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Designs for Small Spaces, as Seen on 'American Dream Builders'

Here's how you can recreate some of the looks given to modular houses by the designers on NBC's "American Dream Builders," Episode 5. Continue Reading »

How to Lower Your Property Taxes

Understanding the property assessment process is your first step toward knowing whether or not you're paying too much in taxes, and how you can lower them. Continue Reading »

Recap of 'American Dream Builders,' Episode 4: Clashing Cabins

This week on NBC's home renovation reality show "American Dream Builders," the teams head into the woods to refurbish two 100-year-old family cabins. Continue Reading »

'American Dream Builders': Midcentury, Before & After

Midcentury architecture is enjoying a resurgence, but it's a style that can look dated and dark, as was the problem on "American Dream Builders." Continue Reading »

How to Find Balance in a Rental Budget

What are your must-haves for a rental? And are you factoring in all the things you really need? Continue Reading »

Avoiding Mold in Your Home

Wondering if your home has a mold problem? You should. Continue Reading »

Whole-House Humidifier Benefits

A whole-house humidifier can make an entire home feel more comfortable. Continue Reading »

'American Dream Builders,' Episode 1: How to Get the Look

On the first episode of NBC's new home renovation reality show, "American Dream Builders," design teams confronted two homes in desperate need of smarter space and rooms with more light. Continue Reading »

How to Clean a Home's Air Ducts

Cleaning a home's air ducts requires some time and a bit of work. Continue Reading »

How to Remove Oil Stains From a Garage Floor

Removing oil stains from a garage floor isn't as difficult as you might think, with the right methods. Continue Reading »

Choosing House Paint: The Do's and Don'ts of Color

There's nothing like paint to transform the look of your home's exterior, but it can be challenging to make a final selection. Continue Reading »

Get Rid of Aphids Naturally in Your Garden

Various methods for getting rid of aphids in your garden, including garlic water spray and ladybugs. Continue Reading »

How to Make a Mudroom

However you go about it, once you have a mudroom, you'll wonder how you ever survived without one. Continue Reading »

For Renters: 5 Keys to Dealing With Landlords

It’s a good idea to know what the landlord must do for you. Continue Reading »

Keeping the Heat On: Keys to Maintaining a Furnace

It's tempting to skip the annual tune-up, but avoiding maintenance can be risky for a number of reasons. Continue Reading »

Tax Breaks for Homeowners

There are various home-related expenses that you should be sure to deduct. We suggest starting with these. Continue Reading »

When to 'Break Up' With a Real Estate Agent

A real estate agent comes in and out of your life at an emotional and vulnerable time -- one of transition and change. It's a very different relationship on many levels. Continue Reading »

Closet Space: Crafty Ways to Add It

Before going to the expense of adding a closet, try reorganizing the space you have. Continue Reading »

Interior House Painting: Curing the 5 Most Common Mistakes

Here are solutions to the most common problems that homeowners encounter in their interior painting projects. Continue Reading »

How to Make Walkways Safe in Icy Conditions

What to do when shovels and salt just aren't enough to cut the ice. Continue Reading »

Storm Windows Keep in the Heat, Preserve Home's Character

Instead of replacing old, energy-inefficient windows, consider adding storm windows. Continue Reading »

Renting Your Home on Airbnb: How to Reduce the Risk

The company doesn't protect credit cards, checks or any other financial instruments a criminally-minded guest might find -- much less the kind of documents that can lead to identity theft. Continue Reading »

Household Hazards, Holiday-Style

Official warnings about the household hazards that come with celebrating the holidays has practically become a Yuletide tradition, and sadly, one that seems be increasingly ignored. Continue Reading »

Mortgage Refinancing Without Resetting the Clock

Instead of turning the clock back to 30 years each time you finance, try one of these options. Continue Reading »

6 Quick Ways to Get Your Home Looking Good Enough to Sell

If you're looking to sell your house and want some quick moves to improve it that won't ruin your budget, here are some easy ones to start with. Continue Reading »

Tips on Selling, Buying -- or Avoiding -- 'Haunted' Houses

Are you spooked by the possibility that the home you want to buy or sell is haunted? Continue Reading »

Right Way to Use an IRA for a Down Payment on a Home

Right now is a great time to buy a house, which means it may just be worth it to pull some of your retirement money in to buy a home sooner rather than later. Continue Reading »

How to Make Moving Cross-Country Go Smoothly

Picking up all of your belongings and relocating cross-country takes even more preparation and effort than moving across town. Here are seven steps to take to get you there as easily as possible. Continue Reading »

Dealing With a Land Bank: Bargains for Savvy, Skillful Homebuyers

Land banks are revolutionizing the way cities deal with abandoned or foreclosed properties, which have traditionally taken years to acquire, clean up and resell. Continue Reading »

7 Ways to Save on Painting a Home

If you're ready for a new look, but don't have a lot of money to splurge, these seven tips will help you update your wall colors without spending a fortune. Continue Reading »

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