A home energy audit can save you thousands of dollars in energy costs. Here’s the difference between a home energy audit and a home energy review.
Remodeling, Maintenance & Home Decor
Before you grab your toolbox and start making DIY repairs around the house -- stop. You need to see these home maintenance & remodeling ideas from fellow homeowners first! In addition to time- and money-saving home renovation ideas, this is where we're talking about 'optional items' that you might want to add to the house before or after you move in -- including home decor. See step-by-step instructions for all kinds of DIY home repairs, cool tools that would be nice to have when remodeling a home, reviews of clever new home gadgets, and interior & exterior home decorating ideas.
Want to know how to get the best results when washing windows? I’ve got a solution that will minimize the time you spend and give you the best results ever!
One of the best ways to save money is to look into home energy savings. Here are 4 things you can do to save money month in and month out.
I searched high and low at the 2011 Fall Atlanta Home Show for cool homebuilding products and I found a few that I think you’re going to like. Solar thermal water heaters, attic access insulation covers and tubular sun skylights were among my favorites.
John Gidding, from HGTV’s Curb Appeal and Designed To Sell, spoke at the Atlanta Home Show. See John’s tips for taking a project from conception to reality.
In the market for a new washing machine? There are a few good models out there, but the Samsung WA5451ANW/XAA stood out to us for several reasons. See why.
These days energy efficient washing machines are very popular. You can save some money and be mindful of the environment as well. Here’s what I’ve found out about my energy efficient washer — some have Energy Star-ratings and others have CEE Tier ratings. I’ve provided full explanations of these rating systems and simplified the info for you.
If you have a Kenmore Elite H3 Washer that sounds like rocks rolling around in the spin cycle, you need to read this. It’s a difficult & expensive repair! Mine also consistently had problems with the door lock. I will outline the repairs for these issues and share a lot of reviews of this particular Kenmore washing machine so if you’re making a buying decision, read this first!
My old toilet is like new and it’s smarter, too. See how I installed a dual flush converter kit, a standard flush valve, and a new fill valve.
Now you can easily connect your TV to your broadband connection via power-line networking. The technology to make a solid connection between your computer and television is much easier now thanks to the HomePlug 1.0 Standard that was agreed upon by the worldwide companies that matter.
Update your old appliances with liquid stainless steel paint! It’s an excellent way to stretch your budget while giving your appliances a facelift.
If you need to replace the keyed door locks on your home, you might want to consider upgrading to keyless door locks. Here’s what to look for…
If you have a septic system, there are many important facts that you need to know in order to keep it operating as designed. I’ve got a lot of useful tips that you can use to help you maintain your septic system.
Make your garage floor look like a car dealer’s showroom (or better) by applying a garage floor coating. It’s a fair amount of tedious work that anybody can do but it will be worth it in the long run if you follow a strict set of guidelines. Follow these DIY tips to get the job done right.
Would you like to know how to sell your home fast? Heeding some advice from the experts is a good way to start. You probably already know about de-cluttering, pricing it right and curb appeal. There is more to it than that, of course. Find out more.
Are you in need of a dedicated home office space but don’t have the room for it? If you have a medium-sized closet, you can complete a closet office conversion to gain a neatly organized space.
Looking for a great, classic choice for your kitchen backsplash? Subway tile could be what you’ve been looking for. It’s easy to clean, durable, inexpensive and beautiful. That adds up to a great value in the world of home building materials.
The Prodigy home automation controller is a great way to set up control of all of the functions of your media room, including the tv, sound system, Blu-Ray player, lights, and more.
Give the do-it-yourself homeowner cool tools for Christmas or a birthday. Buying that special something for that special someone that does special DIY work around their home can be fun. It can also be very taxing and confusing with all of the different choices out there. I’ve picked a few of my favorites.
If you are about to embark on a renovation, repair or paint project on your pre-1978 home, stop what you’re doing and read this post. You’ll need to do your homework on federal guidelines for the EPA’s Lead-Safety RRP Rule whether you’re hiring a contractor or doing the work yourself.
Washing machine repair is probably just a telephone call away for most homeowners but if you are the DIY type, like me, you’ll give it a shot to see if you can make the repair on your own. I replaced the door latch on my Kenmore Elite washing machine and pocketed the savings. Here are all of the steps I took and the step by step results… and some tips on how to avoid some common issues that sometimes arise during a washing machine repair.
Adding wainscoting paneling to your home is an excellent way to increase the value of your home. You can buy kits online or at your local home improvement centers that will make this a doable project for the average homeowner.
Can you believe that someone has invented a table saw with a safety system that senses skin and stops the blade in no time flat! It’s called SawStop and if you’re into woodworking, you owe it to yourself to check out this cool invention.
I have found the best granite countertop paint. Your friends won’t believe it isn’t actually stone. If you’ve been looking for an awesome kitchen countertop paint to transform your hum-drum counters, you need to follow these tips. Here’s how to paint countertops with a granite paint kit to update old, ugly counters to look like granite. It’s the next best thing to granite but at a mere fraction of the cost of granite countertops.
Installing a steam shower generator is a job for the pros but as a homeowner you need to know some basics about the subject in order to purchase everything required and also to hire the best contractor for the project .
Having your house painted by an exterior house painting contractor could be a real hassle if you don’t choose wisely. Be sure that they are easy to work with and don’t pay them until the job is 100% complete and only if you are 100% satisfied.
If you want to learn how to cut crown molding you’re going to be really happy you found this article! It may seem like a monumental task if you’ve never attempted to cut crown molding. I’ve found it’s best to actually SEE the project being done before you start so I’ve included the very best videos showing how to cut crown molding.
Applying acrylic latex caulk is easy to use if you know how… right?. Even though it already is pretty easy to use, I’m sharing some of my most helpful caulking tips so everyone will think you hired a pro.
If you are in the process of choosing a house paint color for your upcoming project, there are quite a few things to consider before making your purchase.
Install a ceiling fan yourself to save money. It’s a good DIY project that can be tackled with patience and a bit of fortitude. I have a few helpful tips to help you through and a guide on how to buy a ceiling fan.
Installing beadboard paneling adds a timeless look and feel and it’s a project that can be completed in one weekend. I’ll show you how installing wainscoting really is a DIY project and have shared my step-by-step instructions. I’ve also included tons of before and after pictures to document the process.
Remodeling a room in your house? If you’re installing paneling or beadboard wainscoting over drywall, chances are you’re going to need to electrical outlet spacers on your receptacles to make them flush to the wall. Here’s a simple and cheap solution that only takes a minute to install over your electrical wiring for a professional finish.
Quit wasting your time and money looking for the best product to remove wallpaper. I’ve got a great solution showing you how to remove wallpaper that is not only cheap and easy, but eco-friendly, as well. It would be worth a couple minutes of your time just to check it out.
If you are in the market for a new water heater you need to investigate whether or not electric heat pump water heaters are right for you. There are some pretty cool emerging technologies being implemented into water heaters these days. This is one of them.
What do you know about getting rid of bats from your home? I do. Here are step by step instructions for bat removal plus tips to keep yourself safe from the bats and getting in trouble for inhumane treatment.if you don’t follow the rules. If you’ve got bats in your home that need to be removed, this is the preferred, humane method for getting it done. It’s quick. It’s easy. It’s cheap.
Water heater life expectancy will vary on the type of fuel it runs on and a few other important factors. Learn how to choose a water heater that will save you money in the long run.
There are lots of opinions about liquid stainless steel and this list is the only Pros & Cons list you’ll need. Updating your major kitchen appliances to stainless steel for a more modern look can drain your bank account… until now. Save thousands of dollars and paint your (working) old appliances with liquid stainless steel for $150 total on average. Maybe you can finally take that vacation to Tahiti with the money you’ll save.
Painting countertops might seem a little weird but if you want the look of granite without the cost of granite, take a look at this. This is a great solution to a dull and dated countertop. It’s durable and will last as long as the countertop you paint it onto. It’s a DIY money-saver, too.
Painting hardwood floors can really liven up a room. It’s fairly simple to do if you’re just painting a solid coat or if you’re painting a border or some type of design. I’m giving you my best tips for how to prep the floors, apply the wood floor paint, and other DIY tips to make sure the job goes well!
Building built-in DIY bookshelves at home is made easier than ever with stock materials that you can purchase at your local home improvement center. If you’re a little more adventurous and have the carpentry skills to back it up, you could build them from scratch. This easy to follow video shows you step-by-step how to DIY.
How many times have you seen a window seat with a soft cushion and some pillows and thought it would be cool to have one of those in your own house. Now imagine having custom storage and built-in bookshelves surrounding that very same window!
Custom closets are one of the smartest improvements a homeowner can do for themselves and their home. There are many questions that you need to think about before you go through with installing custom closets in your home and I’ve got some answers for you.
Here are a few simple Christmas storage solutions to give you more time to enjoy family and friends. Get organized and stay that way.
Fishing wires through your walls for light sconces can be frustrating, to say the least. FlatWire is an invention that gives DIYers the opportunity for professional retrofitting results. Is using Flat Wire (similar to Ghost Wire) worth the added expense, though?
Vintage Christmas ornaments are highly collectible and harder to come by as time moves on. Keep your eyes peeled at yard sales and search online. Here are some links where to find some of them and reminders of Christmas ornaments from half a century ago and a few others thrown in just for fun.
If you’ve got a little bit of exterior wood rot to repair and it makes economic sense to fill the hole rather than replace the whole piece, I know of a product that fits the bill. It’s a good value and nice to have on-hand when something comes up needing a little miracle, especially when you’re about to paint.
I have a solid oak door that wasn’t opening or closing properly. It was rubbing the bottom threshold just a little too heavy so it needed to be dealt with. Time to get the plane out and make things right.
Repainting a purple bathroom into something more appealing was a very rewarding experience. It wasn’t easy but it was well worth the trouble because it looks 1000% better than it did before it does now.
Painting bathroom cabinets can really give a fresh and updated look to your vanity. See how we refinished our existing cabinets from start to finish. So, refinishing bathroom cabinets isn’t as challenging as it may seem. All it took was a few supplies, time, and effort to turn it into a great looking bathroom cabinet.
Save yourself some time and energy during your next DIY painting project by wrapping your paintbrushes and rollers in plastic wrap while you’re waiting for the paint to dry or if your painting day is over and you want to continue another day and time. It’s so simple and cheap…but it truly works. Hey…aluminum foil works, too.