Our Most Cost-Effective Value-Added DIY Home Projects

Women Who Money
5 min readMar 24, 2022

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From the moment we became homeowners, we tackled DIY home projects.

It all started with the pink bathroom in our first house. And from that point on, our skills and courage grew, and so did our DIY projects.

Granted, we spent a lot of time, energy, and money on some projects. But we love learning new skills and seeing the transformations.

So the fact that some projects also increased the value of our home was a bonus.

This article shares our most cost-effective, value-added DIY home projects. None of them were super expensive, and they didn’t take expert skills, but they did add to our satisfaction and the marketability of our home.

The Value of DIY Projects

It’s impossible to calculate a precise return on investment (ROI) for DIY projects. So putting actual dollar amounts on our projects is futile.

Still, it’s super helpful to know which projects are likely to provide the most resale value.

Remodeling Magazine is an excellent source for home project cost and value trends.

Their most recent data shows that updating a home’s exterior adds the most value. After that, the most value is from minor kitchen and midrange bathroom remodels.

The data shows an average of 60% ROI for home projects. And although you might expect a higher return for a DIY project, it’s wise to decide if it’s worth your time and money.

It’s essential to consider all the costs, especially if you’re only doing it to add value.

Still, you can increase your home’s marketability without doing a significant DIY project.

For example, the cheapest way to make a home more sellable is to clean and declutter everything, inside and out.

Then, go a step further with some fresh paint. And, for more value, you can update appliances and outdated features in the existing layout.

Our Most Cost-Effective Value-Added Projects

Our most cost-effective, value-added DIY projects had some common characteristics.

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