Save Money By Having A Painting Party

Guest Post: Tips to Save Time and Money when Painting Your Own House

If you are able-bodied, and not a millionaire, there is no real reason to waste money paying other people to paint your house. I should not be saying this, I guess, according to some people. I was a professional painter for years, and I don’t want to mess with painters’ livelihood, but I also feel that I have a responsibility to the consumers to let them in on a few tips for saving money in these tough economic times. You can paint your own place if you have a little bit of money and a good amount of time.

Hot/Cold House

10 Ways to Cut Your Heating Bill in Half

Winter is coming soon. With the cold comes big jackets, sweaters and lots and lots of hot chocolate. There are also cold nights and wet feet. With all of this cold—people start to turn up the heat in their homes. When temperatures start to rise, so do heating bills. With the economy, spending extra money on a heating bill is simply not manageable for a lot of people. Here are 10 ways to cut on your heating bill this winter.

Renovating On A Budget

How to Renovate on a Budget

Home renovating is not something to do on the cheap. However, having a budget is not the same as being stingy. When homeowners think about renovating, they typically conjure up images with teams of contractors walking in and out of their house, tools and materials in-hand.

But “renovation” is not the same as “rehabilitation”. Renovating simply means updating a space. Whereas rehabilitation often requires extensive demolition, followed by new interior and/or exterior reconstruction. With this is mind, you can be more confident about renovating on a budget.

Does Your House Look Like This?

5 Simple Ways to Make Your Home Feel Fresh and New

Have you been watching all of the home improvement shows that are on tv? Do you feel like you want to move out of your home, but no one wants to buy it? It is not hard to make your property something that someone will want to buy. Here are 5 simple things you can do to update your home and make it something that you can sell or even feel more comfortable living in.

Home Inspector

Five Things Every Home Inspector Should Do (But Sometimes Doesn’t)

Prospective home buyers must be extremely wary. Despite the best intentions of your real estate agent, the seller’s agent, and the seller, there’s no getting around the fact that all of these people want you buy a property. That’s how all of these people get paid. It’s not that they don’t have your best interests at heart, it’s just that they may be a little biased towards convincing you to buy. As a result, potential problems with your new home could be undisclosed and/or glossed over. The solution to this problem? Hire a professional home inspector who can look over your home and help you make a good decision about the merits of the specific property. Unfortunately, not all home inspectors are the same. Some are good, and some are merely adequate. Here are five things that every good home inspector should do:

Contractor

A Contract for Success: Hiring the Right Contractor

Here’s a secret: hiring a contractor is one of the most important things a homeowner must do. Without the right contractor, you can lose time, money and patience. In this economy, no one can afford to work with an inexperienced and unreliable contractor. Thankfully, there are a series of easy steps that can make this search successful. Think of this process as something you would do when buying any kind of good or service. You get all the facts, talk to several providers, review the numbers and make a final choice.

Back To School Tips

Tips To Get Ready For Back to School

Create a Centralized Family Calendar – Have all members of your family include information about their schedules in this one calendar.  Get in the habit of checking it weekly and it can be a helpful one-stop shop for family time management. Before you shop, set the family’s expectations – Develop a clothing needs list for […]

This Summer, Grill Smart

Grilling 101

Grilling pros and cookbook authors Jamie Purviance and Elizabeth Karmel know a thing or two about great grilling. Below are 10 top grilling tips for excellent results every time. Prep Smart: To avoid soaking bamboo skewers each time you need them, soak a big batch once for an hour or so, drain, then freeze them […]

Prep Your Deck for Memorial Day

5 Ways to Prep Your Deck for Memorial Day

Here we go again! As summer fast approaches it’s time to start thinking about getting those valuable outdoor spaces in shape for entertaining. With Memorial Day only weeks away, there is still plenty of time to prep your deck for what is sure to be another enjoyable and exciting season of sun and fun. The […]

Look At That Water Getting Repelled!

Deck Treatment Season!

As temperatures slowly start to creep up the thermometer, the promise of summer and enjoying time outdoors is almost within reach. Set aside a weekend now to clean and seal your deck to make sure it is in peak condition for barbeque season. Most decks need to be resealed every 2-3 years, but a quick […]