DIY Home Improvement Projects that are Worth Your Time and Money

Once you've decided to sell a home, there are some things you should do to prepare your home before listing it. Don’t just list it without any advance preparation. A few minor touch-ups and attention to detail can go a long way towards making a favorable impression on potential buyers — and perhaps closing a deal. Here are just a few DIY home improvement projects that are worth your time and money to address before listing a home for sale at the Lake of the Ozarks.

Think First Impressions
It goes without saying that the first impression that any potential buyer gets of your home is when they pull into the drive. Your landscaping can make or break a great first impression, so it's without a doubt that you should spend time and money on making sure the curb appeal of your home is pleasing and low maintenance. Low maintenance landscaping saves you money, and adds value when you sell. Purchase plants that are native to your region or plants that are drought-tolerant. Not only will these require less water and maintenance, which means more savings to you, but it'll also be a great selling point for potential buyers if they know the landscaping isn't going to be a huge hassle to maintain.

Make Energy Efficient Upgrades
Small DIY upgrades such as simply replacing all of the incandescent bulbs throughout your home with energy efficient ones can reduce wattage usage by anywhere from 1/3rd to 1/30th of the wattage that a incandescent bulb uses. Energy efficient bulbs typically last about 10 times longer, meaning they don't need to be replaced nearly as often. Another way to cut energy costs is to upgrade your thermostat with a programmable one. These can save up to 10% on your heating and cooling bills. Check how efficient your doors and window treatments are. If there's any air leaking through the seals, it may be worth the time and expense to replace them with newer more efficient ones.

Update that Paint
One of the simplest, most cost-effective improvements of all is paint! Freshly painted rooms look clean and updated. When selecting paint colors, keep in mind that neutrals appeal to the greatest number of people, therefore making your home more desirable. So buy a few gallons of neutral colored paints and get busy! Don't forget to touch up door and window trims inside and outside of the home to give your home a sparkling new look.

Hire a Professional Inspector 
Not every home improvement is cosmetic. Deteriorating roofs, termite infestation or outdated electrical systems simply can't be fixed by a quick DIY project. And it if you don't know something's broken or in poor condition, you can't fix it. Hire an inspector to check out the areas of your home that you don't normally see. They may discover hidden problems that could negatively impact your home's value. Small problems (such as a hidden water leak) can become big, expensive problems quickly. The longer you put off repairs, the more expensive those repairs will be.

Before selling a home at the Lake of the Ozarks, you will improve your chances of finally getting your home noticed by potential buyers by spending some time doing these simple DIY home improvement projects! Don't forget, when it comes to getting the most for your home you need to have an experienced real estate agent at the Lake of the Ozarks in your corner to help you through the selling process. With our extensive knowledge and commitment to providing only the best and most timely information to our clients, Team Andy Gibson is your go-to source for real estate industry insight and advice!

Keller Williams Lake of the Ozarks Realty
858 Hwy 42
Osage Beach, MO 65065 
573-286-5907 Cell
573-348-9898 Office


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