How to Get the Most for Your Home Improvement Money
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After a long treacherous winter, particularly in the Northeast, many homes are in dire need of spring fix up. But not all home improvement projects – whether inside or out — make sense financially, especially if you plan to sell your home anytime soon.

A whopping 57 percent of some 1,300 homeowners surveyed in February by LightStream, a division of SunTrust Bank that focuses on home improvement financing, said they planned to spend money on home improvement projects this year. Considering snowstorms, ice dams, tree damage, broken pipes and other winter hazards, that figure may actually be even higher.

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The majority of homeowners plan to spend more than $ 1,000 on all home improvement projects in 2015, including 37 percent planning to spend between $ 1,000 and $ 4,999 and 18 percent planning to spend more than $ 10,000. On the lower end, 27 percent of respondents plan to spend less than $ 1,000.

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3 must-try apps for home improvement, family entertainment
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Brad Spirrison, managing editor and vice president of content for Appolicious Inc., joins us live for ABC 7 Eyewitness News with three new must-try apps.

Free, iPhone

Have a leaky sink or need quick advice from a home improvement/maintenance expert? If you don’t want to wait long or pay for them just to show up, there is Fountain.

The app, which is free to download, lets you search for immediate help from one of any number of experts on call. On average, it takes about two minutes to speak or video chat with an expert. You can use your camera to show off the problem or question. At the very least, you can get a quick take on the situation, if not a full answer.

Users pay $ 7 for every 15 minutes and start off with a credit. Fountain was created by the team that invented the Mint personal money management application nearly a decade ago.

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