Getting Help With Home Improvement Costs

Better Home and Gardens just released the results of a national survey asking two distinct sets of homeowners what they want to change in their home for 2018. Why it pays off: A deck will provide you with more than a place to flip burgers and soak up the sun. Buyers see a deck as offering a seamless transition from inside to out,” says Jerry Levine, president of the Levine Group, an architectural and construction firm in Silver Spring, Maryland. Experts suggest using natural, rustic wood. In 2007 wooden decks (as opposed to concrete or composite ones) reaped an impressive return on investment: Home owners who spent an average of $10,350 on lumber and labor could expect to recoup $8,840, or 85 percent of their costs.

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Getting Help With Home Improvement Costs

The images on this page show examples of council homes before and after improvement work. Items that add curb appeal help the property to look good when prospective buyers arrive. While these projects may not add a considerable amount of monetary value, they will help the place sell faster. Curb appeal items include a well-manicured lawn, low-cost landscaping, fresh paint inside and out (at least, the front door), cleaned carpets and new fixtures (even redoing the address numbers). You can DIY these projects to save money and time.

Regardless of the project that you are considering, remember that your primary residence is not just a house, it’s your home. If you plan to live there for many years to come, add amenities that you want to have regardless of their impact on resale. When it’s time to sell, do the basics to get the property up to par for the … Read more

Getting Help With Home Improvement Costs

Get expert decorating ideas, watch H&H TV, see inside celebrity homes, find how-to tips, DIY projects, small spaces and kitchen makeovers. No sugar coating here: The housing market is in trouble. But some experts say that it will start turning around as early as 2010. So while you’re waiting for it to recover, you might want to reconsider putting off that kitchen redo or landscaping job. Any changes you make on your house now should increase your home value later,” says Kermit Baker, project director for the Remodeling Futures program at Harvard University. But which projects will yield the most bang for your buck? Take a look at this list, starting with the upgrades most likely to recoup your investment, and then enjoy that gleaming new kitchen.

Adding attic insulation remains at the top of the list on a national average with a 107 percent cost recoup. It’s the only … Read more

Getting Help With Home Improvement Costs

Get expert decorating ideas, watch H&H TV, see inside celebrity homes, find how-to tips, DIY projects, small spaces and kitchen makeovers. High house prices, the hefty cost of moving home and the increase in stamp duty on more expensive homes are encouraging home owners to improve their homes rather than move. Recent research from Halifax Insurance found that planning applications have risen by a quarter in the last five years, and by as much as 60pc in London. Owners, on the other hand, usually take a less strategic method when sprucing up their houses. In an effort to assist avoiding bad surprises due to constructions and renovations, we are sustaining the following record of Japanese sightseeing spots that are at the moment (or have recently been) affected by major renovation or building works.

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