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Keep Your Home Safe Without Compromising Style

Home accidents cause nearly 13 million injuries a year. Some simple updates to your home can help you avoid these accidents, as well as give your rooms a facelift. People often think that home improvement projects mean a complete overhaul of a room, but there are dozens of smaller updates that people can DIY that can have a big impact on the room. It’s... (more)

Top 10 Most Expensive Mistakes You're Making on Your Home

Homes cost a lot of money to maintain. Are you spending extra money unnecessarily on the upkeep of your home? Here are 10 of the most expensive mistakes you could be making. 1. Using Traditional Light bulbs If you still have incandescent light bulbs in your home, you could be throwing a lot of money away every month on inflated electric bills. Over its lifespan,... (more)

Eyeing a New Appliance? Look Over These Tips First!

Are you getting ready to buy a major appliance, like a refrigerator, oven, dishwasher or dryer? The Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM.org) recommends the following tips: Get the specs. Ask your dealer for specifications from several manufacturers offering the type of appliance you need. Compare available features, designs and capacities. Know... (more)

7 Easy Ways to Dress Up an Entryway

The entryway or foyer of your home conveys an important first impression to your guests. For homeowners bent on making it a great first impression, designers at ElleDecor.com suggest seven easy ways to make an entryway look larger, brighter, and more welcoming: Use the Power of Mirrors – A well-placed mirror can instantly open up a space and add a luxurious feel.... (more)

Staging Secrets Revealed!

Staging can boost a sale price of a home by as much as 10 percent. The best staged homes strike the balance between lived-in and never-owned. How can you apply that science when staging your home? Look no further than model homes, which draw buyers by blending the form-follows-function principle with the preferences of today. Here are some tips: • Remove anything... (more)

7 No-Cost Ways to Spruce Up Your Home This Spring

By Barbara Pronin Ready or not, spring is here, and with it comes the urge to open up your home to fresh breezes and sunshine. The trouble with that, as some homeowners lament, is that the furnishings may look a little tired. Before you replace a few big-ticket items, take a few tips from the editors of Home & Garden Magazine to spruce up your home without... (more)

30 Ways to Upgrade Your Outdoor Space

Yearning for the outdoors? We’re with you! Spring’s almost here, and quality outdoor time isn’t far behind. To get the most enjoyment out of your outdoor space, now’s the time to consider an upgrade (or two) while the weather’s still in between seasons. Need inspiration? Here are the most common outdoor upgrades and add-ons, according to the American Society... (more)

5 Creative Ways to Improve Your Home's Ambiance

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. Take a look at these exciting ways... (more)

Repainting a Room? The Lighter, the Better

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 traces of color. Interestingly... (more)

Tis the Season to Prepare Your Home for Cold Weather

Approximately one-fifth of homeowners insurance claims are brought on by damage caused by water or cold temperatures—much of which comes as a result of snowy conditions. Although standard homeowners and renters policies cover winter-related damage, such as that caused by burst pipes, ice dams and wind, as well as damage caused by either the weight of ice or snow,... (more)

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