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.These additions are a cheap and easy way to add cheer to a home. The flowers will add color and the candles will brighten up the room and add a pleasant aroma if scented. Candles should be used with care, however, to prevent fires. If you have hardwood floors, you may notice that overtime they get scratched. Fixing these scratches is not that hard to do. You will need to sand the floor, and stain or seal it.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).Sometimes, improvements within the home can cause a disturbance. The best way to go about this would be to work on your project at designated times or when no one's around. Home-renovation projects are stressful enough. You shouldn't have the added pressure of dealing with other people in the home. Hunt down drafts in your house around your windows and doors, and seal them with insulation or weather-stripping to make your home more energy-efficient.