Top 10 Common Repair Costs

By: Lisa Kaplan Gordon In the life of every home, repairs happen. Here are the top 10 most common repairs that, sooner or later, your house will require. A dripping faucet can be fixed for about $30 dollars if you DIY. Bring in a plumber for the repair and you may spend up to $300 […]

Identifying House Foundation Problems

By: Jeanne Huber   Foundation problems may mean expensive repairs. Here’s what to look for to keep small concerns from becoming big headaches. Knowing the early warning signs of foundation troubles can head off problems that ultimately could cost tens of thousands of dollars to fix. The sooner you identify potential problems, the easier — […]

12 Causes and Cures for Common Home Maintenance Problems

By: Jeanne Huber   Many sensory clues give you early warning of home maintenance problems — if you can decode the symptoms. Funky tap water? Trembling floorboards? Those are two signs from your home that a maintenance issue might be lurking. Image: Libby Walker for HouseLogic Your house sometimes acts as if it’s alive — […]

Spring & Summer Seasonal Maintenance Guide — Midwest

By: Karin Beuerlein If you live in the Midwest, here are maintenance jobs you should complete in spring and summer to prevent costly repairs and keep your home in top condition. Certain home maintenance tasks should be completed each season to prevent structural damage, save energy, and keep all your home’s systems running properly. What […]

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 […]

Saving Money Still Trumps Green — Unless It’s DIY Green

By: Christina Hoffmann Published: October 17, 2011 The green movement appears to be shifting away from buying green products (too expensive) and toward make-it-yourself solutions. It’s just like we’ve always said here at HouseLogic: Green living is great, but it’s even better when it saves you money, too. The New York Times yesterday reported that […]

Getting a Green Stamp of Approval — Does It Pay?

By: Nicolette Toussaint Published: April 12, 2011 Will a green certification improve your home’s value and resale prospects? We think yes—if you live out west. It’s a growing trend, with more buyers seeking a sustainability seal of approval. The big three ratings are: The Energy Star seal from the U.S. government, the National Home Builder’s […]