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Lowe’s Planning To Lay Off 2,400 Workers

A Lowe’s retailer in Mooresville recently announced that the company will be laying off workers in the country. There are Lowe’s stores located in Mexico and Canada. However, the layoffs will only affect people who are living in theUnited States. The spokesperson stated that vice presidents, customer support representatives and distribution center workers will be among the people who are laid off from the store.

Dave Faherty is an employee who recently found out that he will be getting laid off soon. He stated that the news was shocking. Dave’s manager was also laid off. He stated that he will miss his manager and the people he worked with. Additionally, he also said that he formed friendships with the people he worked with.

While many people will be negatively-impacted by this layoff, the store plans on making some positive changes in the future. Lowe’s is planning on opening 15 to 20 more stores in the United States. This will create over 4,000 jobs.

Bob Hull who is the current CEO of Lowe’s, will be retiring soon. Marshall Croom will be taking Hull’s place. He has worked for Lowe’s for almost two decades.

Lowe’s sent a letter to the employees saying that the layoffs were necessary in order to prepare for the future changes. They are hoping that the changes will help improve customer service experience.

Minimalism: The Most Interesting Home Improvement Trend of 2017

A series of lifestyle articles published in 2016 about life in Japan are influencing Americans to decorate their homes with less. Getting rid of clutter and learning to live with minimal furniture and personal items is a Japanese trend that is being adopted not only by cash-strapped members of the Millennial Generation but also by middle class families. The idea is to maximize living spaces and making lives easier and more meaningful.

The current trend of Japanese minimalism has some roots in Zen Buddhism; however, the real inspiration can be found in the technological austerity and style of the late Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple. The white iPhones, iPads and MacBooks feature clean lines and a simplicity that can be easily emulated in homes by removing most of the furniture and excess decorations.

The basic home improvement strategy of minimalism for a bedroom would be a fresh coat of white paint, a hardwood or laminate floor, a single painting on the wall, a bed, and a small nightstand. Instead of dressers, minimalists maximize closet space.

Smart home automation can also be incorporated into the minimalism trend with a single Amazon Echo or Google Home device to control all appliances. Alternately, homeowners can program their smartphones to function as single remote controls.

Lighting also plays an important role in minimalism. Simple and stylish ceiling lamps are enough in this regard. One floor lamp can be added to the living room. Families who are used to eating in restaurants can also cut down on the amount of kitchen appliances they own.

Home Improvement Trends for 2017

Smart home automation, wine cellars and breakfast nooks are among the hottest trends in residential home improvement this year.

Now that the Trump administration is settling in the White House, American homeowners are waiting for the formal announcement of an economic stimulus plan before they list their properties on the market. That announcement is expected to take place within the first 100 days of the new administration; once it is made official, home sellers can expect heavy demand and a market that will favor them. In the meantime, homeowners should start thinking about making their home more attractive with the following improvements:

Smart Homes

At the recent Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, smart home automation took center stage with the debut of Google Home and the improvement of Amazon Alexa, two voice-activated digital assistants that are ready to control smart home devices. Sellers can make small investments on devices such as smart locks and light bulbs to show prospective buyers how they can be controlled with the Amazon Echo or Google Home speakers. Smart home devices can also be controlled with smartphones or tablets.

Wine Cellars and Minibars

According to a survey by real estate information site Redfin, built-in-bars and wine cellars or chillers can boost the value of a home by as much as 7.5 percent.

Breakfast Nooks

The morning meal is replacing the traditional American family dinner. Homes that have views of lakes, mountains or green areas can be considerably improved with comfortable breakfast nooks to highlight the natural vistas.