Yahoo Homes recently came out with an article that listed the Top 10 most popular home remodeling projects that aren’t worth your money. Apparently, even though the economy is in revival mode (didn’t you get the memo?), these 10 projects won’t give you the return on your investment when you sell your home.
The trouble is, maybe you’re not going to be selling your home, maybe you plan on sticking around for a few years. Maybe (gasp!) you even plan on raising all of your kids in your home until you send the youngest off to college (and your oldest is only 6 now). But we digress. Let’s get to the list, and see what other options there are for your hard earned dollar.
Trends in home design come and go, but if there’s one thing on which designers, realtors and homeowners almost always agree, it’s that hardwood floors never go out of style. But while they’re beautiful, and hold their value, they also require a little know how to keep them gorgeous.
In cold weather pipes can freeze for multiple reasons: quick drops in temperature, poor insulation, or having the thermostat set too low. Plastic and copper pipes can burst when they freeze, and recovering from this is not as simple as calling a plumber. A crack in a pipe can cause flooding, structural damage and the potential for mold. Read on for tips on how to prevent pipes from freezing even in the coldest months of the year. And, what to do if your pipes do freeze...
Turkey, stuffing, gravy, cranberry sauce, all those casseroles and pies... and don't forget those festive holiday drinks! If you're the host of this annual get together, only you know about the rainbow of stains left behind on your gorgeous tablecloths and freshly cleaned carpets. According to new research from the IICRC*, two in three households have had their floors or upholstery stained during the holidays. We've checked in with the heavyweights of stain removal from Heloise and Better Homes & Gardens to Good Housekeeping and our very own Spectrum Blog, to give you the best tips for removing the toughest stains from red wine and lipstick to pumpkin pie and gravy - and everything in between. So relax and enjoy your holiday - we've got you covered!
Remember how clean your house looked right after the walls were freshly painted* ? Living in your home day in and day out (especially with kids!) can take a toll. Cleaning walls is a big job, but it’s much cheaper than repainting! Follow these steps for how to clean walls and you’ll get that new home feeling back in no time!
Your mattress is a big investment, and should buy you many years of sweet dreams. But sleeping on it night after night, year after year can take a toll, which is why it’s so important to take good care of it. Here are 7 mattress cleaning tips to help you get the most out of your investment: