craftsman landscapeDo-it-yourself projects can be extremely rewarding. Not only might you learn something new, but the finished product satisfies and gives a sense of pride. But spending money on a project may not be the best idea if it doesn’t pay you back in equity or a higher sale price.

Return on investment (ROI) is important for homeowners to consider when looking into what they can or should do to improve their home. Realtor.com offers seven tips for ROI without breaking the bank. From simple maintenance to curb appeal, these tips may be the deciding factor that leads to happy buyer and seller alike.

Sprucing up your kitchen cabinets are one simple way to brighten and transform a kitchen. A neat paint job is key and doesn’t require special skills. The investment of a little time and a few materials could be all a kitchen needs to elevate the feel and attractiveness.paint brush

We all know the importance of a good first impression. That’s true with homes, too. Not only does it give potential buyers a strong appeal, it also ends up boosting your home’s value. Putting a little effort into maintaining the yard, and landscaping with pleasing foliage can be consequential in a buyer’s decision. Pruning trees and bushes, or painting fences can also be fairly simple projects with a huge return.

Maybe gardening isn’t your thing. In that case, curb appeal includes the front door. Just like those kitchen cabinets, carefully applied paint in a pleasing color garners interest and tells the buyer you care.

Brightening up a basement or adding storage is always a win for potential buyers. This doesn’t mean you need to spend time and money on finishing the basement. Again, paint, as well as addressing flooring needs can be enough to give a potential buyer seed for their imagination. And additional storage, whether you add it in the kitchen or a closet, especially appeals to buyers now when we are spending so much time at home.

Lastly, but possibly the most important is basic maintenance. Perhaps fixing a running toilet doesn’t speak as loudly as painting a door to you, but to a buyer, these simple but crucial tasks assure them you have been a diligent and contentious home owner.

As the article says, keeping these simple DIY projects in mind can have tremendous ROI. Why not get started today?