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Happy laundry rooms start with good “bones” – basic functional systems that work the way they should and prevent disaster. 

Whether you’re thinking of adding a laundry room, remodeling an existing one, or just want the most trouble-free laundry room possible, check out upgrades and maintenance...

We’re in the thick of tax season, and that means it’s also prime time for identity theft. 

Take a look around your home office, the family computer area, or that corner of the kitchen that attracts paper.  Somewhere, you’ve got a mounting stack, and I’m willing to bet it includes credit card...

One of the worst things about winter is not being able to find your mailbox under the snow plow hump at the end of your driveway.  It’s probably not fun for your postal carrier either.  But there are some cool mailboxes out there that can help you avoid that problem. 

There are actually several...

2010 saw some stubborn insect infestations in the United States, from bedbugs to the dreaded stinkbug.  But will last year’s pests bug us for yet another year?  Look out for the return of these guys, who took the top prizes for unwelcome guests in 2010:

Bedbugs.  Bedbugs popped up all over the...

Americans may have experienced some downsizing in their careers over the past couple of years, and that seems to be reflected in what’s happening in their homes, too. 

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) unveiled its findings about the predicted future of the American home at the...

Filed under: Home, Green, Economizer Punxsutawney Phil may have predicted an early spring, but with all due respect to the Groundhog's legend, chances are that most of us will be seeing a few more rounds of heating bills. Keeping your home comfortable this time of year isn't cheap, but there are...

Filed under: Home, Green, Tax - Credit If you think you may have missed out on energy tax credits because you didn't get to those energy-saving improvements on your 2010 to-do list, think again. When President Obama signed the Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation...

Filed under: Home, Green, Tax - Credit

If you think you may have missed out on energy tax credits because you didn't get to those energy-saving improvements on your 2010 to-do list, think again. When President Obama signed the Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation...

Trulia.com, a top site for homebuyers, sellers and renters, released its latest Rent vs. Buy Index which found that it is now more affordable to buy than to rent a two-bedroom homein 72% of America’s 50 largest cities.  

Meanwhile, a nation of renters has emerged as more Americans rent by...

If you think you’re being smart, economical and resourceful by re-using dirty, oily or greasy rags for jobs around the house or garage, think again!  They’re a potential fire hazard.  Piles of oily rags can spontaneously combust, turning your home into a fireball. 

And don’t even think about...

Solar energy appears to be growing in popularity.  Not only are we seeing more homes sporting solar panels, but now even the greenest zoo in America will generate power from the sun. 

This spring, visitors to the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden will be greeted by the largest publicly...

Today, Trulia.com released its latest Rent vs. Buy Index which found that it is now more affordable to buy than to rent a two-bedroom home in 72% of America’s 50 largest cities.  

Meanwhile, back at the ranch, a nation of renters has emerged as more Americans choose to rent -- often due to...

Winter storms are unpredictable and can whip up at any moment.  Snow can accumulate quickly and suddenly.  Many of you have already seen Mother Nature at work this year.  Multiple times.

Your best defense is preparation. Gather all of your snow removal supplies and check that they are in top...

Earlier this month, a family in southern California was reported to have used an oven to try to stay warm in the cold temperatures, resulting in the deaths of two people from carbon monoxide poisoning.  This tragic incident is a reminder that carbon monoxide poisoning can be fatal, but can be...

January is Bath Safety Month.  Yes, I know -- there seems to be a month devoted to awareness for just about every problem.  But this one actually deserves a little attention.  Falls at home injure millions of Americans every year, but here are simple things you can change inexpensively in your...

Got an electrician coming out to the house sometime soon?  Make a note to kill several electric birds with one stone.  While he or she is there, have your electrician make these relatively easy upgrades to your home electric outlets:

-- Raise some outlets.  It helps keep them out of reach of...

Did you know that your washing machine might not be washing the germs out of your family’s clothes? 

Over time, washing machines can become contaminated with bacteria, potentially leaving millions of germs behind in your laundry.

To correct this problem, run the washer without clothes using...

Looking to clean out that clutter, donate to charity and maybe even find a great deal on that kitchen sink you've been looking for?  Look no further than DiggersList and the Habitat for Humanity Re-Stores.

DiggersList is a website of home improvement classified ads, and it's giving Americans an...

If you’re looking for a natural, non-toxic wood stain, you might want to raid your kitchen. 

- Coffee, tea and black walnut hulls can be steeped to make a concentrated solution that case be used as a stain. 

- Black raspberries are an effective wood stain when crushed and then rubbed onto...

Make sure your fireplace is in tip-top shape this winter to keep your home and family safe.  Follow these tips for thorough seasonal fireplace maintenance:

-  Check your flue, damper and firebox for creosote build-up.  Creosote is highly combustible and can lead to a dangerous chimney...