Top home improvements people want to tackle while staying inside more

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Nearly four in five homeowners admitted they’ve noticed home improvement projects they need to take care of while in quarantine, according to new research.

Seventy-eight percent have discovered new projects to be completed and the to-do list appears to be growing as the weeks go on.

The survey of 2,000 homeowners found the average respondent has six repairs or updates they’d like to make.


But not all the desired projects will get done in one go — since the average person would need $680.10 to complete just their top three repairs.

The research, commissioned by Leviton and conducted by OnePoll, found the most common updates homeowners are dreaming of include updated kitchen countertops and cabinets (65 percent) and smart home technology (63 percent).

Three in five (61 percent) also think their lighting, switches and outlets need an upgrade (61 percent), while the same number think their bathroom fixtures could

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What Home Improvements Add the Most Value?

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You’re finally ready to make some improvements to your home. You know home improvement projects can be expensive and you want to get the most out of your upcoming renovation, but how do you know what home improvements add the most value? These tips can help you make sure your renovation is adding value to your home no matter your budget.

Home Improvements That Add Value

Kitchen Improvements

If adding value to your home is the goal, the kitchen is likely the place to start. Conventional wisdom says kitchens and bathrooms sell houses. How much will a new kitchen increase the value of your home? According to Zillow, kitchen renovations provide up to 80% return on investment. Depending on how you choose to renovate, you could get more or less back from this investment. 

Full-scale Kitchen Remodel

A full kitchen remodel includes new appliances, cabinets and countertops. Many home buyers

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Home Renovation & Home Improvement Basics

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When you renovate or upgrade your home, there are a few things to consider before deciding the best way to spend your renovation dollars. For example, will the project make your home more functional or an overall better place to live? If you have four bedrooms and one bathroom, adding a second bathroom might tremendously improve the general living conditions of your home.

There’s also the consideration of keeping everything in a good state of repair and replacing worn-out components of your home. A roof replacement won’t necessarily improve the functionality of your home (unless the old one is falling apart), but it can give you the peace of mind that you won’t have to worry about leaks anytime soon.

Last, but certainly not least, is the issue of cost versus value added. Many popular home renovation projects are expensive. The National Association of Realtors estimates that:

  • the average complete
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Most Beautiful Public Gardens in Los Angeles

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In addition to beautiful park spaces, Los Angeles is home to some amazing gardens. You can stroll traditional botanic gardens, California native plant gardens, and tranquil Japanese Gardens. Some gardens are in historic settings and one even is co-located with the popular Los Angeles Zoo.

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Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens

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The Botanical Gardens at the Huntington Library feature 120 landscaped acres with thirteen themed gardens and a conservatory on the former San Marino Ranch just outside Pasadena. The gardens include rare and exotic plants from around the world as well as California natives.

You can easily spend all day in the gardens, but the extensive art collection and illustrated manuscripts, including a Gutenberg Bible, at the Huntington Library are also worth seeing. Garden walking tours are available.

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Descanso Gardens

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Descanso Gardens contains 150 acres of gardens, woodland, and

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