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Today’s Home Spun Wisdom Archive


Your Place: Recoat, Waterproof Fieldstone Foundation to Keep Out Moisture


(MCT)—Q: I came across your article about coating interior stone foundation walls, but my question concerns coating the exterior. My 1890s house has a fieldstone foundation with remnants of a white material clinging here and there. Would recoating it be a good ...


Homes.com Reveals America’s Top 10 Winter Wonderlands

Unique traditions and festivals bring America’s holiday season to life ...


Real Estate Q&A: Unruly Homeowner Interrupts Board Meetings

(MCT)—Question: We have an unruly owner who attends every association meeting. The owner heckles, laughs inappropriately and answers questions that are posed to board members. We are told by the board president that as an owner, she has a right to be ...


Forget Everything You Know about Work-Life Balance

(MCT)—Whenever I hear the term work-life balance, I picture a giant, old-fashioned scale. On one side, there’s work: a desk, a computer, a phone and customers. On the other side, there’s life: a house, a television, a family and friends. The two ...


Ask the Expert: How Can I Prevent Holiday Home Electrical Hazards?

Today's “Ask the Expert” column features Jay Gregg, Director of Marketing with Pillar To Post. ...


5 Excuses Business Owners Make (and Why They’re Holding You Back)

Small business owners, can you relate to these scenarios? ...


Getting a Mortgage May Get Tougher Under New Rules

(MCT)—Some shoppers planning to buy a new home in 2014 will get more scrutiny — and likely less money. ...


Don’t Let the Holidays Ruin Your Credit Score: 5 Tips for Success

The holidays are upon us, and they may affect your credit scores. ...


Your Place: Appliance Problems Merit an Electrical Checkup

(MCT)—Q: In March 2011, I had my kitchen gutted and redone with new floor, cabinets, “green” furnace and water system, counters—the works. I installed a new Samsung French-door refrigerator, an over-the-stove microwave, and, for the first time, a dishwasher. The washer ...


Diane Stafford: Home-Based Work Isn’t for Everyone

(MCT)—It’s a time of year when some workers are giving thanks for their cozy home-based jobs. Others, not so much. ...


Top 10 Holiday Travel Legal Tips

Traveling for the holidays? If so, the last thing you'll want to deal with is trouble with the law. ...


Real estate Q&A: Can My Condo Board Enforce Speed Limit?

(MCT)—QUESTION: My homeowner’s association recently announced that our private security guards are going to start giving traffic tickets within the community. The board will sit in judgment over the $50-$100 fines. Is this legal and enforceable? ...


Your Place: Options on a Fireplace Sleeve

(MCT)—Q: Our house was built in 1898. I am told we cannot use our fireplace unless we install a sleeve that would cost $3,000 to $6,000. ...


Black Friday Shopping Safety Tips

(MCT)—Black Friday is all about being smart with your money and scoring great deals, but there’s one thing you shouldn’t check off your list: safety. ...


5 Legal Do’s and Don’ts for Your Holiday Party

Office holiday parties can be a blast for you and your workers. But employers shouldn't end up on a lawyer's "naughty" list by throwing them without considering some potential legal consequences first. ...