Halloween Home Maintenance: Spooky Sounds and Strange Smells

October 30, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Are you haunted by strange noises and weird odors? With the proper maintenance, you’ve got more than a ghost of a chance to rest easy. Zombie odor It’s either time to throw out the garbage, or you’d better call your gas utility to check on your gas lines and connections. Natural gas is odorless, but […]

Why Home Equity Beats Facebook Equity

October 29, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Facebook’s IPO and subsequent stock value points up a simple truth: It’s easy to get caught up in the notion of getting rich quick. But there’s no surer way to wealth than home ownership. As Facebook’s IPO approached, it was easy to start traveling down the “what if” path: “What if I had equity in […]

What’s the Hottest New Remodeling Trend?

October 25, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

A new survey says showy upgrades are out and functionality is in with today’s remodeling home owners. In the wake of the housing market crisis, we started remodeling with less pretension and more functionality, says Kermit Baker, the chief economist for the American Institute of Architects. Based on what he’s seeing in the AIA’s quarterly […]

8 Tips to Make Your Remodel More Energy Efficient and Your Home Healthier

October 18, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

As long as you’re remodeling, why not cut your utility bill and make your home a bit healthier? Saving energy wasn’t on the list of reasons we’re finally ripping out the kitchen in our mid-century home (green-veined, imitation marble laminate counter tops figured much more prominently). But, a session at the recent 2012 Remodeling Show […]

6 Things Everyone Should Do When Moving Into a New House

October 1, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Moving into your first home is exciting! But it also means you’ve got work to do. When I bought my first house in May, my timing couldn’t have been better: The house closing was two weeks before the lease was up on my apartment. That meant I could take my time packing and moving, and […]