If your grilling gear could use an upgrade this summer, look to the latest shopping advice offered by Consumer Reports. They’ve just completed new ratings of more than 100 gas grills, and besides telling which are tops, they’ve identified the five features that really count. 1. Look for...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Hanging a flat-screen TV is a skill few people have, and yet almost everyone is buying flat screen televisions. Not every flat-screen TV needs to be hung. Some free-standing models allow you to place the TV on a tabletop. However, most standing flat-screen TVs have removable bases, so they, too,...

If you’re thinking about loosening those purse strings and launching a long-postponed remodeling project in 2013, you’re not alone. According to recent data from the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI), remodeling activity was on the upswing at the end of 2012, and the first...

Chances are you’ve started this New Year’s week with a list of challenging resolutions for 2013. And if getting in shape, saving money and improving organization are included in those plans, you might like to make the same promises for your home. A few simple changes can help you expand your...

This season is an ideal time to show appreciation for those who help you on the home front all year long. A holiday tip is always welcome, whether in the form of cash, a gift or a little extra added to your regular payment. Different service professions have different guidelines for such...

The natural beauty of plants and flowers is a favorite ingredient of holiday decorating, but it can also be hazardous to your health. Some plants that look festive can cause skin irritation from simple handling, and others have berries and leaves that can be fascinating but dangerous to children...

This week, many of us have full houses and tightly timed schedules for getting a beautiful, bountiful Thanksgiving feast on the table. All this activity may spark some unplanned home emergencies, so while you’re giving thanks for everything that goes right, be prepared to act in case any of the...

Filing a homeowners insurance claim isn’t the most pleasant process, but it goes much more smoothly when you give attention to the details. Every step you take ensures that you get the most out of the coverage you’ve paid for, and the following will ease your way to a properly filed...

In its recent “Green, Inc.” news series, USA Today uncovered shortcomings in the U.S. Green Building Council’s popular LEED standards for sustainable design and building.

The exposé describes how a program that’s supposed to represent Leadership in Environmental Design also appears to be tied...

You may know that replacing windows boosts a home’s energy efficiency, but new models can also be better for your health. If your home was built prior to 1978, your current windows are likely finished with lead-based paint and exposing your family to harm on a daily basis. Research has shown...

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