Home improvements don’t have to be major remodels. The turn of a screw, new paint in a favorite nook — a few small upgrades can go a long way in creating a welcoming atmosphere that inspires and comforts you in every room. Don’t know where to start? Here’s a look at five simple projects you can tackle in a weekend or two.

1. Install a new shower head.

Installing a new shower head is a quick and easy way to make your bathroom more comfortable and cost-effective. A low-flow shower head can slash your utility bills, while a high-pressure shower head will banish problems with low water pressure. Some even come with filtration mechanisms that can turn your water from hard to soft. Do your research and pick the shower head that works best for you. If you need help with installation, homeowners report paying about $65 an hour for a handyman, via HomeAdvisor’s True Cost Guide.

2. Fix small issues.

The kitchen is the heart of the house, and small improvements can make it even more enjoyable. With a little bit of research and elbow grease, you can take on irksome issues like slamming cabinets or a drawer that won’t close in an afternoon. Need a helping hand? A local handyman or kitchen pro can easily handle these tweaks in a quick and professional manner.

3. Organize the garage.

If the stored items in your garage are slowly creeping toward your parking spot, now is the perfect time to take an inventory of what exactly is packed away — and decide on what you can keep or need to give away. Staying organized isn’t just a matter of finding items when you need them. Crumbs, debris and even cracks in your walls can invite pests inside. Block out a weekend to clean up and inspect your garage. If you suspect animals or insects have already taken up residence inside, don’t hesitate to call a pest removal service. Homeowners typically pay about $345 for animal control and removal.

4. Update your faucets.

You don’t need to rip out your sink to improve its look and functionality. Installing a new faucet in your kitchen or bathroom is a great way to enhance efficiency, touch up style and test the waters if you’re thinking about a full renovation. This is probably a job best left to a plumber, unless you have relevant DIY experience. Homeowners typically report paying between $175 and $450 for this type of work.

5. Add an accent wall

Add dimension and style to your home with an accent wall. A pop of wallpaper or color can completely transform a room. And, unlike a full interior repaint, this is a quick and cost-effective refresh that works in practically any place in your home. You’ll find plenty of inspiration online, or you can consult an interior decorator if you want a professional touch. Wallpaper installation starts at $285, homeowners report via HomeAdvisor’s True Cost Guide.


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