Expert Advice on Improving Your Home
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Contractor Coordination in Home Renovation Projects

During a remodeling project, it’s important that the contractor coordinates the work with the various subcontractors so everyone is working together on the project. Water lines, drain pipes, electrical wires, and ductwork all occupy the same space within your walls; and each one is needs to be properly installed and inspected.
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How to Choose a Contractor for a Home Renovation

When preparing for a major renovation to your home, it’s important to choose a reliable contractor to do the job. To find a good contractor in your area, call the local Home Builder’s Association and ask those who have had work done on their home recently for suggestions. Watch this video to find out more.
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Can You Claim the Energy Efficiency Tax Credit if You Receive a Tax Refund

Jerry asks, “Can I claim the federal Energy Efficiency Tax Credit for Homeowners if I receive a tax refund?”

You may still be able to qualify for the federal Energy Efficiency Tax Credit, even if you receive a refund, as long as you don’t receive a total refund of all the federal income taxes you owed for the year. Read on to find out more.

DIYers Home Cost-Cutting Guide

The most recent issue of AARP Bulletin magazine had an article titled, “99 Great Ways to Save.” As I read through the list of home tips, it suddenly dawned on me that here at Today’s Homeowner with Danny Lipford and, we’ve covered all of these money-saving techniques—and many more. Read on for 10 great cost-cutting tips for your home.
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How to Document Possessions in Your Home in Case of Disaster

Natural disasters occur regularly throughout the world, often taking everything in their path with them. Although no one wants to experience these events, it’s important to document the possessions in your home and protect your assets in case of an emergency. Watch this video to find out more.

How to Qualify for an Energy Efficient Appliance Rebate

The federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 allocated $300 million to fund state run rebate programs for residents in all U.S. states, territories, and the District of Columbia to replace existing appliances with new energy efficient models. Read on to find out how you can qualify.
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What is the Return on Investment for a Kitchen Remodel

The return on your investment for any home improvement project, including remodeling your kitchen, will depend on the real estate market in your area as well as how large a renovation you have in mind. Watch this video to find out more.

Home Improvement Projects Rate of Return on Investment

Thinking about adding a deck or revamping the kitchen so you can up the price of your home before you sell? You might want to crunch the cost vs. value numbers, complied by Remodeling magazine, before you do. Read on to see the projects that gave the best and worst rate of return on investment

Homebuyer Federal Tax Credit Extended and Expanded

If you’re considering buying a home, now is the time! The $8,000 federal tax credit for new homebuyers—which was to expire November 30, 2009—has been extended through April 30, 2010. In addition, it’s been expanded to include a $6,500 tax credit for existing homeowners who buy a home as well.