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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/

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