If you are a do-it-yourselfer but would rather save your time and money for taking a vacation away from home, why not consider one of these projects you can finish in a weekend for under $100?
On the inside of your home . . .
- Paint or wallpaper a room
- Update the cabinet and drawer handles/pulls in your kitchen or bathroom
- Change out light fixtures, add a dimmer switch or ceiling fan
- Install new faucets and shower heads
- Assemble new bookcases or shelving to add storage space
- Hang crown molding in a room
And on the outside . . .
- Spruce up the entrance by painting your front door and adding new potted plants
- Add a birdbath
- Repair screens
- Build a fence trellis
- Plant a mini herb garden
- Power wash or repaint patio furniture
Want to get the kids and family involved in home projects? Consider building a sandbox, miniature golf course, or raised vegetable garden for the backyard. How-to videos and step-by-step instructions for these projects and more are available on ThisOldHouse.com.
If completing a few smaller changes motivates you to tackle a larger home improvement project, why not consider ones that pay off? For a typical Florida home, a wood deck addition costs $9,500 and a minor kitchen remodel costs $19,000. Not only would you enjoy using your new deck or updated kitchen, but if you were to sell your home it’s estimated that you would recoup 75% of the remodeling costs for these two projects. For more ideas, average job costs, and resale value estimates, check out Remodeling Magazine’s Cost vs. Value 2011-12 Report. Don’t forget to tell your insurance agent about completed home remodeling or renovation projects to ensure you have adequate coverage and find out if you are eligible for premium discounts.
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