Three Ways to Save Money on Home Remodels

 

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Home Remodels
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For more than 32 years, David Leoce fulfilled positions as a revenue and special agent at the Internal Revenue Service, where he carried out auditing investigations that led to successful prosecutions. In his leisure time, David Leoce likes to work with his hands and enjoys woodworking projects and room remodeling.

Remodels and renovations range widely in scope and complexity, and without a detailed plan, they can quickly become more expensive than anticipated. Homeowners can achieve their property goals and avoid unwanted costs by applying the following strategies.

1. Aim for functionality.

Recent home trends have involved opening up big rooms and creating as much space as possible, which is a costly endeavor. Instead of size, focus on function so that the house not only looks improved but also serves more purposes.

2. Proceed in stages.

Sometimes the necessary approach is a large renovation. In these instances, homeowners can maximize their budget by proceeding in stages, rather than attempting to complete the project all at once. Purchasing certain materials in bulk up front, like floor tile, can help save money throughout each stage, as well.

3. Use existing plumbing

One of the most difficult and expensive things to do in a remodel is modify or move plumbing, whether for a kitchen sink or the bathroom facilities. Wherever possible, plan remodels around existing plumbing.

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Improvements to the IRS’s Online Portal

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For more than 30 years, David Leoce served as a member of the U.S. Treasury Department. David Leoce retired from the position of supervising special agent in the criminal division of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

In a June 2017 press release, the IRS announced a number of new features to taxpayers’ online accounts.

To better serve taxpayers, the IRS has added several features to the online portal it launched in December 2016. With the new changes, taxpayers can now view 18 months’ worth of tax payment history, as well as their payoff amounts and tax balance for each year. Taxpayers can also use the Get Transcript function to retrieve online transcripts of several Form 1040-series. Finally, the system allows taxpayers to provide feedback regarding their online account and give recommendations for improvement.

To protect taxpayers’ confidential information, the IRS requires that they complete a two-step authentication process. Users must enter their name and password as well as a security code the IRS sends to their cellular phones.

Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC)

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Before becoming a special agent with the U.S. Treasury Department in Orlando, Florida, David Leoce attended Jones College in Orlando where he received a bachelor of science degree in business management and accounting. As a special agent with the U.S Treasury Department, David Leoce spent 33 years as a revenue agent, receiving his training at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) in Brunswick, Georgia.

The Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) began in 1970 as a way to provide a more consistent standard of training for federal law enforcement officials. Originally organized under the U.S. Treasury Department, the training center is now operated under the authority of Homeland Security.

FLETC provides federal law enforcement officers with a wide range of specialized training that includes areas like advanced forensic techniques, active shooter threat training, and advanced interviewing techniques, to name a few. The training program also offers other programs at satellite locations.

Showalter Flying Service and Marine, Inc. – Aircraft Sales in Orlando

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A longtime resident of Orlando, Florida, David Leoce retired from the United States Treasury Department as a supervising special agent. David Leoce has an interest in flying, having taken flight lessons with a flight instructor and ground school classes at Showalter Flying Service (now Showalter Flying Service and Marine, Inc.) during his time in college.

Showalter Flying Service and Marine, Inc., has a history that extends back to 1945. At the end of World War II, siblings Howard and J. Sandy Showalter moved to Central Florida with Ford “Buck” Rogers after completing their service in the war. They bought 100 acres of land and opened Showalter Airpark.

With the GI Bill and the growing number of pilots in the United States at the time, the three entrepreneurs saw the opportunity to sell aircraft and offer flight lessons. They eventually expanded to two other locations, today’s Orlando-Sanford International Airport (SFB) and Orlando Executive Airport (ORL).

Today, Showalter Flying Service and Marine, Inc., brokers, acquires, and sells piston and light turbine planes to a diverse array of clientele. The company’s staff is also experienced in boating on local waterways and occasionally buys and sells watercraft.

To learn more about the company, visit www.showalter.com.