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    Sponsor spotlight: Winter home improvement projects that pay off

    Refinishing hardwood floors can improve their condition. (Photos courtesy Irons Brothers Construction) After a busy holiday season, you may be ready to relax at home during the remaining winter months. If you’ve been thinking about making home updates, you don’t have to wait until the spring. Housing industry professionals are always ready to tackle new projects and work with suppliers year around. Typically, during the “off-season,” home improvement experts offer discounts or lower prices to attract customers. While remodelers have been busy during the pandemic, you may find it easier to schedule a project during the winter months or get a break on the price. Here are a few projects…

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  • Real Estate

    Shimao jumps on report it’s selling all of its real estate projects

    Pedestrians near the Riviera Garden residential property, developed by Shimao Group Holdings Ltd., in Shanghai, China, on Saturday, Jan. 8, 2022. Qilai Shen | Bloomberg | Getty Images Shares of Shimao spiked more than 20% on Monday after Chinese business publication Caixin reported the embattled developer is selling all of its real estate projects, both residential and commercial. As debt worries within China’s real estate sector mount, developers such as Evergrande have been attempting to sell off their assets in recent months to ease the cash crunch. The rally marked a turnaround from Friday’s session when Shimao’s stock plunged nearly 17% after Reuters reported it failed to make full repayment…

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  • Home Improvement

    Home renovation projects you can tackle for about $20,000

    If there’s only one room in your home that you’d like to change, deciding to remodel can be as straightforward as determining how to finance the project, finding the right contractor, and setting a timeline. But what if you have multiple projects that you’d like to complete and an established budget of $20,000? We asked home improvement and real estate experts for advice about how to spend wisely on a remodel. “The first question we ask everyone is how long they plan to stay in the home,” says Chuck Khiel, vice president of Fred Home Improvement, a division of Case Architects & Remodelers in the Washington area. “If you’re staying…

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    BBB CONSUMER TIPS: Tips for home improvement projects | News

    Whether you are remodeling your home, making needed repairs, or sprucing things up to put your house on the market, the following tips will help make your next home improvement project a success: • Come up with a budget and stick to it. Home improvement projects can get expensive, fast. If you don’t want to break the bank, create a realistic budget to figure out how much you can spend ahead of time. Be upfront with contractors you hire about how much you can spend on a project as well.

 • Think about the pros and cons of DIY projects. If time and motivation is no problem for you, you…

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    Foot, ankle surgeon tells how to protect feet with home DIY projects

    Did you know many home and yard projects contain hidden dangers for your feet? The good news though, according to foot and ankle surgeons, is most injuries are avoidable if you take appropriate precautions. Dr. Amber Shane, a foot and ankle surgeon in the Orlando, Florida, area and Fellow Member of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons, sees many patients coming in with foot and ankle injuries from home improvement projects gone wrong. “Feet may be the last thing people think about while working on home improvement projects, but we see so many different types of foot and ankle injuries in our office, many of which can be…

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    Pandemic remodeling: Average person started two home improvement projects during COVID

    NEW YORK — From adopting a furry friend to taking on some much-needed home repairs, seven in 10 Americans say they’ve made a lot of changes in their lives over the last year. One in five Americans adopted a pet thanks to the added time at home. However, other respondents are taking on some more labor-intensive challenges. The survey of 2,000 Americans analyzed how the pandemic has changed people’s lives while at home. Some of the other top changes respondents are making during the course of the pandemic include renovating a house, apartment, or condo, buying a car or motorcycle, moving to a new location, and even starting a home-based business.…

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  • Home Improvement

    Some projects you can do yourself, some call for a pro

    Visit any community group on any social media channel, and you’ll find lots of neighbors asking for recommendations for professionals to do a variety of home improvement projects – construction, electrical, plumbing, etc. These requests frequently include something like, “I need someone who will call me back,” or “The last person I called didn’t show up.” Clearly, many people are struggling today to find skilled tradespersons. Why is it so hard to get someone to redo your bathroom, or pave your driveway, or even call you back to give you a quote? It is a complex problem. “First, contractors not calling you back is often an issue of staffing and…

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