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Spring

When’s the best time to remodel?

The changing seasons bring a lot of color to our world, but they can also mean putting projects you want to do on your home on delay. You don’t want to be redoing a roof in the middle of rainy season, or pouring concrete when the ground is frozen. Picking the right time of year for your remodel goals can mean the difference between a successful project done on time and on budget, and a remodel that drags on for weeks and hits half a dozen snags. Below, we’ve compiled a list of just a few things to consider when …

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What are red flags for home professionals?

Hiring a professional to work in your house is a touchy thing. You want to get the best work for your dollar, but not all of the “professionals” out there will give you the kind of quality work you’re looking for, or even be honest about how much it will cost you in the end. To help homeowners figure out how to tell the true professionals from the scam artists, we turned to our home industry experts to find out what the red flags are for the home expert industry. Here’s a list of the biggest red flags they pointed …

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How can you cut costs without compromising quality?

Whether you’re building a home from scratch or planning a remodel, doing home improvement or construction work can get costly very quickly. It’s unsurprising, then, that homeowners are always looking for ways to save money and cut down on their budget. However, there are many aspects of a construction budget that should never be compromised, and too often homeowners settle for shoddy work because of a savings opportunity. How can you cut back on your cost without compromising quality or, more importantly, safety? Our home experts have some suggestions for where you can save money. Get Professional Advice It may …

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What resources do home improvement professionals use?

Even the most practiced professional sometimes runs into a new problem he or she doesn’t know how to handle, or encounters a situation where they need help. Whether it’s just learning how to do a new kind of installation or needing a specific specialty item to do work that you aren’t familiar with, knowing where to turn when you’re in a little over your head is part of the job. There are lots of different places to turn when you need advice or assistance, but not all resources are created equal. That’s why we asked our home industry experts where …

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How do you prepare a home for the disabled or elderly?

When you’ve just bought your dream home or are designing and building it yourself, you might not want to think about the future when you may not be so able-bodied. Sadly, youth doesn’t last forever, and homeowners who want to age in place must take this into consideration from the get-go. Preparing a home for the elderly or disabled can be more complicated and more costly than you might think, and it’s not just about adding hand holds in the bathroom! Luckily, our experts have a lot of advice to make it easier on you. Expert Steve Robinson points us …

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When should you recycle, upcycle, or remove old junk?

Sometimes, it feels like junk is piling up all around you and there’s nothing you can do about it. After all, you can’t just send that old-school TV to the dump, can you? It’s not like the garbage collection men are going to take it, and nobody is going to want such out of date technology. There are tons of items like this, and they accumulate over the years until you feel like there’s no more room for you among all the junk in your house. Luckily, our experts had a great deal of advice about how to upcycle, recycle …

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Sidestep the Dangers of Your Stairs

You might not think of climbing the stairs as a risky endeavor, but you probably should. In the United States, a child with a stair-related injury is admitted to the ER every six minutes, and many other stair-related accidents go unreported. Luckily, these accidents are preventable. Educating yourself about the dangers of an improperly constructed staircase can save you and your family from future tumbles. Our Home professionals are answering our latest question right now! Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter to get all the latest updates and info from our Home Expert Network. Sidestep the Dangers …

Pests

Pesky House Pests

Pests are annoying, costly, and downright dangerous. So when pests enter your home, it should be your highest priority to get rid of them. In most cases, hiring an exterminator is the fastest, most cost-effective way to rid your home of problem pests. Figure out what kind of pests you have, what removal options are available and get to exterminating. The infographic below was created out of joint collaboration between our staff writers and our Expert Network professionals. Our Home professionals are answering our latest question right now! Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter to get all …

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Breaking Down Break-Ins

Getting robbed is one of the most traumatic experiences a person can go through and a primary concern for all homeowners who want to keep their families and their possessions safe. We asked our experts for some tips on ensuring that your home is as secure as possible. With their help and our own research, we created the infographic below to help guide you towards a safer, burglar-proof home. Our Home professionals are answering our latest question right now! Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter to get all the latest updates and info from our Home Expert …

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How do you winterize a home?

Last week, we asked our panel of home improvement experts about the best projects to prepare your home for the coming winter. We got a fantastic response that highlights winterization projects for the coldest regions of the country, but also for more temperate regions that may not get frozen but can definitely benefit from some cold season preparation. We’ve compiled as short list of our favorite tips below. Because we got such a good response, we’ve decided to make a winterization project infographic due for release late next week, so stay tuned! Protecting Pipes Freezing pipes are a nightmare for …