The Baytown Sun from Baytown, Texas on March 11, 1966 · Page 21
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The Baytown Sun from Baytown, Texas · Page 21

Baytown, Texas
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Friday, March 11, 1966
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20 Bigtown Friday, March II, 1966 THE NORTHEAST SPENDS THE MOST ON REPAIRS By EDGAR V. HALL Executive Director National Home Improvement Council Who spends more on home improvements— Easterners or Westerners? Ar e the additions and alterations being made on new houses or old? How old docs a house usually have to be to get this attention? What is the average expenditure per house, and how much is the country as a whole spending on home improvements? These questions are answered in a recent government report on Residential Alterations and Repairs. The Report Is based on Census Bureau data collected for 1 to 4 - family units, and as such, is the most authoritative guide on the remodeling market yet published. The new report shows that the Northeast, for example, spends more than all other sections for home improvements. This imay be due to higher incomes in the area but is more probably due to the preponderance of older homes in the area. The Northeast was highest in maintenance, repairs and re placements, averaging J259 per property, while the West averaged $244. Conversely, more money was spent in the West for alterations and additions than anywhere else in the country. Westerners, it seems, are busy building patios, garages and other outdoor improvements; their homes are, for the most part, still too new to warrant expenditures on maintenance and repairs. The West also led the nation in do-it-yourself projects, spending 38 per cent of their lotal expenditures for their own materials. Rcx^m additions and alterations accounted for 60 per cent of the West's total, while in the Northeast they accounted for only 37 per cent and in the North Central States and the South, 44 per cent and 5-1 per cent respectively. What vintage of house got the most attention? Strangely en - coign, the new home, built in 1960-63, took the Jcad here averaging J273 per home. Again, room additions and alterations accounted for most of this work (59 per cent), which menns that were pretty busy adding space to their homes. Houses built in the early 1950's also got considerable attention, averaging $239 per unit, but those built in 1939 or earlier were accorded the least attention of all. As might be expected, the report shows that there is a correlation between the value of a home and the amount spent on it. Thus the $20,000 house got the highest number of additions and alterations, as well as repairs and improvements. Medium . to - low Income families living in $10,0090 - or - under homes, however, spent more on additions and alterations (52 pet cent) than they did on maintenance and repairs (48 pot cent). Similarly, their total dollar volume in home Improvements Is smaller by almost half than families living in $20,000 or-better homes. Are young home owners likely to spend more than older ones? Yes, the government report shows. And they are most likely, in many wises, to supply their own labor, However, for contractors and remodeling specialists, the best prospect f o r home improvements appears to be the 45-or-younger father with Singing Here BAYTOWN QUARTERLY Singing Convention will be held on Saturday and Sunday at the OCAW union hall, 311 E, Homan. Singing is schcdued to begin at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. The singers will eat basket luncl, Sunday. Special guest singers will include the Kingdomalres and Holley Family of Houston. THINK AHEAD TO SUMMER MOW DON'T SIMMER! Don't wait until the weather hits 90 degrees, Do something about if now. Put coo! weather at your fingertips.- Check with us today for all your air conditioning needs. Free estimates! . . . Budget terms available. SALES & SERVICE • Residential • Commercial • Engineering G il II II AIR CONDITIONING U R H & HEATING PHONE 532-7401 1607 North Alexander Dr. (Hwy. 148) Baytown a wife nnd family, not the older man whose children have outgrown their quarters. Another good propect for remodeling, Uie report shows, is the recent mover. Even though they may move Into a newer home, recent .movers tend to paint up, fix up tmd otherwise change tilings to suit their pnr- ticulnr tastes nnd family needs, Total expenditures for nil types of home improvements, the Report concludes, has now risen to well over JU billion. By the time the next study of the nation's; spending habits Is made this figure should be in the $13 billions, since the Industry has shown a steady, though not spec- taculnr, growth over the yenrs. In any event, it should continue to be n blf; business for the vast number of manufacturers, distributors, retailors and contractors that supply or service It, East, South, North or West, remodeling nnd — or home Improvements will increase us long us incomes Increase. CLEAN - UP! PAINT - UP! FIX-UP! Economical HAHN-ECLiPSE Steel Deck Rotaries With exclusive Pow-R-Pro™ styling Patented housing with high lift blade make* strong vacuum, Micks graw up »traight for flick cutting, blowi clippings into bag. (Bag comes with mower.) Notch on side pulls grasi into mower, eliminates most trimming. Wheels recessed, too, Meets ASA Safety Code. &»»*«•'••• •.,„<•«•' •«" S 95 159 Including bag ARMSTRONG VINYL ASBESTOS FLOOR TILE 9 (5 Patterns) AMTICO VINYL ASBESTOS FLOOR TILE (8 Patterns) 12xl2.'/2" WHITE CEILING TILE ONLY Each COMPLETE LINE OF PRE- FINISHED PANELING Priced From $O65 KUHNS KUHN'S FINEST HOUSE PAINT CUMATIZED Reg. T NOW *6 56 Britton-Cravens Lumber Co. 2609 MARKET STREET 582-8265

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