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Danny Lipford, daughter Chelsea, and wife Sharon meet with Realtor at house.

House Buying Tips for First Time Homeowners

The first of our six-part First Time Homeowner series follows home improvement expert Danny Lipford and his daughter Chelsea as she hunts for a house to call her own. Watch this video to find out more.

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How to Find a Reliable Contractor for Your Home

To find a reliable contractor to work on your home, try checking with your local homebuilders’ association or acquaintances who have had similar work done. Watch this video to find out more.

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Danny Lipford in remodeled kitchen.

Top 10 Home Improvement Returns on Investment

See which home improvement projects give you the most bang for your buck, from kitchens and bathroom remodels to adding a deck or finishing a basement. Watch this video to find out more.

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Caulking around windows to save energy

How to Receive Free Help Weatherizing Your Home

If you live in a poorly insulated or energy inefficient home, you might be eligible for government help. The Weatherization Assistance Program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, funds grants that provide free weatherization services to low income homeowners. Read on to find out more.

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Using a calculator to budget for kitchen remodel

How to Plan and Budget for a Kitchen Renovation

Spending time deciding what you would like in your kitchen is the first step in a successful kitchen renovation. Next comes deciding how much you can afford to spend on the project and making a budget that fits your income. Watch this video to find out how to plan and budget for a kitchen remodel in your home.

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wiring and piping inside a wall

Contractor Coordination in Home Renovation Projects

During a remodeling project, it’s important that the contractor coordinates the work with the various subcontractors so everyone is working together on the project. Water lines, drain pipes, electrical wires, and ductwork all occupy the same space within your walls; and each one is needs to be properly installed and inspected.

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Danny explaining work being done

How to Choose a Contractor for a Home Renovation

When preparing for a major renovation to your home, it’s important to choose a reliable contractor to do the job. To find a good contractor in your area, call the local Home Builder’s Association and ask those who have had work done on their home recently for suggestions. Watch this video to find out more.

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Can You Claim the Energy Efficiency Tax Credit if You Receive a Tax Refund

Jerry asks, “Can I claim the federal Energy Efficiency Tax Credit for Homeowners if I receive a tax refund?”

You may still be able to qualify for the federal Energy Efficiency Tax Credit, even if you receive a refund, as long as you don’t receive a total refund of all the federal income taxes you owed for the year. Read on to find out more.

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