DIY Projects to Sell Your Home

DIY Projects to Sell Your Home – Declutter

DIY Projects to Sell Your Home

You’ve come to a decision—it’s time to sell your house. You want top dollar for it, but you can’t afford a $10,000 remodel. Don’t worry; there are quite a few of DIY projects to sell your home faster that can add a lot of value with little cost. Over the next few weeks, I’m going to outline the ones I’ve found the most helpful.

To begin, I should explain that I am a fulltime fix and flip cash homebuyer in Virginia Beach, Norfolk and Chesapeake, Virginia. The tips I am going to share with you are the basics of all my flips. Often, just by employing them, I am able to add $10,000 in value to a house and resell it without having to make any structural improvements. You can do the same thing with a little planning and a free Saturday afternoon. Of course, if you really need to sell your house fast, we buy houses as-is, no matter the condition, in any area of Hampton Roads. Want an offer today? Just fill out my fast form.

Declutter and Organize


My first DIY Projects to Sell Your Home fast tip is the most important. Clearing out years of accumulated junk is by far the single most important thing you can do to instantly increase the value of your house, according to Consumer Reports. Clutter makes your space seem smaller than it really is. It also sends the message to potential buyers that you are unorganized and don’t care about your home’s condition. In turn, it could plant the seed in their mind that the house has other hidden problems.

Most of the stuff in our homes we don’t really need. Seriously, that juicer you bought from a late night infomercial in 2010 would do you a lot more good on Norfolk’s Craig’s List than sitting idle on your counter. Nevertheless, our stuff is incredibly difficult to let go of. But let go, you absolutely must. Give everything that just lays around your house an honest appraisal. If you haven’t used it in a year, you probably won’t miss it. This is especially true for old furniture, which can really shrink the size of a room, or just make it feel dated. It’s like my grandfather always said, “Consolidate and eliminate.”

After you’ve finished decluttering and finally have some space to walk around, it’s time to pull out the cleaning supplies. How far should you go cleaning your house? According to renovation consultant Bruce Irving, you should clean your house for potential buyers as if you were preparing to host your boss for dinner. Remove old magazines from the coffee table, scrub the grime off the counters, clear the ceiling of cobwebs, replace any burnt out light bulbs, etc.

To underscore the importance of decluttering and cleaning, it is my very first move after we buy houses. In the flipping business, this is called a trash-out and it’s not uncommon for my crew to fill two entire roll off dumpsters with junk before we even begin the real renovation. Then, once the flip is complete, we hire a professional cleaning crew to make every surface shine.

Bottom line: decreased clutter equals increased selling price.

Next week, I will cover more DIY Projects to Sell Your Home fast that involving simple kitchen updates that can really pack a big bang for your buck.

Christian Dunlap

I am a family man with four kids and one heck of a beautiful wife. For work, I'm one of those, "We buy houses" guys, which basically means I buy houses for cash through out Hampton Roads, fix them up and then resell them. It's a very rewarding career that affords me to the opportunity to meet and help out people from every walk of life.



  1. […] And of course, if you want to get top dollar for your home and ensure the best return on investment, you’ll also need to put some maintenance and updates into the house itself. This can cost you anywhere from a few hundred dollars to several thousand dollars, depending on the scope of the upgrades that you’re looking to have done. A little while back, I wrote a series of blog posts about DYI home improvements. The series begins with DIY Projects to Sell Your Home – Declutter. […]