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Being informed and prepared is the best way to prevent damage to your home. So what does the data tell us are the biggest risks?

From leaking valves to house fires, a look at Travelers Insurance claim data reveals the most frequent causes of homeowners’ claims, as well as the costliest. The...

Tiny homes have become all the rage. While some may find the idea of living in such small quarters crazy, many people are attracted to the concept of downsizing their possessions and simplifying their lives, as well as the affordability and environmental responsibility that tiny houses can...

This is Part II of a two-part series. See Leslie’s story here.

My 300-square-foot kitchen was built in the 1880s, redone in the 1980s, and was horribly dark -- dark tan walls, brown floor, dark stained-wood beams crisscrossing the ceiling, dark wood wainscoting halfway up the walls, and dark...

This is Part I of a two-part series. Stay tuned for Tom’s story to follow!

When we bought our home, the kitchen countertops and backsplash were this horrible pink laminate. In fact, everything in the room was pink, including terra cotta floors and cabinetry in this sort of warmish red-brown...

Kitchen backsplashes pull double duty: protecting your walls while also expressing your decorative style. They can make a big statement – or, if you’d prefer, coordinate more quietly with your cabinets and countertop. Looking for new kitchen backsplash ideas? Look no further. These five trends...

When winter hits its most bone-chilling low… it’s time to find a bright side.  And here’s one you can easily slide into: you can build your own backyard ice rink!  This is a surprisingly popular DIY project, especially in the coldest climates.  In fact, do-it-yourself ice skating rink kits are...

With the Flint water crisis making major headlines lately, you may be wondering if you should be worried about lead in your own home’s water. If you’re concerned about the safety of your tap water, there are steps you can take to find out whether it contains dangerous levels of lead.

After...

If you’re considering an updated look for your kitchen this year, mixed metals are one trend you might want to try. It’s a modern, unfussy look that embraces the eclectic and shuns the matchy-matchy.

Maybe you’ve heard the design “rule” that the finishes of your appliances should match the...

Love grilling up dinner? You can actually do it year-round if you know how to tackle the challenges of grilling during the winter.

First, make sure you have a grill that’s up to the task. Heavy-duty grills that can retain heat are the best for wintertime grilling. Grills with insulated...

There’s nothing like a crackling fire on a cold, winter evening. But building and stoking that fire can be frustrating if you’re not doing it right. There are a few things you can keep in mind for a perfect fire, every time. 

First, check the flue and make sure it's open.  Always use dry, or...

So you’ve survived Snowmageddon 2016 and are now enjoying a steady dose of Advil as you take a break from your shoveling operations?  While its natural to focus on walks and driveways, there are six key areas not to be ignored during the big digout!

Hydrants.  Although it’s not regulated,...

Winter storms can pop up suddenly and quickly.  Knowing a few quick  tips can help with everything from minor annoyances to major problems.

First, one of the most difficult situations to get out of is a car stuck in snow... the tire can spin endlessly, but with no traction you aren't going to...

If you think you can skip winterizing your house or apartment just because you rent, think again. Your rental can have just as many energy-wasting leaks as any other home, and sealing it up for winter just makes sense.

Caulk around windows. Windows typically need the most attention, so check...

With the holiday season just around the corner, home security should be a concern for anyone planning extended visits to family and friends. And just as many homeowners use their garage as the primary entrance to their home, burglars often target it for the exact same purpose. What’s more,...

Safety officials and industry affiliates strive to make window coverings safer for kids by applying better labels and educating consumers.

For adults, window cords are simply a tool for opening and closing blinds. For children, those cords can be deadly.

According to the U.S. Consumer Product...

See what products are trending for closet organization this season.

Without a proper storage system in place, closets can easily become disheveled with mounds of clothes, shoes and other accessories. But shelving and hanging racks are just the beginning of the design process. Zillow highlights...

As baby boomers enter retirement, they may think about updating their homes. See what projects they’re most likely to tackle.

Every day, roughly 10,000 baby boomers become eligible for retirement, and with this entrance into a new stage of life, various issues begin to surface. Besides...

As the weather grows cooler, kids (and parents) may want to do some hands-on, indoor activities. Consider hosting a workshop to teach children how to use tools and to build a fun project that they can play with afterward.

Kids are naturally interested in building, and a hardware retail store is...

Last year, more than 6 million car seats were recalled for a safety defect – the largest car seat recall in U.S. history. And just last week, another car seat recall was announced.

When car seat recalls happen, it’s critically important that the parents who have purchased the affected car seats...

See what outdoor living trends will be hot this spring for lawn-and-garden products.

Homeowners spend ample time outdoors relaxing and entertaining. According to the 2015 Houzz Landscaping & Garden Trends Study, 51 percent spend at least six hours a week outdoors. Sixty-four percent plan to...