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Decks and Patios

The best and most valuable home improvements will reward your investments of money and time with higher home value now and at the time you sell your home. In each of the past 15 years, over one million homeowners spent more than $10,000 on a kitchen, bath or other major remodeling project,...

Drainage

When buying or selling a home, make sure a professional home inspector is part of the transaction. Nosy people can be really annoying if they are always sticking their nose in other people's business! But if you are buying a house, a home inspector is one super nosy person you definitely want...

Chimney Repair and Cleaning

When temperatures drop, it's time to think about getting your house ready for winter. A good place to start is by reviewing your chimney for any repair or cleaning it may need.

Often neglected, chimneys are a vital part of a home's structure and mechanical functioning. If a chimney is not...

Contractor Fraud: How to Avoid

Avoiding contractor fraud largely depends on knowing when an offer is just too good to be true. Here are a few of the most common home repair scams and how to avoid them.

Free Inspection.  This is probably the biggest home repair scam around. A contractor advertises a "free, no-obligation"...

Building and Remodeling
Homeowners taking on a home improvement or home renovation project receive a lot of promises. The home improvement contracts, change orders, project guarantees and product warranties which consumers must deal with all seem to have one thing in common: the goal of customer satisfaction.  But...
Basements

April showers won't just bring May flowers, but leaking wet basements too if homeowners don't maintain good outside drainage conditions. Wet basements are one of life's biggest headaches, yet waterproofing is generally easy to accomplish.

When basements leak, people panic. The trouble,...