Top 10 Home Improvement Projects Under $50

By: Danny Lipford

Installing paddle ceiling fan.

Tackling some or all of these 10 home improvement projects will improve the look and efficiency of your home without breaking the bank.

  1. Seal gaps and cracks on exterior of house

    Cost: Less than $25 in caulk.
    Benefit: Savings of 10% to 20% on heating and air conditioning bills.
    » Click to Find Out How

  2. Replace return air filters every 1-3 months

    Cost: $20-$40 a year.
    Benefit: Extends life of heating/cooling equipment, saves on energy.
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  3. Paint exterior shutters

    Cost: $20 to $40 for gallon of exterior paint.
    Benefit: Improves curb appeal and increases resale value.
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  4. Replace hardware in kitchen or bathroom

    Cost: Drawer pulls start at around $2 each; towel bars at $10.
    Benefit: Gives room updated look at minimum cost.
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  5. Add a paddle ceiling fan

    Cost: $35 and up.
    Benefit: Greater comfort and lower energy bills in summer and winter.
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  6. Repair cracks in patio, walk, or driveway

    Cost: $2-$5 a tube of concrete patch caulk.
    Benefit: Extends life of concrete and prevents erosion under slab.
    » Click to Find Out How

  7. Replace torn window and door screens

    Cost: Around $15 for screening and new spline.
    Benefit: Spruces up house and makes open windows bug proof.
    » Click to Find Out How

  8. Update room light fixtures

    Cost: $25 and up.
    Benefit: Modernizes a focal point of rooms.
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  9. Replace damaged weather stripping and thresholds

    Cost: $5 to $15 for weather stripping, $10 to $25 per threshold.
    Benefit: A seal at doors and windows can save 10% in energy costs.
    » Click to Find Out How

  10. Brighten up a room with paint

    Cost: $15-$35 a gallon for interior paint.
    Benefit: Changes the look of a room at minimum cost.
    » Click to Find Out How

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  • Tena Says:
    January 25th, 2009 at 6:45 am

    The quickest way to change a room is add color and that can be anything frome the paint on the walls to the pictures you hang. Every object adds interest and color is vital.



  • John Cannamela Says:
    October 27th, 2007 at 12:39 pm

    #14 CPR
    Check, Patch, Repeat.
    $5-10 of duct tape, feather,wet finger.
    seal that duct work.Turn on the AC or furnace,run the feather over the duct work if the feather moves or wet finger gets cold or warm-patch it-repeat.This tip will save hundreds.
    John Cannamela
    http://www.infraredsurvey.com



  • doreen jensen Says:
    May 26th, 2007 at 8:07 am

    Can you give tips on how to pick out contrasting color shades to complement rooms?


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