Home improvement upgrades you can do without hiring help

Home improvement upgrades you can do without hiring help

There’s something extremely satisfying about making upgrades to your home. But not everyone has the money to hire a professional to come in and do remodeling work. Fortunately, there is no shortage of simple, inexpensive home improvement projects that homeowners can do themselves. Here are just a few of them.

A front door refresh

Your front door starts to look pretty bad after a number of years but it happens so gradually that you don’t notice it. But you will notice how bad it’s gotten once you repaint it. This is a simple project you can do in an hour or so. A fresh coat of paint on your front door will make it look like new and will add a lot of curb appeal to your property.

Peel-and-stick backsplash

A backsplash for your kitchen is a sensible home upgrade that is not only functional but adds to the aesthetic appeal as well. Cutting and installing a tile backsplash is too big a project for the average homeowner. Fortunately there’s an alternative that involves using a peel-and-stick backsplash. Not only is it easy to install but it’s easy to remove and replace with a new one if you get bored with it.

New bathroom fixtures

For a few hundred bucks and a few hours of your time, you can swap out all of the faucets and shower heads in your bathrooms. While you’re at it, you can get a new sink fixture in the kitchen as well. Shiny new shower heads and sink fixtures can make a world of difference and it’s within the average homeowner’s skillset.

Replace light fixtures

Installing new lighting is another fun home improvement project you should be able to do without much difficulty and without spending a fortune. The light fixtures that usually come with a home tend to be pretty bland so replacing them with some new ones can add a lot of visual interest. In addition to replacing existing light fixtures you can add some lighting as well. Installing under-the-cabinet task lighting in the kitchen is a smart upgrade that will make your kitchen more functional.

Accessorize your cabinets and drawers

Can’t afford to replace your cabinets? It’s surprisingly expensive. Though it won’t be as dramatic a change, you can improve the look of your cabinets and drawers by simply swapping out the hardware. New pulls, latches, and knobs shouldn’t cost much at all and all you need is a few minutes and a trusty screwdriver and you can freshen up the look in your kitchen and/or bathrooms.

Install baseboard heater covers

Want to make an older home look more modern? Installing sleek baseboard heater covers on old baseboard radiators instantly transforms a space. You can buy covers by the foot for relatively cheap and they can usually just snap into place on most radiators so installation is a breeze and doesn’t require any tools.

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Measure Your Baseboard Heaters

How to measure baseboard heaters:

Step 1

Always measure left to right, and twice for accuracy

Step 2 

Always measure left to right, and twice for accuracy

Step 3


Based on how your heater is configured,

choose an option below to expand and view

specific hot water baseboard heater measurement templates.

[+] Option 1: Straight Heater Configuration
[+] Option 2: L-Shape and U-Shape Configuration
[+] Option 3: 45 Degrees, Z-Shape Configuration


Now that you’ve learned how to measure baseboard heaters,

you’re ready to order.

Quickly review our prices listed below.

Standard Size Tall Size
Covers by the foot $21.95 $27.50
Endcaps, Corners & Solid Couplers $22.95 $28.75
Mesh Couplers $16.95 $21.95
90 Outside Corner $35.95 $44.95
Universal Size
Wall Widgets $3.50
Floor Widgets $4.50
Wall Contraptions $8.50