Any of these ideas will make the home more attractive to buyers.
The more storage, the better! Creating storage spaces are a great way to keep your home organized and free of the clutter that detracts from your home’s aesthetic appeal.
More and more people are working from home these days. Add value to your home by carving out a space for a home office.
If you have the budget, consider transforming your attic into an extra bedroom. Being able to list your home with “an added bedroom” will have a massive impact on your asking price.
Use the additional rooms in your home to get creative. If you’ve always wanted an at-home office, craft room, or theater, now’s the time to make it happen!
Unless windows and doors are adding personality to a room, they’re usually detracting from it. Say goodbye to your old, outdated standard blinds and upgrade to new, modern window and door treatments that buyers love.
Need to give a room a little more character? Add trim to your windows. Start by adding trim to rooms where the windows have plain casings.
Framing your windows will instantly give the room more aesthetic appeal.
While standard blinds can be a benefit when it comes to door window treatments, add-on blinds and enclosed blinds provide even more convenience. InHouz blinds between glass require no dusting and are protected from being damaged by pets and younger children. Check out the wide selection of add-on blinds and enclosed blinds for your home at Zabitat!
There are plenty of affordable ways to upgrade your window and door treatments. Whether you want something stylish, more functional, or both, any of the above DIY projects will take your windows and doors to the next level.
Window & Door Treatments
Do It for me projects
If you have an old home, hiring a professional to make some energy efficient updates can be well worth the money. Attracting modern buyers will be much easier if they don’t have to worry about making upgrades themselves, before or after moving in.
Swap out your old-fashioned water heater for a modern solar-powered water heater.
Replace your fireplace with a pellet stove.
Solar power panels are becoming a big selling point for new home buyers. Consider installing them to have a leg up on other sellers.
Upgrade your thermostat and door locks with smart technology. Smart tech in homes like a programmable thermostat can add up to $7,000 in value to your home’s market price.
Energy Efficiency Upgrades
Smart locks allow you to secure access to your home from the convenience of your smart phone. Control who can enter and who can't without any keys or keypads. Plus, the smart lock will sense when you're arriving and automatically unlocks for a convenient, hands-free entry. Compatible with both iOS and Android, this is a smart investment for you and the value of your home!
Did you know that 90% of home inspections recommend furnace servicing? Give yourself a big advantage by getting your furnace and HVAC systems serviced ahead of time. Keep a record of your home's service history to seriously impress potential home buyers.
By working ahead on these energy efficiency upgrades, you’ll be ahead of the curve when it comes time to list your home on the market.
Sometimes, floors need a professional touch to really shine. If you have old carpet or laminate flooring holding you back, consider hiring someone to take your flooring up a notch. They’ll do it well, and they’ll do it fast!
Carpet that looks brand new will make a bigger impact on your home’s value than you might realize. Shampooing old, ratty carpet can only do so much!
Original flooring tops the list of desirable features in a home. If you have good hardwood floors then you need to show them off! Get rid of carpet and rugs that cover beautiful, natural hardwood flooring. It’s what home buyers want to see.
Once you upgrade your flooring, make sure you always keep it looking fresh. Vacuum frequently, avoid walking through your home in shoes, and keep your hardwood polished so it always looks as good as new.
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Doors are the entryway to your home, literally and figuratively. Ensure your doors match the style of your home and add an element of privacy, character, natural light — or all three!
Updating your garage door with a more stylish design is another item that will add value to your home if you're willing to replace it.
Adding or replacing your exterior door glass with something decorative, energy efficient, and more private will instantly add curb appeal to your entryway. If DIY isn't your thing, Zabitat offers professional installation services for an affordable cost. Talk about the ultimate convenience!
There are many options for homeowners when it comes to adding value to your home with doors. Hire a professional to get the job done to save time and ensure everything is done to standard.
While there are many DIY outdoor projects you can tackle in the warmer months, sometimes your outdoor space needs help from a professional. These DIFM projects will add major curb appeal to your home.
If your siding is old and worn-out, it might be time to have it professionally replaced.
An in-ground sprinkler system is a huge benefit to many home buyers.
If you’re willing to spend more money, replacing an old roof can seriously upgrade the value of your home.
Remember, the outdoor area of your home is what makes a first impression on a buyer. Take care of your exterior and the perceived value of your home will only increase!
With all these ideas from Zabitat on how to increase the value of your home, you're ready to get started on a DIY or DIFM (do-it-for-me) project of your own. Start with a small, easy upgrade or dive right in with a major renovation. Either way, increasing the value of your home is a wise investment that will pay off in the long run.
Part 3: Get started today
There are obviously hundreds of different ways to increase your home’s value, and not all of them are as explanatory as the next. So in this section, we offer a more in depth how-to on tackling some of these trickier projects.
With these step-by-step instructions you'll be ready to prepare and take a deeper dive into what tools you’ll need to turn these ideas into a reality… today!
For an additional resource, utilize our YouTube Channel to assist you while tackling these DIY projects.
Get started: diy step-by-step
DIY Projects Made Easy
This DIY project takes about 2 hours for the average DIYer, and can be very affordable (depending upon the glass insert type, style and options).
#2 Phillips Screw Tip
3/8″ or 1/2″ Drill Bit
Jigsaw to Cut Door w/ a Short Throw Blade
4′ Level or Straight Edge
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Installing Decorative Door Glass
Step 1: Prepare the Exterior Door
Prepare the exterior door by removing the door from the hinges. Remove the handle-set from the door. Lay the door down across the sawhorses.
Step 2: Measure the Exterior Door
Measure the exterior door. (Refer to the measurement guide on our website.) Measure and mark the cutting area on the front side of the door. If your door is flush (no embossments), measure from corner to corner of the cutout marking to make sure the opening is square.
Step 3: Mark the Glass Area
Mark the glass area by applying painter’s tape around the cutting area where the door glass will be inserted, to prevent damage while cutting.
Step 4: Cut the Hole for the Door Glass
Cut the hole for the door glass by drilling a 3/8″ or 1/2″ starter hole in all 4 corners of the measurement. NOTE: Do not attempt to cut all the way through the door. The up-stroke should not leave the door and the down-stroke should not exceed 1″ into the door. Using the starter hole, insert jig saw with a short-stroke blade into the inner core of the door and cut along marked guidelines, corner to corner. You will be cutting through material of a different density near the lock, so you will feel slightly more resistance.
Step 5: Flip and Repeat
Flip the door over and repeat Steps 2-4 for the back side of the door.
Step 6: Remove Tape & Debris
Remove tape and debris, then remove all packaging from the door glass kit. Separate the inner frame from the outer frame with glass.
Step 7: Install the New Glass
Install the new glass by lifting the door off of the sawhorses and lay the outer frame with glass over the sawhorses.
TIP: To ensure that the glass is correctly installed the temper stamp should appear on the bottom of the door. Carefully lay the door over the door glass. To properly distribute the weight of the door glass, place the bottom edge of the door opening snugly to bottom of the door glass.
Step 8: Attach Interior Frame
Attach the interior frame by placing interior frame with exposed screw holes over the inside of the door. Align the frames by matching the screw hole guides. Insert each screw working from side to side. Tighten firmly so that the frame fits snugly against the door and the seal is compressed.
TIP: Avoid over tightening the screws.
Step 9: Insert Screw Plugs
Insert screw plugs by aligning the screw plugs with the frame profile. Insert and tap each plug into place.
Step 10: Re-install Door
Re-install the door by placing the door back on its hinges. Use standard window cleaner to make your new door glass shine!
Brisa retractable screen door works with in-swing, out-swing, and sliding doors with an outer-face mount design to optimize door width and outdoor views. Brisa fits most popular door sizes 32 to 36 inches, and can be customized to doors as narrow as 28 inches with just two cuts. This is an easy DIY job that should only take about 30 minutes to complete. The only tool you’ll need is a power drill.
How to Install Brisa
Determine the assembly configuration.
Fit screen to the door opening.
Secure the screen with the use of a power drill.
Pull the slider door closed to make sure the latch and latch hook align properly.Enjoy the fresh air you’ll get with your Brisa Retractable Screen!
If you need further instructions refer to our YouTube channel for a visual assemblage!
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Installing a Retractable Screen Door
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Installing a Skylight
Just like any project, quality installation comes with hard work and determination. This project shouldn’t scare a DIY'er like you away. With proper preparation, installing a tubular skylight can be a simple DIY project you can complete this weekend.
Finding the best place to install a tubular skylight might be the most challenging task you will encounter. Keep these important considerations in mind:
A tubular skylight illuminates your indoor space with natural light, so choose the place in the room that needs brightened up the most.
Make sure that the location you pick on your roof is exposed to direct sunlight throughout the day. You don’t want any trees, chimneys, etc. to cast a shadow on your tube.
Before installation, carefully survey the attic area of your desired location. Make sure your tube can avoid any wiring, plumbing, roof valleys, ceiling mounted registers/fans, etc.
While you’ll have the best results if you install the tube as straight as possible, tubes can be adjusted up to a 45 degree angle if there are obstructions at the roof location (valleys, wires, pipes, ducts, framing, etc.). Don’t be discouraged if you really want your tubular skylight in a specific location but there is an obstruction in the way. You’ll most likely be able to make it work!
This project only takes about two hours to complete, but timing still becomes a challenging factor. Make sure you look ahead at the weather forecast, avoiding all chances of precipitation and hindering weather.
Make sure you have the following tools on hand before you begin (or borrow the ones you don’t have from a neighbor):
Coat Hanger Wire
Flat Pry Bar
Non-Curing/Non-Hardening Roof Sealant
Now that you have the ideas and some valuable step-by-step instructions on how to increase the value of your home, you should be ready to get started. When starting any project with door glass, screen doors or door hardware, let Zabitat help! If you’re looking for products or tutorials, Zabitat can connect you with inside-industry products & information, making expensive and unmanageable home improvement projects affordable & easy!
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Appendix and Resources
Below you'll find each section of our guide with links to additional content. These additional resources will give you further information, instruction, and inspiration on how to add value to your home!
Add or Replace Door Glass
Appendix & Resources
Increasing Your Home Value
Walls, Ceilings, & Flooring
Energy Efficiency Upgrades
Essential Energy Efficiency Upgrades