Homes & Real Estate / Improvements & Security

  • 19 things you didn't know you could wash in the dishwasher

      

    You might think of your dishwasher as a device for washing, well . . . dishes, but your dishwasher is actually a magical clean-just-about-everything, even-stuff-others-would-consider-disgusting...

  • 6 questions to ask if you're building a deck

      

    Oh, the wonders of a deck during summertime! It's where the family gathers to enjoy the great weather, grill up a few burgers and wile away the hours before a spectacular sunset. Whether...

  • 3 home improvements that add a lot of light

      

    A room with incredible light can simply make you feel good inside. But a room that has a dark, cave-like quality -- even when the summer sun is shining? Not so much. That's the unfortunate...

  • 16 foods you never want to put down your garbage disposal

      

    The garbage disposal is a hard-working yet often overlooked component of many kitchens. This device handles just about everything we toss its way -- until you put the wrong thing down the...

  • 8 summer home improvements for a happier family

      

    Summer is the time for outdoor fun, but what if your fun is getting a little old and stale? It's time to liven things up with home improvements that can turn this summer into the best one...

  • 9 air conditioning alternatives

      

    It's a safe bet that you have an air conditioner -- according to the U.S. Department of Energy, two-thirds of homes have air conditioning units, and we spend more than $11 billion each year to...

  • 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...

  • 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...