Home Improvement News

Home improvements that can lower your capital gains
A lot more is riding on home improvements than making your house nicer to live in or getting a better price when you sell. Remodeling your kitchen, adding a bathroom or even planting some shrubs can reduce possible capital gains taxes.

Before you start home improvements, make sure you have the right permits
IN NEARLY EVERY home-renovation television show, there comes a point when they resort to fast-forward photography, flying through painting, rewiring or spackling in a jerky blur.

Which Home Improvements Pay Off?
When undertaking large remodeling projects, it is smart to research your local real estate market to find out if your project will return your investment when it is time to sell. Depending on where you live, the right project may return 100% of your investment.

What's a home improvement really worth?
In terms of your home's resale value, the best home improvements are largely cosmetic - like landscaping, painting, minor kitchen and bath renovations, shingles, shutters, window boxes - and only those alterations and additions that bring your home in-line with others in the neighborhood.

Invest your tax refund in your home
Millions of Americans will be getting a check back from the Internal Revenue Service this year, and, as of April 4, average refunds were up 5% to $2,100. What are you going to spend your windfall on?

Beat the heat and add home value
Two Florida State University professors and the National Association of Realtors analyzed home improvements, calculating the average amount each added to or detracted from a home's value.

Reward your effort with special programs for energy-wise home improvements
Sure, people can save money by boosting the energy efficiency of their homes. But how are they supposed to come up with $10,000 to pay for those heat pump/duct work/double-paned window installation jobs?

 

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