The 10 Home Improvements That Will Give You a Return on Your Investment

Find the top 10 home-improvements projects based on increased value and home equity.

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Selling a Home? 5 Ways to Get it Ready for Less

The first step to selling a home is making it shine. Use these 5 funny tricks to turn your lived-in space into a shiny-clean show place.

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Moving! 7 Tips to Make Packing Easier
Life is not always like a box of chocolates, particularly when it comes time to pack up and move. Packing is stressful, whether you plan to move from a one-bedroom apartment or a 3,000 square-foot home. As is true with anything in life, a little bit of planning and... Read more
Your main consideration when planning a home renovation is meeting your needs. If you’ve got three kids and one bathroom, that most urgent need should be pretty apparent. But what if you have a lot of needs and limited funds? Most homeowners have wish lists that exceed the time... Read more
(Photo: Tami Hills) If Charles Dickens had lived in modern America instead of Victorian England, he’d never have written “Bleak House.” He’d have written “Bleak Backyard” instead — and not just for the alliteration. The fact is, we are — with countless notable exceptions — pretty lousy at making... Read more
Summertime means fun outside–like backyard barbeques and late nights catching lightening bugs. But, what can you do if your great outdoors doesn’t look so great anymore? There’s no need to run inside and draw the blinds. If your exterior is looking tired and worn, try these five tips to breathe new... Read more
According to the Humane Society, 83 million dogs belong to American pet owners.  Some 20 percent of Americans keep more than one dog on their property. Figures were not available as to how many dogs snuggle up in their owner’s beds at night, nor how many make do in... Read more
Photo: Roseanna Dana The fantasy: a relaxing bath, with perhaps a new paperback and a glass of Pinot Gris, and no one clamoring for dinner or attention. The reality: you’re three pages into your book when husband or kids bang on the door, yelling that they need “the john,... Read more
Is the IRS issuing you a generous refund? You could use it to make your home nicer to live in while adding value with these home improvement projects for every budget. We’ve chosen upgrades with the best returns on investment for refunds ranging from a few hundred dollars to... Read more
What’s your idea of a “dream” bathroom? Do you picture yourself luxuriating in a tub, fragrant with exotic oils, the hot water soaking away the day’s aches as you lie, surrounded by candles, with a gripping novel in one hand and a perfectly chilled glass of Pinot Grigio in... Read more