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Angie's List: The New Year is a Good Time to Fix Up Your Home

The new year is a good time to fix up the house.
  Homes take a lot of upkeep. They are one of the biggest investments you'll make so it's important to take care of it.
   If you've ignored any much needed repairs, the new year is a good time to take inventory of what needs attention.
   Angie's List founder, Angie Hicks, says, "It's important to keep your house in order so you don't get surprised by emergency home repairs this year. The key here is to do an assessment. Walk around your house like you are getting ready to buy the house and make a list of the things that need to be fixed. It will save you a lot of time, headache and money down the road."
   Homeowner Jon Weaver says, "We decided to redo our kitchen because our house has now gotten to the point where some of the items in it are outdated, but we haven't outgrown it yet so we decided to make it a little bit nicer while we are still here."
  When planning renovations, don't forget your budget. Consider how much you have to spend and start with projects you can afford. Also, make sure they will add value to your home.
  Another good piece of advice.. remember not to get too overwhelmed or you'll never see the project through.

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