Home Projects Council conducted a recent survey of 507
homeowners, and 45 percent said they planned to spend
$1,000 or more on outdoor do-it-yourself
home-improvement projects in 2015.
2014, just 37 percent of homeowners responding planned
to spend at that level.
yearís survey responses also showed that building
projects would be increasing at a greater rate over last
year than landscaping, repair and maintenance projects.
top DIY construction project was building a shed or
storage structure, followed by pouring a concrete patio,
steps or sidewalk, the survey showed. Next in line were
installing a garden pond or bird bath, and building a
deck or porch, patio or walkway, the council said.
home maintenance projects remain a priority, homeowners
are becoming more comfortable and confident with more
involved and complex home improvement projects,"
said Frank Owens, vice president of marketing for
Quikrete Cos. and a member of the council.
survey found that the biggest factor preventing
homeowners from attempting or completing an outdoor
project was the expense, followed closely by the time
and tube redux. Frank Messenger, who served as
consultant on all things electrical for my second book
in 2007, emailed me after my May 31 article on
knob-and-tube wiring in homes for sale and the problems
such listings are facing.
biggest problem with knob and tube is there is rarely a
ground connection, making anything plugged into one of
these circuits potentially hazardous," Messenger
reminded me ó and now you.
prepared. Bad weather is never far away, so it is always
time to prepare for that inevitability.
Federal Emergency Management Agency website Ready.gov
offers many tips for preparing for an emergency.
also offers a free app that is available for download on
hurricane season now. For information, visit FEMAís