© Christina Welsh (Rin)
A recent visit to an exhibition of furniture and fixtures incited in me the idea of doing some home improvement and remodelling of my home. It would have been easy to call in a contractor but my husband decided that he would do it himself. And so started our own home improvement and remodelling project. Since the furniture would have to come from a store, we decided to look at online stores for the same. My sister-in-law had bought some tables online and on her recommendation we decided to look for some new side tables from fashionforhome.co.uk
Logging on to the site, we were astounded by the vast range of side tables in different designs, colours and materials. My husband was initially sceptical about buying anything online but the 30 days free return policy of the web store convinced him. Add to that the free home delivery and the guarantee provided by them. Home improvement and remodelling projects have not only become easier because of the online stores, but has also increased the range of products that one can choose from.
In fact, home improvement and remodelling is the biggest contributor to the increase in retail sales. The ease of getting every type of product without having to search them through the county has seen an increase in D-I-Y home improvement and remodelling.
Well, it took me and my husband some time to freeze on the side table that we ordered, but that was just due to the vast range that was available. In fact, had I not put my foot down, we would have ended with a lot many more than needed. We have decided that this weekend is going to be spent visiting another exhibition on home improvement and remodeling.
Many states and governments often provide individuals who are home owners a chance to renovate their home. This is done through a grant system that allows individuals to receive a grant that can be used for home improvements. Many individuals in fact find it helpful as it can help increase the value of their home by ten fold.
Home improvement grants will be available in the state of Louisiana from the US Housing and Urban Development (HUD). A $1.2 million grant will be given to the city of Monroe, and grants will be issued directly to Bossier City as well. In total, over $44 million in federal grants will go to Louisiana state in order to support the development of affordable housing options and fund other community improvement projects.
Some of the funding will go towards helping find homes for those families and individuals who are currently homeless, as well as providing permanent housing for people affected by HIV/AIDS. However, these funding amounts have been reduced significantly from the previous year amid government efforts to cut the budget deficit. Both the HOME Investment Partnerships program and the Community Development Block Grant program saw significant reductions in overall funding year on year.
For individuals looking to buy a house and remodel it or renovate it, there are many options online to help you get started. One of the biggest problems however, is the lack of funding. Thankfully, there are a range of US grants that will permit home buyers to renovate homes. Keep in mind that some require house owners to live and reside in the property for at least 1 year before reselling or renting the house.
Home improvement financing is available to homeowners in South Dakota who need to make repairs due to flood damage. These home owners will be able to qualify for reduced rate on home improvement loans thanks to a program by the South Dakota Housing Development Authority.
The agency has engaged local lender to provide affordable financing for those homeowners in disaster areas who meet income eligibility requirements via the Community Home Improvement Program (CHIP). This program offers fixed rate loans in amounts of $500 to $50,000 with terms up to 240 months. The application deadline for the loans is extended to June 30, 2012 and the income limits differ by county. In order to qualify, homeowners must show that they have pursued all other repair options available to them before they can qualify for the program.