Browsing Month: May 2020

Will a Pool Add Value to Your Home? Experts Weigh In

A pool’s impact on your property value depends on these variables. Installing an in-ground pool costs upward of $30,000. It’s an eye-catching addition to your landscaping, and it makes your house the go-to hangout spot among friends and family. But is it worth the investment? Will a pool add value to your home? Like any home improvement, a well-designed pool should increase your property value, but the reality depends on several factors. Here, experts explain four things that affect the monetary worth of a backyard pool. Buyer Characteristics Any sale requires a buyer. If all the people viewing your property specifically want…

11 Unexpected and Refreshing Household Uses for Listerine

Listerine is known for killing germs that cause bad breath, but winning the war against halitosis is hardly its only triumph. Antiseptic mouthwash can take on all sorts of tough tasks — here are 12 unexpected and amazing ways to use it. 1. Clean your garbage disposal. It’s a brilliant but disgusting concept, really — a blender made especially for grinding up and flushing food refuse, built right into your kitchen sink. But after a while, you might notice it start to stink like a bowl of leftover chili that’s been sitting in the sun for two weeks. Pour in a half-cup of Listerine…

7 Ideas to Use Paint to Restore Worn-Out Things in Your Home

Paint isn’t just for walls. Here’s how to breathe new life into old stuff (like your worn-out vinyl floor). Did you know that a little paint can perk up carpets, appliances, and even vinyl floors? With proper prep, you can paint just about anything in your house. Here are seven of our favorite house paint ideas to give new life to old things: 1 Paint Door, Drawer, and Cabinet Hardware Spray paint can turn builder-grade brass locks and hinges into fashion-forward hardware with an oil-rubbed bronze, pewter, or stainless look. Insert the door lock’s spindle into a square of Styrofoam,…

Hiring and Managing Your Home Repair Contractor

Your "do-it-yourself" attitude is commendable, but at some point, you’ll need to hire a home repair contractor and pay someone to fix something in your home. There are going to be situations when you don’t have the time, inclination or skill to make a particular repair or do some of the work you need to be done. We all hire someone to fix something in our house at some point. What you’ll find here is some guidance on when and how to select a home repair or maintenance contractor. Types of Home Repair Contractors When you need repair work done on your home, you…

Ways to Improve Your Home’s Exterior

  1. The simplest way to assess the curb appeal of your house is to walk to the curb—or to the street—and view it with the critical eyes of someone who has never looked at it before. Enlist the help of a friend whose opinion you value, sense of style you admire, and who will be honest. Take pictures of the house and front yard, along with close-ups of the door, path, landscaping and other details. Know your home’s architectural style. Is it Midcentury Modern, Colonial, Georgian, or maybe Spanish? Get smart about your region’s climate and local environmental issues that might…