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09.26.22

Autumn is a good time (and potentially your last chance) to review, repair and remediate any home issues that could end up breaking the bank account once winter arrives. Below we’ve listed some expensive mistakes homeowners will want to avoid making every fall. Set yourself up for success by putting some time (and a little cash) aside to clean up your household act before the harsh weather sets in.

Read more about Nine Expensive Mistakes You Don’t Want to Make This Fall

02.25.22

Want to renovate your home to make it more your own? Read what top design experts have to say about the most popular home interior design trends of 2022.

Read more about It’s 2022 - Home Decor Trends Have Dropped

07.21.21

When it comes to remodeling plans, most homeowners immediately think of upgrades to be made inside of the house. Kitchen and bathroom updates are some of the first ideas that usually come to mind, but you can get great returns from making outdoor renovations and improvements.

Read more about Outdoor Renovations: Think Outside the Box

06.15.21

Deciding whether to renovate your current home or buy a new house can be emotionally fraught and financially complicated. As well, there may be aspects of the "stay vs. go" equation you may not have contemplated.

Read more about Should I Stay or Should I Go?

09.18.20

Purchasing, updating, and decorating your home was a big investment. It is your family’s refuge and holds both treasured memories and valued possessions: in short, all things that you want to protect. We talked with several security experts to discover and share their top tips for home protection.

Read more about Expert Home Security Tips and Tricks

01.13.20

Do those mid-80s beige cabinets with wood trim need to go? Perhaps your countertops are stained and burned from the previous owner. Or possibly, toes are stepped on when the whole family tries to cook together. Sounds like it’s time for a kitchen remodel. But is an affordable kitchen remodel really possible?

Read more about How To Remodel Your Kitchen for Less than $25K

01.06.20

Would you rather repair a small crack, or rebuild an entire wall? How about cleaning a filter versus replacing your entire air conditioning unit?

Read more about The Essential Home Maintenance Checklist

09.22.19

Although flying cars haven’t arrived just yet, the smart home technology available in 2019 is very impressive. Beyond playing music by voice command and hands-free Googling, the devices and apps now available to homeowners can help with your everyday needs like cooking, cleaning, managing your utility use, and even improving your home’s security.

Read more about The Best Smart Home Devices of 2019

09.22.19

As you started shopping for your new home, did you make sure that you considered the needs of all of your family members — including those with paws and claws? More than half of U.S. households include pets, so making the home you are buying (or selling) welcoming to animal companions can definitely pay off. From quick fixes to bigger projects, read on for expert veterinary and home design advice on how to make your home pet-friendly.

Read more about How to Create a Pet-Friendly Home