10 low-cost home improvements

Redo a walkway or patio

Instead of pouring fresh concrete, use pretty pavers. The possibilities are endless — bricks, stone, patio tiles — and will have a major impact on your home's curb appeal.

You can also add a low-maintenance and interchangeable splash of color by lining a walkway or patio with potted plants. This is a good option for those who aren't the best gardeners, if you aren't attached to a specific type of plant or like to see something different outside of your window every year.

You don't need to stick to just flowers, either. If you time your buy right, you can also mix in plants like tomatoes and peppers, which are easy to grow, or add in a few herb plants. And don't be shy about putting those plants along a walkway into the house. Front-lawn gardens are becoming more popular, especially if you don't have a lot of space.