Go Big Or Small; Home Improvement Projects And Cheap Alternatives

Home Improvement Projects
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March 11, 2016 (Gephardt Daily) — Spring fever is a little different for home improvement enthusiasts. Warm temperatures and fresh air make them reach for their hammers.

The time, effort and expense can add up pretty quickly. So Forbes magazine offered advice on which projects are worth the investment, and low-cost options when the numbers don’t quite add up.

Read the full article here, or check out the cheapskate highlights below.


Before you spend $2,000 or more on landscaping, consider the difference that just mowing, edging, pruning and cleaning might make. Add inexpensive flowers for color, and your yard will be transformed.

Repaving the driveway

Think about whether a coat of sealant would fix the problem. Concrete is expensive.

Repainting the walls

First, consider if you want to put in all the required effort. Second, paint only if you are sure it is worth it to you.

Replacing the carpet

Consider self-adhesive carpet squares, which can cost $40 for boxes of 10 to 16 squares.

Redoing the deck

Don’t replace your deck unless you can afford quality materials that will last.

Replacing the siding

Rather than installing all new siding, replace cracked and broken siding, then repaint.


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