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Sweat Equity

Hosted by Amy Matthews

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!

Host Bio

With a passion for innovation, architecture, design, and education, Amy Matthews has followed her dream and is changing how people view one of their most important investments in life, their home. Amy inspires people to tackle just about any home improvement task as she hosts shows on DIY and HGTV, including Sweat EquityBathroom RenovationsBlog CabinThis New House, and the upcoming Renovation Raiders. Throughout her career, she has done every home improvement job imaginable, from wielding a sledgehammer to overseeing construction of a complete home build. Her shows remain popular because of her willingness to take on any project and break it down for even novices to understand.

Amy studied at Boston University and the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City before she found her passion within the home improvement movement. This passion can be seen not only in her television shows, but also in her work with Habitat for Humanity and the Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project in cities such as New Orleans, Los Angeles, St. Paul, and Chiang Mai, Thailand.

In addition to DIY and HGTV, her work has been featured in publications such as Esquire, Country Living, Real Simple, Men’s Health, Good Housekeeping, and the New York Times. Amy’s film and television credits include leading roles in numerous independent feature films and national and regional commercials.

Whenever Amy is not working, she is spending time with her husband, Aaron, and their new son Eli.