"One man's trash is another man's treasure" is a motto that the hosts of A&E's "Flipping Boston" live by on their daily quest to buy, renovate and sell houses.
Dave Seymour and Peter Souhleris visited TODAY Wednesday to share some inexpensive DIY project ideas guaranteed to boost your home's value.
4 easy DIY home improvement projects
1. Make a good first impression
First impressions are what sets the tone for your home, so enhance "trouble areas."
Easy fixes: Add sod, greenery, colorful plants, a new door with a glass insert, driveway lighting, paint and windows.
Remove large bushes and shrubs that prevent potential buyers from noticing the details of your home's exterior.
Taking out the bushes is very inexpensive if you do it yourself. Hiring a landscaper will cost roughly $500.
Spruce up the color of your siding with fresh paint. Estimated cost: no more than $10,000.
2. Give the living room some character
Look for a wall to create some sort of story or emotion.
Keep it simple: Add a mounted television ($400-$750) and a fireplace ($500-$700).
Save money by choosing gas instead of electric.
Framing, cement board and other materials will cost approximately $500.
3. Jazz up your walls with wainscoting
Before you begin, make sure you're wearing protective goggles.
Line up pieces of molding so they're 5 inches from the side, top and bottom of the application area.
Hover nail gun over molding, press it in and fire.
Finish the look with putty and paint.
Simple installation for any 12x12 room will cost approximately $350.
4. Give your backsplash a new look
Replacing your backsplash is quick, easy and efficient.
There are several different types of tiles available (subway, marble, painted glass, etc.) but Seymour and Souhleris use white because it matches everything. Approximate cost is $180 for a 12-foot counter.
Apply double-sided tile adhesive tape to wall ($20).
Stick tiles to tape, add grout ($40).
Approximate cost: $300