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12 Summer Projects To Increase Your Home’s Value

Elaine Comerford

Veteran New York City broker Elaine Comerford is known for her masterful ability to bring organization and calm to an often fragmented and archaic pro...

Veteran New York City broker Elaine Comerford is known for her masterful ability to bring organization and calm to an often fragmented and archaic pro...

Jun 24 7 minutes read

Your home is one of your biggest assets — and like most investments, you need to periodically check in to make sure you’re maximizing value. For a house, this means anything from making necessary repairs to improvements that will make your property even more appealing to its next owner. 

We know what you’re thinking: It’s impossible to guess what a future buyer may want. However, there are a few tried-and-true projects that will boost your home’s worth, no matter what time of year you sell. Now that it’s summer, you may even have a little more time to tackle these projects (or hire them out). From small changes that you can do by Sunday to big projects that have a big impact, here are a few ideas for your to-do list.

Fast & easy fixes you can do by Sunday

Quick switches that a Target run can handle

Big projects that have a big impact

Fast & easy fixes you can do by Sunday

1. Try KonMari

Organizing pro Marie Kondo (author of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up and host of Netflix’s Tidying Up With Marie Kondo) has made converts out of even the messiest out there. Her easy-to-follow KonMari system boils down to “donate or get rid of anything you don’t need anymore.” Read the book, watch the show, and take the weekend to let go of excess clutter that’s taking up space in your home. Not only will your home seem bigger to buyers, but you’ll actually want to show off your home without all the clutter. 

2. Maximize Closet Space

Today’s buyers can never have too much storage space. That doesn’t mean you have to invest heavily in a custom closet (after all, what works for your wardrobe might not work for everyone). Making little fixes such as installing shelves to take advantage of overhead space, swapping out rickety hanging bars for new ones, and adding smaller organizers can maximize your existing closets. If you also have outdated accordion-style or builder-grade wooden doors, updating them to new doors will make a more favorable first impression.

3. Upgrade your door handles 

This is an especially good move if you have dated or boring hardware throughout your home (or haven’t updated a single knob since the ‘90s). Integrating new doorknobs, handles, pulls and knobs creates a cohesive, well-designed look. Polished nickel and bronze will add an on-trend touch that makes even older cabinets and doors seem newer. 

Quick switches that a Target run can handle

4. Make your water pressure better

You’d be surprised how many people turn the faucets to gauge the pressure. If you’re an avid DIYer, you might be able to increase the pressure yourself using this YouTube video. If your water pressure isn’t the problem, take a trip to a nearby hardware store and buy a new showerhead. Buyers will be impressed with the upgrade and most of them are super easy to install! 

5. Make your lights “smarter” 

With technology getting more advanced, integrating it into your home is easy and impressive to homebuyers. One of the easiest ways to start is with lighting. Installing a Philips Hue Starter Kit will have you in awe of how easy it is to use, and you can even pair your lights with Amazon’s Alexa, Siri, and Google Home. You don’t have to stop at just lights. There are tons of options for integrating technology into your home, and according to a study from ADT, almost two-thirds of homebuyers would pay a premium for smart home technology. 

6. Repaint interior rooms

If it’s been a while since you’ve painted, consider changing overall color scheme inside your home to a neutral palette. Neutral tones can make a space feel bigger, brighter and newer, and even mask small scratches and imperfections. It also creates a “blank slate” to help buyers focus on the home rather than a bolder color choice.

7. Repair and refresh your outdoor space

If you have an outdoor space, no matter the size, a few minor updates such as putting out potted plants, repairing any cracked concrete, and fixing chipped stones can make a huge difference when buyers step outside. You can even add lighting (see next tip) to walkways for a better nighttime experience.

8. Add or upgrade outdoor lighting

In lieu of any landscaping projects (the intense summer sun may prove too punishing for new plants or grass), think about “hardscaping” elements such as lighting. Just a few solar lights along the path can be enough to make a big difference. If you have a deck or patio, hanging string lights can make it more inviting, and an added benefit you can enjoy during those gorgeous summer nights!

Big projects that have a big impact

9. Clean (or replace) the carpet

Wall-to-wall carpeting doesn’t just seem outdated to potential buyers — the fibers also hold onto dust and allergens, impacting your overall air quality. Consider adding hardwood floors (or lookalike composite) or just do a deep-clean of your carpets.

10. Renovate (or update) the bathroom

Kitchen and bathroom renovations nearly always pay off. If your bathroom is smaller, this means you can go more luxurious for less (and the job will be finished quickly). Getting rid of space-hogging vanities, adding in a low-flush toilet, or even little replacements such as the shower head, tub faucet and tiles are all changes that will go a long way in the eyes of your buyer.

11. Replace the counters

You don’t need to do a complete kitchen renovation with the latest appliances and designer finishes. Instead, consider replacing your old countertops. No, you don’t have to go with granite no matter how many real estate reality shows say otherwise. Quartz, stainless steel, concrete and even tile are cost-effective surfaces that are also in style. If you have a bigger budget, marble countertops are always appealing to deep-pocketed buyers.

12. Replace your kitchen cabinets

Since cabinetry does take up the most visual space in the kitchen, a replacement will make the whole room feel updated. A complete overhaul isn’t always necessary. If your cabinets are a standard size and of decent quality, you can get away with just replacing the doors (or even just painting your current doors).

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