Minor home improvement work can be handled by the homeowner without the need to involve a contractor. By making minor repairs and improvements a homeowner can improve the value of his or her home by a surprising amount. Relying on the homeowners own skills will make home improvements cheaper, because there is no profit cut out for extraneous contractors and experts. Add flowers and candles to your home.To give an ordinary room a sleek and finished look, add some decorative molding. Molding is highly sought after by many buyers, and can make a room look more put together. Molding is surprisingly easy to install, and is fairly inexpensive. To really make your molding pop, paint it a color that compliments your walls. Building or buying a window box for windows in the front of your house is a very effective way to add color and visual interest to a drab exterior.You can stain the wood a darker color or leave it natural depending upon the exterior color of your house. Use high-quality insulation around your plumbing system to prevent your water from freezing during this coming winter. Heat tape also works very well and is relatively easy to install, even if you're a home improvement novice. The tape plugs into your home's electrical supply and keep the pipes above the freezing point.Give your home improvements a personal touch, but don't make your home stand out drastically from others in your neighborhood. You shouldn't have the only house on the block sporting gold awnings. You might not be able to sell your home if this is the case. To add a unifying effect to your home's decor, consider painting all of the trim white (or another color that complements every room's walls).