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Home Improvement

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  • Volunteers help veterans, and others, get their house in order

    The first troops showed up on a Saturday morning at the four-bedroom house in Columbia heavily armed: saws, hammers, crowbars, drills. They've returned three times since and are expected back again next week in hopes of making repairs upstairs and down,...
  • Man sentenced to 16 months for construction fraud

    An unlicensed contractor was sentenced Friday to 16 months in jail for defrauding a Huntington Beach homeowner and a Yorba Linda family of more than $635,000 by taking their payments and failing to complete construction projects, according to a news...
  • Ask Kim: Which financial files can I dispose of?

    Q. I've finished my taxes and would love to be able to get rid of some of my paper files. What can I safely toss, and what do I need to keep? A. This is the perfect time of year to go through old files and shred financial records you no longer need....
  • Wichita tax preparer convicted of filing false returns

    Wichita tax preparer convicted of filing false returns
    A Wichita tax preparer has been convicted on charges of filing false federal income tax returns.        Lata L. Tomlinson, 33, was convicted on 19 counts of preparing false income tax returns for a total of 17 people during tax years 2007, 2008 and 2009....
  • Sweepstakes scammer claims to represent BBB

    Sweepstakes scammer claims to represent BBB
    Sweepstakes scammers are forever creating new ways to take advantage of the public. A recent scam involves an alleged telephone call from the Better Business Bureau. One consumer reported that he was called by a man claiming to be from the BBB. The...
  • Retail sales warm up in May amid good weather

    Retail sales in May had their best month since January, as warmer weather and a stock market rally drew out shoppers who had spent March and April cooped up indoors. Same-store sales across the board rose an estimated 3.9%, slightly beating expectations...
  • Best to finance home improvements or pay for them out of pocket?

    Q: I have bought and sold many homes in the past. I made money on all but the last one, on which I lost money big time. I recently bought a little house I call my "Medicaid Home" since the government will get it when I go in a nursing home. Should I keep...
  • Splitting land from house causes accounting conundrum

    Q: We bought a single 22-acre parcel in late 2004. In order to refinance this year, we had to split the single parcel into a 4-acre parcel that contains our house and an 18-acre agricultural parcel. We've just sold the 18-acre parcel. I don't know how to...
  • Better to inherit home than receive it as a gift

    Q: We prepared and filed a quitclaim deed transferring my father's house to me so we could refinance to get some cash for my father from the equity of the home. My father did not qualify for refinancing and had lots of medical expenses. After we...
  • 3Flat: Home improvements made easy

    3Flat: Home improvements made easy
    A room in a box. Well, maybe not one box, maybe several. But that's the idea behind 3Flat, a new company owned by the Lowe's home-improvement chain that has decided to cater to the light remodeling needs of urban dwellers who are short on space and time....
  • Do your homework when selecting a contractor

     
    When hiring a home improvement contractor, choose carefully. There are many good ones out there, but others will give you trouble. Here's how you can protect yourself. Your starting point should be the registry kept by the state attorney general’s.....