Home renovations that pay off

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Don't be misled, as I was, by the title "Property Ladder Buying for Profit" by Kirsten Kemp. This new book is really about making profitable improvements to your home, whether you already own it or are purchasing a "fixer upper" house to upgrade for fast profits or long-term holding. Although I have never seen or heard about the TV show "Property Ladder" on The Learning Channel, the first chapter contains four case studies from episodes of that TV show. Purchase Bob Bruss reports online. These real-life examples explain how profitable improvements added market value to homes. The before-and-after color photos are amazing and inspiring. Profits on the four houses range from $74,000 to $104,000, as shown by home values before and after fix-up. Fix-up costs ranged from $30,000 to $62,000; the number of construction weeks averaged about nine. Author Kirsten Kemp explains in considerable detail just about every possible improvement a home might need and how to accomplish it. Unfortunat...