10 home-improvement projects for 2010

With a minimal budget and a little sweat equity, your home can go from a "so-so" to a "wow" in no time. Whether you want to update your existing living space or add value to a house you are trying to sell, investing in some basic home renovations can make a huge impact.

So what home improvements will provide the biggest bang for your buck and make the strongest impression on guests and potential buyers? We interviewed two local contractors and a local real estate agent as well as John DeSilvia, host of the DIY Network's series, "10 Grand in Your Hand." They recommended 10 projects for the new year.

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