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With near-record breaking temperatures across the country, smart homeowners can still stay cool and cut costs with these seven simple tips from the Edison Electric Institute:

  • Set the thermostat at 78 degrees or higher when the house is occupied, and at 85 degrees when no one’s home (you’ll...

There's now one more good reason to "go green" when choosing your home improvement products.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is proposing a new rule to protect consumers by requiring companies to report new uses of chemicals known as glymes in consumer products. Glymes are chemicals...

If you are like most people, when you think of interior painting, you tend to think of having to paint an entire room. But just a small amount of paint color can inject creative accents into your home decor and spice up your home's interior. You can use paint color to give a room style and...

When it rains, it pours… and when it doesn’t, your lawn and garden can really suffer.  But here’s an idea for saving water for not-so-rainy days: consider using a rainwater collection system. A rainwater collection system is a great way to reduce costs associated with keeping your lawn and...

Are you remodeling your kitchen, or redecorating your bathroom?  We know you’re counting every dollar on this project.  The good news is, when you’re low on budget by high on design dreams, there is a sneaky trick to saving money on tile actually has great aesthetic impact. First, choose a...

Call them “America’s Most Unwanted.” They’ve been known to hold entire households hostage, causing shortness of breath, nausea and panic in their victims. At the very least, they keep “home sweet home” from smelling so sweet. The culprits are household odors, and these are the worst of the...

OK, so you may not be able to walk around in your favorite shorts and flip-flops just yet, but you can feel the warmth of late spring by brightening up your home.

Spring color trends include bright colors like classic red, hot pink, apple green and orange.  Accessorize with brightly-colored...

As you start to tackle your spring project list, don’t forget to protect your eyes. 

Eye injuries send more than a million people to the ER each year, and 90% of the eye injuries people suffer at home are totally PREVENTABLE – often just by having the right safety gear.

People using lawn...

April is National Safe Digging Month, just in time to remind motivated do-it-yourself homeowners to call 811 before picking up a shovel and breaking ground on that spring project. 

Don’t know about 811?  811 is a new federally-mandated phone number designated by the FCC to consolidate all local...

Selling your home can make you feel like you're living in a fishbowl, with potential buyers and real estate agents evaluating, judging and otherwise picking apart the place you've called home for years. Just before the actual sale comes the most intense scrutiny of all: the home inspection. A...

Filed under: News Transforming a home interior with a new coat of paint is perfect for homeowners on any budget. With a little DIY magic, you can have a major impact on the quality of your home space. But it's all about knowing where to start. Planning and preparation are the key ingredients to...

Spring is a great time of year to get back outside -- not only for you, but for your dog, too.  But if your dog is into digging, it can really pose a problem for your landscaping. 

Your first instinct might be to get angry with your dog, and no doubt a pet who un-does all the hard work you’ve...

Filed under: Home With the arrival of spring, you may be due for a fresh start around the house. Better organization is a great way to do just that and a little organizing now can save a lot of stress and money in the seasons ahead. There are many smart, inexpensive organization products out...

The results of the latest American Express Spending & Saving Tracker are out, with some interesting findings.  The American Express Spending & Saving Tracker explores consumers’ spending and saving behaviors as it relates to home improvement.  The research sample of 2,045 adults included the...

In a competitive buyer's market like the one we're in today, home staging is more important than ever. A successful staging can make the difference between a house that moves fast for the right price and one that languishes on the market unsold. But a handful of common mistakes can hamper the...

Filed under: News Now more than ever, people want to get the most for their home improvement dollar. There are definitely great deals to be had, but to get the best prices, you have to know where to look. Some of the surprises on this journey? It isn't always cheaper to do it yourself, and some...

Filed under: MyNextMove After months of hunting, touring and haggling, you've finally found your perfect house. Like most buyers, you'll have it inspected. The home inspection is your chance to find out what's really going on under the hood before you commit to the purchase. Over the course of a...

With winter on the way, we're all about to spend more time indoors, so the timing couldn't be better for making home improvements for healthy indoor air quality. Today's homes are more tightly sealed than ever, and while that can mean better insulation and energy efficiency, it also has a...

When it comes to residential real estate, storage space sells. No matter the age or style of property, prospective buyers check every closet, scope out the garage and generally look for bonus space where they can stash the stuff of everyday living. If you're considering putting your home on the...

Everyone knows that a home's features can make or break a home sale, and that's truer now than ever. But when it comes time to sell your home, not all home-improvement projects are created equal. While some home improvements are worth the time and money that you put into them, just as many are...