Megastores may be declining, but the DIY scene is thriving | News

Habitat for Humanity Tucson’s HabiStore may not be the first business you think of when searching for a home improvement megastore.

The 18,000-square-foot building on Grant and Fairview mainly serves as a donation center for surplus or reusable building materials that go toward helping Habitat for Humanity’s volunteers build affordable housing for low-income families.

But it also operates as a retail outlet, selling a lot of the donated stuff the builders don’t use — furniture, appliances, building materials, tools and hardware — at discounted prices. Those funds are then used to finance the nonprofit’s work.

While not exactly a Home Depot or Lowe’s, the HabiStore, along with other community-supported do-it-yourself centers, is where America’s home improvement boom, already waning for the megastores, is sending some welcome aftershocks.

“When the lockdown happened in 2020, everybody was at home and suddenly home projects became a priority,” said Tanna Johnson, the Tucson affiliate’s

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10 Smart Ways to Maximize Your Home Improvement Dollar | Business

If you’re spending more time at home these days, you’re not alone. With the rise of remote work, we’re seeing a lot more of the same four walls. It’s natural to want to spend your days (and nights) in a space you find both comfortable and stylish.

Home improvements can be a great way to renovate your space both indoors and out, but beware that not all projects are created equal.

You can save on home improvements if you pick your battles though.

How to Get the Biggest Return on Your Home Project

To save money and avoid unexpected expenses, look for projects that build home equity. Before you dig in, consider what’s worthwhile to upgrade.

Remodeling Magazine’s 2022 Cost vs. Value Report indicates you’ll get the fastest return on investment from these home improvement projects.

  • Garage door replacement
  • Stone veneer
  • Minor kitchen remodel
  • Replacing windows
  • Siding replacement

Consider a

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