7 DIY 1-Day Home Improvements for Under $100

Posted by Laine Smith on 10/25/15 12:43 PM

Topics: Home Ownership

Needing some weekend home improvement inspiration? Here are 7 projects that are easy, budget-friendly and will add value and/or efficiency to your home.

7 DIY Home Improvements

Make a Closet Space Your Office Space

Closet Office

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If your home lacks the space for an entire room dedicated to an office, turn an under-utilized closet into a workstation. Unhinge the door and swap the closet rod for shelving.

Update Your Entryway

Your front doorway should be an extension of your home's interior, so make it that way by painting it an eye-catching hue or replacing the hardware, house numbers or doormat.

Upgrade Your Garage Door

The replacement cost of a garage door comes with an average price tag of $1,600. You can achieve an updated look for less than $100 by installing a carriage-style hardware kit or applying DIY plastic window adhesives.

For more ways to upgrade your garage door on a budget, click here.

Kitchen Task Lighting

Under Cabinet Lighting

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Under-cabinet puck lighting is a great way to add function and value to your kitchen area. Battery-powered LED options, like these, make installation easy and wire-free.

Erase Years of Wear from Your Driveway

If your sidewalks and driveway are showing their age, now is a good time to rent a pressure washer from your local home improvement store. While you're there, grab a bottle of degreaser and concrete detergent and follow this how-to.

Plant a Tree

Evergreen Screen

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When it comes to trees and home value, a $100 investment brings back a lot of value for homeowners. Once mature, a tree can offer an appraised value anywhere between $1,000 and $10,000, according to the Council of Tree and Landscape Appraisers.

Fall is one of the best times, apart from spring to plant a tree. Just make sure you do so before the end of October to avoid the potential of frost.

Not only does a tree add curb appeal as it matures, but if you were to plant a tree on the west side of your home, in 5 years, you'll see a decrease in your home's energy bills. Wanting to plant more than one? Consider an evergreen screen on the north side of your home to cut down heating bills.

Fake the Look of Stainless Steel

Appliance Stainless Steel Paint

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Love stainless steel appliances but hate the price tag? If replacing your current appliance grouping is unnecessary, you can pull off the look of stainless for less...much less. A gallon of top coat and base coat of liquid stainless steel paint will run you about $80 but none of your guests will know the difference.

Looking to complete more home improvement or renovation projects on a larger scale? Download our free Rehab & Construction Guide to find out how you can combine the costs of renovations/improvements into your home loan.

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