How To Increase The Value Of Your Home: Simple, Budget-Conscious Techniques and Ideas That Will…

Paperback | August 9, 2004

byVicki Lankarge

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An easy-to-follow guide for home owners who want to maximize the value of their most important investment

With anxiety over the stock market running high and home equity loan rates at an alltime low, Americans are investing in their homes like never before. Last year alone, consumers spent a record $123 billion on home building projects. How to Increase the Value of Your Home provides solid answers to questions such as: Is it better to build a downstairs bathroom or to remodel my kitchen? And it provides:

  • Techniques for commanding higher prices and quicker sales--now and 10 years from now
  • Guidance on which renovations to invest in and which ones to avoid

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An easy-to-follow guide for home owners who want to maximize the value of their most important investmentWith anxiety over the stock market running high and home equity loan rates at an alltime low, Americans are investing in their homes like never before. Last year alone, consumers spent a record $123 billion on home building projects...

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The guide to maximizing the value of your most valuable assetMillions of Americans are investing in home improvements, hoping to increase the long-term value of their most valuable asset. But do you know which home improvements will make your home's value jump, and those that won't? This practical guide covers all of the topics every h...

Vicki Lankarge (Hartford, CT) is an authority on protecting the value of houses. She writes on consumer issues for aol.com, CBS Marketwatch, and MSN.com. Dan Nahorney (Hartford, CT) is a journalist, business writer, and magazine editor.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:190 pages, 9.04 × 6 × 0.56 inPublished:August 9, 2004Publisher:McGraw-HillLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0071436936

ISBN - 13:9780071436939

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction xi

LAY THE GROUNDWORK

1. What’s Your Remodeling Profile? 3

2. Repair Before You Remodel 7

3. Recoup Your Remodeling Costs 17

GET THE BIGGEST BANG FOR YOUR BUCK

4. Additions: Size Does Matter (But Flow Is 27More Important)

5. Interior Improvements: Cabinets, Countertops, 49and Status Symbols, Oh My!

6. Home Improvements You Shouldn’t Bank On 73

7. Heating and Air Conditioning: Staying Warm and 83 Keeping Cool

8. Landscape and Hardscape: It Don’t Mean a Thing 91If You Ain’t Got That Swing

STAY THE COURSE

9. Ready, Set, Spend! 105

10. Keep Your Home Improvement Project on Track 125

GIMME SHELTER: PROTECT YOUR INVESTMENT

11. Proper Maintenance for a Safer,More Valuable Home 139

12. Insurance: Protect Your Investment 151

13. Selling Your Remodeled Home 165

HOME RESOURCES

14. The Experts 175

Index 183