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Small Home Projects, Big Value

Minor projects create major value inside your home. A coat of paint, a weekend DIY project or a quick visit from a professional can make a difference in your dojo.

To up your home’s value and appeal, check out these easy home projects. Consider seeking professional services and advice for the best possible results.

Update upward

Popcorn ceilings, which contained asbestos years ago, have long gone out of style. If your home is older, have a professional check for asbestos, and scrape off this bumpy finish for a cleaner, sleeker look. DIY Network has detailed instructions on their website.

Zap inefficiencies

A professional energy audit will assess your home’s energy use, locate places where energy is wasted and offer solutions. The Department of Energy says you can save 5 to 30 percent on your energy bill by making improvements recommended by an energy auditor.

Bathroom bling

Bathroom fixes provide big returns. Updating lighting fixtures, faucets and cabinet hardware will boost your home’s appeal. Consider switching out your showerhead for one with the Environmental Protection Agency’s WaterSense label to save water, energy and money.

A panel effort

While most wood paneling is out-of-date, there’s no need to take it down. Simply add a coat of paint to give old boards a fresh look. Check out these tips on painting wood paneling from HGTV.

Places of reflection

Closet doors are practical but plain. To dress them up, consider adding body-length mirrors and using baseboard trim or molding to build frames. Painting the trim to match the door will make the mirrors look built-in.

These are ideas only, not instructions. Before attempting any project, conduct your own thorough research. Follow all local regulations, gain the proper permits and take safety precautions.
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