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Cozy Habits to Help You Through a Long Winter

Winter seems to feel really long by the time February rolls around when we’re all bundled up and often stuck inside, and even the gym loses its luster. But the life coaches at Wisebread.com, a blogging site for the active but thrifty, suggest six life-care rituals to help get you through the long winter. Best of all? They’re free. Embrace the harvest. The luscious... (more)

Having a Party? Prep the Plumbing

If you’re getting ready to host a house full of people, you’re likely focusing on a zillion details, from food to home staging, music and more. But have you thought about your pipes? Here are some recommendations for party hosts and guests to help avoid common plumbing mishaps and help ensure everyone has a great time…   Be mindful of... (more)

8 Cheap and Easy Kitchen Facelifts

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 even the dullest kitchen. If you make one change to your kitchen, paint... (more)

Home Maintenance for New Homeowners

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 ensure your home stays in peak condition.From the home maintenance consultants at Home Depot,... (more)

Striving to Host an Environmentally Friendly Summer Celebration?

  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... (more)

8 Home Renovations That Will Pay You Back

By Barbara Pronin When you own a home, it seems like there is almost always something you would like to do to make it more comfortable, attractive, or eco-friendly. But, home remodeling experts tell us, if you plan to sell your home at some point, put your time and effort into one of more of these renovations proven to pay you back because they increase the value... (more)

A More Robust Year for Housing in 2015

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, improving... (more)

7 New Ways to Make Your Home Look Larger

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 homeowners should consider to create the... (more)

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

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 than 2013’s 8% increase, and that... (more)

Five Must-Haves for a Smarter Home

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... (more)

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