Nail your home renovation budget

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How Do I Clean or Remove Carpet Before Selling a House?

Seeing stained, damaged or out-of-date carpet can stop a potential home buyer at the front door. Besides being unsightly, health-conscious buyers are also aware that carpet can be unsanitary. Carpet is a fertile growing environment for several biological pollutants. Many smart property owners are opting to clean or remove carpet before putting their home up for sale. Fortunately, both of these projects are inexpensive and can be accomplished in a short time. read more

You Said It: “Call It the ‘Really Useful Stuff’ Drawer” and More (10 photos)

This week on Houzz I toured amazing houses, learned about why Austin stays weird and got excited about neatening up my spiderweb-covered potting shed for spring. But what was most important to me was getting help for my New Years resolution to get more organized. February is a time when a lot of us… read more
Should You Remodel or Trade Up?

Before you decide to sell your home, consider whether it makes more sense to stay put and remodel your space to make it work. read more

How to Bring Out Your Home’s Character With Trim (12 photos)

When it comes to architecture, details count. They also define. The places where floors, doors, ceilings and windows meet the walls are usually accompanied by trim. The way that trim is executed has refined and defined our houses throughout history. Trim adds character and flavor to a home, the way pearl… read more
Do Your Windows Have the Power to Melt the House Next Door?

If neighbors’ vinyl siding has mysteriously warped, energy-efficient windows might be the culprit. read more
Honeymoon hotspots: Splurges vs. steals

You could honeymoon in Paris, Bora Bora or the Amalfi Coast, but these six romantic alternatives may be a lot more kind to your wallet. read more
Principal Reductions Best Way to Avoid Foreclosure, Experts Say

The likelihood of home owners redefaulting on their mortgages is much higher with interest-rate reductions than principal write-downs, according… read more

5 Tips to Help You Save for a Down Payment

Using these tips, you’ll be able to save up for the down payment you’ll need in no time. read more

Study: Staging may help a home sell faster, but no proof it will sell for more

A study that led 820 homebuyers on virtual tours of the same home staged six different ways found that details addressed in staging homes like furnishings and paint color, had little impact on what buyers were willing to … read more

15 Smart Design Choices for Cold Climates (9 photos)

Ice dams, burst pipes, drafty rooms, dangerously slick stairways if you live in a chilly climate, youve probably had to deal with at least one of these problems at some point. Thankfully, there are some design moves that can help you avoid (or at least mitigate) common winter woes…. read more
DIY Pest Control (INFOGRAPHIC)

While there is no cure-all for pest problems, implementing these strategies in tandem can help you stop uninvited guests from compromising your quality of life. read more
How to Improve Air Circulation in a House

Proper air circulation is crucial in any home, because airflow regulates temperature, removes impurities, prevents mold and just creates a more pleasant and safe breathing environment. By contrast, poor air circulation can actually endanger your health. When your home’s air seems stagnant, or its air circulation otherwise leaves something to be desired, take steps to get breezes flowing again for a healthier, more comfortable home. read more

Buying a Home? Consider COST not just Price

We have often talked about the difference between COST and PRICE. As a seller, you will be most concerned about ‘short term price’ – where home values are headed over the next six months. read more
Should real estate investors incorporate?

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