NEWSFLASH-Remodeling Projects With Highest Returns

01-09-10 Remodeling Highest Returns  Remodeling and Realtor magazines have released their annual collaborative Cost vs. Value Report, that has found exterior remodeling projects recoup the greatest percentage of costs when a home is sold. This underscores the importance of projecting curb appeal in getting a prospective customer to look at the home's inside. The number 1 remodeling project is a steel entry door replacement, which recouped 111 percent of its cost in the Mountain States region. David Taylor Remodeling is expert at entry door installation. We love to install. Read more for door installation cost options.

NEWSFLASH-Appliances Rebates

07-21-09  Appliance Rebate. Utah is eligible to receive more than $2.6 million for a state-run rebate program for consumers to purchase qualified energy-efficient home appliances with Energy Star ratings, the United States Energy Dept. has announced. The state could see part of the funding as early as August. Appliances consume a huge amount of electricity, so there's enormous potential to save energy, save families money, and directly stimulate the economy and create jobs.

05-12-10  Appliance Rebate now in effect. The Utah State Energy Efficient Appliance Rebate Program will provide rebates of $30 to $300 to those who purchase energy-efficient clothes washers, room air conditioners, water heaters, or furnaces. Go to cashforappliancesutah.com. Questar, at www.thermwise.com, and Rocky Mountain Power, at homeenergysavings.net, also offer rebates on part of purchase costs. Shop for appliances carefully, not all qualify for these rebates.

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NEWSFLASH-Whirlpool Earnings Report

07-23-09 Earnings Report  Whirlpool Corp., whose brands include Maytag and KitchenAid, reported a significant drop in second quarter consumer demand as revenue dropped 18 percent. Second quarter profit dropped 33 percent, though results were better than analysts expected, and the company brightened its full-year forecast.

11-16-11  Whirlpool hits the big 1-0-0! The appliance manufacturing giant recaps some of it's milestones as it nears it's 100 year anniversary. www.whirlpoolcorp.com/100. 1948 — The Nineteen Hundred Corporation successfully launches the first Whirlpool brand name automatic washing machine. 1975 — Whirlpool plays a key role in crafting U.S. Energy Policy and Conservation Act. 1986 — Whirlpool purchases the iconic KitchenAid brand. 2003 — Whirlpool Corporation becomes the world's first appliance manufacturer to set a global greenhouse gas reduction target.

NEWSFLASH-Your Home Is Burning Money

03-18-10 Questar Gas  A home energy audit from Questar Gas is a slam-dunk way to conserve energy and money, not to mention making your home more comfortable. Schedule a Therm-wise technician to visit your home to conduct an energy usage analysis at 1-800-695-7375, or visit http://www.thermwise.com/ to download an audit you can do-it-yourself. Qualify for major rebates and savings when you install energy efficient gas appliances such as water heaters, furnaces, clothes washers, and clothes dryers. The energy audit may also suggest upgrading insulation, plumbing fixtures, windows, and doors. More than 200,000 Questar customers have participated in the Therm-wise program, and more than half of them have received program-related rebates.

NEWSFLASH-Recession Easing

07-30-09  Recession Easing  The economy is beginning to show signs of stabilizing in some U. S. regions, boosting hopes of a broader-based recovery this year. A Federal Reserve report shows that in most regions the recession was easing or that activity had "begun to stabilize, albeit at a low level".

11-16-11  Remodeling Improves  In a recent HousingZone.com article, the September Build-Fax Remodeling Index reports continued nationwide record-setting pace, according to permits issued. September's level of remodeling activity was the highest since BuildFax introduced the index in 2004 and the 23rd straight month of increases. "Mortgage rates continue to be near record lows, and as homeowners from coast to coast refinance, they are continuing to update their current home and invest in their properties," said Joe Emison, Vice President of Research and Development at BuildFax. "The data from BuildFax show that homeowners are not only doing important 'maintenance' projects, such as fixing their roof, but also taking on projects that add to the ‘livability’ of their homes by adding decks, remodeling their bathrooms and updating their kitchens. These are immediate fixes they will enjoy and that potential buyers look for."  Here are the most popular types of residential remodeling projects since 2006: roofs - 21%; decks - 9%; bathrooms - 7%; garages - 6%; kitchens - 5%; basements - 3%.

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07-23-09 Earnings Report  Whirlpool Corp., whose brands include Maytag and KitchenAid, reported a significant drop in second quarter consumer demand as revenue dropped 18 percent. Second quarter profit dropped 33 percent, though results were better than analysts expected, and the company brightened its full-year forecast.

11-16-11  Whirlpool hits the big 1-0-0! The appliance manufacturing giant recaps some of it's milestones as it nears it's 100 year anniversary. www.whirlpoolcorp.com/100. 1948 — The Nineteen Hundred Corporation successfully launches the first Whirlpool brand name automatic washing machine. 1975 — Whirlpool plays a key role in crafting U.S. Energy Policy and Conservation Act. 1986 — Whirlpool purchases the iconic KitchenAid brand. 2003 — Whirlpool Corporation becomes the world's first appliance manufacturer to set a global greenhouse gas reduction target.

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    Following in the footsteps of GE, Phillips, and a host of others, IKEA is now officially offering its own line of smart lights scheduled to be available in the U.S. by the end of April.

  • JCPenney Gets Into the Remodeling Game

    Since 2012, not a year has passed that JCPenney didn’t close more stores than it opened due to falling revenue. Sales last year were down 30 percent from where they were in 2011, according to Fortune. But the department store has a plan to recapture at least some of that lost revenue: home remodeling. 

    “With the resurgence of the housing market, consumers are spending more than $300 billion annually to upgrade their homes since nearly two-thirds of the nation’s homes are over 30 years old,” said Marvin Ellison, chairman and CEO of JCPenney, in a release. 

  • NARI Rolls Out New Accreditation Program

    The National Association of the Remodeling Industry has unveiled a new accreditation program—a first for the trade group.

    Traditionally, NARI’s certification programs have focused on individual remodelers’ knowledge and professionalism. To date, there hasn’t been an accreditation program for remodeling businesses—until now.