Picking the right home fixes

Book Review: 'Home Repair That Pays Off'

These days, homeowners can’t simply rely on market forces to appreciate the value of their homes, nor can they simply write a check against an easy-to-get equity line to pay their contractor for various projects. Many who want to grow the value of their home are transforming into do-it-yourselfers, using their weekends and vacations to tackle home improvement projects.

In "Home Repair That Pays Off: 150 Simple Ways to Add Value Without Breaking Your Budget," remodeling pro and syndicated home improvement columnist Hector Seda provides a comprehensive instructional toolkit and return-on-investment analysis for many of the tasks and projects today’s smart homeowners are taking on.