7 Tips for Creating a Spa-Like Bathroom

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Going to the spa is an expensive proposition—not to mention costly in terms of time. Bringing the relaxation of the spa to your own home, however, means that you can kick back and relax whenever you like. A simple bathroom redesign can be enough to completely change the way your bathroom feels, leaving relaxation just Read More

15 Safety Tips when the Power’s Out

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Severe storm conditions may threaten structural damage to your home, but they can also result in electrical hazards. These dangers are most often associated with the use of portable generators and space heaters, according to the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI), and may exist long after the storm has ended if a power outage occurs. Read More

5 Creative Ways to Improve Your Home’s Ambiance

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When you first moved into your home, the walls may have been white with beige carpeting. Although this decor choice is classic for nearly every rental and brand-new home, you don’t have to live with the neutral colors. In fact, there are simple ways to improve your home’s ambiance with just a few creative changes. Read More

7 Tools Every New Homeowner Needs in Their Toolbox

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If you recently purchased a home and have a big move looming in the not-so-distant future, preparation is key to ensuring the process goes as smoothly as possible—and that includes making sure you have the right tools for the job. Here are some common tools you should have at the ready when moving to a Read More

8 Ways to Boost Your Home’s Value

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By Barbara Pronin Improving the look and functionality of your home goes a long way toward boosting its value. But what types of renovation are today’s buyers looking for? If you are thinking of remodeling, a national survey by Consumer Reports reveals the most sought-after amenities: Kitchens top the list – Buyers want a clean, updated Read More

Top 25 Most Romantic Cities in America

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As we begin to fete love and romance ahead of Valentine’s Day, OpenTable released its 2016 rankings of the 25 Most Romantic Cities in America. Food trends may come and go, but OpenTable data indicate that Americans continue to have an appetite for romantic dining. In order to provide a ranking of cities where romantic Read More

Repainting a Room? The Lighter, the Better

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A fresh coat of paint is an upgrade well worth the effort. Your best bet for color…the lighter, the better. Deep, saturated shades have been popular for years, but the palette that’s in vogue right now is just the opposite. Interior designers and colorists are favoring lighter hues, including off-whites, that just tease the eye with Read More

5 Hot Curb Appeal Trends for 2016

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By John Egan Curb appeal is in the eyes of the buyer. But as Texas Tech University researchers Emmett Elam and Andrea Stigarall point out, the precise factors that influence a homebuyer’s perceptions of curb appeal are debatable. What is not debatable is the lift that curb appeal gives to the value of a home. Improving Read More