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Five Easy, Equity-Building DIY Projects

(ARA) – A few simple do-it-yourself projects to increase the value and appearance of your home can make a big difference when it comes time to sell. Not only can you make your house stand out, you can receive more money from the sale, which can be used to offset other projects on your wish list.

While DIY projects often seem like a daunting task, they don’t have to be. By planning ahead and arming yourself with the right tools, your home upgrades can be quick and affordable.

One way to cut down on the costs associated with DIY projects is to rent the tools you need. Renting gives you access to equipment that is otherwise too expensive to purchase. Rental stores are also a great place for free expert advice about tools, how to use them correctly and how to best complete your project.

‘Employees at rental stores are able to provide you with valuable insight about the tools and equipment you will need to successfully complete your projects,’ says Christine Wehrman, CEO of the American Rental Association (ARA), an international trade association for the equipment rental industry. ‘They have gone through extensive training on how to use the tools, and they often can provide you with some great ideas about how to save time and money in your undertaking.’

A small investment can go a long way. Use these five projects as a starting point to help build more equity in your home.

  • Power wash the exterior of your home.

    Prevent long-term damage while giving the exterior of your home a facelift. Remove dirt, mildew, moss and other blemishes from vinyl siding with a power washer. But don’t stop there. You can also use it to remove grunge from your front porch, garage, driveway, shed, fence and deck. But be sure to have someone at your rental store show you how to use the machine safely. Used incorrectly, a pressure washer is so powerful that it can damage property.

  • Groom your lawn.

    A beautiful lawn can dramatically improve your curb appeal and set your home apart for a great first impression. Each lawn has different needs, but any lawn can use a little clean up. Rent a dethatcher, also called a power rake, to remove the undesirable debris build-up of grass clippings, leaves and stems interwoven in the grass. This allows water and fertilizer to penetrate the roots for healthier lawn. To speed up grass growth, rent an aerator that pokes holes in the soil to allow air, nutrients and moisture into the grass’ root system. Fertilize after you aerate and the grass will quickly cover the tracks left by the aerator.

  • Revamp your bathrooms. These little rooms can make a big negative impact. And people have the impression they are expensive to fix. But replacing broken tiles can be very simple. Remove the surrounding grout and gently tap away pieces of the offending tile. Use tile nippers to shape your new tile to fit. Never used a tile nipper before? Visit to find an ARA member rental store near you with advice on how to use their tools.

  • Update your kitchen.

    Kitchens are often the room that suffers the most wear and tear. To make your kitchen look like new try these simple updates. Remove dated and dirty wallpaper. With the right tools, such as a steamer, the paper often just peels off. This machine has a steam tank and a plate that emits vapor as you hold it to the wall, which usually loosens even the stickiest paper in about two or three minutes. Once you have removed the wallpaper, choosing a new paint color is the next task.

  • Go deeper than a surface cleaning for floors.

    The law of gravity implies that all dirt will eventually end up on the floor. Carpets can hide as much as 10 times their own weight in soil and dirt. Hot-water extraction using a rented portable carpet extractor is the best method to remove embedded soil to thoroughly clean the carpet to get an enhanced appearance. Hardwood floors require a bit more work and heavy duty commercial equipment. Find your local ARA rental store to gain access and advice about the tools.

DIY projects can be easy and inexpensive with the right equipment and know-how. Discover both at your local ARA member rental business. Visit to find an American Rental Association member rental store near you.

Courtesy of ARAcontent