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10 Essential Skills Every New Homeowner Should Have

Trulia | Posted 07.06.2016 | HuffPost Home

Suddenly, there's no one to call when your toilet just won't stop running, a leak appears below your bedroom window, or your garbage disposal gets clogged. You've got to figure out how to fix the problem yourself -- or hire someone to do it.

8 Reasons To Buy A 1,000-Square-Foot House

Trulia | Posted 06.10.2016 | HuffPost Home

When you think of a small space, you might think of the 500-square-foot tiny homes that have become a popular option for those looking to really downsize.

El Nino: Is Your Home Prepared?

Laura McHolm | Posted 01.14.2016 | HuffPost Home
Laura McHolm

With the recent uptick in severe weather, it is critical to have a roof that is constructed to withstand wind-driven rain, snow, and ice and a yard that properly drains water to prevent flooding and landslides.

11 Things You Should Do For Your Home In November

Houzz | Posted 11.10.2015 | HuffPost Home

With the days growing shorter (and chillier) and holidays coming just around the corner, November is bound to fill up fast with necessary preparations for winter and the holiday festivities. Stay on track during this busy time by checking these to-dos off your list.

Homeowners Can Spend Over $9K A Year In Hidden Costs | Posted 06.22.2016 | HuffPost Home

Buying a home is so much more than finding the perfect place, applying for a home loan and budgeting for a monthly mortgage payment -- it's thousands of dollars more than many homeowners expect.

This Is What Happens When Your Neighbor's Falling Tree Damages Your House

Andrew Lieb | Posted 06.02.2016 | New York
Andrew Lieb

When trees fall from natural cause, such as a hurricane or tornado, your neighbor is not responsible for the damages caused by the tree or even the removal of the tree itself.

Nobody Told Me Owning A Home Would Suck

The Huffington Post | Julie R. Thomson | Posted 12.04.2015 | HuffPost Home

There's a major sense of accomplishment that goes hand-in-hand with buying your first home. Not only does it mean you worked hard and were able to squ...

Your April Home Checklist

Houzz | Posted 06.08.2015 | HuffPost Home

After the grueling winter some regions experienced this winter, many folks are itching to get outdoors and feel a little sun this spring. No matter where you live, answer spring's siren call with these cleaning, freshening and gardening projects to keep your home in top shape.

4 Things You Need to Know About Your First Home's HVAC System

Will Housh | Posted 05.19.2015 | HuffPost Home
Will Housh

Finding the right house isn't always easy to do. Often times, buying your first home can be a confusing process filled with uncertainty and hidden costs that don't surface until months or even years later. HVAC equipment is often one of those hidden costs.

Preparing For Winter: Energy-Efficient Features And Your Home's Value

David S. Bunton | Posted 04.15.2015 | HuffPost Home
David S. Bunton

To cut down on the energy bill and to help the environment, many homeowners are investing in energy-efficient features. While these renovations may cost a little extra in the short-term, they will certainly make a dent in your monthly bills, and may even increase the value of your home.

Neighbor Issues: Snow Removal, Repair and Maintenance on Shared Driveways

Andrew Lieb | Posted 04.01.2015 | New York
Andrew Lieb

Unfortunately, the term "shared" is such an inexact state of being and only through first deciphering how the driveway is actually owned can the mutual obligations for maintenance be precisely determined.

Professional Organizer Turns House Into Home For a Single Dad and His Boys

HooplaHa | Posted 03.16.2015 | Good News

Mike McLeod is a 35-year-old single dad with two sons. Aside from his full-time job, he tries to make ends meet by working as a basketball trainer and referee. He gives back to his community by getting involved in many civic projects. His day begins at 5:30 a.m. and ends at 1 a.m.

Don't Try This at Home: The 7 Most Dangerous DIYs | Posted 01.05.2015 | HuffPost Home

It's important to always hire or consult with a professional before starting the work yourself. Read on to see which potentially hazardous repair and maintenance tasks are best left to the professionals.

7 Things to Do Right Now for a Warmer Winter | Posted 12.30.2014 | HuffPost Home

The crisp snap of autumn weather is a reminder that even colder days lie ahead. Get ready for them by performing a few simple chores now that will keep you toasty all winter long.

5 Times Living Large Wasn't All That It's Cracked Up To Be

The Huffington Post | Samantha Toscano | Posted 08.18.2014 | HuffPost Home

With the era of the McMansion in full swing, it might seem that when it comes to dream homes, bigger really is better. But is living large all that it...

11 Repairs You Can Do Yourself Instead of Calling in an Expert

Hometalk | Posted 08.24.2014 | HuffPost Home

You know that home repair you've been putting off for weeks because you think it'll cost you an arm and a leg to fix? Well, think again! We've collected the best handyman hacks for those annoying household problems, and you're about to discover it's easier than you thought!

Home Renovations And Your Appraisal: What You Need To Know

David S. Bunton | Posted 07.01.2014 | HuffPost Home
David S. Bunton

Now that spring is here, many homeowners are looking to begin their next home remodeling project. Whether you're redoing the patio or finally putting in that new pool, you should remember that the value added from renovations differs widely based on a number of factors.

Is Your House Ready for the Next Polar Vortex?

Angie Hicks | Posted 04.27.2014 | HuffPost Home
Angie Hicks

Preparation is key to increasing your odds of staying warm and dry during the next blizzard or cold snap. So if you haven't already done so, take some time to answer these five questions:

Home in the New Year: 5 Steps to Less Angst

Angie Hicks | Posted 02.17.2014 | HuffPost Home
Angie Hicks

As we find time to bake, prep for guests or (hopefully) relax in front of the fire or TV, many of us experience a nagging sense that something's been left undone. Call it "house angst."

LOOK: One 1950s Home Had 42 Exhausting Rules

The Huffington Post | Brie Dyas | Posted 07.19.2013 | HuffPost Home

Those of us who love vintage homes know that they often require a bit more upkeep than new construction. Whether it's tending to ancient heating syste...

Why the Honey-Do List Gets Shorter When Honey Moves Out

Mandy Walker | Posted 09.16.2013 | Divorce
Mandy Walker

Every household has its honey-do list and inevitably some of the tasks on that list have been there for a very long time. We're not talking weeks, we're talking months, even years.

5 Easy Ways to Improve Your Home's Curb Appeal

Women & Co | Posted 01.01.2013 | HuffPost Home
Women & Co

Recently one of my best friends decided to put her home on the market, and the first thing she did to get ready was improve her home's curb appeal.

10 Costs You Should Always Negotiate

The Huffington Post | Alicia Ciccone | Posted 08.27.2012 | Money

With unemployment rising and the likelihood of a raise dwindling, Americans are looking for ways to cut costs across the board. Unfortunately, man...

How To Improve Your Heart Without Vigorous Exercise: Study

Posted 08.13.2012 | Fifty

Don’t have time in your schedule for a vigorous jog? Take heart: A new study finds mid-lifers can enhance their heart health by regularly engaging i...

Taxpayers Spend Staggering Amount To Keep Foreclosed Homes Looking Nice

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 04.11.2012 | Business

The foreclosure crisis is costing you money. How much, exactly, depends on a number of factors -- whether you own a house, what your property is wo...