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5 simple tips to prepare your home for flood season The No. 1 natural disaster in the U.S. is floods: Is your home ready? Consider these insider tips for getting your property ready for flood season....
Turn your home into a smart home with these simple technology upgrades Homes are more technically advanced than ever before. The good news is that you don’t have to be a techie to turn your home into a smart home....
Increase your home's curb appeal and value with simple outdoor improvements First impressions happen at the curb. Even if you’re not planning on selling your home anytime soon, simple outdoor improvements can make a dramatic difference. Add curb appeal without emptying your bank account....
Beat the heat and save some green with these warm weather energy saving ideas Learn how you can save money and energy this season with a few home improvements....
Go green with eco-friendly outdoor living spaces Learn how you can create an amazing outdoor space that is also eco-friendly....
Bathroom organization styles that work smarter - not harder The collection of grooming and beauty tools cluttering the bathroom vanity can quickly overwhelm everything. The bathroom should be a functional room that works for you and here's how....
Stay cool by going green this summer Around two-thirds of all American homes have an air conditioner unit, amounting to a cost of more than $11 billion annually in usage alone, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. Learn how to cut...
Composite or wood? Myth-busting facts to know before you decide on a deck Myths persist about composite decking. Here are the facts homeowners should know before deciding on composite or wood for a deck....
Spruce up your home for spring with wood [Infographic] Crown molding is one of the simplest and most affordable ways to add style and definition to any room, and you can install this upgrade yourself....
Modern technology rescues backyard pool-time fun See how the latest technology makes owning a pool and cleaning it easier than ever....
Outdoor kitchen? Second-floor laundry? How to easily achieve summer's hottest home improvements From adding a bathroom to creating an outdoor kitchen, above-floor plumbing quickly and easily solves a host of plumbing challenges....
To-do list 2.0: How high-tech is making household chores easier than ever Learn how modern technology can make daily chores easier, freeing up time in today's busy lifestyle....
Deck staining secrets for success Restoring your deck’s beauty and protecting it from further damage can be relatively easy and affordable. HGTV/DIY Network star and seasoned deck builder Jeff Wilson shares his six essential tips for success for this popular...
Bringing life back into your yard and garden You can take pride in your backyard year after year with a breathtaking landscape by following these simple steps....
Master suite upgrades: the secret to a speedier home sale If you're planning to sell your home and have already renovated the kitchen and bathrooms, what's your next move? Three words: master suite upgrades....
A sure-footed way to choose new flooring When spring-cleaning uncovers a worn floor it may be time to consider purchasing a new one, especially if you’re selling your home in the near future. A new floor, like refreshed paint and updated fixtures,...
How freeze-thaw cycles, water, impact, sun and pests can damage siding Learn why spring is a great time to reside your house and what options you have....
Time to try to DIY: Easy outdoor living projects that can be done in a few weekends Find out how to recreate your outdoor living space without spending a fortune. There are plenty of easy-to-tackle projects that can be done in just a few weekends....
Lead with style: How to create clean, crisp curb appeal for your home's entry Whether you are building a new home, or want to refresh your existing home, choosing a contemporary style creates high-class curb appeal. But, what goes into contemporary home styling?...
Designer tips to create inspired dream spaces with color Ready to transform your home this year? The key to creating your dream interior space could be as simple as updating with color....
Create a splash of color in your home - indoors and out [Infographic] Seven-in-10 homeowners plan a house-related project in the next six months, according to the Sherwin-Williams National Home Design and Color Survey. Learn more about these projects and National Painting Week here....
Why a wood deck is one of the best investments a homeowner can make A residential wood deck addition has a recouped cost of 87.4 percent, according to Remodeling Magazine’s 2014 Cost vs. Value Report - here's what you need to know about this smart home improvement project....
Cook up some space in the kitchen: Simple solutions to add storage and style to your home Learn simple ways that you can open up storage options in your kitchen without a major overhaul....
Moving on? Tips to help get your home ready to sell Listing your home for sale? Or want to? First impressions can make the difference in attracting prospective buyers. Check out these tips for getting your home ready for a quick sale....
Get decked out with color Wondering what one of the biggest trends “on deck” is this year? Hint, it is a colorful answer. That’s because more and more people are choosing to add color with a waterproofing deck stain....
Kitchen makeover: 3 tips for beauty on a budget If you’re tired of looking at your outdated kitchen, but feel replacement would be impractical, you’re not alone. In 2014, consumers will be trying to find solutions they can afford to do themselves. Check out...
Chic chalet: Give your kitchen a mountain makeover Your kitchen doesn’t need a Matterhorn vista to stay on top of the latest “chalet chic” design trend. It’s easier than you think to get this style by mixing rustic pieces with modern touches....
A healthier home makes for happier families If you’ve ever made a decision not to eat a certain food because it was bad for you, then you’re like most Americans who are increasingly more health-conscious. As you consider what not to put...
Creating inviting outdoor spaces for entertaining From barbecues and games of bocce to parties and candlelit dinners, your outdoor space can be a hub for entertaining friends and family. Here's advice from the experts....
Kitchen makeover: 3 simple tips for beauty on a budget If you’re tired of looking at your outdated kitchen, but feel replacement would be impractical, you’re not alone. In 2014, consumers will be trying to find solutions they can afford to do themselves. Check out...
Perk up your home with pattern Give your home an energy shot this spring with bright colors and bold patterns. “Patterns are hot, hot, hot,” says Cathie Pliess, program coordinator of design for The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale and a certified...
Why invest in insulation during a renovation? When it comes to enhancing the value and comfort of a home, most homeowners will opt to address the cosmetic features of a home when completing a renovation project. Yet, it’s often the things that...
Save green indoors and out with energy-efficient home upgrades Many are motivated by the desire to save a little green in their wallets with a fresh new season of home repairs. If you’re one of these people, you can help save some green for...
The best home improvement for less than $5,000 Curious which home improvement costs less than $5,000, delivers the highest return on investment and has the maximum impact on curb appeal? According to the latest studies, the answer is a new garage door....
Is your garage door ready to roll? Survey casts doubts Does your garage door creak, squeak or groan when you open or close it? If so, that isn’t a good sign. But noticing this is the first step to fixing what could become a major...
Easy tips to create the perfect outdoor living room It’s that time of year - time to dust off your patio furniture, fill your planters and set up to spend the spring outdoors. While expanding an outdoor space is a top renovation project for...
Best on the block: How to create curb appeal Spring is in the air, so it’s time to give your home an exterior makeover and add curb appeal. A few simple tricks can help boost your home’s profile, and ensure visitors get a good...
Flushing less water down the drain with better toilet technology [Infographic] Twenty years since the original Energy Policy Act went into effect, the U.S. has transitioned from water-guzzling toilets using 3.5 gallons of water per flush (gpf) to low-flow 1.6 gallon models to  high efficiency toilets...
Reaching new heights: 4 tips for finding a skilled roofing contractor Purchasing a new roof is one of the most important – and biggest – investments you can make in your home. That’s why it’s crucial to have a knowledgeable professional on hand to guide you...
Build a better bath on a budget Bathroom remodeling doesn’t have to be a budget buster. You can simply improve what you already have to get the spa-like retreat you’re seeking. Here are a few tips to get you started on your...
Your home could be attracting termites Spring is when pests come out of hiding and hibernation to search for new places to establish their colonies. Unfortunately, it’s not only the flowers in your garden that attract pests but also your home...
Beyond cool: How ceiling fans offer energy efficiency, decor and function Savvy interior designers know that items that are both fashionable and functional are in high demand. One of the best examples of a stylish, hardworking home fixture is also one of the most overlooked: the...
From floor to fixtures: Top spring home decor trends add style and personality Spring is in the air, which means it’s time to refresh your indoor spaces to reflect the energy and optimism of the season. The top home decor trends of spring 2014 take a fresh approach...
Wood is good: The must-have material for your spring home spruce-up Thinking of sprucing up your home for spring? You’re not alone; one in three homeowners say they’ll take on at least one home improvement project in the first half of 2014, according to a recent...
Spring into four simple DIY home decorating trends Whether you’re personalizing a new home or revitalizing an old room, the start of spring is when newly imagined spaces become do-it-yourself realities....
Take a digital approach to your next home and bath remodel Undergoing a home redesign usually starts strong with a concept – maybe a theme or a color, or even one decorating item that you love – but the project often can slow down or stall...
Solve everyday setbacks with five simple 'life hacks'... and possibly get rich doing so Fifty-six percent of adults who completed home improvements in the past year spent $1,000 or more, according to The Scarborough Report. Next time you’re faced with a home improvement project, instead of wasting money throwing...
Empty nesters want low-maintenance yards that focus on fun and functionality, not fuss One of the first questions new empty nesters face is: what do we do with the nest? One key area to tackle is the yard and garden. The following are tips for transforming a yard's...
Opening the door to space and privacy is easy Homeowners, builders and remodelers are always looking for innovative new ways to enhance existing spaces during home makeovers and room renovations....
Add your health to your spring cleaning to-do list Spring is a season for dusting, washing and polishing the home, cleaning up the yard of any winter debris and even cleaning the storage on the computer or laptop. Spring also should be a time...
Now's the time to spring into DIY action with home improvement projects It’s time to start dreaming of a spring home makeover. Sources of design inspiration, like Pinterest, are plentiful and can help make your home decor and renovation projects easy and fun. In fact, now is...
Embrace spring early with fresh DIY home and landscaping projects People across the country are feeling the winter blues after an unusually cold and snowy winter. But with warmer weather arriving soon, you can create a feeling of spring indoors and out with some simple...
7 easy tips to help you get on deck with the right composite decking   Interest in alternative decking materials has skyrocketed in recent years, with composite decking becoming one of the fastest growing segments in the decking market. For homeowners looking to outfit their deck with the durable, long-lasting...
Trim adds decorative new dimensions throughout home interiors When people think of home trim, they often picture the beauty it brings to exteriors – but the right trim products can add arrestingly elegant and bold decorative elements throughout home interiors, too....
Five surprisingly simple ways to turn your current deck into a dream outdoor oasis It’s easy to dream of perfectly pristine outdoor spaces when looking at the decks in magazines and online, but too often what we want and what we have don’t align. If your deck suffers from...
Must-have luxury upgrades for your over-the-top deck Some home improvements are simply worth a larger investment to achieve outstanding results. The extra investment ensures optimum returns in value, beauty and livability. Indoors, kitchens and baths rate that extra attention. Outdoors, decks are...
Insulation: The key to ending drafts and cutting utility bills Whether it’s the chill of winter or the heat of summer, our natural instincts are to adjust the indoor temperature so it is comfortable through every season. But if your home has any drafts or...
Freezing temperatures are good news and bad news for pests The newest buzz word this winter is “Polar Vortex.” Most of the country has experienced weeks of extremely cold temperatures, and these repeated bouts of ice and snow could have an impact on local pest...
Decked out from coast to coast: Top outdoor living trends for 2014 From genteel porches in the East to sleek, seaside balconies in the West, the popularity of outdoor living spaces is poised for significant growth from coast to coast with industry analysts predicting it will be...
Meeting buyer demands in a seller's market: Top trends for 2014 With many real estate industry watchers predicting 2014 will be a seller’s market, you may think you won’t need to do much to sell your home this spring. Not so fast – while more buyers...
Four quick color tips to awaken your home in 2014 While many resolutions are based on eating healthier and exercising more, homes rarely receive the same promise of improvement. This year, resolve to give your home some attention by committing to a new coat of...
Save money without skimping on style on your kitchen remodel Home remodel projects don’t have to require an extensive budget, or look cheap when using less expensive materials. If you’re interested in updating the look of your kitchen this year, you can find products and...
Eliminate VOCs when planning a home remodel Remodeling a home’s decor leaves the space feeling fresh and new – something which all family members will enjoy for years to come. However, a home remodel can do more than just improve the looks...
How color affects your exterior home makeover How do you know you’ve chosen the right colors to accent your home’s exterior? What colors on windows, doors, trim or shutters can highlight architectural details? Try these tips to help choose an exterior color...
Six hot home design trends for spring 2014 Does the change of seasons have you itching to refresh a tired, lackluster room? Or maybe you’re looking for some small ways to make a big impact on your home’s style? Whatever the case, here...
Ways to make your outdoor living spaces more useful all year No matter if you live on a coast or in the Upper Midwest, you can use your outdoor spaces to the fullest in any season by adding a few enhancements. Whether you do it yourself...
Spring-prep steps for your sun-friendly skylights When spring finally arrives, windows and skylights across the country will open, as happy homeowners revel in all that sunshine and warm, fresh air. But before you can savor spring, you still have weeks of...
Crucial steps needed for healthy and safe homes in 2014 The winter season may have passed, but for much of the country, cold temperatures will linger, causing families to keep the furnaces running and fireplaces burning. Because of this, education about and protection from residential...
Simple steps to reduce winter energy costs Winter’s falling temperatures typically lead to higher energy costs as we try to keep our home interiors comfortably warm. At the same time, many of us are concerned about the environmental impact of winter’s increased...
Add value to your home with smart spring home improvements Snow, blizzards, Arctic winds and damaging ice storms have wreaked havoc across the country this winter. While it may feel as though spring will never come, building experts suggest that now is the time for...
Energy-efficiency: the remodeling trend that's here to stay Remodeling trends come and go, which is a good thing if you’re talking about shag carpet or avocado-colored Formica. But some trends have both staying power and universal appeal, such as the strengthening movement toward...
Got an 'impossible' space? The no-fail way to turn it into a bathroom Nearly everyone has a home improvement “impossible dream” – an inground pool in a postage-stamp-sized backyard or a professional-grade kitchen on a $5,000 budget. Some homeowners might say their can’t-do renovation is adding a bathroom...
Bathroom remodeling: the first five things you must do So you’ve decided it’s time to remodel your bathroom. Whether you’re excited at the idea of creating a new look that will add value to your home, or simply relieved that you’ll no longer have...
Spruce up your home for spring Spring is a time of rebirth. A time when everyone shakes off the last chills of a long winter and sets goals to improve themselves. Maybe you plan to set a goal to lose weight,...
Top 10 home decor trends for 2014 Renew. Rejuvenate. Reinvigorate. The same objectives people have when making their personal New Year’s resolutions can be just as easily be applied to their homes. There’s no better time to give a home a fresh...
Top 2014 home decor trend: Personalized design Interior design is in a constant state of transformation, and this year homeowners are taking control. The “keeping up with the Joneses’’ mentality is giving ground to the desire for personalized design that reflects the...
Knowing when to repair or replace three of your home's major systems - the furnace, air conditioner and water heater If your furnace, air conditioner or water heater is not working properly, you probably notice it long before you actually inspect the appliance itself. You know because those winter mornings are a little too cold,...
Go-anywhere upgrades that are great for kitchens and baths Some upgrades look laughable in the wrong room: plush carpeting in the bathroom or custom drapes in a kitchen. A handful of go-anywhere upgrades work especially well in kitchens and baths – and can raise...
Hardwood flooring trends, a touch of the creative The recovering U.S. housing market has led to increased demand for certain luxury items, including hardwood flooring. Exciting trends are influencing the marketplace and for today’s consumers, there are more hardwood flooring options than ever...
Don't be left in the dark [Infographic] Traditional 40- and 60-watt incandescent light bulbs have been phased out, leaving consumers with less bulb options to light their homes. Lutron Electronics asked people if they feel "in the dark" about light bulb options,...
How to find rebates for energy-efficient home improvements Home improvements that increase energy efficiency are appealing on many levels, from saving you money on heating and cooling costs to the confidence you get from knowing you’re doing something good for the environment. They’re...
Create a traditional kitchen full of personality and style The kitchen is the heart of the home ... the place where memories are made while cooking, eating and sharing stories around the table. Since so much time is spent in this room, it’s important...
Keep wall flaws hidden with beautiful texturing techniques When it comes to home decorating, texturing can do for your walls what a good coat of wax can do for your car's finish - hide a host of flaws. Poorly patched holes, uneven sheetrock,...
Top 2014 home improvement trends: smart homes and home automation From smartphones to smart cars, technology is transforming virtually every aspect of our busy lives. Technologies not only make life easier while on the go, but new options are quickly simplifying life at home as...
Rats! Winter rodent problems are prevalent, survey shows [Infographic] When temperatures drop, rodents head indoors. America’s rodent problems peak in winter, but aren’t restricted to a specific region, a recent survey by the National Pest Management Association found. Each year nearly a third of...
Cold weather pushes rodents into homes With the holidays over for another year, you may think you won’t have any more surprise guests until spring. Think again. Nearly a third (29 percent) of Americans have had a “visit” from one of...
Four simple tips for designing an on-trend home for 2014 The new year will usher in a new era of home decor by welcoming an “anything goes” attitude as designers mix old with new; DIY and high-end; as well as rustic and sleek to create...
Planning a home improvement project? How to hire a quality contractor Dreaming of home improvement projects in the New Year? You’re not alone – many homeowners are deciding what improvement project to tackle next. As the housing market continues to strengthen, homeowners buying or selling homes...
Simple steps to paint like a pro The difference between a professional paint job and a do-it-yourself job that looks like a pro painted it is surprisingly simple. As the old adage goes, the devil’s in the details. If you want that...

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