By: Alaina Tweddale There are better ways to spend.“They were this gorgeous, greenish-teal, and they looked great in my laundry room,” says Eliesa Prettelt, avid DIYer and author of “A Pinterest Addict” blog. The washer/dryer combo was perfect. Such a delightful way to brighten laundry day — with a cheerfully colored front-loader set. They could actually make […]

Home Maintenance

May 20, 2024

Household Expenses You’re Probably Wasting Your Money On

By: Amy Howell Hirt When to look for sales on mattresses, appliances, tools, furnishings, and materials. Buying stuff can be stressful. Cheap out and you could regret it. Overspend and you’ll cut into your budget. Knowing the best time of year to buy appliances and other household items can lessen the anxiety. Furniture: January and JulyYou could save 30% to 60% buying furniture in […]

Home Improvement, Home Maintenance

November 20, 2023

The Best Time of Year to Buy Things for Your Home

By: Leanne Potts Save your cash for more important things, like, you know, your mortgage. You can’t swing a tool belt without hitting a website or TV network offering tips on taking care of your digs. Save money by watering your lawn at night! No, water it in the morning! No, dig it up and replace […]

Home Maintenance, Uncategorized

October 23, 2023

You Only Think It’s True: 10 Myths Costing You Time and Money

by Barbara Eisner Bayer A lush spot for outdoor entertaining? Great. Perfect. A constant swarm of insects that invade your patio and home? No, thank you. Here’s how to keep bugs away from your patio and yard, and from getting inside your house. Install Patio FansMosquitos may have a tough sting, but they’re wimps when […]

Home Maintenance

August 22, 2023

Seven ways to make your yard and home a bug-free zone

By: HouseLogic Find out if DIY or hiring a pro is right for your deck project. Building a deck expands your livable outdoor space so you can do more of what you love — entertaining, dining, or relaxing under the stars. But large projects like adding a new deck or repairing an existing one can be […]

Home Design Ideas, Home Maintenance

June 23, 2023

Building a deck? Five questions to ask before you DIY.

By Lisa Kaplan Gordon Common remodeling projects can be more complicated than you think. While you’re still in the dreaming stage, factor in realities that could add time and money to your project. Surprise! That remodeling project you’ve been planning, such as taking down a wall or adding a kitchen island, can have sticker-shock repercussions. Why? […]

Home Maintenance

April 25, 2023

Unexpected remodeling expenses that’ll bust your budget

By: Pat Curry Choosing the wrong type of paint finish could mean a do-over that costs twice as much. There’s a basic rule of thumb to follow when choosing paint sheens: The higher the sheen, the higher the shine — and the higher the shine, the more durable it will be. Flat paint has no shine; […]

Home Design Ideas, Home Maintenance

January 25, 2023

Guide to Paint Finishes—So You Won’t Waste Your Money

By: Sarah Fogle It’s amazing what perennials, mulch, and decorative rocks can do. When you’re looking for your dream home, you might find that it comes with more yard than you’ve ever had before — or had to maintain. These fall yard cleanup tips will help you set up (and enjoy) an easy-care yard year-round. 1. […]

Home Maintenance

November 21, 2022

Fall Yard Cleanup—8 Shortcuts for Easy Care

By: Stacey Freed Why now’s the perfect time to replace appliances. The temps are starting to drop, and the smell of wood smoke is in the air. That’s when veteran homeowners know it’s time to do these six things if they want to avoid trouble or overspending. 1. Buy AppliancesWhisper to them. Do a rain dance. Whatever […]

Home Maintenance

October 21, 2022

Six tasks that every smart homeowner does in October

By: Douglas Trattner Consider age, repair cost, pricing, energy efficiency, and whether to modify your kitchen to accommodate a new unit. When an appliance is old and isn’t working efficiently, it may seem natural to decide to replace it rather than repair it — may it rest in peace. But appliances often break before their time, […]

Home Maintenance

August 24, 2022

When to Repair or Replace Your Appliance