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Top Halloween Mishaps and Homeowners Insurance
Before you know it, trick-or-treaters will be at your door. Are you ready? We’re not talking about buying candy and carving pumpkins. We mean what if you get more tricks than treats this Halloween. Are you covered? Luckily, homeowners insurance is there to protect you from these common tricks that are apt to happen.
Should I Go Solar?
Rising energy costs combined with an increasing concern for the health of our planet, has got a lot of people wondering if they should install solar panels on their home. Here’s a quick look at the pros and cons of going solar.
Prepare Your Home for a Puppy
You’ve moved into your new home and now you’re thinking about adding a new family member: a puppy. Bringing a puppy home is, in many ways, like bringing a new baby home, though not quite as complicated. Still, you’ll need new puppy gear, and you’ll need to ensure your home is ready to receive a very curious animal.
It’s Easy Being Green
Going green has become a catch-phrase in recent years, and it’s on just about everyone’s to-do list, but what does it really mean?
Preparing Your Home for a Senior
Whether you are preparing your house for a live-in senior or making long-term plans, there are many ways to make your home safer and more comfortable for older residents.

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10 Makeover Projects for Less than $500
Makeover projects to improve the look of your home don’t have to break the bank, and many projects can be done over a weekend. Do-it-yourself updates, for a small price, can produce great results and give you the most value for your renovation dollar. Here are 10 projects based on affordable ideas: ...more
10 Tips for Saving Water in Your Home
You’ll likely be surprised to learn how much water the average family of four uses every single day in their home: 255 gallons! ...more
15 Easy Ways to Increase Your Home’s Value
You’re finally ready to put your home on the market, but want to ensure you get top dollar. Are there any easy fixes that can increase your asking price without breaking your budget? Here are some tips, ranging from free to under $1,000. Happy selling! ...more
Finding and Fixing Hidden Dangers in Your Home
News reports feed us a steady stream of stories on scary, invisible hazards lurking in our homes, presumably ready strike us down at any second, but how much of it is really cause for alarm? Which hidden dangers are serious and which aren't? And what should you do to protect yourself and your family? ...more
Creating a Pet-Friendly Home
A pet-friendly home is not just a fun and safe space for your pet, but also a space that can stand up to...the kinds of things ...more
Drought Tolerant Landscaping
With severe drought conditions across large swatches of the west and pockets of the rest of the United States, many homeowners are looking for ways to conserve water on landscaping. But there's no need to rip out your whole yard and replace it with gravel—unless you want to. There are plenty of other ways to create a drought-tolerant landscape while also creating a beautiful and functional space. And drought-tolerant landscaping not only saves water immediately, but will be more resilient against future droughts. Here are some ideas: ...more
How to Prevent Water Damage
Water damage is the No. 1 culprit that weakens your home's foundation and the very core that holds your house together.

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Tackling Tricky Cleaning Jobs
There are a few tricky cleaning jobs universally dreaded for being time-consuming, hard, or just plain confusing. How are you s ...more
6 Things Homebuyers Should Avoid Once They are Preapproved for a Mortgage
You have done the hard part in the home-buying process and chosen a lender and a real estate agent to work with. You have also ...more
Fireplace and Chimney Maintenance
It’s getting closer to the time of year when there’s a fall chill in the air, and one of the nicest parts about cold weather is sitting by a blazing fire. Most likely, you haven’t used your fireplace since February. It’s unwise to just toss in some wood and a match without any proper maintenance beforehand, so what can you do now to ensure you’re ready for cozy fireside nights when the weather cools? ...more
5 Kitchen and Bath Remodeling Trends That Will Last
To help you get ahead of and sort out the kitchen and bathroom trends — pity the last fool to install an avocado appliance in the 1970s — went to this month's trend central, the International Builder's Show. Our takeaway: For gosh sake, enjoy your home; remodel so that you love where you live.

Still, with a couple of exceptions, these five kitchen and bath trends offer lasting value:


Greening Your Home to Save Money and Energy
Making your house a cleaner, greener space will save energy and resources, create a healthier, safer home environment, and save you money. You'll be helping out in the big picture too. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, houses account for 20 percent of all energy used in the U.S., are responsible for 20 percent of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, and use more water than other kinds of buildings. ...more
Tips for a Successful Garage Makeover
We demand a lot from our garages. We put them to work as tool sheds, gardening benches, sports equipment depositories, dumping ground for off-season holiday decorations and general go-to spot for everything that doesn't quite fit elsewhere in the house. Add in (maybe) room for a car or two, a couple of oily spots on the floor and a generous coating of dust, and most garages end up a cluttered, unorganized mess. ...more
A Year-Round Guide for Home Maintenance
Homeowners know the satisfying, deep pleasure of a house that's in good order—a house where appliances are working, the paint is not chipped, and that dust under the refrigerator is gone (at least temporarily). ...more
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