The Small Home Improvement Projects That Make A Big Difference, According To Reddit

published Mar 24, 2019
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When it comes to home improvement, you probably associate the most dramatic changes with major hits to your wallet. However, that doesn’t always have to be the case. In fact, there are a number of small changes you can implement that can actually make a huge difference in your home’s appearance, functionality, and even resale value.

One Redditor asked, “What small thing have you done that resulted in relatively large improvement to your home?” Fellow users had some great, interesting responses.

By way of explanation, the original poster said that they recently invested in stick-on rubber bumpers to prevent the slamming noise that resulted when closing their original kitchen cupboards and drawers from 1977. Although it was a quick, easy, and cheap fix, it made a huge difference.

Here are some of the other super-simple and inexpensive tweaks that Redditors say made huge improvements to their home:

1. Home energy audit

“Our heating and cooling bills reduced,” one Redditor said of getting an energy audit on their house. “Drafty-ness reduced. The three hours the crew spent would have taken me days to do on my own.

“I second this,” another user chimed in. “$100 to weather strip our exterior doors, replace 60+ light bulbs with LED bulbs, blower door test, check insulation in the walls and attic, and take a look at the boiler, and everything else essential. It is money well spent and cheaper than doing it all yourself or calling other service companies independently.”

Check out the different ways to conduct an energy audit on your home.

2. Keypad

Whether you don’t want to deal with the hassle of carrying keys around or want to provide easy access for house sitters or family while you’re out of town, installing a keypad entry can make coming and going a whole lot easier.

“I got the Nest x Yale lock and it’s been fantastic,” one Redditor suggested.

3. Rip up old carpet

Got shag carpeting that screams 1975? Let it rip! It will instantly give your home an updated look.

“We had the ugly green carpeting on our front and back porch steps,” one user shared. “Ripped it off. Immediately improved the look of the house. Lol.”

What easy improvement have you made to your home that gave it a major boost?

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