Home renovation boom makes contractors tough to find

Pandemic lockdowns have led to a surge in home renovation projects. More than 70% of U.S. homeowners in a recent survey by Dewalt said they are currently planning or thinking about starting such a project before the year’s end. Priorities include bathrooms, kitchens, bedrooms, porches, patios, decks and landscaping, the survey shows. But for all

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Why it’s important to stress functionality over style in home remodeling projects

The increased popularity of reality TV inspired by real estate is compelling many homeowners to put aesthetic before functionality in their home remodeling projects, and that’s a big concern, experts said in a recent article in Forbes. Popular trends include no-door kitchen cabinets, but that might not be such a good move for homeowners who

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Trump’s new China tariffs make home remodeling more expensive

Home remodeling projects could become much costlier following U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to slap more tariffs on Chinese imports. The problem is that the extra costs are likely to be passed onto clients, CNBC reported. Products including counter tops, laminates and lighting are often manufactured in China, and about 450 in total, worth around

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Ask Brian: How to Go About Hiring a Remodeling Contractor

Ask Brian is a weekly column by Real Estate Expert Brian Kline. If you have questions on real estate investing, DIY, home buying/selling, or other housing inquiries please email your questions to [email protected] Question from Rick of Boise, ID: Hi Brian, for Christmas I told my wife she could have her dream kitchen. Although she

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A Guide to Home Remodeling on a Budget

Whether you want the white picket fence or the perfect kitchen, home remodeling can be a big project. Maybe you’re thinking about flipping houses to turn a profit or you’ve been planning a home remodeling

Home Remodeling is Back

With home values returning to levels from before the recession and many going higher, people again have equity in their homes. That’s enabling them to take out second mortgages.

30 Million Homes Predicted to Add Smart Technology in Next 12 Months

A study by August Home and Xfinity Home shows a growing interest in smart homes technology and smart security. The study has helped reveal which features are most compelling as well as the motivation of consumers to use smart home technology. Out of the 1,300 consumers surveyed, nearly 18% replied that they’d like to buy

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Home Improvements That Can Help Lower Your Tax Bill

It is that time of year again, but it’s just possible that if you have carried out certain home improvements over the past tax year, you may be able to deduct the expenses or even get a tax credit. This means it could be possible to significantly lower the amount owed to the IRS or

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Remodels That Could Negatively Affect Your Home’s Value

An article in Marketwatch.com has highlighted a few remodeling ideas that could decrease the value of your home and which you may wish to avoid or at least consider extremely carefully before going ahead. The first is the idea of removing a bedroom, even if it will create a larger bedroom or living area in

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Study Shows Homeowners Tend to Overestimate Property Values

A recent study that was published in the Journal of Housing Economics found homeowners tend to overestimate the value of their property by an average of 8%. These figures are based on statistics from the federal databases and researchers think these over valuations are most likely due to owner estimations of the capital gains accumulated

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