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DIY Projects that Pay

With spring just around the corner, it’s time to dust off the power tools, rev up the lawn mower, and start on your list of DIY projects. When enhancing the look or functionality of your home, there are some projects that pay bigger dividends than others.Any project, improvement, or update to your home should be completed with resale in mind. Any change to a home should add to its value, not detract. In order to get the most out of your time and money, here are some of the best DIY investments.PaintA fresh coat of paint will give you a 150 percent return on your investment. There are generally several areas that can be improved with paint. Not only walls, but update tile by painting it a bold color, use paint to cover up an old brick fireplace or update cabinets with a fresh pop of color.FunctionAny project that adds to the functionality of a home is well worth it. Start with the plumbing by fixing all running toilets or leaky faucets. Be sure creaky floorboards, dents, or scratches in the paint, or everyday wear and tear are fixed and updated.Pedestal Sinks Bathrooms are one of the easiest way to make a return on investment. To show off square footage in small bathroom, toss the old vanity and replace it with a pedestal sink. Buyers love pedestal sinks for their elegance and style. They will easily bring dramatic appeal that brings in big bucks while making your bathroom appear larger.Fire Up the Fireplace A fireplace is a focal point of any room, so it should add to the style of the space, not detract. A little TLC can go a long way in updating the look of your fireplace. Remove the screen and wipe it down to get rid of the dust. Using a can of heat-resistant spray paint, give the screen a facelift. Then give the fireplace a good cleaning, scrubbing it with soap and water. Polish the bricks to make them shine, and replace old brass hardware.Step OutsideCurb appeal is one of the most important parts of selling a home. A nice outdoor deck can be a big selling feature, but an old one is a major liability. Sand and stain all outdoor patio areas and furnish them to give buyers a comfortable outdoor scene. This will create a patio that looks fresh and reels in buyers.

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