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

Man caulking around windows to weatherize his home
Drafts can enter your home from the tiniest gaps, so it’s important to caulk around windows with each change of season. (DepositPhotos)

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.
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Danny Lipford shows the selection of air conditioner filters available for purchase
Changing the air conditioner filter makes your AC work better to keep you cooler.

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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Woman spray paints metal shutters with gel coat

Paint exterior shutters

Cost: $20 to $40 for gallon of exterior paint.
Benefit: Improves curb appeal and increases resale value.
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White shaker cabinets with gorgeous black pulls in a modern kitchen

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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Paddle ceiling fan, seen close up

Add a paddle ceiling fan

Cost: $35 and up.
Benefit: Greater comfort and lower energy bills in summer and winter.
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Man applies Quikrete Re-Cap Resurfacer to spalling concrete slab
Bonus after you’ve patched concrete cracks: resurface the driveway! (Credit: Quikrete)

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.
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Man washes window screens with a wet sponge in hand

Wash Dirty Window Screens or Replace Torn Screens

Cost: Around $15 for screening and new spline.
Benefit: Spruces up the house and makes open windows bug proof.
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Finished kitchen medallion
This mid-century home just got a bit more modern with an updated light fixture.

Update room light fixtures

Cost: $25 and up.
Benefit: Modernizes a focal point of rooms.
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Chelsea removing worn out weatherstripping

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.
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Chelsea Lipford Wolf painting a homeowner's garage wall
Adding an accent wall to the garage gives it a pop of color and personality!

Brighten up a room with paint

Cost: $15-$35 a gallon for interior paint.
Benefit: Changes the look of a room at minimum cost.
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Danny Lipford

Danny Lipford


Danny Lipford is a home improvement expert and television personality who started his remodeling business, Lipford Construction, at the age of 21 in Mobile, Alabama. He gained national recognition as the host of the nationally syndicated television show, Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford, which started as a small cable show in Mobile. Danny's expertise in home improvement has also led him to be a contributor to popular magazines and websites and the go-to source for advice on everything related to the home. He has made over 200 national television appearances and served as the home improvement expert for CBS's The Early Show and The Weather Channel for over a decade. Danny is also the founder of 3 Echoes Content Studio, TodaysHomeowner.com, and Checking In With Chelsea, a décor and lifestyle blog.

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