(PRWEB) September 9, 2004
With anxiety over the stock market running high and home equity loan rates still low, Americans are investing in their homes like never before. Last year alone, consumers spent a record $123 billion on home building projects. "How to Increase the Value of Your Home" provides solid answers to questions such as: Is it better to build a downstairs bathroom or to remodel my kitchen?
"How to Improve the Value of Your Home" (published by McGraw-Hill) will help you get the most bang for your home-improvement buck--with handy tips on lowering the cost of home maintenance and home improvement projects. If you aren't sure whether now is the right time to remodel, a simple quiz helps you to determine what you can afford to do and what to expect as a long-term payoff.
And there's more:
*Calculate the cost versus the value of improvements
*What homework you need to do before tackling additions
*How to find the resources and information you need
*Where to find the right contractor to do the work
*How to set a home-improvement budget
*Ways to improve home energy efficiency
*Tips on saving on home insurance
*Simple ways to create curb appeal
Vicki Lankarge is a consumer writer and expert in protecting and improving the value of homes. Her works appears on aol.com, CBS Marketwatch, and MSN.com.
Daniel J. Nahorney is a home improvement weekend warrior, a journalist, business writer, and magazine editor.