DIY or Pay a Pro? What to Know About the Cost of Protecting Your Home This Fall

Fall is here, and while we’re all busy guzzling pumpkin lattes and buying sweaters, homeowners need to figure out what to do about all the leaves falling in their yards — and onto their roofs and gutters.

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As we’re previously pointed out, if you own a home and live in a spot where leaves and debris can accumulate in your gutters, you may want to invest in gutter guards. These guards help prevent your gutters from getting clogged by leaves — a situation that can cause problems for your roof, drainage, and the gutters themselves.

Keep in mind that even after you’ve installed gutter guards, you’re still going to need to give your gutters a cleaning about once a year according to Eamon Lynch, director of warranty service at the Philadelphia-based Power Home Remodeling. Why? Just to make sure that no bits of debris

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Attractive entry point called out on Home Depot by Wells Fargo (NYSE:HD)

Wells Fargo reports back on virtual investor meetings held with Home Depot (NYSE:HD) CFO Richard McPhail and other execs.

The firm says the talks reinforced its view that recent tailwinds appear sustainable, 1H margin headwinds can improve, and outsized share gains can continue via enhanced Pro offerings, category initiatives and expanding supply chain capabilities.

“With sustainability questions and tough FY21 compares entering the narrative, we continue to view the home improvement category among the highest quality in retail, and with HD shares – 10% off recent highs (-7% SPX), we see an attractive entry point. In our view, recent share gains can accelerate (vs. fragmented, underinvested competition), macro/housing remains robust (turnover, rates, etc.), and de-urbanization and wallet share shifts remain incremental.”

For investors, the math still works out for snapping up shares, per the WF analyst team.

“At 22x, we see an entry point. HD’s NTM P/E shed 2.5x turns

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Lowe’s Stock Can Keep Rallying Because People Will Be Spending More Time at Home for Longer

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Lowe’s shares have rallied as the pandemic has spurred people to spend more money fixing up their homes.

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stock has jumped some 35% in 2020, as demand booms amid the Covid-19 pandemic. Loop Capital argues the shares could see another 20% gain, as consumers continue to pour money into their homes.

Analyst Laura Champine reiterated a Buy rating on Lowe’s (ticker: LOW) shares Wednesday, while raising her price target to $195 from $180.

She is increasingly confident that the company will continue to see sales boosted by the crisis, as people realize that they’ll likely be spending more time at home for longer, and need that space to serve more needs than it used to.

Indeed, as Barron’s has reported, the majority of the nation’s public school students were set to start the academic year remotely, while employers warm up to the idea of

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3 Reasons Why Fortune Brands Home & Security (FBHS) Is a Great Growth Stock


3 “Strong Buy” Stocks That Are Flirting With a Bottom

In the investing game, it’s not only about what you buy; it’s about when you buy it. One of the most common pieces of advice thrown around the Street, “buy low” is touted as a tried-and-true tactic.Sure, the strategy seems simple. Stock prices naturally fluctuate on the basis of several factors like earnings results and the macro environment, amongst others, with investors trying to time the market and determine when stocks have hit a bottom. In practice, however, executing on this strategy is no easy task.On top of this, given the volatility that has ruled the markets over the last few weeks, how are investors supposed to gauge when a name is flirting with a bottom? That’s where the Wall Street pros come in.These expert stock pickers have identified three compelling tickers whose current share prices land close to

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Please improve your home improvements | Opinion

Finally I grabbed some screwdrivers and began the exploratory project of undoing my failed home improvement, to hopefully find where I’d gone wrong. But I couldn’t see a problem and began carefully boxing up the pieces.

I walked into Home Depot carrying my box. Unfortunately, I had not been able to find my receipt, and told that to the lady standing at the customer service desk.

“I looked for my receipt everywhere,” I told her, which wasn’t altogether accurate, because if I had looked everywhere then I probably would have found it.

“How did you pay for it?” she asked.

“With my Home Depot card,” I perked up, thinking that would surely help, and handed her my card.

“Did you buy this in the last 30 days?”

“Well, no. It’s been a bit longer than that. Uh, I’ve been looking for the receipt.”

She stared at her computer and at

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Protech Home Medical Secures US$20 Million Senior Credit Facility With CIT Group’s Healthcare Finance Business

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CINCINNATI, Sept. 21, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Protech Home Medical Corp. (“Protech” or the “Company“) (TSXV: PTQ), (OTCQX: PTQQF), a U.S. based leader in the home medical equipment industry, focused on end-to-end respiratory care, is very pleased to announce that it has entered into a US$20 million senior credit facility with CIT (NYSE:CIT).

Protech has entered into an Asset-Based Revolving Credit Facility with CIT’S Healthcare Finance business, part of its Commercial Finance division, pursuant to which the lender has agreed to advance up to $20 million at a tiered rate, this agreement has a four year maturity and may be extended pursuant to both parties agreement.


“This senior credit facility with CIT is truly a momentous moment for Protech and I could not

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Home Improvement stars Tim Allen and Richard Karn land new show called Assembly Required

History Channel has announced that Home Improvement stars Tim Allen (Tim ‘the Tool Man’ Taylor) and Richard Karn (Al Borland) are set to reunite for a new show called Assembly Required.

The show “will spotlight the best and brightest builders from across the US, at their home workshops, as they compete to breathe new life into everyday household items in desperate need of fixing,” a press release said. “This new series will push each contestant to their limits while testing their ability and ingenuity to not only rebuild it but to build it better.”

Tim Allen added: “Let’s face it — we’re living in a throwaway society. We buy, break, replace … rinse and repeat. Whatever happened to repair and rebuild?

“There are some people who unfriend, unfollow and dispose of anything that offends, annoys or breaks – so I’ve created a show to remind people of the satisfaction

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Backups and supply shortages leading to home improvement delays

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Homeowners across Central Ohio neighborhoods report delays in home renovation and remodeling projects. After spending more time at home during the pandemic, many residents say they have decided to tackle some of the home projects that had been put off.

“For me and so many others, the time is right. But with the pandemic, it’s a roll of the dice. People need to know they need patience,” said Columbus Homeowner Nila Whitfield. Her kitchen renovation has come with plenty of hiccups. “Everyone’s story is different. For me it started with a broken oven door.”

Consumer 10 Reporter Laura Borchers spoke with housing experts at BIA Homebuilders. Executive Director Jon Melchi offered several warnings to homeowners prior to embarking on a remodeling or construction project:

1.    Hire someone licensed, insured and with references. 

2.    Get permits first and make sure work is done to code. 

3.    Sign a

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The one thing every home with a child really needs

HGTV star Jasmine Roth and her husband, Brett, welcomed their first child, Hazel, in April. Roth deeply understands how a baby’s arrival requires some changes around the home — so it seems fitting that this topic is front and center in the latest episode of her new show, “Help! I Wrecked My House.”

In the episode “Four Weeks Until Baby,” Roth helps homeowners Jess and Rich fix up their Huntington Beach, CA, home in preparation for their first child, due in one month. True to the show’s premise, these parents-to-be had hoped to do the work themselves, but after a few muddled attempts, they decided they were in over their heads.

Roth is determined to help—but has only a $70,000 budget to fix up the nursery and completely redo their cramped kitchen and dining space.

So what does a home with a new baby really need? Find out as Roth

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Coronavirus Pandemic Has Led To A Home Improvement Business Boom

MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The coronavirus pandemic has been difficult for many businesses, but those involved with home improvement are thriving.

When the pandemic started, the Levyn family found themselves at home more. They decided to renovate the backyard, including a new deck.

“You want where you live, if you have to work there and if you have young children, you want it to be as lovely as it can possibly be,” Allison Levyn says.

The Levyn’s hired a local company, MG Construction & Decks.

“Business has been crazy. It is really good,” says co-owner Melissa Gabso.

A Consumer Specialists survey found 57% of homeowners made improvements this spring. And plenty of people are doing it themselves, which is driving up sales at hardware stores.


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Home Depot recently posted its strongest quarterly sales growth in 20 years.

But the demand is leading to a shortage of supplies, especially lumber.

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