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Good news for budget-minded cleaning compulsives: Getting organized in the kitchen won't drain your piggy bank. Stash more cash and control the chaos with these low-cost kitchen storage solutions, all readily available at home centers, discount stores, and online. Rack attack: Store pots, everyday dishes, spices, and wine on racks that are freestanding, wall-hung, and ceiling-hung-and voila! Everything (0 comments)
Once a favorite during the 1960s and 70s, laminate kitchen countertops are enjoying new popularity as an affordable, durable, moisture-proof, and surprisingly attractive replacement for your home's worn kitchen countertops. Shop around and you'll discover a nearly unlimited selection of richly colored solids, dazzling patterns, and enticing-to-touch textures. Laminates are cagey too: Check out (3 comments)
Grade the soil and remove plants to keep water from damaging your foundation. Additional home improvement videos can be found at DannyLipford.com. You don't need to be a house inspector to know that puddles in the basement or a lake on the front lawn are signs of drainage trouble. But not all (0 comments)
Use tracing paper to plan out a landscaping project. Additional home improvement videos can be found at DannyLipford.com. Landscaping is one of the surest ways to pump up the value of your property. According to research by Virginia Cooperative Extension, going from a plain lawn and a concrete driveway to a well-landscaped lot raises a home's perceived value by 12.7%. The (0 comments)
Make sure you know what you're doing before revving up a chainsaw--it takes practice to wield one properly. Image: Stihl The world of landscaping tools is vast-you could fill your garage with types of hoes alone. But you'll have to invest money and space in basic landscaping tools to maintain and improve your property. Here are 10 must-haves. Round point shovel: Arguably (0 comments)
It's wise to invest in a good paint roller set. This one from Purdy is designed to last 20 years. Image: Purdy Professional Paint Tools Chances are you'll never swap out a toilet yourself; but sooner or later you're going to paint, stain, or plastic-coat something. Here are the painting tools you'll need in (0 comments)
Adjustable pipe wrenches have two jaws--one that's fixed and one that adjusts with the turn of a thumb screw. Plumbing tools are a godsend when a sink clogs or toilet overflows on weekends, holidays, or just before dinner guests arrive. For big problems, like a burst pipe, shut off your water (know where your shutoff valve is) and call a plumber. But you can fix everyday (2 comments)
When adding insulation, a contractor will drill a small hole in the wall and blow cellulose or some other loose-fill material between studs. Image: John Nordell/The Christian Science Monitor via Getty Images Many older homes have too little wall insulation, insulation that's settled over time, or no insulation at all. If that's the case for your (1 comments)
An average home loses up to 30% of its heating and cooling energy through air leaks. The most significant air leaks tend to occur around windows and doors. To stop air leaks and prevent your home heating and cooling dollars from vanishing in the wind, it's important to seal any air leaks around windows and doors. Check for (1 comments)
The windows are closed, the heater is fired up-and then there's a stench you just can't get rid of. It's difficult to air out your home during the winter. And what's worse, your heating system and fireplace can cause all sorts of new unpleasant odors, too. To keep your abode smelling fresh and clean until spring, we made a (0 comments)
The first step in getting a sidewalk or other infrastructure in your neighborhood is to talk to local officials. Image: Royalty-Free/Corbis/Jupiterimages. Improve the Infrastructure of Your Community. Courtesy of Josh Gonzalez of Coldwell Banker Prime Properties in Clifton Park NY (0 comments)
A 13-watt CFL produces the same amount of light as a 60-watt incandescent bulb, and puts out a fraction of the heat. Image: GE Reveal® CFLs Turning Off the Incandescent Light Bulb. Courtesy of Josh Gonzalez of Coldwell Banker Prime Properties Clifton Park NY, and (1 comments)
Keep your condo/HOA neighbors in the know with a listserv or online group, but watch out for the downsides.
Spread Condo or HOA News Quickly with Online Tools. Courtesy of Josh Gonzalez of Coldwell Banker Prime Properties and Todd Stewart of Stewart Construction Inc. You'll probably need a monitor to ensure comments stay within the rules if you choose to set up a website or a listserv for your community. Image: Klaus Tiedge/Blend Images/Getty (0 comments)
Condo Association Newsletter Helps Owners Feel More at Home. Courtesy of Josh Gonzalez of Coldwell Banker Prime Properties and Todd Stewart of Stewart Construction Inc. If your neighbors are willing to share their email addresses, circulating an electronic newsletter is cheaper than printing copies. Image: Ryan McVay/Photodisc/Getty Images Peek behind the curtains at strong, connected condominium (0 comments)
Master Closet Organization and Layout. Courtesy of Josh Gonzalez Clifton Park NY Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Prime Properties, and Todd Stewart of Stewart Construction, Custom Home Builder in Burnt Hills NY. A 10x10 closet should provide enough space for two people's needs, plus enough elbow room to reach everything comfortably. Image: ClosetMaid Remodeling a master bedroom, adding on a master suite, or building a new (0 comments)
New Construction Homes for Sale in Saratoga Springs NY near the MacGregor Golf Course and Country Club. 6 Connor's Way. Custom Build Homes by Todd Stewart of Stewart Construction Inc. Courtesy of Todd Stewart and Josh Gonzalez of Coldwell Banker Prime Properties.
When her law firm closed and her marriage ended, Marcia Johnson was left with more debt than she could handle. Image: Cliff Jette for HouseLogic We read the statistics about the number of home owners facing foreclosure and listen to the conventional wisdom telling us what the causes are. But no list of numbers brings home the foreclosure crisis more clearly than profiles of the people who are actually fighting to stay in their homes. As we (8 comments)
Do your homework before buying home business insurance so you'll be on the same page with the insurance company. Image: Fuse/Getty Images If you think your homeowners insurance policy also protects your home office equipment, think again. Only a business owners policy provides the home business insurance you need when your computer, fax, or printer get whacked by a natural or man-made disaster. (0 comments)
Because a pocket door slides into the wall instead of swinging open and shut, you'll gain a lot of storage space next to the door. Image: Johnson Hardware Storage Solutions: The Secret Life of Pocket Doors. Courtesy of Josh Gonzalez of Coldwell Banker Prime Properties in Clifton Park NY, and Todd Stewart of Stewart Construction Inc in (0 comments)
You can buy recessed medicine cabinets that are customized for your storage needs. Image: Handcrafted medicine cabinets by Wood Essentials Between-the-Studs Shelving and Storage: Find Your Niche in Life. Courtesy of Josh Gonzalez of Coldwell Banker Prime Properties in Clifton Park NY, and Todd Stewart of Stewart Construction Inc in (0 comments)
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