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Basements

April showers won't just bring May flowers, but leaking wet basements too if homeowners don't maintain good outside drainage conditions. Wet basements are one of life's biggest headaches, yet waterproofing is generally easy to accomplish.

When basements leak, people panic. The trouble,...

Home Warranty Advice: Are They Worth the Money?

If you own a home, you may be more tempted to purchase a home warranty to help avoid the financial surprise of an unexpected repair. But do home warranties truly offer the peace of mind they claim on the brochure? Will purchasing a home warranty cover an air conditioner that gives out mid...

Insulation and Ventilation

With summer just around the corner, many homeowners are looking for ways to lower their air conditioning bills. Installing spray polyurethane foam (SPF) is one option.

This type of insulation has many benefits, including reduced air infiltration that can lower energy costs and improve indoor...

Bathroom Remodeling

The best and most valuable home improvements will reward your investments of money and time with higher home value now and at the time you sell your home. In each of the past 15 years, over one million homeowners spent more than $10,000 on a kitchen, bath or other major remodeling project,...

Chimney Repair and Cleaning

When temperatures drop, it's time to think about getting your house ready for winter. A good place to start is by reviewing your chimney for any repair or cleaning it may need.

Often neglected, chimneys are a vital part of a home's structure and mechanical functioning. If a chimney is not...

Buying or Selling a Home

Unlike many other investments, your home can actually make money for you. Some home renovations however, pay better than others.  Here are three ways to manage an uptick in cash flow during an economic downturn.

Get paid for energy-efficient home improvements:  You can earn up to $500 in...