Homes & Real Estate / Improvements & Security

  • These 10 kitchen upgrades could ruin your home's resale value

      

    There's a reason they say the kitchen is the heart of your home. Even if you don't cook, it's likely the room where you gather with family and friends. It might also serve as your home...

  • 8 ways to safeguard your home during summer vacation

      

    Summer vacation season is in full swing! Do you want to let criminals know you're not home? Of course not! But the sad fact is that there are so many ways we let our guard down and...

  • How to make $10,000 more when you resell your home

      

    Want to raise the value of your home? You might consider making any of several green improvements like putting in adequate insulation, installing a highly efficient HVAC system, high performance...

  • New mortgage lets you borrow money for energy-efficiency upgrades

      

    Want to make some energy-efficient upgrades to your existing home or a new one you're getting ready to buy? Maybe you're finding it difficult to come up with the cash. That's where...

  • What to do about window glass condensation

      

    If you have ever stepped out of a hot shower to be greeted by a fogged-up mirror, you know what condensation looks like. It's expected in bathrooms and other areas of high humidity, but when...

  • 19 budget-friendly home improvement projects

      

    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...

  • 5 tips to give your home a facelift on the cheap

      

    Spring and summer are peak home-selling seasons in much of the country. Maybe your home needs a little TLC before you put it on the market. Or maybe you love where you live and plan to stay put,...

  • How to get that HGTV decorating look from your Habitat ReStore!

      

    Do you watch the HGTV channel and lament that you'll never be able to afford the luxurious home accents featured throughout their programming? Worry not, as your local Habitat ReStore can...

  • 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...

  • How to shop for a home security system

      

    When you're shopping for a home security system, here's what you need to know in order to protect your family and avoid getting ripped off. Home cameras are a great...