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How to Budget For Your Next Home Renovation

In 2020, Americans spent much more time than usual working, eating and entertaining themselves inside their homes. That’s due in no small part to the COVID-19 pandemic. One study by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics found Americans spent 10 waking hours a day at home in 2020; in 2019 it was less than eight hours a day. That meant Americans also had more time to scrutinize their spaces — which has led to a serious home improvement boom. Spending for nearly every kind of home improvement and renovation project, from painting and other minor facelifts to a complete home renovation, grew nearly 3% to $420 billion in 2020, and it’s expected to grow another 4% by the end of 2021.

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What You Need to Know About Home Equity Loans

A home equity loan is also known as a second mortgage. This type of loan applies to people who have paid off a substantial portion of their first mortgage. As a homeowner, you may borrow against your equity in your home. If you then use the funds to extend or substantially improve the home, the interest on the loan may be tax-deductible, according to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017.

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