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7 Mistakes Everyone Makes When Shopping for Furniture

Furniture completes a space. After all, what’s a dining room without a table to gather around or a family room without a comfy couch? When it's time …

Furniture

9 Signs Your Tap Water Might Be Contaminated

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, “the United States enjoys one of the world's most reliable and safest supplies of drinking water.” …

EPA

7 Signs Starter Homes May Be a Thing of the Past

If you’re a millennial, which puts you anywhere from about 20 through 36, you’re in the age range where young people in generations past would have …

Real Estate

How To: Remove Carpet Glue

Get stubborn carpet adhesive off your concrete subfloor with these simple methods to achieve the perfect surface for new flooring.<p>Photo: …

Home Improvement

How to Clean a Fish Tank

Complete this easy routine once or twice a month to keep your fish happy and healthy—and the glass clear so that you can fully enjoy their …

Fish

10 Best-Bet Kitchen Buys from Ikea

If the Swedish superstore isn't the first place you consider when outfitting your kitchen, you're probably not alone. Although Ikea has built a …

Hacking

Snow Blower Won't Start? 6 Troubleshooting to Try First

Try these DIY troubleshooters before the next storm to get your snow blower going again.<p>Photo: istockphoto.com<p><b>Q: After our first snow of the season,</b> …

Home Improvement

The 8 Easiest Ways to Eliminate Bathroom Odor

Is your bathroom plagued with lingering odors? Freshen up the space and create a welcoming atmosphere with these eight tricks.<p>Keep It …

Air Purifiers

4 Reasons Homeowners Choose Tile Roofs

An exotic sense of romance is associated with tile roofs, which commonly appear on Southwest-style and Mediterranean-...

Home Improvement

DIY Hydroponics 101 - How to Grow Houseplants without Soil

Grow more plants in a smaller space without soil? While it sounds too good to be true, these are some of the real-life benefits that have more and …

Gardening

A Quick Guide to Selling Your Home Over the Winter

Even the real estate market is susceptible to the winter blues. Once temperatures begin to dip and the holidays arrive, both home buyers and …

Real Estate

Why Didn't I Think of That? 18 Clever Tricks to Simplify Your Life

We get it. Life can be hard. The to-do list never ends, no task is without complication, and of course, there is never enough money. But fortunately, …

Hacking

How To: Remove a Wall Mirror

Covering your wall with floor-to-ceiling mirror (or, rather, mirror tiles) seemed like such a good idea back in the 1...

Home Improvement

The Best Stick Vacuums and How to Pick 'em

Depending on your type of flooring, a stick vacuum may be your ideal tidy-up tool. Here’s the scoop on their attributes and features—plus our top …

Home Depot

12 Simple Tricks to Stay Seriously Warm This Winter

Everything seems more difficult when Old Man Winter comes calling. Even everyday activities become major hassles when you have to scrape an iced-over …

Hacking

5 Toilet Repairs Every Homeowner Should Know

Tackle the most pressing bathroom plumbing problems a homeowner is likely to face with these fast, simple remedies.<p>Photo: istockphoto.com<p>If there’s …

Home Improvement

11 Weird Ways to Use a Bobby Pin

Bobby pins are the unsung heroes of beauty tools. The tiny clips can hold braids, pin back bangs, and give extra lift to a ponytail, but did you know …

Hacking

12 Money Mistakes That Cost Homeowners Thousands

While homeownership undeniably comes with plenty of expenses, there’s no reason to spend more than you have to. If your home seems more like a money …

Home Improvement

How to Clean Popcorn Ceiling

Dust and dinginess turning your a textured ceiling into an eyesore? Follow this simple cleaning routine for a brighter interior once more.<p>Photo: …

Home Improvement

3 Methods for Removing Ice Dams (and How to Prevent Them from Returning!)

If your roof is weighed down by the presence of heavy icicles and more in these snowy months, follow these techniques for removing the ice dams …

Home Improvement

9 Places Asbestos May (Still!) Be Lurking in Your Home

Older homes have charm, personality, and character that often can’t be matched in newer constructions. Unfortunately, most properties built before …

Home Improvement

10 Kitchen Gadgets That Will Help You Eat Healthier

Eating healthier tops the list of the most common New Year's resolutions of 2018, according to a recent poll from YouGov, an online polling platform. …

Kitchens

11 Things Never to Buy from the Dollar Store

Browsing through the dollar store can be like finding hidden treasure. Who knew there were so many things you could get for just about a buck? But …

Hacking

The Home Improvement Projects to Tackle Each Month in 2018

What's on your home improvement or maintenance to-do list for 2018? Rather than rushing to complete your projects all at once, try taking on a …

Home Improvement

7 House Trends That Are on the Way Out in 2018

From finishes to furniture, there are quite a few house trends we’ve seen a lot of in 2017 that, to be honest, we could live without next year. We …

Houses

Plywood vs OSB Subflooring - The Pros and Cons of Each

Protect an unfinished home from the elements—and a finished home from the consequences of plumbing disasters—by starting with a durable subfloor …

Home Improvement

12 Kitchen Trends That Will Take Over in 2018

In the realm of remodeling, kitchens are king! Cooking space upgrades are the projects homeowners most hope to take on in the coming year, having …

Renovations

Walk-In Showers 101: All You Need to Know Before Your Bathroom Remodel

Get the answers to all your questions and concerns about this trendy bathroom remodel.<p>Photo: istockphoto.com<p>Converting an old bathtub to a walk-in …

Bathrooms

14 New IKEA Hacks to Try in 2018

Unassuming looks and versatile construction make IKEA furniture the perfect foundation for creating one-of-a-kind accents that cost considerably less …

Furniture

All You Need to Know About Parquet Flooring

When it comes to elaborate flooring, parquet reigns supreme. Constructed from small pieces of hardwood fitted togethe...

Renovations