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Home Remodeling Done Right | Kiplinger

If you’ve been thinking about remodeling, you’ve probably found plenty of inspiration—other people’s projects, Web sites such as Houzz.com and Pinterest.com, HGTV, and design magazines. Knowing what you like is a great first step. But when you’re ready to make a move, careful planning with the right contractor will help you match your wish list with your budget.

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With the economy improving and home values on the rise, homeowners increased their spending on home improvements by almost one-third from recession-era lows, according to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and the U.S. Census. Through the recession, many homeowners repaired and maintained their homes but put off major projects for better times. Others had anticipated selling and moving on but, given the limited selection of homes for sale, are fixing up their homes instead.

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