8 Easy Projects That Add Value to Your Home

Need to make some much-needed updates to your home?

Need to make some much-needed updates to your home?

There's still time to tackle a few remodeling projects. Freshen up your home's appearance, while increasing its value at the same time.

Check out these eight simple home improvement projects that will pay you back. Each costs less than $500 and requires less than a day's work.

John Miley
Senior Associate Editor, The Kiplinger Letter

John Miley is a Senior Associate Editor at The Kiplinger Letter. He mainly covers technology, telecom and education, but will jump on other important business topics as needed. In his role, he provides timely forecasts about emerging technologies, business trends and government regulations. He also edits stories for the weekly publication and has written and edited e-mail newsletters.

He joined Kiplinger in August 2010 as a reporter for Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine, where he wrote stories, fact-checked articles and researched investing data. After two years at the magazine, he moved to the Letter, where he has been for the last decade. He holds a BA from Bates College and a master’s degree in magazine journalism from Northwestern University, where he specialized in business reporting. An avid runner and a former decathlete, he has written about fitness and competed in triathlons.