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Tax Credits from Home Improvement Projects

A Guide to Home Improvement Investments & Tax Credits

Owning a home is a part of the American Dream, but it does involve ongoing expenses to maintain the property. Some home remodeling is considered repair to the existing structure, which does not provide the homeowner with tax deductions. However, other home remodeling improves the property, which does provide some tax incentives for the homeowner….

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Estimates for Home Remodels and Additions

Home addition estimates are tricky business. Truth be told, there are too many variables involved in a major remodeling project or room addition for any contractor to provide a specific square foot price ahead of time, and all free estimates should be considered just that: estimates. Not only must your contractor consider structural aspects, such…

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Tax Credits from Home Improvement Projects

8 Steps to Good Credit

Step 1: Pay Your Bills on Time Make it your personal goal to pay your credit and other obligations on time and for the required amount each month. Debt obligations will include: Credit card charges Loan payments Rent or mortgage payments Utility bills Service or product bills Taxes Support payments Other Take advantage of automatic…

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How to Recoup Remodeling & Addition Investments

When undertaking large remodeling and home addition 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. That is why research is the smartest…

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Reduce Waste and Save Money at Home

The importance of caring for the environment seems to be in the news every day, and sometimes it is hard to know how to make a difference in the world on an individual level. However, there is good news; it is simple to start going green at home by taking a few small steps in…

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Checklist: Financing Your Remodeling Project

Just about everyone who owns a home has a few projects in mind that could improve either its appearance or its function. However, financing a remodel is a far more difficult task than identifying an area you’d like to work on. Remodel financing is easy if you have already saved up enough money to fund…

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Insuring Home Improvement Projects

Before beginning any home improvement project, you must address the issue of insurance, both yours and your contractors’. You can’t always count on your existing homeowner’s insurance if someone is injured or something is damaged on your property. Don’t get stuck with the bill. Your Policy Before work on your project begins, determine if you…

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Costs for Popular Improvements in Minneapolis

Now that the holidays have passed, the shopping frenzy is over, and the traveling season is in the rear view mirror, it’s the time of year when the minds of many Twin Cities’ homeowners start drifting away from visions of sugar plum fairies toward potential home improvement projects. Deciding on the right project, however, can…

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Costs for Popular Improvements in Pittsburgh

While some people might look around their property and find nothing they’d like to change, for most homeowners, there are several projects around the house that are worth considering. The problem for many of us isn’t identifying what areas could use improvement, but choosing which are the most cost-effective endeavors. A lot of factors come…

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Costs for Popular Improvements in Philadelphia

The list of things a homeowner can do to improve his or her property is seemingly endless. From something as small as planting a new tree in the backyard to a project as big as adding on additional rooms, everyone has an idea of what can be done to make a property “just right”. Though…

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