Meghan Wentland


Meghan Wentland joined the team as a writer and editor in the home finance, home security, and home improvement spaces in 2020. She is also a professor of writing and literature, where she spends her time teaching students to think critically and look for clarity.

Most of Meghan’s expertise in the home improvement area comes from research, trial, and plenty of errors. In her teaching career, she spends a lot of energy explaining to students that writing is a set of skills you can learn, and the same goes for any unfamiliar process or project. This is how she came to believe that with enough preparation, home buying and home improvement don’t have to be intimidating, and that the best companion during a home project is a clearly laid-out explanation of what to do and how to do it.

Meghan holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and Irish Studies from Boston College, a Masters degree in English and Irish Literature from Southern Illinois University, and a Ph.D in English from The Catholic University of America.

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MARCH 29, 2022 | TUESDAY
Solved! What Is a Mortgage, and Do I Need One to Buy a Home?

Q: I’m in the process of buying my first home, and there are so many complexities to the process that I’m overwhelmed. I’ve also realized that while I know I probably need a mortgage, I’m...

MARCH 29, 2022 | TUESDAY
Solved! Do I Really Need a Home Warranty for a New Construction?

Q: Our real estate agent has recommended that we ask for or purchase a home warranty for our home. We thought warranties were for older homes where appliances might break down, but our ho...

MARCH 28, 2022 | MONDAY
Solved! Does USAA Offer a Home Warranty?

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5 Steps for Enhanced French Door Security

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