Homes & Real Estate / Improvements & Security

  • 4 DIY projects perfect for new homeowners

      

    You love every part of your new home…well, almost. There are some things that you could do without, or some areas that just need a bit of sprucing up. And if you had the cash on hand, you...

  • Green home improvements make you more green at resale

      

    I recently spent big bucks to install whole house solar at my home. At the time, I went on air making fun of myself talking about how it may not ever pay off for years and years. In addition, I...

  • 13 handy smartphone apps for home improvement

      

    You probably rely on your smartphone to do a lot of things, but home improvement? While your phone can't replace a full set of tools, only a fool would wield a crowbar much less a power saw...

  • 6 home maintenance tasks you have to learn to do

      

    Good home maintenance is absolutely essential to keep your place in good repair. But there are many home maintenance points that homeowners might skimp on or even ignore altogether. Here are the...

  • Should you finance your business with a home equity loan?

      

    The small business sector of the US is often called "the backbone of the economy," and the "engine of job creation." Its importance is the reason the Small Business...

  • How to get trusted referrals for home repairs

      

    Right now, renovating a home is much, much easier than it had been during the real estate bubble. So how do you pick a contractor? I recall back during the bubble how often I'd get calls...

  • 5 design tricks for a small kitchen

      

    The American kitchen has doubled in size over the last three decades, growing to an average of 300 square feet. These days, the kitchen is not only where we cook, but where we entertain, where the...

  • Best and worst door locks for your money

      

    The locks on your doors are one of the most important parts of the entry points to your home. They're what let you in and keeps the bad guys out! So be sure you're getting the best lock...

  • A monthly New Year's plan to declutter your home

      

    When the holidays are over, do you panic wondering what to do with all the gifts, new holiday decor and ornaments? Do you ask yourself, "Will another tub fit on that groaning garage shelf...

  • Get through extreme weather with the best emergency gear

      

    You've seen the photos and read the bad news: Winter weather is off to a wicked start. From the unseasonably warm and (thunder)stormy conditions in the South and Midwest, to snow and ice...

  • 5 ways to make your old house as energy-efficient as a new one

      

    When your house is older than your grandparents, you may assume you're destined to live with high energy bills. However, with the right updates, an old house can be just as efficient as newly...

  • 5 ways to winterize windows and keep your home warm

      

    You welcome winter -- the promise of a silent overnight snowfall; lacy, leafless trees smothered in a white blanket knit from snowflakes; the bracing jolt of crisp, cold air -- when you venture...

  • 9 must-do winter home maintenance to-dos

      

    As if you don't have enough to do with last-minute holiday preparations, you've got this nagging feeling you've forgotten one or more winter home maintenance tasks you should have done...

  • 4 last-minute DIY presents

      

    Hey, we get it. The holidays sometimes sneak up on you, and one day you wake up and realize that it's too late to finish that shopping that you have been meaning to do for weeks. Now...

  • 11 home trends that are so over

      

    Remodeling soon? Somebody has to say it: It's time for some home designs to disappear.