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10 Best Home Improvement Projects Under $250

A little can go a long way when it comes to home improvements. For just $250 you can make some big changes to your home.

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LandscapingAnnie Otzen/Getty Images

Refresh Landscaping

Landscaping your front yard can cost a little or a lot depending on how much you want to boost your home’s curb appeal. Planting flowers or trimming back overgrown bushes are subtle ways to make a big impact.

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Reglaze a Bathtub

Reglazing an old, ugly bathtub will instantly improve your room’s look without breaking the bank. There are certainly much more expensive bathroom remodel projects, but giving your tub a new coat has a good cost-to-return value.

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Add Crown Molding

For $250 you probably can’t add crown molding to your entire house. But it should be enough to spruce up the living room or maybe the master bedroom.

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Upgrade Flooring in Small Rooms

Similar to crown molding, $250 won’t be enough to replace the floors throughout your home. But replacing the floors in a small room like a pantry, laundry room or mud room won’t cost too much.

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Install a Smart Thermostat

A smart thermostat is an inexpensive tech gadget that will provide convenience and style to your home. Popular options include the Google Nest Learning Thermostat with Eco Temperature and Honeywell’s Wireless WiFi Thermostat.

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Add Storage in Mudroom or Entryway

Build a DIY cubby system in your mudroom or entryway to add storage and functionality.

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Upgrade a Light Fixture

Upgrade an old light fixture in your living room, kitchen or master bedroom with something sleek and modern. Consider a farmhouse style or maybe a classic look.

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Build or Replace a Bathroom Vanity

You can save money by DIYing your bathroom vanity makeover, but there are options for less than $250 that look great.

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Upgrade a Ceiling Fan

Install a ceiling fan to transform one of your rooms. This ceiling fan on Amazon has a great look for an affordable price.

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Build or Install a Barn Door

You can buy one or build a DIY barn door to give your home the trendy farmhouse look.

Alex Shoemaker
Alex is an avid DIYer but had little experience before purchasing his first home in 2019. A Family Handyman subscription was one of his first purchases after becoming a homeowner, and he's been hooked ever since. When he’s not working, he can be found fixing up his 1940s Florida home or relaxing on the beach with his family.