6 home renovations you can do that won’t cost much

If you’re looking to add value to your home without spending a fortune, you might be considering a few do-it-yourself projects. But not all DIY jobs pay off — in some cases, you might find yourself doing a lot of work and spending more than you would have to just hire a professional in the first place. Still, there are a few renovations you can tackle yourself for significantly less than it would cost for a professional. So, get out your elbow grease and try to do these DIY home projects: Instead of replacing windows, fix them. Estimated cost to DIY: about $10. How much it costs for a professional: anywhere from about $1,000 to $20,000, depending on the number of windows Instead of forking over thousands of dollars, try improving the efficiency of the existing windows for far less time and money. A little insulation goes a long way, said Max Robinson of KB Home Specialists in Glasgow, Scotland. He suggests buying strips of self-stick rubber weather sealing — available at most hardware stores — then cutting the rubber into strips to fit the dimensions of your windows. By sticking them along the frame you’re closing any gaps that could be letting air in and increasing your utility bills.


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