Home improvement projects are great. After all, who wouldn’t want to improve the beauty and value of their home every once in a while? The trouble is, updating a home can really put a dent in your bank account. Making an educated and economical decision is everything when it comes to home improvement. Here are seven smart home improvements provided by one of our favorite blogs, the Money Pit:

1) Replace kitchen countertops (Recycled and composite surfaces are available)
2) Remodel your bathroom for comfort and safety
3) Paint!
4) Construct a deck or patio
5) Improve your front yard landscaping
6) Improve your home’s energy efficiency
7) Organize your home

These steps are both easy to do and cost efficient. Each one can be completed for under $1,000. So, whenever you are ready to take your home to the next level, remember these seven tips. Your home will be forever grateful.

Credit: The Money Pit