Basement & Garage Articles, Blog Posts and Slideshows
10 Bargain Organizers for a Tidy Garage The garage is one of the most cluttered spaces in the whole house. Too often it becomes a dumping ground for sports equipment, lawn tools, off-season decorations, and workshop tools that somehow never get put back properly. But organization and control is within reach. These affordable storage solutions can be easily integrated into your garage and bring back order—just like that.
10 Kayak Storage Ideas for Taking Back Your Garage Big and awkward when not gracefully gliding in the water, kayaks tend to take up more room in the garage than anticipated. Check out these kayak storage ideas to help free up space and keep things tidy.
10 Shortcuts to a Not-So-Scary Basement If you have an unfinished basement, you probably don’t want to spend a ton of time down there. The air is musty, the floors are damp, and it feels just a tiny bit creepy. Luckily, there are some simple ways to get the feel of a finished basement without shelling out thousands of dollars. Here, 10 ways to turn your basement into a space where the entire family will want to hang out.
10 Things Not to Keep in Your Basement If you don’t have room for it, stick it in the basement, right? Well, maybe not. Basements are prone to dampness, mold, and temperature swings, which can adversely affect many of the items commonly kept down there. Always think before you stash, and never store these 10 things in your basement.
12 Awesome Overhead Garage Storage Ideas Your garage keeps things out of sight and out of mind, but are you utilizing the space in the best way? Get organized with these innovative up-high storage ideas.
12 Things to Toss ASAP When You Clean Out Your Garage For many people, the garage is a black hole. Rarely used belongings disappear into its dark depths, and homeowners completely forget about them—that is, until spring cleaning rolls around. Take control of your cluttered garage by purging these 12 items. You’ll barely notice their absence, and you may even free up enough space to park your car in there again!
14 Tips for a Cozy Basement Bedroom Say goodbye to the basement bedroom blues! You don’t have to settle for a dark and gloomy subterranean chamber. Through creative lighting techniques and the use of upbeat color combinations, you can turn that drab and depressing basement into a cheerful living area. Accompany us as we visit 14 inviting basement bedrooms for clues as to what these homeowners did right, and how you can create a similar look.
15 Problems Hard Water Can Cause Some homes have hard water—water that contains a high level of calcium, magnesium, lime, or other minerals. Hard water doesn't pose any health risks, but it can cause a number of plumbing, maintenance, and household cleaning issues. Click through to discover some of the problems hard water can create. And if these issues sound all too familiar, maybe it's time to install a water softener!
5 Times a New Garage Door Made All the Difference The garage door doesn't get the respect it deserves. Think about it: In the daily life of a house, the unassuming garage door performs a pivotal practical function. For many families, the front door isn't the primary entrance—the garage is! Due in part to its large, front-and-center position on the facade, the garage door goes a long way in determining the first impression your house makes on visitors and passersby. The right garage door—one that thoughtfully complements the style of your home—adds as much curb appeal as anything else, including things like exterior paint and landscaping.<br>
If your current garage door looks worn or out of date—or if it never fit well with your house in the first place—you have a golden opportunity to radically improve the appearance of your home. Garage door replacement is one of the most immediate and cost-effective ways to give your house a stunning facelift. Garage doors offer an abundant choice of elements from style and construction to hardware and operation. Manufacturers like Clopay now offer a wider selection of garage door styles and construction materials than ever before. Don't know where to begin? For tips on choosing a new garage door—and for proof of the difference it can make—click through right now!
7 Features to Look for in Your Next Garage Door From its origins as a no-frills, utilitarian outbuilding, the garage has matured into an integral part of the home, one that plays a major role in the day-to-day activities of contemporary life. For proof that the garage has gained elevated importance, look no further than current architectural design. The garage often stands out as the most prominent element of the exterior. Given that the garage door is so highly visible, appearance becomes a key concern. That's especially true when you consider that, alongside paint, trim, and landscaping, the garage door goes a long way toward determining the first impression that your home makes on visitors and passersby. Don't like how your home looks from the curb? There's an easy and effective option for giving it a fast face-lift—install a new garage door. Today, manufacturers offer a wide assortment of exciting new designs and features. If you've never shopped for a garage door, or if it's been years since you last explored the options, you may be amazed by the stand-out beauty and better-than-ever performance of the top choices today. Click through now to discover only a fraction of the latest garage door styles from companies like Clopay!<br>
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7 Health Hazards Lurking in Your Basement Basements were once used solely as utility rooms that housed furnaces, laundry areas, and overflow storage for seasonal items, tools, and sometimes even root vegetables. Today, with the high cost of above-grade living space, many homeowners choose to finish parts of their basements to serve as living areas. While this is a great way to gain more space, if characteristic basement problems aren't resolved first, occupants of these finished spaces may be exposed to a higher risk of some health problems. Even if you have no intention of using your basement as living space, health hazards that originate there can spread to other parts of your home. It pays to be aware of the risks that dwell in your basement and that could potentially affect your family’s health.
7 Steps to Avoid a Flooded Basement <p>There are certain signs of spring we all welcome: cheery daffodils, increased daylight, and the chirping of birds returning from their winter vacations. Along with those happy signs of spring, a less welcome sign may be an annual event for you—basement flooding. Spring rains often bring out the worst in flawed grading and foundations, leaving homeowners with a mess. If you’ve never dealt with basement flooding before, there’s a set procedure to getting things back in order.<p>
<p>First, get rid of the water. If you don’t have a sump pump, you can rent one from a home improvement store. If you have more than a few of inches of water, you might want to call a professional. They have more powerful equipment and can get the job done quickly. After the water is removed, you need to dry things out. Provide as much ventilation as possible to decrease the possibility of mold growth. Open all the windows and doors, and use fans to increase air circulation.<p>
<p>Throw out anything wet that’s of a porous nature—like cardboard boxes or newspapers. That’s a breeding ground for mold. If carpets can be dried out quickly, you can keep them. Otherwise, they should go. (You can purchase a mold test kit if you’re unsure.) If a significant amount of drywall has been saturated, you’ll need to cut it out and replace it.<p>
<p>Cleaning up basement flooding is a lot of work, and can get expensive. Instead, do yourself a favor: Before the worst happens, follow these simple guidelines from the National Restoration Network to reduce your risk for basement flooding this season.<p>
7 Steps to Making Your Garage More Livable In many homes, the garage is nothing more than a place to park the car, store the Christmas decorations, and hang up a few tools. With a little ingenuity, however, a garage can be transformed into an awesome space that’s as comfortable as any other room in the house—only a whole lot more fun. Check out these quick tips on how to update your garage from a storage space to a fully functional multipurpose area.
7 Things Every Great Garage Needs Garages: indispensable for keeping your car out of the elements, doing messy projects without cleaning up after them, and for storing items out of sight and mind. But if you’re dissatisfied with the dark, oil-stained outbuilding on your property, read on for simple additions that can help you get the most out of this utilitarian outpost.
Buyer's Guide: 6 Best Garage Door Openers It’s the little things in life that can make or break your day. Take, for instance, the garage door opener, an appliance most people never give a second thought…until it doesn’t work, that is. But a good garage door opener doesn't simply let your car in and out. It can also protect your home from intruders, let in kids, maintenance personal, or house sitters, and keep you and your family safe—even when you're not paying attention. Garage openers have improved substantially over the past few years, and there are a lot of options to consider when buying yours. Whether you choose a belt-drive, chain-drive, or screw-drive model, a high-end model or an affordable mid-range product, you want quality and performance. We've cherry picked some of the best garage door models on the market, according to real consumers. Take a look to help determine your next garage door opener.
How To: Dry a Wet Basement A basement water problem can be as obvious as there being several inches of floodwater standing at the base of the st...
How To: Groom Your Garage in One Weekend The garage is the final frontier of spring cleaning. Part carport, part catchall storage facility, the garage, if well-organized, can be a tremendous asset. If left in a cluttered state, however, the space can be more of a liability, becoming a breeding ground for mold, rust, and pests. So if you value storage space—and who doesn't?—there's every reason to mark this project at the top of your weekend to-do list. Though grooming the garage may seem daunting at first, these manageable steps can help you tame even the most unruly of garages.
How To: Paint a Garage Door As long as it goes up and down on command, it’s easy to ignore your garage door. Yet this aspect of your home’s exter...
Make Room for the Car: 7 Easy DIY Garage Organizers The garage is more than a place to park the car. It is a storage space for lawn tools, sports equipment, and off-season supplies, and it often houses the home workshop. More often than not, the garage becomes a catchall catastrophe, inundated with clutter. If your messy garage needs organizational triage, read on to find out how others have reclaimed their spaces. With some basic materials you can DIY storage solutions that will serve you well.
Move Out: 10 Ways to Expand into Your Garage Plenty of homeowners wish they had more room. It's possible these cramped-feeling dreamers have overlooked a golden opportunity: garage conversion. Renovating the garage is a wonderful way to add living space, whether you have a practical need—did someone say home office?—or just want to have a little fun with a kids' playroom, fitness gym, or man cave. There's no limit to what's possible, as these ten projects amply show. Click through now for great ideas on how to approach your own dramatic garage conversion!
Product Showcase: Garage Doors Choosing a garage door is an important consideration. It needs to operate with ease, be made to withstand the elements with little to no care, and enhance the curb appeal of your home.
Re-Do Your Home Exterior with a New Garage Door If you were to look at pictures of all the homes built since the mid 1950s, you would notice one obvious commonality: For decades, the garage door has been the most noticeable aspect of the average home exterior. More than most homeowners appreciate, it's not paint colors or landscaping features that make or break curb appeal—it's the garage door! So if your home needs a facelift and fast, there's no upgrade more direct or cost-effective than replacing the battered old garage door. If it's been years since you last shopped for one, then you're in for a treat. There are more options on the market than ever before. The first manufacturer in the business, Overhead Door offers reliable, secure, and stylish options perfectly suited to any house style. Click through now to see how the right choice could make for a virtually instant transformation that helps your home make a great first impression for years to come.
Storm-Proof Your Garage Doors In the aftermath of Hurricane Andrew’s devastation in 1992, the building codes in many coastal counties and storm-thr...
The 10 Best Colors for a Brighter Basement In the ongoing quest for more living and storage space, homeowners often overlook the basement. But this neglected space can be incredibly versatile. With a few simple upgrades it can become a den, playroom, guest quarters, craft studio, laundry room, and more. If you're renovating your basement—or if you simply want to freshen up the space–don't ignore the importance of paint color. After all, the hue on your walls helps create atmosphere, character, and personality. Here are 10 paint colors that would be welcome additions to any basement design.
The 10 Best Things You Can Do for Your Garage Garages are much more than just a designated parking place for your car. Homeowners these days take advantage of the space as a utility room and workshop as well as a storage solution for seasonal items, tools, lawn equipment, and gardening gear. In order to fill these many roles, a garage needs to be clean, well-organized, and up to date. Here are the 10 best things you can do for your garage to make that vital space as functional as possible.
The Do’s and Dont’s of Basement Storage Whether you're packing away seasonal gear, or stockpiling a few extra home essentials, the basement is a natural storage spot. Because the basement is dark, cool, and roomy, it can be a perfect spot for storing certain items, especially those you won't often use. On the other hand, a basement that is prone to flooding, mold, or pests is no place to store heirlooms or valuables. That's why it takes a little planning to make the most of your basement storage and ensure that your belongings last for years to come. Say no to musty old shoeboxes filled with junk, and check out our do's and don'ts for proper basement storage. You don’t need to break the bank to get fabulous basement storage. All you need is a little imagination—and our handy guide!
New Insulated Garage Doors New insulated garage doors will replace the home's originals and be installed on the new garage. They have the appearance of wood and the performance of factory-finished metal.
Installing the New Garage Doors Bob talks with Robert Rainey of PJ Overhead Door as the new and improved garage door panels and tracks are installed on the Norwell home.
The Font Porch, Façade, and Yard Bob visits the completed house and talks to the homeowners about their new home's new façade, with its completed porch and newly landscaped yard.
House Ten: Attic Conversion Owners of the tenth Elmwood neighborhood project house, Peter Haraty and Brent Bachelder, want to create one large space on the attic level, a change requiring wall demolition and the shoring up of structural elements.
Installing a Window Seat Bob joins carpenter Bob Ryley, who is installing a two-section window seat with a built-in reveal for baseboard heating. With a few measurements and a bit of scribing, Ryley fits the seat to the walls.
Pouring the Concrete Foundation Bob watches as the crew prepares the footings for the greenhouse foundation. Contractor John Pratt pours the concrete, using a conveyor instead of a traditional pump. Meanwhile, Bob and contractor Bob Ryley start inserting the reinforcing rods.
Discussing the Greenhouse Bob, Martha and the homeowner, Diana, discuss the greenhouse and the decor before Bob reveals a special suprise.
Tour of the Completed 'Boat Barn' Bob takes a close look at the boat storage part of the building (the 'boat barn'), highlighting interior features like the lighting and mechanical systems. Contractor Bob Ryley has constructructed a workbench.
Contractor's Tour of the Interior Bob accompanies carpenter-contractor Bob Ryley on a "contractor's tour" of the home with the aim of assessing any needed modifications to the interior.
Replacing the Septic System Bob must handle an overloaded septic system by replacing the clogged tank as well as the old leach field. Also, carpenter Bob Ryley demonstrates how to install a 48-pane window in the front addition.
Discussing Plans for the Basement Bob joins architect Mike Morgan and general contractor Ron Gan in the basement of the coach house to discuss options for making the basement space useful and/or more habitable.
Basement Excavation Bob takes a quick tour of the demolition work that's ongoing in the basement. He and general contractor Ron Gan discuss the advantages of renovation over rebuilding.
Garage Entry Bob helps general contractor Ron Gan and his crew take down a section of brick wall in order to make way for a garage door leading into the basement.
Garage Construction The concrete floor has been poured in the basement, and general contractor Ron Gan explains how a ledger board is attached to the masonry wall to support ceiling joists.
Basement Demolition Bob joins demolition Jim Ferguson in the basement of the coach house to review progress.
Buying & Selling Homes Articles, Blog Posts and Slideshows
10 Factors That Make or Break the Value of Your Home You may be a homeowner or a potential buyer, or you might just be addicted to the real estate listings, but whoever you are, you know that the best direction for a home's value to go is up. But the value of a home is contingent on many things, both inside and outside a homeowner’s control.
10 Home Staging Tips for Your Outdoor Spaces When preparing a home for sale, ensuring that the exterior is as tip-top as the interior can mean a big payoff for sellers. Here are a few easy ways to pep up patio and yard spaces before putting your home on the market.
10 House-Hunting Lessons You Can Learn from the TV Shows Reality TV shows that open a window onto the world of real estate have been entertaining us for years. But if you look beyond the spectacle, you can actually learn a thing or two about the home buying process as well. Here are 10 practical house-hunting lessons that come straight from reality TV.
10 Money Mistakes to Avoid When You Move Moving to a new home can be exciting, but it can also be nerve-racking. You may have just a few short weeks (or days) to pack your belongings, hire a moving company, and take care of all the last-minute details. It’s not unusual for first-time movers who aren’t familiar with the ins and outs of the process to make a few mistakes—but those mistakes could end up costing big bucks. If a move is in your future, click through to discover 10 of the most common (and costly) moving mistakes and how to avoid them.
10 Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Realtor The best listing agents serve as coaches and copilots, helping home sellers navigate a market that can be lucrative and treacherous in equal amounts. It’s wise to invest some time in choosing the best person for the job. To begin, ask around for recommendations and search real estate sites and ads to find your area’s top sellers. Next, set up some meetings. Finally, pose the following questions, designed to lead you to the perfect agent for a dynamite deal.
10 Questions to Help You Decide Whether to Rent or Buy a House Buying a house has long been the American Dream—a dream preceded by years of working saving, and renting. But if you make that transition from renter to buyer prematurely, you could end up having trouble making ends meet once you finally have that house. Even worse, you could face foreclosure. If you’re currently renting but considering making the leap to homeownership, the following questions will help you determine whether you're ready to buy a house. If you answer “no” to any of the following questions, renting may be your best bet—at least for a little while longer.
10 Real Estate Costs That Are Always Negotiable A house is a big-ticket item—indeed, buying or selling one may amount to the biggest transaction of your life. So you ought to be aware that with smart negotiation, you can reduce costs, no matter which side of the deal you’re on. Though real estate contracts are complex and often intimidating, you could save tens of thousands of dollars by knowing what aspects are negotiable and working them to your advantage. Save big bucks on home sale transactions—on both sides of the deal—with these wise negotiating techniques.
10 Real Estate Negotiation Tactics That Can Really Backfire On the lookout for a new home? First, peruse our list of negotiation dos and don’ts, culled from the advice of industry professionals. The bottom line? As you embark on the process, be your own advocate, but make sure you also respect the sellers' time and heed their emotional cues. By avoiding these all-too-common behaviors, you can ensure a win-win deal.
10 Reasons You Should Always Get Renters Insurance Many apartment dwellers make the common mistake of assuming that they are covered under their landlord’s insurance policy…but this is rarely the case. Renter’s insurance is a must if you want to protect yourself and your belongings.
10 Reasons to Buy an “Ugly” Home Homes with great floor plans and awesome curb appeal generate loads of interest from buyers, making these properties easy sellers. By contrast, the ugly house on the block all too often gets ignored by shoppers. But there are many reasons why you should seriously consider buying an ugly home. Read on, so you can train your eye to spot some hidden gems lying in your target neighborhood.
10 Signs You're Paying Too Much for Your Mortgage Taking out a home mortgage is a rite of passage for many Americans. According to real estate authority Zillow, fewer than a quarter of buyers pay with cash; the rest receive financing from a bank or another lender in the form of a mortgage, which they pay back over a number of years. But did you know that many people pay more than necessary for their mortgage? If any of these 10 situations apply to you, consider talking to bank about lowering your rates.
10 Signs Your House Isn’t Ready to Go on the Market Think you’re ready to sell your house? Not so fast. First, you probably need to take care of a few straightforward cleaning and maintenance tasks. To give your house the best chance for a quick sale, be sure to go through this checklist before you call an agent.
10 Simple Mistakes That Could Cost You Your Dream Home In almost every city in the United States, certain neighborhoods are in hot demand, and real estate dealings in those areas can become alarmingly cutthroat. Don’t let a competitive market scare you away from nabbing the perfect home on the ideal street. Before you enter the fray, arm yourself with smart strategies that will help you avoid these 10 common mistakes that trip up less-savvy house shoppers.
10 Simple Tricks to Make Buyers Love Your Home It is possible to wow and delight potential purchasers without investing crazy amounts of time and money. Read on for 10 minor changes that can inspire real estate seekers to fall in love with your home.
10 Small Towns with Big Home Bargains The housing market has definitely rebounded since the Great Recession, but if you know where to look, you can still get a home for well under $100,000—especially if you’re willing to do a bit of renovation. To get started, you'll need an adventurous spirit and this list of the 10 most affordable housing markets in the United States, according to data gathered by real estate giant Coldwell Banker.
10 Spots It's Okay to Snoop at Every Open House Attending open houses can feel a bit awkward at first—after all, you’re basically invading the private space of a perfect stranger. But buying a home is a time to be bold. Make sure to be polite and discreet, and go ahead and peek into corners and covered-up spots. Knowledge is power, and playing detective can pay off royally when it’s time to negotiate a deal.
10 Surprising Reasons to Start House Hunting in Fall It’s a well-established pattern: Home sales heat up every spring and summer, and then, as the leaves begin to change, the market begins to cool. By November, with the holidays looming, few people are focused on real-estate shopping. And that’s why it may very well be the optimal time to begin your hunt. Here are 10 reasons why this counterintuitive move can be a very wise one if you’re hoping to buy a house.
10 Telltale Signs That a Home Will Be Going on the Market If you’ve been house-hunting for a while, you know how frustrating it is to comb through the listings every week only to discover that the best houses are already under contract before you've had a chance to schedule a walk-through. If only you had a way of predicting when a home would be going on the market. Good news! You don’t need a crystal ball. Just use these smart tips and keep an eye out for a few telltale signs that could lead you to the house of your dreams before it even hits the market.
10 Things Homeowners Need to Know About Their Property Rights Property rights are the foundation of homeownership, but this collection of privileges and protections varies from state to state and from neighborhood to neighborhood. Read on to learn more about basic property rights and to find out how these rights can be affected by laws, ordinances, codes, and covenants.
10 Things I Learned from Moving During a Pandemic Buying or selling a home at any time is complex and potentially confusing, but during a pandemic the transaction becomes subject to a whole new set of rules. To find out how the process has changed, we talked to a few experienced home buyers and sellers who told us how it was different this time around.
10 Things I Wish I Had Known Before I Bought a Foreclosure Buying a house is already a tedious process, and buying a foreclosure adds another layer to it. Learn from experts and homeowners who have already been through the process of buying a foreclosed home, so you can be prepared and get a great deal.
10 Things No One Tells You About Homeowner Associations Homeowners associations (HOAs) exist to ensure visual uniformity and to protect the property rights of residents of a specific neighborhood. Most of the time they do a decent job, but because their rules and regulations are decided and enforced by a group of neighbors, HOAs can overreach and make life miserable for certain homeowners. If you’re thinking of buying a home in a neighborhood governed by an HOA, keep reading to discover 10 things about these organizations that you may not know (but should).
10 Things Real People Regret About Buying a Home Buying your first home is an exciting experience, but it can also trigger uncertainty and trepidation. With so much to do and so many decisions to make, it's not surprising that that first-time home buyers often overlook a few important steps in the process. To get a sense of some common pitfalls, we chatted with a trio of homeowners to find out what they regretted not doing during their first home purchase. Learn some valuable lessons from the misadventures of Laura Henderson, a registered nurse; Jay Koehn, a finish carpenter; and Melissa Unruh, a hobby farmer and dog trainer.
10 Things You Had No Idea Home Insurance Actually Covers You expect your homeowners insurance to pay for damage caused by storms and fire, but unless you’ve read your entire policy (usually 30 pages or more), you might not know you’re covered for damages caused by other, much less common, events. Many policies cover a range of incidents you've probably never considered. In the unfortunate event that any of the following occurrences should befall you, you may find yourself pleasantly surprised to discover that your homeowners insurance policy will cover your expenses.
10 Things You Never Knew Your Real Estate Agent Can Do for You Selling your house—or buying a new one—is a multifaceted process that typically involves the services of a licensed real estate agent. You already know that agents can list homes, host open houses, and assist in negotiations between buyers and sellers, but you may not know that they're willing and able to help with other matters. Click through to discover some surprising ways your real estate agent can help you throughout the buying and selling process.
10 Things You Should Never Do in a Rental Home Most lease agreements spell out exactly what a tenant can and cannot do, but some renters neglect to read the fine print. Avoid hefty fines and tedious legal issues by never doing these 10 things in a rental home—unless, of course, you have the landlord’s express consent.
10 Things to Consider Before You Move to a New Neighborhood Just as when you get married, you're marrying an entire family, when you buy a house, you are buying into a whole neighborhood. What you thought was your dream home can quickly turn into a nightmare if the neighborhood presents unforeseen drawbacks, challenges, or restrictions. That’s why it’s so important to investigate the surrounding neighborhood almost as carefully as you evaluate your potential new home. Before you make an offer on a house, be sure you ask your real estate agent the following 10 questions.
10 Things to Know About Being Your Own Real Estate Agent Before you decide to go the "For Sale by Owner" route, it's a good idea to figure out what you're getting yourself into. You might find that the time commitment, marketing costs, and legal processes may be more than you bargained for. If you're getting ready to put your home on the market and think you may want to do the dirty work yourself, make sure you're prepared by perusing these 10 must-know considerations of being your own real estate agent.
10 Things to Know Before Buying a Foreclosed Home A foreclosed home may seem like a great way to get a sweet deal on a house—but buyer beware! Foreclosed homes that have been abandoned or neglected for months—or even years—often come with hidden costs that can turn that bargain into a money pit. Check out our top tips for steps to take if you’re in the market for a foreclosed home.
10 Things to Leave Behind the Next Time You Move As homeowners pack moving boxes and wrap furniture in blankets, one question inevitably runs through their minds: How did I accumulate so many things? Moving is a great time to purge items you no longer need, increasing the odds that your new home won’t fall victim to the same old clutter. What’s more, leaving certain items behind may actually help out the new residents of your old home. Before you pack a single box, take note of these 10 items you should never take when moving.
10 Times Homeowners Should Hire a Financial Advisor Life comes with monetary ups and downs, so if you aim to meet the financial goals you’ve established—or learn how to set such goals in the first place—a financial advisor can help. These professionals are up on the latest tax laws and can help homeowners make insurance, savings, and investment decisions to ensure your ability to pay your mortgage (now and down the road) and remain financially secure during retirement. To find a qualified financial advisor, visit the National Association of Personal Financial Advisors (NAPFA) website, and rely on the person you choose to counsel you in the 10 situations outlined below.
10 Tips for Successfully Selling Your House in the Fall Along with shorter days and cool temps, autumn brings with it a host of home-selling challenges. But with a little attention to detail and some creative marketing techniques, you can take your house from “For Sale” to “Sold” before the last leaf falls.
10 Tips to Master the Art of Low-Ball Real Estate Offers Buying a house is the single most expensive purchase most people will ever make, so it pays to know a few savvy negotiation tips before submitting an offer. An offer that’s more than 15% lower than the seller’s asking price is considered a low-ball offer—and if the seller accepts, the buyer stands to save thousands of dollars. If you’re in house-hunting mode, check out our tips on how to make a successful low-ball offer that both you and the seller can live with.
10 Unique Ways Homeowners Saved to Buy a House Tired of rising rent prices? Looking for a place to really call home? The lack of quality affordable housing can make the dream of homeownership seem unreachable. It doesn't have to be this way! Take heart from these 10 hopeful stories, along with some practical tips and insights for making the dream a reality.
10 Ways to Lower Your Property Taxes If your most recent property tax assessment caught you by surprise, you have options beyond simply paying it. With a little research and a lot of determination, you can get your property taxes lowered. Here's how.
11 Awful Real Estate Photos—And How to Make Yours Great An Internet real estate listing can be crucial in attracting buyers, and the photos that accompany that listing are incredibly important. They are the first impression buyers get of your home—and, as we know, you never get a second chance to make a first impression. Learn from others' mistakes, and steer clear of these real estate photography faux pas.
11 Common Problems Home Sellers Try to Hide While laws vary from state to state, generally speaking, sellers are responsible for disclosing only information within their personal knowledge that could affect the property value, such as structural defects, mold, and lead paint. Some issues, however, fall into a gray area that a home seller may try to conceal in order to get a top-dollar offer. To protect your investment, hire a certified home inspector before making an offer, and be on the lookout for the following signs that a seller has something to hide.
11 Lies You Can't Tell When Selling Your Home Selling your house can be a high-stress undertaking. You want potential buyers to see your home at its best, so you might wonder whether you really need to disclose every little thing that’s wrong with it. Some material defects must be disclosed by law, and if you lie about other details—and your lie is discovered during an inspection—you could lose your buyer. Even if a lie doesn’t come to light until after you've sold the house, you’re not free and clear; the buyer can file a lawsuit against you for damages or the cost of repairs. So, as you strive to make your house as attractive as possible to potential buyers, be aware that if you lie about any of the following details, you may find yourself in hot water.
11 Selfish Reasons to Make Friends with Your Neighbors Creating a desirable neighborhood requires commitment and participation from the people who reside there. When you get to know your neighbors, you’ll not only feel more comfortable around them, you’ll also be able to help one another improve the community. Click through to learn the 11 biggest advantages of being a friendly neighbor.
11 Signs It's Time to Move The grass may be greener on the other side of the fence, but you won’t know for sure if you never move. According to data analysis site FiveThirtyEight, the average person will move 11.4 times in his or her lifetime, whether relocating for a job, expanding to a bigger space, or simply looking for a change of pace. Are you wondering if it’s time to pack up the boxes? Check out these 11 signs that you’re ready to move.
11 Sneaky Ways to Save When Buying a Home Good deals on great homes are hard to come by these days. If, however, you’re a die-hard do-it-yourselfer, or you don’t mind living in a new build, or you enjoy thinking outside the box, you can save thousands—maybe even tens of thousands—of dollars when you decide to buy. So, while you're shopping around, try some of these alternative house-hunting methods that can help you find a bargain, save a bundle, and turn your home-buying dream into a reality.
11 Tips for Getting a Loan for Your Next House Moving up in the world—or downsizing—often involves buying a bigger—or smaller—house. In such situations, it may have been a while since you were last in the market, so it's a good idea to brush up on the ins and outs of getting approved for a mortgage before you make an offer. Keep reading to learn how to improve your chances of getting a home loan.
12 Confessions of a First-Time Home Seller While buying a first home is always exhilarating, selling it is often bittersweet. When it’s time to move on, it can be hard to let go. As is no doubt the case for most first-time homeowners, my first house harbored so many memories—first baby steps, first holidays, first schools days, and yes, first DIY successes. It was so inconceivable to me that I could sell a house that aroused such strong sentiments that I almost sabotaged the sale. Thank goodness my real estate agent set me straight. The following confessions come from my personal experience as a first-time home seller. If you’re thinking about putting your home on the market, first-time seller or not, I hope you can learn from my mistakes.
12 Good Reasons to Move to a College Town College towns are't just for students, faculty, and college sports fanatics. In fact, these educational enclaves attract many residents who have no affiliation with the school. Just what is it that lures nonstudents to college towns? Read on to learn about some of the enticing benefits of living in the shadow of a college or university.
12 Reasons Why Your House Isn't Selling Throughout the years you live in a house, you pour your heart and soul into maintaining it and making it comfortable and attractive. When it comes time to sell, you hope that your care and hard work will be evident to potential buyers, and that the offers stream in quickly. But even a much-loved and well-tended home can linger on the market if the sellers make some unfortunate missteps. To avoid any hitches in the sale of your home, beware of making these 12 costly mistakes that can sabotage a sale.
12 Reasons a Realtor Might Not Want to Work with You Most homeowners are under the impression that real estate agents are dying to list their houses and that they’ll do virtually anything to get a listing. Yet, while agents need a steady supply of houses and commercial buildings to sell, they're not always eager to get just any listing. In fact, there are a number of reasons a real estate agent will turn down a listing. Keep reading to find out why a real estate agent might not want to work with you.
12 Secrets Every Savvy Home Seller Needs to Know Whether a town’s market is hot or not, certain homes seem to effortlessly attract packed open houses and multiple bids. What’s the secret behind these brisk and brilliant sales? From pricing to staging, here are a dozen proven strategies for winning at the real estate game.
12 Things Realtors Look For in Homes of Their Own The property professionals who show and sell houses for a living have to live somewhere too! So what’s on their “must" list for homes of their own? Real estate agents and brokers from around the country told us what they insist on—in terms of a home’s physical structure and features, as well as landscaping and neighborhood. As individual as these residence requirements may be, it’s no surprise that they all have serious resale value. So, whether you’re looking for a place or thinking of putting yours on the market—or just want to know how to keep your property appealing—read on for real estate specialists’ take on what makes a house a must-have.
13 Mistakes Not to Make If You Ever Want to Sell Your Home If you plan to sell your home someday (and most people do), it's important to always consider the long-term consequences of short-term design decisions. Remember, when it comes to resale value, timeless trumps trendy every time. So, before you install a state-of-the-art sports court, invest in a luxury hot tub, or convert your garage into extra living space, keep in mind the following complaints home buyers often express about certain home enhancements.
13 Signs Your Home Has Good Resale Value If you’re like many homeowners, your house is your biggest financial investment, so when it's time to sell, you’ll want to get as much money as possible from the deal. A home’s resale value—the amount it will eventually sell for—is affected by many factors, and knowing what they are will help you price your house accordingly. Click through to find out 13 of the most important influences on a home’s resale value.
13 Signs Your Home Is Losing Value If you’re like many homeowners, your house is your single largest financial investment, so it’s only natural to protect that investment and hope it gains in value. According to Realtor.com, in a healthy economy the average home will appreciate 3 to 4 percent each year. But not all homeowners are that fortunate; some homes lose value. If any of the following descriptions apply to your house or community, you could be among the unlucky homeowners whose property is declining in value.
14 Cardinal Sins of Staging Your Home to Sell By now everyone's heard about the importance of staging a home. Real estate agents have made it clear that potential buyers want to see your house looking its best, warmly welcoming a new owner. But staging requires more than just arranging the furniture, setting the dining room table, and putting a vase of fresh flowers on the kitchen island. In fact, what you don't do when you stage your home is as important as what you do. Some staging mistakes will simply make your home forgettable, while others can totally turn buyers off. Click through to see which home staging mistakes could stand between you and a good offer on your house.
15 Cheapest Places to Buy Land in America Are you looking to build your dream home? Or maybe you want to simplify your life and go live off the grid in some remote locale. Or perhaps you just want your own place where you can hunt, camp, and park your RV or boat, where you can relax without nosy neighbors or pesky homeowners association rules. Whatever the reason, many people dream of buying their own little plot of land. But finding land that’s affordable can be a challenge. If your budget is tight, you can forget about snagging a parcel near big cities like New York or Los Angeles, where a small vacant lot, if you can find one, can easily sell for hundreds of thousands of dollars. If you’re willing to consider a rural setting, though, there are still plenty of deals to be found, particularly in these 15 places where you can buy land for cheap—or for nothing at all!
15 Signs That Fixer-Upper Might Be a Money Pit While a fixer-upper can be a lot cheaper than a home that's move-in ready, some fixer-uppers just aren't worth the headache. If the home you have your eye is plagued with these problems, consider running the other way.
15 Tips for Buying a Home Out of State Successfully buying a home in a different state is doable—it happens all the time—but because you must take care of many details from afar, it's a bit trickier than buying a home in your current town. Choosing a house, making an offer, and then closing, all while you're living in another state, requires care and savvy. The following tips will help ensure that the deal goes smoothly and that you end up with a home you're proud to own.
18 Hidden Costs of Moving Packing up and moving is expensive, costing an average of $1,200 to $6,000, depending on the distance to your new home and whether you move your own possessions or hire a moving company. While you’ve probably budgeted for the move, you may not know that a number of unforeseen factors can increase your overall cost. Things like add-on charges from the moving company, problems you leave behind or snags you encounter after you arrive at your new home can sap your budget. To be prepared for any little surprises along the way, scroll through our list of hidden moving costs.
19 Red Flags to Watch Out For When Buying a Home So, the listing makes the house sound like a steal and the property is stunning in person—but wait. Before you rush into anything you may regret, watch out for the following signs of trouble ahead.
21 Brilliant Money-Saving Hacks for Your Next Move Whether you move during peak season or in the depths of winter, you'll probably have to deal with stress and a dwindling supply of energy and funds. When it's time to depart your current dwelling for new digs, employ these 21 tips to make the move effortless and economical.
6 Tempting Upgrades That Smart Homeowners Avoid Not all home improvements are created equal. In fact, some so-called “upgrades” actually can decrease the value of your home, especially if you are planning on selling in the near future. Even if you are not planning to put your house on the market soon, some enticing enhancements simply cost way too much time and money, especially when you figure that you may never be able to recoup on your investment. Read on for a few home renovations you might want put off—forever.
7 Good Reasons to Fire Your Real Estate Agent (And How to Do It) Selling your home will probably be one of the biggest (and most nerve-racking) transactions of your lifetime. The process is riddled with anxiety—getting your property open-house ready, worrying that your house won't sell for what it’s worth, dealing with buyers regularly traipsing through your home. That's why it's so important to have an experienced seller’s agent by your side every step of the way. But sometimes a house languishes on the market. While this could be the result of market forces or conditions specific to your property, sometimes your agent may be at fault, in which case you may want to move on to another agent. Here are 7 good reasons to fire your real estate agent—and some suggestions for how to go about it.
7 Reasons Not to Buy the Best House You Can Afford There are times when buying the priciest house your lender allows could doom you financially. Many homebuyers get preapproved for a home loan before starting they seriously start shopping—and for good reason. Preapproval by a lender lets homebuyers know exactly how much money they can spend on a house. Because mortgage payments are usually spread out over 20 to 30 years, the maximum preapproval figure is often surprisingly high. But does that mean you should purchase a house at the top of your preapproved budget? Probably not! Keep reading to discover some very good reasons not to buy the priciest house you can afford.
7 Signs Starter Homes May Be a Thing of the Past If you’re a millennial, which puts you anywhere from about 20 through 36, you’re in the age range where young people in generations past would have purchased their first home. In the years after World War II, young adults new to the workforce expected to rent for a while as they saved for a down payment on their "starter" house. These small, affordable homes served as an entry point into the world of homeownership. Young couples would often live in these starter homes for a few years and then trade up to something larger and better suited to raising families.
7 Ways Your Home Could Get You Sued Your home may be a comforting place of refuge, but it could also cause an unexpected—and definitely unwanted—lawsuit. While some unfortunate incidents lie beyond your control, others can easily be prevented if you take proper precautions. Here are 7 ways to ward off home-related legal issues, potentially saving you time and money down the road.
8 Common Mistakes New Homeowners Make First-time home ownership ushers in an era of new responsibilities. Here’s how to make wise decisions and avoid common structural, financial, and legal mistakes.
8 Home Costs That Take New Buyers by Surprise While renting has the advantage of being affordable and carefree, purchasing your own home can be a great investment opportunity—if you’re prepared. Unlike with a rental, the costs of repairing and maintaining a property fall completely on the homeowner, and too often these additional financial responsibilities catch first-time buyers by surprise. Prime yourself to take on any sudden shakeup with this list of 8 often-overlooked costs of owning a home.
8 Real Estate Rules That May Have Changed Since You Bought Your House If it’s been a while since you bought a house, you may be surprised to learn how things have changed. In the decade prior to the subprime mortgage crisis of 2008, buying a home was a relatively straightforward task: You identified the house you wanted, applied for a loan, and then moved into your new home within 30 to 60 days. Alas, the process has become a bit trickier, and you may need to wise up before you jump into the buying and selling process once more.
8 Red Flags to Look For in a Real Estate Listing Real estate listings are written to sell houses, period. While most agents maintain an honesty-is-best policy when writing house listings, that won't keep them from highlighting a home's best, and downplaying the worst. If you've ever been taken in by glowing listings filled with euphemisms and white lies, you know you can waste a lot of time viewing the wrong properties. But if you look carefully at house listings, you can decode the most common—and sneaky—descriptors used by agents. Armed with this knowledge, you'll be better able to discern which for-sale houses are worth a visit, and which properties you might want to skip.
8 of the Smartest Ways to Save Money When You Move Moving is expensive. Whether you’re moving to a new place down the street or crossing state lines, the costs add up quickly. In the United States, the average price of move within a state is $2,300. If you're heading to another state, the average is $4,300—and prices go up as the distance and the amount of stuff you're moving increase. There are, however, steps you can take during this notoriously stressful process that can help you save a few bucks and ensure that your move goes smoothly.
9 Age-Old Real Estate Tips to Ignore Completely Not all advice is good advice. When it comes to the real estate market, friends and family may offer their unsolicited opinions based on common beliefs, but it’s always best to consult with a professional. However, even the experts have their agendas. So before you trust what was once “tried and true,” get the inside scoop, on what’s “here and now” when it comes to buying and selling your home.
9 Little Things You Can Do to Help Sell Your House <p>Preparing to sell your house? You should have two separate to-do lists. In one, itemize the issues a good home inspector is likely to find. Those are matters you must address. </p><br/>
<p>In the second list, put down the minor improvements that are totally optional but can be extremely persuasive to a potential buyer. A buyer needs to be able to envision himself in your home, and there are dozens of modest upgrades you can make to help the buyer feel comfortable following in your footsteps. Once the major tasks have been accomplished, you can get down to home staging.</p><br/>
<p>Some of the simplest and easiest ideas are the best tips for selling your house. Repainting in house colors that sell, like neutrals, will broaden the appeal of your home. It’s worth hiring cleaning professionals to come in and get the dust out of every nook and cranny, and to wash carpets and upholstery. Make sure all your cabinets and closets have some unused space, to make them look bigger. From clearing clutter to replacing bathroom fixtures, find out which simple, affordable home staging tips you should move on before you put the place on the market.</p>
9 Mistakes Not to Make When Selling Your Home Thinking of selling your home? Chances are, you’ve heard real estate professionals, neighbors, and friends alike wax eloquent about the importance of things like “first impressions,” “curb appeal,” and “home staging.” Indeed, these industry terms peppered in your conversations hold real weight: Real estate industry research indicates that redesiging your home for maximum appeal can reduce the time a house spends on the market by 30 to 50 percent—and even increase the average selling price by 6 to 20 percent. But not all changes will be a instant-hit and sometimes you might forget a detail in the midst of all the planning that could make or break our sale. Skip the stress, and avoid the following 9 common mistakes to move your home off the market quickly.
9 Questions to Ask Before You Buy a Fixer-Upper So the new house isn't perfect—it needs a little fixing up. A house that needs some TLC might seem like a bargain, especially if it's your first home, but are you the right person to strap on the tool belt and give that house an overhaul? Consider the experience of Mark Brock. A fan of fixer-uppers, he bought his first in the mid-1970s, a circa 1935 house in Columbia, South Carolina, that was rich in history but short on modern conveniences. “Very little had been done to it, but it was in good shape and structurally sound,” he says. It turned out to be a good investment of his time, money, and sweat equity. But it takes a certain mindset—and budget—to see this type of project through. How can you tell if you've got a diamond in the rough worth excavating? Well, first you have to closely examine both the house and yourself. Here are some questions you need to consider when you’re thinking of buying a fixer-upper.
9 Quick Fixes for a Faster Home Sale So, you think you're ready to put your house on the market? Not so fast! First, find an experienced selling agent and start looking at other neighborhood properties with a "For Sale" sign in the yard. Note the asking price and the condition of these houses, and ask yourself how your house stacks up. If you conclude that yours is one of the most attractive houses on offer, then go ahead and list. But if your home suffers in comparison with others nearby, beware—it may need some sprucing up. Whether your home is a full-on fixer-upper or just showing a little wear, a few strategic projects can do wonders to boost its appeal—and the offer price. If your home needs serious upgrades like a roof replacement or new appliances, you may be in for a bit of a slog, but there are still a number of key improvements you can make quickly and cheaply. Read on for 9 of the best projects to kick-start your home sale.
9 Things First-Time Homeowners Don't Know to Do Congratulations, you’re officially a homeowner! But along with the new address comes a new set of responsibilities, including some you may not even know about. The secret to not only surviving but thriving during the first year—and every year after—is simple: Adopt good habits from the get-go! Here are 9 often-forgotten tasks that will get your homeownership off to the right start.
9 Things Home Makeover Shows Never Tell You It was recently disclosed that some of the homeowners on the popular HGTV series "Fixer Upper" had already purchased their home before the show started filming—shocker! But there's good reason for the deception: If you’re buying a new home, you can’t expect to tour it, bid, and close in time for next week's episode! Behind the quick turnaround and flashy reveal lie a sea of paperwork, stressful waiting, and unexpected costs that would make a true-to-life television series a real flop. So, if you're you're considering an as-seen-on-HGTV-style renovation, keep in mind these 10 things that home makeover shows never tell you.
9 Times to Offer Over Asking Price Homebuyers often negotiate to get sellers to come down on their asking price. In some situations, however, offering more may be the only way your offer will be accepted.
9 Unexpected Turnoffs for Home Buyers When you put your home up for sale, you need to put in quite a bit of work to make it an attractive competitor on the real estate market. Location, price, and a host of other factors affect its desirability, but proper staging is important too. Knowing the tricks of the trade will help you set the most appealing scene, but it's also wise to brush up on what not to do. Here, we share 9 well-intentioned but rarely successful staging tactics to avoid when you’re trying to put your best foot forward.
9 Ways Your Neighbors Can Screw Up Your Home Sale If you’ve ever been on the hunt for that perfect piece of real estate, you know that decisions aren’t made by checklists alone. Sure, factors like location, square footage, and number of bedrooms and bathrooms form the basis of any buyer's search, but there are plenty of less obvious things that can make or break a sale. In fact, house hunters may sense whether or not they'll be making an offer as soon as they drive down your street and take a look around the neighborhood. The lesson here? Even if your home is in perfect condition, your neighbors could cause your home sale to go south. Here, we share 9 ways your neighbors can hurt the value of your home, if you let them.
9 Ways to Get the Best Price on Your Dream Home Purchasing a house is a major undertaking--and, even for folks who’ve been through it before, the process can be a bit terrifying. The sums are usually huge, the competition may be cut-throat, and the negotiations can take some surprising twists and turns. It helps to stay cool and think ahead. To get prepped, arm yourself with these 9 strategies for winning at buying your next home.
A Flipper’s Top 10 Tips for Increasing Home Value You’ve seen the infomercial—all you have to do is order the video and you’ll be making a fortune flipping houses. The reality of house-flipping is slightly different, and while many people do make a decent profit, others lose money because they choose the wrong property or they don’t take the correct steps after buying the property. Stacy Coleman of Baytown, Texas, has been flipping one or two houses per year for the past 15 years, and she’s agreed to share her tips for increasing a home’s value as well as increasing the return on your investment (ROI).
Buy for Your Buyer The smart way to buy today is with resale in mind. Here are four long-term trends that will likely shape the marketab...
Buyer Beware: 9 Real Estate Scams to Watch Out For A competitive housing market may require fast action, but buyers, sellers, and renters still need to proceed with extreme caution. Home-purchase and rental transactions both involve large amounts of cash, and cash attracts scammers. Before you start your hunt for a new home, read up on 9 common real estate swindles and how to avoid them.
Buyers Pay More for Homes with These 12 Features Remodeling is a big investment—and whether you’re doing it for your own benefit or with an eye towards selling your house, it’s nice to know which redos are going to get you the biggest bang for your buck in the long term! Here are 12 in-demand features that experts say will make your home sell for more if you include them in your next remodel.
Creating Affordable Housing Since World War II, the federal government has had its hand in promoting and supporting affordable housing through GI...
Curb Appeal to Steal from 12 Hollywood Homes Your home may not be as large or valuable as these celebrity pads, but don’t let that deter you from borrowing a few of these star-caliber ideas for enhancing your home’s exterior.
Do These 12 Things Before a Home Appraisal Leaving around-the-house repairs undone can cost you big when the appraiser comes around. Here's how to show your home in the best light and score a top-dollar appraisal.
Hard Sell: 7 Pretty House Colors That Scare Buyers Away Getting ready to sell your house often involves a good deal of decluttering and sprucing up so that every room will look its best. But this presale prep shouldn't stop at the front door. The exterior of your house, including its color, is just as crucial as your interiors. "First impressions are important," says Colleen Badagliacco, regional vice president of the National Association of Realtors in San Jose, California. "From the moment buyers get out of their car, you want your home to look welcoming and inviting." So, when choosing exterior paint, it's best to stick with classic colors and light neutrals. While any of the shades pictured here might look wonderful in a certain region or in the context of a particular architectural style, if you're painting your house for sale, you should try to appeal to the broadest possible group of buyers. "Now is not the time to get creative," Badagliacco says. Here are 7 house colors that might do more harm than good when it's time to sell.
Here’s How Much House Flippers Actually Make The reality shows make it seem like a surefire way to rake in some dough, but is flipping a house truly a royal road to riches? Read on to find out what real people make on a flip.
How To: Sell Your Home This Winter Don't despair if your house is hitting the market this winter. Purchasing a home might not be at the top of everyone's list during this time of year, but there are still people out there on the hunt. Follow these tips for a successful house sale this winter.
How To: Sleuth an Open House Traditional real estate wisdom dictates that you should never buy the nicest house on the block. Calibrate potential ...
How To: Stage a Home Much like detailing a used car prior to sale, staging a home allows it to put on its best face. Not to be confused wi...
Just Moved In? 11 Things to Do Right Away You just moved into a new home—congratulations! Now that the moving truck is unloaded, you probably have a million things to do before getting settled. Prioritize your list by focusing on these timely tasks first.
Ready to Sell? 17 Things to Do First To increase your chances of a quick sale, there's a long list of tasks you should complete before you post a "For Sale" sign in your front yard. If you're getting ready to put your house on the market, check off these 17 to-dos to ensure that every potential buyer feels at home.
Real Estate Regret: 13 Simple Ways to Avoid It Buying a home is the single largest investment most people will ever make, but if you’re not familiar with the process and you don’t take steps to protect yourself, you could end up with a house you wish you hadn't purchased. Buyer’s remorse is a fact of life in the real estate industry, but with a little knowledge and planning, it can be reduced or completely eliminated. If you’re in the market for a new home, keep reading to learn a few shopping tips that will go a long way toward helping you buy a house you’ll love.
Rental Regret: What Real Homeowners Wish They'd Known Before Renting Out Their Properties There are plenty of good reasons to rent out your home rather than sell. Maybe you're upgrading to a bigger house and are counting on reliable rent from your existing one, or maybe you're taking on a job in a new city but aren't yet ready to commit to a permanent move. Whatever your reasons for renting out your house, be sure you understand the potential pitfalls—and how to avoid them—before you assume the role of landlord. Take a few lessons from these homeowners who rented out their houses and are eager to share what they learned along the way.
Selling Your Home? 7 Things to Know Right Off the Bat Are you getting ready to put your home on the market? If so, you probably want the sale to go as quickly and smoothly as possible. Well then, get ready to put in some effort—and probably spend a bit of money. To help move the process along, keep the following considerations in mind as you prepare your home for sale. And don’t forget, the expertise of an experienced real estate agent can be invaluable.
The 12 Biggest Downsides to Buying New Construction Many prospective homeowners dream of buying a brand-new house, or having one built to their specifications. But a number of disadvantages come along with the excitement of owning a home in which no one else has ever lived. In fact, a brand-new house isn’t always better than one with a few more miles on it. Before you start interviewing contractors and looking at lots in new subdivisions, consider these downsides to buying new construction.
The 35 Fastest Growing Cities in America While there’s a lot to be said for the slow pace and relaxed lifestyle of a small town, it’s undeniable that an ever-growing percentage of the U.S. population craves the job opportunities, hustle and bustle, and entertainment options of the big cities. And while New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago are unlikely to lose their positions as the biggest U.S. cities by population, there are plenty of other towns moving up the ladder. Here are 35 cities that are among the fastest growing in the country.
The Best (and Worst) Things You Can Do Before an Open House Selling a home can be an emotional process, but in order to get the place ready for sale, you’ll need to set your emotions aside. With a ruthlessly objective eye, identify your house’s strengths and weaknesses. Next, prep your house for showings in way that plays up the pros while downplaying the cons. To help you put your home’s best face forward, check out these do’s and don’ts for home staging.
The Best Cities in America for Flipping Houses in 2019 Flipping houses can be a profitable endeavor if you’re in the right spot at the right time—and finding the right spot is becoming increasingly important. In the past few years, home values have risen quickly, but economic indicators suggest that the trend is slowing. Mortgage underwriter Freddie Mac predicts only modest growth in the housing market for 2019, and Realtor.com foresees a “tougher road ahead” for both buyers and sellers. In a tight market, flippers should look for cities with robust economies, stable real estate markets, and growing populations—cities like the 15 listed here that promise to be among the best for flipping houses in 2019.
The Best Things You Can Do for the Value of Your Home <p>Your home isn't just a house—it's where you unwind, work, play, and spend time with those you love. So, every remodel or renovation you tackle should take into account how you live in and use your space. There is, however, another side to home renovation—and one you might not think much about until it's time to pack up and move: resale value. If you're trying to decide between competing ideas like, say, adding a new deck or renovating the attic, one factor you should consider is which improvement the future buyer of your home would pay the most for.</p><br/>
<p>The home renovation ideas that add the most value to your house can be separated into three categories: basic repairs and maintenance, improvements in curb appeal, and value-added space and functionality. For instance, if your roof leaks, fixing or replacing it is paramount to the value of your home. Planting a shade tree in the right place will boost both your curb appeal and the energy efficiency of your home in years down the road. Adding wainscoting or replacing your stock trim with something custom may look great and appeal to a designer. But finishing your basement or adding an attic bedroom will bring you a bigger return on your investment when it comes time to sell.</p><br/>
<p>Read on to get an idea of which home renovation projects will give you the most bang for your buck.</p>
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The Cheapest Ways to Boost Your Home's Value Let's face it: For homeowners in most cities, the real estate boom is far, far behind us. Most folks need to squeeze every last penny out of their investment when it comes time to sell. While remodeling the kitchen or gutting the bathroom may indeed increase your home's value, these renovations are expensive and may not yield the best return for the money. And in fact, some so-called improvements, such as swimming pools or hot tubs, can actually detract from your home’s value! However, there are some easy and inexpensive ways to help improve your home’s resale value—as well as decrease the time it takes to attract a buyer.
The Most Expensive Mistakes a Home Buyer Can Make Buying a house is one of the most expensive purchases most people make—the last thing you want to do is spend even more money than necessary. Find out the most expensive mistakes a home buyer can make during this complicated sale.
The Top 10 Costly Mistakes Home Buyers Make Homeownership is on the rise again. With mortgage applications surging and homeownership experiencing its first uptick since 2013, now seems like a good time to buy. But purchasing a house is a complicated process that's affected by emotions as well as finances—especially if you’ve never done it before. So, if you’re planning to take the plunge, check out these common missteps first-time buyers often make. Learn to recognize and avoid them to keep your dream of homeownership from turning into a nightmare.
These 11 Repairs Aren't Worth Your Time or Money There are a lot of decisions to make when you put your home on the market, and one of the biggest is your asking price. While you can’t change the number one factor in your home’s value—its location—you do have control over almost everything else that might encourage a buyer to make a good offer. But many sellers mistakenly believe that to get top dollar, they have to invest a bundle in repairs and upgrades. Unless you're planning on selling your home as a fixer-upper, some repairs are must-dos—for instance, plumbing leaks, electrical system issues, nonfunctioning central air conditioning or heating, structural problems, and pest infestations. Other fixes and renovations, though, simply aren’t worth the time and expense, particularly if you live in a hot real estate market. So, before you embark on extensive improvements, rest assured that your home will still be competitive if you skip the following repairs and renovations.
These 9 Websites Make Buying or Selling Your Home Easier Whether you’re selling a property or looking to buy, real estate transactions often seem daunting. At the very least, they require spending countless hours researching market trends, browsing listings, searching for a reputable real estate professional, and calculating potential mortgages. Fortunately, today’s technology makes these tasks a little less intimidating. Here are 9 of the best online real estate databases, all of which can help you buy or sell a home with ease.
These Are the Design Trends Realtors Recommend Skipping While you can’t do much to change the major determinant of your home’s value–its location–your decorating and remodeling choices can certainly affect its value, for both better and worse. Common wisdom says that you should make design decisions to suit your and your family's style and needs, but it's also true that a feature, color, or amenity that you absolutely love could be a deal breaker to a potential buyer—and that could be a real problem when it comes time to sell your home. Real estate agents see a lot of homes and speak with a lot of home buyers, so they have a good idea of the design trends that help sell a home, and those that don't. If you expect to put your home on the market within the next few years and want to get a good price, take some advice from real estate professionals and skip the following 15 interior design trends.
These Are the Markets Where Home Prices Have Fallen the Most After the housing crisis of 2008, lenders tightened their mortgage requirements and potential home buyers, worried about the security of their investment, became choosier about the communities they considered. Today, although the housing market is still hot in many areas, in others it’s stagnant or even declining. GOBankingRates studied home sale trends and housing values in more than 500 communities to determine which markets have seen the greatest decline in prices and home value. Click through to discover the 10 markets where home prices have fallen the most.
This is What No One Tells You About Downsizing When it comes to downsizing your home, less can be more. Less debt, less maintenance, and less to clean translates into more cash flow and more free time. If you're planning to downsize, whether now or in the future, there are a few things you should know.
Watch Out for 12 Real Estate Tactics Designed to Make You Spend More Buying a house is the single largest purchase most people will ever make, and while the process is exciting, it’s also complex. If you’re not careful, you could end up spending more than you wanted to, or buying a house you really can’t afford. Remember: Real estate agents are great at guiding buyers through the buying process, but they want to earn a commission as well. Be on the lookout for the following tactics some agents may use to get you to spend more—so they earn more.
What No One Tells You About Buying an Older Home If you dream of owning a home that looks like it was taken straight out of a Norman Rockwell painting, you’re not alone. Older homes appeal to a wide range of buyers in search of the charm and nostalgia of a bygone era, a time when staircases, fireplace mantels, and decorative trim were crafted by hand. Yet while old houses come with an abundance of character, they can also harbor a few surprises. If you’re in the market for an older home, click through to discover the potential pitfalls no one is likely to warn you about during the buying process.
What to Know About Paying Off Your Mortgage Early You’ve probably heard that no debt is good debt, and if you have the ability to pay off your home mortgage (perhaps you lucked into an inheritance), your first thought might be to get rid of those monthly mortgage payments once and for all. While that could very well be the best possible solution, it’s not the only solution, and it might even be the wrong solution—financially speaking. Before you cut that large check to your lender, learn some of the ins and outs of paying off a mortgage early.
When to Back Out of a Real Estate Deal Sometimes a real estate deal is simply too good to be true, while at other times a change in circumstances may cause you to have second thoughts. Here are some of the signs that it may be time to walk away from a home purchase.
Worth It: 8 Renovations That Pay You Back Conventional wisdom holds that upgrades and improvements will enhance a home’s value. But some improvements are better—and more cost-effective—investments than others. Contrary to what you might imagine, some of the most worthwhile projects also are the most economical. Start charting your home improvement course now by considering some of the projects with the biggest payoffs.
Discussing Falmouth's Model for Affordable Housing Bob visits with John Druley of Quaker Homes in Falmouth, Massachusetts, who is developing a parcel of land in Falmouth that will have eight homes, two of them affordable for families earning a modest income.
Tour of an Affordable Home Bob and developer John Druley walk through a home under construction by Quaker Homes in Falmouth, Massachusetts.
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10 Fall Door DIYs for the Best House on the Block In fall we celebrate the beauty and bounty of nature. This is a time of harvesting and hosting, of rejoicing in the changing season. This autumn, before your visitors arrive—whether they be trick-or-treaters or holiday guests—be sure to make a festive first impression, beginning with what greets them first: the front door. Warm up your welcome with a door that reflects the the bright, earthy hues of the season, like maple leaf red, pumpkin orange, and corn yellow. Let these 10 crafty entranceways inspire you to hang a cheerful wreath of your own this weekend.
10 New Uses for Old Doors With imagination and elbow grease, you can transform that old door into a one-of-a-kind piece that's both useful and beautiful.
10 New Ways to Display Your House Numbers Sure, house numbers make it easier for mail carriers to find the right address, or for guests to know they've reached their destination, but house numbers do so much more! When thoughtfully selected, they give the exterior of your house a certain flair, setting your home apart from the rest. It's easier than ever to give your house numbers that personal touch, thanks to the <a href="http://wedo.hillmangroup.com/category/nctions-address-plaques-house-numbers-distinctions" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Distinctions™ line of house numbers</a> from The Hillman Group, which makes installation practically a snap. Guided by a template printed on the back of the packaging and the easy-to-follow instructions for mounting to an address plaque, home exterior, or other surface outdoors with easy drilling and the included studs, you can spend less time putting them up and <i>more</i> time and energy brainstorming fresh ways to display them outside your house. The abundance of options for weatherproof finishes, fonts, colors, and mounting styles (traditional flush mount or more modern floating) means that homeowners can assemble a set of these freestanding house numbers in the way that best complements the style of their house. Find inspiration for your own address plaque in these 10 wow-worthy designs, and then put Distinctions™ house numbers to work beautifying your home.
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10 Welcoming Front Door Paint Colors Whether you're trying to sell a home or just make one look uniquely yours, an attractive exterior can seriously boost curb appeal. While the overall color of a house may need to be neutral to fit in with the neighborhood, the front door is a focal point that’s prime for self-expression. Here are 11 great front door paint colors, from classic to courageous, sure to give a house more street cred.
13 DIY Window Treatments to Dress Up Your Space Just as clothes make the man, the right dressings can make all the difference for your windows too. Whether your window overlooks a dramatic vista or merely your own backyard, the view will seem just a little bit sunnier framed by a beautifully designed window treatment. DIY window treatments run the gamut from fun to sophisticated, and you can find a style to suit any decor and budget. Don't worry if you aren't handy with a needle and thread—there are plenty of no-sew options. Depending on the size and location of your windows, some styles will work better than others, so click through our gallery to find the best idea for your own home.
14 Eye-Catching Options for Your Front Door With all the emphasis on paint color and siding, a front door could easily get lost in the shuffle of exterior updates. But as the first and last part of your house a visitor sees, it’s the perfect place to make a design statement. Replacing an old or dated looking front door is actually one of the most popular curb appeal ideas, making the choice of your a front door for a new home hugely important. It's more than a decorative feature—it's an important investment. Both the security and style your front door provides impact your home’s worth. So, there are several practical matters to consider when selecting a new front door: namely material, cost, and style. Style-wise, your front door should fit in architecturally with the rest of your home, but don't let that hold you back and miss the opportunity to express your personality. A six-panel door is very traditional, while an arched door with stained glass has more whimsy and a single French door adds elegance (not to mention a great source of natural light). Even a nontraditional steel door has gained popularity in modern architecture, boasting in strength and affordability; the metal, however, does conduct temperature, so it’s always not the most efficient option in extreme climates. A solid wood front door will always endure as a classic, despite being a bit pricier and requiring a bit more TLC and repair as necessary due to its sensitivity to moisture and sun. Fiberglass doors hold a middle ground as both affordable and durable—not to mention available in many styles, including those that mimic wood. Finally, no matter the material underneath, color is key to evoking the exact emotions you want from guests who enter your home. Whether you're looking for the vibrancy of red or the cheeriness of yellow, let whatever color you choose be an expression of you. Not sure where to get started? Click through these great front door ideas we've scouted from around the web.
14 Types of Windows Every Homeowner Should Know Windows are the eyes into (and out of) a home, and can utterly transform a space. Whether you want to ventilate and illuminate your interior or keep prying eyes and foul weather out, there's a perfect window for every room.
5 Reasons It's Time to Address Your Old Windows Do you live in an older house with inefficient—but charming—wood windows? With this new kit, you can have your windows modernized without having to lose an ounce of their vintage appeal. Intrigued? Read on!
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7 Myths About Skylights Debunked There are plenty of horror stories out there. You may have heard one or two, if not from friends and family members, then perhaps from a stranger you met at the hardware store. Though homeowners have been adding skylights to their homes for nearly 50 years now, many are still wary of their performance and potential benefits. It’s undoubtedly true that the earliest skylights suffered from design flaws and poor installation. But over the course of decades, like so many other technologies, skylights have advanced by leaps and bounds. In fact, some of today’s options barely resemble the roof windows of yesterday. Take, for instance, the daylighting systems offered by industry innovator Solatube International, Inc. Combining the best of modern materials with leading-edge product engineering, Solatube offers a suite of daylighting options that challenge virtually every preconceived notion you might have about skylights and their role in the home. Click through now to find out just how much things have changed—for the better.
7 Ways to Bring the Outdoors In It’s instinctual, really: During the winter, people naturally prefer to hunker down indoors, protected from the frigid temperatures and severe storms that are signatures of the season. When spring finally arrives, however, everything changes, and we head back outdoors to enjoy the fair weather as much as possible. In short, we typically think and behave as if indoor and outdoor spaces must be markedly distinct and separate. But it doesn’t have to be that way—at least not any more. Homeowners today can choose from many styles of windows and doors designed to erase the line between the interior of the home and the great outdoors. Some of these windows are familiar, timeless favorites, while others are brand-new, made possible only by the latest advances in design and manufacturing. All offer compelling advantages for those who crave more natural light, a heightened sense of space, and a feeling of oneness with nature no matter the time of year. Carefully engineered for ease of operation and energy efficiency, options from category leader JELD-WEN promise to redefine your experience of home. Click through now to see a sampling of boundary-blurring JELD-WEN products in action.<br>
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Open Sesame: 12 Ways to Dress Up a Drab Door Does your house suffer from drab door syndrome? It’s a common diagnosis. We tend to view doors as necessities—all function and no frill—so we don't see them as the decorative elements they are, or could be. But a door is a room's introduction and finale, both the first and last thing we see as we pass through. And there are doors everywhere! If we take closets into consideration, an average-size home could easily have 20 or more doors. Giving at least a few of them a little attention can go a long way. There are lots of ways to give your doors a little pick-me-up. Simple embellishments will give you almost instant gratification, but if you’re up for a bigger design challenge, you can give a door a head-to-toe makeover by stenciling an intricate design or by stripping it down and applying a distressed finish. Here are 12 decorative touches, from easy to expert, that can give your door the distinction it deserves.
Skylight Innovation Rescues 6 Sunless Spaces In the past, if you wanted to illuminate an interior room, there was little you could do, other than resort to artificial light. Now, thanks to advanced daylighting systems, you can introduce natural light virtually anywhere. See how these devices worked to bring a bright and airy feeling to a set of six spaces that were once closed-off and claustrophobic.
The 6 Best Reasons to Install New Windows It's difficult to overstate the importance of windows in home design. Windows are unique among building components in that they affect not only the performance of a home, but also its appearance both inside and out. Though it may be tempting to install new windows for aesthetics alone, the considerable cost of such a project is enough to dissuade most homeowners from a hasty decision. People more commonly pursue window replacement for a host of compelling, wholly practical reasons—particularly now, as in recent years window technology has advanced by stunning leaps and bounds. Though the motivation for replacing windows varies from person to person, most consumers are seeking at least one from among a handful of common goals. To find out what drives most homeowners toward window replacement, we spoke with Jim Eldredge, a product manager with Sears Home Services, a nationwide company that routinely guides homeowners through the entire process, from initial consultation all the way to completed installation. Click through now for our recap!
The Window, Reinvented: 6 Features That Changed Everything In recent years, technology has transformed virtually all avenues of life, including home building and remodeling. Today, formerly unremarkable, utilitarian components are stunningly complex, boasting an unprecedented degree of sophistication. For proof of the phenomenon, look no further than windows: Once single-paned and wood-framed, the best modern windows are now laced with advanced features designed to contribute a wide range of compelling benefits. From impact resistance and sound insulation to reduced maintenance and heightened efficiency, the current crop of high-quality windows works like never before to serve the home and reward its owner. Click now for details from the experts at Sears Home Services on what makes new windows well worth a second look.
Tight Quarters? 10 Smart Space-Saving Door Solutions Are you struggling to find a space-saving interior or exterior door for your home? Whether you're building a tiny house or just trying to renovate a small or tricky room, don’t limit yourself to traditional doors and the standard sizes offered by your local building supply store. Think outside the box—or in this case, the door frame. Look at the area surrounding the door opening. Is there room for pocket doors that could slide into the wall? What about overhead? If there's space there, a horizontal retractable door could work. Or, if sound and insulation aren’t issues, accordion doors that fold back toward the frame may be the answer. Pivot doors that rotate around a central point are yet another option. Take a look at our list for more ideas!
Toss Your Keys: 9 High-Tech Door Locks Now that our phones talk and our cars start with the push of a button, it's no surprise that the front door is going digital too. We’ve got the lowdown on some of the best new high-tech door locks.
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Welcome Home: 11 Fresh Ways to Spruce Up Your Front Door Whether your front door is drab, dated, or downright unwelcoming, you can change its look—and re-energize the soul of the space—with a few simple but artful changes. Paint, hardware, and decor can be combined to give you limitless options for your own front door makeover.
What Are Window Prices? Typical Range: $300 to $1,200As windows get older, they become less efficient and possibly even dangerous, promptin...
Wow-Worthy Window Films: 11 Top Picks Drop the drapes, bump the blinds, and shirk the shutters. Instead, check out these wow-worthy adhesive window films that bring style, comfort, and privacy to your home.
Installing a Marvin Palladian Window Michael Roche from Marvin Windows joins Bob in examining the house's existing windows and determining which to keep or replace. A new Palladian window will create a great look for the family room.
Pella Window Installation Bob meets with Brian Kaley and Tim McFadden from Pella Windows to go over the design approach and installation method for this project's fenestration.
Installing a Mahogany Windowsill Bob puts in a Mahogany windowsill that's been precut with a cleat and bevel to make the installation easier. He also helps install Poplar floor molding and observes as closet doors are added.
Pocket Door Installation Bob and Gilson Novaes discuss the construction of pocket doors, screens that will divide the bedroom from the outer living area. Bob takes note of the advantages prefab pocket doorframes provide, and sees the versatitlity of steel studs.
Window Placement and Installation Bob looks at the order and placement of the windows on the facade of the modern Colonial. Upon closer inspection, the classically inspired fenestration, size, type, and placement of the windows, differs slightly from floor to floor.
Relocating the Front Door Bob works with the general contractor Charlie Tomaszewski to move the Medford project home's original front door, so they will be able to frame up a new foyer.
Installing French Doors Bob talks with Ray Adam (from Pella Windows) about the new French doors to be installed in the library. It's an active/inactive door with all hardware. The most important part of the installation is ensuring the door is plumb.
Skylight and Gable Window Installation Bob goes up to the attic of the Victorian project house, where an ODL tubular skylight is being installed. Also, Bob looks back at the installation of windows on the gable end.
Installing Custom Garage Doors Bob gets up to speed on the progress made, before joining Kent Forsland (from Designer Doors) to discuss the new custom-made, cedar-faced garage doors, which have been installed.
Laminate Installation in the Kitchen Bob joins contractor Ed Weller, who is working on the kitchen addition. Architect Laurinda Spear has designed a banana leaf partition that Ed's crew will be making out of a hardened laminate material called Ligna.
Fixing Old Double-Hung Windows Bob meets with carpenter Cortney Lofton, who is rehabilitating some old double-hung windows with new nylon-braided sash cords and kerf-in thermoplastic weather stripping.
Custom Door Installation Bob meets with Curt Weiss (from J.W. Door), who has custom-made a door unit for the bungalow remodel, with glass lights designed in an Arts and Crafts style, and wooden stops that resemble old putty stops. Cortney Lofton performs the installation.
Making Stained Glass Windows Bob learns the process of creating stained glass windows. Designs begin on paper before they are traced onto glass using a light table. A variety of glass types are used to create the "skylights" in the Studio City home.
Removing and Relocating Windows Bob and carpenter Bob Ryley look at the corner of the house, where the sidewall has been removed to reveal the plywood and Douglas fir sheathing. Next, Bob helps Ryley move a window into the space that's been left open in the framing to receive it.
Installing a Mulled Window Bob meets with Bob Ryley and Al Worth to install a pair of Andersen mulled windows with a transom, as well as an interior window seat. Bob discusses the window itself, specifically the innovative features that allow for easier cleaning.
Trimming French Patio Doors Bob joins finish carpenter Mark McCullough, who, as he works, explains the process of applying trim to French patio doors and adjacent windows.
Installing the Greenhouse Windows Contractor Bob Ryley shows off the greenhouse's motorized windows. At the touch of a button, or via a thermostat, the windows open and close. Bob helps Ryley assemble and install the fiberglass-framed windows.
Skylight Installation Bob joins contractor Bob Ryley, who is installing a Velux skylight on a curb mount. Ryley describes the screws and mounting hardware used, and Bob demonstrates the flexible window design.
Installing a Large Window Bob assists Michael Roach (from Marvin Windows) with installing a large setup of three windows on the gable end of the home.
Building a Door Bob meets with contractor Bob Ryley, who outlines the door construction process and builds the first of seven doors.
Installing the Custom Windows A large custom-made Palladian window is installed, then Bob helps contractor Joe Fitzgerald install a custom-made casement window in the back bedroom.
Installing a Salvaged Door Bob helps contractor Bob Ryley install a salvaged door on the side of the dream garage, which is undergoing construction.
Vinyl Window Installation Bob helps contractor Bob Ryley install a vinyl-clad Pella window awning with pre-assembled exterior trim.
Installing the Garage Door Opener The garage door openers are installed on the automotive end of the garage. Bob reviews the brackets and beams used to mount the opener's drive, as well as the chain material used to actually move the door.
Installing Pella Doors and Windows Bob and Tom Moran (from Pella) discuss the anatomy of the doors chosen for the Martha's Vineyard Victorian project, and contractor Bob Ryley demonstrates the process of installing the windows.
Adding a Door to a Wood-Paneled Wall Bob reviews progress in the kitchen, which includes the installation of a pantry, and contractor Bob Ryley demonstrates how to build a door into a wood-paneled wall.
Window Trim and Scalloped Shingles Bob and contractor Bob Ryley confer about adding trim to the curvilinear top edge of an arched window. After sheet lead is installed as flashing, Ryley attaches scalloped shingles.
Picture Window Installation A window is recycled during the remodeling process and placed back into the frame of the new addition. Bob explains the reason for recycling and assists with the installation.
Combining Two Double-Hung Windows Two recycled windows are used to create one large window. Once carpenter Bob Ryley demolishes the old frame, supports are installed to hold up the new combined window. When the two windows are put together, it's called a mullioned window.
Constructing a Custom-Recessed Bulkhead Door Contractor Larry Landers builds a trapdoor to enable access to the old bulkhead from outside. Sheet lead flashing and an ice-and-water barrier are used to waterproof the trapdoor. To give the door stability, four pressure-treated cleats are used.
Replacing the Storm Windows Bob helps carpenter Bob Ryley replace the storm windows on the Plymouth project house, and the newly designed bathroom needs tiles.
Installing a Box Bay Window Bob helps carpenter Bob Ryley and crew install a new box bay window, which will enlarge the dining space and enhance the interior atmosphere.
Replacing Windows at Low-Cost Contractors Al and Steve Stiles set a new window on the back porch. Using a combination of stock and one custom windows, they demonstrate how to save money on materials and time on installation.
Installation of Window Bob reviews progress on the renovation, both upstairs and down. Carpenter John Sheehan installs a new vinyl window, which is a challenge in a brick house where no opening is completely square.
Installing Impact-Resistant Windows Window installation is underway. Bob talks with Stephen Hugh of Clearwater Window to learn more about the installation process, and Dave Olmstead of PGT Industries tells Bob about the wind- and impact-resistance of the PGT WinGuard.
Restoring Old Windows Ryan Pirro (from RestorationWindows.com) discusses refurbishing old windows with solid-bronze sash chains, new parting beads, and spring-bronze weather stripping for energy-efficient, easy-operation windows at one-fourth the cost of replacements.
Installing High-Performance French Doors Cordell Burton (from Pella Windows) joins Bob to show off the in-swinging French doors to be installed. It's constructed of solid wood and double-pane, low-e glass. General contractor Tim Berky executes the installation.
Flooring & Stairs Articles, Blog Posts and Slideshows
7 Unusual Tricks for Your Cleanest Floors Ever There’s no way around it. Whether you’ve got hardwood, tile, or carpet, all floors must be cleaned of dirt and debris tracked in from outside. But this traditional chore doesn't need to be so...boring. Check out our favorite unconventional tricks that will help you get them cleaner than ever.
11 Tried-and-True Ways to Care for Hardwood Floors <p>By design, our floors will see some of the most wear and tear of any of the fixtures in our home. Even if you’re normally careful with your floors, life happens. Wood floors in particular require extra special attention to keep them looking nice. So, it’s important to learn how to clean and care for them the right way. Harsh cleansers can damage the boards and pet stains can mar your finish. Don’t even mention moving day—improperly moved furniture accounts for plenty of the damage hardwood floors can sustain. </p><br/>
<p>Having a regular maintenance routine is key. Keep your wood floors clean by vacuuming them regularly with the hardwood attachments of your vacuum. Eliminating excess dust and dirt will keep you one step ahead. Then, use the mildest cleaning solution recommended for your floor type with a mop or rag that is just barely damp. Remember, water is a wood floor’s worst enemy. Make sure any moisture you apply is dried immediately and completely. </p><br/>
<p>But there’s so much more to caring for wood floors than just cleaning. From what you wear on your feet, to your pet care routine. No matter how you live, you can take some simple precautions to protect your wood floors so they will stay in great shape for years to come.</p>
12 Painted Floors You Need to See to Believe Does your floor need a new look? Instead of replacing it with costly broadloom or hardwood, consider painting it for a fraction of the cost. These painted floors will jumpstart your creative juices.
12 Reasons Hardwood Floors Might Not Be Right for Your Home Hardwood floors have become so popular in recent years that they are now almost ubiquitous in new homes. But they're not necessarily the best choice for everyone. Check out these 12 reasons why hardwood floors might not be the right option for your home.
19 Affordable Options for Beautiful Hardwood Flooring Trees like Bamboo, Hevea, and Acacia are softer than favorites like Maple and Oak, and Hickory is harder and more durable than most other domestic flooring types. Even if you don't have a big budget to spend on new hardwood floors, chances are you can find something that works for your home and your budget. Check our list to see some of the affordable hardwood flooring options that exist today.
3 Easy Fixes for Carpet Dents In preparation for an evening of fun, food, and merriment with family and friends, you’ve planned and cooked and clea...
6 Fall Flooring Trends to Look Forward To Most interior designers agree that in any space, flooring sets the tone. This means that decorating decisions about such things as furniture and lighting should be made with due consideration for a room's existing flooring. Installing a new floor, on the other hand, leaves you free to pursue any look you happen to love, and that includes the most current styles. Given the variety of wood flooring available these days, whether you’re after a sleek and modern aesthetic or a rustic, antique feel, you're sure to find an option so spectacularly well-suited that it will make your home look like it belongs in the pages of a magazine.
6 Rock-Solid Reasons to Pick Concrete Flooring Concrete has long been a favorite choice for hardscaping features like driveways and walkways, porch stairs and patios. After all, few things on Earth are as tough and long lasting, and so well suited to withstand year-round exposure to the elements. Given the popularity of the material in a wide range of high-impact outdoor applications, many people regard concrete as strictly utilitarian, ideal only in a select number of scenarios. But this attitude doesn't take into account concrete's extraordinary versatility, which stems in part from innovative products by leading manufacturers like CTS | Rapid Set. Not only does concrete offer unparalleled strength and durability, but given the range of refined finishing options available, it can also be eye-catching. The rare combination of brawn and beauty has led many homeowners to take a fresh look at concrete and rediscover its appeal as an indoor flooring material. To learn more about why increasing numbers of homes now feature concrete floors, not only in peripheral spaces like the back hall, but also in key, frequently used rooms like the kitchen, click through now!<br>
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7 Ways This Multi-Use Vacuum Will Change the Way You Clean Learn about the revolutionary stick vacuum with the power and features to make cleaning faster, easier, and more efficient than ever.
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7 Ways You May Be Ruining Your Wood Floors One of the most important (and overlooked) elements of any home? The floors. Hardwood floors add warmth and character to any space, whether modern or rustic. And as long as you care for them properly, they'll continue to beautify your home for a long time. A few mistakes, though, can shorten the life of your floors. Make sure you’re not making these common mistakes that can ruin a lovely wood floor.
8 Dirty Secrets Your Carpet May Be Keeping from You The joys of carpeting are many: It’s undeniably the softest, most comfortable type of flooring, it muffles sound, and it helps insulate rooms from temperature swings. But that plush pile is hiding a dark side. The very thing that makes carpeting so wonderful—all those thick twists of yarn—is also what makes it the perfect home and hiding spot for a scary array of gross organisms and debris you’d rather not think about, but really should. Here are 8 nasties that may be hiding right underneath your feet.
8 Easy and Affordable Garage Floor Options It's hard to find garage floor ideas that can stand up to the daily wear and tear that takes place in this space. Here are some of the best options to consider, at any price point.
8 Times “Wood Look” Is as Good as (Or Better Than) the Real Deal Even if you have your heart set on a real wood floor, it's worth considering options that look, feel, and even outperform hardwood.
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8 Ways to Clean Stained Grout Tile is beautiful, durable, and generally easy to clean, but cleaning grout? That’s a different story. Because it’s t...
8 Ways to Stop Hating Your Floor—Without Replacing It As the base of any room, the flooring lays the foundation of a space's style. So what happens if you're feeling uninspired by your concrete or vinyl floor? Installing a brand-new floor is a major investment in so many ways. You have to take into account the cost of materials, the size of the project, and the time commitment to prep and install—whether you do it yourself or call in the professionals. But take a deep breath—you can fix your flooring without replacing it altogether if you're up for crafty techniques, such as painting, staining, and mosaics. Use one of these DIY methods to make over a boring floor with far less effort, time, and money than it would have taken to install a brand-new one.
9 Inspiring Ideas for Basement Flooring The basement is one of the most versatile areas in the home. It can function as work space, storage space, or even as an extension of your living space. But basements present some unique renovation challenges, particularly when it comes to selecting flooring. Because basements are subject to high moisture and low temperatures, it's important to choose a flooring material that can stand up to these conditions. For instance, it's best to avoid an organic material like hardwood that can accumulate mold and ultimately affect air quality. Fortunately, there are many less problematic materials to choose from. Read on to find out what type of basement flooring might best suit your needs.
9 Sneaky Ways to Get New Floors for Under $50 Some people hate their floors and long for a new look. Others love theirs but can't abide their minor imperfections: a scratch, dent, or loose tile. Whatever your beef with your floors, there's a fast solution—one that doesn't involve a renovation. Click through for a round-up of some of the most genius products available to refresh your floors.
Get the Look of Wood Floors for Much Less: 7 Laminate Picks Though it's always been a cost-effective alternative to traditional hardwood, today's laminate flooring proves just how far the product has come. Thanks to new imaging and finishing technologies, laminate now looks and feels so much like the genuine article, it's often hard to tell the difference. Its durability has improved, too, making laminate a total package well worth serious consideration the next time you're shopping for a new floor.
Green Home—Flooring The interest in environmentally friendly floors is growing as people learn about deforestation, air quality, growing ...
Grouting Tile Trouble Free Last week in our forum, a user asked an interesting question: "I haven’t grouted yet, what trouble will I have when I...
Just Floored! 15 Totally Unexpected DIY Flooring Alternatives Bottle caps, leather belts, and pennies are just a few of the unusual materials that creative do-it-yourselfers have incorporated in these cheap flooring ideas. Click through for 15 finished projects prove that—for very little money—you can add a lot of beauty and interest underfoot!
Looks Like Luxury: Imitate Any Material with... Tile When you’re in the market for new flooring, you weigh a lot of considerations before deciding on a material. You may end up eliminating marble because of its cost, or hardwood because of maintenance. But did you know you can get the look of both marble and hardwood in tile? And that's not all. The natural looks of brick, stone, and reclaimed wood can now be had at a more affordable price—from tile manufacturers. New technologies are making faux finishes on tile more realistic-looking than ever. And tile is a very attainable DIY project for most homeowners, furthering its cost savings. Before you choose your next floor, take a look at the great tile options that are hitting showrooms—and living rooms—near you.
Parquet, You Say? 10 Stunning Wood Floor Patterns Wood has proven a popular and durable flooring choice in homes for hundreds of years. Whether you're considering recycling an old wood floor, upcycling wooden objects into flooring, or creating a high-end luxury look with detailed and intricate patterns, you’ll find something to tickle your flooring fancy in this showcase of unusual wood floors.
Stairs with a Twist: 11 Spiral Designs You'll Love If you've always admired the the fun-loving spirit of a spiral staircase but lacked the proper space—or perhaps the courage—to install one yourself, draw inspiration from these imaginative interpretations.
The Appeal of Bamboo Flooring Floors are an essential and important element in an interior design scheme. Small wonder, then, that the eye-catching...
The Beauty of Bamboo: 9 Exotic Looks in Flooring Bamboo is one of the hottest trends in flooring. This extremely hard material can take stain just like wood, so it's a natural choice for floors. Bamboo is also sustainable. It's a fast-growing grass that can completely regenerate itself in four years. So, when you choose a bamboo floor, you can rest well knowing that your selection is eco-friendly as well as beautiful.
The Best Mops of 2022 Your flooring is the largest surface area in your home and, not least because it gets walked on every day, it's a sur...
The Best Painted Tile Floors on the Internet When you're paring down your renovation budget there are a few places you can't scrimp. For instance, appliances, wiring, and plumbing should be of the highest quality you can comfortably afford to ensure a successful home remodel. When it comes to the floors, however, there's room to negotiate. Not only is tearing up and replacing floors costly, but it's also a major job that can kick up dust, aggravate allergies, or lead to even bigger projects if something goes wrong. If your floors are ugly and dated yet structurally sound, there's an alternative to replacing them outright: Paint. Although it may sound strange, tile can be painted to great effect. Whether you have linoleum or ceramic tile, you can prep, paint, and stencil them to match your style—and your guests will never be the wiser.
The Many Faces of Engineered Wood Flooring Engineered wood flooring has made great strides in the last two decades, providing homeowners with options in affordable, stylish, and easy-install wood flooring that simply couldn't be found in years past. Manufactured with a wood veneer atop a laminate core, engineered wood floors shrink, swell, and cup far less than traditional solid hardwood. That means it's safe to install in high-moisture areas like basements, kitchens, and bathrooms. Once installed, it looks exactly like the genuine article, and it comes at a fraction of the price. Click through to discover the wide variety of looks it's possible, even easy, to achieve with engineered wood floors.
The Next Level: 14 Stair Railings to Elevate Your Home Design A staircase railing is not just a safety feature. The newels, balusters, and railings of a staircase can make a real design statement and bring a sense of style to a space. Whatever your decor—contemporary, traditional, or ultramodern—there is a staircase railing combination out there to match. Whether you opt for rustic wood, glass, or custom-made metal, you can find a style of staircase railing that will elevate this architectural element from something practical to a work of art. Don't focus on just one material—combine materials like glass and wood or wood and metal to add depth and texture to your design scheme. Here’s just a sampling of what’s out there.
Vinyl Renaissance: 10 Flooring Looks You Won't Believe Though it’s gotten a bad rap in past years, vinyl flooring is making a comeback. Although relative ease of installation has long been one of the material's selling points, it's now the range of design options that is putting vinyl once again underfoot. Innovative and creative patterns let homeowners customize their floors and mimic looks that might be far out of their budget, allowing them to achieve, say, the rustic warmth of reclaimed wood flooring without the hefty price tag that accompanies the real deal. And did we mention vinyl's low maintenance? Wiping a vinyl floor clean is a simple task that doesn’t require special cleaners and polishes. To help get you reacquainted with vinyl, here are some of our favorite new patterns. We think they'll really catch your eye—and they just might get you