Expenditures for home improvements should see healthy gains in 2016, according to the Leading Indicator of Remodeling Activity (LIRA) released today by the Remodeling Futures Program at the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University. The LIRA projects annual spending growth for home improvements will accelerate from 4.3% in the first quarter of 2016 to 7.6% in the third quarter. By then, the level of annual spending in nominal terms is anticipated to surpass the previous peak set in 2006. Prepare your walls, if necessary, with a base coat (several coats may be necessary to cover a dark paint color below). Make sure the surface is clean and dry, and tape off crown molding or floor molding, door frames, windows and define areas at which you wish the paint color to stop (i.e. ceilings) with a firm application of painters tape. Position a generously-sized drop cloth on the floor and over any furniture nearby – but be sure to move furniture out of the way! Remove any switch plate covers or electrical outlet plates.
When it comes to choosing new kitchen countertops, for your kitchen remodeling project, there are a number of factors that need to be taken into consideration. One of the most important things to keep in mind is your kitchen cabinets. Kitchen countertops are almost always placed on top of kitchen cabinets or cupboards. If you are looking to remodel your cabinets as well, it may be a good idea to pick out all of your supplies and materials at the same time. This will help to ensure that your new kitchen countertop not only looks nice, but that it also compliments the kitchen cabinets that you will have installed.
Once you have decided that you would like to purchase a new bathroom shower stall, as well as how large of one you can purchase, you will need to start shopping for your shower. Although you may expect to find everything that you need all in one place, it may be a little bit difficult to do. Although there are a number of retailers, particularly home improvement stores, that sell standalone shower kits, there are others who do not. If you are unable to find a retailer who sells shower kits, you may need to purchase all of your parts separately. The parts that you will need may include, but should not be limited to, a shower floor, shower walls, a shower door, as well as a shower head.
Although most contractors will do their best to leave your home as clean as they arrived by putting down drop cloths in the work areas, you could be extra cautious by laying down your own first. Some systems will allow you to talk thru your mobile device to talk with whom ever rings your doorbell. They can also talk to you thru the system. There may be many brands that have different features that you can evaluate.
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Home improvements are the most common way homeowners increase their basis. However, your home’s basis does not include the cost of improvements that were later removed from the home. For example, if you installed a new chain-link fence 15 years ago and then replaced it with a redwood fence, the cost of the old fence is no longer part of your home’s basis.