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If you’re about to commit to a remodeling project or two, you’re not alone. According to the latest quarterly forecast from the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University, the remodeling industry can count on “accelerated growth” as 2012 winds down and 2013 begins. In fact, annual...

This summer’s record heat has led to a lot of discomfort, health threats and headache for people around the United States, but the one population that isn’t bugged by the high temperatures is bugs themselves. Hot weather is ideal for insect breeding and development, leading to even more pests...

If small-space city living is your style, the current real estate market could be your chance to snap up a stylish studio apartment at nearly a quarter of past prices. A softened market means many properties are now within reach for bargain hunters and first-time buyers, even in famously pricey...

As the tough housing market forces more homeowners to stay put rather than move, their remodeling plans are getting more personal than ever. A recent poll by the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) highlights this home improvement trend, with 26 percent of respondents...

Planning a backyard bash for the Fourth of July? Whether the celebration is large or small, add some green to your red, white and blue party plans. The specialists at GreenBrideGuide offer the following five sustainable solutions for Independence Day and any other outdoor gala on your summer...

By now, your gas grill has probably been through several backyard bashes, family dinners and casual cookouts. Before the next round of cooking begins, take time to clean your grill for safe operation and dependable results. Here’s an easy five-step grill cleaning plan:

  1. Start by soaking the...

We all know that safety is job one when it comes to working with power tools and outdoor gear, but too many DIYers tend to turn a soon-to-be-deaf ear to reminders to wear hearing protection. Most hearing loss is cumulative, happening over a long period of time, and many common tools emit the...

Each year in the United States, more than 200,000 children ages 14 and younger get treated for playground-related injuries. That includes accidents that happen on backyard playgrounds, and the last thing you want in your own yard is a danger zone that can injure neighborhood kids and even get...

Is summer your favorite season? Do you love the warm weather, fresh air and luscious produce that comes with it? Unfortunately, bugs feel the same way. Banishing bugs and other pests is a year-round challenge for homeowners, but this summer, try some natural methods for keeping the little...

Wondering what’s next in a world of smartphones, iPods and wireless everything? Could be the iBathroom, fitted with technology that can keep you connected or help you customize a momentary escape.

According to a recent survey from 11Mark, three-quarters of Americans are already taking their...

With all the chores on your home improvement list, it may feel like a stretch to add another, but this one could save your life: upgrading home fire safety equipment.  It’s easy to take smoke alarms for granted, and if yours are over 10 years old, there’s a 30 percent chance that, thanks to age...

As many of our listeners may know, both Leslie and I truly feel both the pain and pleasure of home ownership.  My house has been an ongoing project I’ve been working on for most of my adult life.  It’s 126 years old and was built by my great grandfather.  Back then, most doors didn’t even have a...

If you live along the Atlantic or Gulf Coasts, your home’s windows can have a critical impact on the local environment this time of year. Starting in early May, thousands of sea turtle hatchlings break through their shells along beaches in these regions, and their first decision in life is...

As the weather turns warmer, millions of Americans take their cooking outside to enjoy the flavor of a barbeque gas grill. If you are in the market to buy a new gas grill this season, Consumer Reports recommends taking advantage of summer holiday promotions or end-of-season sales to find the...

Most of us have a perennial list of home improvements, and are never at a loss for projects to do. But with May being National Home Improvement Month, the time is right to focus on evaluating and repairing the most major components of your home. Shift your attention from gardening and...

Mother’s Day weekend is all about making Mom’s life easier and showing your appreciation for everything she does. One way to make her day is by using your DIY savvy to finally complete that lingering project or create something new in her honor. This season of freshening things up and getting...

Home remodeling activity has been picking up steam for a while now, and according to a recent report from the remodeling futures program at Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing Studies, this may be the biggest year for projects since 2006. But you won’t be seeing any extreme makeovers...

With hurricane season approaching and any number of home threats waiting in the wings, it’s wise to take a closer look at your home insurance coverage. Many home insurers are minimizing their exposure to risk by trimming out standard elements that would otherwise do the same for you. Meanwhile,...

April showers have brought us May flowers, and there will be plenty of other outdoor blooms and greenery to maintain in the months to come. More rain may be on the way, and with domestic water shortages continuing in many parts of the country, the time is right to think about collecting that...

Make the most of spring cleaning and set yourself up for smoother chore days year-round with a new vacuum cleaner. It may not be the most glamorous thing you buy, but the right vacuum cleaner can make your life a lot easier. First, consider the type of vacuum you and your home need. If you have...