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7 Best Ways to Finance Home Improvement Projects | Pennyhoarder

Home improvement projects have a way of increasing in priority when you’re always in the house.

The leaky kitchen faucet never really bothered you until you had to turn your kitchen table into a desk, forcing you to listen to the dribble. All. Day. Long.

Or maybe you discovered your cozy home isn’t quite big enough to also house an office, gym and school, so you need to rethink your space.

Whatever the reason and whatever the size of the project, you need to make a change — but how are you going to pay for it?

Considering the eye-popping price tag — the average cost for just a garage door replacement is $3,695 and a minor kitchen remodel surpasses $23,000 — you might not know where to start for financing your home improvement projects.

But whether the price tag is a few hundred dollars or into the triple digits,

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47 Cheap Ways To Make Your Home Look SO Much Better

Home improvement doesn’t always mean dropping a ton of money to make things look better. In fact, there are many cheap ways to make your home look and feel better in an instant. Small improvements and additions can make a huge impact on your home and its overall ambiance — and thanks to Amazon, finding these types of life-changing pieces is now easier than ever.

To give you a head start on your new home-upgrading project, I’ve combed through the marketplace and uncovered some great finds. So before you begin shopping, it may be worth checking out these items that’ll quickly turn your dwelling space into the comfortable, yet aesthetic environment you always knew it could be.

From stainless steel contact paper that can be used to spruce up your appliances to decorative rugs that’ll add texture and depth your living space, this list has it all. There are tons

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6 ways to make your home equity work for you

Buy your home

To build home equity, you need to buy your home and quit renting. When you own your home, changes in real estate prices can help your equity increase over time. Under normal market conditions, home values appreciate every year. As the value of your home increases, so does the value of your home equity.

Consider an example in which you owe $200,000 on a home worth $250,000. Imagine that tomorrow, your home increases in value to $260,000. The value of your home equity increased from $50,000 to $60,000.

Any down payment you make when you first purchase your home also gives you equity.

Increase your mortgage payments

Another way to build your home’s equity is by making payments toward your mortgage. Unless you have an interest-only mortgage, every monthly mortgage payment you make gets split between interest and your principal balance. The portion that pays down principal

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3 Ways Lowe’s Topped Home Depot This Quarter

The results are in, and it’s clear that the home improvement industry was booming in the second quarter. Both Home Depot (NYSE:HD) and Lowe’s (NYSE:LOW) announced more than 20% sales growth along with soaring profits as consumers redirected spending from categories like eating out and vacationing toward their homes.

Yet for the second quarter in a row, Lowe’s bested its larger rival in some key categories, including revenue gains. Let’s look at that metric and two others that suggest Home Depot has some work to do to close the performance gap between the two businesses.

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1. Building on the growth wins

Since he took over the CEO spot in mid-2018, Marvin Ellison, who used to be an executive at Home Depot, has been telling investors that Lowe’s can compete at the top of the home improvement industry.

Ellison finally has some solid sales metrics to support

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4 Ways to Pay for a Home Remodel

As long-time DoughRoller readers may know, my husband and I went about our journey into homeownership in a slightly off-beat way. Long story short: we own a 2,400 square foot duplex in Indianapolis and have no mortgage. But we do have a significant amount of work left to do, nearly three years into the process.

Owning a fixer-upper has been a fun journey for our family, but it hasn’t always been easy. Besides not always having running water and never having central A/C, we’ve also had to figure out how to finance all the repairs our home needs.

I’m happy to say that we’re now well on our way. Soon, we’ll be closing on a mortgage that will allow us to pay contractors to finish the rest of the work on our home.

Going through this process has taught me quite a bit about options for financing a fixer-upper, too.

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5 Ways to Take the Fear Out of Bathroom Remodeling

Sponsored – It’s a spooky time of year, ripe for playing tricks, watching horror flicks, and telling ghost stories in the dark. One scary story we often encounter is that undergoing a bathroom remodel is a dreadful, anxiety-inducing experience that drags on and on. On the contrary, we believe the bathroom remodeling experience should be fun, quick, and pleasant. Here are five ways Re-Bath can take the fear out of your next bathroom remodel.



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Comparing 4 ways to pay for home renovations

After months of lockdown during the pandemic, many have become aware of the failings of their homes. Whether you want a cosmetic update or think your home may have a more serious problem, how to pay for a renovation may be your main concern.

We asked Todd Nelson of home improvement lender LightStream for suggestions on how to decide which projects to do and how to stretch your budget without derailing your long-term financial plans.

“Rather than procrastinate because you don’t know what to do first, it’s best to prioritize your projects,” wrote Nelson in an email. “If you’re not sure about the condition of your home, consider having your home assessed by a licensed home inspector. Tackle structural and mechanical system issues as soon as possible to ensure your home’s physical integrity and safety, as well as to prevent costly repairs in the future.”

While hiring a home inspector

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6 ways to avoid costly home renovation mistakes

Many of us are spending more time at home in 2020, which could mean having more time to take on home improvement projects. But home renovations aren’t just a way to fill time; you want the results to be worth the hard work. The key to any successful project lies in careful planning — including financial strategizing — long before the power tools come out.

Roughly 3 in 5 American homeowners (61 percent) have taken on home improvement projects since March 1, spending $6,438, on average, according to an Aug. 18-20 NerdWallet survey conducted online by The Harris Poll among 1,414 homeowners.

Whether you’re outfitting your home with a new office or classroom, or taking on long-intended improvements such as painting or installing new flooring, here are six tips to help you make sure you’re heading into the right project, the right way.

1. Consider return on investment

Any project

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Ways You Can Determine the Right Kitchen Remodeler for Your Project

Looking at remodeling your kitchen? The specific kitchen remodeler you decide upon will likely be the strongest aspect in deciding the success – or stress – of the project. Here’s how you can discover a remodeler with all the expertise, assets and business practices to get the job done correctly.

Between flooring, appliances, fixtures, and cabinets, kitchen remodeling is traditionally one of the most expensive home remodeling projects. It could possibly also be one of the most complex, necessitating structural construction, duct work, electrical work, plumbing as well as other specialties. Plus, kitchen remodeling interferes with what is typically the most-used room in your property and causes it to be difficult to organize daily meals.

Choose the unsuitable kitchen remodeler, and your project could possibly be a nightmare that ultimately ends up costing much more time and funds than forecasted, stressing you with incidents, errors and code violations, and leaving … Read More

7 Best Ways To Get Home Improvement Loan

Home Improvement projects are widely popular credited to the growth of TV series and designer shows. While smaller projects top the list of frequency, such as painting and decorating, all home improvement projects can add up quickly. The savvy shopper will not only shop around for the best deal on fabric, but on home improvement loans as well. There are many reasons why people go for home improvement loans, and just as many ways in which to do so. Common borrowing purposes can basically be divided into two categories. The first would cover things such as buying clothes and other purchases on credit cards, using store credit, and taking advantage of buy now pay later or other store financing offers, or perhaps borrowing to pay for a holiday.

The many toget Home Improvement loans are as follows:

1. Personal Loans: Most home owners meet their home improvement loans requirement for … Read More