7 Steps to Prepare Your Home for Winter

By Lauren Ward, Bankrate.com (TNS)—All seasons affect your home, but perhaps no other season impacts it more than winter. The cold temperatures, wind, snow and freezing rain combine to make it a season not to be ignored. To ensure you do not have any unnecessary...

7 Steps to Prepare for a Home Remodel

(Family Features) A homeowner’s motivation for taking on a remodeling project can vary greatly, but there’s one universal rule of thumb: home upgrades should add value, function or both. This step-by-step guide can help ensure you get the maximum return on your...

4 Ways to Make an Older Home Look Fresh for a Better Sale Price

By Meghan Belnap Putting an older home on the market has its own particular challenges. While many buyers prefer a newer home, there are many who appreciate older architecture. Here are a handful of ways that you can make your older home look fresh in order to get a...

4 Ways to Add Value to a Renovated Pool

By Brooke Chaplan Having a swimming pool increases the value of your home, but renovations to the pool can add even more value. Like anything else, pools can be updated and improved to maximize their appeal to potential buyers and to boost the benefits they provide to...

Protecting Yourself from Alarm System Scammers

If you have a sign in your front yard warning burglars that you have a home alarm system in place, you could be attracting a new breed of scammer. That’s the warning from the consumer watchdogs at Consumer Reports, who say scammers look for signs of existing...

3 Inexpensive Upgrades That Can Increase the Value of Your Home

By Wendy Dessler Most people take great pride in making their home more appealing, and homeowners can spend hundreds or thousands each year on improvements and alterations. One of the main things to consider when choosing an improvement project is how much value it...

Budget-Friendly Tricks for Updating Your Older Home

When it comes to updating an older home, you can make big style statements on a small budget, experienced decorators say. “Start with a pop of color,” Keysha Jillian, owner of Jillian’s Designs in Tampa, Fla. told Reader’s Digest in an interview. “Paint the...

5 Big Myths About Your Homeowners Insurance Coverage

By John Voket Until it happens, most homeowners think of disasters as something that won’t happen to them. Disasters can be as minor as a tree branch falling and breaking a few windows, or as concentrated as a pinhole roof leak slowly dripping water into a...

How-To Better Invest in Your Home

Many Americans own homes that need a little work. Whether you need to revamp a few fixtures or totally renovate, you want to make sure you’re making the smartest decision for your style, and wallet. To help, HGTV host and real estate expert Egypt Sherrod offers...

When Selling Your Home (or Just Enjoying It), Lawns Matter

According to recent research from the National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP), 81 percent of all Americans have a lawn, and a majority—79 percent—say that a lawn is an important feature when renting or buying a home. Respondents to the NALP survey...

Renter’s Insurance: Why You Need It

You may think having insurance for the roof over your head and the belongings underneath it is only necessary once you become a homeowner…or if you’re lucky enough to own some valuable antiques or expensive jewelry. But the reality it, all renters should have...

Home Sellers: 7 Ways to Make Your Landscape Pop This Spring

By Katie Kuchta Homes with great curb appeal typically have a well-maintained yard. Taking the time and energy to create a beautiful garden is one of the best ways to bring the best offer. Draw potential buyers through the door by creating an enticing landscape....

Sellers: Get the Most From Home Upgrades

Whether you plan to sell in the summer, spring, or winter, you likely know of the few staple “to-dos” to get your space market-ready: cleaning, painting, decluttering, landscaping, and stripping your home of super personal belongings like family photos....