If you’re thinking about doing a few home improvements, you may want to consider what will give you the best return on your investment down the road.
According to the Remodeling 2013 Cost vs. Value Report (www.costvsvalue.com)*, you will recoup the most cost from a steel entry door replacement and a garage door replacement in the Indianapolis area. These two improvements may not be at the top of your list, but you’ll recover about 79.3% of the entry door cost and 68.7% of the garage door replacement cost. Entry door replacement even ranks as the number one project in the U.S. for a return on remodeling. Third runner up is a minor kitchen remodel. You’ll potentially earn around 66.1% of the amount you put into it (ex. paying around $18,433 with a resale value of $12,193).
The process of improving your home can be very exciting because it allows you to make your home unique to your tastes. But if you don't do things correctly, you could be out a large chunk of money and hinder the ability to sell your home at a later date.
Here are some simple things to avoid so you don't fall into the home improvement money pit:
There are a lot of important events that take place over the course of our lifetime. Marriage, buying a home, and having your first child are all events that are very exciting but also very stressful.
The excitement combined with the stress can lead us to rationalize very poor financial decisions by saying things like, "Well you only get married once," or, "Just getting one more thing for the new baby won't hurt." It's important to keep your emotions under control during these milestones so you don't end up in financial hardship.
It is known that physical activity can have positive, lasting effects on the body. But did you know that exercising a little bit of the equity in your home can also have beneficial, long-term results?
Are you thinking about refinancing your home? If so, there are a lot of items to consider when making this decision.
With home pricing beginning to rise slightly and homeowners paying down their debt, many find themselves with equity once again in their homes, and lenders are once again looking to help borrowers use that equity for their long term benefit. Before leveraging the equity in your home, think about these important tips:
With the SaveItUp Challenge coming to a close this year, we asked our members to share their personal savings story. Here’s what they said:
Your home may seem like a money hog: mortgage payments, utilities, and maintenance. But for those who have equity in their homes or the right property, your home may actually be able to save or even make you money.