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    Updated on Feb 27, 2019. Posted on Feb 24, 2019

    23 Home Improvement Products That'll Save You Money In The Long Run

    Goodbye pricey car washes, hello foam cannon 😏.

    We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them. Oh, and FYI β€” prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    1. A power washer so you can make your wooden fence look like new, or save tons of money on car washes (when paired with a foam cannon).

    Amazon, amazon.com, amazon.com

    The set includes a high pressure washer and 6m hose, five interchangeable high and low pressure nozzles wash various surfaces, 10m power cord for use on all exterior outlets, one spray gun, one water filter, one cleaning pin, one connection lance, one adjustable spray lance, one screwdriver, one wrench, manual, and one year warranty.

    Promising review: "Bought this for one thing and one thing only....FOAM CANNON CAR WASH!! I was very disappointed when the only pictures I saw were of people washing their driveways and fences. But wait! Here you are! The best car wash review!!! I bought a cheap foam cannon (here on Amazon) MATCC Adjustable Foam Cannon 33 fl. oz. You do not need an adapter or anything special, it works perfectly! This is a great power washer. I have used it four times so far, and have no complaints." β€”LMF dot Com

    Get it from Amazon for $149.

    2. An overhead garage storage rack to store the tools you already have and make room for more! Dishing out money for a storage unit? No thanks.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "Very nice and sturdy. Not difficult to install, but it is time consuming. Someone wrote they installed it in 40 minutes. That's just not true (unless you have 4 people). It takes at least 2–3 hours as there are about 60 sets of bolts and nuts, plus the time it takes to measure, mark, find studs, and drive the anchors (all above your head on a ladder). Yet, the work pays off. The instructions are fairly easy to follow and well-illustrated, and the final product is sturdy and looks sharp. The shipping was incredibly fast and arrived in perfect shape. I put approximately 400 lbs. of weight on it and it seems to be holding very well with no sagging. It says it can hold up to 600 lbs., which seems about right. I would highly recommend this product." β€”ChadL

    Get it from Amazon for $179.99 (available in white or black).

    3. A flexi snake that just may make you delete the pricey plumber's phone number from your contacts. This gem will do the tough work of unclogging pesky drains for under $10!

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "This little flexisnake is magical. After using bottles and bottles of drano to try to unclog my bathroom sink, I found this little guy! Look at the hair and gunk?!?!?! Just ordered more these babies." β€”Sabrina

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

    4. A wall-mounted wet dry vac for anyone in need of an easy solution when it's time to clean the car in the garage, or the garage itself after messy home improvement projects.

    Amazon

    This 12 amp vacuum converts to a blower, and picks up both wet and dry messes. The four gallon dirt tank is semi-translucent, and the hose stretches to 32 feet. Comes with seven attachments and accessory bag.

    Promising review: "It is a little big but fits nicely in a corner of my garage. My wife and daughter love it also and I've never seen the inside of their cars look cleaner. For a residential garage vacuum, it seems to be high quality. So far, very satisfied and would definitely recommend." β€”t4528js

    Get it from Amazon for $179.99.

    5. And a stainless steel shop vac that can also handle wet/dry messes, and is easily transportable via a built-in dolly.

    Amazon

    This shop vac features a five-gallon stainless steel tank for wet and dry messes, a dolly for easy maneuverability, a lid latch and rear blower port; and it includes a 7-foot hose, three extension wands, crevice tool, gulper nozzle, floor nozzle, plus cartridge filter, foam sleeve, and filter bag.

    Promising review: "The vacuum works great. So far it picked up everything I asked it to pick up. The blower function also works quite well, especially on dry leaves and spider webs. The easy-rolling casters make the vac 'follow' you wherever you go. Our garage is super clean now :)." β€”CMT

    Get it from Amazon for $57.63.

    6. A grout brush featuring a handy grip so you can stay on top of grimy messes and stay on top of bathroom mold before it really costs you πŸ‘€.

    Walmart

    Get it from Walmart for $5.45.

    7. A basic drill with a 10-piece bit set to meet your needs. I bought this set for assembling furniture, hanging frames, and other small projects when I got my first apartment, and it's still going strong! And reviewers swear by the 109-piece drill and screwdriver set for bigger home improvement projects.

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    Promising review: "It's a very simple tool kit and very easy to work with. It's small, compact, lightweight. It's priced very well, and is of extremely high value compared to so many alternatives. It's not the same quality as a heavy duty Milwaukee or DeWalt unit, but its also not as pricey either; it's a great value.

    Overall, I highly recommend it to all homeowners, do-it-yourself-ers, hobbyists, and for light contractor use. Invest in this wonderful toolkit to save yourself time and money!" β€”Clif Bridegum

    Get them from Amazon: the Drill with 10 Piece Drill Bit Set for $57.79 or Drill with 109 PC Drill and Screwdriver Set for $65.79.

    8. A no-glue privacy window film that'll fill the room with rainbow light when the sun filters through, and give you the privacy you need without pricey curtain sets.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "My kitchen window is on the sidewalk near the community mailboxes. Lots of people walking by. I loathe mini blinds which collect dust and grease. Especially since the stove is next to the window. Curtains are better, but still collect cooking smells and grease particles. I installed this in about ten minutes. It lets in light, but hides me from nosy people." β€”Gayle Smith

    Read our full write-up of the window film.

    Get it from Amazon for $16.79+ (available in six sizes).

    9. A moldable glue to fix all the small, breakage-prone items in your home β€” from computer chargers to toys, this babe has you covered. You can even use it to hang things without making holes in the wall!

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    Promising review: "If you own a Mac Laptop, iPad, or iPhone, SUGRU will save you money in the future...molding it around the power plug connections makes them last way beyond the expected life of these little problem children!" β€”NAJ

    Get an eight pack from Amazon for $19.99.

    10. A seven-piece gallery wall kit that comes with a hanging template to take the guesswork out of hanging up your precious memories. Plus it's way cheaper than paying for custom framing!

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I love this set! It was delivered quickly, all of the frames and glass came in perfect condition. My favorite part of the entire thing was the guide it came with. After putting the pictures in the frames, I hung the guide, made sure it was level, and drilled the holes right into the paper. Everything came out level, the frames and pictures look great. Definitely happy with this purchase." β€”Cristina C Sanchez

    Get it on Amazon for $44.52 (available in three colors).

    11. A storage cabinet for anyone who wishes they could just...create a storage shelf in that pesky good-for-nothing corner of the house. Now you can!

    Amazon, amazon.com

    Promising review: "Absolutely love this cabinet! Delivery was fast, it was assembled (except for mounting hardware), and this 5'2" woman could easily add hardware and place it on door, the hardest part was removing the hinge pins! I was so pleased with the unit that I ordered another one the next day. For my use, I needed shelves from both units, a total of 12 to store thread, and have more on order for the second cabinet. I may order a third for the spare bedroom, if I like it for gift wrap." β€”Malik

    Get it from Amazon for $159.99.

    12. A restorative wood finish to make those old cabinets or floorboards look fabulous once again, because why pay to replace when this magic product exists?

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I found a video on YouTube discussing how to use this product, so I decided to see how much it improved the appearance of my 25+ year old cabinets. I was amazed at how they turned out! They looked so good when I finished that I decided not to replace them! This saved me lots and lots of money. The Golden Oak color was an excellent match for the builders-grade Honey Oak color in my kitchen. I am very pleased with my purchase." β€”M. Edelblute

    Get it from Amazon for $9.98 (available in nine finishes).

    13. An investment-worthy, multi-use ladder capable of expanding from step-stool all the way up to a 19 foot ladder, so you can use it for home decor and changing lightbulbs inside, and cleaning the gutters outside. Bye handyman!

    amazon.com, Amazon

    It converts to a 19 foot extension ladder and multiple A-frame ladders, wide-flared legs for stability, industrial rated up to 300 pounds.

    Promising review: "Perfect ladder for everything we need it for around the house both inside and out. Its great to use as an A frame ladder such as replacing lights in the ceiling or cleaning the ceiling fans. When set up as a step ladder we can get on the roof outside with ease. The ladder has built in wheels for moving it around and they work great! Very good quality and easy to follow instructions to learn how to use its many features. Very happy with this ladder." β€”bill

    Get it from Amazon for $199.98.

    14. A 39-piece tool box that comes with everything you'll need for picture hanging, box opening, screw tightening, furniture assembly, repairs, and more!

    Amazon

    The set includes a claw hammer, lineman pliers, tape measure, utility knife, bit driver with 2” bit extension and 20 most popular bit sizes, precision screwdrivers for small screws, 8 hex keys, and a pair of scissors

    Get it from Amazon for $17.25+ (available in four colors).

    15. An easy-peasy and affordable marble adhesive to give fireplaces, countertops, end tables, and other unsightly home areas a quick makeover.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "Used a little more than one roll for a quick makeover for an ugly fireplace in a rental apartment. Easy to cover the tiles with the film, and I could stretch the film out about 1 mm if had cut the strip too short. Makes a huge difference for minimal effort/price." β€”zhen

    Get it from Amazon for $7.53.

    16. A chalkboard paint so you can make a Pinterest-worthy chalkboard wall in the kitchen or playroom without hiring a pro!

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "This paint is great. Covers well with one coat and super with two coats. Perfect for any chalkboard project." β€”MusicGal

    Get one quart from Amazon for $19.91.

    17. A collapsable sawhorse work bench ideal for folks with a list of repairs and projects to tackle at home, but no storage or workbench to get things done.

    Amazon

    This work bench is made of resin and lightweight aluminum legs, it has a weight limit of up to 1000 pounds, and it folds down to 4.5 inches.

    Promising review: "We have a small-ish town house, so there isn't room for a big garage workbench and all that kind of stuff, so this has really helped. The table sets up in a flash, and takes down quite easily. When it's set up properly it is quite sturdy and the two levels are nice so you can have a place to put tools or materials you're not actively using but will need. The included clamps are a nice touch, but are a bit on the cheap side I noticed, I left them out in the rain once and they are now thoroughly rusted, but since they were an add in, I'm not holding that against them. All in all, a handy little piece of equipment if you're on the move or have a shortage of storage space." β€”Andrew Paquette

    Get it from Amazon for $69.33.

    18. A carpet stain remover that actually works to ensure the next time a ketchup explosion happens, you don't have to dish out money to rent a carpet cleaner, or replace the carpet altogether.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "This is seriously the most amazing product I have EVER purchased! I used it to remove a dry ketchup stain from white carpet. It removed every speck of the ketchup without ruining the texture of the carpet!" β€”Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99.

    19. An expandable gutter cleaning system that'll work with any blower to get the gunk out of the gutters yourself instead of paying someone to do it for you!

    Home Depot

    This cleaner has an 11 foot reach and 8 foot of tubes, and is universal so it will fit most blowers.

    Get it from The Home Depot for $42.75.

    20. A 16-pack of furniture socks so you can prevent scratches on the floor and save yourself the time/money fixing them. It also works against Roombas who may or may not be guilty of bumping into the furniture legs!

    Amazon, amazon.com

    Promising review: "Purchased these to prevent our Roomba from causing further damage to furniture legs. They stay in place (even on tapered legs), blend in on similar colored furniture, and it only took a few weeks before my wife stopped making fun of me for installing these socks on our end tables, coffee tables, and TV stand." β€”A Customer

    Get them from Amazon for $7.16.

    21. A set of wood repair markers that'll blend into scuff marks and dents, and make damaged wood furniture look like new.

    Amazon, amazon.com

    Promising review: "I can’t believe how well these work! Much better than I was expecting. I just had my home interior painted and the painters damaged a fiberboard medicine cabinet when they removed the masking tape. It ripped off the fake wood veneer. These markers completely filled in the ugly spots and the colors blended well. I love that it appears to have some clear coat in it too as it dries with a slight shine that makes it look more like wood stain rather than marker. I also used them to stain wood filler in two spots in my maple kitchen cabinets where a previous home owner had hung a paper towel holder and I really struggle to see the hole! It looks fantastic. I highly recommend this set. It’s a good value and works very well." β€”Shane

    Get a set of 13 from Amazon for $9.99.

    22. An easy-to-maneuver weed whacker and edge trimmer set durable enough to rid your lawn of those pesky weeds!

    Home Depot

    Promising review: "Both items work very well! Lightweight, yet heavy enough to get the job done. The edger/trimmer really surprised me at how well it performed. My arms, shoulders and lower back did not hurt when I finished. That's a plus right there." β€”G Davis

    Get it from The Home Depot for $119.

    23. And an unbelievable, no-fumes oven cleaner that'll save you tons of time and elbow grease, and give you dramatic before and after photos. Time is money, babey!

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "Simply UNBELIEVABLE. Fume-free and no gloves needed, but dissolves ANYTHING cooked on! I had not cleaned my oven EVER. I simply sprayed it on, shut the door overnight, and wiped it off with paper towels. Now I don't have to dread cleaning the oven ever again! I can use this for everyday spot cleaning. I also used this on a broiler pan that would not scrub clean, even with steel wool. My Crockpot recipe leaked over the bowl and burned on inside heating chamber; I just sprayed, covered, wiped in morning. I plan on using this to clean the grill in the spring and I'm sure it will be a breeze.” β€”Andrew J.

    Get it from Amazon for $4.97.

    You after fixing the washing machine and restoring the kitchen cabinets your damn self:

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