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Hoping for a smooth home sale? Be on your guard, because whether you’re the buyer or the seller, some of the biggest deal-breakers can hit right before a sale closes. Here are five home sale pitfalls to avoid. 1. Surprise home inspection results: Once the contract has been signed, the buyer’s...

While many homeowners are staying put these days, summertime is still prime moving season for those who plan to relocate across town or across the country. If a house move is in your near future, save money and protect your belongings by doing your own packing with methods used by the pros. Here...

As you turn toward a summer routine of cooler temperatures indoors, make sure your ceiling fan does the same. A ceiling fan can be a big help with indoor comfort, allowing you to spin down overall energy costs with just the flick of a switch.   The ceiling fan’s secret to a cooler summer is its...

If you're more motivated to improve your present home than move to a new one, you're not alone. According to the U.S. Census Bureau's recent American Housing Survey (AHS), homeowners have been busy modernizing their kitchens, finishing basements and ramping up overall home efficiency--all to...

As you head out to your yard this spring, you may discover you’re not the first to get your paws in the dirt. Deer, rabbits and groundhogs can be pleasant reminders of the wonders of this season, but they’re also destructive intruders, trampling and chomping on all your hard work. Before you...

As gardeners once again dig into the most popular hobby in the U.S., many are hopping online for inspiration. One place they’re going for ideas is StumbleUpon, the mobile and desktop exploration tool, and recent rankings of its 30 million users’ top gardening “stumbles” (searches) revealed a...

According to the Spring 2013 U.S. Remodeling Sentiment Report from RemodelOrMove.com, strong growth in higher-end remodeling projects means a lot more contractor hiring and a lot less do-it-yourselfing. As the influences of the recession on home improvement plans continue to diminish,...

If you’re looking for a natural, non-toxic wood stain, you might want to raid your pantry. Everyday items make great natural wood stains, offering beautiful colors and an artistic, wholesome way to decorate. Here are a few possibilities that await in the kitchen cupboards and produce basket....

Want truly organic produce? Plant your own backyard garden this spring. It’s a great way to save money and get a lot of good-for-you greens. Believe it or not, by investing just a little of your landscaping budget in veggie gardening, you can reap 25 times that value in a bounty your local...

If the weather cooperates, next weekend’s Easter egg hunt will mark a springtime return to the great outdoors and serve as a reminder that it’s time to get going on turf rehab. Your lawn may look a little patchy and yellowed now, but with some time, attention and the right products, you’ll enjoy...

One of the biggest threats to your family could be lurking under the sink, in the medicine cabinet, or out in the garage. Accidental poisoning is the second-leading cause of home injury deaths, and a top safety concern for most Americans. Yet fewer than 20 percent take proper precautions to...

Before you swing into spring cleaning, clear the way with strategic decluttering. Clearing away household clutter not only makes housekeeping easier, it also makes your home more safe and efficient. Plus, you’ll be able to make better use of storage zones and living areas, ultimately expanding...

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and what potential buyers see in your home makes all the difference in its sale price. If you’re planning to put your house on the market this season, do some basic spring cleaning to spruce up its curb appeal. Take care of the basics first, and you’ll be...

If you’re already plotting springtime projects that’ll spruce up outdoor rooms, you’re not alone. Americans love beautiful, functional outdoor spaces for entertaining and recreation, and according to the 2013 Residential Landscape Architecture Trends survey, we also favor sustainable and...

For several decades, space heating and air conditioning have accounted for over half of the typical American household’s energy use and spending. But according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, that trend could be reversing. In their most recent Residential Energy Consumption...

For this year’s “in” paint colors for home decorating, look outside. The range of beautiful greens and blues found in the natural world can inspire peace, calm and renewal, making them popular choices for coloring your indoor world. If you’d like to refresh a tired living space, consider going...

If you’re hosting your home team for the Super Bowl, add some splash and panache with a few upgrades to your standard celebration. Here are some gadgets that’ll make a real touchdown for you and guests alike. For the resident Twitterer: Keep the real-time game commentary flowing online by...

Q: We have a new house.  A company installed new washing machine but didn't attach pipe.  As a result, the washing machine flooded the hardwood floor in my kitchen.  When it dried, the hardwood cupped significantly.  The company wants to sand it but I want the damaged wood to be replaced to...

Even if you do a lot of recycling, five items could be missing from your routine. Look beyond the usual paper, plastic and metal and get greener with the following recyclables.

1. Compact fluorescent bulbs are better off recycled than trashed, as they release mercury and other harmful contents...

Feeling like Bill Murray in Groundhog Day? With some home improvement projects, it can seem like you’re stuck in a twilight zone where you have to fix the same problem over and over and over again. There’s a reason for this, and it’s also the way out of the cycle: you have to address the root...