Unless you’re a licensed contractor, most home improvement projects can be a bit intimidating. Fortunately, there are a handful that are actually a bit easier than you might think. Below, we’ve shared a list of the top home renovation jobs you can do on your own, courtesy of Megan Craig for GoBankingRates.com. Now, go get your DIY on!
Instead of replacing your windows, fix them
Instead of hiring a professional for anywhere between $1,000 to $20,000, Craig recommends improving the efficiency of existing windows by buying strips of self-stick rubber weather sealing, cutting them to fit the dimensions of the window, and sticking them along the frame. For around $10, you can close any gaps that are letting air in and cut your utility bill. The best part? The strips are barely visible, says Craig.
Create a home office
For less than a $100, Craig suggest converting an extra closet into a “tiny but efficient home office space” by taking the hinges off the doors, removing hanging rods or built-in cubbies and installing a few shelves. Craig suggests hanging a deeper shelf lower to use as a desk and a few shallower shelves above to store books and supplies.
Add new siding to the outside of your home
Sure, you could fork over $5,000 to $12,000 to have someone install siding, but Craig says this is a job you could easily do yourself to save money. For about 93 cents per square foot you can buy vinyl siding and with a few special tools install it yourself. Aside from saving money on installation, Craig says you can also expect the new siding to boost the value of your home.