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  1. 5 quick ways to reduce your heating bills

    Heating bills are looming large. Check out these five tips to quickly cut your energy costs without sacrificing comfort.

    1. Stop leaks. Drafty rooms suck (the heat out of your home). Single-pane, older windows without reliable storm windows can lose heat quickly, so use plastic sheeting – like the 3M Window Kit – to seal them. If drafts are coming in around the frame, fill those with caulking.

    Sealing leaks around windows and doors will instantly raise the comfort level ...
  2. How to renovate an older home without compromising its charm

    There's a lot of talk these days about the many ways to bring historic homes into the modern era. But if you've purchased an older home – or watched enough of the TV shows featuring their renovations – you know that the original features can lend the most charm. Here are some things to consider as you work to maintain the integrity of a vintage home through updates, upgrades and renovations.

    KNOW WHAT YOU'RE GETTING INTO

    Historic homes are popular for a reason. They exude ...
  3. What are some good home projects to tackle right now?

    With the holidays behind us and the coldest months settling in, you might not be thinking too much about getting professional work done in your home. But whether it's hiring a handyman to finish a to-do list or putting pen to paper for a big remodel, you can still complete some useful projects. And since winter is a slow period for many professionals, you might even be able to negotiate a better rate and get on the schedule quickly.

    WINTERIZE YOUR INTERIOR

    You may be a ...
  4. How to make approachable interior upgrades for the new year

    Looking for ways to have your home look and feel different and refreshed in the new year? If the cost and prospect of an extensive renovation is undesirable, consider taking on smaller projects that can give your home a new look on a budget.

    GETTING STARTED

    First and foremost, have a budget. Decide how much money you can allocate as renovation dollars.

    DETERMINE NEEDS VS. WANTS

    Before you splurge, first determine what design or functionality needs ...
  5. Why Paying Extra for Experienced Contractors Matters

    Home renovation is one of those things where being thrifty is not really appropriate, and can actually lead to a variety of issues down the road if you don’t know what you’re doing. When in doubt, it’s always a better idea to pay slightly more and be sure that the job gets done right. Otherwise, those “smart” savings you’re making might end up coming back to bite you in the worst ways. It’s definitely not a fun thing to deal with when you just thought that you were done with the whole renovation. ...
  6. Home improvements you might regret

    Between trying to save money and customizing a home to an exact lifestyle, homeowners can make some big mistakes. Whether they decrease resale value, go way over budget, or increase maintenance costs, some renovations are better left undone.

    These are the projects homeowners most commonly tell us they regret.

    MAKING A BEDROOM INTO A CLOSET

    Most of us dream of a big closet, but converting a bedroom into a walk-in will make your realtor cringe. First, removing ...
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