Instead, look for small updates and inexpensive repairs, to make your home more appealing to potential buyers. Replace doorknobs and drawer knobs. These small changes can perk up furniture that you already have and are less expensive than buying a new door or a new set of drawers. Doorknobs and drawer knobs can be bought in a variety of styles and colors, so it's easy to add a little pizazz with just a little bit of money.Cover electrical outlets with aluminum foil prior to painting your walls. The foil is much simpler to apply than tape and protects the entire cover from splatters and drips. Plus, your cleanup is so much easier. Just let all of the paint dry prior to removing the foil, then recycle it. Keep your closet free of clutter by organizing your shoes. Keep boots and shoes that you don't wear often in a large plastic box, or in the original boxes you got when you purchased them.Shop around and make careful comparisons. A competent and honest, general contractor, can complete home improvements professionally. A contractor can also perform home improvement work cheaper than you can manage, by doing it yourself. Replacing the light switch covers in your home is an easy and quick way to brighten up a room. For about $20, you can replace all of the switch covers in an average-sized home with nice clean white ones.Installing shelving is an excellent way to do this and is an easy beginner project any homeowner can tackle. Everything from wire shelving to complete closet makeover kits, is widely available at most home improvement stores. When having new carpet installed, do not forget to factor in the cost of new tack strips. You can save some money by removing the old carpet yourself, but leave the tack strips intact, if possible, to reduce the final cost of professional carpet installation.