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23 Genius Home Improvement Projects You Can Do in an Hour (or Less!)

Remodeling your home doesn’t just cost a pretty penny—major home improvement projects can take months to complete, often throwing your home into disarray in the process. However, you don’t have to spend an inordinate amount of time amidst chaos and clutter to achieve the magazine-worthy home you want.

With the help of top contractors, flippers, and interior designers, we’ve rounded up the best home upgrades you can tackle in under an hour. And for more ways to make over your space, check out these 50 Affordable Interior Design Tips for a Gorgeous Home.

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Add a peel-and-stick backsplash.

modern kitchen with dark cabinetry, white stone counters, and gray chevron backsplash
modern kitchen with dark cabinetry, white stone counters, and gray chevron backsplash

If you’ve always dreamed of an elegant kitchen, but don’t have the money or time for a major renovation, installing a peel-and-stick backsplash is the project for you.

“Peel-and-stick backsplash tiles are affordable and come in sheets with a

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7 Best Ways to Finance Home Improvement Projects

Home improvement projects have a way of increasing in priority when you’re always in the house.

The leaky kitchen faucet never really bothered you until you had to turn your kitchen table into a desk, forcing you to listen to the dribble. All. Day. Long.

Or maybe you discovered your cozy home isn’t quite big enough to also house an office, gym and school, so you need to rethink your space.

Whatever the reason and whatever the size of the project, you need to make a change — but how are you going to pay for it?

Considering the eye-popping price tag — the average cost for just a garage door replacement is $3,695 and a minor kitchen remodel surpasses $23,000 — you might not know where to start for financing your home improvement projects.

But whether the price tag is a few hundred dollars or into the triple digits,

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13 Best Home Improvement Projects To Tackle This Fall

A recent survey by LightStream found that despite the coronavirus pandemic, 73% of homeowners are planning to renovate this year. And these homeowners are planning to spend big money, too — the survey found homeowners plan to spend an average of $11,851 on these renovations. These numbers might sound shocking in light of the financial hardships many Americans are facing due to the pandemic, but it seems the health crisis actually might be the reason so many are so motivated to renovate.

“As a result of COVID-19 shutdowns that closed offices, businesses, schools and more, self-isolation has forced Americans to take a much closer look at their homes,” Todd Nelson, senior vice president of strategic partnerships at LightStream, said in a news release. “Many have clearly decided that renovation remains the right move.”

If you’re one of the many homeowners who’s eager to update your home this fall, these are

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Hinsdale Woman Says She Was Scammed On Home Improvement Projects

HINSDALE, IL — Many suburban residents visit public Facebook pages to get recommendations on specialists in home projects. That’s how Megan Richards Martin, a public relations executive in Hinsdale, found someone to do work at her house. And she is sorry she did — she said she was scammed.

Martin was looking for someone to replace her fence, front porch, sidewalk and driveway on Oakwood Terrace. So she sought recommendations on the Hinsdale Area Moms Facebook group. And a person in the group led her to Ed Kavanaugh, an Elmhurst resident.

On April 6, Martin called police about the matter. According to a police report, Martin hired Kavanaugh of Elmhurst-based Goliath Construction in January and gave him $10,000 as a deposit. The company then removed the driveway and front porch. It also laid brick pavers for the front porch, but did not finish the project and never did any

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30 Easy Home Improvement Projects You Should Tackle This Summer

Summer can be the perfect time to refresh your home, both on the inside and out. And that’s especially true now — whether you plan to cash in on your vacation days for a staycation, or you’ll be working from home due to the coronavirus pandemic, you can use that extra time for these easy home improvement projects.

Last updated: June 11, 2020

Give Your Doors a Fresh Coat of Paint

Painting your front door can give the exterior of your home a whole new look. Or, you can paint an interior door a contrasting color to give the room some more visual interest.

Expect to spend between $100 and $300 to paint an exterior door and between $50 and $200 to paint an interior door, according to HomeAdvisor.

Seal or Waterproof Your Deck

Get your deck in tip-top shape by sealing or waterproofing it. This DIY project costs

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Home improvement projects to calm your mind.

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Spending time at home leads to noticing all the things you want to change. And maybe you should switch some things up: Did you know pursuing a mini-makeover can actually benefit your mental health? “A great way to manage stress when life is uncertain and scary is to take on a new project,” says Jennifer Hochman, Psy.D., a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in treating anxiety disorders. “It allows us to create new goals to focus on and gives us a feeling of accomplishment when tasks are complete.”

Especially if you have a lot of time on your hands, zeroing in sell your house fast jacksonville on a task can re-energize you. “It gives you a sense

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