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Home Improvement: Simple ways to improve a kitchen pantry – Salisbury Post

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People have been spending more time at home in 2020 than in years past, and certain projects around the house have become a priority. One home improvement idea that serves the double benefit of creating organization and making cooking at home more efficient is to reimagine the kitchen pantry. A pantry is a room or closet where food, beverages and linens or dishes are stored. Pantries can be highly useful spaces that provide ancillary storage in kitchens. Many modern homes are equipped with pantries, but older homes may require some modification to create more useful pantries. Whether starting from scratch or modifying an existing pantry, these tips can help projects go more smoothly.

• Maximize vertical storage. Utilizing vertical areas can help increase storage capacity. Build in extra nooks by investing in undershelf storage baskets. These baskets can instantly create designated areas for different types of ingredients. Homeowners also can look for ways to use the inside of cabinet doors or add extra shelves on walls or in eaves.

• Consider your needs. Figure out which items you would like to store in the pantry and then shop for corresponding storage systems. For example, storage solutions may feature wine bottle racks, baskets for potatoes and other produce, shelving for small appliances, and even pull out racks for baking pans or cutting boards.

• Use clear storage. Put ingredients in clear, airtight containers of similar dimensions so that you can easily find items you need. Transfer bulky items, like cereals and baking supplies, to storage containers for uniformity.

• Store bulk items elsewhere. Bulk shopping can be cost-efficient, but bulk items can quickly eat up real estate in the pantry. Designate another area for non-perishable bulk products, like paper goods or canned items, such as in a garage or

Home Improvement: Holiday gifts to spark home improvement ideas – Salisbury Post

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People have spent more time at home in 2020 than they likely have in years past. This has provided homeowners with plenty of time to ponder potential upgrades to their homes. After taking inventory of their lifestyles, surroundings and furnishings, people have embarked on construction projects or home interior design renovations in record numbers. Holiday gifts that cater to projects around the house are likely to be highly valued this holiday season. Here are some ideas for home improvement-related gifts.

• Home improvement retailer gift card: Home improvement centers are one-stop shopping for do-it-yourselfers. To help offset the cost of supplies, gift-givers can give a gift card to a neighborhood hardware store.

• Magazine subscription: There are plenty of ideas on the internet, but a subscription to a home remodeling or interior design magazine puts inspiration right in homeowners’ hands. Pages can be marked or cut out and used on idea boards.

• Tools and supplies: Homeowners just starting out may benefit from the basics. Stores often sell starter tool kits that can be used in home improvement-themed baskets. Experienced DIYers may have a special tool in mind that is outside their budget right now, like a chop saw or cordless power drill. Purchasing one of these items can help projects move along more smoothly.

• Expert consultation: Who can’t use a little help with their home remodeling efforts? Give the gift of a consultation from an interior designer or professional contractor to help complete plans that may be a little out of reach for the average DIYer.

• Big-ticket item: Some friends and family members may want to pool their resources and offer loved ones an over-the-top gift. This can include a backyard playset for children, a storage shed, a pool installation, or even a new appliance

Home Improvement: Steps for hanging holiday lights outdoors – Salisbury Post

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It begins to look a lot like Christmas when twinkling lights brighten up homes inside and out. Few things liven up the season more than holiday decorations, particularly clear and colored lights. Prior to taking out the lights, ladder and thermos of coffee to get you through the job, it’s important to note that there are right and wrong ways to hang holiday lights.

• Sketch out your plan. Start by taking a few photos of your home from various vantage points. Print out the photos on regular paper so that you can draw your lighting arrangement and decoration placement right on the photos to see how things will look.

• Measure the area. Use a measuring tape to roughly measure the width and height of eaves or other areas of the home where you plan to hang light strands. Calculate how much overall footage you will need so you can purchase all of the lights in one shopping trip.

• Test the lights first. Plug in the lights to be sure all strands are operational.

• Begin where the lights will be plugged in. Start where the lights will be plugged in and then work your way around the house.

• Add to shrubs and trees. Lights also can adorn shrubs and trees. Lowes Home Improvement says a good rule of thumb is 100 lights for every 1 1/2-feet of tree or shrub to cover. A 6-foot evergreen needs at least 400 lights for a basic level of lighting.

• Exercise extreme caution. Accidents can happen when stringing lights. While many professionals use harnesses, homeowners are not always so cautious. Utilize a spotter to hold the ladder and make sure things are safe. Never set foot on a wet or icy roof. Do not attempt to string

A Sign of Home Improvement Market Health

It seems just about everyone is staying busy at home during the pandemic by tackling DIY home improvement projects. And to do all of those home improvement projects, we need tools! This might be why business is booming for Harbor Freight.



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Harbor Freight Is Opening New Stores

The discount tool and equipment retailer has been opening new stores across the country at a rapid rate. Harbor Freight boasts more than 1,050 stores in almost every state, and they are currently considering hundreds of new locations across the U.S., according to their website. Hiring is up as well, with 2,800 current openings. The jobs feature mostly retail positions, but corporate positions are also available in web development, accounting, human resources and marketing.

The quick expansion of Harbor Freight is an accurate representation of the home improvement industry as a whole. According to the Home Improvement Research Institute, 2020 has seen an explosion in home improvement spending. The latest estimates show $439 billion in sales, with the largest boost coming from consumers, who are expected to spend 11 percent more this year than they did in 2019.

What Is Harbor Freight?

In case you don’t already know, Harbor Freight is a privately owned discount tool retailer headquartered in Calabasas, Cal. Founded in 1977 as a family business offering mail-order tools, it has since expanded to the nation-wide business it is today. Harbor Freight carries more than 7,000 tools and accessories, including hand tools, air and power tools, shop equipment and automotive tools.

Compared to other home improvement stores like Lowe’s and The Home Depot, Harbor Freight’s tool prices are more affordable — dirt cheap, in fact. However, the quality of the products isn’t always up to par. Savvy customers have discovered which tools at Harbor

6 Home Improvement Stocks to Spruce Up Your Portfolio

Home improvement companies are having a moment.

All around the country people remain locked up at home, staring at the same four walls day in and day out because of the pandemic. The desire to improve one’s home, the need for something new and the sheer monotony of remaining indoors all day have led to a surge of interest among consumers in home improvement projects. Do-it-yourself projects and renovations are on the rise around the country. Companies that can supply customers with everything they need to spruce up their homes are enjoying impressive gains as a result. In fact, all six of the companies on this list have enjoyed tremendous growth over the last few months — and the long-term tailwind of an improving housing market gives all six of these home improvement stocks an excellent opportunity to enjoy impressive returns well into the future.

Home Depot (ticker: HD)

Thanks to the huge number of homeowners looking to do a little renovating, Home Depot’s comparable store sales shot up 23.4% year over year in the second quarter. In fact, the second quarter was a blowout across the board; the company reported a 100% increase in digital sales, as well as a 10.1% increase in the average customer ticket. Online or offline, people are turning to Home Depot for their renovation needs more than ever, and buying more per transaction — that’s a winning combination for Home Depot and its shareholders. While Home Depot’s forward price-earnings ratio sits at a relatively high 24.7, investors shouldn’t fret, given the company’s recent performance and future prospects. A 2.13% dividend yield only makes an investment in Home Depot that much sweeter.

Lowe’s (LOW)

Unlike many companies on the market, Lowe’s has had an excellent 2020. Shares have risen nearly 40% year to date, hitting