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  • 2019 Outdoor Living Trends

    The heart of the home is shifting outside, where the hottest trends and newest products do not simply feature the look of the indoors — but the functionality as well. Advances in all-weather materials and furnishings have made it possible for the outdoors to act as a seamless extension of the home....

  • Transform your bathroom into a wellness retreat for body and mind

    Transform your bathroom into a wellness retreat for body and mind

    When you think of your bathroom, what comes to mind? A place you're in and out of quickly while getting ready for the day or winding down for the night? Your bathroom can be more than just a utilitarian space. By adding certain bathroom amenities, you can transform your bathroom into a calming...

  • 8 ways to refresh your kitchen without a major renovation

    8 ways to refresh your kitchen without a major renovation

    The kitchen is one of the most important rooms in your home. From cooking and eating to spending time with your family, most kitchens are well lived in and loved. But when it comes time for an upgrade, the kitchen is also one of the most expensive rooms to remodel. A full kitchen remodel can take...

  • 5 smart ideas to refresh your deck

    5 smart ideas to refresh your deck

    As seasons turn, your focus begins to shift to the outdoors. Your deck or patio becomes your new living room — an ideal setting for memorable moments with friends and family. If you look at these spaces and long for a refresh, the time to start planning is now. You have options, and many you can...

  • 3 easy ways to increase the life and value of your deck

    3 easy ways to increase the life and value of your deck

    Building a deck is one of the best home improvement investments you can make. According to Remodeling Magazine’s 2019 Cost vs. Value Report, a homeowner can expect to recoup about 76 percent of the cost of building a wood deck and 69 percent of a composite deck when the time comes to sell their...

  • 5 ways to customize a bathroom space

    5 ways to customize a bathroom space

    Bathrooms are one of the most frequented rooms in a home. It's where you start and end your day, and can be a room to relax and recharge in. This special space should reflect your personality and unique preferences. If you don't feel it adequately does, there are a few simple ways to refresh this...

  • Fact or fiction? 5 common car insurance myths debunked

    Fact or fiction? 5 common car insurance myths debunked

    Trimming costs is, hands down, the easiest way to put more dollars in your pocket. When looking at the major expenses in your life, insurance is often seen as a big one. While there are well-known tips for saving on insurance, like bundling home and auto, a good first step is to have accurate information....

  • 6 features luxury home buyers desire

    6 features luxury home buyers desire

    Modern trends in luxury homes are not just about location, size or specific decor, but reflecting the sophistication of their buyers. Buyers in today’s luxury home market desire innovative features that enhance their quality of life, provide extra touches of relaxation and use smart technology...

  • Revive deteriorated concrete driveways, sidewalks and patios by resurfacing

    Revive deteriorated concrete driveways, sidewalks and patios by resurfacing

    There are many simple and affordable ways to improve the curb appeal of a home. From power washing the siding and painting the shutters to landscaping the front yard and updating the mailbox, homeowners have countless do-it-yourself possibilities that will effectively add curb appeal to their home....

  • Real estate financing: The 3 main factors lenders consider

    Real estate financing: The 3 main factors lenders consider

    Sponsored ad content from Vanderbilt Mortgage and Finance, Inc. Buying a new home is an exciting milestone. While finding the right home is essential, the most important step toward homeownership is making sure you're ready to apply for a home loan. Applying for a mortgage is not something people...

  • Customized communications are the future for HOAs

    Customized communications are the future for HOAs

    Without thoughtful communication, relationships between board members, residents and property managers of community associations — aka, HOAs — can go from smooth to contentious in a hurry. From single-family communities to high-rise condos, everyone has their own ideas about what’s best for the...

  • 5 must-haves to make spring cleaning a breeze

    Springtime means warmer temperatures, wide-open windows and a fresh outlook on life. With springtime on the way, many of us look forward to freshening up our homes by clearing out the dust and cobwebs that have accumulated over the winter. While spring cleaning can seem like a daunting task, the...

  • An easy spring guide to a green, weed-free lawn

    Sorry, but your browser does not support the video tag. The rich green color, the soft feel beneath your feet and the iconic fresh-cut smell — thriving grass enhances your property in countless ways. Spring is the ideal time to focus on your lawn, so by taking steps now, you can enjoy lush, green...

  • 5 quick home fixes to rest easy

    5 quick home fixes to rest easy

    Ongoing, routine upkeep is important to ensure the house stays running. While it may seem easier to put off tasks for a later date, checking off some smaller chores now can help avoid incidents or costly repairs later. “Home maintenance can be easy to overlook when the day-to-day gets busy, but...

  • Want to buy a home? Do the math

    Want to buy a home? Do the math

    It is a common misconception that a 20 percent down payment is required to buy a home. Advice to wait and save a large down payment is often based on the theory that the cost of mortgage insurance (MI), which is required when you buy with a smaller down payment, should be avoided. This may not...

  • Retaining walls to the rescue

    Retaining walls to the rescue

    Segmental retaining wall (SRW) units are one of the most versatile landscaping tools in the homeowner’s and professional landscaper’s toolbox. Retaining wall units have evolved from just being used to retain soil, transition slopes and prevent erosion. Today’s SRWs can do all that plus serve as...

  • Renew an old concrete patio with pavers

    Renew an old concrete patio with pavers

    Nearly 70 percent of homeowners spend more time outside after completing a landscaping project, according to a 2018 Houzz survey. While this is not a new trend, upgrading the backyard and the curb appeal of a home continues to be a smart investment, especially when hardscapes are involved. Few...

  • Top 2019 outdoor living trends

    Top 2019 outdoor living trends

    With busy schedules and on-the-go lifestyles, outdoor living spaces offer a chance to decompress, enjoy nature and connect with friends and family. Thanks to the impressive design and quality of today’s outdoor products, these spaces often rival the convenience, comfort and design of the indoors....

  • 3 tips to make your bathroom more inviting and functional

    3 tips to make your bathroom more inviting and functional

    We tend to think of the bathroom strictly as a utilitarian space, and therefore not worthy of the same energy and expense put into designing spaces like the living room or kitchen. We spend a lot of time in the bathroom, however. It’s the room where we start and set intentions for our day. In the...

  • Top 10 value-enhancing home improvement projects for older homes

    Top 10 value-enhancing home improvement projects for older homes

    Do you own an older home, and are you looking to make upgrades that matter? Strategic enhancements not only increase a property's resale value, but also its functionality. This is particularly important among young homebuyers. Sixty-eight percent of millennial homebuyers reported buyer's remorse,...

  • Connectivity is king this home-buying season

    Connectivity is king this home-buying season

    The spring home-buying season is just around the corner and that means people are busy making improvements to get their homes ready to sell. These days, home upgrades are increasingly focused on one key feature: connectivity. In 2019, buyers want smart homes they can easily control from anywhere....

  • Are your home and your wallet prepared for the inevitable?

    Are your home and your wallet prepared for the inevitable?

    Nobody bats an eyelash when it comes to buying homeowner's insurance, but many homeowners don’t apply that same logic to planning for home repairs — not what might happen, but what will happen. Only a fraction of the 120 million U.S. households today are protected by a home services plan, also...

  • Which bathtub style is right for you?

    Wondering if you should have a bathtub in your bathroom? Despite trend reports that say some homeowners are removing bathtubs, House Beautiful recently reported that there are good reasons to have a bathtub in your home. They make sense for families since children rarely take a shower. For everyone...

  • 5 tips to flip your home from drab to fab

    If you’re looking to freshen up your living space, it’s easy to get swept away in on-trend designs. But while trends come and go, savvy homebuilders and designers agree that there’s one thing that never goes out of style: natural wood details, such as those crafted from a versatile species like...

  • When saying 'I do' means a move: 5 tips for combining households

    When saying 'I do' means a move: 5 tips for combining households

    Getting married means a whole lot of changes, not the least of which could be moving to a new house or apartment. Whether you’re getting a brand-new place for the both of you or one of you is shifting all your earthly possessions to join your spouse, it’s a good idea to take proactive steps to...

  • 5 ways to create an inviting room using tile

    Today’s tile trends extend so far beyond their traditional use as a staple of bathroom design that you may not recognize them. While once the most attractive and innovative tiles had to be imported, contemporary handcrafted tile and stone products for home design are now being made right here in...

  • Stir crazy? Tips to help guys maintain their sanity

    The winter months are known as a leading cause of indoor stir-craziness. Colder temperatures, rain, sleet, snow and shortened daylight hours all mean we spend more time inside than we would like. This poses a challenge for guys, who after months of hibernation are surely climbing the walls. Here...

  • Mortgage insurance: Added cost to homebuying or smart way to get in?

    The homebuying process is exciting, but can also seem fraught with added costs, like a home inspection, title insurance and closing costs. And if you can’t afford a full 20 percent down payment on a conventional home loan, then you will most likely pay for private mortgage insurance (MI). Some...

  • 3 ways to prepare for stormy weather

    No matter where you live, the weather can be unpredictable any time of year. Storms can disrupt your family’s routine, but a little preparation can mean reducing the stress that unexpected weather events can cause. Preparing for storms or other weather conditions just takes a few practical, proactive...

  • Affordable bathroom updates with big impact

    A bathroom renovation is a highly desired home improvement, but many homeowners put off making updates due to the perceived cost. Fortunately, you don't need a complete remodel to get the bathroom of your dreams — nor do you need to break the bank. These six ideas for updating a bathroom will help...

  • Concrete ways to furnish a home

    From driveways and sidewalks to porches and steps, concrete is the cornerstone of a home’s curb appeal. The same is true in the backyard where patios, fire pits and other concrete features define the value of any outdoor living space. However, in recent years concrete has migrated indoors where...

  • Catch home buyers' attention with a bathroom in an 'impossible' space

    When it comes to real estate, you've probably heard kitchens and bathrooms typically sell houses. While you may not have enough money for a kitchen remodel, adding a bathroom can be a more affordable way to enhance your property and catch buyers' attention. By adding another bathroom to your home,...

  • How cash-out refinancing can turn into a costly mistake

    Sorry, but your browser does not support the video tag. After years of making regular mortgage payments, it feels good to watch your net worth make upward progress. That’s especially true if your house is also gaining value. With a growing amount of equity comes peace of mind, knowing you have...

  • New year, new smart home innovations for your interconnected life

    Smart home products made major strides in 2018. More people than ever now use connected devices in their homes, and smart home hubs are constantly adding new integrations and capabilities. Research from Statista predicts that by the end of 2018, more than 45 million smart home devices will be installed...

  • Simple bathroom installations with big impact for 2019

    Craving a more beautiful bathroom? Resolve to make this the year that you finally create the bathroom of your dreams. Fortunately, you don't need a major remodel. Consider these ideas for simple changes with big impact. With a little planning and effort, you'll add to your home's value and functionality,...

  • 5 New Year’s resolutions to help prevent pests

    From healthy lifestyle changes to productive habits, there are plenty of New Year’s resolutions that can start your 2019 off on the right foot. Homeowners can extend those resolutions to include keeping the house in tiptop shape — and keeping out unwanted visitors. The pest management experts at...

  • Goodbye spring cleaning, hello winter refresh!

    Every year, homeowners anxiously await spring to refresh and reset their homes. But what if we capitalized on all the time spent indoors during winter to take control of home improvements ahead of time instead? With a little thoughtful planning, you'll not only be able to give your space a simple...

  • 2019: The Year of the Space-Age Home

    In 2019, the “space-age” home will become a reality with modern innovations that are poised to change the way we think about luxury, elegance and comfort. Incorporating advanced technology into your home is essential when elevating its overall style, design and functionality. What better way to...

  • Indoor survival guide for guys

    The winter months are known as a leading cause of indoor stir-craziness. Colder temperatures, rain, sleet, snow and shortened daylight hours all mean we spend more time inside than we would like. This poses a particular challenge for guys, who after months of hibernation are surely climbing the...

  • Setting up your home office for efficiency

    So, you’ve been running your business from your home for some time now, and with the busy holiday season upon us, you find yourself overwhelmed, stressed and your office is a mess. When running a business, there are so many things you need to think about to maximize efficiency, from having a clean...

  • Home is Where the Smart is…This Winter!

    If you’re considering making your home life more efficient and cost-effective with smart home technology, you’re part of a growing trend. U.S. consumers spent some $23.6 billion on interconnected devices and appliances for their homes in 2018. And that number is expected to reach $44.8 billion...

  • 5 simple ways to bring more color to your home

    When you look at your home's interiors, do you find yourself craving a refresh? If so, there's no better time than the New Year to update your home with thoughtful design touches that embrace the power of color. Color is a key component of interior design and a useful tool for updating any space....

  • The top 4 pest trends of 2018

    As the calendar flips to December each year, the country reflects on the trends and moments that defined the last 12 months. From viral moments to unwanted home visitors, the experts at Terminix break down four statistics that defined the year for pests. Most-searched pest Americans took to the...

  • Home security tips for the holidays

    For many, the holiday season means travel! In fact, millions of U.S. residents travel more than 50 miles away from home during the holiday season. Unfortunately, burglars are also aware of these holiday season travel statistics. While many families look forward to the holidays, it is easy to get...

  • Tips to help keep out pests this holiday season

    It's easy for things like pest prevention to get overlooked during the hustle and bustle of the holidays. Homeowners have a lot on their minds, from the relatives coming to town to the presents they have yet to purchase. But pests don't necessarily rest during the cold winter months; in fact, many...

  • 6 value-adding upgrades for your home

    Faced with a tight U.S. housing market, many people are looking to improve the looks, comfort and value of homes they might otherwise sell. Renovating with hardwood is an excellent way of achieving these goals. "Beautifully milled and finished hardwood provides a unique range of colors and textures...

  • Tips and tactics for buying a home in a seller's market

    If you've been in the process of buying or selling a home this past year, or even considering it, you know it's been a seller's market for the most part. Inventory of homes available for sale has been low, creating more demand than the market can supply. Couple that with low interest rates, which...

  • Road salt reduces crashes by up to 88 percent

    Each winter, drivers from Maine to Texas are reminded just how dependent they are on their cars, and what happens when snow and ice get in the way. More than 116,000 Americans are injured and over 1,300 are killed on snowy, slushy or icy pavement every winter. Studies show that road salt is the...

  • Budget checkup for homeowners and future homeowners

    Sponsored Ad Content from Vanderbilt Mortgage and Finance, Inc. A budget is an important tool for first-time homebuyers and current homeowners. Throw out any negative feeling you may have toward budgeting. We're here to tell you that budgeting is a great exercise, and can free your financial mind!...

  • 5 questions to answer when considering a new deck

    When planning a deck project, choosing the right material is key to the enjoyment and value you'll get from your outdoor living space. Today, there are more choices in decking materials than ever before, including high-performance composites, which are increasingly replacing wood in backyards across...

  • Steps for homeowners dealing with ice or snowstorms

    Are you ready if a blizzard hit tomorrow? While smaller snowstorms certainly create a level of frustration for homeowners, large storms require preparation to stay safe and comfortable. Families don't want to be caught off guard in the event of a large snowstorm. Finding yourself unprepared and...

  • 5 steps to help improve the value of your prefabricated home

    [Sponsored Ad Content by Vanderbilt Mortgage]  (BPT) The majority of Americans believe buying a home is a wise financial decision — 84 percent, to be exact, according to a recent survey1 Why is this such a widely held belief? In short, buying a home brings the potential for home equity and appreciation...

  • Protect your family from the invisible dangers of carbon monoxide (Video)

    Sorry, but your browser does not support the video tag. Carbon monoxide (CO) is an invisible, odorless gas, produced when fossil fuels (like oil, gas or coal) burn. Because you can't see, taste or smell it, carbon monoxide can kill you before you know it's there. Exposure to lower levels over time...

  • 'Tis the season to get the home ready for holiday entertaining

    As the year winds down, social calendars fill up with merriment-filled gatherings among friends and family. When hosting a seasonal gathering at home, being proactive can help streamline tasks and reduce stress. From whipping up a feast to toasting in the New Year, here are five ideas for getting...

  • 5 bathroom DIY projects for weekend warriors

    Dreaming of a bathroom update? Don't wait until you can hire a professional to get the upgraded bathroom you desire. With some simple DIY projects, you'll enhance your home's value and functionality in just a weekend (or less). Project 1: Shower overhaul Many people are surprised it doesn't take...

  • 4 ways to recreate your entertaining space

    The holidays, the big game, New Year's and everything in between: At this time of year there are plenty of reasons to invite family and friends to your home to entertain. In addition, there are also plenty of times — particularly on cold winter nights — when you just want to have a place you can...

  • Holiday shopping tips to save money and reduce stress

    Lines, crowds and stress — if that describes your holiday shopping experience, you're doing it all wrong. The cost of gifts and decorations can add up quickly, but there are plenty of ways to reduce the dent in your wallet. Here are six money- and time-saving tips from The Home Depot to minimize...

  • Tips for using metals in home decor

    While trends in home decor often change, there is one constant design feature that continues to shine, literally: metals. Today, homeowners can find creative ways to incorporate a regal touch that produces a timeless look with modern appeal. Take the Temperature A first step in implementing metallic...

  • 7 ways to help a grieving friend during the holidays

    Anyone who has lost a loved one knows that grief does not take a holiday. While others are celebrating, those in mourning may feel their loved one's absence even more strongly. How can you help someone you care about cope with and gain comfort from what should be the most festive time of year? ...

  • Tips for winter tree care

    It's hard to believe that winter is almost here. It seems like yesterday we were just getting our yards and patios ready to host summer barbecues and pool parties, and now we're beginning to think about winterizing plants and trimming tree branches. Winter is the best time to trim and prune trees...

  • How to put your own touch on modern bathroom design

    Home design continues to evolve but one element remains true: The bathroom is often the oasis within the home. A secluded bathroom is an ideal spot to experiment with modern designs without undergoing a major renovation. Below are a few tips on how to incorporate contemporary elements into an existing...

  • 4 unexpected bed bug hotspots

    The term "bed bugs" might make you shudder and picture a mattress teeming with the bloodsucking insects, but don't be fooled; the name is a bit of a misnomer. While almost 70 percent of bed bug infestations are associated with beds or items found near beds, the insects don't limit themselves to...

  • 5 tips for an efficient and safe moving day

    Moving to a new home can call for the coordination of a lot of details. That's especially true if you're a do-it-yourselfer who's renting a truck rather than hiring a moving company. Though the U.S. Census Bureau estimates the average American changes homes 11.4 times in a lifetime, many of us...

  • Winterize your lawn equipment following these 6 essential tips

    You enjoyed a beautiful green, lush lawn all summer thanks to your favorite yard tools. Show your gratitude now by properly storing all yard equipment before winter. When the freezing temperatures hit and the snow starts to fall, you can rest assured your lawn mower, trimmer and other accessories...

  • Five Show House Trends to Inspire Your Renovation

    When it's time to remodel and renovate your home, you're no doubt on the lookout for the freshest takes in design and color choices, so you can ensure your renovation is a lasting investment. To go about your home refresh in a thoughtful way, it can help to turn to the top experts in the industry...

  • Tips for embracing the benefits of natural light

    With daylight saving time in full effect, sunlight can be harder to come by. According to a recent study by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), humans spend an average of 90 percent of their days indoors, so savoring every opportunity for natural sunlight is more important than ever, especially...

  • What's making noise in your attic?

    Was that a squeak you just heard? A thump? What could possibly be making those noises inside your house, and what can you do to help get rid of whatever pest has decided to move in? The experts at Terminix have some information on what might be going bump in your attic. Birds Chirping or flapping...

  • Top exterior trends to inspire your 2019 home projects

    Thinking of adding a deck? How about replacing the tired, worn siding on your house? Now that the weather is colder, it's the perfect time to curl up with a hot beverage and start planning your 2019 home projects so you can nail the budget and settle on the look you're after. "Updating your home's...

  • Holiday Gift-Giving Can Help Employ Adults With Developmental Disabilities

    This holiday season, checking off items on your gift list can also help provide jobs for adults with developmental disabilities. 1-800-FLOWERS.COM, Inc. has introduced a special collection of eight holiday gifts to benefit Smile FarmsSM, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing meaningful...

  • 5 Homebuying Myths Debunked

    You may not know everything about homebuying, but some things are simply common knowledge, right? Think again! Some facts about buying a home that seem obvious are actually myths. If you knew the truth, would that change your view of buying a home? Or lead you to consider doing it sooner than you...

  • Illuminate your holiday decorating with this fun project

    Cooler weather has arrived and the holidays are quickly approaching. That means it's time to focus on your home decorating and, while you can always buy your holiday décor, making it can be so much more fun. Kick off your decorating by breaking out the wood, power drills, Arrow Fastener tools and...

  • Real-estate ready: 8 tips for boosting your home's value

    When selling a home, you want the best possible offer from homebuyers. To capture attention and boost bids, consider these eight tips. 1. Invest in the bath and kitchen to impress Buyers focus on kitchens and bathrooms, making these rooms worth the investment. A midrange bathroom remodel recoups...

  • 10 Essential Tips to Winterize Your Home

    That chill in the air means one thing: It's time to winterize your home. Taking a few simple steps now to repair and protect your home from Mother Nature can help save on time, energy bills and costly repairs this season. Here are 10 easy-to-accomplish projects to tackle before winter really sets...

  • 4 insurance myths and misconceptions dispelled

    There are several myths and misconceptions that exist when it comes to insurance. For example, true or false? It costs more to insure red cars.  The answer is false. Car color has no impact on insurance premiums; however, factors like your driving history, annual mileage driven, the cost of your...

  • 5 affordable decorating ideas to breathe new life into your East coast home

    Craving a change in your home décor but don't have the budget to hire an interior designer or do a major remodel? No problem! This year the trends involve natural materials, handmade accents, and rich colors. It's about bringing the outside in, making your home a haven of peace and calm, and creating...

  • 5 ways to prep your home's exterior for cold weather pest problems

    One of the last things you want to deal with as temperatures get chilly is an infestation of cockroaches or mice. With a few tips from Terminix, you can help protect your home from these critters so that you can spend more time relaxing and staying warm indoors. Seal possible entry points Take...

  • Tech tricks: 5 digital improvements helping millennials reach life goals

    As innovation and technology drive our world forward, millennial consumers expect seamless experiences more-so than their older peers. This desire is motivating businesses to make processes and experiences more efficient through digital tools so they can ultimately meet the expectations of their...

  • Considering a composite deck? Here are expert answers to homeowners' most common questions

    When planning a deck project, choosing the right material is key to the enjoyment and value you’ll get from your outdoor living space. Today, there are more choices in decking materials than ever before, including high-performance composites, which are increasingly replacing wood in backyards across...

  • 3D printing is reimagining the way we live today

    When additive manufacturing technology — better known as 3D printing — was first invented more than 30 years ago it was intended to make the product design and manufacturing process more efficient. At that time, 3D printing was used primarily as a way to create prototypes to validate and perfect...

  • How to keep pests out of your chimney

    As temperatures drop, many people will start spending more time in the warmth of their homes. Animals don’t have the luxury of extra heating and take whatever refuge they can find, making chimneys a convenient place for pests to seek shelter. The team at Terminix has some helpful information to...

  • Inside the mind of a renter (Infographic)

    The age-old question — to own or to rent — still looms for many, and renters acknowledge that finances remain one of the top barriers to homeownership. Common homebuying myths about down payments, private mortgage insurance and credit scores are also holding renters back. Learn more about current...

  • Prepare your backyard now and create a safe haven for birds in bad weather

    Ready or not, bad weather is on its way. Before the snow starts falling, take some time to transform your backyard into a safe refuge for winter-weary birds before unpredictable, harsh weather begins. The experts at Cole’s Wild Bird Products suggest timely tips to encourage birds to seek sustenance...

  • How to create the perfect, four-season outdoor living space

    Creating an outdoor living space will give you an extra "room" to enjoy in all types of weather, even as the temperatures drop. You can start small with an inexpensive patio set and charcoal grill on a new deck, go all out with a fully installed kitchen, fireplace and living room, or something...

  • Prevent these 4 winter home problems now

    When you start feeling those first hints of winter, the instinct to get ready kicks in. You may dig out your car’s snow brush, blanket, shovel and winter survival kit and place them in the trunk of your car. The winter coats and boots come out of storage, and you may pick up some extra mittens....

  • 5 steps to building and designing a sustainable, energy-efficient home

    Sponsored Ad Content by Clayton. For the 21st-century home, building with environmental sustainability in mind is a must. A sustainable, energy-efficient home makes the most effective use of building materials and natural energy. Many home builders look for new ways to ensure energy-efficiency...

  • Avoid chilling accidents with these tips to winterize your home

    Winter will be here before you know it. The season has a way of sneaking up on you and before you realize you’re not ready, the first chilling breezes have already arrived. Begin with winterizing your home now to ensure you're prepared for the season. Apply the following tips and your home will...

  • A guide to getting your home and yard winter-ready

    As the winter months approach, there’s much to anticipate: hot drinks, football games and getting cozy on those long, chilly nights. While homeowners can enjoy the comfort of the indoors, it’s still important to ensure their property is well prepared — inside and out — for chillier temperatures,...

  • How to make sure your door hardware makes the grade

    Short, chilly days mean more time spent indoors with family and friends. This is the perfect time to focus on home improvement, starting with finding the right door hardware. While home security is typically top-of-mind, door hardware such as locksets and deadbolts are generally overlooked and...

  • Simple steps to stay healthy during cold and flu season

    With cold and flu season just around the corner you might think there isn't much you can do to prepare for the inevitable aches and achoos. A few small changes in your routine and at home can go a long way toward keeping you and your family healthy all season long. Tidy toilet bowls The toilet...

  • Why fall is one of the best seasons to build a deck

    As the weather starts to shift and the crisp air settles in, your first inclination might be to head indoors, cozy up with a blanket and save that deck project you’ve been researching for next year. Not so fast. While home improvement stores sell spring and summer as the seasons for all things...

  • Integrate accessories for added luxury

    Accessories bring a sense of purpose into a space and, with thoughtful selection, can transform a room into an elevated experience. When used creatively and in unexpected ways, they add the perfect finishing touch to a space and can transform the overall aesthetic and design. From hardware to purposefully...

  • Balancing 2 (or more) generations under one roof

    If one family trend is an indicator, aging in America is in for a transformation. As people plan their retirement years, more and more are preferring to make the right adjustments at home to age in place, rather than exploring alternatives such as assisted living facilities and nursing homes. For...

  • 5 low-cost decorating ideas to breathe new life into your four walls

    Craving a change in your home décor but don’t have the budget to hire an interior designer or do a major remodel? No problem! This year the trends involve natural materials, handmade accents, and rich colors. It’s about bringing the outside in, making your home a haven of peace and calm, and creating...

  • Hurricane Florence: What to watch out for during recovery

    Hurricanes threaten lives and cause widespread property loss, flooding and damage to infrastructure. While there’s little we can control about the actual storm, we can be prepared and vigilant during the recovery phase to ensure greater stability in the rebuilding process. Hurricane Florence has...

  • Rats! How these rodents can ruin your day

    Say you’ve just gotten home after a long day. All you want to do is put your feet up, but you notice what looks like rodent droppings on the floor, find evidence of something having nibbled at the food in your kitchen and … what is that scrabbling sound coming from inside your walls? You may feel...

  • How to hygge your home this winter (Infographic)

    Hygge: a Danish word used when acknowledging a sense of coziness and a comfortable conviviality.

  • Back to basics: The importance of real grass

    Well-maintained outdoor spaces increase curb appeal and can bolster property values. They inspire kids’ imaginations and support healthy play. They make a homegrown neighborhood hangout, ideal for spending time together. Whether you’re a first-time homeowner or looking for ways to improve your...

  • Take a second look at your homebuying options

    Buying a home is an exciting process, but for many people it can also seem out of reach. While many renters would like to buy, there are several factors that may lead potential homebuyers to believe they may not be ready. These include credit score requirements, income and debt levels, and the...

  • 5 steps to protect your home from rodents this fall

    Once they’re inside, rats and other rodents can do a lot of harm to your home. This includes damage to electrical wiring, metal or plastic pipes and insulation found in walls and attics. On top of structural damage, the critters aren’t good for the people who live in your home, either: Some species...

  • 10 stylish ways to an eco-friendly home

    You want your home to be comfortable, functional and a stylish reflection of your personal tastes. You also want to be responsible in resource use, such as water consumption. Fortunately, achieving one of these goals doesn't mean sacrificing the other. You can enjoy comfort, functionality, style,...

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