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Renovating An Old House Can Yield Tax Breaks Says Forum Post at OldHouseWeb.com

Costs for remodeling old houses can be offset by tax breaks in many states, according to a new forum post on OldHouseWeb.com, a how-to site offering ideas, articles and resources to old-house enthusiasts. The article is just one example of how forum members share resources with other members.

(PRWeb) July 30, 2007 -- A new forum post on OldHouseWeb.com, a how-to site offering ideas, articles and resources to old-house enthusiasts, tells how the cost of remodeling old houses in many states can be offset by tax credits. The Old House Journal article "The State of Old-House Real Estate" is one of many resources that forum members share with one another through the forums at OldHouseWeb.com (http://www.oldhouseweb.com/newBB/topic-14113.shtml).

S Melissa, an active forum member with almost 2,000 posts to the OldHouseWeb.com community forum, posted a link to the article knowing that other forum members would find the information useful: "While my impression is that most of us will be carried out rolled up in our Oriental rugs we bought from eBay with a toe tag … It does bear thinking about in terms of what kind of mess we leave our ever-loving children or heirs. And if the circumstances should occur that any of us have to sell for financial or health reasons--things that "come up"--I thought you might find this general information of interest (http://www.oldhouseweb.com/newBB/topic-14113.shtml).

According to the article posted to the forum, a total of 23 states offer such credits which can be used to offset state income tax liability for renovations of eligible homes in historic districts. Some states offer at least a 20 percent tax credit with caps in excess of $40,000 for properties in historic districts, and other states permit homeowners to sell unused credits to third parties. Maryland topped the list of states with best tax incentives and even refunds unused portions of credit to homeowners. The article points out that qualifying criteria and conditions differ from state to state and also warns, "Few states guarantee that funding will be there even for homeowners who qualify, and to qualify you'll probably need to spend money hiring an expert who can ensure that the restoration is done properly."

The OldHouseWeb.com forum is an invaluable and constantly expanding dynamic resource. There, old-house owners can post questions or search for ready-made answers amongst the thousands of archived 'threads.' Subjects range from how to update electrical wiring and fix slate roofs to getting rid of bats. Proud homeowners can also show off their properties by posting photographs to the forum, providing visible inspiration and ideas for others.

OldHouseWeb.com is a complete old-house remodeling interactive Web site offering old-house enthusiasts how-to resources spanning several industries from cabinetry to architecture. OldHouseWeb.com includes before and after renovation pictures, feature articles, a product showcase and an active forum featuring thousands of questions, solutions and successes.


Forum Members Make Exterior House Paint Recommendations at OldHouseWeb.com

The community forum at OldHouseWeb.com has been busy with advice and exterior house paint recommendations from forum members. OldHouseWeb.com offers tips and advice to old home enthusiasts on how to spruce up their homes with exterior house paint while the weather is optimal for outdoor projects.

(PRWeb) July 12, 2007 -- The OldHouseWeb.com forum is seeing heightened activity from old house enthusiasts who have been offering and receiving exterior house paint recommendations and viewing photos of work others, like themselves, have done and are doing. Currently featuring a collection of articles on exterior house paint, OldHouseWeb.com is a how-to site offering ideas, articles, and resources to old-house enthusiasts on many common household questions, issues and projects (http://www.oldhouseweb.com).

OldHouseWeb.com's forum members have recently been discussing the benefits and drawbacks of different brands of house paint. As one writer from Canton, Michigan writes, "I've had good results with both Sherman Williams and Benjamin Moore paints. I've heard good things about Behr as well" (http://www.oldhouseweb.com/newBB/topic-13082.shtml). Undertaking a major home repair job, such as an exterior house paint job, can seem complicated, which is why Behr Paint advises homeowners to "plan ahead."

At OldHouseWeb.com, visitors can also ask the "Old-House Doctor" (http://www.oldhouseweb.com/how-to-advice/bleaching-mildew.shtml) questions about their current projects and receive knowledgeable answers from an expert who has faced the same problems, from simple cures, such as removing mildew, to tackling complicated home repair issues, such as using exterior house paint on a historic home.

As the experts at Ace Hardware point out, homeowners can correct many of the paint problems around your home by following expert advice. OldHouseWeb.com offers expert advice on how to use exterior house paint effectively as well as on many of the other common home-related projects that old house enthusiasts undertake.

OldHouseWeb.com is a complete old-house remodeling interactive Web site offering old-house enthusiasts how-to resources spanning several industries from cabinetry to architecture. OldHouseWeb.com includes before and after renovation pictures, feature articles, a product showcase and an active forum featuring thousands of questions, solutions and successes.


Outdoor Fireplace Enhances the Allure of an Older Home, Says OldHouseWeb.com

In line with what the American Society of Landscape Architects is calling one of the biggest trends of 2007, OldHouseWeb.com recommends that old-home owners invest in an outdoor fireplace to add allure to their homes. OldHouseWeb.com is a top interactive Web site for old-house enthusiasts looking for home improvement resources related to old homes.

(PRWeb) June 14, 2007 -- A timely article on OldHouseWeb.com advises old-home owners to invest in an outdoor fireplace. In "Outdoor Comforts," columnist Gail McCauley recommends, "Instead of a costly vacation this year, why not invest in an outdoor living space that exudes the ambiance of a permanent vacation in your very own backyard?" (http://www.oldhouseweb.com/gardening/outdoor-comforts.shtml). OldHouseWeb.com is a how-to site offering ideas, articles and resources to old-house enthusiasts such as how to emphasize the appeal of an old home by adding simple outdoor elements.

McCauley also points out, "The popularity of outdoor fireplaces offering warmth and ambiance continues to surge." The American Society of Landscape Architects has put fire pits, outdoor kitchen areas and outdoor fireplaces at the top of their list of biggest trends for 2007.

Old-home enthusiasts can learn more about how an outdoor fireplace can add to the charm of an old house by looking at pictures posted by others with a similar passion. OldHouseWeb.com allows visitors to post images of their own homes as well as browse through images of other people's homes and see firsthand how an outdoor fireplace or outdoor kitchen area can be used to enhance the overall look and feel of an old house (http://www.oldhouseweb.com/newBB/).

A recent survey by the Hearth, Patio & Barbeque Association, found that an outdoor living space is an important home element to nearly 80 percent of Americans. Currently, OldHouseWeb.com is featuring a product listing of outdoor fireplace models available for homes of every kind. From grills to fireplaces to chimineas, OldHouseWeb.com offers detailed guidance on these popular additions to outdoor home life (http://www.oldhouseweb.com/product-showcase/yard-and-garden/outdoor-fireplaces/).

OldHouseWeb.com is a complete old-house remodeling interactive Web site offering old-house enthusiasts how-to resources spanning several industries from cabinetry to architecture. OldHouseWeb.com includes before and after renovation pictures, feature articles, a product showcase and an active forum featuring thousands of questions, solutions and successes.


Create a Home Improvement Blog and Share Project Photos at OldHouseWeb.com

OldHouseWeb.com now offers an interactive forum where users can post their own home improvement photos or look at images of other people's houses free of charge. Old house enthusiasts can follow the progress of others' projects or record their own tales of repairing and renovating classic homes. With 3 megabytes of space available and a personalized Web address, users can share images and visually narrate the projects into which they have invested their time, money and hard work.

(PRWeb) May 17, 1007 -- Because home improvement projects in old homes can require time, effort and financial investments, OldHouseWeb.com--a how-to site offering ideas, articles, and resources to old-house enthusiasts--has created a new interactive forum to allow users to create their own home improvement blogs. In these Member Pages, users are able to post before and after photos, share other information about their projects and discuss the projects with others who are interested in similar work. The Member Pages at OldHouseWeb.com can be found at http://www.oldhouseweb.com/oldhouse/community/memberpages/.

The reviews are pouring in already, and they're glowing: "It is a pretty cool site it is totally free and you can make slide shows for web pages without using up space doing each picture alone. You should check it out...I love it...," one user raves. Another adds, "for those who haven't 'blogged' before, it's also cool that it's interactive. People can post comments on your posts." (http://www.oldhouseweb.com/newBB/topic-8590.shtml)

"It's easy to upload pictures and search through a variety of home renovation pictures" says Allison Beatty, a home improvement expert and OldHouseWeb.com columnist.

"Sharing pictures of your home renovation is a perfect way to educate and inspire other home renovation enthusiasts," Beatty adds. "The member pages at OldHouseWeb.com are a great source of motivation."

(http://www.oldhouseweb.com/oldhouse/community/memberpages/)

The reasons for renovating or restoring older homes are many and extend beyond mere hobbies, says home improvement expert Danny Lipford. "Homeowners not only want to modernize their living space, but also ensure that the improvement made to the property is a solid investment in the home's value," he says. In fact, 60 percent of homeowners believe that putting more effort and resources towards home improvement is the best way to increase home value, says a new Bank of America survey, and more than 37 percent of buyers say they're more likely to purchase a home if it has been recently renovated or undergone improvement.

OldHouseWeb.com is a complete old-house remodeling interactive Web site offering old-house enthusiasts how-to resources spanning several industries from cabinetry to architecture. OldHouseWeb.com includes before and after renovation pictures, feature articles, a product showcase and an active forum featuring thousands of questions, solutions and successes.


Home Garden Décor Tips on OldHouseWeb.com Help Homeowners Build Relaxing Spaces

A beautiful home garden or outdoor living space will provide relaxation and reduce stress for years to come. OldHouseWeb.com's articles on home garden decor and outdoor comforts highlight the benefits and options of outdoor home improvements and offer lists of professional home improvement contractors as well as information for do-it-yourselfers. OldHouseWeb.com is a top interactive Web site for old-house enthusiasts.

(PRWeb) April 23, 2007 -- For years of stress-reducing relaxation, OldHouseWeb.com recommends that homeowners consider creating an outdoor living space. OldHouseWeb.com, a how-to site offering ideas, articles and resources to old-house enthusiasts, has articles on home garden decor and home improvements. Information on the site includes lists of professional home improvement contractors as well as articles and advice for do-it-yourselfers.

"With spring in full swing, now is a good time to plan an outdoor living space that will entertain throughout the seasons," said Allison Beatty, a home renovation expert and columnist for OldHouseWeb.com, a top site for old house enthusiasts. "Instead of traveling for a summer vacation, invest in a beautiful outdoor living space that will pay dividends throughout the year," Beatty recommends.

An OldHouseWeb.com article entitled, "Creating a Garden Refuge," says that "the main intent is to create a world where you can be free of stress while in your refuge." The article lists the steps to follow when designing an outdoor relaxing space, including choosing the site carefully, creating a focal point, ensuring privacy, and choosing furniture and accessories to accommodate a variety of activities (http://www.oldhouseweb.com/gardening/creating-a-garden-refuge.shtml).

"Imagination, time, and creativity are the keys to formulating an enticing outdoor retreat," according to "Outdoor Comforts," an OldHouseWeb.com article. "You don't have to be a design expert to create an exterior living space that is functional and fashionable" (http://www.oldhouseweb.com/gardening/outdoor-comforts.shtml). OldHouseWeb.com has articles and advice on topics such as victory gardens, cottage gardens, landscaping, outdoor lighting and furniture, and garden decor.

Plants and trees are powerful enhancers of mental and physical well-being. An article in Psychology Today finds that office workers with a view only of other buildings and man-made objects get few psychological benefits from the view. "Throw in a few trees and some landscaping, however, and workers report more enthusiasm and less frustration with their jobs." The writer adds, "They also take fewer sick days and are generally in better health."

OldHouseWeb.com is a complete old-house remodeling interactive Web site offering old-house enthusiasts how-to resources spanning several industries from cabinetry to architecture. OldHouseWeb.com includes before and after renovation pictures, feature articles, a product showcase and an active forum featuring thousands of questions, solutions and successes.



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