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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...

Filed under: News Big talk about your next home improvement project may be exciting, but don't skip the step of securing a formal, written contract from your contractor if you want to make that dream a reality. Verbal contracts with home improvement professionals may be binding by law, but the...

Filed under: News Based on scary specimens spotted in refrigerators and deserted lunch bags, you may think of mold as soggy, dirty, disgusting and, above all, obvious. However, that element of the obvious isn't always present in household mold mysteries. The most pristine, well-kept home can...

As the weather warms up, so does the market for home improvements--and home improvement scams run by shady contractors. Whether you're on your first-ever home project or your fiftieth, a qualified contractor is key to getting the job done on time and on budget. Take the following steps to avoid...

Filed under: News,Home Improvement Even if you're just renting a place for a short time, it's important to personalize it with the style and conveniences that make you feel at home. If you'd like to make home improvements but hesitate because of longer-term living plans, consider projects that...

Filed under: News To improve or not to improve--that's the big question when you're about to move into a new home, and especially challenging if it's your first home. You want to make the right choices for your wallet, your comfort and your return on your home improvement investment...

Filed under: News,Advice,Home Improvement Home security technologies are keeping pace with the other gadgets in our connected, on-demand lives. Unlike the cumbersome systems of the recent past, new home security components are discreet, easily controlled from afar, and smart enough to screen out...

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...