15 September 2017

How to Organize Your Refrigerator (Because It’s Gross)

RyanJLane/iStock “How do you organize a refrigerator?” is a question that, for most of us, simply doesn’t get asked enough. You pile your groceries in, and it’s not until you find moldy broccoli buried beneath a 2-month-old burrito (or at least what you think might have been a burrito) that it dawns on you: Yuck. It’s time to clean this sucker!  […]

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15 September 2017

9 Bold and Beautiful Backsplash Designs That Will Transform Your Kitchen

drewhadley/iStock Backsplash—it’s the design detail that can take your kitchen from blah to beautiful. Of course, at its core, a backsplash is meant to be functional—a protective backboard to catch spills and prevent stains behind your stove or sink. But it’s also a blank canvas just waiting for your personal stamp. And boy, are homeowners having fun with it. […]

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15 September 2017

How to Transition a Baby’s Bedroom Into a Big-Kid Room Effortlessly

LA Closet Design Making way for your baby big girl’s or boy’s bed means it’s time for the crib to go (sob). And now that your baby’s older, the nursery could use an update, too. But transitioning to an older kid’s room doesn’t have to mean a complete overhaul every few years. “As much as […]

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15 September 2017

5 Hidden Moving Expenses That Could Jack Up Your Final Bill

AndreyPopov/iStock Moving expenses can quickly spiral if you don’t watch out. And given that moving is already expensive ($1,170 for an in-state move on average, $5,630 for farther distances), it really pays to learn how that initial “estimate” you received might end up being far different from your final bill. It’s important to note that most reputable movers aren’t trying to scam you. It’s […]

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14 September 2017

How to Keep Cats Out of Your Yard, Sandbox, and Other Favorite Haunts

imagedepotpro/iStock If you’re wondering how to keep cats out of your yard, you’re not alone. Sure, they’re cute. They’re cuddly. And if they’re yours, cats can be amazing companions (no matter what all those dog lovers say). Yet outside your doors, there are an estimated 80 million feral cats in America, plus hundreds of thousands more whose owners let […]

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14 September 2017

‘It’s Been Months and My Home Won’t Sell’—How to Revive a Stale Listing

biffspandex/iStock A house that’s seen minimal movement on the market for months is frustrating. In fact, frustrating might be an understatement. For some, a home that won’t sell can be a desperate situation—especially if selling it was a last-ditch effort to avoid foreclosure. That’s why, if you have yet to find a buyer, it’s important to take a step back and assess exactly why your […]

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14 September 2017

5 Bad Landlords You Might Meet—and How to Keep Them in Line

DanielMirer/iStock Landlords wield an awful lot of power over their tenants—and where there’s power, it’s likely to be abused. We’re not saying all landlords are awful, but some sure can get annoying or offensive, or leave you in the lurch. To help you navigate these dicey scenarios, here’s a field guide to the five types of landlords you might […]

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14 September 2017

Go Big and Go Home: 6 Tips for Upsizing With No Regrets

Westend61/Getty Images; realtor.com Remember when you bought your home? It was just perfect for the two of you. But now—with a couple of kids, some ever-shedding pets, or maybe an in-law living down the hall—that’s no longer the case. Whether you’re already bursting out of your house or about to expand your family, the time to […]

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13 September 2017

Is a Pre-Qualification Letter Enough to Get Your Foot in the Door? Don’t Count on It

designer491/Shutterstock A pre-qualification letter is an official document a mortgage lender will give you once you decide you might want to borrow money from the lender. But how much will that letter actually boost your chances of successfully making an offer on a house? Experts say it offers very little help. “I tell most people they can take […]

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13 September 2017

What Is a Full Bath? It Has 4 Separate Parts

iStock We all know bathrooms come in a number of sizes—full, half, and even three-quarter—but just what is a full bath, and what do those other fractions correspond to? This is a common question among home sellers, especially when they’re listing their home and deciding how to price it. So whether you’re planning a remodel or just curious about how many bathrooms […]

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13 September 2017

How to Choose Movers: Tips on Hiring a Moving Company You Can Trust

Spencer Grant/Getty Images Starting a life in a new home? Then you’ll need to know how to choose movers—and not just any dude with a van, but someone you can trust. After all, these pros will be handling your prized possessions. Before you watch your beloved items disappear into the back of a strange truck, heed this advice from experts on […]

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13 September 2017

5 Things Real Estate Agents Wish You Knew About Buying a House

Hero Images/Getty Images Buying a house isn’t like buying a Slim Jim at the corner bodega. Infinitely more money, thought, and prep work go into acquiring real estate—and given that it’s not a purchase you make often, it’s understandable if you might not be adept at wheeling and dealing. But guess what? There is someone who can show […]

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