They’ll Think You Cheated and Hired a Pro If You Use These 5 Painting Hacks

A DIY painting job doesn’t have to equal crooked lines, besmirched floors, and ceramic sinks speckled with robin’s egg blue. Use these simple painting tips and tricks from the pros to make the process faster and less messy — and ensure a gorgeous end result. 1. Soak Brushes in Fabric Softener to Keep Bristles Soft.. read more →

Don’t Be One of Those Homeowners Who Goes Over Budget on a Remodel — 5 Tips That’ll Protect Your Bottom Line

  Almost four out of 10 homeowners go over budget when doing a remodel, according to a 2014 report from home improvement site Houzz. Another stat that’ll make you think: Only one in five comes in under budget. Protect your bottom line with these five tips: 1.  Reconsider DIY DIY is cheaper, right? Not necessarily,.. read more →

As a Homebuyer You Have More Choices in Many Markets

Low interest rates, an improving job market, and an increase in the number of new and existing homes for sale fueled a 3.3% increase in the number of homes under contract to sell in July, data from the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® show. “Steady job additions to the economy are helping family finances and giving.. read more →

Why home buyers should hire a CBR (Certified Buyers Representative)

Buying a home is typically the single largest purchase/investment most people will make in their lifetime. This is why it is important to protect your interest by enlisting the help of a Certified Buyers Representative (CBR). Real estate salespeople traditionally are hired by and represent the seller and his interests, but a CBR represents the.. read more →

Gleaning the Most Value Out of Your Outdoor Spaces

If you’re thinking of sprucing up your yard, install what you love; but also pick upgrades that will increase your home’s value and, someday, attract buyers. The new “2014 Residential Landscape Architecture Trends Survey” by the American Society of Landscape Architects clues you in on what outdoor features are trending up: 1.  Outdoor lighting (98.3%.. read more →

How Much Do You Love Your Home? Enough to Turn Down a Million Dollars?

Do you love your home as much as Edith Macefield, the 84-year-old Seattle woman whose story is remarkably similar to the plotline in the movie “Up”? She turned down a $1 million offer in 2006, then forced developers to build their five-story shopping mall around her little cottage. Do you love your home as much.. read more →

Why a professional home inspection is always good idea

Before purchasing a home, you should always have it inspected by a professional home inspector   The home inspection will typically cover on the exterior, walls, foundation, grading, ( to make sure water is running away from the home) as well as the garage. On the interior the inspection will cover the homes heating and cooling.. read more →

How These Clever Parents DIYed the (Functional) Playroom of Their Kids’ Dreams

In a world of Pinterest inspiration and DIY video tutorials, there’s no reason your kids’ playroom can’t work just as much magic for you as it does for your kids’ imaginations. Here, three parents (and grandparents) pull off DIY playroom projects that the kids love — almost as much as they do. A Working Mom’s.. read more →

4 Ways to Avoid DIY Mistakes — From a DIYer Who’s Made Them All

For Lucas Hall, finding that answer has been trial and error. As a “DIY landlord” for more than two years and founder of Landlordology, an online resource for landlords, he’s gutted three homes and renovated countless others. “I’m just handy enough to be dangerous,” Hall says. He’s suffered more than his fair share of DIY.. read more →

They’ll Think You Cheated and Hired a Pro If You Use These 5 Painting Hacks

1. Soak Brushes in Fabric Softener to Keep Bristles Soft Every DIY painter has been privy to the horrors of a day-old brush with stiff bristles that makes round two nearly impossible. To prevent your brushes from becoming hard and unusable, make sure to rinse thoroughly (no soap), and swish them in a mixture of.. read more →