Deck the Halls for Happy Holidays

(Family Features)--Whether you opt for fresh-cut or fresh out of the box, trimming the tree is a staple of holiday decor in most homes. However, if you'll be entertaining this season, you may want to go beyond the tree and take your seasonal decorating to a whole new level.   Create a scene … [Read more...]

Save Home Energy While Heading Out of Town

Heading out of town for the holidays? Don't let your home be fully powered in your absence. "Many people will be traveling over the next couple of months to spend time with their families," says Max Rose, owner of Four Seasons Plumbing. "There are a few measures they should take that will help … [Read more...]

Make Power Tool Safety Part of Your Remodeling Plan

When it's time to take on a new project, DIY-inclined homeowners & contract-ors must consider many components to successfully complete the task, from de-sign plans & materials to the proper tools needed. For simple projects like installing new light fixtures as well as more … [Read more...]

Smart Value: Tech Upgrades to Improve Home Function

(Family Features)--When smart home technologies first emerged, their purpose was largely for convenience and operating the devices was often clunky. Today, smart devices seamlessly integrate into con-nected home systems to make living more efficient, improve home security and even offer advantages … [Read more...]

Do You Have a Plan in Place for Natural Disasters? 60 Percent Do Not

According to the National Centers for Environmental Information, natural disasters in the United States last year were responsible for $306 billion worth of damage, the most expensive year ever. Yet, despite increasing media coverage and widespread awareness of the tragedy and destruction Mother … [Read more...]

Home Upgrades That Really Work

(Family Features)--Bathroom and kitchen upgrades are among the most popular home renovations, but not just because the improvements are likely to increase the home's value. Renovations to these high-use areas can enhance the practical enjoyment of your home while adding aesthetic appeal and … [Read more...]

6 Costs Homeowners Overlook and How to Pay for Them

For many people, a house is the biggest investment they'll ever make. And whether you're a first-time homeowner or you're buying your third property, you're bound to end up covering some unexpected expenses. Here are six costs homeowners tend to overlook and how to pay for them: 1. Property … [Read more...]

7 Late-Summer Projects for Your Home

Even though you’re still enjoying the lazy days of summer (as you should!), there are several tasks you can and should be doing to start prepping your home and yard for fall. Taking some small steps now will not only lessen the workload down the road, but also help you avoid the stress and expense … [Read more...]

How New Homeowners Can Save Money

Crossing the threshold to your first home is one of the most exciting moments in a young person’s life... until that first mortgage payment is due. Then the heating bill. And the electric. And the taxes. Let’s face it. Homeownership can be pricey, especially when you’re a newbie. For those still … [Read more...]

How Much Will It Cost to Sell Your House?

By John Voket   If you think the total tab for selling your house is just a bit north of your REALTOR'S® commission, make sure to double check your areas of expense. A recent survey conducted by Zillow and the service referral site Thumbtack pegged the average home seller cost at … [Read more...]

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