14 DIY Projects That Add to Home Value

Not every project has to be big (or expensive!) to add value to your home. These done-in-a-weekend projects, for example, deliver huge return on investment.

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Seal the Driveway

An asphalt driveway can last almost 30 years. But you can’t achieve that long lifespan unless the driveway was installed properly and you perform regular maintenance, like filling cracks annually and driveway sealing when needed. It’s not a glamorous project, but it’s a must-do when you have some extra time.

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Improve Drainage in Your Yard

Nurture the land in your yard and protect the environment by channeling rain water and runoff from gutters into a rain garden planted with deep-rooted, colourful native plants.

Here's what you should know before starting a garden.

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Loose Fill Attic Insulation

Adding attic insulation remains at the top of the list on a national average with a 107 per cent cost recoup, according to Remodeling Magazine. It's the only project that recoups the cost and adds to the resale value. The cost of installing loose fill fibreglass insulation has risen by 5.9 in the past year.

Don't miss these other energy saving tips.

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Steel Door Replacement for Entryway

A steel entry door ranks second on the list with an average recoup of 90.7 per cent of the cost in resale value.

Find out exactly how often you need to replace everything in your home.

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Garage Door Replacement

Replacing a garage door is big for curb appeal and it’s also big on it ability to recoup the cost of the project. A garage door replacement is one of the cheaper projects with an average cost of $1,749 but it also returns an average of $1,345 in resale value.

These decorating tips can help you sell your home fast!

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Fibreglass Entry Door Replacement

On the list of upscale remodelling projects, a fibreglass entry door replacement recouped 85 per cent of the cost.

Here are 10 mistakes to avoid when remodelling a home.

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Smart Home Technology

Smart devices are infiltrating homes at increasing rates. Statista, a market research firm found that 33 per cent of homes have one connected device and that number could rise to 60 per cent by 2021. These smart devices can even detect leaks in your water heater.

Check out these tricks to save on summer utility bills.

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Paint a Room

Choose a paint colour and give a room a fresh look. (These DIY painting ideas can help.) If you have a few days off strung together, painting is a quick project to complete, so you can get things back in order ASAP.

Don't miss these painting tips professional painters don't want you to know.

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Resurface the Garage Floor

Cleaning and resurfacing the floor usually takes one day (on the other hand, clearing out your garage so you can work may take weeks!). As a first-timer, you might achieve a perfectly smooth, flat finish. Or you might end up with a few rough spots and small ridges. But even if your work is far from flawless, you’ll still make a bad floor look much better. And remember this: If you make some major mistakes, you can add a second coat—this time with the benefit of experience.

Here's what no one tells you about owning a home.

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Tile a Backsplash

Tiling a backsplash above the counter is one of the easiest ways to upgrade an old, tired kitchen on a tight budget. You can choose from the vast array of handsome ceramic tiles available, including easy-to-install square ones or more difficult mosaic tiles. Take inspiration from these DIY home projects, including creative backsplash solutions.

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Refinish Hardwood Floors

Sanding hardwood floors might seem like a pros-only project. It's a big job that creates big disruptions in your household. And then there's that big, scary sanding machine. But it's really not that difficult.

You'll also want to avoid these home renovations you're likely to regret later.

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Fix a Sinking Driveway

It’s normal for asphalt driveways to sink a bit over time. But when your driveway repair has sunk to the point where it’s 10-12 centimetres lower than your garage floor, it’s time to fix it. If you don’t, water will pool in the depression, seep into the soil below, and eventually destroy the driveway.

Next, check out these home repairs anyone can do.

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Install New House Numbers

Updated house numbers add polish and shine. Replace shabby or dated-looking numbers with ones made of brass, aluminum or stainless steel. They’ll look best if the finish matches that of the light fixture and door hardware. Buy individual numbers or custom plaques. You can buy do-it-yourself address plaque kits from home centres, hardware stores and online retailers.

Find out 16 more budget friendly ways to boost your home's curb appeal.

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Bathroom Mini Makeover

If you've long wanted the elegance of natural stone in your home, consider a new granite bathroom vanity top, which is a great, affordable way to get it. You can now find granite tops at Lowe's, Home Depot and other home centres. Prices range from $150 to $450 depending on the size. Complete this bath makeover with a new faucet and mirror, and you'll still keep the price under $500.

Got an even tighter budget? Check out these clever home improvement ideas under $200!

Originally Published on The Family Handyman