Collecting relics isn't a hobby just for Grandma and Grandpa any more. With the explosive popularity of TV shows centered around unearthing historic memorabilia and valuable pieces of Americana, searching for knickknacks and artifacts that make one-of-a-kind home decor is now a popular pastime for people of all ages. But how do you know the difference between what's really treasure and what's simply trash?
Remodeling a kitchen is still one of the best value-enhancing investments you can make in your home. Remodeling Magazine's 2011-2012 Cost vs. Value Report says that even minor kitchen remodels return more than 72 percent of your investment at the time of resale. Yet the cost of even a "minor remodel" doesn't look that minor - $19,588 on average, according to the report.
DEAR BENNY: Our double-lot property is at one end of an unincorporated island in the midst of a city of 13,000. The extra amount we pay for water/sewer surcharge and county trash pickup is currently about the same as what the extra taxes from being annexed would be. We like the idea of being able to vote for the officials in the city that has such an impact on our surroundings.
September 20, 2012|
By BENNY L. KASS