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Home improvement a trend for 2013

Posted on Wednesday, July 10, 2013 at 4:24:16 PM

More homeowners are using home improvement financing, with 2013 becoming a trendy year for fixing up an out-of-date house.

Making improvements to curb appeal has become more common this year, according to the Tucson Shopper. A Better Homes and Gardens survey said that money spent on home improvements have nearly doubled from 2009, and two major items that prospective home buyers want in a house is low maintenance exteriors and a private backyard.

"Based on these survey results, we've found that many of our readers want to refresh what's already there," said Jill Waage, from Better Homes and Gardens. "Beyond the facade, our readers also really love outdoor living spaces; they see their yard as an extension of the indoors."

Inside the house, furniture sales have increased recently, according to a Smith Leonard survey. April 2013 saw a two percent increase in furniture orders from the previous year, as more renovations thanks to home improvement loans are being completed. 

Wood furniture imports are up 4.7 percent, as are imports of upholstery. In 2013, homeowners have focused on sprucing up their houses, both on the inside and the outside.