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  • Home improvement insight: 5 tips to redesign with kids' safety in mind

    Home improvement insight: 5 tips to redesign with kids' safety in mind

    Smart homeowners take a strategic approach to home improvement projects such as redoing a playroom, living room or bedroom to keep kids' safety in mind during the redesign process. By being proactive today, you can ensure your entire family can safely enjoy the results of your home improvement project....

  • 5 DIY home upgrades anyone can do in a day

    5 DIY home upgrades anyone can do in a day

    Do-it-yourself home projects are sweeping the nation, and it’s easy to see why. DIY is typically budget-friendly and fulfilling to complete; simply find the right project to match your skill set and needs. To get started, here are five inexpensive projects that can by tackled by any DIYer, each...

  • Upping your laundry room's wow factor

    Upping your laundry room's wow factor

    Doing the laundry is no longer relegated to dark, musty basements where no one cares to go. Thanks to modern technology, great design and access to innovative ideas online, laundry rooms have moved upstairs and come into their own. In fact, laundry rooms today are right up there with dream kitchens...

  • Cost-effective home improvements

    Home improvement projects don’t always require breaking the bank and turning your living space into a construction zone. There are plenty of small, cost-effective projects that are not only affordable, but can potentially save you money in the long run. Programmable thermostat Simple installation,...

  • The key to a better love life lies in your chores (Infographic)

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  • Top 7 design trends for your home this fall

    Whether you’re planning a large home-renovation project or simply looking for inspiration as you dream up ideas for new rooms or entire houses, it always pays to check out the latest design trends. From modern and contemporary to rustic and traditional, there are products and design options to...

  • Garage doors: More visual impact than your front door

    Garage doors: More visual impact than your front door

    If you’re buying a garage door, you’ll be faced with several decisions that you likely never had to make before. Before you call your local garage door dealer, here are some of the decisions that you need to face. The design decision Remember the adage that the front door is the most important design...

  • Installing large format tile for beautiful, durable floors

    Installing large format tile for beautiful, durable floors

    Floors set with large format porcelain and natural stone tile continue to be the rage among homeowners and interior designers. Large format tiles, which are defined as 15 inches or longer on one side, make any room feel more open and welcoming. These popular tiles make a bold statement that can...

  • 3 important areas to focus on when winterizing your home

    3 important areas to focus on when winterizing your home

    From the holidays to cold-weather fun like ice skating and skiing, winter promises its share of good times. Preparing your home for winter’s weather extremes can help ensure that you get the maximum enjoyment out of the season, while protecting your home’s vital systems and indoor comfort. “Winter...

  • 7 projects to help your home weather the winter safely and efficiently

    7 projects to help your home weather the winter safely and efficiently

    If chilly temperatures make you want to snuggle under a blanket in front of a roaring fire, just think about your poor water pipes that can’t escape the cold. You can’t wrap your home in a warm, protective blanket when winter arrives, but a few winterization steps can help ensure your home weathers...

  • Two roof areas you can't afford to overlook this season

    Two roof areas you can't afford to overlook this season

    As summer gives way to changing colors and colder nights, now is an ideal time to tackle the necessary home maintenance projects that get put off during those sun-filled months – especially when it comes to one of the most protective and necessary aspects of any home, the roof. Cold weather can...

  • DIY home security systems: The smart, affordable way to secure your home

    DIY home security systems: The smart, affordable way to secure your home

    With the holiday season approaching, you may be thinking about giving your family the gift of home security — especially if you know you’ll be traveling over the holidays. Yet high monthly fees and lengthy security company contracts could make you think twice about installing a professionally monitored...

  • Raising the bar(n) in your home: Say hello to a barn door this winter

    Raising the bar(n) in your home: Say hello to a barn door this winter

    Amid the many trends ebbing and flowing through home improvement, one in particular seems likely to stick around. Known for their versatility, barn doors have been popping up in homes across the country — in contemporary and rustic designs. With this design element found on such opposite sides...

  • Which type of insulation is right for your home?

    Which type of insulation is right for your home?

    With the imminent approach of dropping temperatures, many people reach for their sweaters as they run out the door. In a bittersweet farewell to summer, boats are hauled out of the water and taken in to be winterized. Wool sock purchases start to soar, and Instagram is filled again with pumpkin...

  • Real-mom life hacks for an imperfectly perfect life

    Real-mom life hacks for an imperfectly perfect life

    Your house is spotless, your children are well behaved, and every night there's a beautiful home-cooked meal on the table. Just how do you do it? The answer: You don't. From 1960s how-to guides portraying the perfect mother to today’s Pinterest-crazed super moms, there's always been pressure on...

  • Give your outdoor space the home field advantage

    Give your outdoor space the home field advantage

    On a beautiful, sunny day, you simply have to be outside. But when you step outdoors, where do you go? To the park? The lake? A friend's home? How often do you stay home and enjoy the beauty of your own outdoor space? If your answer is not often or never, it’s time to create your own home field advantage....

  • 5 Effortless DIY Projects to Prep Your Home for Fall -- and Beyond

    5 Effortless DIY Projects to Prep Your Home for Fall -- and Beyond

    The telltale signs are all there. Maybe it’s football season, the changing color of the trees right outside your door, or the crisp morning air that’s suddenly taken on a chill. Yes, there’s no denying it, fall is here and winter is quickly following behind. No matter where you live in the country,...

  • During storm cleanup, safety comes first

    During storm cleanup, safety comes first

    For many people, fall is their favorite season – mild temperatures, fall clothes and fall leaves creating colorful yards. But the season involves more than cool breezes and fall colors. From New England to California, Florida to the Great Lakes, the final few months of the year usually bring with...

  • All home warranties are not created equal

    All home warranties are not created equal

    Having a home warranty is a smart way to help deal with the inevitable home repair problems that all property owners face at one point or another. After all, a good home warranty can mean getting expert help when your HVAC system needs to be fixed, your water heater needs to be replaced, or your...

  • Ready, set, guests: 3 paint projects for fall entertaining

    Ready, set, guests: 3 paint projects for fall entertaining

    “Despite the hectic chaos that comes with the back-to-school season and adapting our family schedules, I find fall to be the perfect time to tackle my home to-do list,” explains Cyndy Aldred, the do-it-yourself paint blogger behind The Creativity Exchange. “It’s perfect because fall is our favorite...

  • How to choose the right lock for your home (Video)

    How to choose the right lock for your home (Video)

    Sorry, but your browser does not support the video tag. Looking for a new lock or deadbolt for your home? Be sure to look for the BHMA Certified SecureHome label. Products that feature this label are rigorously tested in the three areas most important to any homeowner – security, durability and...

  • Build a classic concrete fire pit with a modern look

    Build a classic concrete fire pit with a modern look

    Getting your backyard ready to entertain during the fall and winter months can take many forms. One popular outdoor trend is the addition of a fire pit. This trend seems to resurface every year for a variety of reasons. For some, a fire pit provides the perfect area for gathering family and friends...

  • House hunting and credit: What you need to know

    House hunting and credit: What you need to know

    By now it is something of a cliche to call homeownership the American dream. But even if sitting on your own deck, looking over your picket fence and sipping lemonade doesn’t move you, homeownership is still one of the best ways to build wealth. For many, owning a home is cheaper than renting and,...

  • Prevent falls this fall with a home safety checklist

    Prevent falls this fall with a home safety checklist

    After months of sticky heat and humidity, it’s time to put away the shorts and pull out the sweaters because the autumn season is finally here. But, late September brings us more than just cooler temperatures and a wardrobe change. If you or a loved one are over the age of 65, the change in seasons...

  • Emergency preparedness 101: Know how to protect your family against carbon monoxide poisoning

    Emergency preparedness 101: Know how to protect your family against carbon monoxide poisoning

    Few areas of the country are immune to natural disasters or severe weather. Whether you live in a hurricane zone or face icy winters, it is important to prepare your home and family to weather the storm and know the potential health and safety risks that may arise in emergency situations. Beyond...

  • 5 tips to create a seaside oasis in your bathroom

    Use finishes as coastal statement pieces Transform your space by simply painting or refinishing your cabinets and drawers. Create a Grecian islands retreat with a linen white paint contrasted with bold, cobalt accessories. Try a dark, stained wood paired with tropical colors for a warm take on an...

  • Military families can get help with their moves

    Moving is hectic for anyone, but it can be especially challenging for military families. Frequent relocations, sometimes across the country and often with short notice, can make it difficult for military families to build the kind of friends and family support teams civilians rely on to help them...

  • Increasing your home's appeal through design

    When you think of where you are happiest in your home, is it a place where you can relax, where you enjoy socializing, or where you feel most productive? Most people associate positive feelings with their home — but more specifically, they associate positive emotions with certain parts of their...

  • How to Transform Your Cleaning Routine (Infographic)

    According to a survey* from affresh(R), 28% of Americans haven’t considered cleaning the inside of their laundry appliances or didn’t know that the inside of dishwashers should be cleaned. The appliances that clean our clothes daily or remove built-up residue from our dishes are just as important...

  • Transform your backyard with these 3 elements

    It’s amazing to contemplate that all the famous paintings in history — from da Vinci’s Mona Lisa to van Gogh’s Starry Night — are essentially formed from three primary colors. Artists skillfully combine red, yellow and blue to formulate an infinite range of colors to bring their paintings to life....

  • 4 fallacies you should never believe about wooden decks

    Deck-building trends come and go, including new styles and building materials like composites. However, wood remains the material of choice for the majority of deck projects, according to Popular Mechanics. When you’re weighing what type of material to use for your deck project, you’ll likely hear...

  • Color as a catalyst for purchase decisions (Infographic)

    Color plays a dominant role in many of the purchasing decisions we make. Because paint color is so important, PPG’s more than 20 global color experts forecast upcoming relevant colors so you can be sure the paint colors you choose for your home, car and electronics are on trend. Consider adding...

  • 6 timeless home features that are always 'in'

    Home design trends come and go. In five years, the blue kitchen cabinets that are so trendy right now may well go the way of the avocado-hued appliances that graced many American kitchens in the ‘70s. However, certain home features are timeless, and those are the ones well worth investing in if...

  • This fall, make home upgrades with staying power

    Fall can be the perfect time for homeowners to complete projects that busy summer schedules didn’t allow. It’s also a great time to look at ways to add lasting value to your property. This season, upgrade cheap fixes, freshen dated looks and incorporate lasting improvements in your home. Changes...

  • Hot home design: 4 things to consider when choosing siding

    Selecting new siding is one of the most important curb appeal decisions homeowners face when building new or remodeling an existing home. With so many options — both classic and modern materials — there’s a lot to consider. Many manufacturers are now combining traditional styles and materials with...

  • Artisanal elegance for curated design in the kitchen

    Original, handcrafted décor brings an artisanal elegance to today’s modern kitchen. Designers and homeowners alike are incorporating more one-of-a-kind pieces that bring an individualized artisanship to the heart of the home. These unique fittings and fixtures adapt to multiple style preferences,...

  • 5 ways to refresh your not-so-fresh bathroom

    Whether you have a powder room that looks like it was last decorated in the '70s or a master bathroom that has never felt very masterful, you might be one of the many homeowners around the country who is clamoring to give their bathrooms a little touch-up. There’s no doubt a coat of paint is a...

  • How to lower your monthly mortgage payment

    Owning your own home comes with many advantages, including escaping rising rents and the personal and financial stability associated with homeownership. Fortunately, millions of Americans, with less than 20 percent down, have been able to buy a home sooner thanks to mortgage insurance (MI). If...

  • Big, smart ideas for renovating smaller homes

    While newly constructed homes are bigger than ever, most Americans still live in modestly sized or even small houses — and many of these owners are choosing to remodel rather than move into a bigger home. More than half of all American houses were built before 1980, according to the National Association...

  • 5 kitchen upgrades to make your inner host flourish

    You love entertaining and treating guests to delectable dishes and fun times. Unfortunately, your kitchen layout, appliances and even the faucet are so downright unappealing that the thought of planning and preparing a party menu is equally unpleasant. What do you do when you’re built to entertain,...

  • 5 safety essentials for working outside

    Remember when you were a kid and biked around the neighborhood without a helmet? Or how excited you were to sit in the front seat when your mom or dad picked you up from kindergarten? These days, it can be shocking to think about how lax people once were when it comes to certain safety issues. Nonetheless,...

  • Housework may be a key to improving your relationship

    Cleaning the bathroom and emptying the dishwasher isn’t at the top of a couple’s “To Do Together” list, but it may be the true language of love. In fact, a recent survey from home appliance leader LG Electronics found most Americans (52%) get turned on by their partner doing housework. In fact,...

  • 5 fabulous deck fix-ups

    Are you tired of having a deck you’re no longer proud to show off? You’re not alone. According to the 2017 U.S. Houzz Landscape Trends Study, one of the top reasons motivating homeowners to tackle outdoor projects like deck upgrades is their open-air space is past its prime. If you’re like surveyed...

  • Is your family expanding? Protect what matters most with these nursery safety checks

    You may have chosen the perfect color palette and all of your nursery furniture, but have you thought about some key safety checks? “The arrival of a baby means you have to take a look at your home in a whole new light,” said Tarsila Wey, marketing director for First Alert, the most trusted brand...

  • How to Tackle a Dust-Free Renovation

    Sorry, but your browser does not support the video tag. Kristen Johnson* loved her home, her family and their active lifestyle. She’d never want to change a thing — except for her foyer and adjoining dining room. When she and her husband first moved into their home, they had intended to refinish...

  • Forward-thinking yard projects to tackle as the weather cools off this fall

    The temperature may not have dropped just yet, but make no mistake, fall is coming. Soon enough, baseball will give way to football, green leaves will turn yellow and red and your lawn care routine will take on a whole new set of tasks. Fall lawn care isn’t the long marathon of the summer yard...

  • Focus on a single element to get the feel of a remodel for less investment

    Dreaming of a renovation but lacking the time and resources for a full upgrade? You might be able to refresh your space by focusing your efforts on individual elements that have the most impact. This growing interior design trend uses a thoughtful approach to renovation by analyzing what should...

  • 5 smart technology upgrades to make the bathroom the brainiest room in the house

    Smart technology has found a place in virtually every room in the home, even the one where we take care of our most low-tech needs. In fact, thanks to innovations like sensor-operated, self-cleaning toilets, moisture-sensing ventilation fans and digital shower controls, it’s possible to turn an...

  • Buying smart home tech? This approach helps you steer clear of disappointment

    Are you tempted by smart home technology? It’s the high-tech home improvement trend that shows no sign of slowing down. Homeowners are flocking to electronics stores to pick up app-controlled smart thermostats, automated smart locks and even smart doorbells with onboard video cameras. But don’t join...

  • Turn your basic backyard into an outdoor oasis

    Summer’s in full swing, but are you truly making the most of it? Creating a vibrant outdoor space can expand the living area of your home, while providing a unique venue for entertaining or relaxation, allowing you to enjoy every free moment to the fullest. From the ultimate sports bar to a zen...

  • Use steel to improve your home's curb appeal

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  • Tricks to customize a kitchen on a budget

    Who wouldn’t want a kitchen customized to meet their specific tastes and needs? A complete kitchen renovation can cost tens of thousands of dollars, but you don’t have to spend a bundle to achieve a custom effect. A few modest investments can help make your kitchen work well and look great. Here...

  • Hidden helper: Home equity lines of credit (Infographic)

    Many homeowners aren’t familiar with the variety of ways home equity lines of credit (HELOC) can be used. Not surprisingly, current owners are more likely than less experienced first-time buyers to understand that a HELOC can be used for purposes beyond home improvements, including consolidating...

  • 5 steps to a smart home

    When it comes to technology, smarter is better. There are smart watches, smart televisions and just about everyone has a smartphone. So what about a smart home? Smart thermostats and lighting timers represent the first steps toward smart home technology for many homeowners, but in a lot of cases,...

  • 5 ways to create big luxury in a small master bathroom

    If you’re thinking about remodeling your small bathroom, you may know that studies show updating a bathroom of any size can increase the value of a home. However, there’s a statistic from a Houzz survey you might not know: 75 percent of people who renovate a master bathroom don’t make it bigger....

  • 3 steps to a more secure home

    More than 75 percent of Americans are concerned about the security of their home, yet few think about door hardware when it comes to added protection. In fact, out of those who have ever purchased a new lockset or deadbolt, only 19 percent have done so with the safety of their home in mind, according...

  • Tips to turn the kitchen sink into a beautiful, functional focal point

    When you’re updating a kitchen, it’s time to ignore that old adage “everything but the kitchen sink.” Many homeowners don’t think about replacing their kitchen sink unless it’s broken, ancient or they’re upgrading countertops. However, the sink has the potential to be the perfect focal point of...

  • Tips to prepare your budget before buying a home

    It’s virtually impossible to know what size home you can afford if you aren’t fully aware of how much money you are earning and how much you are spending each month. Start with your income: How much do you bring home after taxes and retirement plan contributions? Next, look at your expenses: What...

  • Summertime energy savings tips and tricks for every room of the home (Infographic)

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  • Transform your home in a weekend with these DIY projects

    Summertime isn’t just for vacations or weekends at the cabin. Summer weekends — with longer days — are ideal opportunities for quick and inexpensive DIY projects that make a big statement around the home. The average American homeowner spent nearly $3,000 on home improvements in 2015, according...

  • How to perfectly light a bathroom for beauty, function and safety

    Good lighting is important throughout a home, and each room has different lighting needs. Kitchens require overhead and task lighting, while bedrooms and dining rooms can benefit from variable illumination. However, no room in the house requires more layers and nuances of lighting than the bathroom,...

  • Upcoming home improvement? How to navigate big purchases and make wise decisions

    Are you planning an upcoming home improvement? If so, you are not alone. Higher-than-average renovation spending is expected in 2017, according to a leading consumer magazine, with more than half of homeowners planning to spend money on home improvements throughout the year. From upgrading appliances...

  • Latest deck trend: 'Monster' size, mega-luxury

    Move over mini — the new trend in decking is anything but small. When it comes to the size of their decks, the majority of Americans feel bigger is better — as multiple surveys indicate decks are getting larger and more luxurious, RealtorMag reports. Today’s decks dwarf the outdoor spaces of decades...

  • 5 affordable weekend DIY projects that completely recreate your home

    The cold months of winter have a batten-down-the-hatches feel to them, don't they? Fortunately, they're over. Now that summer is here, you want to spread out, bask in the beautiful weather and finally tackle those home improvement projects you were eyeing during those colder months. Now is the perfect...

  • Rethinking bathroom design

    As homeowners begin to dream up plans to update their kitchens and bathrooms, they can spend hours searching for inspiration on the web or one of the many home renovation television shows. There’s no shortage of beautiful ideas and designs out there, but before you make any decision, you should...

  • 6 must-know kitchen and bathroom design trends

    Many homeowners today wonder how they can turn their bathrooms or kitchens into something worthy of making the rounds on Pinterest or Instagram. As more people want to give their home a personal and stylish touch, home decorating and interior design is hotter than ever, and the possibilities are...

  • A room-by-room guide to decluttering your home

    Controlling clutter in your home can be a challenge; 48 percent of Americans say their houses are cluttered with stuff they don’t use anymore, according to a survey by ClearVoice Research. Multiple studies have found a cluttered home can negatively affect your mental and physical health, while...

  • Let's get rolling. It's just paint.

    Whether you like it or not, summer is the perfect time to stop procrastinating and get rolling on those paint projects you’ve been putting off. No matter how many Pinterest inspiration boards you save or prep tutorials you watch, it’s never easy to roll up your sleeves and get to work. Between...

  • 10 easy DIY home improvement projects for beginners

    You don't have to be a pro to tackle many home improvement projects. With a little elbow grease and a few smart tools, DIY novices can easily complete all kinds of household tasks efficiently and correctly. Here are 10 common DIY projects for beginners that any homeowner (or apartment dweller) can...

  • Natural selection: Live-edge wood in home design

    Live-edge hardwood, in which the sides of the slab are left unmilled to retain the natural profile of the tree trunk, is an increasingly popular decorative trend in today’s residential interiors. The technique is not only used for pieces of standalone furniture such as tables and benches but also...

  • Top kitchen renovation secrets from a design expert

    As the hardest-working room in your home, it's no wonder that so many people want to renovate their kitchens. A smart, stylish refresh doesn't just transform the space; it can influence the look and feel of the entire home. Such an important and influential project can often be a bit overwhelming....

  • The harmful impacts of gas-powered lawn gear (Infographic)

    As summer heats up, homeowners are busy with their yardwork. Unfortunately, too often they’re fueling terrible environmental problems with gas-powered outdoor gear. Now, with advancements in battery-powered lawn tools that deliver the power and run-time of gas-powered equipment, weekend warriors...

  • 5 ways tiny homes have become luxury homes

    Sponsored ad content by Clayton For decades, it seemed like the name of the game in the United States was if it’s bigger then it will be better. This is a big country; we like big portions, big cars, big homes, big everything. But what’s true for many isn’t true for everyone. In the housing market,...

  • Increase comfort and lower energy bills for the warmer months

    As the warm weather creeps in and the country heats up, now is the time for homeowners to make sure they’re doing their part to help increase comfort and reduce energy bills. From the exterior to the interior, the consideration of a few simple tips could mean the difference between a summer that’s...

  • Here's how to tap into your home's not-so-hidden potential

    Your most valuable asset is around you all the time. It’s above you, it’s below you and in many cases you don’t realize how much it can do for you. According to the Urban Institute in Washington, D.C., “Americans have a staggering amount of untapped equity in their homes.” How much? Altogether,...

  • 4 reasons why black shingles are resurging in popularity

    Grays, browns, taupes — after decades of neutral-colored shingles dominating entire neighborhoods, homeowners are turning to the dark side. Home improvement experts agree black roofs are making a comeback, offering a sleek alternative that boosts curb appeal and enhances design elements. Decades...

  • How to use your home equity in retirement

    Most of us save and plan for decades to enjoy the period of our life when we no longer need to go into the office and work an eight-hour day for a paycheck. But even with those decades of hard work, it can be tough to save up enough cash to cover all your costs in retirement. Many soon-to-be-retirees...

  • Garage door industry issues consumer alert

    Sorry, but your browser does not support the video tag. A nationwide garage door repair scam has prompted the garage door industry to issue a national consumer alert. The industry’s warning includes four short videos that describe the scam. “We believe that hundreds of garage door and opener customers...

  • Smaller metros take action to draw millennials fleeing bigger urban areas

    Are millennials getting ready to leave big cities in droves? Some experts in demographics, economics and real estate have predicted the millennial exodus from huge urban areas has already begun. If true, the question remains: where will they go? Some may head to the suburbs, like their parents and...

  • Hardworking kitchens can still have style

    Years ago, the kitchen served a very utilitarian function — a place to prepare food and clean the dishes. Today, it's truly the nerve center of the house where people eat meals, discuss the day's events, plan calendars, do homework, check e-mail and entertain guests. With that increased demand on...

  • 3 easy ways to combat water damage in your walls and ceilings

    Ask any homeowner what they dread the most when it comes to home ownership, and it’s likely to involve some type of undetected water damage that could result in mold and mildew in their walls and ceilings — and the problems that follow. Most water damage in homes is associated with pipes and appliances,...

  • 5 tips to help a new space feel like home

    Got a recent high school graduate moving into a dorm in the fall? Or maybe a college graduate renting their first apartment? It might seem difficult to make a brand new space feel like home, but with a few tips from AllPosters, they can give that dorm or apartment a nice, homey feel. 1. Small budget,...

  • 3 ways to quickly and economically save big bucks on home cooling costs

    What would you rather do: Pay your utility bill or take a much-deserved vacation? With an endless stream of bills each month, you might wonder where you can find the money to jet off to the beach or mountain resort of your dreams. There is a solution. The average U.S. household spends more than...

  • Moving tips, services to make military families' moves go smoothly

    Moving is hectic for anyone, but it can be especially challenging for military families. Frequent relocations, sometimes across the country and often with short notice, can make it difficult for military families to build the kind of friends and family support teams that civilians rely on to help...

  • Install handrails for a safer home

    The National Safety Council considers unintentional falls one of the leading causes of household accidents in the U.S. This trend is especially true among adults 65 and older with one in three experiencing an injury related fall each year according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention....

  • Simple steps to create the perfect outdoor oasis

    Summer is home to many of the year’s most beautiful days, so who can blame you for wanting to spend them all outside? Your yard becomes your living room and your patio the kitchen. It’s your home away from home, which begs the question — do you like your current digs? If your home's outdoor space...

  • DIY done simple: 5 projects you can tackle in a weekend

    This time of year was made for DIY projects. The weather is perfect, the projects have mounted, you’ve got the time and the motivation. Now if only you had the budget. Not to worry, DIY doesn’t have to be synonymous with expensive! There are plenty of impactful DIY projects that can be tackled quickly...

  • Home innovations that protect against moisture

    There is an insidious enemy that every homeowner dreads: moisture and the damage and degradation it can cause if left unchecked. Luckily, home improvement manufacturers have discovered new ways to prevent moisture from penetrating the home in the first place. With new home product innovations,...

  • DIY pressure washing: How to get great results

    Clean siding and trim can do as much for a home’s curb appeal as fresh flowers, neatly trimmed hedges and a repainted front door. You could scrub for hours trying to remove dirt, mold and mildew, or you could do the job more quickly and easily with a pressure washer. However, if you decide to pressure...

  • 5 steps that can improve your credit score in 100 days or less

    Low interest rates, a strong economy and the turn of the seasons are all causing the real estate market to heat up. More homes on the market bring more competition to buy the inventory that is out there. And one way to stand apart from other buyers who are vying for their dream home is to take...

  • 5 tips that support your lawn and the environment

    You have a love for all things green; that’s why you take such pride in the care you show for your yard. While you want your yard to be beautiful, you also want to achieve your goals in an environmentally friendly way. You want to be green in the process of growing green. You’re not alone. More and...

  • 7 'little' upgrades that can mean a lot to homebuyers

    Anyone who’s ever bought or sold a home knows how even little things can sway a buyer to feel a particular house is "just right." While major features such as a good location, a big kitchen, and a certain number of bedrooms and bathrooms all drive a home’s price and how attractive it is to buyers,...

  • A smarter way to buy a home

    Are you considering buying a home? With mortgage rates on the slow and steady incline, there may be no better time for a home purchase than now. Mortgage interest rates will likely continue to go up for the foreseeable future, according to recent data from the housing finance company Freddie Mac...

  • 5 aging-in-place bathroom upgrades to make while you're young(er)

    Sorry, but your browser does not support the video tag. Is it ever too early to think about aging in place, and making home improvements that will allow you to remain living in the same house well into your golden years? Homeowners in their 60s and 70s are no longer the only Americans investing...

  • 10 tips to save money, cut stress when buying or selling a home

    Sorry, but your browser does not support the video tag. As the weather heats up, so too does the real estate market. Spring and summer are typically busy seasons for buying and selling a home, and they can also be stressful due to high home prices and increased competition. “Buying or selling a...

  • 5 tips to stay on top of yard work

    Cookouts, pool parties and bonfires are summer staples. But before the outdoor entertaining begins, it’s important to prepare yourself with the know-how to keep your yard in tip-top shape so you can enjoy all the season brings. Finding a balance between work and fun can be difficult. Luckily, there...

  • Want to catch homebuyers' eyes? Follow 5 easy steps to a lush lawn

    When it comes to selling a home there are many different strategies and most of them focus on the home's interior. However, what many sellers fail to realize is that it's the exterior of the home that often makes or breaks a sale. Curb appeal is necessary for that vital first impression. Much of...

  • 4 easy ways to make your yard an outdoor oasis this summer

    Summer is the season when your backyard takes center stage. As warm weather arrives, it’s time to head outdoors and create a beautiful and lush outdoor space that you can enjoy all season long. “It’s no secret that backyards are the best place to spend time with family and friends in the summer...

  • How to use color psychology to influence the mood of your home

    Looking to make a few changes around the house? A fresh coat of paint can make a big difference on the look of your home and how you feel living in it. But unless you’re a color expert, it’s hard to know what colors are best among the endless array of options. A great place to start is by understanding...

  • How to blend contrasting materials for high-impact design

    The melding of contrasting materials throughout the home is a sophisticated way to add visual interest and depth to your design. Bold finishes coupled with muted color tones create an eye-catching statement, while natural wood combined with cool metal boasts a stunning blend of nature and machinery....

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