You don’t need to be a reality show superstar to make some home improvements. Even if you aren’t that experienced with a hammer or saw, there are still some basic DIY projects that could make a significant difference in the livability of your house. In fact, many common problems people have with their homes can be fixed relatively easily. Before opening your checkbook for a contractor, take a moment to consider whether or not you might be able to solve the issue on your own.

For example, drafty rooms are one of the biggest complaints homeowners have. This is especially true for older homes. While it might be a major concern, the causes are usually obvious. Insufficient insulation or cracks around windows and fixtures could be letting cold air into the room. This means the solution may be as easy as adding more insulation or weather stripping around door and window frames. Cracks in foundation walls look scary, but they could be resolved with the installation of some tiebacks.

Take a look at the accompanying checklist for more simple solutions for common issues in the house. Many of them could be something you can take care of yourself.