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Want to increase the value of your home, but don’t have the money for a major investment? Make a few smart purchases, add elbow grease, and…presto! Your home has a bright new look and a higher price tag, whether you plan to sell or enjoy it for years to come. Here are some within-reach improvements, and what they might cost.

Did You Know?

54% of homeowners surveyed say that they’re renovating or decorating to increase their home’s value.
70% of kitchen designers requested energy-efficient LED lighting for new projects.

$2,500: Update Kitchen Appliances Home buyers gravitate to the kitchen first, and even minor redos can return more than 100% of your investment when it comes time to sell. In the meantime, save a bundle by buying energy-saving models when they’re on sale. Read more...▼

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A garage door replacement can be a good investment. It recoups an impressive 76% of the cost in resale value, on average.

$1,300: Re-floor a Main Room Toss that stained carpeting. A lush-looking floor can make a huge difference. Laminate flooring won’t stain or absorb dust or dander like carpeting, and you can get hickory, chestnut, walnut and teak look-alikes for around $1.99 per square foot.

$550: Garage Storage Most buyers will pay more for extra breathing room. You don’t need to add square footage, however, if you’re making the most of what you’ve got. Use a storage shelving system to hold gear, tools and gardening equipment.

$200: Refresh Kitchen CabinetsTop off your kitchen update with a new coat of paint. You can also add new knobs and pulls for a crowning touch.

$200: Make Your Closet a Home Office Skip a pricey addition with a cute, multipurpose space. Remove the closet door and clothes rod. Install one deep shelf to serve as a desktop and one or two shallow ones for files and supplies.

$200: Accent Key Walls This quick do-it-yourself project can be done for the price of a few gallons of paint. A single wall in a vivid hue gives a dramatic, upscale touch.

$50: Clean Bathroom Grout Grout and caulk not only look ugly as they crack and stain; they also fail at locking tiles in place and preventing water seepage. Cleaning and regrouting are both easy DIY projects.

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