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Filed under: Home, Tax - Credit October is Energy Awareness Month and if you are like most, you're about to get pretty "aware" of just how un-energy inefficient your home may be. As temperatures start to drop and heating systems kick on, receiving that first heating bill is likely to grab your...

Well,  today has been quite a day. The contractors were here installing our central air conditioning. We talked duct placement, register locations, efficiency, etc. Of course I wanted to know everything about everything! We had to run two drop downs of air conditioning duct work from the second...

Filed under: Home, Health A new report from the non-profit National Center for Healthy Housing reveals as many as one out of every three homes in a metro area may have a home repair problem that exposes residents to significant health risks. Created by the non-profit National Center for Healthy...

If you think your Money Pit needs work, imagine if this was your home!  Even Buckingham Palace needs some maintenance. Actually, I should say a lot. The Palace boasts 775 rooms, including 19 state rooms, 52 Royal and guest bedrooms, 188 staff bedrooms, 92 offices, and 78 bathrooms. Whew!  Have...

Filed under: Health In a story ripe for fright matching Alfred Hitchcock's famous shower scene, researchers at the University of Colorado at Boulder have discovered that taking a shower can deliver a face full of potentially dangerous bacteria. Researchers analyzed roughly 50 showerheads from...

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...