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Slideshow: The Real Cost of Home Improvement

By Ben Steverman - 2012-11-26T19:03:24Z

Photograph by Liquorice/Getty Images

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Redecorating, New Furniture

Average cost: $8,646

Redecorating, which includes anything from new curtains to a complete makeover of a home's furniture and decor, is the most popular home improvement activity cited by Houzz survey respondents. Everyone redecorated at about the same rate -- rich or poor, married or single, and across various regions of the U.S. One exception is men, who were about 17 percent less likely than women to be planning a project. (Shocking, we know.)