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09.22.19

Although flying cars haven’t arrived just yet, the smart home technology available in 2019 is very impressive. Beyond playing music by voice command and hands-free Googling, the devices and apps now available to homeowners can help with your everyday needs like cooking, cleaning, managing your utility use, and even improving your home’s security.

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09.22.19

As you started shopping for your new home, did you make sure that you considered the needs of all of your family members — including those with paws and claws? More than half of U.S. households include pets, so making the home you are buying (or selling) welcoming to animal companions can definitely pay off. From quick fixes to bigger projects, read on for expert veterinary and home design advice on how to make your home pet-friendly.

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08.22.19

It’s a common perception that in order to enjoy the convenience of urban living, you must resign to living in a bland, boring and inconveniently small space. Thankfully, this is no longer true. Trends are changing and designers are innovating to make it possible for you to enjoy the amenities of your favorite city while simultaneously maintaining a spacious, well-designed home. Here are the top lifestyle-enhancing urban chic design trends, as chosen by expert architects, developers and builders.

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08.15.19

So you saved up, bought your new home and completed your move! Congratulations on checking such a substantial project off of your list.

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05.07.19

A colorful flower bed, a freshly mowed lawn, a newly painted front door—these attractive aspects of your house and yard exterior, when first viewed from the street, is typically known as “curb appeal.

Read more about Renovation Staycation: Make the Most of a Reno-Retreat

04.22.19

A colorful flower bed, a freshly mowed lawn, a newly painted front door—these attractive aspects of your house and yard exterior, when first viewed from the street, is typically known as “curb appeal.

Read more about Seeing Green: How to Increase Your Curb Appeal

12.04.18

Most new year’s resolutions include staying fit and healthy, losing weight, spending less and saving more. We spoke with Tom Kraeutler, the nationally syndicated radio host of The Money Pit Home Improvement Radio Show to discover New Year’s resolutions you can make that will help keep your house in great shape year-round.

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08.30.18

Autumn is your last chance to review, repair and remediate home issues that may break the bank account after winter arrives. Here are some expensive mistakes some homeowners make every fall – don’t be one of them. Set aside time (and a little cash) to clean up your household act.

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05.28.18

Adjusting your home thermostat while away on vacation or checking on your kids via your in-home nanny camera are conveniences of the modern technology age. But, are you the only one getting into your home?

Read more about Security of IoT: Do Your Devices Compromise Your Home Privacy?