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Top 10 Remodeling Projects for Value

Kitchen remodeling can be done in small steps like this tile backsplash

Every year Remodeling Magazine conducts a survey to identify the most cost effective investments home owners can make to their homes. The report is a great way to compare your remodeling budget against projects being done by other home owners.

Learn what projects typically cost so you don’t overspend. Learn what’s typically include in a kitchen or bath remodel. Learn how much of your investment (what you spend) you are likely to recoup when you sell your home.

So let’s explore the top 10 remodeling projects for the latest survey and we’ll suggest why we think home owners have picked these projects. You’ll find... 

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Vinyl Siding: Pros and Cons


For more than 20 years, Remodeling Magazine has surveyed the cost of various remodeling projects compared to the projected value (higher price) when the home is sold. For more than 5 years, vinyl siding has appeared among the top 10 projects and this year was no exception. In the Cost vs Value Remodeling Report 2008-2009, the projected value for installing replacement siding was:

Cost of vinyl siding $10,256 expected to recover 80.7% Foam backed siding $12,528 and should recover 80.4%

Vinyl siding is growing in popularity and is now the #1 choice for siding a home. Vinyl siding is made from polyvinyl chloride... 

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Water Damage: Corner Boards (Part 3)

Corner Board #1

Typically a handyman focuses on making the repairs a customer requests. With blogging, there is a new dimension as I’m stitching together small stories of our work, that in fact start to present a bigger picture when you look at all the parts.

This is part 3 in a series about the places on a home’s exterior that suffer the most water damage. What are common threads between these elements of exterior home trim? They’re more vulnerable to the elements because they stick out further than the siding or other other components next to them.

The real story behind these (photos below)... 

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