What Are The Problems of Building a House on Sloped Land?

A grass-covered hillside makes for a picturesque setting for your dream home, but the process of bringing that picture to life is more complicated than it would be for the average dwelling. Building a house on a sloped lot presents unique challenges that you need to be aware of to ensure the rewards for you […]

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A Guide To Choosing the Right Interior Doors For Your Home

Look around your home. You’re sure to find plenty of walls you’ve decorated and beautiful displays throughout. But, what about your interior doors? In many residential properties, these are some of the most undervalued and even rarely considered components to a home. But, when you choose different doors, perhaps those with a few embellishments, you […]

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How to Install Hardwired Smoke Detectors

Smoke Detector Placement and Features    Jamie Grill/The Image Bank/Getty Images Smoke detectors protect your family from smoke and fires in your home because these two things can catch you off guard while you’re in a deep sleep. Fires and smoke inhalation injure and kill many people each year. By having smoke detectors in and around bedrooms […]

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4 Things to Consider When Renovating an Old House

When designers Reed and Delphine Krakoff purchased a circa-1917 Arts and Crafts residence on a historic 11-acre estate in East Hampton, New York—it was the childhood summer home of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis—the Manhattan-based couple chose to preserve its many period details instead of giving it a strictly contemporary overhaul. “I think we enjoy the process of bringing […]

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16 Household Items to Replace and When

You will improve your home’s function and safety when you replace certain indoor and outdoor items regularly. Simply add these 16 home improvement tasks to your calendar, and you’ll stay on top of necessary and beneficial home updates. 1. Smoke and CO2 Detectors Smoke detectors last up to 10 years. CO2 detectors last up to seven years. The National Fire […]

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Top 10 Home Improvement Tips Every Homeowner Should Know

It doesn’t matter if you’ve bought a newly built home, a condo in a maintained community, or a fixer-upper—owning your own place brings out the home improvement itch in us all (or at least requires us to do necessary repairs and maintenance tasks). Here are ten pieces of advice to help turn your dwelling place into […]

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What Common Home Repairs Cost (and How to Budget for Them)

Buying a home is the biggest investment most of us will ever make, and yet a shocking number of people drastically underestimate the costs that come with it. That’s right – far too many people jump into a mortgage without factoring in the costs of actually caring for their priciest possession. As a homeowner, you can’t just call […]

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How to Fix Recessed Lights That Fall Down

  Recessed lights tuck neatly out of the way and are especially good in low-ceiling areas, like basements. But the mechanics of getting them to stay in place can be tricky. If you own recessed lights, no doubt you have one or two of them in crooked positions because a mounting clip refused to stay in […]

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Renovation: Your Step-by-Step Planner

There is a logical order in which renovation works should be undertaken. Preparing a plan of attack is also a very useful way of estimating the likely cost and time schedule of a renovation project By on      Renovating an older house can be a great way to work your way up the property ladder. […]

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The Ultimate Home Maintenance Checklist

For many owners, home maintenance happens only when something goes awry. Overflowing gutters, a balky furnace, or a chimney that refuses to draw provoke an expensive emergency call to service technicians. Worse, your family’s safety could be in jeopardy when key areas of your home are neglected for too long. To limit or even eliminate […]

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