April 13th, 2018 - 10:25 AM
Selling a house as is? Or making upgrades first?
Homeowner improvement spending is on the rise! Projections show that overall improvements will cost U.S. homeowners $243 billion by 2020, according to the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University. The number of overall projects being done is split between major and minor renovations, but spending is much higher for major projects like room additions or complete kitchen remodels. Both big and small projects can add value to the home, and the route you go will likely depend on several factors. In many cases, it can be better to make basic repairs or small updates rather than do a complete renovation.
When trying to sell a house, it can be tough to determine where to invest time and money. Take a look at which interior and exterior projects can add the most value to your home, and determine whether to do small upgrades or improve the area with a more substantial renovation.
February 26th, 2018 - 10:48 AM
12 easy ways to add curb appeal
Whether you're looking to add curb appeal to attract buyers or just want to spruce up the front yard for the spring and summer seasons, there are multiple simple and inexpensive projects that can make a big impact. While many curb appeal projects take several days and hundreds of dollars, these ideas can be done in the evening or on the weekend, so you can create a new look without a ton of time.
December 18th, 2017 - 3:43 PM
Painting walls? Use these DIY painting tips
Whether you’re about to move into a new place or just want a new color on the walls, painting is something you can definitely do on your own. While there are professionals who can do the work, the cost savings of doing it yourself is often worth the time and effort. It doesn’t take much to do a professional-quality job — the secret is in the preparation and the supplies.
November 27th, 2017 - 3:50 PM
New Year’s Eve party planning
As the hustle and bustle of the holidays winds down, New Year’s Eve (NYE) is a time to reflect on the past year and celebrate before the next calendar page turns. Whether your ideal countdown to the new year includes a quiet night in with a few friends or a fancy party with a house full of guests, these New Year’s Eve party ideas will help you plan the perfect celebration. Piece together your favorite NYE ideas for food, games, decoration, music and more!
November 20th, 2017 - 11:45 AM
Tips for selling a home
If you’ve ever gone through the process of buying a house, you know there are a multitude of things that can keep people from putting in an offer. So, if you’re thinking about putting a house on the market, you might look around and think, “There’s so much to do!” But it may not be as much work as you imagine. While you may want to tackle some bigger projects like replacing flooring, there are many easier tasks you can do to increase the likelihood a buyer will fall in love with the home.
September 27th, 2017 - 2:37 PM
Organizing your house with cardboard boxes
Cardboard boxes can be transformed into creative storage solutions for every room of the house. Find out how to easily make your own DIY storage with these simple home storage solutions.
June 20th, 2017 - 7:37 AM
A simple meal plan for your move
Nothing brings people together like good food. During a stressful move, coming together for a family dinner gives everyone time to relax, laugh and connect. And since you can only eat so much pizza and fast food before you want a home cooked meal, having some easy ideas on hand can make your life much easier. Meal planning in a new home can be a challenge, but with a little forethought, you can cook delicious dinners with minimal effort.
April 26th, 2017 - 12:50 PM
DIY lawn maintenance
While there are many companies that specialize in improving lawns, it’s fairly easy to do your own lawn care if you know what to expect. Both weekend warriors who plan to handle tasks when necessary and enthusiasts who want to win yard of the month contests can have luscious turf with a little work. Get started by figuring out what type of grass you have, performing year-round maintenance and tackling common issues to keep your yard healthy.
April 7th, 2017 - 9:35 AM
DIY gift ideas
It can be a bit overwhelming to have Mother’s Day, graduation ceremonies and Father’s Day all in a row, especially if you have multiple people to buy for. However, you don’t have to worry about finding and buying the perfect gifts — you can make them! We’ve gathered some easy DIY gift ideas so you can create the perfect personalized presents for your friends and family.
April 3rd, 2017 - 1:33 PM
How to donate household items
You’ve finally done it! You’ve cleaned out the closet, basement, attic and garage and gathered every item you no longer have use for. Whether your inspiration was an upcoming move or the desire to get the clutter out, you’re now tasked with deciding what to do with everything you’ve collected. While having a moving sale is always an option, donating household items is an alternative solution that also lets you help someone in need. To make donating goods as easy as possible, we’ve developed a guide to walk you through the process.