Homes & Real Estate / Improvements & Security

  • 6 home renovations that cost way more than they're worth

      

    Maybe your home needs a little TLC before you put it on the market this year. Or maybe you love where you live and plan to stay put, but you need to freshen up the look a bit. Don't worry;...

  • New website tells you if someone died in your house!

      

    Some time ago, there was an unfortunate incident at a house near us where a man committed suicide. When his estate put the house up for sale, they found it was a hard sell because many people knew...

  • 6 cheap ways to add green upgrades to your home

      

    Going green is great — as long as you have several thousand dollars to plunk down on a new solar energy system or more efficient appliances. But some of us (read: most of us) just...

  • A monthly New Year's plan to declutter your home

      

    When the holidays are over, do you panic wondering what to do with all the gifts, new holiday decor and ornaments? Do you ask yourself, "Will another tub fit on that groaning garage shelf...

  • How to get trusted referrals for home repairs

      

    Right now, renovating a home is much, much easier than it had been during the real estate bubble. So how do you pick a contractor? I recall back during the bubble how often I'd get calls...

  • 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...

  • Amazon Home Services expands to 20 new markets

      

    Need something assembled or installed around the house before the holidays? Amazon's got you covered! Read more: 5 ways to maximize your savings on Amazon Introducing Amazon Home...

  • 2 hidden dangers of your dishwasher—and 1 way to save water, money and time!

      

    Your dishwasher is going to be working overtime this holiday season. No doubt it will be a godsend to anyone who's having the family over for Thanksgiving and has to contend with all those...

  • Kidde recalls more than 5 million combo smoke and carbon monoxide detectors

      

    Kidde is recalling 5.1 million combo smoke/CO alarms because they may not alert you if there's a fire or carbon monoxide incident in your home, according to the Consumer Product Safety...

  • Solar shingles coming from Solar City

      

    Tesla founder Elon Musk is known for dreaming big—and his vision extends far beyond the all-electric car company he founded. This is the guy who launched the first-ever private spacecraft...

  • 7 things to know before starting a home renovation project

      

    Americans are set to remodel their homes in record numbers over the coming year. That makes this an ideal time to revisit some of Clark's long-standing advice on remodeling and...

  • No mortgage and no utility bills? Meet one couple living off the grid

      

    Andy Hickman and his wife Rosemary Kimble live entirely debt free in an off-the-grid home that he built with his own two hands. That means no mortgage, no utility bills and no compromises! Read...

  • 5 tips to maximize coolness from your air conditioner

      

    We're in the midst of a long hot summer and maintaining your air conditioner properly can be the difference between keeping cool or having those little beads of sweat trickle down your...

  • 7 home decor projects for under $20 each

      

    Do you crave a Pinterest-worthy home, yet lack the budget to fill your cart at Michael's or Home Depot?   Worry not, as a beautifully decorated home can be achieved withou a maxed...

  • Do I really need flood insurance? 6 lame excuses why people don't get covered

      

    If you're like most homeowners, you probably wonder if you really need flood insurance. In fact, only 14% of homeowners across the country say they have a flood insurance policy, according...