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Prepare your home for 7 pet personality types

Bringing home a sweet little kitty or pup, or a longing-for-love adult rescue animal, for the first time is certainly a thrill. However, don't forget that you'll need to prepare your home in order to make it welcoming and safe. More>>

Install closets and built-ins to save space, add charm

Eliminating household clutter is a top concern for many homeowners. Be aware that this problem can be solved beautifully by having a carpenter construct built-in closets for bedrooms which previously had little to no closet space.

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Ready to buy a home? Good credit and planning are the keys

9 ways to overcome obstacles to owning a home.

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How to combat condensation on your windows

Oh no! You just installed new windows, and now all of a sudden you see that they’re covered with drops of water.
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Make roach pest control a priority

Cockroaches are one of the most common insect pests in houses and apartment buildings. They also carry and spread a number of health problems. Find out more, including effective roach pest control measures. More>>

6 cost-conscious routes to boosting your home's value

Balance debt and value when choosing home improvement projects.
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Tile beautifies a kitchen or bathroom wall

There are more and more exciting ideas for tiles to adorn the walls of kitchen and bath. Take a peek at today's tile styles and tips for taking care of it. More>>

Rent or sell your home?

How to choose the best way to handle a house you are leaving. More>>

What every homeowner should know about roof inspection

Which part of a house is the source of over one third of all homeowner's insurance claims? If you answer "the roof," you're right on the money.
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Wood floor refinishing FAQs

It's a thrill akin to finding buried treasure -- that moment when you rip up the dusty carpets of your newly purchased home and discover that (bingo!) there are hardwood floors underneath.
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Clean up your home's water supply

Drinking water is an absolute necessity of life, but how clean is the water you drink?
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You’re doing it wrong: Scientists say there’s a better way to load the dishwasher

A few months ago, a semi-frustrated dad posted a YouTube video that featured him giving tongue-in-cheek instructions to his teens on how to load a dishwasher. It turns out most of us could use a similar video, as we have been performing this household chore all wrong. More>>

What to do when your electric baseboard or wall heater needs repair

When it's winter and co-o-o-o-ld, the last thing you want is for your heating system to fail.
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5 DIY repairs for damaged doors

Scratches, dents, or holes in your door are quite unsightly, and when you have to fight to open a door it's even worse. Here are 5 DIY fixes for damaged doors More>>

Best ways to clear snow without a blower

Fast, efficient snow removal is one of winter's most essential tasks. If you are determined to go snow blower-free, here are some useful tips. More>>

The best flooring choice for your home

Decide what's important to you in a floor covering and make your choice, armed with the facts on ceramic tile, concrete, hardwood, linoleum, vinyl, and laminate flooring.

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Feeding birds in winter

Winter is a difficult season for birds who stick around in northern climes. They need extra stamina to keep themselves warm, just at the time of year when their usual foods are in short supply. More>>

Need to sell your house ASAP? Opendoor will buy it from you in minutes

There are lots of sites, such as Zillow and Trulia, that exist to help homebuyers. But what about those that are putting their house on the market?  More>>

Surprising energy vampires and how to subdue them

Is your home playing host to evil energy vampires? Also known as a "phantom," an energy vampire is any electrical device or appliance that consumes power even when it is on stand-by mode, or even turned off completely. More>>

10 tips for cutting winter costs

Preparing for cold weather can help keep winter expenses manageable.

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How to decorate a fireplace mantel for fall

As the weather begins to cool and your family gathers around the living room fireplace, create a beautiful autumn mantel design to welcome the changing of the seasons.  More>>

A new twist on the Labor Day barbecue

Think Labor Day weekend is just another excuse for a barbecue?  Try celebrating the last days of summer in an all new way. More>>

Five essential tips for designing your kitchen

Here are some less traditional ways to think about kitchen design, whether your project is outfitting a rental kitchen in a tiny walk-up, or the kind of larger-scale remodel you dream about. More>>

8 barbecue party tips you need to know

Whether you're a first time planner, or seasoned professional, a barbecue is one of the most fun and exciting parties you can throw. More>>

Essential spring cleaning checklist for every home

Spring is here once again and you know what that means – it’s time for spring cleaning.
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Adjusting your thermostat might improve your thinking

You think best when the air temperature is at a level that makes you feel the most comfortable, new research suggests. More>>

Spring cleaning safety tips

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While doing their spring cleaning, families will use a wide range of products that can cause accidental poisonings, an expert says. More>>

Does housework count as exercise?

Most household chores can count toward your physical activity quota, but to really stay fit, you need to make sure you're getting your heart rate up. More>>

The best flowers to plant in spring

Spring is a favorite time of year for many people. The weather is warming up after the cold winter, trees are beginning to bud and spring plants are blooming with vibrant flowers. More>>

6 nifty ways to organize your laundry room

Is it time for a laundry room overhaul? To become an organization pro, here is some advice that works like magic. More>>

5 naturally soothing scents

While we can’t always crawl into bed at any given hour in the day, we can surround ourselves with calming aromas at anytime. Here are five scents that have been proven to naturally soothe.
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Formal Valentine's Day decoration ideas for the dining room

Whether it will be a romantic meal for two, or a festive holiday banquet for a large group, Valentine's Day décor will enhance your dining room's holiday atmosphere. More>>

Ways you can beat household odors

A busy home with sealed-up windows can lead to stale, unpleasant odors. And the last thing that any host wants to hear is, "What's that smell?" More>>

Winter chores made easier - and safer

Cold weather sure does make household tasks pile up. Before you tackle your to-do list, chill out with these tips from injury-prevention experts. More>>

5 inspiring new year's resolutions you can keep

If the new year’s resolutions you’ve made already sound unrealistic, here are some new ones that you’ll actually be inspired to keep. More>>

How can you recycle your Christmas tree?

Before you settle for a Christmas tree collection service, consider one of these ways to repurpose and recycle your tree. More>>

Keep a germ-free home for the holidays

The holidays are all about opening your doors and welcoming friends and family. But along with hostess gifts, your guests may also bring sniffle-causing viruses and colds.
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How to decorate your home like a winter wonderland

Creating a white winter wonderland in your home to celebrate the holiday season can add a sparkle to this festive time of year. More>>

Get your kitchen holiday party-ready

The most important prep step? Plan ahead.
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Streamline your holiday schedule

When it comes to staying organized over the holidays, being realistic instead of holding yourself to some fictional standard goes a long way toward staying sane during December. More>>

Etiquette tips for surviving social awkwardness

Whether you’re attending a holiday party, wedding, business event or other celebration, you can sometimes find yourself in an awkward situation and wishing Miss Manners were by your side. More>>

Smarten up your dumb house with Z-Wave Automation

If you're even moderately interested in DIY home automation, you've likely run across the name "Z-Wave" at some point.
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Fall home makeover tips

Check out these predictions on the hottest house accessories for the season.

 
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7 ways you haven't hurricane-proofed your home yet

Do these seven things now to protect your home and family.

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Halloween decoration ideas for the office

If you find yourself spending more time at your desk than on your couch, there's no reason you can't celebrate the Halloween season in your office, and use these fun and festive décor ideas to liven up your work space. More>>

Make a small room seem bigger

Here are a few tricks that can make a small room seem more spacious More>>

7 laundry time savers

A national survey revealed that laundry ranks among our top three least favorite chores.
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Make more money at your next garage sale

How do you bring in the buyers -- and get the most money for your attic treasures? More>>

Basil: The perfect summer herb

Basil is the quintessential garden plant -- equally happy to sprawl out over the expanse of a walled-in plot or flourish in a box on the window sill. More>>

3 projects to do for your dad on Father's Day

Don't buy the tie! There's no need for your standard go-to Dad's Day gift this year. Try one of these simple projects as a Father's Day present. More>>

Memorial Day games & activities for kids

Here are some active, outdoor games that are fun but simple to play; get ready to create summertime memories. More>>

5 germ hot spots you aren't cleaning

Here are five germ hot spots you're probably missing when you clean, and the most powerful tools to add to your cleaning arsenal today. More>>

Summer gardening guide

Summer is the time to freshen up the garden, pay careful attention to maintenance and enjoy the fruits of your labor. More>>

10 kitchen gadgets you probably don't need

There are many kitchen gadgets out there that claim to make your life simpler, but there might already be something in your kitchen that can do the same job. More>>

St. Patrick’s Day history, traditions & facts

It's the day when being Irish or even just attempting a lyrical brogue will make you an honorary member of the Emerald Isle. More>>

Turn your bedroom into a getaway

Your master bedroom should be your oasis from the rest of the world. And yet it's often the last room in the house to get a good makeover. More>>

De-clutter your life -- and your mind

Even for those who are not hoarders, holding on to large quantities of unnecessary stuff can raise anxiety and lower well-being. More>>

The most dangerous spiders in your home

Venomous spiders can be dangerous to those who spend time outside. These spiders occasionally find their way inside home and can present a serious risk. More>>

Are electric blankets safe?

Most safety problems related to use of an electric blanket are preventable.
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Unique gift wrapping ideas

There's a wide world of ways to wrap a present. More>>

Vintage Christmas decorations

Holiday decorating goes through fashions and styles, and the tree you remember as if it was yesterday has become today's vintage look. More>>

Fun election-themed foods

This election year, try looking at the first Tuesday in November as what it truly is – the Super Bowl of politics! More>>

Living room clutter busters

You can transform this room from the messiest area in your home to the organized, relaxing family haven you desire. More>>

10 air purifying plants for the home

It turns out that houseplants aren't just a great way to spruce up a room, they can freshen the air in a room as well. More>>

What is steampunk home decor?

Part history and part imagination, steampunk creates a futuristic "past that never was," combining classic antique clocks, gears, fabric and accessories with modern, edgy touches. More>>

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