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A $15,000 kitchen update covers 30 feet of re-facing for cabinets and drawers, a new wall oven, cooktop, sink and fixtures, laminate countertops and resilient flooring.

The best recoup rate is in the West: 105 percent; worst is in the Midwest: 82 percent. Average return at resale: 93.2 percent A major bathroom remodel involves expanding an existing 5x7 ft.Cover old vinyl with floor leveler so the pattern doesn’t bleed through. Paint color cards take the guesswork out of choosing the right color combination for doors, trim and siding.You can’t put a second layer of vinyl on if the subfloor is below-grade concrete. If your house was painted before 1978, test for lead before sanding or scraping.For damaged walls, spray-on texture provides quick coverage.Replace old shower doors or remove them to add the illusion of space.Running the lights between two joists is easier than running through the joists.

If your home is worth more than $500,000, go with stone or trendy glass countertops.

Swap damaged wrought-iron railings for real wood supports for a more inviting entry. Check the US Department of Energy website to see the right level of insulation for your area.

Give a bare, charmless porch a dramatic makeover by adding a pergola and columns. Can your existing HVAC system handle the load of another room? A solar-powered attic fan is an efficient way to save on cooling costs.

If you can pipe a child’s name on a birthday cake, you can re-caulk a tub.

Use a softener like CAULK-BE-GONE to get rid of the old caulk.

If your home’s value rises and your kitchen’s finishes don’t, do a major remodel rather than small fix-ups.