Homes & Real Estate

  • You can lower your existing bills

      

    You could save hundreds each month just by negotiating with the companies you have contracts with.

  • 4 essential home maintenance jobs for spring

      

    Winter can be tough on your house. It brings harsh cold, blustery winds, snow and ice, and of course, a slow-down in any sort of exterior maintenance. When the spring sunshine finally starts,...

  • 4 simple entry points into home energy savings

      

    Everybody wants to go green and save money, but how exactly do you do it if it’s all new to you? Try these four approaches. Read more: 19 spring home improvements on a...

  • 7 unique staging tips that will sell your home fast

      

    After you’ve cleaned until you can’t stand the smell of pine, cleared out all the clutter from every inch of the garage, and bumped up your home’s curb appeal, is there anything...

  • 3 creative alternatives to buying new cabinets

      

    If you've been looking for alternatives to buying new cabinets, you're probably aware of some of the typical ways you can spruce up your old ones -- paint, faux finishes, new hardware,...

  • 6 best mattresses for couples

      

    When you're picking a mattress with your spouse or significant other, you want that bed to be comfortable. But you also want it to be affordable. That's where Consumer Reports comes...

  • 20 tips to help you have a profitable garage sale

      

    With sunny days starting to overtake the dreariness of winter, garage sale season is once again upon us. You may have friends who complain that their last garage sale took weeks of effort, yet...

  • The only legitimate use for a home equity loan

      

    Home equity loans are becoming easier to get, but that’s not a good thing. There is only one reason to get one, ever.

  • Security system upgrade scam on the rise

      

    As AT&T phases out its 2g network, fraudsters are phasing in this new scam. How it works and how to avoid it.

  • 3 kinds of family fun home improvement projects

      

    With spring here and the summer just a few months away, school will be out sooner rather than later. For families, that means finding ways to keep the kiddos occupied with what parents like to...

  • Phony locksmiths ripping people off with bait-and-switch pricing

      

    Phony locksmiths who populate the top of search results pages are ripping people off with outrageous bait-and-switch pricing. Picture this: You lock yourself out of your car. You misplace the...

  • A look at the fake landlord scam

      

    If you're in the market for a new apartment, beware of criminals acting as bogus landlords who may try to rent you a foreclosure. Read more: Best and worst door locks for your...

  • 12 low-maintenance landscaping ideas for any climate

      

    Yard work. You either love it, hate it or don't have the time it typically takes each week to keep up with it. If you enjoy tending your garden, you may not need advice for low-maintenance...

  • Cabinet refacing vs. cabinet replacing: Which is right for you?

      

    Are your kitchen cabinets old and tired, and you're hoping for something new? If money is no object, you can choose to fix the problem by renovating the entire kitchen. But sadly, most of us...

  • 19 spring home improvements on a shoestring

      

    To paraphrase a famous English Romantic poet, in spring a homeowner's fancy lightly turns to thoughts of home improvements. Lightly, because you may want to show your home some renovation...