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May is National Home Improvement Month - Start Planning For Your Summer Remodels Now

Saturday, April 26, 2008

CONTACT: Nikki Golden or Gwen Biasi 847-298-9200 MAY IS NATIONAL HOME IMPROVEMENT MONTH START PLANNING FOR YOUR SUMMER REMODELS NOW April 21, 2008 - DesPlaines, Ill. – It’s that time of year again. That’s right, spring, a time for fresh ideas, new beginnings, and home remodeling. The season also marks the time when homeowners across the country seek out contractors who can turn their dream homes into reality through the process of remodeling. To commemorate May as National Home Improvement Month, the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) offers homeowners a few words of advice for planning their remodels. Homeowners are advised not to wait until summer to start thinking about making changes to their homes. Finding the right design, choosing a professional contractor, and securing the necessary financing for a home improvement project can sometimes take months, so NARI suggests that homeowners who want to start a project by summer start planning now. With more homeowners spending more time at home, demand for home improvements have increased, leaving quality contractors booked far in advance. NARI recommends the following steps to help kick-start the process: • Think your project through from start to finish. Careful planning of your home improvement projects will enable you to update your home, increase the value of your investment and customize your living space-all for a lot less than the cost of a new home. • Look over your property carefully. What repairs are needed? What improvements would you like to make? Think ahead and determine your future needs. Professional remodeling contractors can help you in your planning by outlining options and discussing the improvements you can make within your budget. • Be sure to review your homeowner's insurance policy and make adjustments for the added value of the work being done. Most homeowners can handle routine maintenance projects and cosmetic touchups, but it’s recommended they consult with qualified professionals for larger remodeling jobs and major changes to the home’s structure. NARI members represent a select group from the approximately 800,000 companies and individuals in the U.S. identifying themselves as professional remodelers. NARI is a professional association whose members voluntarily subscribe to a strict code of ethics. Consumers may wish to search to find a qualified professional who is a member of NARI. Consumers can also call the NARI National hotline at 800-611-NARI and request a free copy of NARI’s brochure, “How to Select a Remodeling Professional,” or visit and click on the homeowner’s guide for more information. About NARI: The National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) is the only trade association dedicated solely to the remodeling industry. With more than 7,700 member companies nationwide, the Association -- based in Des Plaines, Illinois — is “The Voice of the Remodeling Industry.”TM For membership information, or to locate a local NARI chapter or a remodeling professional, visit NARI’s website at, or contact the national headquarters office at 800-611-NARI. # # # EDITORS NOTE: HIGH-RES BEFORE & AFTER PHOTOS OF WINNING REMODELING PROJECTS ARE ALSO AVAILABLE. Contact Nikki Golden at 847-298-9200 or e-mail Interested in an interview with a NARI member? We can also arrange that! Please use same contact info as above.

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