8 Cheap and Easy Kitchen Facelifts

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If there’s not enough money in the budget to remodel your kitchen, Lowe’s home designers suggest you browse the aisles of your home store for ideas and give the room a whole new look with a few cheap and easy makeover options. Paint the walls – Paint covers a multitude of sins and freshens up Read More

Home Maintenance for New Homeowners

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If you live in cold weather, fall is when you put in the storm windows. If you live in a warm climate, summer is when you step up the pool maintenance. No matter where you live, however, checking on – and maintaining – 10 areas of your home each year is one good way to Read More

Striving to Host an Environmentally Friendly Summer Celebration?

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  Handy tips for environmentally friendly summer celebrations:  • If you use disposable plates or napkins, look for those made from recycled content. Avoid polystyrene foam products. “Compostable” utensils and plates are only “greener” if you have made arrangements for composting them. • For light snacks, try to serve “finger foods” that can be served Read More

A More Robust Year for Housing in 2015

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By Michael Neal NAHB hosted an economic and housing outlook seminar at its International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas inviting Frank Nothaft, chief economist at Freddie Mac, and David Berson, chief economist at Nationwide Insurance, to join David Crowe to discuss the outlook for 2015. Here’s the highlights. A strengthening labor market, low interest rates, Read More

7 New Ways to Make Your Home Look Larger

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By Barbara Pronin Hanging large mirrors on one wall of the living room has been touted for years as a way to make the room larger. But, said New York designer Jeffrey Blum, mirrors reflect everything in the room, creating the illusion of clutter. Blum, the owner of SixZero6 Designs, suggests seven less traditional ways Read More

U.S. Home Values Gain $1.7 Trillion in Value in 2014

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The total value of all the homes in the United States is expected to end 2014 at $27.5 trillion, a 6.7% increase from last years and the third consecutive overall increase, according to Zillow. Homes lost $6.1 trillion in value between December 2006 & December 2011. The cumulative increase in home values is slightly smaller Read More

Five Must-Haves for a Smarter Home

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Consumer excitement about the smart home has reached epic heights, with hundreds of new devices on the market that monitor, notify, control and secure the home. According to Parks Associates, mobile ubiquity, technology innovation and industry standards and partnerships have contributed to more than 13 million U.S. households now owning a connected device. Based on Read More

Three Ways to Boost Home Air Quality

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Because most Americans spend up to 90% of their time indoors, the air in their home is a significant component to their overall health and wellbeing. Occasionally, indoor pollutants can accumulate to levels that pose health and comfort issues when too little outdoor air enters a home. These pollutants may include mold, bacteria, tobacco smoke, Read More

Fall Is for Fireplaces

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By the experts at Pillar To Post Home Inspectors A wood burning fireplace is an appealing feature of many homes. Here are some reminders and tips for keeping safe and getting full enjoyment from your fireplace this season: Annual Inspections – Have your fireplace and chimney inspected and cleaned by a professional to ensure that it’s Read More