Homes & Real Estate / Improvements & Security

  • 5 natural ways to get rid of pests

      

    Our world is filled with chemicals. Pesticides are commonly used as a quick way to get rid of any pests that might plague the house, yard, or garden, but we all pay a price for this convenient...

  • 10 ways you're ruining your home - and how not to

      

    Your home represents one of the most important facets of your life. Just as you wouldn't ignore the needs of your kids, spouse, or pets, you can't neglect your home if you want it to...

  • Fast Internet connection adds $5,000 to your home's value

      

    When you go to buy a home, a new study shows you'll pay substantially more for that home if it has access to very fast Internet. What's been called "the digital divide" is...

  • 5 common contractor scams and how to avoid them

      

    The vast majority of building and remodeling contractors are honest, hardworking, contentious people who take a great deal of pride in their work. Unfortunately, like any profession, it can only...

  • 8 houseplants you can't kill

      

    If you have ever nurtured a houseplant only to watch it shrivel up and die, you understand just how frustrating the situation can be. What did you do wrong? Was there too much water? Not enough?...

  • Top 5 lessons learned from an under $5,000 complete kitchen remodel

      

    Ok, I'll admit it, we're still finishing up the kitchen. Things take a bit longer when you've got a 3 and 1 year old. BUT, we've hit most of the major milestones, and are at least...

  • How the Internet saved me $132 on my hot water heater

      

    My hot water heater went kaput this past weekend – or so I thought. The pilot light went out and wouldn’t come back on. Being the novice home repair man that I am I figured I might be...

  • Ceiling fan vs. A.C.: How to stay cool and save in the heat

      

    When it comes to staying cool and saving money in the summertime heat, things can get a bit tricky. So what's the best answer? Cranking the air conditioner and running all the fans in the...

  • 5 funniest home improvement mishaps from the movies

      

    Have you ever watched a movie, saw a scene that made you cringe, and thought, "Thank goodness that's not me"? When it comes to home renovations or projects - and the accidents that...

  • 5 freakishly creative home and garden hacks

      

    For centuries, grandparents have handed down little tricks to help make their heirs' lives easier: little hacks for things that annoy you around the house. How do you keep potatoes fresh? How...

  • 10 home improvements that can really hurt

      

    Who doesn't want to save money on home improvement projects? That's why so many homeowners turn to DIY every year -- but all too often, they wind up in the emergency room for injuries...

  • 5 mistakes to avoid when installing a natural gas grill

      

    Nothing says "Summer's here!" like firing up the outdoor grill. Is this the year you finally get that natural gas grill or outdoor kitchen? Wouldn't it be nice to free yourself...

  • 10 worst kitchen upgrades you can make

      

    There's a reason they say the kitchen is the heart of your home. Even if you don't cook, it's likely the room where you gather with family and friends. It might also serve as your home...

  • 10 simple (and cheap) backyard upgrades

      

    When summer comes calling, the backyard looks like a haven of fun. But what if yours isn't quite up to par? No worries - these awesome backyard hacks can help you enjoy the great outdoors much...

  • 6 ways to go green even if you're lazy!

      

    Many people have the best of intentions when it comes to helping the environment, but their plans often come to a screeching halt when going green starts to seem too complicated. Fortunately,...