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Today was an exceptionally crisp New York day and it truly had me excited that fall was right around the corner. We always say that fall is the perfect home improvement season and today was a great example of why. The weather was crisp and cool with low humidity; perfect weather for indoor and...

Filed under: Budgets, Home If you are still reeling from high electric bills driven by summer cooling costs, you may finally be of the mind-set to do something about it. Many local utility companies actually want to help you spend less on electricity, and are introducing new ways help lower...

Recently while doing interior design work for a client’s home theater the idea of doing upholstered wall panels seemed like a really great fit for the space. From a design stand point the wall panels would be fitted, glamorous, and just plain gorgeous to look at. From a practical point of view...

I’m just back from our family’s summer vacation; a road trip that included driving 1800 miles across 6 states in a mini-van (think: Chevy Chase/Vacation). This was especially true during our stop in Charlotte, North Carolina, where we’d planned to spend a day at the US National Whitewater Center...

As another New York humid and sticky summer draws to a close so does a chapter in my personal life. We are getting central air conditioning installed! The summers of sweating it out with a window unit air conditioner are over. Do you know anyone who needs a free window unit? I’ve got 4 up for...

Filed under: Home, Insurance, Real Estate With summer storms upon us and hurricane season well underway, it's a good time to think about the homeowner's insurance coverage you have and what you might need to do should you ever need it. Insurance coverage is a financial necessity should a major...

Filed under: Borrowing, Home, Real Estate, Recession, Tax - Credit According to a news report by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), the clock is running down on the $8,000 tax credit for first-time home buyers. With less than four months to go, builders are urging qualified...

Filed under: Home, Real Estate Not every room has instant architectural interest, but you can create a dynamic look with the reasonably priced, paintable moldings and trims offered at any home improvement center. Here are just a few of the many affordable ways to give a space an expensive...

Filed under: Bargains, Home By balancing the cost of home improvement projects against the return on investment those projects can bring in real home value at the time of sale, you can make the most of a conservative amount of cash while enhanciing home value and enjoyment. Rally your...

Filed under: Home, Family Money, Real Estate, Saving Money, Relationships With school out for summer and a bunch of seasonal projects, the time's right for getting young do-it-yourselfers involved in home improvement plans. Working together to make a repair or build something new not only...

Filed under: Budgets, Home, Real Estate, Saving Money, Shopping Combine a limited home improvement budget with a green frame of mind, and you can find great ways to save on your next DIY project. There are a lot of worthwhile, beautiful home materials ready to be reclaimed and reused thanks to...

Filed under: Bargains, Budgets, Home, Real Estate, Saving Money, Simplification, Green With the summer yard-care season in full swing, household water use is up and conservation warnings aren't far behind. Before your water bills get too hot to handle, why not free water for your yard by...

Filed under: Home, Saving Money, Relationships, Recession

This Father's Day, dear-old dad is expected to have to make do with less according to new data from IBIS World Research.

According to the report, Father's Day spending will be down across top categories like home improvement (-28%),...

Filed under: Home, Real Estate, Recession Selling your home in a down market requires the kind of attention to detail that helps prospective buyers envision the space as their own. This is where staging comes in, helping to make any home look like new and reflect care, quality and...

Filed under: Bargains, Budgets, Home, Insurance, Real Estate, Saving Money, Recession, Buyer Beware When times are tough, we all look for ways to better plan repairs and cut unexpected costs. If you own a home, you may be more tempted to purchase a home warranty to help avoid the financial...

Filed under: Budgets, Home, Green If your home is typical, there are several vampires lurking around the living areas?energy vampires, that is. Energy vampires, everyday electronic devices ranging from cell phone chargers to televisions, consume electricity even when they're turned off, and suck...

Filed under: Bargains, Budgets, Home, Green No matter the size of your household, you're probably flushing and washing away far more water than you need to. But as utility prices and seasonal water needs climb while drought thresholds fall, the EPA is giving both you and Mother Earth a break...

Filed under: Budgets, Home Although gasoline prices are heading upward once again, they are nowhere near last summer's average high of $4.11 a gallon, meaning that you could drive more for less. But is that smart? As a matter of fact, one of the bright spots in this turbulent economy is that it...

Filed under: Budgets, Home If your household budget includes paying a lawn maintenance service and a pest control service every month, now is a great time to take matters into your own hands and save some green. When you consider that:

  • Your lawn service can run $200 a month or more. Replace...

Filed under: Budgets, Home Just as President Obama gets handy swinging a figurative hammer to nail down an acceptable recovery plan for the automotive industry, he's also gearing up for a few improvements at the White House ? home improvements that, unlike past presidents, he'll be paying for...