How Much Does It Cost to Hire a General Contractor?

General contractors may charge for pre-construction services and offer fixed-price or cost-plus construction contracts. A good general contractor can bring a lot of value to a home renovation or building project. These professionals help their clients set a realistic budget, keep a project on schedule and manage construction so the homeowners don’t have to. How…

5 Cheap Bathroom Renovations to Help Sell a Home

A few cheap bathroom renovations can actually help you sell your home.  When potential buyers stroll through a home, they’re looking for the features and amenities that best match their lifestyle. Every choice you’ve made impacts a buyer’s interest, and you can get closer to the reality of a sale with a simple, one-step bath renovation. “Bathrooms…

5 Ways to Put Fall Leaves to Work in Your Garden

Improve your soil and yard the organic way with a valuable garden booster that grows on trees. In fall my town holds leaf collection days, when homeowners (or their landscape services) blow or rake fallen leaves off their properties into big piles in the streets. Later a truck comes and vacuums them away. What I…

More Americans are house-rich, but they’re leaving that cash in the house

Rising home prices, coupled with conservative borrowing, have today’s homeowners sitting on a record amount of potential cash. Today’s mortgage holders saw their home equity increase by 4.8% annually at the end of the second quarter. This is a collective gain of nearly $428 billion, according to CoreLogic. Break it down by borrower, and the…

Best Garage Floor Options: Paint, Tiles or Mat?

Garages are often thought of as dark, dingy places that collect dirt from your car and are difficult to keep clean. However, with a little bit of work, and the best garage floor, you could create your own innovative garage that you will actually want to spend time in. One of the most important parts…

5 Tips for Easy Laundry Room Organization

Do you hate doing laundry? If so, you aren’t alone. Because laundry is boring and never completely done, it’s one of the most loathed household chores. Having a well-organized laundry room that lets you work efficiently will help you get through that dreaded laundry more quickly and easily. Decorating your laundry room so it brings a smile to your face doesn’t…

September Weekend Projects: Easy Fall Fixups!

As summer turns to fall, so begins the Goldilocks Season for home improvement.  It’s not too hot and not too cold — it’s just right, so September is the time to get lots of home improvement projects done around the house! Weekend #1:  Water Heater Spruce Up Maintenance to your hot water heater this September weekend will…

10 Questions to Ask Before Sharing Your Home With Aging Parents

Honest conversation is key to deciding whether it makes sense to have your parents move in with you. Living with aging parents can help deepen your relationships, strengthen grandparent-grandkid bonds and offer peace of mind knowing your loved ones are well cared for. But opening up your home to your parents (or in-laws) isn’t always…