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.They will match just about any decor style. Since most people look for a switch when they enter a room, a clean switchplate appears to clean up the whole room. For an affordable and attractive temporary update, consider a bright and colorful wreath for your front door. This easy fix requires no commitment and very little investment. Furthermore, you can change the wreath frequently to reflect the changing seasons, holidays, or just to indulge yourself with a favorite color palette.If your front lawn features a large, full tree, you can add upward-facing outdoor accent lighting to emphasize the beautiful texture of the leaves and trunk. Upward lighting is also a good choice to accentuate details like trellises or archways. Outdoor accent lighting also adds significant value to the home. A great home improvement tip is to hire a good architect or designer if you are not one yourself.Even though this will cost you money, you need to spend money in order to make good plans that work. In addition, you may need a permit or license for certain zoning or environmental restrictions. Professionals are needed to let you know of these things and to give you the information on the permits or licenses that are needed. You can never go wrong by increasing the storage space available in your home.