9 Small Home Improvements with Big Impact

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These home improvement projects, each costing less than $1,600, will enhance your home's appearance and boost its value.

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Costs for these projects assume midrange materials for a typical-size home. Labor costs are based on estimates from DIYorNot.com and ClearEstimates.com.

Patricia Mertz Esswein
Contributing Writer, Kiplinger's Personal Finance
Esswein joined Kiplinger in May 1984 as director of special publications and managing editor of Kiplinger Books. In 2004, she began covering real estate for Kiplinger's Personal Finance, writing about the housing market, buying and selling a home, getting a mortgage, and home improvement. Prior to joining Kiplinger, Esswein wrote and edited for Empire Sports, a monthly magazine covering sports and recreation in upstate New York. She holds a BA degree from Gustavus Adolphus College, in St. Peter, Minn., and an MA in magazine journalism from the S.I. Newhouse School at Syracuse University.