How about increasing the value of your home by $10,000 in just two weekends? Sweat Equity shows you how to determine which home improvement projects will return the most bang for their buck in your area. Is it better to install new kitchen cabinets or just reface the old ones? Are granite countertops really worth the cost? Should you put more money into your bathroom or your kitchen? Host Amy Matthews helps homeowners tackle the projects themselves with national experts in the worlds of finance, design and home remodeling giving tips and techniques on saving money along the way. Each episode ends with a reveal of the grand total—how much did the home's value go up? With a little bit of knowledge and a little bit of sweat, you can build a whole lot of equity—and a much nicer home too!
Monica Moses and John Reinan had no trouble updating their mid-century ranch style house with high contrast contemporary design. The main projects left to tackle: the swamp-like backyard and the chaotic, poorly finished basement space that Monica uses as an art studio. The swamp is an immediate red flag for future buyers, but a remodeled art studio will give them additional square footage that will up the value of the home. With no plans to sell for many years, where should they invest their $20,000 budget? Will they get a nice return on investment, or just a lifestyle boost? Find out!