Kelli Brandenberger

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The Most Cost-Effective Home Improvement Projects

Whether you want to increase the value of your home or simply enjoy it more, there are low-cost improvements you can do that will really make a big difference. Best of all, some of these projects can be completed in a single weekend. To get you started, we've compiled five easy, effective DIY home improvement projects that should fit comfortably into any budget. 

  1. Fresh Coat, Fresh Look
    Painting a room has long been a go-to DIY home improvement project. The supplies are affordable, the difference is big, and it's something that anyone can learn to do with a little practice. A few drop cloths and rolls of painter's tape will help you keep things clean, and the paint itself should cost around $100, depending on how many rooms you plan to paint. For an added boost, check your favorite home improvement sites for creative color schemes.

  2. Updated Switch Plates
    Does every light switch in your home really need to be the same color of off-white? Homeownership has its perks, including the opportunity to choose switch plates of your very own. Those old, plastic switch plates are so common that most of us don't even notice them anymore.  You're sure to notice the difference when you choose plates that accent the color tones of your home. And this job likely won't require you to purchase any new tools since a simple screwdriver will work beautifully.

  3. Freshen Your Flooring
    Replacing your floors completely is an expensive, time-consuming project, but you don't need a brand new floor to get a brand new look. Adding some throw rugs is a great way to brighten up a room, and you can find nice rugs for affordable prices if you're willing to do a little bargain hunting. For wood floors, it's amazing how much difference cleaning and polishing with the right products can make. Carpeted floors can be steam-cleaned to remove old stains and renew colors.

  4. Cleaner Closets
    Even for the tidiest homeowners, it's very easy for closets to get overcrowded. A bit of cleaning work will make things much easier next time you need to search for something that's been stored away. Buy affordable closet organizers to make cleaning easier, and take the opportunity to toss or donate items that have only been collecting dust.

  5. Smart Shelving
    We started with a classic, and we'll end with one, too. Adding new shelving allows you to mix up your decorating in new ways, thin out clutter and display your favorite collectibles. You can find affordable shelving kits at your favorite home improvement store, and you won't need many tools to get the job done. Just be sure to have a level, measuring tape, and pencil on hand in order to get the cleanest look.

Our list is just the tip of the iceberg.  If you carve out a little time each weekend for home improvement projects, it won't be long before your home has a fresh, updated look, and you're even likely to pick up a few useful new DIY skills along the way.

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