Landscaping Ideas for Your Front Yard

By: Pat Curry Published: March 25, 2010 A well-landscaped yard creates curb appeal and helps your property retain maximum value. Here are a few tips and tricks for sprucing up your outdoor spaces yourself. A beautiful yard is a head-turner, no doubt about it. The good news is that even if you can’t tell a […]

Do Swimming Pools Add Value to Homes?

By: Julie Sturgeon Follow these HouseLogic tips to learn how swimming pools affect home value, and get advice on construction and maintenance costs. Does a pool add value to a home? No. And yes. In general, building a pool is not the best way to add value to your home. You’re better off making physical […]

Ants, Wasps, & Mosquitoes: Do-No-Harm Defense or All-Out War?

By: Lisa Kaplan Gordon Published: May 25, 2011 This week we’ve been helping you <a class=”external” href=”” target=”_blank”>make patios and decks more comfortable</a> during hot and humid days. Today, we’re focusing on how to prevent ants (try Cream of Wheat), yellow jackets, and mosquitoes from ruining your outdoor fun this summer. Would you rather shoo […]

Your Guide to Outdoor Maintenance — Midwest

By: Dave Toht Published: February 12, 2010 If you live in the Midwest, prevent problems and preserve the value of your property with proactive outdoor maintenance. Substantial snowmelt and heavy spring rains signal the onset of summer’s heat and humidity in the Midwest—extreme conditions that put stress on the exterior of a house and other […]

Outdoor Lighting for Curb Appeal and Safety

By: Dave Toht Well-planned outdoor lighting improves curb appeal, safety, and security for your home. Think about it: Most of your guests (and if your home is on the market, many would-be buyers) see your home only in the evening, when its best features may be lost in the shadows. Well-executed outdoor lighting enhances architectural […]