Meghan Wentland

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Meghan Wentland is a fearless and committed (but untrained) DIY home renovator and improver who has spent most of her professional life as a (highly trained) college professor researching and teaching students how to write well and think critically. She has combined those skill sets in her work as a freelance writer, editor, and ghost editor, focusing on a range of home and lifestyle topics. Her creed is “research it well, make sure it won’t kill you or blow up your house, get the correct tools, then try it.” In a world where video instruction is taking over, she is a proponent of informative but engaging text that gives readers a strong foundation of knowledge and the confidence to take on new tasks. Connect with Meghan on LinkedIn.

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NOVEMBER 23, 2022 | WEDNESDAY
How Much Does Thermostat Replacement Cost?

Typical Range: $113 to $255 National Average: $175A thermostat is a tool most people don’t think about very often until it stops functioning properly. Sometimes a home’s resident becom...

NOVEMBER 1, 2022 | TUESDAY
The 20 Best Airbnbs in California of 2022

Getting away from the doldrums of everyday life is something everyone needs, but sometimes the promise of a plain hotel room with little privacy from fellow travelers just doesn’t seem li...

NOVEMBER 1, 2022 | TUESDAY
The 15 Best Airbnbs in Florida of 2022

Everyone’s had those weeks—the kind where the end of the day comes, the couch beckons, and the thought, “I really, really need a vacation” floats through the mind. For some people, a luxu...

OCTOBER 28, 2022 | FRIDAY
How Much Does a Blink Camera Subscription Cost?

Typical Range: $3 to $10 per monthYou’ve implemented several home security tips to help make your home a safer place, including tidying up the landscaping and increasing front door secu...

OCTOBER 28, 2022 | FRIDAY
Solved! Is There a Home Insurance Discount for Security System Installation?

Q: Because of a recent uptick in property crime in our area, we’ve been thinking about installing a security system, but as new homeowners, every penny counts. Our neighbors told us that ...

OCTOBER 20, 2022 | THURSDAY
How Much Does a Mice Exterminator Cost?

Typical Range: $172 to $543 National Average: $357The pitter-patter of little feet isn’t a welcome sound when it’s coming from inside the walls—or the cabinet, or underneath the sink, ...

SEPTEMBER 30, 2022 | FRIDAY
Booking a Handyman in Under a Minute? It’s Possible Through Handy

Life gets busy quickly, and the small tasks around the house that don’t seem worth hiring someone to take care of because “I’ll get to it” can pile up even more quickly. And a busy househ...

SEPTEMBER 30, 2022 | FRIDAY
With Millions of Listings, Zillow Is the Near-Perfect Home Search Tool—But Will You Find Your Forever Home?

Shopping for a new home used to be a process dependent almost entirely on finding a good real estate agent or scanning the real estate ads in the Sunday paper. Renters had it even worse: ...

SEPTEMBER 27, 2022 | TUESDAY
Reverse Mortgage Pros and Cons: What Homeowners Need to Understand First

Q: We retired a few years back, and because of some changes in our investments we find that we’re a little more pinched financially than we expected we would be. We’d like to be able to r...

SEPTEMBER 27, 2022 | TUESDAY
How to Install Security Cameras: 13 Steps to Take For a Safer Home

Take a good look at your home. Where do you feel you need video coverage? Is there a dark space you can’t quite see from the window that would make a perfect hideout for a criminal? Is th...