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‘Eeeww!’ Stenches to Stop Now Before They Move in for Winter

What to sniff for, and how to kill it — quick From pet stench to kitchen stinks, house odors get amplified during the tightly sealed winter months. Here's how to deal with those shameful winter smells that prevent you from inviting friends over for a hot toddy. Cut...

What You Need to Know About Researching Home Prices

There are a lot of home pricing resources out there, and some are far better than others When it’s time to sell your house, you may be feeling a little anxious. A chapter of your life is closing. There’s a lot of money on the table. You may be thinking “Is my house...

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...

5 Things That REALLY Will Put a Serious Dent in Your Energy Bills

Stop sending so much money to your utility company with these simple strategies. Your Mexican beach vacation was great, but, man, those margaritas sure can put on the pounds. It’s been two months, and you’re still carrying around an extra tenner — despite a new...

7 Benefits of Buying a Home

Interest rates are only one factor when it comes to buying a house now Interest rates sure do get a lot of attention. But they shouldn’t be the only part of your home buying decision-making process. After all, the answer to the question "is right now a good time to...

Home Cleaning Tips for Every Hosting Vibe

Put the happy in your holidays by working with the home cleaning style that’s the real you Your hosting style shapes how you do your home cleaning for holiday entertaining — and the challenges you might have along the way. Whether your vibe is perfectionist, relaxed,...

Natural Kitchens: Always in Style

  Lighten up with a kitchen remodel that adds wood, stone, and plenty of daylight and greenery. As the kitchen has become more of hub, that fact may have sparked daydreams about a redo. What if the space could draw family and friends with a warm, inviting, and...

7 Organization Tips for Your Holiday Gear and Decorations

  Decking the halls is good fun and all, but shuffling through piles of wreaths, lights, ornaments, dreidels, wrapping paper, and stockings is nothing to fa la la about.  Cut back on the holiday overwhelm with these organization ideas for your festive gear. #1...

13 Small (and Affordable) Home Upgrades for Big Impact

Home improvement pros and DIYers tout a fresh coat of paint as a favorite among low-cost home upgrades that can make a huge impact. But what else can you do to accessorize and decorate? Sometimes the little things can make a bigger difference than you'd think....

7 Quick-and-Easy Winter Weather Preparations to Do Right Now

Wintry weather is great at turning up problems you didn't even know you had. Like that first snowy night in front of your fireplace that you thought was pure bliss — until you noticed a leak in the ceiling corner. Apparently it was caused by a lack of insulation. How...

How to Choose the Right Laminate Flooring

So many flooring choices. Laminate can stand up to tough treatment and still look good. If you have pets or kids or are generally accident-prone, you may need some heavy-duty floors. And you may be exploring laminate flooring, thanks to its durability. Laminate...

What You Should Really Know About Browsing for Homes Online

Oh, let’s just admit it, shall we? Browsing for homes online is a window shopper’s Shangri-La. The elegantly decorated rooms, the sculpted gardens, the colorful front doors that just pop with those “come hither” hues. Browser beware, though: Those listings may be...

Keeping Your House Clean With Dogs While It’s on the Market

Oof. Houses that smell or look like pets have lived in them are just harder to sell. To avoid that happening to you, de-pet your house before putting it on the market — and keep it that way while you sell. Here's how. #1 Steam Clean Everything Fabric Job No. 1 is to...

How to Have an Efficient and Organized Laundry Room

Get creative with storage space and work surfaces. Bonus: no clutter with (almost) no effort! Unless you do your laundry in the buff, it’s one chore that’s never really done. Follow these laundry room storage ideas, however, and you can breeze through your dirty duds...

7 Household Expenses You’re Probably Wasting Your Money On

"They were this gorgeous, greenish-teal, and they looked great in my laundry room," says Eliesa Prettelt, avid DIYer and author of "A Pinterest Addict" blog. The washer/dryer combo was perfect. Such a delightful way to brighten laundry day — with a cheerfully colored...

Getting Your House Ready to Sell: Amazing Tips to Get You Top Dollar

Your home is one of the most valuable assets that you will own. So I understand that the decision to sell is a big deal - many thousands of dollars are at stake here! Are you getting your house ready to sell? Do you want to get all the equity you’ve put in over the...

5 Ways to Keep Severe Weather from Doing a Number on Your Yard

Contrary to what many may believe, severe weather doesn’t just beat up on the other guy. Mother Nature can wallop anyone’s home and yard. That doesn’t mean you’ll have to watch your house reduced to briquettes by a wildfire or flooding test your home’s capacity for...

Buying and Selling Houses? Then Check Out These Tips!

Will you need to move? Do you plan on buying and selling houses at the same time? Then buckle up, because you’re going to have to do a lot! Plus, you never want to be stuck with two mortgages - that would be bad for your finances. But you can make your housing market...

Roofing: Repair or Replace?

Deciding whether to repair or replace roofing is largely an exercise in timing — you don’t want to reroof too soon and waste money, but you don’t want to wait too long either. Eventually, all roofs wear out and need to be replaced. In a tight economy, the decision...

How to Sell Your House in 5 Days at a Price You’ll Love

Selling your home is a significant undertaking. Furthermore, there’s a lot that you will have to do to get to closing day. But what if we told you that you can sell your house in record time? Like 5 days? Yes, it’s possible! Let’s discuss how to sell your house in 5...

Moving Across Country: Tips You Should Keep in Mind

Do you have a long-distance move coming up? Packing all your possessions, arranging the logistics of your move, and getting to your new hometown takes a lot of time, money, and effort. I want to share some moving across-country tips that will help you have a...

How to Move Past Student Debt — and Into a Home

You want to buy a house. But you’re worried you won’t qualify for a mortgage because of your student loan debt. You’re not alone. Half of non-homeowners (51%) say student loan debt is delaying them from buying a home, according to a survey from the National...

Things to Consider When Buying a House: Important Factors and Tips

Purchasing a house is very important and every homebuyer has a unique set of priorities. The whole process of buying a house is complex and takes a lot of time. You need to be aware of what you need in a house, create a prioritized list, and be sure to share that list...

4 Things Proactive Homeowners Do in September

Fall’s cooler temps are perfect for deck and yard improvements Ah, September. The weather is changing, and we're getting back to our normal, post-summer routines. It's also a great time to give the house a little extra love and maintenance. Stain the Deck Help your...

When is the Best Time to Buy a House? Your Optimal Home Purchase

Buying a home is one of the most significant purchases that you’ll ever make. Therefore, you need to time your home purchase just right so that you get the best price. Certain times of the year, even specific months, dates, and days of the week matter a lot. The time...

How Long Does It Take to Buy a House? A Quick Home Ownership Guide

You’re looking at houses on the market and you’re so excited to get into your first home! You just can’t wait! But wait! How long does it take to buy a house? As much as you want to move into your new home right away, there’s a process. And that process takes time. So...

You Only Think It’s True: 10 Myths Costing You Time and Money

You can't swing a tool belt without hitting a website or TV network offering tips on taking care of your digs. Save money by watering your lawn at night! No, water it in the morning! No, dig it up and replace it with a drought-hardy meadow! Throw in the info you pick...

Buying a Home? Keep Track With This Real Estate Buyer Agent Checklist

Buying a home is a serious business: there are many stages to complete and it can get confusing. If this is your first time buying a home, then the process may be anxiety-inducing. However, you can allay your worries and fears with this real estate buyer agent...

Why Invest in Real Estate? Let’s Consider the Benefits!

Generally, when we think about real estate, we focus on family homes or primary residences. However, real estate is one of the popular ways to invest. But why invest in real estate? With a portfolio of good assets, investors can benefit from predictable cash flow,...

9 Gorgeous Kitchen Materials That Are Practically Indestructible

What's the point of a Pinterest-perfect kitchen if it doesn't stay that way? Kitchen surfaces, especially countertops, need to be able to take hit after hit. And these nine will. And look gorgeous doing it. #1 Laminate for Countertops Don't worry. Laminate won't make...

What Do Realtors Do? Exploring Their Role in the Real Estate Market

At some point, most of us will need a realtor to either purchase or sell our homes. But what do realtors do? Is there more to their role than meets the eye? Most realtors are like a swan gliding across the surface of a pond, but there’s a lot of work going on below...