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12 Most-Bang-for-Your-Buck Home Improvement Projects

Home improvement projects don't always have to have big-budget price tags. If you're looking to sell or just want to make your home more comfortable, there are several updates you can do, big and small. Here are 12 of the most bang-for-your-buck home improvement projects.

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Update the Bathroom

When it comes to projects that will give you a great return when you sell your home, look no further than a minor bathroom remodel. Give your bathroom vanity a makeover, replace the toilet and faucet if needed, update the showerhead for a better shower experience and re-caulk the bathroom tub.

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Finish the Attic


If you have an accessible attic that is unfinished, try turning it into a bedroom or an awesome man cave. If the attic is connected through a stairway and has a ceiling height of at least 7 feet, it is one way to add livable space to your home without breaking the bank.

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Improve the Landscape


If you’re not sure where to start when it comes to outdoor projects, here are 12 great tips for landscaping your backyard. Build a wooden planter box to add some color to the front of your home, plant some strikingly colorful shrubs and add some bee-friendly plants to your yard.

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Give the Kitchen a Simple Update


You don’t have to go big when it comes to kitchen projects. Install new kitchen cabinets or give current cabinets a refresh. Upgrade old kitchen countertops and add a kitchen backsplash for a new look.

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Replace Windows


When it comes to home improvement projects, window replacement will help your home’s energy efficiency throughout the year. In addition, if you live in a colder climate, you’ll recoup nearly all your costs when it’s time to sell your home.

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Update Your Decor


Take a good look around—could some of your fixtures use an update? Hang a new light fixture, replace electrical outlets and covers, install crown molding for a classic look and upgrade any outdated window treatments.

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Add Outdoor Lighting


Outdoor lighting projects don’t have to be complicated. Check out these DIY outdoor lighting tips for beginners. Try some solar lights along a path or add some smart security lights.

Rachel Brougham
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