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Everyone knows that a home's features can make or break a home sale, and that's truer now than ever. But when it comes time to sell your home, not all home-improvement projects are created equal. While some home improvements are worth the time and money that you put into them, just as many are...

Bathroom renovations are one of the surest ways to help sell a home. And you don't have to break the bank to make improvements that will appeal to buyers. "Bathrooms are one area where home buyers make decisions because it will be one of the most used rooms in the house," says industry expert...

No matter the style or vintage of your house, a workable, up-to-date kitchen is a must. A kitchen remodel will make everyday routines more efficient and enjoyable. And if you're thinking of selling your home anytime soon, it will be a focal point for potential buyers and a big factor in their...

Winter is prime time for indoor remodeling jobs. But don't jump in just because a contractor suddenly has all the time in the world to work with you. When it comes to working with contractors, proper preparation is everything. You'll get the best price, best experience and best results--any time...

During my 20 years as a professional home inspector I've walked the floorboards of thousands of old houses. By now, I've developed an uncanny ability to predict the home repairs they'll need before even setting foot inside. It all comes down to understanding the decade-to-decade differences in...

Getting organized can actually be fun!  Here’s an idea for a do-it-yourself project that’s quick and easy.

First, visit your local paint or hardware store and buy yourself some magnetic paint.  That’s right, magnetic paint.  Never heard of it?  It’s just like ordinary paint, except its dried...

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has just made it easier to report product safety incidents, allowing them to identify product hazards more quickly and provide consumers like you with safety information on products in and around the home.  They’ve created a database at...

It took Americans a little while to get used to those funny-looking, curly light bulbs, but we’re finally realizing that CFLs are actually more cost-effective than traditional light bulbs.  In fact, most Americans support the law that will start phasing out incandescent bulbs next year. 

Sure,...

Do you live in a tornado-prone area?  The safest place to seek shelter from the storm is in a “safe room” right in your own home. 

The average tornado victim has less than 60 seconds’ warning that a tornado is going to strike their home.  Unfortunately, when most people hear that urgent...

The country kitchen: it’s classic and comfy, but it can be practical too.  If you’re thinking of going country in your kitchen, here are some tips for keeping it real, and real convenient.

When choosing the materials for your country kitchen,  keep everything as natural as possible. Hardwood...

Putting a grandparent or other elderly relative into a nursing care facility is never an easy decision.  Most of us would prefer not to do it, and our older loved ones would almost always rather stay in their own homes, too.  It’s an issue that looms for many of us, as 78 million baby boomers...

Have you been wondering why you get such inconsistent results for your oven-baked culinary masterpieces?  If your baked dishes don’t come out right every time, don’t blame the chef – blame the oven!  It’s possible that your oven’s built-in thermostat isn’t working as it should.  Here’s some...

If you want to keep your home’s interior from looking like it’s falling apart, you need to resign yourself to some annual maintenance.  That one neighbor on the block whose rooms always manage to look brand-new understands the importance of routine care.  Believe me, that interior doesn’t stay...

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...