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Editor's Note: This post was originally published on January 17, 2018. Housecall continues to share this piece due to ongoing requests and reader interest. A strong housing market isn't necessarily all good news for sellers. As evidenced by Remodeling magazine's newly-released Cost vs. Value Report for 2018, average return on investment (ROI) for home improvement...

By Fran J. Donegan A recent Gallup poll found that 63 percent of Americans worry about the quality of their drinking water—the highest percentage since 2001. Although most of these fears may be unfounded, you may simply want to improve the taste of your drinking water and eliminate the possibility of any contaminants that could be introduced through older plumbing...

Posted on Dec 15 2017 - 1:27pm by Suzanne De Vita
Comments Off on 2018 Design Forecast: Color Me Purple

The color of 2018 is no shrinking violet. Pantone, the authority in color for design, fashion and more, recently debuted its 2018 Color of the Year: "Ultra Violet." The color—"dramatically provocative and thoughtful," according to the company—is cool and cosmic, with an otherworldly vibe. Image Credit: Pantone "We are living in a time that requires inventiveness...

Posted on Dec 5 2017 - 12:46pm by Housecall
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By Zach Wendt Technology has made it easier than ever before for today’s homeowners to be fluent in DIY. From conducting an energy audit and increasing security, to doing minor repairs without calling in the pros, there’s a whole lot we can do with the right tools. If you’ve got a do-it-yourselfer on your gift list this holiday season, consider a high-tech gift...

Posted on Nov 13 2017 - 1:15pm by Housecall
Comments Off on Damage-Free Decorating Ideas for Your Home

By Brentnie Daggett Decorating and organizing your home with damage-free techniques is something we all can get behind. If you are a renter, you want to ensure you don’t damage your rental space and risk losing your security deposit. As a homeowner, it’s always better to preserve the integrity of your space, although you have the leeway to make modifications....

Posted on Oct 3 2017 - 9:17am by Suzanne De Vita
Comments Off on A Front Door, Flooring and Other ‘Happy’ Home Upgrades

It's no secret that an improvement or remodeled room can make being at home that much better. (Who doesn't want more counter space?) The National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) recently identified the projects with a "Joy Score" of 10—the highest happiness level for homeowners. Amp the feel-good factor up with these upgrades:   ...

Posted on Aug 8 2017 - 9:58am by Zoe Eisenberg
Comments Off on How to Give Your Bathroom a Tropical Vibe

Looking to redo your bathroom? Adding a tropical twist is all the rage these days. From lush houseplants to rich hues, now you can have a mini vacation every time you use the toilet. Here are a few tips to boost your island vibes. Lush plant life. The number one tip for a tropical vibe in your bathroom is to add indoor plants. Whether you train a creeping vine to...

Posted on Jul 27 2017 - 12:11pm by Housecall
Comments Off on 5 Ways to Create an Energy Efficient Home for Under $500

By Yuka Kato Summer is a time filled with good times and warm weather. Unfortunately, it’s also a time for many homeowners when energy costs skyrocket as they attempt to keep their homes cool and comfortable. Thankfully, there are many things that can be done to help keep homes cool, while saving energy and money at the same time. These five tips will help make...

By Krystal Rogers-Nelson Wait! Before you spend thousands on landscaping—or on water-guzzling plants—try planting a DIY drought-tolerant garden. With the right plants, your landscape will be cost-effective, low maintenance, and beautiful. Here is a list of ten plants that won’t break the water bank but will still let you enjoy lush greenery and flowers without...

Remember backyards? Those things we’ve been ignoring for the past four months? They’re back! They might not be looking as sharp as they did before the snowfalls, but we’ve got some rad DIY backyard projects to bring it back to life. 1. Ground-level trampoline           Image from Little Green Fingers Do you live in constant fear of...