National Home Improvement Month was started by an organization called the National Association of the Remodeling Industry. NARI was founded in 1935 and focuses on promoting the remodeling industry and keeping high work and ethical standards within the industry.
NARI has 3 suggestions to homeowners for Home Improvement Month:
- Think your project through from start to finish. Careful planning allows you to achieve the remodel you want while keeping costs down.
- Look over your property carefully. Homeowners should ask themselves what repairs or improvements should be made to their home.
- Review your homeowner’s insurance policy and make adjustments for the added value of the work being done.
What are you doing to improve your home?
The possibilities are endless. You can start by going small and inexpensive. How about just cleaning out the clutter? Research shows that 80% of what we keep we never use. Do you have items you don’t use stored in the closets, the garage, the attic, a storage building? Offsite paid storage is a huge industry in this country. We have way too much stuff we will never use. Pass it on!
How about your yard. Clean out flower beds and cut back shrubbery, or, go bigger – add trees and maybe a water feature. Your yard is a wonderful place to add value to your home.
Does the roof need to be replaced or do you just need to clean out the gutters and downspouts?
Is it time for an interior face-lift? Painting, new carpet or appliances?
If you’re considering green energy alternatives, there are government tax credits available for systems installed by December 31, 2010. Last year, we put in an energy efficient heating and air unit and received a $1500 government rebate. And, check for home improvement rebates available in your community from your local power company.
If your plan is small, get started. If your plan is large, get organized! May is National Home Improvement Month!