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Home Checklist: Remodeling on the upswing


Home Checklist: Remodeling on the upswing

POSTED BY administrator on Mar 31 under kitchen

Home Checklist: Remodeling on the upswing
News from Sacramento Bee:

We’re remodeling again. Contractors report that our pent-up demand for renovation has homeowners back in the market for updated kitchens and baths.

Instead of moving into newer or larger homes, we’re still staying put, but we’ve decided to reinvest in our current houses.

The national average cost of a mid-range major kitchen remodel is more than $ 57,000 and a mid-range bathroom remodel is more than $ 16,000, according to Remodeling Magazine’s “Cost vs. Value Report” for 2011-12.

To assist homeowners who are interested in remodeling, MasterBrand Cabinets – makers of Diamond, Omega, Thomasville and other popular lines – launched a new website full of easy-to-use tools designed to help and inspire home makeovers.

Among the highlights:

• Renovation budget calculator – Helps customers set a realistic budget and understand all expected renovation costs including cabinetry, appliances, flooring and lighting.

• Side-by-side cabinet comparisons – Find the right built-in “furniture” for your kitchen or bath. Input your ZIP code and get a list of nearby retailers that carry the brands.

• Remodel survival tips – Simple solutions for common problems. Learn how to live through the renovation process with minimal fuss, including how to create a temporary kitchen space and which food items to stock up on for easily prepa…………… continues on Sacramento Bee

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Pace of remodeling picks up
News from Chicago Tribune:

In another sign of an improving economy, residential remodeling is picking up after several lean years, helped along by homeowners who are deciding to fix up places they can’t sell because of the housing crunch.

“There is an awakening,” said Rick Evans of Bauman Builders in San Jose, Calif. Last year “was like a switch that flipped,” he said.

The National Association of Home Builders forecasts residential remodeling expenditures for owner-occupied improvements will increase nationally by 8.9 percent in 2012 and another 11.4 percent in 2013. An index of remodeling contractors’ confidence is at its highest level in five years, according to the association.

“Home remodeling seems to be the one of the few areas where there’s any activity in the private construction sector,” said Brad Kemp of Beacon Economics.

The jobs are going to the last contractors standing, following a punishing three or four years in which the construction business drastically slowed during the recession and its aftermath.

Jennifer and Julien Schreyer, of Oakland, Calif., are remodeling their kitchen, paying cash from savings and investments for the job.

“The economy is getting a little bit more stable, we are feeling a little more secure, and the stock market is going up a little so we could sell some stock,” said Jennifer Schreyer, a rea…………… continues on Chicago Tribune

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