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Summer’s the time to kick back during vacation, enjoy time outdoors at summer cookouts and … pay big bills accrued through carelessness? No, that’s not you. Yet many of us overlook simple solutions to summer expenses. Here are seven ways you could rack up unexpected costs.
When it comes to purchasing a home, many borrowers focus on price, not perfection. So it’s no surprise that home improvement projects—like fixing an outdated bathroom, or adding a fresh coat of paint—are on the rise. In fact, with more people buying older houses these days, the home improvement and repair industry has grown into a booming $326 billion business.
So, you’ve finally found your dream house. Sure, it may need a little work—okay, a lot of work—but you’re confident it will all be worth it in the end. That is until your home renovation project starts to go down the toilet (or worse, the toilet starts falling through the floor).
While many think of summer as "home improvement season," winter can offer easier scheduling, better contractor choices and stronger negotiating power. To discover which home improvement and maintenance choices to focus on in winter, we spoke with Don Vandervort, the founder and resident expert at hometips.com and who has written more than 30 books on home improvement.