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Friday, August 20, 2021   /   by Laura Larson

Homeward Bound

Impactful Real Estate News
September 2021
Laura Larson

In case you are not sure of the title… it's Labor Day. The Backwards Holiday. Every year when it rolls around, I wonder why it is named Labor Day. Since it’s a Holiday intended to be just that, a Holiday – I would think a better name may be Relax Day or Lazy Day or Off Day or Sleep in Day, maybe even Do-Nothing Day, something other than Labor Day.  After all, we know what Labor means.  And many will likely be celebrating Labor Day by Laboring. 
Labor Day came about because workers felt they were spending too many hours and days on the job.
In the 1830s, manufacturing workers were putting in 70-hour weeks on average. Sixty years later, in 1890, hours of work had dropped, although the average manufacturing worker still toiled in a factory 60 hours a week. 
These long working hours caused many union organizers to focus on winning a s ...

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Thursday, April 8, 2021   /   by Laura Larson

Improvements to increase your Home Value

It's critical to make some main renovations if you want to increase the value of your house. However, not every renovation project is created equal. Some are well worth the investment, but many are a waste of time and resources, with the anticipated return falling short.
Consider the following changes to your home while preparing renovations that will increase the value of your house.

Floor coverings (Average ROI: 70 percent -80 percent )

Although carpeting was once trendy, it could now be a big obstacle to a potential buyer making a bid. Hardwood floors are a significant investment, but they are the best option for any flooring renovation project. This is an opportunity worth considering if you have the time and resources.
If hardwood is out of your price range, consider laminate wood flooring, which has a similar appearance for a fraction of the price.

Outside (Average ROI: 76 percent -97 percent )

When prospective buyers arrive at your home and see overgr; ...

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