Recent Home Improvement Articles

deadbolt door lock and handle
Home Improvement
Team eLocal

Need a New Deadbolt? Here's a Cost Breakdown

Because your budget is equally important to the well-being of your family, knowing when a deadbolt should be replaced and the potential cost to install or replace a deadbolt lock ensures you can meet your needs without breaking the bank.

a young technician wearing a blue shirt and safety glasses atop his headt akes a look at a water heater before an inspection
Home Improvement
Team eLocal

How Much Does a Home Inspection Cost?

A home inspection is invaluable to both the would-be homeowner and the home seller.  A closer look at home inspection costs can help lift the shroud of mystery surrounding this essential part of the buying and selling process.

smart thermostat
Home Improvement
Hannah Stephens

How Much Does a Smart Thermostat Cost?

Smart thermostats work by turning off your furnace or air conditioning units when you don't need them. However, it's essential to balance these savings against the higher cost of a smart thermostat.

crack in the foundation
Home Improvement
Shelley Frost

Should You Waterproof Your Foundation?

When you waterproof a foundation, you help protect it from potentially damaging effects of water, like leaks inside your finished basement or mold growth. Weigh the pros and cons as you consider this project.

Critical case for a septic sewer line repair. Contractor notes: Ext-home on hanging sewer, backed up, but not showing signs at c/o (cutoff?). Heavy sump activity + water bubbling up from the cracks in floor when running water only. Snaked twice, spiral + 4way. Rough at 55’, 60’, clear at 72’. Pulled back heavy roots + small rodents. Good flow, drains well. Attempted to run camera, could not progress beyond 22’
Home Improvement
Hannah Stephens

How Much Does It Cost to Waterproof Your Foundation?

It's often worth investing in a foundation waterproofing system to protect your home. Let's explore how much foundation waterproofing costs, including key budgeting considerations.

Men use safety harnesses to ascend into a tall Linden tree to prune its branches with a chainsaw
Home Improvement
Team eLocal

How Much Do Tree Services Cost?

Trees and large shrubs can also pose a safety issue if they're in poor condition or begin encroaching on buildings and electricity lines. Knowing how much shrub and tree services cost can help you prepare for garden maintenance bills.

two men painting the side of a house
Home Improvement
Elizabeth Marcant

Does It Matter What Color Your Siding Is, Aside From the Obvious?

When buying vinyl siding, color is an important consideration for many homeowners. But you might not realize that the decision is even more important than a little curb appeal.

zoned electronic HVAC damper
Home Improvement
Katelynne Shepard

What Is HVAC Zoning — and How Can I Use It to Heat and Cool More Efficiently?

A traditional HVAC system can have difficulty maintaining temperatures over multiple levels or large, sprawling ranches, but you don't have to suffer or put window ACs in every bedroom. That’s where HVAC zoning comes in.


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