There are simple home improvements you can make that will add a lot of interest and appeal to your home. You would be surprised at how a new lighting fixture, chandelier or wall sconce can dress up your home. New door handles and hardware can also make quite an impact. Old rusty handles can give the impression of an old or dated home. It’s a simple technique to spice up an old door. Painting is a sensational way to dress up a room, cover up old wall stains or change the entire look of a room dramatically. Go from simple to stunning with just a stroke of the paint brush. Try something bold, subtle earth tones or just a new coat of an old favorite. It’s sure to brighten up any room. And sometimes you will find going from wood to white trim can give an old house a new facelift! Don’t forget about the outside of your home. It is the first impression your home portrays and can help increase not only the value of your home, but the entire neighborhood. If all homeowners in your community kept up with their landscaping, it will make your neighborhood more appealing. Plant new flowers, pull up old or over grown shrubs, trim trees and even put down new mulch. A day of hard work outside could change the look of your home overnight. Also on the exterior of your home is lighting, a new coat of paint and you can even paint your mailbox and put new numbers to improve the look. These small projects may seem simple, but can add charm and sophistication to an otherwise boring home. Larger projects would include new bathroom vanities, new flooring such as tile, wood or carpet, and retiling your bathroom shower stall. Once these items look worn or dated, it can bring the value of your home down quickly. Your local home improvement store sells books and often offers seminars on how to do these larger projects yourself. The savings and sense of satisfaction of a job well done can really pay off! Our homes are our biggest investments. Does yours need a little elbow grease?