Independent Press-Telegram from Long Beach, California on July 9, 1961 · Page 50
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Independent Press-Telegram from Long Beach, California · Page 50

Long Beach, California
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Sunday, July 9, 1961
Page 50
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R.8-- INDEPENDENT-PRESS-TELEGRAM tono BEACH 11. catip.. SUHDAY, JULY t, Much of Home Improvements Now on Do-lt-Yourself Basis Lakewood East Sunshine Homes Appealing to Buyers -· By EDWARD COWAN I WASHINGTON (UP1) -Census bureau statisticians have turned up a host of facts about what the handyman docs around the house They know, for example, that he spent more than three out of every 10 dollars last year to repair, m a i n t a i n , improve or enlarge owner-occupied dwellings housing up to f o u r families. To he exact, Ihc do-it-your selfer spent $2,911,000,000 in 1960 to f i x , enlarfie. modernize -or otherwise improve his house. This was 31 per cent of a total of $9,141,000,000 spent by owner-occupants of one- to four-family houses. Including all houses, $13.12 billion was spent in I960, according to the census bureau. It compiled ihe figure on the ·basis of return-by-mail ques tionnaires and personal inter views. The interviews pro duced the do-it-yourself in formation. THF, SURVEY, liegun in F e b r u a r y I960, is made m o n t h l y at an annual cnst of .S30.000. About 1.R50 home owners are interviewed in person every t h r e e months Because they are a s c i e n t i f i tally selected "random sample." the census bureau feels it. can project from t h e i r an swers home improvement statistics for the entire economy ·The data arc believed to be highly accurate, but not perfectly so. .Interestingly, S2.G billion more than 90 per cent, of the do-it-yourself spending w a r e p o r t e d f o r single-famil) h o u s e s . Apparently these owners are more enthusiastic about grabbing a p a i n t brust or hammer than owner-occu paiits of dwellings wliicl house two, three or four fami lies. The bureau o f f e r e d no explanation for (he apparen difference in enthusiasm. -'UT POINTED OUT that tin figure of S2.9 billion for do it-yourself o u t l a y s under states this kind of work in relation to contract work. The reason is t h a t Ihe do-it-your- seif outlays include only m i terials costs wliereas the contract work o u t l a y s also includes labor. Add the value of the home owner's labor (what he could earn working for somebody else) and the value of do-it-yourself work is greater. Do-it-yourself dollars were spent mainly for alterations a n d p a i n t i n g outside t h e home. Outside work was the only major category of im provements and repairs in which do-it-yourself expendi- Realtors to Hear City Sanitarian ures--S636 million--exceed- $1,917,000,000 for inside con ed contract or hired labor outlays, by $529 million. OUTSIDE WORK included building or walks and swimming pools, backyard patios, installing barbecues, putting up fences, grading land, etc. Even more money was tract work. Handy homeown ers spent $636 million o painting, nearly as much a the S849 million they pai painters. Allowing for th labor costs included in the latter sum it is probable that more inside painting was PRICED AT $16,595, Location is one of the im- sort and recreational spots, portaarit considerations when selecting a home by home purchasers loday, stated S. V. Hunsaker, prominent south- land builder and developer. down payment of $195., home saker. buyers may have immediate O f f e r i n g the buyer unusual- floor plans, ason the Sunshine done by amateurs than by spent on do-it-yourself inside'professionals in the one-to- alterations--$724 million. But f o u r - f a m i l y owner-occupied this was far less than the'category of houses. This is one n Lakewood E a s t Homes have received better than average buyer acceptance stated Hunsaker. These homes are located only minutes to the prime metropolitan industrial area and within easy driving distance to all | of the Southlands major re- wilh'occupancy, according to Hun- DISTINCTIVE ELEVATION Homes such as this in Lakewood Kast Sunshine Homes have unusually con- .venient floor plans and distinctive exterior elevations. Lakewood E a s t Sunshine lomes have three bedrooms, wo f u l l baths, and large two-car garage. Kitchens are equipped with nood and exhaust fan, and disposal. Specifications also include wall-to-wall carpet, vinyl tile floors, Formica counter tops, natural finish cabinets, and silent forced air heat. Home seekers are invited to i n s p e c t furnished models daily from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Centralia Road just west of Pioneer Blvd. FROM EVERY STATE IN THE NATION R. W. HALK Speaker at Realty Board L .A. Martin. J u l y program chairman of Ihe Long Beachi Board of Realtors, a n n o u n c e d ' that Robert W. Hale, supervising sanitarian of the City of Long Beach, will be the guest speaker at the breakfast meeting of the board Tuesday in the supper room of the Lafayette Hotel at 7:15 a.m. Hale is a native son--born in Torrance, veteran of World War If, obtained B.S. degree from UCLA school of public health in 1954. He was employed by Long Beach Health Department as registered sanitarian in 1954. He holds reserve commission in U.S. public health service and is presently serving as president of the citrus chapter of the Calif. Assoc. of Sanitarian. ; Male's topic will be "Role of the Health Department in Housing." C A R B U Y E R S watch "Auto for Sale" in Classified daily. To get a buye th ad! Dial HE 2-5959 now. NO BALLOON PAYMENTS N0,2n^ MORTGAGES NO HIDDEN CHARGES V-FWPCAL-VET MOVE OU , ' · AMErilCAN'HOMr? series where YOU OWN THE UNB , _ DUTCH HAVEN COMMUNITIES ARE NEVER BUILT ON LEASED CJW Title is Guaranteed by TITLE INSURANCE AND TRUST CO. EXCITING . ..- . . . . . 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