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Filed under: News When it comes to financing home improvements, there are a lot of ways to pay for every project. From replacing an appliance to adding a room or two, you can cover project costs through great retailer deals and financing options that make the most of currently low interest...

Filed under: News,Advice With real estate sales slow to recover, many Americans are choosing to stay put and improve the homes they have. But all home improvements aren't created equal. Strategic improvements in equipment, systems and materials can add lasting value, increase comfort, and even...

Filed under: Buying After a winter like the one we've just had, a lot of people are fed up with utility bills. The most recent forecasts from the U.S. Energy Information Administration put the cost of home heating for 2011 at $2,400 if you heat with oil--a 26% increase over last year. On...

Filed under: News Big talk about your next home improvement project may be exciting, but don't skip the step of securing a formal, written contract from your contractor if you want to make that dream a reality. Verbal contracts with home improvement professionals may be binding by law, but the...

Filed under: News Based on scary specimens spotted in refrigerators and deserted lunch bags, you may think of mold as soggy, dirty, disgusting and, above all, obvious. However, that element of the obvious isn't always present in household mold mysteries. The most pristine, well-kept home can...

As the weather warms up, so does the market for home improvements--and home improvement scams run by shady contractors. Whether you're on your first-ever home project or your fiftieth, a qualified contractor is key to getting the job done on time and on budget. Take the following steps to avoid...

Filed under: News,Home Improvement Even if you're just renting a place for a short time, it's important to personalize it with the style and conveniences that make you feel at home. If you'd like to make home improvements but hesitate because of longer-term living plans, consider projects that...

Filed under: News To improve or not to improve--that's the big question when you're about to move into a new home, and especially challenging if it's your first home. You want to make the right choices for your wallet, your comfort and your return on your home improvement investment...

Filed under: News,Advice,Home Improvement Home security technologies are keeping pace with the other gadgets in our connected, on-demand lives. Unlike the cumbersome systems of the recent past, new home security components are discreet, easily controlled from afar, and smart enough to screen out...

In a competitive buyer's market like the one we're in today, home staging is more important than ever. A successful staging can make the difference between a house that moves fast for the right price and one that languishes on the market unsold. But a handful of common mistakes can hamper the...

Filed under: News Now more than ever, people want to get the most for their home improvement dollar. There are definitely great deals to be had, but to get the best prices, you have to know where to look. Some of the surprises on this journey? It isn't always cheaper to do it yourself, and some...

Filed under: MyNextMove After months of hunting, touring and haggling, you've finally found your perfect house. Like most buyers, you'll have it inspected. The home inspection is your chance to find out what's really going on under the hood before you commit to the purchase. Over the course of a...

With winter on the way, we're all about to spend more time indoors, so the timing couldn't be better for making home improvements for healthy indoor air quality. Today's homes are more tightly sealed than ever, and while that can mean better insulation and energy efficiency, it also has a...

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...