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Filed under: Budgets, Home Just as President Obama gets handy swinging a figurative hammer to nail down an acceptable recovery plan for the automotive industry, he's also gearing up for a few improvements at the White House ? home improvements that, unlike past presidents, he'll be paying for...

Filed under: Borrowing, Home, Real Estate, Bankruptcy Contrary to headlines announcing falling home values, foreclosures and other consumer blues, there's now news that many homeowners are happy with their current homes and think this is a great time for buyers to enter the market. According to...

The continuing saga of homeowners facing problems with Chinese drywall continued this week with a major update by USA Today. For those that are unaware of the issue, drywall imported from and reportedly used in homes in Florida and other states, is being blamed for off-gassing that causes damage...

Filed under: Bargains, Home, Real Estate, Tax As part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 recently signed into law, there are several energy conservation incentives for homeowners, including a never better opportunity to install replacement windows. There are lots of good...

Filed under: Home, Recession The daylight savings time switch is just a week away and a good time to think about outdoor improvements that will help you enjoy that extra daylight all spring and summer long. But with the economy in a spin, it's more important than ever to choose improvements that...

Filed under: Budgets, Home, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle The growing market for earth-friendly products and solutions has given homeowners a lot of choices, but how do you know what's truly green versus "greenwashed"? Here are five signs to help measure greenness.

  • Start with the manufacturer: Green...

Filed under: Bargains, Home, Real Estate, Recession Hard times and tightening budgets are moving many to downsize their home life, an endeavor which may include adding a roommate to help share expenses. USA Today reports that many homeowners and even apartment renters are seeking housemates to...

Filed under: Bargains, Home, Real Estate Need a bigger bathroom but don't have the time or money for a complete remodel? Then consider small-scale changes that create more room, better storage and a more functional floor plan.

  • Smart sinks: Try a pedestal-style or wall-mounted corner sink for...

Filed under: Bargains, Home, Real Estate, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle If moving is on the horizon for you, there are lots of great options for green-minded moving that can help save money and keep waste from littering the transition.

  • Ban the Boxes - While cardboard varieties can take a few rounds...

Filed under: Bargains, Home, Shopping I never buy extended warranties on appliances, TV sets or just about anything else. Just about every serious study I've read shows these warranties to make very little economic sense. However, a new wave of independent, multiple-appliance extended warranty...

Filed under: Bargains, Home, Real Estate, Shopping, Travel, Recession, Investing, Bankruptcy Chinese house-hunters are packing their bags and heading to the U.S. to shop for deals in the beleaguered housing market. USA Today reports that a Chinese tour group of over 40 affluent home shoppers...

Filed under: Bargains, Home, Saving, Technology Compact Fluorescent Lamps, or CFL's for short, have changed a lot in recent years. While the energy savings was unquestionable, the quality of the light coming off a CFL casts a shadow on their practical use, especially for areas where a crisp...

Filed under: Bargains, Home, Recession If you've got a few big home improvement projects to tackle but not enough time, tools or muscle finish them, you may want to consider starting a home improvement club with fellow frustrated DIYers. This clever concept is gaining popularity in communities...

Filed under: Home, Real Estate, Recession, Investing As common as foreclosure news is these days, both buyers and sellers tend to have major misconceptions regarding their rights, responsibilities and the overall process. No matter which side you're on, here are a dozen myths demystified. For...

Filed under: Bargains, Home, Real Estate, Recalls Owners of Florida homes built between 2004 and 2005 have discovered dangerous Chinese drywall to be behind heating and air conditioning system failures, as well as air quality issues in their homes. With the home building industry already in a...

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Across the country, most homes have between 10-50 devices that consume electricity whether they are in use or not. These devices, called vampire electronics, are everyday household appliances like microwaves, phone chargers and home computers which consume electricity, even when they are turned...

I'm self-employed and with the economy being tight, I'm spending a lot more time at home and thinking converting my garage to a workshop that I'd use to tackle projects from car repair to woodworking.  In reviewing the floor options, I'm trying to decide between adding a locking floor tile or...

Help!  We own a 121 yr old Victorian home in Galveston, TX.  She survived another hurricane, standing strong once more; however, we have lots of moldy upholstered furniture.  We've hauled it up to own other home in Arlington to clean it up... any suggestions???  What about our two leather and...

I am selling my house.  At the home inspection the inspector found that the plywood in my attic had black mold.  I have contacted two companies that deal with this.  My question is how much of a deal breaker can this be when selling or buying a house?Mike P 9/23/08

Mike, first…don't panic. ...