Small projects that pay off big

Make your home more appealing to buyers (and yourself) with these easy indoor upgrades you can do on your own.

Add glass shower doors
The master bath
Add glass shower doors
Do-it-yourself: $300 to $800 for the glass-door kit; $70 for tools
What you'd pay a pro: $1,150
Skill level: 3/4
Time: 4 hours
"If you're going to put money into a home, you should start in the rooms with running water," advises Adam Berlin, a contractor in Littleton, Colo. and host of DIY network's Sweat Equity..

DO THIS IF... The room isn't particularly spacious. "A curtain divides it and makes it seem smaller," says Camp.

PAYOFF Because the eye doesn't stop at the curtain, "glass doors give the appearance of more open space," Camp adds.

WHAT SELLS A HOUSE BEST Frameless doors, which have a clean, spa-like look. Thing is, these are hell to install on bathroom walls that aren't quite flush. Framed doors, while less ideal, are still an improvement on a curtain. If you plan to live in the house while you're trying to sell, you might consider frosted glass, "especially if your neighborhood has hard water," says Crowe. "Clear glass will show the soap scum."

YOU NEED Caulk gun, silicone adhesive (waterproof caulk), file, hacksaw, drill, bit, punch, miter box and anchors

THE BASIC JOB You'll attach the bottom track with adhesive, then drill in the bottom and side tracks. After you install the door and panels, you'll put in the top tracks; finish by sealing the tracks with waterproof caulk.

WHERE TO FIND DIRECTIONS Read the paperwork that comes with the door kit - every model is different.

TIP: Pick out doors in person, visiting the showroom with dimensions in hand. Do you really want to mail back a glass door ordered online?

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