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2013 Remodeling Trends

Attic bedrooms is a cost effective, home remodeling project

Remodeling.com (www.costvsvalue.com)┬ácame out with their 2013 Cost vs Value report in January, so we wanted to give you an update. The big news is homeowner confidence is up, and that’s reflected by rising home prices and a corresponding uptick in the returns you should get for home improvements you make to your house. All 35 projects included in the report had higher Return on Investment (ROI) that the previous year.

Similar to previous years, the exterior renovations (windows, doors, siding and roofing) are at the top of the list with respect to ROI, taking 7 of the top 10 positions. This... 

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Home Offices on a Budget

home office furniture is perfect for creating a home office, with flexibility when you move

Almost everyone needs a home office these days.┬áThe more important question is who’s going to use the home office and how are they going to use it? There’s a big difference between needing a home office to collect and pay family bills, and file paperwork you need to keep longer. Maybe you’re a teacher and spend some evenings doing lesson plans and grading papers? Some corporate employees work at home most of the week and there are a growing number of entrepreneurs running businesses from a home office. What do you need your home office for? Do you feel that... 

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Top 10 Remodeling Projects for Value

Kitchen remodeling can be done in small steps like this tile backsplash

Every year Remodeling Magazine conducts a survey to identify the most cost effective investments home owners can make to their homes. The report is a great way to compare your remodeling budget against projects being done by other home owners.

Learn what projects typically cost so you don’t overspend. Learn what’s typically include in a kitchen or bath remodel. Learn how much of your investment (what you spend) you are likely to recoup when you sell your home.

So let’s explore the top 10 remodeling projects for the latest survey and we’ll suggest why we think home owners have picked these projects. You’ll find... 

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2010 Remodeling Trends

A great way to add living space is to finish off unused attic or basement space in your current home

Remodeling a home is a great alternative to selling your existing home and moving. Remodeling means you get to remain in your community, the children don’t have to change schools and your lives might be uprooted a bit during the actual remodeling project but afterward, you’re able to continue with the routines you love like walking the dog, bike rides and more.

It pays to spend time researching and planning any remodeling project, big or small. At Mr Handyman we strive to leave you happy with the work we’ve completed and it’s sad when a customer loves the end result except... 

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Remodeling Cost vs Value, Updated for 2009

Given the ups and downs of the economy and the housing market, noone tried to project the results of this years Cost vs Value Remodeling Report, 2008-2009. More important than just the 2009 data, are the trends compared to prior years.

… from Hanley Wood’s Cost vs Value Report, 2009

Here are some of the more interesting facts from the report. Overall trends point to smaller, low-maintenance projects with an emphasis on essentials over extras.

The decline in average, cost-to-value ratios was lower than the previous year … at 3.86%. Construction costs are up 2.67% even though home values are declining. Exterior replacement projects... 

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