DIY Work Gains Momentum Among Home Improvement Intenders

As the calendar flips toward summer, we enter peak home improvement and renovation season. Better weather and longer sunny days give way to easier project completion. But how are Americans planning their renovations this year amid cooler but still high inflation?

According to the most recent CivicScience data, nearly half of US adults (48%) have home improvement projects lined up for the next 12 months. How do they intend to tackle these impending renovations? A plurality (38%) prefer the hands-on approach and look to handle the work themselves without hiring professionals – a percentage that’s increased significantly YoY from 2022.

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Leechburg contractor charged with home improvement fraud of Unity couple

A Leechburg contractor was charged with home improvement fraud this week following an investigation by Westmoreland County detectives.

Dawayne W. Redmond, 42, was charged with failing to perform a service after receiving payment in advance, according to court documents.

A Unity couple who hired Redmond to remodel the exterior of their home in August 2022 reported him to local authorities, according to a statement on the Westmoreland County District Attorney’s Office website. Detectives said Redmond provided a quote of more than $59,000 for the project and requested a deposit of $42,200.

The couple told detectives Redmond completed some of the

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Lower costs, rising demand lift home improvement sector, but valuations raise concerns

The home improvement sector is experiencing significant growth, with Polycab leading the charge.

Polycab India, a prominent player in the electrical sector, has achieved impressive earnings in the first quarter of the fiscal year 2024 (Q1FY24). Notably, their cables and wires business witnessed a 60 percent increase in volume during this period. The Polycab’s stock has soared by 75 percent in 2023.


Another key player in the cables and wires segment, Havells India, has also reported robust growth. The company’s overall revenue surged by 14 percent, while its cables division saw a 24 percent year-on-year growth. Consequently, Havells India’s

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B&Q owner cashes in as Britons improve homes rather than move | Kingfisher

British consumers are continuing to spend on improving their homes and gardens as an alternative to moving home amid soaring mortgage rates and a surge in household bills, according to the owner of B&Q and Screwfix.

Sales at Kingfisher’s UK and Irish business rose 1.7% in the six months to the end of July as homeowners bought 11% more insulation materials at B&Q in an attempt to offset winter heating bills and were also revamping bathrooms and gardens.

“As people are moving less they spend more time to renovate and maintain. We have seen good take ups in kitchens and

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Renovate your home or buy a new one? Here’s what experts suggest

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The choice between renovating your home or buying a new one depends on a mix of financial and personal considerations.

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Homeowners looking to change up their living space face the dilemma of renovating vs. buying a home. At times, renovating can make more sense, such as if you love your location and just want extra space. Other times, however, buying a new home is the more efficient route.

Yet in the current real estate market, where prices and interest rates are relatively high, the decision can get even more complex. Here’s what real estate experts recommend.

See today’s

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Home Improvement Grants Help Crystal Residents with Aging Housing Stock

4:27 PM | Thursday, September 28, 2023

Homeowners in Crystal can fix up their house for less thanks to a program that’s been around for years, but one you may not know about.

Crystal’s Home Improvement Grant program allows homeowners to fix up their house at a discounted price, thanks to funds collected through taxes and tax increment funds.

Crystal Community Development Director John Sutter said the program began in the 1990s. At that time, city leaders realized most of the city’s housing was built around the same time: between 1940 and 1970. Because of that, buildings were also beginning

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8 Budget-Friendly Small Bathroom Remodel and Update Ideas

Updating a small bathroom can be a lot of work. But these budget-friendly small bathroom remodels prove you don’t have to spend a fortune or have a lot of space to make significant changes. See how these petite baths were completely transformed while keeping costs and style in mind.

Before: Bare Bones and Limited Space

This space’s layout and vintage fixtures didn’t scare off the homeowner from a small bathroom remodel. Instead, she was inspired to work with what was already there. With a limited budget, she kept the layout of the existing plumbing and the pink bathtub, too.

After:

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PA Households Spend This Much On Renovation Projects, Study Finds

PENNSYLVANIA — Working towards your dream kitchen or a bathroom oasis in the Keystone State? From major renovation projects to small repairs around the house, home improvement costs can add up quickly – with a new study showing Pennsylvania residents spend more than $3,400 each year on home renovations.

This study, by real estate experts at AgentAdvice.com, examines Census data on how much the average household spends on renovations each year – as well as social media data on which room of the house is most commonly made over.

Renovations have “gained massive popularity” since the global pandemic as homeowners

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