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Tampa Apartment Complex to Get Renovations to Curb Violence

Crime, violence and conditions in which people "are living like pigs" has turned a notorious apartment complex in Tampa, Fla., into a stain on the neighborhood. In the stairwell of the Central Court Apartments is where police shot and killed a 16-year-old who they said was armed last July, sparking a firestorm of... Continue Reading »

Spring Home Makeover Don'ts: HGTV's Sabrina Soto On Big Mistakes

Springtime is upon us, and you know what that means. Well, yeah, all that spring cleaning, but now's a great time to do something else with your home: give it a makeover. You may be considering repainting your home, buying new furniture or even going all the way with a remodel. You may also think you know... Continue Reading »

Village at Grand Traverse: Empty Michigan Asylum Now Glam Digs (PHOTOS)

What if we told you that you could live in a former mental hospital? We can already tell what you're thinking. Images of rundown buildings with boarded-up windows, creaking doors and dark, dingy hallways -- the types of places that ghosts haunt -- must be coming to mind. On the contrary: Look at the photo above. That's... Continue Reading »

Kitchen Remodeling Trends That Will Make Your Home Fabulous

By John Riha If you're looking to remodel your kitchen, we've got good news and bad news. First, the good stuff. According to trend experts Lita Dirks and Dominick Tringali, you don't have to shell out major cash to add space. Instead, look to expand what you already have. Vault your ceiling, add windows, squeeze in... Continue Reading »

Kitchen Renovation: Nick Bylsma of Topeka, Kan., Surprises Wife With Weekend Remodel Job

Love letters, flowers and jewelry would make a lot of women swoon, but Nick Bylsma wanted to do something extraordinary for his wife, Melissa, on their second wedding anniversary. So when she went away with her family one weekend last year, he told her that he'd be spending the time working. And that wasn't exactly a... Continue Reading »

R. Kelly's Former Chicago Mansion Under Contract

The 8,000-square-foot mansion that was formerly a church where R&B singer-songwriter R. Kelly allegedly created a controversial homemade movie has finally found a buyer after several offers from others didn't seal the deal, the listing agent told AOL Real Estate. The 1885-built structure, which has been remodeled at... Continue Reading »

How to Get the Best Prices on Home Improvements

Now more than ever, people want to get the most for their home improvement dollar. There are definitely great deals to be had, but to get the best prices, you have to know where to look. Some of the surprises on this journey? It isn't always cheaper to do it yourself, and some bigger-ticket products can actually pay for... 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 »

Home Improvements for Healthy Indoor Air Quality

With winter on the way, we're all about to spend more time indoors, so the timing couldn't be better for making home improvements for healthy indoor air quality. Today's homes are more tightly sealed than ever, and while that can mean better insulation and energy efficiency, it also has a definite down side: airborne... Continue Reading »

Home Improvements Sellers Should Avoid

Everyone knows that a home's features can make or break a home sale, and that's truer now than ever. But when it comes time to sell your home, not all home-improvement projects are created equal. While some home improvements are worth the time and money that you put into them, just as many are not, and it's important to... Continue Reading »

Kitchen Remodels to Add Value, Whether You're Selling or Staying

No matter the style or vintage of your house, a workable, up-to-date kitchen is a must. A kitchen remodel will make everyday routines more efficient and enjoyable. And if you're thinking of selling your home anytime soon, it will be a focal point for potential buyers and a big factor in their perception of your home's... Continue Reading »

Top 5 Home Improvement Projects for Winter

When you spend too much time in your home, you are bound to find a home improvement project or two that can keep you busy. And that's usually what happens during the winter, when long hours inside give you time to wonder why you decided to paint the walls avocado green. For Heydi Cribben and her boyfriend, Jesse (pictured... Continue Reading »

Top 5 Home Improvement Projects for Fall

Of all the home improvement projects Hyedi Cribben and her boyfriend had on their to-do list, building a patio was one project they were looking forward to completing so that they could it enjoy it during the summer months. So why then did they get started in the fall? "No one likes to do that kind of work in hot... Continue Reading »

Marc Blucas of 'Buffy' Lists Homes He Renovated Himself

Actor Marc Blucas, who played Buffy the Vampire Slayer's boyfriend on TV for several seasons, has put two Brentwood, Calif. homes on the market that he personally renovated. "Marc did it all himself," listing agent Juliette Hohnen of Teles Properties told HousingWatch. The single-family homes located at 11938 and 11930... Continue Reading »

Top Home Improvements for Spring

Susan Goldfarb of Albany, N.Y. spent last summer avoiding her backyard. "Our mosquito problems were just above and beyond," she says. "No matter what we did, from sprays to candles to bug zappers, we just couldn't get them to stop breeding in our yard all summer long." Goldfarb spent the winter reading up on ways to keep... Continue Reading »

Top Home Improvement Projects for Summer

Betsy Taylor and her husband decided to embark on a major home improvement project one winter: renovating their kitchen in Portland, Maine. "We hadn't planned on redoing the floors, but after three weeks of tracked in Old Man Winter, the contractor replaced it at no additional cost," she says. "While it was nice to have a... Continue Reading »

Home Improvement: The Truth About Going Green

When it comes to green home improvements, a lot of people are stuck in black-and-white thinking. Either you install solar panels or you might as well continue to gobble fossil fuel. Either you use sustainable materials or you destroy old-growth forests. The reality, of course, lies someplace in between. That's why it's... Continue Reading »

Home Improvement: Do It Yourself or Hire a Contractor?

Knowing whether or not tackle a home improvement yourself can seem simple: Match the project's degree of difficulty to your own skill level and make a decision, right? Although that line of thinking is a solid jumping-off point, you need to consider other factors before deciding whether you're better off picking up a... Continue Reading »

5 Easy Landscaping Tips for Quick Curb Appeal

When you're selling your home, good curb appeal invites buyers inside. But landscaping expenses don't pay homeowners back as much as interior upgrades can. Knowing this, many homeowners are confused over how much effort to put into landscaping when selling their home. "You don't want to spend a lot of money on your yard... Continue Reading »

Top 10 Home Improvements That Pay You Back

If you're planning to sell your house any time soon, home improvements that build property value should be on your to-do list. It's a buyer's market, and between tighter purse strings and plenty of properties to choose from, shoppers want homes that are move-in ready and free of the need for home improvement projects that... Continue Reading »

Staging a Home? Declutter It First

Back in her days as a pack rat, writer Betsy Talbot gave in to clutter. She let piles of magazines gather dust, printed out too many paper copies of digital photos, and kept hundreds of obsolete CDs from her music collection even though she had upgraded to an iPod. Talbot was reluctant to declutter and get rid of the... Continue Reading »

Ex-Rapper Vanilla Ice Flips Houses in Florida

Move over Tim Allen. Another '90s-vintage celebrity -- Robert Van Winkle, aka America's first white rapper, Vanilla Ice -- will star in his own home improvement show. "The Vanilla Ice Project," ten half-hour episodes beginning Oct. 14 on the DIY network, hopes to sell audiences on unscripted laughs from the drama and... Continue Reading »

Make Your Lawn Eco-Friendly and Low-Maintenance

The prospect of weekly vacuuming and annual steam cleaning is enough to turn off many people to carpet. Dishwashers have gotten so powerful that "pre-rinsing" is becoming as outmoded as vinyl records. Even toilets are self-cleaning. What does this have to do with landscaping? Well, it's a paradox: American homeowners are... Continue Reading »

Energy-Efficient Home Improvements for Every Budget

It's easy to give homeowners tips on home improvements that increase energy efficiency -- without considering the budgets available to different homeowners. On an individual, national, and international level, there can be no green revolution without a cost-effective strategy. As a homeowner, you need to devote a... Continue Reading »

Home Improvement: Best Ideas for Every Room in the House

The home improvements that add the most value, like updated kitchens and baths, also cost the biggest bucks. But you don't have to shell out for a full-scale renovation to get payback for your remodeling dollar. Sometimes all it takes is one strategic upgrade to transform an entire room. If your home-improvement budget is... Continue Reading »

Reduce Your Carbon Footprint With Carbon Credits

Sarah Warren considers herself an "unlikely environmentalist": someone who a few years ago would only casually recycle her garbage but who now can tell you her home's carbon footprint. That happened after Warren, a psychologist in Evanston, Ill., realized how environmental degradation poses "a clear threat to the health... Continue Reading »

The Right AC Unit Will Help You Cool Off

When it's summer, you may not notice the blazing heat or suffocating humidity – which likely means you have an air conditioner. And a good one, at that! For those who don't own an air conditioning unit and survive through the hot months with fans, ice packs and sleeping with your head resting in the open refrigerator... Continue Reading »

Flooring for Your Home: What Are Your Options?

Whether you are building a new home or are renovating and planning to replace your home's current flooring, prepare to be amazed at the array of selections that are available today. Whether you choose laminate flooring, hardwood, tiles or carpets, you can't go wrong -- it's all in the mood you want to create for your room.... Continue Reading »

Siding for Your Home: Which Should You Choose?

Realtor Susan Waddle says that siding is what got her home sold in one day. Opting to upgrade from vinyl siding to fiber cementboard made her home more aesthetically pleasing. In fact, the buyer told her that her pick of siding was the exact look that he had been searching for in a new home. The days when wood or aluminum... Continue Reading »

Home Improvements: Top Projects Under $500

These home improvement projects may not be the most expensive, but it doesn't make them less important. Often, projects that cost less than $500 involve work that maintains and protects a larger home system worth tens of thousands of dollars. Unfortunately, these projects are also the ones that are most commonly neglected... Continue Reading »

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