5 Essential Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Contractor

By: Oliver Marks   You’re ready to remodel but you want to make sure you get the best contractor for the job. Here’s what to ask the candidates before you decide. It’s the contractor you pick that makes — or breaks — your remodeling project. Finding the right contractor for your job will determine the […]

8 Tips for Adding Curb Appeal and Value to Your Home

By: Pat Curry Here are eight ways to help your home put its best face forward. Homes with high curb appeal command higher prices and take less time to sell. We’re not talking about replacing vinyl siding with redwood siding; we’re talking about maintenance and beautifying tasks you’d like to live with anyway. The way […]

Should You Move or Improve?

By: Oliver Marks Whether to move or improve is a harder question to answer than it was a few years ago, but a few cost-benefit calculations can help you make the right decision. What do you do when your family outgrows your house, or when the quirks of the place you once found charming aren’t […]

6 Favorite Home Improvement Apps for the iPad, iPhone, iPod

By: Lisa Kaplan Gordon Published: August 26, 2011 If you’ve jumped on the Apple “i” bandwagon, you’re never far from iPhone, iPod, and iPad apps that help maintain and improve your home — values near and dear to our hearts. Here are a few of our favorites: ColorSnap Sherwin-Williams (free) Snap a picture of anything […]

How to Assess the Real Cost of a Fixer-Upper House

By: G. M. Filisko When you buy a fixer-upper house, you can save a ton of money, or get yourself in a financial fix. Trying to decide whether to buy a fixer-upper house? Follow these seven steps, and you’ll know how much you can afford, how much to offer, and whether a fixer-upper house is […]