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Quartz vs. Granite: Consumer Reports Rates Kitchen Countertops

Is there a kitchen renovation in your future? If so, one of the most crucial and difficult decisions ahead of you is what kind of countertop to choose. Consumer Reports takes a look at two of the most popular options—quartz and granite—to determine which one is the better option. First and foremost, it’s important to note that Consumer Reports (CR) describes... (more)

7 Projects That Improve Resale Value

Even if you have no immediate plans for leaving your home, it’s a good idea to approach renovations with resale value in mind. Upgrades that are likely to appeal to future buyers protect your investment while also improving your enjoyment of the home. One key to a successful renovation is figuring out how to personalize the space without making it so customized... (more)

8 Smartphone Apps Every Homeowner Must Have

You’ve no doubt heard the phrase, “There’s an app for that!” It’s true. There’s an app for almost everything – even for homeowners – helping to make life a little easier. Here are eight handy apps every homeowner should have. Centriq –  Once you unbox and set up home appliances, it’s easy to lose the owner’s manual and directions if you don’t have a special place... (more)

Are You Ready to Look for Your First Home?

Buying your first home doesn’t need to be overwhelming, and the more prepared you are, the better. Here are a few tips and tools to make first-time home-buying a little easier. Take a class. You shouldn’t be at all ashamed to take a first-time homebuyer education course, many of which are offered online. They provide potential homebuyers with detailed information,... (more)

How to Know Which White to Paint Your Room

Did you know there are probably more shades of white than any other color out there? And believe it or not, the hue you choose will dramatically alter the look and feel of the room you paint it with. Just like other colors, whites come in varieties of warm and cool shades, emanating from a particular base color, such as blue, red, green, purple, yellow and orange.... (more)

How to Pick a Color for the Outside of Your Home

Deciding what color to paint your house is not like picking a new shade for your bedroom – if you’re not happy with the results, you’re either stuck with a color you don’t like for many years or you’ll have to live with the cost and time it will take to redo the job. So choosing the right color the first time around is essential. But how do you choose?... (more)

Zen Zone: Bring Peace to Your Bedroom

We all want a little less anxiety in our lives. When it comes to creating a zen zone at home, you should start with your bedroom. Your room isn’t merely the place to rest your head—it’s where you wake, and the vibe of your room can set the tone for the rest of your day. Below are five tips for bringing a peaceful vibe to your bedroom. Calming colors.... (more)

How to Ban Bunnies From Your Yard

While you may love the look of a snuggly bunny, gardeners know how wild rabbits can be a devastating problem. To protect your yard from rabbits, you first need to identify their presence. Because they often come out at dawn and sunset, you may rarely see them. These are the top signs that you’ve got rabbits: Plant damage low to the ground, often a few inches... (more)

5 Summer Outdoor Entertaining Tips

Summer brings plenty of opportunities to enjoy time outdoors entertaining family and friends. The key to a successful summer party is simplicity: keep things easy so you can enjoy the festivities right along with your guests. Make this season’s barbecues, picnics and family gatherings events to remember with these simple summer entertaining tips: Cook outside Rather... (more)

Effortless Spring Entertaining

Spring brings plenty of reasons to celebrate, from holidays to weddings to baby showers. Even a just-because al fresco brunch is a great way to share time with family and friends while taking advantage of a beautiful day. Make hosting your next spring gathering a breeze with these entertaining tips for organizing an effortless event: Set the stage for a beautiful... (more)

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