8 Things in Your House That Are Stressing You Out

Your home is an extension of yourself. It’s an extension of your personality, your partnerships and, of course, your style. But you already know this, right? What may surprise you, though, is that our homes wield the power to affect our personality, our partnerships and yes, even our style. Enter: environmental stressors. These are the…

2018 Forecast: Is Inventory Relief on the Way?

Ask the 60-some percent of brokers in RISMedia’s 2017 Power Broker Survey: Almost every housing market is plagued by short supply. In fact, inventory nationally for pre-owned properties is at 3.9 months, down 10.4 percent from last year, the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) recently reported. The challenge, according to realtor.com®, could moderate in the next year. Groundbreaking is projected…

8 Ways to Stay Warm for Less This Winter

You can save on heating costs by making energy-smart improvements and easy adjustments to your household routine. Here are eight ways to stay warm this winter while spending less green: 1. Seal out drafts: Eliminate air leaks and drafts around the house, and you’ll trim save on heating costs by up to 20 percent. Sealant, caulking and weatherstripping…

Top 10 Trending Mudrooms

Mudrooms, like closets and kitchen pantries, appeal to the inner organizing nerd in all of us. They’re confined spaces, typically on the small side, that are dedicated to storage and show how we can sort, keep and display things in a pretty way. In reverse order, let’s look at the 10 most popular mudroom photos…

5 Tips to Keep Critters Out of Your House This Fall

You’re about to spend a lot more time indoors, and mice, rats and other rodents love a cozy, warm home as much as you do. Keep critters out of yours with a few home repairs and adjustments this fall. Mice can squeeze through spaces smaller than a nickel, and their rodent relatives are equally crafty. So seal…

Spa-like Bath Remodeling Upgrades on a Tight Budget

Bathrooms are unique spaces where form and function come together to create an ideal space. A bathroom that’s too utilitarian and impersonal just doesn’t reach its full pampering potential. It can be tempting to imagine your dream spa-inspired bathroom, with all the indulgent bells and whistles that come with it, but complete bath remodeling is…

8 Best Upgrades to Personalize Your New Home

Before you move into your new house, you may want to make upgrades. These add value to your investment, improve your home’s function and allow you to express your personality. Plus, making upgrades before you move in reduces inconvenience later. Consider the following upgrades to make your new house feel like home. 1. Enhance the…

Autumn Maintenance Tips

Regularly clean gutters and downspouts. Make sure all drainage areas are unblocked by leaves and debris. Consider installing gutter guards to make the job a lot easier. Use a screwdriver to probe the wood trim around windows, doors, railings and decks. Use caulk to fill the holes or completely replace the wood. Lower humidity and…

30 Home Maintenance Tasks You Can Do in Under 30 Minutes Each

Weekend Warrior, meet the Half-Hour Hero. Here’s a rundown of the best home maintenance tasks you can do for your Money Pit in less than 30 minutes. 1. Locate and label important valves: Imagine that a pipe broke in your ceiling and water is now leaking through every electric light fixture on to your brand new carpet. Got…