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The Most Common Spring Cleaning Mistake (Plus 8 Others)

Once there's even a glimmer of spring, you're ready to throw open your windows and let the breeze blow away the winter funk. Well, you might want to rethink that spring cleaning ritual this year. If you're an allergy sufferer (and who isn't?), that's the last thing...

8 Simple Rules for Negotiating Your Offer and Getting That House

Here’s the dream: Your offer is perfect, you don’t need to negotiate, and you can spend the next few weeks addressing more pressing home ownership questions like, “Why is it called wainscoting?” and “Do I want a new couch in blush or emerald green?” And it could...

How Much It Costs to Keep Up with the Joneses

They’re making a pricey remodeling mistake. You don’t have to Jealous of your neighbors' new master bath? Who wouldn't be? It's got heated floors, a sauna, and a massive whirlpool tub. To be honest, your own bathroom looks like the shower station at the public pool in...

4 Things Smart Homeowners Always Know to Do in May

The lazy days of summer officially kick off Memorial Day weekend. Giving your home a little extra love this month can save you time and money. #1 Chill With a New Fridge Is yours leaking water, cooling less efficiently, or just too limited on storage space? May is the...

How Much Do Windows Cost?

The average cost to replace windows isn’t cheap. Here’s how to be sure you’re spending smart Maybe it's finally time for new windows, but can you afford it? And what if you make a mistake that makes your house look even worse? It can, and does, happen. You put the...

7 Important Repairs to Make Before Selling A House

The most critical things to do to increase your home’s value before putting it on the market As a smart seller, you'll want your home in tip-top shape — but you don't want to eat into your profits by overspending on home improvements. You won't be around to enjoy them...

10 Tips for Buying a New Home

House hunting is just like any other shopping expedition. If you identify exactly what you want and do some research, you’ll zoom in on the home you want at the best price. These 10 tips will guide you through through the home buying process. 1. Know What Kind of New...

First-Time Home Buyer Programs You Should Know About

They can slash your down payment, offer lower interest rates or help with low credit scores. Of the programs tracked by Down Payment Resource, for example, 69% offer down payment assistance. These programs have provided an average of $11,000 in assistance to...

7 Smart Strategies for Bathroom Remodeling

You dream about a bathroom that’s high on comfort and personal style, but you also want materials, fixtures, and amenities with lasting value. Wake up! You can have both. A midrange bathroom remodel is a solid investment, according to the "Remodeling Impact Report"...

The 9 Elements of an Ideal House

Welcome to the ideal house -- one that satisfies all your needs, functions like a dream, and simplifies your life. Sound too good to be true? It’s not. The perfect house is made up of common-sense features that give satisfaction no matter where you live, or how big...

What Every Seller Needs to Know About Closing

Closing time. When you're heading into the closing process, it's time for the last hurrah — and hurrahs are in order. If you’re here, that means you’ve found a buyer and negotiated home repairs, and you're ready to move out — and on. But before you can make this sale...

4 Tasks That Veteran Homeowners Know You Gotta Do in March

March madness is here — not the basketball kind, but the home kind. It's that time of year when homeowners who've been through a few winters know that to be at the top of their game, they have to be proactive. Here are four things they always do: #1 Patch Up the Bare...

The 16 Incredibly Useful Rules Every Organized House Follows

Here's a thing you may have noticed about houses: They don't clean themselves. Which is unfortunate, because if houses cleaned themselves, you could spend less time cleaning yours and more time doing something more fun. A few simple daily habits could make it seem...

What You Need to Know About Buyer Love Letters to Home Sellers

Did you hear the one about the dog who wrote a love letter? Not to his owner, but to a home seller. Well, actually the dog’s owner wrote the letter in Buddy’s voice. Buddy described how wag-worthy the house was and how much he craved a game of fetch in the backyard....

4 Things to Do in February to Avoid a Yucky Spring

That dark time when winter just won't go is like that friend who can't take a hint to leave. Give a push with these four easy tasks that'll help usher in spring. #1 Deep-Clean Your Entryway Snow. Salt. Boots. Shovels. Your entryway floors, baseboards, rugs, and more...

4 Brilliant Hacks to Make Snow Shoveling Less Miserable

If you're a homeowner in a snowy climate, chances are good you rue the winter: All that snow has to go somewhere, and it's not getting there itself. Cue the snow shovel. Barring a move to a snow-free state or barricading your family inside all winter, there's no way...

Appliance Lifespans and Costs to Replace (A Worksheet)

Here's a question that's easy to dismiss when you're in love with a house and eager to make an offer: How long are its appliances and systems going to last? Because if you end up spending three grand in the first year to replace broken-down appliances, you're probably...

How to Prepare Your Finances for Home Ownership

Preparing finances for home ownership begins the day someone decides they actually want to buy a home. After all, saving for a down payment doesn’t just happen overnight! So, how do you best prepare your finances in advance to handle the most expensive purchase of...

12 Simple Home Repair Jobs to Lift You Out of Winter’s Funk

Accomplishments -- even little ones -- go a long way toward a sunny outlook. Fortunately, there are plenty of easy, quick home repair chores you can do when you’re mired in the thick of winter. For max efficiency, make a to-do list ahead of time and shop for all the...

4 Ways to Erase Ugly Scratches From Wood Floors

Dogs chase kids, pans drop, chairs scrape, and soon you must repair wood floors and erase scratches that make a mess of your red oak or Brazilian cherry. A professional floor refinisher will charge $1 to $4 per square foot to apply a new coat of finish. No worries....

5 Tasks Every Homeowner Should Do in January

Whew. The holidays are done. The new year has rung in. That's when smart homeowners know it's time to do these five things that'll save time, money, and hassles all year long. #1 Organize Your Seasonal Storage Space Packing away holiday decor presents a big...

10 Delightful Ways to Make Your House Brighter in Winter

Fall and winter start cozy — who hasn't used the colder temperatures as an excuse to binge-watch Netflix while swaddled in a couch blanket? But come January, staying indoors can feel less like a treat and more like you're living in a cave. Here's how to make your...

How to Avoid Mortgage Mistakes

Mortgages don’t have to be scary. After all, they’re just business transactions, albeit big ones. Yet, a survey by mortgage website Freeandclear.com found that 75% of home loan applicants compared the mortgage loan process to an annual physical or a dentist visit....

4 Easy-Peasy Must-Do’s for Homeowners in December

December. The year's coming to an end. Time to do four small tasks for a bright (and money-saving) new year. #1 Clean Light Bulbs and Fixtures Two great reasons to clean your light bulbs: You want as much light in your house as you can get as the days grow shorter,...

The Genius Way to Clean Fast for Last-Minute Guests

What in the world made you invite your new workmates over for a little "whine" time tonight? You never dreamed they'd actually say yes, but they did. Gah! While your place isn't a total mess, it's not exactly guest-ready. You'll have maybe an hour before they get...

6 Simple Steps to Prep Your Home for Holiday Guests

And will you ever get a chance to relax yourself? Hosting has its share of anxieties, especially if you're striving to make your home welcoming. How do you know everyone will feel comfortable? You will if you focus on what's really necessary. Here are six steps to get...

10 Simple Comforts Every Houseguest Will Adore You For

You're expecting houseguests. Fun! You want them to feel welcome, comfortable, and — dare we say it? — maybe even a tad envious of your hosting prowess. No need to moonlight at hospitality school. We asked Airbnb hosts with tons of great reviews on their cozy...

6 Tasks Every Homeowner Should Do in November

It’s the spring cleaning of fall, so to speak. With THE HOLIDAYS coming at you fast and furious, you want to be sure your home is cozy, but with that fresh-as-spring feel — as opposed to that musty-damp-winter feel. Here's how to make that happen (along with a few...

9 Quick DIYs That Could Make That House Your Home

Whether you’re a new homeowner, on the hunt, or a current homeowner, we all want our space to feel like us, right? Nothing compares to the sense of relief that comes from feeling like you’re home. But how do you create that feeling? I have nine tiny fixes any...

5 Surprising (and Useful!) Ways to Save for a Down Payment

Buying your first home conjures up all kinds of warm and fuzzy emotions: pride, joy, contentment. But before you get to the good stuff, you've got to cobble together a down payment, a daunting sum if you follow the textbook advice to squirrel away 20% of a home's...

Fire Pit or Money Pit? 9 Ways to Avoid Overspending

Don’t do built-in seating. Your butt (and budget) will thank you for it. Indoor evenings on the couch are so last year. Literally. Relaxing around a fire and under the stars is about to be the place for a perfect night. But a built-in fire pit can cost upward of...