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One home improvement that pays big dividends is also one of the easiest do-it-yourself (DIY) projects: painting. Dollar for dollar, painting is one of the best returns on investment you can spend on home remodeling. For a few hundred dollars and a bit of elbow grease you might be able to increase the selling price of your home  thousands of dollars by making it look clean and up to date.

Is paint a must-do and easy home improvement project for you? Take this quick quiz to find out.

1 Is your home painted in a dated color?

Home improvement trends continually evolve, and one of the most obvious changes is color. Think back to the harvest gold or avocado green of the 1970s. Create an up-to-date look by using currently popular colors to compliment the home. Need advice on what sells best? Ask a real estate professional. He or she will be able to offer insight on what’s in demand in your area. Another good idea to spot trends: Check listings online to compare your home with places that have been professionally staged.

2 Do you have murals or custom colors that are difficult to match in certain rooms of the house?

Children’s bedrooms often have decorative murals that may not appeal to a different age or gender.

3 Is there chipped, peeling or faded paint anywhere inside or outside of the home?

Make it look fresh and clean by using the same color to quickly touch up the defects.

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