Are Home Improvements Tax Deductible?

Home Improvement Tax Deductions

Putting in the time and money to renovate your home is a fantastic way to boost its value, but are those projects considered tax-deductible? Unfortunately, they’re probably not. Home improvements on a personal residence are generally not eligible for tax breaks when you go to file. There are, however, a few exceptions for certain home…

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Choosing The Right Countertops For Your Renovation

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One of the most defining features of any kitchen is the countertop. Whether you are doing a full kitchen remodel or simply updating your surfaces, finding the right countertops is absolutely critical. To help you select the right countertop for your kitchen, we’ve compiled a list of the pros and cons of common materials.  …

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8 Must-Have Tools for the DIY Enthusiast

The holiday season has arrived, but many people are still scrambling to complete their holiday shopping. At Doug Ashy, we understand that finding the perfect gifts for a DIY enthusiast can be tough—especially if you’re not exactly sure what to get them.  We’ve got you covered with this list of our top tools and accessories…

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Renovating with a Full House

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The holidays are fast approaching and that means many homeowners start looking at their old, cluttered kitchens and other tired living spaces wondering what they can do to renovate them. While many homeowners prefer to leave the house during renovations, it’s not always cost-effective to live out of a hotel for an undetermined amount of time—or…

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How to Market Yourself as a Contractor

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As a contractor, you likely have a lot of experience working in your industry. However, this experience may not include much marketing expertise. Many contractors make the mistake of overlooking the importance of marketing, but without the ability to market yourself to the right audience you can run into many problems getting your business off…

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Winter Energy Efficiency Tips & Tricks

To help fight off the spike in electricity costs this winter, we’ve put together a guide to ensure that your home stays energy efficient throughout the cold winter months. Many of these tips are inexpensive to implement and can help you save large amounts of money in the long run. Cheap Energy Efficient Solutions Minimizing…

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Are Solar Panels Worth It?

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If you’re a homeowner, you’ve probably heard that solar panels can save you thousands in energy costs. However, while there are many great things about outfitting your home with solar panels, there are a lot of important financial and logistical considerations that can affect your decision.   Things to Consider Before Installing Solar Panels Solar…

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Kid-Friendly DIY Projects

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Kids love to help out around the house. For a lot of parents, this means letting them help with simple chores and cooking, but for DIYers, this means letting them help with fun kid-friendly DIY projects! Finding ways to include your kids in your next home project is a clear win-win situation; it lets you…

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4 Best Budget Management Tools

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Whether you’re budgeting for the cost of lumber or looking to purchase new tools and equipment, you’ve probably run into a situation where keeping track of your business expenses has quickly become complicated. Without a smart budget, it’s incredibly easy to underestimate or overspend on projects and put yourself (or your business) in the red.…

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Tools and Tips for Organizing a Garage

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Read time – 3 ½ minutes TL;DR Garages get messy and cluttered because they’re commonly used places for storage. Dedicate at least a day to organize your garage. Save time by planning beforehand and by buying supplies. Group items into like categories. Utilize vertical space when organizing your garage by using hooks. Try your hand…

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