10 Best Home Improvement Projects Under $1,000
Updating countertops, painting the exterior or upgrading an appliance are simple ways to add big value to your home.
Every editorial product is independently selected, though we may be compensated or receive an affiliate commission if you buy something through our links. Ratings and prices are accurate and items are in stock as of time of publication.
Install Manufactured Stone Veneer
Adding stone veneer is always one of the best bang-for-your-buck-home improvement projects. Prices for low-end manufactured materials might cost as little as $9 or $10 per square foot, though high-end materials can cost 10 times that price. For $1,000, you won’t be able to add stones across your whole home’s exterior. But you can build an accent wall or place some stones around beams.
Add Recessed Lighting
The number of recessed lights you can budget for $1,000 depends on whether you’re hiring a pro or DIYing the project, but the improved look over any dated light fixture will be well worth it.
Upgrade an Appliance
Upgrade Deck or Patio Railing
If your outdoor railing is falling apart or dated, installing a new one with a modern look adds major value to your home.
Add Window Shutters
Window shutters are a great way to boost curb appeal without spending a ton of money. Unless you have an unusually high number of windows, you should be able to add shutters to every window and stay under $1,000, especially if you make DIY window shutters.
Paint Every Room of the House
For $1,000 you should be able to paint just about every room of an average-sized house. A five-gallon bucket of premium interior paint will cost a couple of hundred dollars, while lower quality paint will cost half of that or even less. Painting each room will make the home look cohesive and fresh.
Countertop prices vary depending on material. Laminate or butcher block offer affordable and trendy options at a fraction of the price of quartz, marble or granite.
Add New Flooring to an Average-Sized Room
For $1,000, you won’t be able to change out all the flooring in your home. But you can upgrade at least one average-sized room with a high-end laminate.