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Home Improvement Tax Credits for 2017

It’s no secret that homeownership can be expensive. For most homeowners, regular home repairs and maintenance average out to 1% of the purchase price of their property. For a home valued at $300,000, this amounts to $3,000 per year in upkeep on average. The good news is that taking care of your property can also save you a bundle on your income taxes. If you completed certain home renovations in 2016, you may be eligible ...Read more >

Is it Time for a New Roof?

If your home’s roof looks like it could use a little TLC, you may be wondering if you can repair problem areas, or if it’s time to replace it completely. The answer depends on the extent of the damage, as well as what type of roofing material you have. Average Lifespan of Common Roofing Materials The majority of residential homes have asphalt shingles, and it’s easy to see why. Asphalt is lightweight, extremely durable, aesthetically ...Read more >

What Winter Does to Your Roof, Windows, and Gutters

You already know that winter can take a toll on your health, mood and even your waistline — but did you know it can also cause significant wear and tear on your home? Ice, rain, snow and even extreme cold can do a number on your roof, windows and gutters. In many cases, the freeze-thaw cycle can also cause damage. Here are winter weather issues to watch for, as well as ways to protect your ...Read more >

Here’s Why the Average Cost of a Home Remodel is So High

Whether you’re remodeling the inside or outside of your house, cost is likely to be one of your chief concerns. Most homeowners start out on the right foot by setting a specific budget for their home improvement project. In many cases, however, it doesn’t take long for a project to go off the financial rails. Before they know it, they’re sinking far more money into a renovated kitchen or new roof than they anticipated. Where ...Read more >

Spring Cleaning Guide: How to Clean Window Tracks and 20 Other Things in Your Home

It may seem hard to believe, but spring is just around the corner. Whether you live in an area with harsh winters or a part of the country with sunny skies year round, spring is an excellent time to give your home a thorough cleaning. We’re not just talking a little dusting and straightening up. To achieve a deep clean that will last throughout the entire year, you need to roll up your sleeves, gather ...Read more >

How Much Do New Gutters Cost?

Your home’s gutters protect it from the ravages of the weather, including rain, ice, and snow. Without an effective gutter system, your property is vulnerable to the elements, which can do a lot of damage — and do it much more quickly than you might realize. If you’re like most people, however, the idea of purchasing a new gutter system isn’t necessarily exciting. Unlike other exterior features, such as new windows or doors, gutters just ...Read more >

20 Tips for Finding a Contractor for Your Home Remodel

They say change is good, but when it comes to a home renovation, it can also be intimidating. If you don’t do the proper planning, a home remodel can quickly go off the rails in terms of time and budget, making you wonder just what you were thinking when you decided to install a new roof or replace your worn siding. One of the biggest mistakes homeowners make when they decide to remodel is cutting ...Read more >