Few room renovations return as much on your investment – in terms of resale value and enhanced enjoyment – as refurbishing a bathroom. Maybe that’s why many Americans, who have tightened their belts when it comes to other areas of home improvement, still seem to be willing to spend more for luxury bathroom upgrades.
Who wouldn’t love a room filled with beautiful natural light from above? If the room you want to light, however, is on the ground floor – or below an attic – you may think installing a skylight is impossible. Think again.
The average retail price of electricity for American homeowners has increased nearly 40 percent in the last 10 years, according to the U.S. Department of Energy, costing homeowners hundreds of dollars on utility bills. With energy costs rising right along with demand for electricity, more and more homeowners are looking for ways to save and are seeking out alternative energy sources like solar power.
It’s amazing what we can do to our homes today to make them more energy efficient, from green roofs to geothermal heating. While some new homes are built with green in mind, you can also make your existing home more environmentally friendly while also saving some cash.
Small-scale exterior projects are the most profitable during resale, according to the 2009-10 Remodeling Cost vs. Value Report by the National Association of Realtors (NAR). “Once again, this year’s [report] highlights the importance of a home’s first impression,” says NAR President Vicki Cox Golder.
One exterior feature that greatly contributes to this first impression is the garage door, and updating it can drastically improve your home’s “curb appeal.”
Both fashion and budget-conscious Americans alike are taking better care of their clothing and other possessions, starting with how they store them. But if you haven’t been reading today’s most popular home and style magazines, sneaking a peak inside your neighbor’s closets, or house-hunting lately, you might not have noticed: Closets have evolved from…
When ranking household appliances that consume the most energy, no one is surprised to see heating and air conditioning units at the top of the list. On the other hand, many people are surprised to learn that their water heater ranks at No. 2.
When it comes to adding value and enjoyment to your home, kitchen and bath remodels still remain tops, remodeling and real estate experts say. But how people remodel is changing. High-end renovations, costing tens of thousands of dollars, are dwindling…
As you plan your home and office improvements, think long-term by making choices that are informed, responsible and financially sound. The American Hardwood Information Center, www.HardwoodInfo.com, suggests hardwood flooring – one of the best long-term investments to be made. It is environmentally friendly, forever fashionable, and will last for geerations. And industry experts concur.
With the housing market continuing its sluggish ways, many homeowners, who were once hoping to sell, are now planning to stay – at least for a few more years. As a result, many people are looking for ways to make improvements now that will increase their home’s value, without breaking the budget.
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