Minor Home Improvement Projects with Major Payoffs

Homeowners making minor home improvements instead of pursuing major remodeling projects can expect the greatest potential return on investment, says the Appraisal Institute. “In general, simpler, less expensive projects have the best cost-to-value ratio,” says Appraisal Institute President M. Lance Coyle, MAI, SRA. “With the spring home buying season around the corner, homeowners should invest in projects that are most likely to preserve the value of their homes.” This assertion stems from Remodeling magazine’s most recent Cost vs. Value report. Minor projects with potential major payoffs are mid-range and upscale garage door replacements, manufactured stone veneer, mid-range window replacem

Secrets for Saving on Lighting

Your electricity bill can be a big blow to your finances. In order to save you some monthly green, and help lower your footprint, below is a list of a few secrets to savings on lighting for residential homes. Solar Power Lights - Installing solar powered lights is a good way to save some cash. The lights use sunlight for power and charge during the day. Since they don’t require wiring, the lights can go anywhere on your property. Some solar powered lights also come with motion detectors. Dimmer Switches - A burning light bulb uses a certain amount of electricity, which is measured in watts. By lowering the wattage with a special switch, consumers can manage the bulb’s electrical consumption.

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