My Summer DIY To Do Li$t

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According to Liberty Mutual’s New Beginnings report, almost a third of Americans are looking to tackle DIY projects this year! <– will you be a part of that 31%?

Most people DIY to save money, but have you ever thought about DIY-ing to make money? No, I’m not talking about starting a DIY blog (although if you are planning on it, let me know, I’d love to come read!). I’m talking about DIY-ing in order to add value to your house when you go to sell.


Matt and I are NOT looking to sell, however, we are always interested in adding value to our home so that if that time does ever come, our home is ready. This summer’s DIY projects are designed to do just that. We are DIY-ing in order to create a home that we love while simultaneously adding resale value to our house for that mysterious day when we think it’s time to sell. <– An ongoing discussion in our household. #notgoinganywheresoon

board and batten bedroom

When we think of adding value to our homes, we are quick to think indoor improvements. I immediately think kitchen/bathroom, but news to me, the outside is just as important.

frontDid you guys know that landscaping and “curb appeal” adds 5-7% value on your home? I guess that does make sense since people are quick to judge a book by its cover… orrrr… a house by its curb appeal.


This summer, Matt and I have plans to amp up the outside of our home. Remember when we moved in and got a whole new drainage system and re-did all of the landscaping? Yikes. It’s not going to be that intense (thank goodness!), but we do have an outdoor to-do list that we’re excited to tackle. Here’s the scoop:

meter before

-Paint Electric Meters
-Create outdoor wall art or a vertical garden or window flower boxes
-Add Flowers to back landscaping
-DIY a new doormat/possibly a wreath
-Hire an electrician to add electricity outside (we currently have NONE, which officially makes us look like the Grinch on the block come December)

backyard before

So far, that’s all we got on our outdoor list. According to Liberty Mutual survey data,  “71% of Americans that are doing home improvements, are doing at least some of the work themselves.” What are your summer DIY projects? Will you be doing some of the work yourselves? And more importantly, will your summer DIY project make you money?

front houseFor those of you who may need a little extra leverage to help sell your summer DIY ideas to your +1, maybe these tips will help you win the persuasion game. A DIY that MAKES you money in the long run… who could turn that down?

Bridget Signature

PS. Not sure where to start on your summer DIY to-do list? These steps may help you prioritize!

  • Our big summer DIY will be painting the outside of our house! Yikes! 🙂

    • Oh wow!! We’d LOVE to see pictures. That sounds like a dramatic before and after!! Good luck =) Just think, that project could help you make 5-7% more when you go to sell!

    • Hopefully everything goes according to plan. Will definitely take pictures!

  • Nikki Simmerson

    I’m thrilled to see what the two of you master over the coming months. I think window boxes would look truly picturesque! They are so charming and I wish the windows at our home had them… For now, we are going to build a new front porch. It’s daunting but will be worth it!

    • A new Front PORCH?! That will add some SERIOUS curb appeal!! How amazing that your DIY-ing this and even more amazing that’ll you be able to enjoy this space when it’s done.

  • Wow, LOVE! I’m feeling inspired already. Thanks for sharing, Inger.

  • Michelle Conn

    Funny enough, it is a yard summer at our house too. About a dozen random evergreens in the yard have already left, about half a dozen more to go, and we have been able to redo two flower beds with the “found” plants in the yard. Haven’t purchased a SINGLE plant. Finishing landscaping and staining the deck left then I am hiding in the house for a while. It’s nice to know this is adding value to our home, especially since it was all sweat equity, though I am NEVER moving again.

    • I love that you mentioned that after all of your hard work, you never want to move. I COMPLETELY understand where you’re coming from there! This makeover sounds amazing!! Keep up the great work. =)

  • Heather

    I’m currently living in a “hand-me-down” home that hasn’t been updated in who knows how long. We’re getting to do all sorts of fun stuff!

    PS. If you’re really wanting to read that DIY blog I started, 😉

    • Heather,

      Thanks for sharing your blog! Your wedding pics are GORGEOUS and the idea of an “unplugged” wedding. I never heard of that before, but wow, what unique idea! You’ll have to keep us updated on your outdoor renovations and projects. Thanks for stopping by =)