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Stocks up up up

The Dow’s new high is “important from a psychological standpoint,” says Andres Garcia-Amaya, global market strategist for JP Morgan Funds.  I agree!  And  with interest rates are at ultra-low levels, thanks to the Fed’s bond-buying program to stimulate borrowing and job creating, let’s hope for a boost in the home improvement market as well.  Homeowners who have tabled their wish list may take it off the shelf, looking for outdoor projects to boost their spirits this spring.  It’s a great time to re-visit those higher ticket items, like patios, decks, sunrooms, ponds or pergolas – projects that will improve your outlook and your lifestyle, but that people shied away from over the past several years.  Home improvement companies, anxious to book projects through the building season, should  have  attractive pricing this month.

| 3/6/2013 8:00:42 PM | 0 comments

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Betterliving® Releases Sunroom Benefits Infographic to Educate Homeowners

 

Betterliving’s new “Benefits of a Sunroom” infographic is based on customer survey responses and online research.

Summer may be over, but there’s always time to reap the benefits of a sunroom. Sunroom benefits go beyond just looks and appearance. To illustrate the various benefits of a sunroom, Betterliving Sunrooms, a Craft-Bilt Manufacturing Company that specializes in home improvement products, created the Benefits of a Sunroom infographic. Based on Betterliving’s customer feedback and industry leading websites, the infographic highlights several reasons why a sunroom is beneficial:

  • Creates an affordable added living space
  • Saves energy by capturing natural light
  • Benefits health with fresh air, which can be a stress reducer

Sunrooms are an affordable way to add extra space to a home, thus increasing the home’s overall value. Sunrooms can also help save cost on energy bills by capturing the warmth and light of the sun. In addition, sunrooms benefit health by bringing in fresh air and sunshine which are natural stress reducers. Betterliving Sunrooms are the most affordable home improvement option, listed at under $20,000, when compared to a garage addition or a basement remodel.

Andy Stone, President of Craft-Bilt Manufacturing Company, says, “Very often, the first home improvement that is made by a home buyer is adding a deck. Once they have the deck, they rarely use it. Do they use it when it rains? When it’s too windy? Too sunny? Too cold? At night? When there is snow on the deck? So when can they use it? Only on calm clear days when the temperature is not too hot and not too cold. We can fix that for them. Everyone who has a deck needs a sunroom if they want to get significant use out of it. Why would you pay five or ten thousand dollars for something that you can’t use?”



| 10/11/2012 8:20:08 PM | 0 comments

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Fall Outdoor Home Maintenance Honey-Do Checklist

Summer’s come and gone–and left its mark outside the house.

Outside the house tend to these autumn chores:

If you have a sunroom, no worries about storing your furnishings. But outside the sunroom, there is plenty to do.

Outdoor Maintenance Tasks:

  1. Clean and store patio furniture, umbrellas, and children’s summer toys.
  2. Touch up paint on trim, railings and decks. Use a wire brush to remove flaking paint; prime bare wood first.
  3. Check caulk around windows and doors. Follow manufacturer’s recommendations to re-caulk if needed.
  4. Inspect external doors and garage doors. Do they close tightly? Install weather-stripping, door thresholds if needed.
  5. Wash exterior windows. Store your screens, if you are able, to allow more winter light through your nice clean windows.
  6. Drain and store garden hoses. Install insulating covers on exterior spigots. In hard-freeze areas, have sprinkler systems blown free of water.
  7. Check gutters and downspouts. Clear of debris if necessary. In cold-weather areas, consider installing heating cable to prevent ice dams.
  8. Have chimneys and flues inspected and cleaned if necessary.

For more maintenance related articles, tips and advice, check out our home improvement blog posts.



| 10/4/2012 12:00:00 AM | 0 comments

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Benefits of a Sunroom (INFOGRAPHIC)

Sunroom benefits go beyond the looks and appearance. Sunrooms are an affordable way to add extra space to your home thus increasing your home’s overall value. Sunrooms can also save energy and benefit your health. To illustrate the various benefits of adding a sunroom to your home, we have created the following infographic. If you like it, please share it with your friends and family members.

| 9/5/2012 12:00:00 AM | 0 comments

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Betterliving Sunroom Rises after the flood

Fran and her husband in New York were devastated to lose their house in the flooding following the hurricanes and tropical storms last fall…but were relieved that their sunroom (aka the “Man Cave”) survived.  Contractors disassembled the sunroom and stored it until their damaged house was replaced with a new manufactured home.  In a few days, the “sunroom that survived” will be re-erected on their new home.  Our best wishes go out to Fran and her family, that their long ordeal will soon be over and that they have many new flood-free years in their new home – and their re-newed sunroom!

| 1/11/2012 12:00:00 AM | 0 comments

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