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U-Haul vs. Home Depot: Which Moving Truck Rental Service Should You Choose in 2023?
The cost of moving can be expensive—there’s no getting around it. And it’s not just long-distance moves that can caus...
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11 Retail Stores That Price Match Competitors' Prices
Price matching can be a rewarding and lucrative pursuit, but many retailers require customers to jump through hoops t...
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Bob Vila’s 10 “Must Do” Projects for February
Though it’s the shortest month of the year, there’s still plenty to be done in February, including organizing the con...
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15 Around-the-House Resolutions That Will Save You Money in 2023
Life is surprisingly expensive. You pay for food, clothing, electricity, gas, water, insurance, vehicles, fuel, repai...
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Bob Vila's 10 "Must Do" Projects for December
December is all about friends, family, and food (there, we said it!), which is why this month's tasks focus on keepin...
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Renters, Here’s How to Make Sure You Get Your Security Deposit Back
In some states, landlords charge more than a month’s rent for a security deposit, sometimes twice as much or more. Th...
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Metal Roof vs. Shingles Cost: What Impacts How Much You Pay?
There can be quite a difference between the cost of a metal roof and traditional shingles. You can google “How much i...
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15 Things to Stop Paying For in 2023
Times change, and so do our budgets. As we enter a new year, it makes sense to evaluate automatic payments and other purchases we make without thinking, such as t...
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12 Bathroom Remodel Ideas On a Budget
Redoing a kitchen is a costly project, but the bathroom comes in a close second. On average, it'll set you back about...
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How Much Does a Sump Pump Cost to Install?
Typical Range: $641 to $2,035 National Average: $1,296If you need to move water away from your home’s foundation a...
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How Much Do Movers Cost?
Highlights Hiring movers costs a national average of $1,710 for a move of 100 miles or less, with a typical range of...
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How Much Does a Land Survey Cost?
Highlights The typical range for land survey cost is $376 to $745, with a national average of $526. Factors contrib...
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10 Easy Ways to Find $20 (or More!) Around the House
Saving a little bit here and there can add up in the long run. Make $20 without lifting a finger by using these thrifty tips.
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11 Mistakes That Lead to Wasted Food (and Money) During the Holidays
Save money and create less food waste by getting organized and avoiding these common holiday pitfalls.
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10 Grocery Items With the Biggest Pandemic Price Increase—and What to Buy Instead
You can blame the pandemic for your higher grocery bills. In the wake of Covid-19, food prices have gone up for many items you probably buy on the regular.
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21 Money-Saving Tricks That Every Homeowner Needs to Know
Putting a dent in your home improvement to-do list can often put an even bigger dent in your wallet. But these 21 humble DIY projects reduce, reuse, and reimagine...
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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.
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10 Things You Should Know Before Taking Out a Second Mortgage
If you need money, you can use your home as collateral for a second mortgage loan. But beware: Should your finances change, you may be putting your home at stake.
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12 Annoying Fees That Are Easy to Avoid
A little savvy will save you big time when it comes to hidden fees. So read the fine print and speak up.
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10 Apps and Tools That Will Help You Save Money
Save, invest, and budget successfully with these tools and apps that will help you make the most of your income.
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11 Things You Didn't Know You Could Buy in Bulk
Bag more of the things you want in life—for less than the sticker price—with these often overlooked bulk buys.
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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...
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10 Purchases You Should Always Get an Extended Warranty On
Whatever you may think of extended warranties, sometimes it makes sense to purchase an additional protection plan.
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16 Things Thrifty People Never Buy
Benjamin Franklin once said, "Beware of little expenses; a small leak will sink a great ship." He perfectly explains the effect small expenses can have on persona...
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Just Making These 8 Phone Calls Can Save You Money
Obtain financial help—during any unexpected cash crunch—by making these quick, easy phone calls.
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The Best Tips for Selling Your Stuff Online
Selling your old stuff online can be a great way to make a few bucks, but a word of caution: It takes a lot more initiative, planning, and follow-through than ope...
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Beyond Costco: 8 Other Places to Buy in Bulk
When you’re bound and determined to find a bargain, there are options other than Costco.
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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 compa...
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Solved! Why Is My Electric Bill So High?
Q: I just opened my electric bill, and my jaw dropped. It’s way higher than ever! I called the electric company to se...
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12 Things You Need to Know Before Shopping at Any Warehouse Club
Wholesale superstores like Costco, Sam’s Club, and BJ’s can save you up to 55 percent on some items. If you aren’t careful, though, you can find yourself consider...
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35 Great Things You Can Get for Free Today
Sure, there's no such thing as a free lunch, but there are definitely other freebies out there just waiting for you to claim them. How about a no-charge exercise ...
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Do These Things to Keep from Overspending on Regular Shopping Trips
Temptations are pesky little things. They sneak up on us when we're at our weakest, when we’re hungry, tired, or stressed. Resist the lure of overspending on your...
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17 Free Resources More Homeowners Should Take Advantage Of
Being a homeowner often demands more money and energy than you can spare. But a trove of local and online resources are standing by to give savvy homeowners acces...
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Solved! The Best Time to Buy New Appliances at a Discount
Q: I want to replace a few aging appliances without paying an arm and a leg. What’s the best time of year to buy appl...
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10 Things You Never Knew Are Negotiable
Haggling over prices is a time-honored tradition in many countries, but American consumers aren’t particularly keen on negotiating. According to a 2013 survey by ...
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14 Secrets of People with Low Energy Bills
Keeping up with the Joneses can be a frustrating and fruitless pursuit…but what if those enviable neighbors are saving money, supporting a cleaner environment, an...
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Is It Wise to DIY? A New Survey Says, Not Always
We Americans are a can-do crowd, particularly when it comes to maintaining and improving our homes. Need proof? Look ...
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14 Jaw-Dropping Remodeling Ideas You Can Copy for Less Than $1,000
You don’t have to break the bank to break up with outdated home design. These 14 pretty, practical, and penny-wise renovations of rooms all over the house prove t...
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Genius! The Indoor Clothesline You Didn't Know You Needed
Homeowners know that even energy-efficient washers and dryers drive up electric bills, and renters are even worse off...
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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 t...
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14 Sneaky Ways to Save Money on Your Water Bill
Owning a home is expensive: There are property taxes and mortgages, tiny repairs and big maintenance projects, energy costs and water bills. After all's said and ...
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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 ...
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12 Ways Your Home Can Save You Money This Year
A new year offers new opportunities to save money. Look around your home and you will see a huge variety of ways to save money, from increasing energy efficiency ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Are Home Improvements Tax-Deductible?
When you finish a home improvement project, you can certainly take pride in a job well done. But in many cases, you c...
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9 Things You Didn't Know About Flood Insurance
If you think your home insurance policy will protect you in the event of a flood, you may be in for a shock. Because standard homeowner’s policies do not cover fl...
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7 Ways to Skimp on a Kitchen Renovation
Who doesn’t love the idea of a brand-spanking-new kitchen filled with gleaming appliances, flawless cabinets and pristine countertops? Kitchen remodeling top home...
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Bob Vila Radio: President's Day Inventory
For those of you in the tristate area who aren’t hitting the ski slopes or escaping to the Bahamas this weekend, Pres...
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5 Things Your Homeowner's Insurance May Not Cover
Before disaster strikes, make sure to check for potential potholes in your property insurance policy. Doing so now could save you money—and heartache—later.
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Clean Credit Wins Home Loans
Mortgage interest rates continue at record lows, but if you're hoping to snag a home equity loan for a planned renova...
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Maximizing Your Remodeling Dollar
The average American is said to move every five to seven years. As that statistic suggests, you would be wise to thin...
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How Much Will a Designer Cost?
The title "architect" conjures up in many people's minds fancy designer houses, monumental homes out of the pages of ...
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Contractors, Contracts, and Costs
Dankmar Adler—architect and partner of the great Louis Sullivan in the firm of Adler and Sullivan—once remarked that ...
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Footing the Bill: How to Pay for Your Home Renovation
If you have the cash on hand to pay for your remodeling project, you don't need to read this article. Most people, ho...
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Affording a Renovation
A renovation project requires more than the skilled handling of different sorts of people. Good management is always ...
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Estimating Checklist
Cost overruns are certainly common in renovation work, but there are steps you can take to try to anticipate some of ...
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Want to Build Wealth? Pick the Right Mortgage
Owning a home is the best way to build family wealth—that's been the prevailing wisdom, at least, for the last severa...
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Measure Twice, Borrow Once: Home Equity Loan Success
Home values are bouncing back—is the trend strong enough to support your bid for a home equity loan?According to the ...
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Energize Savings with a "Green" Tax Credit
In the midst of the budget crisis in Washington, home energy tax credits were retained for the 2012 tax year. That me...
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Experts agree that the housing market has touched bottom in most markets. With values stabilizing, now is a good time...
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FHA Financing for Renovations? Yes, But...
It's not a snap, but the Federal Housing Agency's 203k program enables homeowners to finance home improvements as par...
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The Rising Cost of Low-Rate FHA Loans
In the wake of the housing bust, the Federal Housing Authority (FHA), once a lender of "near-last resort" for moderat...
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How To: Cut Construction Costs
What if the sum your construction estimates total is greater than you had budgeted? Sit down with your designer, espe...
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