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5 DIY Fixes That Can Skyrocket Your Home’s Value

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5 DIY Fixes That Can Skyrocket Your Home’s Value

Real estate prices can skyrocket when not enough houses are being built to keep up with growing demands. But that does not mean homeowners can just sit back and watch their property values go up. Managing a home is a lifelong endeavor, after all.

Fortunately, there are plenty of simple fixes which anyone can do to ensure that potential buyers will be awed. And even if you are not looking to sell, it’s better to put in the work now rather than frantically put up a patch job later.

Here are five simple (and reasonably cheap) things that anyone with any skill can do to make their home look fresh and increase its valuable.

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1. Do some gardening

Selling a house is all about presentation, and that starts well before the buyer ever enters the house. If a buyer drives up and sees overgrown or wilting plants or grasses, they will not have a good first impression. Think of it like a job interview where you show up wearing flip flops and shorts.

While there are landscaping companies which will charge you a fortune, there are tons of things you can do for a low price. Plant some low-maintenance perennials, which will be easier to maintain than buying annual plants which flower and wither every year.

Also, consider planting a tree. There are plenty of good trees to plant, but my personal favorite is a good, strong oak. An oak tree looks beautiful and provides shade if you live in a warmer climate.

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2. Fix up the entrance

The shrubbery will not be the only thing a buyer sees before they enter your house. The door is another potential liability. If the buyer walks in and sees a frayed welcome mat and the doorbell does not work, then that is a poor start.

You can get a new welcome mat for just $20 at Home Depot, and you can also get a new doorbell for around the same price. If your doorbell does not work, I would recommend just getting a new one instead of calling a repairman who will almost certainly overcharge you. Also, make sure that the lock is solid, but at the same time easy to lock and unlock. A solid doorknob indicates a solid home (and this applies to indoor knobs as well).

Furthermore, paint the door an appealing color, like red. The result should be a solid, secure but inviting door that, when combined with your landscaping, will create a good first impression.

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3. Paint (but be careful about it!)

A good coat of paint can make your walls look new – assuming that you do it correctly.

First, do not let your artistic sense run wild. You want a color which can appeal as many homebuyers possible, so pick neutral colors which will not scare anyone off. If you really want to pick more vibrant colors, then the kitchen is probably the best place to do so. A color like yellow or red will work here.

One of the key points in painting your walls is to note scratches and other repairs you may have to make, so keep track of that. And while you are painting the walls, get rid of any wallpaper.

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4. Repair the plumbing

A lot of homeowners aim for renovating the bathroom, but HGTV notes that this can often cost more than $10,000. You may be able to recoup the costs, but getting new tiles, improving sink fixtures, and fixing up a bathroom can be difficult.

If you don’t have the money or expertise, just focus on your plumbing. Check for leaks, remove mildew stains, and generally try to keep the pipes clean. You don’t need to be a total plumbing expert to fix mere leaks, but be careful as failure could mean spending thousands of dollars to get a plumber. Most repairs for homeowners that involve plumbing should be done by experts. But for simple jobs, here are some basic tips which any enterprising plumber should know before they take a good look at the pipes.

5. Clean the carpet

I’m not much of a fan of carpets. They absorb all sorts of fumes and liquids, attract carpet beetles, and are a pain to clean. But that does not mean that removing your carpet is necessarily a good idea, and I would only replace it with tile or hardwood floors if you plan to stay in your house for a long time. In the short term, just clean it. A professional carpet cleaner is not that expensive, but if you want to handle it yourself, just get your own cleaning machine and a vacuum. Regular treatments will ensure that the funky carpet smell you have noticed at your friends’ houses does not appear in your own.

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Last Updated on January 13, 2022

10 Cheap And Amazing Honeymoon Ideas

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10 Cheap And Amazing Honeymoon Ideas

A honeymoon is important.  The wedding is over.  The months, or even years, of stress and planning are finally over.  It’s time for the two of you to relax, settle in, and start enjoying your time together as you embark on your first journey as a family.

To make the most of this time for the least amount of money, it’s important to focus on what you want out of a honeymoon.  This isn’t your typical list of touristy honeymoon locations everyone goes to.  Rather, it’s a list of cheap honeymoon experiences a couple can enjoy together, regardless of where it’s at.

1. Camping

A week long camping trip is a fantastic way to see how you mesh together as a couple.  You’re put in a low impact “survival” situation where it’s just the 2 of you and nature.  You have a chance to see how your new spouse handles themselves when left with the basics of life.  There are amazing national parks all over the United States where you can camp for a week for $20-30, disconnect from technology, and enjoy some of the natural wonders our nation has to offer.

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2. Staycation

You don’t have to go anywhere for a honeymoon.  In fact, the tradition of taking a honeymoon vacation is a relatively new one.  Prior to the 19th century, a honeymoon involved staying home together for a month to get to know each other physically.  Think of how blissful it could be to take a full month off work, disconnect from the outside world, and focus entirely on projects together.  You may not be wowing your friends and family with pictures of some exotic location, but they’ll be envious of your escape from the rat race nonetheless.

3. Island Getaway

People tend to overspend on their honeymoon vacations to Hawaii, Tahiti, etc.  Going to these places doesn’t have to be expensive.  You don’t need to stay in a 5 star resort when you’re on a Best Western budget.  You’re there to be in the atmosphere of the island, not a hotel room. Book a cheap flight and sleep in a hotel alternative, on the beach or in your car.  It’s the view in paradise that really matters.

4. Fancy Resort

Book an expensive resort, spa, or retreat in the city you live in.  While this may seem counterintuitive as a cheap destination, when you consider your savings on airfare and other travel costs, you can afford to be treated like royalty within your own city limits.  If you book a honeymoon package, you’ll end up with a lot of free amenities and extra attention.  There’s no need to fly halfway across the world to live the good life.

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5. Road Trip

The journey is often more fulfilling than the actual destination.  If you fly out to some exotic locale, you’ll be stuck on a plane for 8-30 hours.  Rent a luxury car, pick a handful of places you each have always wanted to visit, and go on an adventure.  You can keep food costs down by packing your own snacks, but it’s always a good idea to sample the local delicacies wherever you go, even if it’s only a few states over.

6. Charter a Boat

If the ocean is your thing, a week-long cruise can cost you $1500-$3000 per person, depending on the destination.  You also have to factor in travel costs to and from the cruise, alcohol, souvenirs, and on-shore excursions.  You’ll also be surrounded by people.  For the same price (and often much cheaper), you can charter your own boat and enjoy the experience in private.

7. Las Vegas/Atlantic City

If gambling is your thing, these are the places to do it.  Which one you choose depends on your preference, budget, and proximity.  The way to make this vacation cheaper is to gamble smart.  Stay away from low odd tables (i.e craps, roulette) and read up on the MIT blackjack strategies to beat the house.  If you do it right, you can win enough for a free trip (and gain a valuable team skill in the process).

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8. Themed Retreats

There are weeklong retreats all over the world where you can fully immerse yourselves as a couple into a hobby you’re both passionate about.  Go on a yoga/meditation retreat, a ranch, a vineyard/farm, a backpacking adventure, treasure hunt, or whatever you’re into.

9. Working Honeymoon

Your honeymoon doesn’t have to be a vacation.  For a truly memorable experience, dedicate a week to a charity or volunteer organization.  You can drive out to a campground to help restore it in the offseason.  Maybe you’ve always wanted to volunteer to help out your local animal shelter, plant trees, help the homeless, etc.  Use the time to do something together as a couple that will fulfill you spiritually while contributing to the community.  Just because you’re on a honeymoon doesn’t mean you can’t be productive.

10. Festivals, Fairs & Special Events

Every city, state, and country has festivals, fairs, and special events.  Find one you’re interested in.  If you time your wedding right, your honeymoon can be a trip to one of these festivals.  Burning Man, SXSW, Bonnaroo, the Renaissance Fair, regional harvest festivals, Mardi Gras, New Years Eve in Times Square, a movie premiere, or whatever you’re into.  If you plan your honeymoon at the right time in the right place, the possibilities are endless.

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