Glenda Taylor

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Glenda Taylor is a freelance writer for the residential remodeling, homebuilding, and commercial roofing industries.

She and her husband have been general contractors for over 20 years, and Ms. Taylor has written for leading media outlets, including the Houston Chronicle, SFGate, and the eHow Now Live Handyman Channel (a division of eHow.com) as well as National Association of Homebuilders. In addition to her construction experience, Ms. Taylor is a Master Gardener, a former real estate professional, a universal design enthusiast, and an advocate for green building practices. The recipient of Journalism and Marketing degrees from the University of Kansas and Bauder College respectively, she enjoys life on a farm in the Midwest with her husband and their "children"—five Saint Bernards! Connect with Glenda Taylor on LinkedIn.

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OCTOBER 19, 2021 | TUESDAY
15 Warning Signs to Look for Before Making an Offer on a Property

Home buyers can gain a wealth of information about a property by attending an open house. Spotting problems that hide in plain sight can save trouble—and needless expense—down the road.

OCTOBER 14, 2021 | THURSDAY
How Much Does Attic Insulation Cost?

Typical Range: $1,500 to $3,500 National Average: $2,500Local building codes require builders to install a minimum amount of insulation in new homes and during remodeling projects, but...

OCTOBER 1, 2021 | FRIDAY
Does the Aterod Expandable Garden Hose Live Up to Its Reputation? Find Out What Happened in Our Hands-On Testing

For decades, gardeners and horticultural hobbyists have dragged around heavy hoses, fighting their inevitable kinks and stiffness in cold weather. Enter the expandable hose—it typically w...

SEPTEMBER 27, 2021 | MONDAY
Designing Your Own Home: Tools to Use, and How to Get Started

Building a new house is a complex undertaking that must comply with building codes, ordinances, and even homeowners associations, so you may think house design is best left to the pros. S...

SEPTEMBER 21, 2021 | TUESDAY
What Happens if You Remodel a Home Without a Permit?

Q: We recently bought a new house, and we're going to finish out the basement for added living space. We plan to do all the work ourselves, so do we need to pull a permit? What happens if...

SEPTEMBER 21, 2021 | TUESDAY
Writing a Real Estate "Love Letter"? Here's What to Say (and What Not to Say)

When home buyers compete to buy a house in a hot market, they’ll try all sorts of techniques to stand out above other potential buyers. Sending a letter along with the offer is a popular ...

SEPTEMBER 20, 2021 | MONDAY
Should You Paint Your House Black?

It’s not your grandmother’s house color. Black houses are popping up in neighborhoods across the country, and you may love them or hate them—but it’s tough to ignore them. We consulted ho...

SEPTEMBER 17, 2021 | FRIDAY
How Much Does It Cost to Rewire a House?

Typical Range: $555 to $2,281 National Average: $1,402As technology advances, so does the need to power new appliances, gaming computers, space heaters, and all the electrical peripher...

SEPTEMBER 15, 2021 | WEDNESDAY
5 Things to Know Before Buying Land to Build a House

Buying land to build a house is more complex than it might initially seem. For many, having a home built to their specifications is the culmination of many years of poring over house plan...

SEPTEMBER 13, 2021 | MONDAY
The Parts of Your Property You Can (and Can't) Rent to Tenants

Skyrocketing rent has forced some tenants out of the traditional rental market, sending them in search of less expensive living quarters. This situation provides a unique opportunity for ...