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Whether the housing market is up, down or bouncing around, knowing how to grow the value of your home is one of the biggest challenges—and one of the best ways of winning—home ownership’s rewards. When you’re knowledgeable about the many ways to improve your home, everythingRead More » from spring cleaning to swapping out your gutters or installing a new bathtub begins to look like an opportunity to increase your home’s value. AOL Real Estate’s Home Improvement guides will steer you through the toughest real estate questions. Need to know when to update that noisy dishwasher or replace that leaky roof? Need help creating a maintenance schedule for upkeep around the house? Need advice on how to spend less on utility bills? Can’t figure out how to light your kitchen so you can actually see your food? Want to turn your back lawn into an oasis that makes the neighbors notice? AOL Real Estate’s Home Improvement guides have all the information to make your home more comfortable—and help you tap the equity you’ve already invested in your home. Show Less »

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