These simple jobs will make home improvement easy and rewarding. Before making a major investment in landscaping materials and plants, check with your local garden center. Most lawn and garden companies are more than willing to discuss preliminary landscape design and strategy for little to no cost. This ensures that you select plants that are compatible with your maintenance expectations, soil type, and amount of sun and shade.In order to keep your home cooler in the summer, go with a light-colored shingle. Lighter colors reflect the heat, while darker colors absorb it and ultimately transfer the heat to your home. If the standpipe in your laundry room overflows when your washing machine drains, check for a clogged vent pipe (usually on your roof). You can also snake the drainpipe, as small socks or pocket debris may exit the washer and become trapped in the pipe.As far as curb appeal goes, the entrance to your home plays a critical part in actually getting buyers through the door and gives them the first impression overall of the home when entering. Do not neglect this area of home improvement. For an awesome impact on your homes curb appeal, think about resurfacing the concrete in the driveway and entry walk. Replacement of concrete can be very expensive, but for a fraction of that cost you can have it resurfaced in a multitude of colors and patterns which adds significant value to your homes curb appeal.For example, a broom closet can be reborn into a small pantry, or you can add floor-level shelving to a coat closest for shoes and bags. If you are renovating to sell a home, the benefit of the added storage can be the deciding factor in a buyer's decision. If you have an issue with privacy in your living room or trying to define different spaces, a great way to do that is by using privacy screens.