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Making affordable home improvements

MADISON (WKOW)--It's a lot less expensive when you do something yourself; as long as you do it right the first time.

Fewer homeowners are going bigger and better, but they are improving what they have more cost effectively.

"A big thing is tile, they might not immediately go into a project to do an entire bathroom or kitchen, what I advise people is to maybe just start with a backsplash cause it will change the whole look of the kitchen," says home improvement specialist Robert Settimo.

He says people are also investing in energy-efficient improvements.

"Another way to save a lot of money is to replace all of your light bulbs with efficient light bulbs."

Here are a few more bright ideas: pour a cup of baking soda down a clogged drain, followed by a cup of vinegar and then follow with boiling water. You could also try a plunger.

Mint leaves and peppermint oil are natural repellents to mice and other rodents.

Toothpaste doubles as a cleaning agent to help shine up faucets or clean glass-top stoves.

White vinegar is good for pet stains and washing windows and mirrors.

Squeaky floors can be fixed by sprinkling baby powder in between the floorboards

A lot of people have been going to the tool rental. Don't need to buy a wet saw but need to use one?

Rent it stores like Home Depot give you that option.

"We also have a section where people bring back their paint or we have an issue and we call it oops, that oops paint goes anywhere from a dollar to five dollars for an entire gallon."

Recession or not, brushing up on your do it yourself skills can come in handy.

Click here to read/watch a recent 27 News It's Your Money report on do it yourself classes in our area.

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