Profile America -- Tuesday, April 5th. With the ups and downs of the housing market, many people are deciding to stay put and fix up their current house. April is the kickoff for the home improvement season and also National Decorating Month. The idea is that money spent on fixing up houses is a wise investment, whether it's a simple paint job or an entire addition. Most recent annual figures show Americans spent nearly $116 billion on home improvement. Remodeling a bathroom is the most popular improvement, followed by updating the kitchen and new carpeting. Homeowners do a lot of their own work, but rely on professionals when it comes to putting on a roof or laying down carpeting. You can find these and more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau, online at www.census.gov.
Sources: Chase's Calendar of Events 2011, p. 198
Statistical Abstract of the United States 2011, t. 959, 998
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