Designer Felix Guyon shares a penthouse in a 25-storey building on Nuns’ Island in Montreal, with a stunning view of the Saint Lawrence River. When you add green energy features to your home, the appeal and value is increased immediately. Make a clean sweep throughout the entire house. Change all light bulbs to CFLs, purchase low-energy appliances, replace toilets and showers with low-flow features, swap old windows for energy-efficient ones, filter your spigot water so you can ditch the plastic bottles, and add a programmable thermostat so you can turn down the heat when you are gone during the day,” suggest Graboyes.
The positives of renovating a 1980’s home can include good foundations, big layouts and solid double brick walls. On the downside, you might have to contend with weak natural lighting, poor ventilation, low ceilings and minimal environmental efficiency. Yet despite some negatives, 1980’s homes can be optimum candidates for house improvement renovations.
Whether hosting a game night, book club or wine tasting, an unused space can become party central. Turn your basement or a spare living room into a finished space with a big screen TV, bar, and lounge area,” suggests Mary Ann Graboyes , real estate agent, Weichert Realtors® in Blue Bell, Pennsylvania. Whether it’s kid-friendly or a space for adults, this home improvement will be utilized a lot and add value to your home now—and down the line when you’re ready to sell.
In Canada, it previously aired on CTV from the beginning to the ending (1991-1999), as well as CMT and YTV In Germany and Austria, Home Improvement has been shown in dubbing under the title Hör mal wer da hämmert (“Listen who’s hammering”). It ran on ARD (1993-1995), RTL (1996-2006), RTL II (1999-2000, 2007-2012), VOX (2004-2006), and Super RTL (2008-2009). Currently, reruns in Germany air Mondays at 15:20 hours (3:20 p.m. German time) on RTL Nitro 76 In Austria, reruns aired for a period of time on ATV. It was also shown on M-Net in South Africa.
Improvements in the U.S. economy post the recession translated into recovery in the housing market as well. Both pent-up demand and demand driven by higher economic growth contributed to price increases in the housing market. In 2013, house prices witnessed a 10.3% increase followed by a 6.4% increase in 2014. Although at a slower rate, the NAR expects prices to continue increasing in 2015 at 5%. The appreciation in home prices is expected to drive sales for Home Depot and Lowe’s as customers continue investing in their homes. Moreover, according to the NAR, new house sales are expected to increase by 30-40% in 2015. The huge increase in sales is also expected to bring in considerable business to the home improvement industry going forward.