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Home Maintenance: 8 Money-Saving Projects for Spring

Flickr By Abby Hayes When we talk about money-saving home maintenance projects, we often focus on winter. After all, heating a home is expensive, and we'll do whatever we can to reduce the winter bills. But many projects better suited for warmer weather can save you money, too. Here are eight projects to tackle this... Continue Reading »

Keeping the Heat On: Keys to Maintaining a Furnace

sylvar/Flickr By Bob Vila It's tempting to skip the annual furnace or boiler tune-up. Service contracts are expensive and you can often get away with skipping a year or two, especially if your fuel is gas. Gas burns cleaner than oil, so repairs are less likely and it's less critical to clean components. For a number of... Continue Reading »

A Case for Getting Rid of Lawns? (Or Not)

By Lisa Kaplan Gordon When I grew up, a lush, green lawn was every suburbanite's dream, a sign they'd achieved the American dream of homeownership and a weed-free front yard. Today, I still love a lawn. I love the look, feel and smell of grass. And I'm willing to pay almost $700 a year to the people -- mowers, weeders,... Continue Reading »

Kalamazoo Homeowner Wins $115,000 After Lead-Paint Scare

A family in Kalamazoo, Mich., that bought a home from that city for only $3,200 -- ended up getting $115,000 in return when the fixer-upper turned out to be potentially toxic. The 1,800-square-foot home (pictured above) was a tax foreclosure that the city of Kalamazoo sold to Brandi Crawford Johnson, her husband, Adrian... Continue Reading »

Is Buying a New Home Like Buying a New Car?

By Brendon Desimone When you drive a new car off the lot, it immediately loses some of its value. Does the same apply to real estate? And if so, should you care? For years, the new construction and development market has been sluggish. But now, banks are lending again for new construction, and developers are ready to... Continue Reading »

Home Maintenance for the First-Time Buyer

First-time buyer Anna Daugherty learned the hard way that home maintenance is a new owner's responsibility. "One thing we completely forgot about was actually very simple. We forgot to get a shovel," says the Lansing, MI, resident. "This weekend, we had seven inches of snow fall in a short amount of time, burying us in... Continue Reading »

The Best Holiday Home Improvements

We may not be able to predict whether home prices are going to rise or fall in 2011 (though our expert panel ventures some guesses), but one thing we know for sure: Smart home improvements will enhance the value of your house. It's more important than ever to invest your home improvement dollars wisely: According to the... Continue Reading »

Company Coming? Time for Holiday Home Improvements

Every Thanksgiving, the same thing happens. You start to notice all those little things around the house that need attention, like that peeling paint on the front door, or those gouges in the wood flooring. Before the relatives descend again like a flock of wild turkeys for the next round of holidays, we've got some quick... Continue Reading »

Home Repair and Maintenance Guide

Do you have money to burn? According to Jim Thomas of American Home Shield warranty company, not performing regular maintenance on your home is like burning money. He says "So many homeowners neglect basic maintenance like having their A/C and heating units serviced yearly, replacing air filters, and even painting, that... Continue Reading »

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