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  • Top 10 Common Repair Costs

    home-repair-costs-drip-faucet_0d7ab29fa19ea239860b87ff4171befe_3x2_jpg_600x400_q85In the life of every home, repairs happen. Here are the top 10 most common repairs that, sooner or later, your house will require.

    Congratulations on buying your first house. Now, you have to learn how to keep it in good repair. To be safe, you should set aside money every year — 1% to 3% of your home’s purchase price — for repairs and maintenance.

    The good news is that most repairs are simple, inexpensive, and DIY-friendly. If you can fix stuff yourself, you’ll only pay for the cost of materials and save a bundle on these common repairs and replacements. Read the rest of this entry »

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    9 Things You’ve Got Wrong About Green Homes

    green-homes-exterior-solar-panels_b99c2593e53721e82e87a0cc48985cdc_3x2_jpg_600x400_q85Although most folks know green homes pack plenty of eco-friendly benefits, there are some pesky misconceptions that need correcting. Here are 9 myths busted.

    1.  Myth: Green Homes are Expensive

    Fact:
    Eco-friendly homes come in different types, sizes, and price tags, from a green-minded prefab that can cost less than $150,000 to an eco-urban condo for $690,000 or more. The big difference is in resale value: Eco-friendly homes fetch higher prices compared with conventionally built homes. Read the rest of this entry »

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    Gorgeous Ideas to Make Home Maintenance Less of a Pain

    Tired of home maintenance chores? So are we. That’s why we love these easy-care features that free up your free time — and do it beautifully.

    Maintenance-free home ideas
    Images: Bellingham from Cambria’s Waterstone Collection/Spark Modern Fires/Abby Farson Pratt/Heckard’s Door

    Adding good-looking, low-maintenance elements to your home will help you cut back on scrubbing, painting, and other time-sucking jobs. Read the rest of this entry »

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    6 Things Everyone Should Do When Moving Into a New House

    things-moving-into-new-house_baf44f521c583d7ab47d455f78b92046_3x2Moving into your first home is exciting! But it also means you’ve got work to do.

    When I bought my first house, my timing couldn’t have been better: The house closing was two weeks before the lease was up on my apartment. That meant I could take my time packing and moving, and I could get to know the new place before moving in.

    I recruited family and friends to help me move (in exchange for a beer-and-pizza picnic on the floor) and, as a bonus, I got to pick their brains about what first-time homeowners should know.  Read the rest of this entry »

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    Faux Wood Garage Doors: Look of Wood at a Budget Price

    price-garage-doors-wood_37d8f9c4d002e7e30493143382babfee_3x2_jpg_600x400_q85In our ongoing “Why You Should Fake It” series, we look at faux wood garage doors that give you the look of wood at a price point that’s easier to swallow.

    Money’s tight these days, but your desire for nice things needn’t be stifled. That’s why we’ve been examining faux products in our “Why You Should Fake It” series. Read the rest of this entry »

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    9 Ways to Increase Daylighting to Fend Off Seasonal Affective Disorder

    seasonal-affective-disorder_dd1622d64ea7886474a54f537d59f173_3x2_jpg_300x200_q85Adding skylights, solar light tubes, windows, and other means of daylighting can brighten your winter and help alleviate symptoms of seasonal affective disorder (SAD).

    If winter brings on bouts of the blahs, you’re in good company. As days shorten and temperatures drop, most people tend to slow down and feel less energy. Read the rest of this entry »

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