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What are some of your reasons to put off a home improvement project?

ABC News U.S. 2013/06/21 00:29:19
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More homeowners are choosing to stay in their homes and invest in home improvements due to tight inventory and the fact that more than 25 percent of homeowners nationwide are underwater on their mortgages.

home improvements tight inventory 25 percent homeowners nationwide underwater mortgages

To make the most of their current surroundings, 60 percent of homeowners plan to make a home improvement or addition this summer, according to the Zillow Digs Summer Home Improvement Trend and Spending Survey.

"Zillow Digs is a leading resource for discovering up-and-coming design trends as actual consumers and professionals are sharing and discussing what they like," said Cynthia Nowak, Zillow Digs trend expert. "As we head into the long days of summer, we are seeing increased interest in outdoor spaces with very natural elements such as stone fireplaces, as well as bringing more light into bathrooms with clear glass on the walls and shower enclosures."

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  • Allie May 2013/06/22 15:02:14
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    Allie May
    +5
    We had to redo the whole house because of neglecting the mold problem. We are really paying for it now.

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  • Shae 2013/07/09 15:56:34
    It's too expensive
    Shae
  • Rod 2013/06/24 21:31:20
    Other
    Rod
    I never put off a home improvement project, never.
  • rugrat1411 2013/06/24 18:15:37
    It's too expensive
    rugrat1411
    Don't have the extra money right now even though a lot of things around my house need fixed. Money is tight....
  • Sperry23 2013/06/24 16:46:01
    It's too expensive
    Sperry23
    Most work that requires contractors is very expensive. Most contractors will not accept financing or installment payemts, so a lot of work doesn't get done. This actually hurts the contractors. They lose work because they want all their money immediately.
  • Jimm 2013/06/24 14:45:54
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    Jimm
    All of the above!!
  • Constitution Believer 2013/06/24 14:00:38
  • Kitty Constit... 2013/06/24 16:42:42
    Kitty
    Don't feel too bad. I had my roof done about ten years ago and the cost was $9500. We always have to pay more for everything in Canada :(
  • Constit... Kitty 2013/06/25 04:41:41
  • Kitty Constit... 2013/06/25 06:20:59
    Kitty
    You've sure got that right!! We always get gouged on gas here, and even worse in some other parts of Canada. I'll be okay though for the remainder of the year. I was given a gas card with my new Elantra and that will buy me gas for 99 cents a litre until 2014. It's $1.28/ltr at the pumps right now so that's quite a savings for me. But I also get better gas mileage than I got with the 2002 Cavalier.
  • Constit... Kitty 2013/06/26 00:09:10
  • Kitty Constit... 2013/06/26 06:03:20
    Kitty
    Glencoe is an hour and a half south west of where I live in Kitchener.....125km or 77 mi. I doubt if a few of your loonies are gunna help a great deal with our outrageous gas prices here. lol
  • Constit... Kitty 2013/06/26 23:22:24
  • Kitty Constit... 2013/06/27 02:05:28
    Kitty
    All my ancestors are from England. :)
  • Constit... Kitty 2013/06/27 03:07:14
  • Kitty Constit... 2013/06/27 05:12:05
    Kitty
    Hmmm.......does it say that one of your ancestors got stranded on an island with some guy named Friday?? :))
  • Constit... Kitty 2013/06/28 02:06:42 (edited)
  • Dogzebra~PWCM~JLA 2013/06/24 05:33:17
    It's too expensive
    Dogzebra~PWCM~JLA
    +1
    And its getting worse.
  • wtxwoman 2013/06/24 04:46:25
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    wtxwoman
    +1
    My projects are always planned for the winter, or at least, not the summer. It's to hot to do anything here in the summer. The only thing that stops me is if I have injured myself.
  • MOMMA THOMAS 2013/06/24 03:57:36
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    MOMMA THOMAS
    PAINT AND RAIN DON'T MIX.... MONEY IS SHORT... WE'RE TOO OLD...
  • Catch224u 2013/06/24 01:43:03
    It's too expensive
    Catch224u
    +2
    How do you expect people to spend money with the economy the way it is?
  • Cat 2013/06/24 01:23:02
    It's too expensive
    Cat
    +2
    1. I can't afford it.
    2. It costs too much.
    3. I'm broke on a monthly basis.
    4. etc.
  • Mae 2013/06/23 21:52:11
    It's too expensive
    Mae
    +2
    I can't afford to fix up the place, even though it sorely needs it. We had a huge water damage incident last year that ended up with us having to replace and rebuild two bathrooms and the hot water heater closet. Thank God homeowners' insurance covered about 2/3's of it, but I really DID NOT have that money I had to use to pay for the rest. Had to come up with it somehow, but we felt it financially. Then there was the fact that we ended up with a lousy, lazy, dishonest contractor who's work was questionable. It does not leave me or my family in the mood to undertake another big home improvement project anytime soon, even if we could afford it.
  • mzemma 2013/06/23 20:54:02
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    mzemma
    If the place is falling apart, you better fix it up and do the repairs otherwise... your house will not be worth anything..... get it? Do not put it off... get a home improvement loan.... make sure you check Angie's List for reliable and honest repair people.. so no one rips you off... do not put off home repairs.... you will lose in the end...
  • Sapphyreopal5 2013/06/23 19:02:51 (edited)
    It's too labor intensive
    Sapphyreopal5
    +1
    I don't actually own a house. However, sometimes I will admit that with some yard work tasks, it's simply too much work (sometimes too much work in too little time you know?) and can get lazy. I probably should've selected other but I say labor intensive because labor feels a lot more intense in the heat where I live! The weather doesn't start to be tolerable until the evening and it can be a pain to get what needs to be done, well, done. ha ha.
    Right now, I also am in a rental house with my parents and well we're moving out in a couple months. It's simply not worth making all that big effort for a house you're not going to be living in for very long (sure do some but do EVERYTHING that needs to be? No).
  • sick'n'tired PWCM 2013/06/23 17:55:21
    It's too expensive
    sick'n'tired PWCM
    +1
    Money.
  • Aqua Surf BTO-t-BCRA-F 2013/06/23 17:53:56 (edited)
    It's too expensive
    Aqua Surf BTO-t-BCRA-F
    +2
    Duh. When you can't even afford to take your kids to a movie, what do you think ABC?
  • bye 2013/06/23 15:54:08 (edited)
    It's too expensive
    bye
    +1
    It's money. I do what I can then well try to find a good contractor who is reasonable and returns your calls even some national ones I respect are.



    rotor rooter
  • AlysVanya 2013/06/23 09:17:35
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    AlysVanya
    +2
    Husband too busy fixing the neighbor's house O.o
  • bye AlysVanya 2013/06/23 15:56:18
    bye
    +2
    If you look like your avatar then he's nutz LOL or the neighbor is tanning in the nude again.
  • AlysVanya bye 2013/06/23 18:46:55
    AlysVanya
    +1
    lol...i sure hope not...the neighborhood would go blind haha
  • bye AlysVanya 2013/06/26 14:36:09
    bye
    LOL yeah and lots of offers for rubbing on suntan lotion or borrowing a cup of milk
  • Jerry bye 2013/06/25 06:42:12
    Jerry
    +1
    ............ " ......... very nice, Barbi, seeing You again, I'm wondering why You stopped instant messaging and posting to me, and no e-mail for a long time...... how are You and Sam, these days....... if I need to apologize for something in the past, then please accept my sincerest apologies....... at some point, I haven't heard from You, You, or Sam..... please update me on everything........... " ..........
  • bye Jerry 2013/06/26 14:36:42
    bye
    You don't yahoo so that's where I go when I do go :)
  • Jerry bye 2013/06/27 23:33:11
    Jerry
    +1
    .......... " Barbi, please e-mail me at my Google g-mail address " ............. take care, Love................... ;-) ..............
  • Bibliophilic 2013/06/23 06:10:45
    It's too expensive
    Bibliophilic
    +2
    We need new siding and a new roof, among other things maybe soon I can help my parents pay for it.
  • Kitty 2013/06/23 06:08:16
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    Kitty
    +3
    I put it off for 30 yrs, then had it done starting in April. Had the dirty, cracked stucco torn off the second floor of the house; insulation applied all around; all 10 new windows installed on upper level including 2 attic windows; the 4 windows at the upper front were replaced with two huge windows; new soffits; new eavestroughs; all second floor sided with rustic red vinyl with white trim, soffits and troughs; black shutters installed at sides of front upper windows; had to have back wall on ground level of house rebuilt cuz the Carpenter Ants ate the supporting beams all into mere tissue paper and then it was also resided with the rustic red vinyl with white window trim. They're still working on doing the front porch, don't know if they'll ever get done, they show up whenever they feel like it. But house looks and feels SO much better!!! Expensive, but glad I did it.
  • Sapphyr... Kitty 2013/06/23 19:01:03
    Sapphyreopal5
    +1
    That's a long time ha ha.
  • raschell97 2013/06/23 05:14:58
    It's too expensive
    raschell97
    +1
    right now it is way too expensive but I have to finish fixing the roofing after a wind storm messed it up sometime soon it isn't that bad but is difficult to do when you have tonsillitis so bad you can't drink anything without pain but I'm sure I'll be over it soon
  • zionosphere 2013/06/23 05:02:48 (edited)
    Other
    zionosphere
    +2
    Health issues first, financial issues second. However, there is ALWAYS something that needs doing, and I enjoy figuring out how to do it myself for the most part.

    The downside to learning: there is always some damned tool I need to buy. I love adding to my workshop, but it gets expensive quickly!

    workshop
  • Gregaj7 2013/06/23 03:39:30
    It's too expensive
    Gregaj7
    +1
    $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

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