Homes & Real Estate / Improvements & Security

  • 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...

  • 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,...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 7 ways your mudroom could be doing double duty

      

    How does your family use its mudroom? If you're like a lot of families, it may be serving as nothing more than a dumping ground for shoes and coats. However, you could be doing more with...

  • 5 ways to survive your small kitchen

      

    Not everyone gets to cook in a gourmet kitchen. Some people are stuck in tiny galley kitchens or regulated to working in nooks that include a stove and not much else. Still others have strangely...

  • 6 ways to remodel with reclaimed materials

      

    With the overall movement in American culture toward being more environmentally conscious, green home design and remodeling is a trend that's here to stay. A big element of that trend is the...

  • How to find a good home inspector

      

    A home is the largest purchase most people ever make. Choosing the wrong inspector could cost you.

  • 10 easy energy saving tips for your home

      

    By making some basic tweaks around the house, you can save a ton of money on your monthly bills!  Read more: 12 quick DIY ways to reduce your energy bills A few ways to do it...

  • 8 ways to safeguard your home during spring break

      

    We're on the cusp of spring break. Do you want to let criminals know you're not home? Of course not! But the sad fact is that there are so many ways we let our guard down and make...

  • 16 ways to lower your energy bill

      

    Paying a high energy bill every month is like throwing your money away. Don't do it! Follow this advice to save money at your home... Change your light bulbs Changing out your bulbs...

  • How to drastically reduce your energy costs using home automation

      

    On its face, home automation relies on a principle of conservation so low-tech that your parents probably had it instilled in you long before we all had computers and smartphones: don’t...