Budget Kitchen Remodeling: 5 Money-Saving Steps


Budget Kitchen Remodeling: 5 Money-Saving Steps


Can’t afford an entire kitchen remodel in one fell swoop? You can complete the work in 5 budget-saving stages (and still cook dinner during the down time).

Major kitchen remodels are among the most popular home improvements, but a revamped cooking and gathering space can set you back a pretty penny. According to the “2015 Remodeling Impact Report” from the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®, a complete renovation of a 210-square-foot kitchen has a national median cost of $60,000, and you’ll recover 67% of that cost come selling time.

Despite the big price… Continue reading

10 Things You Gotta Do in Fall to Skip Costly Winter #Fails


Such as look for roof leaks before the first winter snow.

When the last of summer’s heat is a faint memory, and you’re pulling out your hoodies more than your shorts, it’s time to tackle a few simple chores that’ll make winter more pleasant and prevent some nasty surprises next spring.

#1 Clean and Stow Your Mower

If you’re not familiar with fuel stabilizer, get to know it. If your mower sits for months with gas in its tank, the gas will slowly deteriorate, which can damage internal engine parts. Fuel stabilizer ($10 for a 10-ounce bottle) prevents gas… Continue reading

Pretty Projects to Do Now to Avoid Costly Uh-Ohs in Winter

These 6 will give you bragging rights all year.

Ahh. It’s summer. Time for cocktails on the deck, laughter around the fire pit, and … pre-winter maintenance? Come on.

You’re a diligent (enough) homeowner, but who wants to spend their fleeting days of sunshine on a ladder when you could be in a hammock?

You do. (We swear. Bear with us.) There’s one very compelling reason: Summer is when preparing for winter can actually be fun — because it’s not all about HVAC filters and insulation.

It can be about beautifying your home, too. 

Oh, make that two… Continue reading

The 8 Most Financially Savvy Home Improvements

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Enjoy your home more today — and sell it for the best price tomorrow. 

When it comes to home improvement, some dollars stretch more than others. And if you’re on a limited budget, it becomes even more important to spend those dollars wisely. 

Here are eight affordable (under $5,000) home improvement projects that’ll help you enjoy your home more today and provide excellent financial return in the future.

1.  Add the Finishing Touch of Molding


Decorative molding is a classic touch that’s been around since the ancient Greeks and Romans first installed it to add… Continue reading

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