Today, Trulia.com released its latest Rent vs. Buy Index which found that it is now more affordable to buy than to rent a two-bedroom home in 72% of America’s 50 largest cities.  

Meanwhile, back at the ranch, a nation of renters has emerged as more Americans choose to rent -- often due to...

Earlier this month, a family in southern California was reported to have used an oven to try to stay warm in the cold temperatures, resulting in the deaths of two people from carbon monoxide poisoning.  This tragic incident is a reminder that carbon monoxide poisoning can be fatal, but can be...

Got an electrician coming out to the house sometime soon?  Make a note to kill several electric birds with one stone.  While he or she is there, have your electrician make these relatively easy upgrades to your home electric outlets:

-- Raise some outlets.  It helps keep them out of reach of...

Looking to clean out that clutter, donate to charity and maybe even find a great deal on that kitchen sink you've been looking for?  Look no further than DiggersList and the Habitat for Humanity Re-Stores.

DiggersList is a website of home improvement classified ads, and it's giving Americans an...

Make sure your fireplace is in tip-top shape this winter to keep your home and family safe.  Follow these tips for thorough seasonal fireplace maintenance:

-  Check your flue, damper and firebox for creosote build-up.  Creosote is highly combustible and can lead to a dangerous chimney...

When snow and ice become a seasonal reality, salting your sidewalks may seem like a necessary evil.  Sure, it helps melt winter ice and snow, but the wrong kind can cause concrete surfaces to disintegrate. 

To keep your walkways in great shape year-round, choose salt made from potassium...

Are wrinkles or loose spots in your carpet getting on your nerves?  If you’re an enthusiastic do-it-yourselfer, I’ve got good news.  With some rented equipment and a little sweat equity, you can fix those flaws by re-stretching your carpet. 

When areas of carpet become wrinkled and loose, not...

Stairs are among the more precarious spots in the home, but they can be even more hazardous without the right hardware.  To keep everyone safe, follow these tips for pairing the right hardware with each set of stairs in your home:

-- Stairs with at least three steps should have a hand rail...

Filed under: Saving Money, Transportation, Fraud I did a good deed this week. I caught a shyster trying to sell a car that likely didn't exist and in the process learned a few things about how to protect yourself when buying a car online. It's been a while since I last bought a car. Back then,...

Filed under: Saving Money, Transportation, Fraud I did a good deed this week. I caught a shyster trying to sell a car that likely didn't exist and in the process learned a few things about how to protect yourself when buying a car online. It's been a while since I last bought a car. Back then,...

Filed under: Saving Money, Transportation, Fraud I did a good deed this week. I caught a shyster trying to sell a car that likely didn't exist and in the process learned a few things about how to protect yourself when buying a car online. It's been a while since I last bought a car. Back then,...

Sure, you can buy fire starters for your fireplace or wood stove, but you don’t have to.  Dried pine cones are nature’s perfect fire starters. 

If you’re lucky enough to have pine trees on your property, you can easily gather up pine cones in your yard.  If not, take the kids out to a community...

Are you sure your guests can find you?  It’s not something we think about often, but if your house number isn’t clearly visible, you could get yourself into some unnecessary trouble.  Not only will you frustrate your party guests, but in an emergency, police or rescue vehicles may not find you...

Seeing rot anywhere in your home is one of those moments that creates a  gut wrenching feeling that something you care deeply for is about to disintegrate into ruin - leaving only an unpaid mortgage in it's wake!   You might not know it, but there are things happening outside of your home that...

Now is a great time to take some simple steps to prevent frozen pipes.  Winterizing your exterior water faucets and water pipes in your home can help prevent major damage should a pipe freeze and break in cold weather. 

To give your home’s energy efficiency a boost and prevent faucets and pipes...

We get dozens of calls each year from listeners asking how to clean and protect natural stone countertops.  Most are surprised since they didn't expect that a natural, durable surface like stone would need much maintenance.

Truth be told, they do!  But if you learn to properly clean and protect...

Lead poisoning affects millions of homeowners, particularly those with homes built prior to 1978.  Parents should take note that according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an estimated 250,000 U.S. children have elevated blood-lead levels and often suffer devastating...

Tax credits offer homeowner valuable options for home improvement that can result in reduction of taxes owed the government, but time is running out as these energy saving improvements must be completed by the end of 2010.

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) has driven...

Filed under: Home, Technology When I was a kid, the phone sat at the end of a wire and it did two things: It made calls and received them. Today? Well, as the iPhone commercials say, "There's an app for that." But even with more than 200,000 available apps at last count, there's one thing that...

Filed under: Home, Technology When I was a kid, the phone sat at the end of a wire and it did two things: It made calls and received them. Today? Well, as the iPhone commercials say, "There's an app for that." But even with more than 200,000 available apps at last count, there's one thing that...

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