Study Reveals Do-It-YourSelf Home Improvements Increase Home’s Value

Study Reveals Do-It-YourSelf Home Improvements Increase Home’s Value

When it comes to home values, a little elbow grease can go a long way, according to a recent nationwide study by HomeGain.

The study surveyed 500 real estate agents throughout the nation to learn the top 10 low-cost, do-it-yourself improvements that help increase the likelihood a home would sell.

Ranking in the top five are: clean & de-clutter, lighten & brighten, repair electrical & plumbing, landscaping, and home staging.

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Vast majority of Americans not moving, plan to remodel

Vast majority of Americans not moving, plan to remodel

Lacking confidence in the housing market, most Americans are not moving this year. And since they’re stuck, most have some sort of home improvement project planned for 2012, according to a new survey.

The American Express Spending and Saving Tracker “Home Decision 2012” survey says that 10 percent of Americans – 23 million people – plan to move. Of these, 44 percent plan to buy a home and 42 percent say they will rent. As for the other 14 percent? Amex doesn’t say, but maybe mom and dad should clean out the basement.

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6 home renovations whose cost might not be recouped at resale

6 home renovations whose cost might not be recouped at resale

It’s the magic phrase uttered by almost anyone who’s ever considered the cost of home remodeling: “We’ll get it back when we sell.”

Unless you keep those projects practical, though, you might just be kidding yourself.

For example:

Steel front door: Good.

Master-suite addition costing more than the average American home: Bad.

Every year, Remodeling magazine looks at the hottest home upgrades and renovations and calculates how much owners get back when they sell.

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Kitchens Sell a House

Kitchens Sell a House

It’s a tool used by house flippers all across the nation. Stagers know its power. Real estate agents push its importance. What is this not-so-well-kept secret of real estate? A kitchen can sell a house.

A kitchen is the heart of a home. This is true all across the globe. The old saying that the “stomach is the way to the heart” carries a lot of truth. Kitchens are where we spend much of our time and most of that is with our families. It’s the room where we nourish our bodies and our spirits.

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Tacoma Home and Garden Show This Week!

Tacoma Home and Garden Show This Week!
January 25–29, 2012

“Washington State’s largest combined home and garden event introduces visitors to a huge range of products and services by over 1,000 exhibits–providing a “one-stop” shopping and information-gathering experience for show goers.

Jump start all your home projects at the Tacoma Home & Garden Show® at the Tacoma Dome.

Get help finishing an existing project or start a new one!”

Visit the Tacoma Home and Garden Show website for more information and coupons!