21 November 2017

Season for Thieving: 6 Tricks to Protect Your Home During the Holidays

21st Century Fox; peterspiro/iStock Some of us wait eagerly all year for the holidays and the jolly merriment that accompanies these few crazy weeks: the festive shindigs, the bottomless eggnog bowls, and the no-longer-so-ironic ugly sweaters. All of it might have you feeling like nothing can go wrong. But as much as you’re looking forward to the […]

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21 November 2017

10 Hosting No-Nos That Drive Your Houseguests Nuts

AntonioGuillem/iStock Hosting this holiday season? While we all love to complain about houseguest foibles—the friend who cleans out your fridge, the aunt who leaves the lights on all night—did you ever stop to ponder that you, dear host, might be the one annoying your guests? Believe it or not, many hosts’ “guest-iquette” is less than hospitable. Take note: Here are 10 […]

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21 November 2017

In Defense of Formal Dining Rooms: 3 Reasons They Rock

cr8tivguy/iStock When my husband and I began house hunting, there was one must-have on my wish list: a formal dining room. Formal dining rooms may seem old-fashioned in this era of open floor plans and eat-in kitchens, but I, for one, still adore this room, and the possibilities it inspires, from Pinterest-worthy dinner parties to Thanksgiving […]

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20 November 2017

What Happens If I Have a Lien on My House?

sshepard/iStock “What happens if I have a lien on my house?” is a question you might face when it comes time to sell your place. Basically, it means that before this transaction can go through, you’ll have to deal with this lien, which is placed on property by entities that claim you owe them money. Here’s everything you need to know […]

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20 November 2017

8 Clever Candle Decorating Ideas That Don’t Cost a Thing

LynnSeeden/iStock Candle decorating ideas can transform your home this time of year, when night falls early and there’s a chill outside. The flickering flames can make things feel both festive and cosy on a dark winter evening. The good news is, there are plenty of ways to glam up ordinary votive candles, which cost very little or nothing […]

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20 November 2017

Chow Time! 8 Brilliant Tips for Setting Up an Extra-Efficient Holiday Buffet

monkeybusinessimages/iStock With holiday feasts looming, you’re probably gearing up to jam the dining table with both guests and food. But savvy hosts know to resist that urge, and instead create a separate, organized buffet line. The result: Folks can serve themselves rather than struggle to pass hot, heavy casserole dishes to one another (which means more space for wine). But setting up a buffet […]

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20 November 2017

Have You Served? 5 Reasons You’ll Want a Military-Friendly Real Estate Agent

realtor.com The home-buying journey can be uncertain, full of twists and turns you don’t see coming. Even if you’re using a Veterans Affairs loan—and taking advantage of the unique benefits that come along with it—you could still run into some big roadblocks along the way. That’s why you need a savvy real estate agent to […]

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17 November 2017

How to Clean Stainless-Steel Appliances and Surfaces in Your Home

kirstyokeeffe/iStock “How do you clean stainless steel?” That might sound like a ridiculous question; after all, it can’t be stained, right? Wrong. Your appliances, range, or countertop may be stainless steel but that doesn’t mean it shouldn’t get any less of a cleaning than other surfaces in your kitchen. So let’s take a look at why […]

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17 November 2017

3 Black Friday Rip-Offs You’ll Regret Buying as Soon as You Bring Them Home

MaxRiesgo/iStock Black Friday is renowned for its spectacular once-a-year deals, and this time around, several big retailers are kicking off their deals early. If you’re contemplating a little home improvement—from a new backsplash to a full-on overhaul of your bathroom or kitchen—these sales can be a great time to grab what you need for low, low, low prices. And yet, not […]

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17 November 2017

The Property Brothers Face a Renovation ‘Gone Rogue’

HGTV On HGTV’s “Property Brothers,” Jonathan and Drew Scott have helped some extraordinarily difficult clients buy and/or renovate their homes. But this time, they may have finally met their match. Rave and Michelle are a successful New York couple—she’s a therapist, he owns a commercial bakery, and they have two young daughters. They recently sold their condo and […]

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17 November 2017

7 Best Guest Beds, From Inflatable Mattresses to Murphy Beds and Beyond

NinaMalyna/Shutterstock What’s the best guest bed for visitors who crash at your digs? If this question is top of mind with the looming holidays, you’re in luck: Gone are the clunky, lumpy fold-out couches where guests sleep (or at least try to) with their back wedged against a painful metal bar. Today, guest beds abound that are comfortable and attractive—and many models […]

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16 November 2017

A Housecleaning Checklist for People Hosting Guests With Pet Allergies

igorr1/iStock Pet allergies might not be a problem for you, but there’s a decent chance one of your guests can’t sit among dander without sneezing or coughing. And even if a pet is taken out of the house, it takes a certain amount of time for dander levels to go down significantly. “Studies show that it […]

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