Archive for August 10, 2013

Keeping a Roof Over Your Car

Written by Channel 11 Houston on August 10th, 2013. Posted in Carport, Carports

Metal carports

Most homeowners, and some people who rent homes, townhouses or apartments, have garages or car ports. Carports are covered structures for storing cars, which offer limited protection from the elements. A car port can either be attached to a wall or free standing. Garages are completely enclosed, and are usually attached to the house, but can also be separate.

Car ports are usually made from metal, and are often made from steel. Oftentimes, steel buildings are constructed using a high proportion of recycled steel, and more than 95 percent of the water that is used in the making of steel is recycled. Americans recycle more steel than paper, plastic, glass and aluminum

Did You Know Home Improvement Can Save You on Taxes?

Written by Channel 11 Houston on August 10th, 2013. Posted in Home improvement deductions, Home improvement tax deduction, Home improvement taxes

Home improvement taxes

Did you know, according to Jeff Brown of Main St., you should expect to pay 1% of your home’s value in home improvement and maintenance costs on a yearly basis? Brown points out that this is a minimum. For example, if your home is worth $250,000, you should expect at least $2,500 per year in improvement costs. The fact is that scraping together that money year after year can add up. To lessen this burden, you should take advantage of any home improvement deductions the United States government offers you. Here’s how.

  • What Qualifies as Home Improvement?
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    What qualifies for home improvement tax deductions can vary from year to year. Shana Ecker of The Huffington Post points out that, generally, things like plumbing, wiring, roof replacement, and other