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Angie’s List: Home Remodeling Tips



 

Angie’s List: Home Remodeling Tips

Angie’s List: Home Remodeling Tips
News from CBS Local:

By Jim Donovan

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — This time of year many people are thinking of doing some remodeling. Updating things like your kitchen or bathroom can actually be a smart investment. But in this week’s Angie’s List, Jim Donovan shows you why you need to be smart when it comes to doing any upgrades.

Remodeling your kitchen or bathroom won’t just make your home look nicer, it can be a great investment too.

“But the key here is not overdoing it, but keeping up with the Jones’s. So if you’re the only house in the neighborhood without granite countertops then it makes sense to add them, if you’re not, skip out on that extra,” said Angie’s List founder, Angie Hicks.

The best way to make sure your home improvement job goes smoothly, make a clear plan.

“Plan ahead. Lay out your budget. Have ideas ahead of time and then communicate with your contractor regularly. That starts with the estimate, documenting in the contract, all the way through the entire project,” said Hicks.

Any major renovation can end up being very expensive so be smart when it comes to arranging payments.

“The one thing consumers should remember is that the payment schedule on a remodel job is a negotiable item. Be comfortable with how the payments are going to work. Typically what happens is payments are tied to certain hurdles. Make sure…………… continues on CBS Local

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U.S. Home Systems Reports Financial Results for Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2011 – Sacramento Bee
News from U.S. Home Systems Reports Financial Results for Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2011 – Sacramento Bee:

/PRNewswire/ — U.S. Home Systems, Inc. (NasdaqNGM: USHS) today reported financial results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2011. USHS is engaged in the specialty products home improvement business. The Company’s principal product lines include kitchen cabinet refacing products, bathroom remodeling products, storage organization systems for closets and garages and related accessories.

Fourth Quarter and Full-Year 2011 Highlights

  • USHS reported new orders increased to $ 37.9 million in the fourth quarter 2011 from $ 37.2 million in the fourth quarter last year.
  • Full-year new orders increased 11.7% to $ 166.1 million from $ 148.6 million in 2010.
  • USHS had a backlog of uncompleted orders of $ 21.2 million at December 31, 2011.
  • Revenues and net income in the fourth quarter 2011 increased to $ 38.7 million and $ 0.12 per diluted share from $ 38.0 million and $ 0.10 per diluted share in the fourth quarter last year, respectively.
  • Revenues from the Company’s SCN market expansion and DIY programs which were initiated in 2010, increased $ 7.3 million or 122% in 2011. At December 31, 2011 the SCN network served 359 The Home Depot stores, 177 of which are in 17 new expansion markets.  
  • Full-year revenues incre…………… continues on U.S. Home Systems Reports Financial Results for Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2011 – Sacramento Bee

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