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There are many ways to increase your home’s value, from simple weekend DIY projects to massive renovations. Here are 8 of the most affordable – and effective.

  1. Have a real estate professional or interior designer look over your home and take their suggestions to heart.
  2. Hire an inspector to check the things you can’t normally see, such as your roof, electrical system and other hidden issues that could become big problems in the future.
  3. Find inspiration on decorating and design on websites and in magazines, books and TV shows.
  4. Cut energy costs and then use the money you save to further update your home.
  5. Plant a tree, which is good for the environment and for increasing your home’s value.
  6. Improve the air quality in your home by replacing old carpets and washing or replacing items that could be holding dust and allergens – such as curtains, rugs and fabric furniture.
  7. Ditch the popcorn ceilings, which date a home and often turn buyers away. Take a weekend to scrape the texture off, then give your ceiling a fresh coat of paint.
  8. Hire a cleaning service to do a top to bottom scrub of your home. Even if you clean regularly, there are nooks and crannies that likely haven’t been touched in years.