Get the Most Bang for Your Buck with These Home Improvement Projects
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You’ve been waiting for it all winter: Now that the snow has finally melted, you’re ready to shake off that cabin fever so your inner Bob Vila can tackle some home renovations.

But don’t run to Home Depot just yet. Whether you’re looking to spruce up your abode for personal satisfaction—or to up your home’s value for selling—we tapped two renovation experts to weigh in on just how worth it six common springtime improvement projects are, given their typically hefty price tags. As it turns out, many of them aren’t worth the investment or headache—and in some cases, you can get the same effect by shelling out a lot less with these alternative renovation hacks.

Project #1: Landscaping
Seeing buds on the trees is inspiring—who wouldn’t want a green lawn coated with fresh blossoms?

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But if you’re thinking less rosebush-by-the-fence and more front-lawn-turned-botanical-garden, your wallet can take a real hit. “Individual plants, at $ 5 to $ 15 each, can really add up if you want to line a walkway or the front of a house,” s…………… continues on The Fiscal Times

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Home sellers spring into action; more saying time, price is right
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Kelly McCormick and Sam Horowitz, with daughters Abbie and Becka, in the Westwood home they’re selling.

Henry and Rachel Kirk bought their two-bedroom Mahwah town house in 2005, not long before the housing bubble began to deflate. As their family expanded to include three children, they thought of trading up but couldn’t face the loss as housing values plummeted.

“We could never have put the place on the market back then,” Henry Kirk says.

A lot of homeowners felt the same way, choking off much of the supply of houses on the market in recent years. But that’s starting to change as home values have begun to recover. Prices are now about 19 percent below their 2006 peaks in the New York metro area, an improvement over the 27 percent drop they hit in the depths of the housing bust. That’s led more homeowners, including the Kirks, to put their properties up for sale.

According to Fannie Mae’s Monthly National Housing Survey, 40 percent of those polled in February said it’s a good time to sell, up from 34 percent a year earlier. And the New Jersey Realtors recently reported that while inventories remain tight, new single-family listings in February jumped 16.4 percent in Bergen County and 17.9 percent in Passaic.

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