Three Foolproof Ways to Update Your Living Room

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By David Glenn  The living room is the room where most families spend the majority of their time. The TV is usually there, the comfy couches are there, and oftentimes the living room has the best view of the backyard. Sometimes, though, the living room needs some sprucing up. Here are three things you can Read More

5 Home Improvements that Pay Off and 5 that Don’t

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By Suzanne De Vita Favorable economic conditions have long triggered investment in home improvements—more money, more upgrades—and progress on the housing front is set to spur the next wave of homeowner spending on both necessary and discretionary projects. How should homeowners invest their remodeling dollars this year?  By and large, homeowners can expect to reap the highest Read More

Quick, Affordable Home Renovations

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By Barbara Pronin Everyone gets bored with their surroundings occasionally—especially when the winter doldrums set in and we are spending more time at home. A quick renovation can help boost your mood, and doesn’t necessarily mean spending a lot of money. Designers offer four tips for giving your home new interest while spending minimal dollars: Read More

Gardening in Winter? It Can Be Done!

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Ready…set…Spring! One way to beat the winter doldrums this season is to liven up your home with greenery. Green thumb or not, the key is to start small, says gardening author Ann Whitman, who suggests beginning with a terrarium, a miniature tabletop garden. “Terrariums invite you in for a closer look and provide a perfect Read More

8 Cleaning Tips to Fight Off the Flu

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Winter is here, and that means flu season is not far behind. To keep your home free of illness, it’s important to maintain a clean household. “With the flu season kicking into high gear, it’s important to make sure you’re taking the appropriate steps to help reduce the spread of the virus in your home, Read More

7 Ways to Cut Winter Heating Bills

By Barbara Pronin  High winter heating bills can make mincemeat of your budget. But a few surprising tricks can help keep you toasty warm this winter and keep heating costs under control. Home improvement experts suggest trying these seven ploys:  • Service the furnace — Seems like a no-brainer, but many homeowners forget or put Read More

Want to Lower Energy Bills for Good? Small Improvements Equal Big Returns

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There are several ways to improve the energy-efficiency of your home—and many are too costly for the average homeowner to finance. The truth is, you don’t have to spend a fortune to reap the benefits of increased energy-efficiency. In fact, you can save up to 30 percent on energy bills every month with a simple, Read More

3 Ultra Modern Fixtures for a Futuristic Bathroom

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As a homeowner, one of the most worthwhile investments you can make is to upgrade your home’s bathroom. Bathroom renovations enhance not only real estate value but also your overall enjoyment of the space, and appointments these days are light years ahead of the materials used in other types of remodels. If you’re considering an Read More

10 Fireplace Safety Tips

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Fireplaces are one of the most coveted features in homes today—but they can be hazardous if precautions aren’t taken. Whenever you use your fireplace, keep in mind these safety tips. 1. Get an annual chimney check. Have chimneys inspected annually, and cleaned as necessary, by a qualified professional chimney service technician. This reduces the risk of Read More