Monthly Archives: May 2014

Home Improvements That Make Your Home More Valuable|action News – Jacksonville News, Weather & Sports – Actionnewsjax.com

Former ‘This Old House’ host has advice for next generation of homeowners

Steve Thomas.

If you’re looking to make some home improvements without breaking the bank, spend smartly and invest time and money now into the projects that will pay back later. Curb appeal When it comes to first impressions, house hunters first notice curb appeal, or lack thereof. In fact, according to the National Association of Realtors, curb appeal is important to 71 percent of homebuyers. So beautify the outdoor space to attract possible buyers by focusing on small exterior improvements that’ll pay off big like planting seasonal shrubs, painting the front door, refreshing a rusty mailbox or replacing old porch lighting with updated fixtures. These minor details will make a major and lasting statement. http://www.actionnewsjax.com/ara/realestate/story/Home-improvements-that-make-your-home-more/TSK4s5M2R0CyHY76U-8k4g.cspx

The banks don’t get it. Or can’t get it. Why is it that a $100,000 home theater has the equal weight, in terms of the ability to finance it, as $30,000-$40,000 worth of energy upgrades that will reduce the energy cost to that house to zero? WW: Photovoltaics, or? Thomas: Well, start with insulation. http://www.workingwaterfront.com/articles/Former-This-Old-House-host-has-advice-for-next-generation-of-homeowners/15899/

When Should You Call A Professional For A Home Improvement Project? | Kplr11.com

Posted 12:48 pm, May 22, 2014, by Staff Writer , Updated at 12:49pm, May 22, 2014 Email ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) Memorial Day weekend is often when people being working on their home improvement projects. So, what kind of projects can you do yourself, and when should you hire a professional? Scott Mosby from Mosby Building Arts is here to explain. More info: MosbyBuildingArts.com or call 314-909-1800. http://kplr11.com/2014/05/22/when-should-you-call-a-professional-for-a-home-improvement-project/

Home Depot’s first-quarter sales rise 2.9 percent
| Reuters

People walk outside a Home Depot store in Washington February 20, 2012. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Home Depot on Tuesdayreported first-quarter of fiscal 2014 net earnings of $1.4 billion, or $1 per diluted share, compared with net earnings of $1.2 billion, or 83 cents per diluted share, in the same period of fiscal 2013. For the first quarter of fiscal 2014, diluted earnings per share increased 20.5 percent from the same period in the prior year.First-quarter fiscal 2014 results reflect a benefit to earnings, net of tax, of $61 million, or 4 cents per diluted share, related to the sale of a portion of the companys equity ownership in HD Supply Holdings Inc.Total sales for the first quarter of fiscal 2014 were $19.7 billion, a 2.9 percent increase from the first quarter of fiscal 2013. Comparable store sales for the first quarter of fiscal 2014 were positive 2.6 percent, and comp sales for the U.S. stores were positive 3.3 percent. Save Time Make Money! http://wallstcheatsheet.com/business/is-home-depot-enticing-post-earnings.html/?a=viewall

Is Home Depot Enticing Post-Earnings?

Credit: Reuters/Jonathan Ernst (Reuters) – Home Depot Inc (HD.N), the world’s largest home improvement chain, reported a 2.9 percent rise in quarterly sales as its spring selling season got off to a slow start. Home Depot’s net income rose to $1.38 billion, or $1.00 per share, in the first quarter ended May 4 from $1.23 billion, or 83 cents per share, a year earlier. Revenue rose to $19.69 billion from $19.12 billion. http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/05/20/us-home-depot-results-idUSBREA4J0A320140520

Good Signs For Home Refinance And Repair – Business Insider

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Within the last day, both companies reported earnings, and while their first quarter results came in a bit mixed, their outlooks for the rest of the year were both upbeat. Yesterday morning, Home Depot reaffirmed its fiscal 2014 sales outlook and raised its profit view, though the company’s earnings per share are expected to be bolstered by $3.75 billion in share repurchases expected during the rest of the year. Lowe’s this morning reported first quarter sales that disappointed , but the company’s quarterly earnings and fiscal year outlooks were in-line with expectations. Lowe’s CEORobert Niblock,[p]erformance has improved in May which, together with our strengthening execution, gives us the confidence to reaffirm our sales and operating profit outlook for the year.” Lowe’s also said it expects operating profit margin to improve 65 basis points. Lowe’s shares opened fractionally lower, while Home Depot stock opened a bit higher. http://www.businessinsider.com/good-signs-for-home-refinance-and-repair-2014-5

Home Improvement Tips To Prepare For The Summer Storm Season – Skiatookjournal.com: Seasonal

4. Standby generator Summer storms can cause the most damage if you lose electricity. Weather-related power outages have doubled since 2003, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. http://skiatookjournal.com/online_features/seasonal/home-improvement-tips-to-prepare-for-the-summer-storm-season/article_25c7ad46-0ff9-5545-a172-66147fbb4674.html

Dresden Enterprise, Home Improvement

Let the natural beauty of a well-maintained deck transform your backyard into a gathering place with these spruce-up tips. Put the ‘pro’ in home improvement with the right painting tools Many DIYers don’t consider that choosing the right applicators is just as important as selecting the right paint color. Here are a few tips to help you identify the right tools for the job and make your next painting project your best yet. Learn how the latest technology can protect your home from wet weather and storms. If spring cleaning your kitchen is starting to feel like you’re simply putting polish on a dirt floor, it’s time to plan a spring redesign that you’ll love now, and for years to come. http://www.eclassifiedsnetwork.com/8821/1686/home-improvement

Home Improvement Tips To Prepare For The Summer Storm Season – Skiatookjournal.com: Seasonal

Dresden Enterprise, Home Improvement

They can keep all the essentials running like the sump pump, your heating or air-conditioning, large appliances, lights and the security system, making it possible to protect your home from additional storm damage. Having backup power is critical for homes with children, the elderly or anyone with special medical needs. If you lose power for a short period of time or several days due to severe storms this summer, a Kohler standby generator will turn your home into an energy oasis in your neighborhood. http://skiatookjournal.com/online_features/seasonal/home-improvement-tips-to-prepare-for-the-summer-storm-season/article_25c7ad46-0ff9-5545-a172-66147fbb4674.html

From barbecues and games of bocce to parties and candlelit dinners, your outdoor space can be a hub for entertaining friends and family. Here’s advice from the experts. Kitchen makeover: 3 simple tips for beauty on a budget If you’re tired of looking at your outdated kitchen, but feel replacement would be impractical, you’re not alone. In 2014, consumers will be trying to find solutions they can afford to do themselves. http://www.eclassifiedsnetwork.com/8821/1686/home-improvement

Dresden Enterprise, Home Improvement

A few simple tricks can help boost your home’s profile, and ensure visitors get a good first impression when they arrive on your doorstep. Easy tips to create the perfect outdoor living room It’s that time of year – time to dust off your patio furniture, fill your planters and set up to spend the spring outdoors. While expanding an outdoor space is a top renovation project for homeowners and renters alike, it does not have to induce a state of pre-spring stress. With a few simple tips, you can create an outdoor space that adds value and comfort to your home. Reaching new heights: 4 tips for finding a skilled roofing contractor Purchasing a new roof is one of the most important – and biggest – investments you can make in your home. http://www.dresdenenterprise.com/8821/1686/home-improvement

N.y. Assessor Questions Sandra Lee-cuomo Home Upgrades

Best way to pay for home improvements? – Yahoo Finance

Cuomo has lived there since at least 2009. “It’s his job,” said Tulis, whose four-bedroom, three-bath home with 3,100 square feet on 0.4 acres in New Castle is valued at $815,000. “It’s a very good thing.” Greenstein, a Democrat, was elected in November, in part on the strength of his opposition to a downtown affordable housing complex. New Castle is engaged in a proceeding with the Cuomo administration, imploring the state’s Hudson Valley Regional Board of Review to deny building-code variances for the project. http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/05/15/cuomo-sandra-lee-home-improvement-taxes/9149617/

And note that you’ll be hanging onto the risk that the line’s interest rate could head higher in the future because it’s based on the prime rate. You can manage that risk by aggressively paying down the loan balance. A cash-out refinancing will pay off your existing first mortgage plus release money for your home improvements and repairs. http://finance.yahoo.com/news/best-way-pay-home-improvements-100000520.html