29 November 2017

Don’t Get Trapped! How to Spot Pests and Rodents Before You Buy That Home

DamianKuzdak Your idea of a dream home probably doesn’t include rats scurrying around your kitchen cabinets or cockroaches playing hide and seek in your bathroom. But sadly, just because you don’t see any critters during an open house doesn’t mean they’re not there. “Professionals are your best bet in identifying potential pest issues,” says Chelle Hartzer, an […]

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28 November 2017

‘Drew’s Honeymoon House’: The Property Brothers’ Biggest Renovation Yet

HGTV “Property Brothers” fans have a new miniseries featuring their favorite reno team: “Property Brothers at Home: Drew’s Honeymoon House,” where Jonathan Scott helps his brother Drew and Drew’s fiancée, Linda Phan, remodel the first home they’ll share as newlyweds. The house they’ve chosen, located in the Hancock Park/Windsor Square neighborhood of Los Angeles, cost $2.3 million, but by the […]

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28 November 2017

8 Amazing Dollar-Store Finds for Holiday Decor That’ll Help You Deck the Halls on the Cheap

Anna Cinaroglu/iStock Nobody wants to spend a fortune to deck their house with holiday decorations which will see the light of day for only a few weeks each year. That’s why savvy DIY folks know that the dollar store is a treasure trove for cheap but fabulous supplies for holiday gifts and home decor. Seasonal dollar-store finds include […]

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28 November 2017

What Is a Relocation Specialist? A Pro Who Does Way More Than Just Help You Move

BrianAJackson/iStock When a new out-of-town job opportunity arises for someone, a relocation specialist helps make that move as painless as possible. The goal of this specialist is to “manage all the details involved in relocating, so the person moving can stay focused on their job, while ensuring the relocation experience is a positive one for him […]

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27 November 2017

How to Remove a Popcorn Ceiling (Because Isn’t It About Time?)

revelpix/iStock “How to remove a popcorn ceiling” is one of those questions you’ll ponder if, well, you find yourself afflicted with popcorn ceilings—a home decor trend which had its heyday in the 1950s and ’60s but has since fallen far out of favor. If you dream of smoothing over that unsightly, bumpy texture, you can hire a pro to remove the […]

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27 November 2017

‘Fixer Upper’ Is Back! Chip and Joanna Gaines Find a Bargain You Won’t Believe

Jennifer Boomer/HGTV “Fixer Upper” Season 5 has begun! Finally. And, as Chip and Joanna Gaines‘ fans are painfully aware, this season will be the swan song for the hit HGTV series (get ready for the waterworks). Enough sadness! Let’s get this party going. In this season’s premiere episode, “Austin Couple Finds Waco Charm,” Chip and Jo face budgetary constraints that threaten to cramp their […]

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27 November 2017

What Is Pre-Foreclosure and When Will Your House Be Repossessed?

KLH49/iStock Don’t let the “pre” part of “pre-foreclosure” fool you: Pre-foreclosure is serious. While your house won’t be taken from you during pre-foreclosure, it’s the first step in the whole foreclosure process, which notifies homeowners their property is in danger of getting repossessed. What is pre-foreclosure? If you fall two to three months behind on your mortgage, your lender is […]

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27 November 2017

Pop Quiz! 5 Insightful Questions to Ask the Neighbors Before You Buy That Home

Image Source/iStock It’s all coming together: You’ve got your eye on a home, and you’ve called your agent at all hours to tour the place repeatedly and make sure it’s absolutely perfect. You’re ready to lock this down and make an offer. But wait! Have you really gathered all the intel you possibly can? It’s tough, we […]

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24 November 2017

‘My Neighbors Harassed Me to Put Up Holiday Lights!’

JodiJacobson/iStock Have you ever been too paralyzed to leave your house because of what the neighbors were saying about you? I faced this situation soon after moving into our new home in a suburb of Portland, OR. The reason: It was Dec. 10, and we hadn’t hung up our holiday lights. Holiday light neighborhoods are a whole new […]

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23 November 2017

What Your Kitchen Secretly Says About You

didecs/iStock You know that saying “You are what you eat”? Well, here’s another angle to that adage: You are how you eat, too. The point is, you can tell an awful lot about people by their kitchen, whether it’s sleek or sloppy, stocked or bare, brimming with vintage collectibles or flaxseeds. Which brings us to the question of the hour: […]

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22 November 2017

The Fastest Way to Save for a House

3283197d_273/iStock Once you’ve decided it’s time to buy your own home, saving for that 20% down payment is step one toward doing it. Instead of waiting years, here are six ways to help you save up for that down payment in a matter of months. 1. Explore the market If you are saving money to buy […]

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22 November 2017

9 Thanksgiving Fails to Never, Ever Try at Home

sturti/iStock From dishes to decorations, people love to go all-out for Thanksgiving. Whether you’re hosting the big meal at your house or bringing a side dish to share, now is the time when folks are known to pull out all the stops. But beware—the higher you aim, the further you can fall. As proof, we present the following Thanksgiving fails below, […]

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