Home Improvement

10 Ideas That Green Your Home — and Your Wallet

Whether you’re starting a huge remodeling project or just giving your house a minor face lift, implementing eco-friendly home improvement strategies not only helps you go green, it saves green, too. Small green home improvements can shave off hundreds of dollars from your energy costs annually, while major ones can boost your home value by […]

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The Answers to Your Most Burning Questions About a Mortgage Refinance

Picture this. You’ve been living in your first home for a few years. Since you made the purchase (congrats, by the way), your credit score has improved, you received a promotion at work, and you’ve definitely learned a thing or two about how to be responsible with your finances. You’re starting to consider refinancing your […]

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How to Improve Your Home’s Efficiency – and Save on Your Utility Bills

We hear and talk a lot about changing habits to save money. It’s true that how we behave day-to-day can affect our finances. But, we can also improve the efficiency of our living space to save money on utility bills without having to change our habits. A more energy-efficient home is good for the planet, […]

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Home Organization Tip: How To Organize Important Home Documents

It happens to all of us. We start searching through important documents for something specific and quickly realize we’ve managed to accumulate mounds of documents, receipts, forms, pamphlets, brochures and notes. Keeping your financial documents in order is key to simplifying your life.  There are many different ways to organize important documents, however, the question […]

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12 Tricks to Achieve Everyday Energy Efficiency

Did you know that in summer 2013, the average American residence was expected to be billed roughly $395 for electricity alone? (That, according to The U.S. Energy Information Administration.) The good news: There are many ways to become more energy efficient, helping you to lower your utility charges and save the environment at the same […]

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Your Yard, Your Playground: Home Renovation Expert Brian Kelsey on How to Get the Most from Your Backyard

When it comes to living the good life, there’s no better time to do it than during the summer. But whether you’re planning a barbeque for your family and friends, or renovating your backyard to make it the hottest spot in your neighborhood, it’s important to keep all the relevant financial concerns in mind. After […]

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Home Investment Inspiration From The International Contemporary Furniture Fair

Spending on quality furniture can pay off in years to come, according to The Wall Street Journal. In fact, the publication asserts that buying top-grade pieces can be a good investment: good furniture, along with other home design elements, can last a lifetime and increase in value. Meanwhile, if you’re planning on selling your home, […]

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Home Renovations: Elle Décor Reveals How to Make the Most of Your Money

Home renovations can do much more than just create an attractive living space: they can make your home more durable, modernize your appliances and even lower your energy bills. Since taking on such a project can cost a considerable amount of money, the trick is to make sure you spend wisely. To bring you tips […]

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Savings Talk: Joanne Cleaver on Home Renovations that Make Good Financial Sense

Home improvements are on most homeowners’ minds. Seventy percent of them planned a project for 2012, and they planned on spending an average of $3,500, according to a survey by American Express. To finance these projects, 80 percent of homeowners plan on using cash from a savings product, according to a 2011–12 survey by Remodeling […]

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Increase Your Home Value With a Green Thumb

As you go about your spring planting and summer landscaping, you may think you’re merely making your property more attractive. But, you’re also making an investment by increasing the value of your home. In fact, an attractive, well-maintained landscape can add as much as 10 percent to your home’s worth, according to HGTV.com. So the […]

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