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Living Smart: Reward yourself for home-improvement progress


Living Smart: Reward yourself for home-improvement progress

Living Smart: Reward yourself for home-improvement progress
News from Salina.com:

I like the way Lisa Savoie thinks. Whenever the Kansas homeowner takes a step toward a home-project goal, she rewards herself with a mug of her favorite tea or time with a good book.

If you plan to improve yourself or your home in 2015, follow Lisa’s lead and build in positive reinforcement for progress. Some of us need all the help we can get to start a project and finish it. After all, how many January resolutions are forgotten by February?

For Lisa, necessity was the mother of motivation. Seeing bricks coming off the front of her home kept her focused on finding a top-rated local mason to fix the brick and a plumber to replace a hose bib.

“The only advice I have isn’t too original: Take it one step at a time,” she says. “Get plenty of estimates and give yourself time to really think about who you want to hire. I also do some research on the repair so I can understand the contractors when they make suggestions and explain what needs to be done. Don’t be afraid to ask for documentation, like proof of insurance. The good contractors are always ready and willing to provide what you need.”

She adds, “to keep the stress down, I try to do something relaxing after each step.” That’s where the tea and reading come in.

But suppose nothing’s falling down around you? What if no home emergency is looming but your head stil…………… continues on Salina.com

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Antioch jumps on home improvement loan bandwagon
News from Vallejo Times Herald:

ANTIOCH — Property owners soon will have another option for financing energy-efficient projects.

The Antioch City Council recently voted to take steps that will create an additional incentive for residents to make home improvements that reduce their water and electricity consumption.

Once the city has completed some paperwork, homeowners will be able to install such amenities as heat-reflective roofing, insulation or artificial lawns without having to shell out tens of thousands of dollars upfront or wait decades to recoup their investment through energy savings.


Antioch joins a number of other cities in Contra Costa County participating in Property Assessed Clean Energy Programs, a financing mechanism also known as PACE.

Three private California companies work with government coalitions to provide both commercial and residential loans for energy-saving projects that borrowers repay through their property taxes.

The additional line item on a homeowner’s property tax bill is attached to the parcel, meaning that when the house is sold the new owner becomes responsible for the balance of the loan unless the two parties negotiate a different arrangement, according to a staff report by environmental resource coordinator Julie Haas-Wajdowicz.

The setup is an incentive to…………… continues on Vallejo Times Herald

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