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Recovery Remodeling

20 practical improvements that will pay off—personally and financially—when the market bounces back

As the economy starts to recover from its great recession, many homeowners are considering whether to improve their homes to sell them or to enjoy a better quality of life in them. Builder Fernando Pagés Ruiz provides his advice on what homeowners should do to maximize their spending dollars in either situation. Consider these 20 tips when you're looking at your house and wondering what it will take to make it sell or what you might like to do to enjoy the house more.

The advice includes energy and entryway upgrades, improved lighting, cabinet improvements, bathroom upgrades, appliance repairs, better landscaping, siding upgrades, laminate flooring, and more.

From Fine Homebuilding212 , pp. 48-53 May 20, 2010