How to Tap Chicago Rebates for Energy-Efficient Home Upgrades
The familiar saying that there are only two seasons in Chicago — winter and construction — generally applies to roads. But it could also apply to home improvement. As soon…
Energy-efficient windows
Sprucing up your house and yard this time of year may involve cleaning out closets, planting flowers and scrubbing cobwebs off the barbecue. But it can also be a prime…
home repairs
When looking for a new home, it’s important to see beyond paint colors and decor that may not be your taste and, instead, focus on the floor plan, structural design and other…
5 Things to Consider Before Taking a Loan for Home Repairs
The National Association of Home Builders reports that the Remodeling Market Index, an important indicator of remodeling robustness, climbed 5 points in the third quarter of 2012 (up over second-quarter…
Adapt Your Home for Elderly Parents with a Home Safety Checklist
Earlier this year, my 84-year-old mother slipped and fell. Her accidental fall left her with a broken pelvis – and me with the realization that my aging mother could simply…
Contractor
Homeowners know all too well that appliances break, pipes leak, and sometimes home upgrades and repairs are a necessity. While we all wish we had a neighbor like Bob Vila,…
Foreclosure
At first glance, foreclosed properties appear to be the kind of bargains you simply can’t pass up. For some, it’s true: Buying a foreclosure can be a terrific investment opportunity.…
Your Robot Home Is (Nearly) Ready
Hello, Science? I was led to believe that this far past 2001, I would have my own personal space odyssey featuring a homicidal red-eyed computer, a hoverboard and fem-bots. Don’t get…
5 Best Home Renovations for Under $5,000
Regardless if you own or rent, your home is at the center of your universe. It’s where you eat, sleep, socialize and store all the things that matter most. So why does…
Thinking of Remodeling? Go Certified!
Dreaming about your perfect home but stuck in a house you don’t love? You’re in good company! Thanks to shrinking home resale values, thousands of homeowners are choosing to fix…