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With the many different projects reported annually in Remodeling Magazine’s Cost  vs. Value Report, not much has changed from last year...and that's not a bad thing. The 29 projects found on this year’s report paid back an average of 64.3 cents on the dollar in resale value. Looking at the 24 most tracked projects (projects consistently tracked for the last...

With the summer months approaching, chances are you're already bracing yourself for higher energy usage, and along with it, larger energy bills. It's a price you're willing to pay to stay comfortable during those warm summer months, right? The reality is, you're not the only one. During peak summer months, air conditioning accounts for about half of the nation's energy...

Whether you’re in the process of downsizing or simply looking to open up your home a bit (without saying goodbye to your belongings for good), self-storage units offer a practical solution to the issue surrounding the lack of space homeowners are faced with on a day-to-day basis. While factors such as security, cleanliness, temperature control, customer service...

By Sage Singleton
Home safety is an important, even life-saving topic that you should teach your children about at an early age. If you educate your children on basic home safety principles when they’re young, the lessons will stick with them for a lifetime. Learn to lock a deadbolt. Teach children how to lock and unlock a deadbolt. Let them know that the...

Buying a new house is an exciting adventure to embark on. Whether you are a newlywed just beginning your life with your significant other or a retiree looking to downsize, purchasing a new home is a time of new beginnings. Despite all of the anticipation of owning a new home, there are some housekeeping items that should be taken care of prior to settling in. Committing...

Curling up in front of the fireplace has long been a source of warmth and comfort as Old Man Winter tries to break us down with bitter cold temperatures, mind-numbingly harsh winds and inclement weather. But like everything else in the home, the beloved fireplace of yesteryear (aka the simple brick cutout with a mesh screen positioned just so) has become just another...

While I painfully preach advance planning and preparation to my sons, I was actually the kid in school who waited until the last minute to cram for tests and was up until 5 a.m. banging out term papers due later that morning. Even right now, I’ve waited until the last possible minute to finish this blog—the RISMedia holiday party kicks off in 45 minutes and trust...

Let’s face it: We all know moving is a pain. And according to the American Moving & Storage Association, the average move in the U.S. costs a shocking $5,630. Of course, costs will vary greatly upon family size, house size and location. However, it's safe to say that moving is often more expensive than expected. This brings many to the question: should you...

After a few years under the social limelight, parties all start tasting the same. We wait all year for Halloween or Christmas so we can finally spice things up. Unfortunately, even those end up being all the same. But what if I told you Harry Potter parties can be a thing. Year round. For realsies. It’s always a great time to not be a muggle. The only thing better...

Anyone financing a home purchase knows that the bank wants to see adequate insurance on its collateral. Of course, what is sufficient for a lender may not be sufficient for the owner. Myriad homeowners policies contain a sea of coverage and exemptions which are sometimes difficult for policyholders to comprehend. If an improvement is made to the structure or a major...