5 DIY Projects That Save Money

John Riha  |   June 25, 2015

Home improvement projects don't have to be large-scale to return a big value. In fact, the 2015 Cost vs. Value report points out that even something as simple and cheap as replacing a steel door returns on average 101.8 percent nationally.

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If home owners want to save even more money and get a great return on their home improvement investment, these five easy DIY projects pack the most punch.

"Going DIY is the ultimate money-saving tool," says John Riha, editorial director of the Black & Decker Home Improvement Library. "You'll also get tons of satisfaction and enjoyment from creating a better home environment, and from learning home improvement skills that'll last a lifetime."

Before deciding to DIY, there are some things to keep in mind. Some projects are worth the cost of hiring a contractor, including fixing electrical work, or big home exterior improvements, like replacing roofing and siding. Also, it's important to consider the time and labor trade-off involved in DIY projects.

These days, learning the tricks of the DIY trade is easier than ever.  There are instructions for almost every project on Youtube, and many manufacturers have DIY tutorials online. Or if you're truly old school, the local library offers how-to books on many home improvement projects.

Here are the five best home improvement projects with great ROI:

Source: House Logic