Is a Dog Door Right for Your Home?
If you have a fenced-in yard, a doggie door can be a convenient amenity for your pet. It allows your four-legged friend to go in and out of the house…
6 Ways to Remodel Your Kitchen on a Budget
If your kitchen is starting to look worn down or outdated, it may be time to think about renovating. Fully remodeling your kitchen can cost thousands of dollars; fortunately, there are…
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Remodeling projects often provide juicy drama—think houses that gobble funds (“The Money Pit”), couples that fight (“The War of the Roses”), and projects that take forever (“Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream…
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…
Where to Recycle Appliances in Chicago
You have your order written up for the perfect kitchen. The appliances are beautifully designed, packed with great new features.  They’ll be delivered in a few days, and you’re eagerly…
4 Steps to Take Before Renting Out Your Home
My friends like to joke that my husband and I are on the path to becoming professional landlords. When we got married, we decided to buy a townhouse together and…
Energy-Efficient Home Improvements That Might Help Sell Your House
While updated kitchens, open floor spaces and beautiful backyards remain at the top of home buyers’ wish lists, eco-friendly home features are beginning to make an appearance. We polled Coldwell…
Digital DIY: Fixing Your Faucet via Text
Last weekend, my friend Richelle texted me that she wanted to fix a leaky faucet and with her husband out of town, she needed help to get the job done…
Staging Your Home to Sell
Home staging is a seller’s secret weapon for a successful home sale, especially in a buyer’s real estate market. Staging the home allows you to highlight your home’s strengths, downplay…
Create a Home Office Out of Thin Air
Since moving our family of four from two bedrooms to five, it’s been great having the extra space to stretch out in. But I never thought we’d have this much…