Spruce Up Your Home — With One Dollar

4 surprising things you can do for just a dollar 1. Make it sparkle For sparkling windows, mix equal parts distilled water (particles in tap water can leave a residue and streaks) and white vinegar in a spray bottle. Spray and wipe. If you’re cleaning your windows for the first time, you might want to […]

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Would You Like to Lower Your Property Taxes?

Home values have dropped about 30% since their peak in late 2006 — but property taxes across the country have gone up almost 20% from 2005 to 2009. What are the chances your property taxes are too high? According to the National Taxpayers Union, close to 60% of the homeowners in the U.S. are paying too […]

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It’s A New Year For Your Home Too

  5 “resolutions” to make the most of your home in 2012       House Logic, a site for homeowners, has taken the most common New Year’s Resolutions and turned them on their head — or perhaps “roof” would be more apt — to apply them to your home. Lose weight Reduce your energy consumption — and […]

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How Do You Make Your Garden Glow?

3 lighting ideas to make your outdoor space beautiful 24/7 Photo by California Waterscapes (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 or GFDL, via Wikimedia Commons]   Outdoor lighting can seem like an overwhelming prospect — too expensive, too complicated, too time-consuming. But while it is true that you can spend thousands of dollars and hours lighting up your landscape, […]

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New Technology for Home Security

2 products help you set up security by yourself, even without a land line If you’re thinking about installing a security system, you might be weighing the pros and cons of contracting with a security service or hiring a professional to install a system. The editors at Engadget came up with another option — a […]

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How Do You Like Your Light?

Time to say goodbye to the bulb that Edison made Between now and 2014, lighting your home will by law become a more energy efficient endeavor. Standard incandescent bulbs, as per the “Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007,” will no longer be allowed to be manufactured in or imported to the U.S.A, which will […]

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What Happened to the Housing Market in 2011

5 events that really had an impact Time Magazine and AOL Real Estate each have lists of the most significant news in real estate in 2011: AOL’s #1: “Foreclosure Crisis” The “emotional and economic distress.” The “drag on a recovery.” The “tighter lending practices.” The robo-signing scandal. The prospect of a settlement that will only […]

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Want to Dress Up Your Kitchen For The New Year?

How a little “magic” can make a big difference     Remodeling your kitchen can run anywhere from $1,200 for new countertops to $50,000 or more for a complete overhaul and the process can take anywhere from a week to six months or longer.   To spruce up your countertops, drawer fronts or appliances with […]

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For the Handyman (or Woman) in Your Home

4 cool gift ideas to make those odd-jobs a little easier Whether you’re giving to an avid or accidental DIY’er, the experts agree these gifts are sure to please:  Keychain flashlight. Have you ever noticed you never have a flashlight handy when you need one? Often times, a small but powerful light will more than […]

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Deadline Approaching for Home Improvement Tax Credits

If you’re considering eligible projects, now’s the time In addition to your mortgage interest deduction, your home may entitle you to other tax credits this year, including for certain home improvement projects. The tax credits were extended from last year, but at lower levels — and installation (not simply the purchase) must happen before the end […]

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