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Three Foolproof Ways to Update Your Living Room

The living room is the room where most families spend the majority of their time. The TV is usually there, the comfy couches are there, and oftentimes the living room has the best view of the backyard. Sometimes, though, the living ...


Your Place: Best to Tend to Pipes before They Freeze

(TNS)—Really cold weather waited for the new year to give us the shivers, a vivid reminder of this fact: ...


5 Home Improvements that Pay Off—and 5 that Don’t

Favorable economic conditions have long triggered investment in home improvements—more money, more upgrades—and progress on the housing front is set to spur the next wave of homeowner spending on both necessary and discretionary projects. ...


Friends Who Join Forces See Homeowner Dreams Come True

(TNS)—A group of longtime Seattle pals is going from renting together to buying houses together, like a real-life sequel to the television sitcom “Friends.” ...


7 Important Home Renovation Tips You Might’ve Missed

New year, new you, right? Sure! If you’re like most people, the new year is chock-full of health- and wellness-related resolutions—but why stop there? Your home could use some improvements in the new year too. If a major home improvement is on your ...


What You Need to Know about Lead Poisoning

(TNS)—The recent news about high lead levels in the Flint, Mich., water supply has raised concerns about lead poisoning in general. ...


How Can You Fend Off the Flu at Work?

(TNS)—No matter what grandma might have warned, simple exposure to frosty winter air won’t lead to getting the flu. ...


A Foolproof Home Organizer Checklist

If your New Year’s resolutions include keeping a tidier, more organized household, home and garden experts provide a home organization checklist designed to help keep you on target. ...


Pros, Cons and Cost of Space Heater Options

(TNS)—Central heating systems are designed to maintain a warm and comfortable temperature in your home — even when the weather outside is exceptionally cold and frigid. However, extreme snow storms and dramatically cold weather can prevent your primary ...


Learning the Basics of Reverse Mortgages

(TNS)—Reverse mortgages have become the cash-strapped homeowner’s financial planning tool of choice. ...


Real Estate Q&A: When the Home Doesn’t Appraise

(TNS)—Q: After a long search, we finally found a home. We outbid the other interested parties and are under contract to close later this month. But our lender just told us that the house did not appraise for the purchase price. What can ...


New Breed of House Hunter Commands Pet Perks, Parks and More

Pets have found their way into the hearts—and homes—of over 125 million households across the country. Now, more so than ever before, pets are warranting consideration beyond that of their owners. On the house hunt, pets are playing a foremost role in the homebuying ...


Prepping: Need a New Kitchen in 2016?

For 2016, I'm introducing an ongoing series we'll call 'Prepping!' In a single segment, or series, we'll take on a subject related to your home - like 'prepping for a new kitchen' or 'prepping for ...


How to Stop Putting Things Off at Work

(TNS)—The fun of the holidays is over and most of us are back at work, hoping to focus on new goals. ...


5 Things Hackers Love to See You Share on Social Media

(TNS)—Whether you got a new job, new digs or just want to post a cool selfie, chances are you’ve shared what you’ve been up to on social media. Communication channels like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram make sharing information fast and easy. ...


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