Home Improvement

What Research Do You Need to Do Before Tackling That Remodel?
February 17, 2014

What Research Do You Need to Do Before Tackling That Remodel?

Whether you’ve purchased a fixer-upper or your expanding family requires it, you might have your sights set on a remodeling project. Although building out your house might be appealing, it’s also a huge undertaking and not one that should be rushed into. We spoke with home repair experts to find out what steps you should […]

by Briana Fabbri
Home Improvement
September 16, 2013

Infographic: Home Improvement In The U.S. — A Look At ROI, DIY & Budgets

Thinking about tackling a home improvement project on your own? All across the country, the DIY approach is growing increasingly popular as both a money saver and a hobby. In the infographic below, we’ve gathered data on the kinds of home improvement projects Americans are doing, and the types of projects that yield the highest […]

by Briana Fabbri
Dorm Room
August 30, 2013

Frugal Furnishing Ideas For Your Child’s Dorm Room

College tuition alone is an astronomical expense for families, but when we add the growing cost of on-campus housing to the list, those budgets stretch even tighter. According to a 2012 study from the College Board, the average annual price for a year’s worth of room and board is $9,200 for a public university and […]

by Briana Fabbri
Summer Cooling Tips
August 12, 2013

11 Ways to Keep Home Cooling Costs Down During Hot Summer Months

It’s easy to become irritable during hot summer months, so the last thing you want is to open up a hefty electric bill. Take advantage of these money-saving tips to keep your cooling costs down even while the temperature gets high this summer. Use a dehumidifier Certain areas of the US are notorious for high […]

by Briana Fabbri
Home Improvement Apps
August 5, 2013

6 Apps To Guide You Through Your Next Home Improvement Project

Ever find yourself wandering the aisles of the hardware store, not quite sure what it is you need to tackle that next home improvement project? Data shows that preventative and aesthetic home improvement projects have a high return on investment, but these tasks aren’t always as intuitive as we’d like them to be. Luckily, no […]

by Briana Fabbri
July 29, 2013

That Fix-Up Cost How Much? 5 Ways to Vet Your Handyman

A few weeks back we talked about which home improvement projects are DIY-able, and which are better left to the professionals. Whether for safety reasons or because you just don’t have the time or skillset to complete a project, sometimes you’re just better off hiring a trained handyman. But just because you find a plumber, […]

by Briana Fabbri
Home Energy Cost
July 22, 2013

9 Ways to Save on Energy Costs

According to a report from the U.S. Department of Energy, the typical American family spends $2,000 per year on utility bills. That’s a lot of cash, but the good news is, you can lower this amount by up to 25% with a few energy efficiency tweaks. No doubt you’ve seen commercials for energy efficient washers, […]

by Briana Fabbri
Home Improvement Safety
July 15, 2013

Savings vs. Safety: 3 Home Projects to Think Twice About DIY-ing

Home improvement and repair costs can stack up quickly, and oftentimes they come when you least expect them. Tackling the problem yourself can be an affordable alternative to calling a repairman, and many Americans are doing so. But before you pick up that hammer, be sure to consider the risks, from legal to safety to […]

by Briana Fabbri
DIY Home Improvement
July 8, 2013

Despite Savings, Many Americans Bypass DIY Home Fixes

From the occasional broken appliance to a spring paint job, home maintenance and repair can quickly add up. But rolling up your sleeves and doing the work yourself can save some serious cash. Given the current state of the economy, DIY home improvement projects are growing in popularity among many Americans – especially those with […]

by Briana Fabbri
Home Improvement Budgeting
July 1, 2013

Home Improvement Budgeting: Which Costs Should You Plan For?

The leap from renting to owning is one of those classic markers of adulthood, and with that leap come new responsibilities from mortgage loan payments to homeowners insurance. One cost that catches some new homeowners off guard, though, is maintenance. After all, in the renters’ world, these costs are typically covered by the monthly rent […]

by Briana Fabbri

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