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10 Projects To Tackle Before Selling A House

Trulia | Posted 11.23.2015 | HuffPost Home

Tried-and-true tactics such as painting and decluttering can go a long way toward achieving this goal -- but these other simple home staging tips can up your home's wow factor and lead to a quick sale.

Tales of a First-Time Homeowner

Brent Stoller | Posted 11.20.2015 | HuffPost Home
Brent Stoller

Earlier this year, my wife and I closed on our house in Houston. While she's a previous homeowner, this is my first go-round. And I'm lost. Part of my uneasiness is leftover PTSD from seeing my savings account slashed by a cashier's check, but most of it stems from knowing that everything within those walls is my obligation.

Neighbor's Facebook Post Spurs Strangers To Fix Elderly Man's Roof

The Huffington Post | Kimberly Yam | Posted 09.03.2015 | Good News

These strangers banded together to make one elderly man's life a little easier.  David Perez of Fremont, California, watched for a...

Just Moved In? Four Things You Should Know to Protect Your New Home From Hurricane Season

Laura McHolm | Posted 08.20.2015 | HuffPost Home
Laura McHolm

What's the best way to prepare your home to seal out hurricane damage this season? There are simple steps you can take to reduce your home's risk of damage before a hurricane or any intense storm hits.

Caveat Emptor: The Home Inspector

Alex Simon | Posted 06.02.2015 | Business
Alex Simon

You've found your dream home in the perfect neighborhood. The neighbors are friendly, as are their kids and dogs, the schools are nearby and the price is even below what you were expecting.

Top 10 Neighbor Issues

Andrew Lieb | Posted 06.14.2015 | New York
Andrew Lieb

Your Neighbor Killed Your Trees by Over Pruning: How do you even know that the trees that were located on your boundary line were yours and not your n...

Why I Think Customer Service Is Worse Than Ever

Tom Cramer | Posted 01.29.2015 | Fifty
Tom Cramer

Since October, I've been trying to find a company that can fix something in my home, before it got too cold. It was easy to find companies that would sell all new equipment and install. However, I am looking for someone who would also provide estimates for repair, as I believe the largest and most expensive components are salvageable; it's the supporting pieces that are in disrepair.

5 Fast Ways to Prevent Plumbing Nightmares

Hometalk | Posted 10.12.2014 | HuffPost Home

You can catch the plumbing problem before it becomes a crisis, by following the maintenance tips below provided by Jeff and other plumbing nightmare survivors.

8 Tricks for Repairing and Restoring Wood Damage

Hometalk | Posted 09.09.2014 | HuffPost Home

Wood is a beautiful decor element, but it often needs a little TLC to truly reach its full potential. Here are eight of the easiest ways to repair and restore common wood issues.

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.

Are You a Handywoman? Take This Test and See!

Roz Warren | Posted 06.24.2014 | Fifty
Roz Warren

As I was reading Not Your Mother's Book on Home Improvement, a new collection of light-hearted essays by (primarily) middle-aged female do-it-yourselfers, it became abundantly clear to me that, unlike the women who tell their stories here, I am not a do-it-yourselfer. How about you?

Top Dollar

Carson Arthur | Posted 05.13.2014 | HuffPost Home
Carson Arthur

Kitchen and bathrooms sell. Studies show buyers are most interested in, and most critical of, kitchens and bathrooms. If you have some money to put into your home, spend it here.

Hey Oprah, I'm a Decent Plumber Too!

Greg Schwem | Posted 03.31.2014 | Comedy
Greg Schwem

Oprah, anyone with an Internet connection knows by now, is also an amateur plumber. We know this because a photo of her peering into a toilet tank at her Maui home recently went viral.

Do You Trust Internet-Connected Appliances Enough To Let Them Run Your Home?

Tarun Wadhwa | Posted 03.26.2014 | Technology
Tarun Wadhwa

The idea that household appliances need Internet-connected capabilities has always seemed over the top. The products are finally becoming practical. However, before these technologies become mainstream the industry will need to address a major issue: Can they convince consumers that these devices are secure and non-invasive?

7 DIY Skills Every Woman Should Know

The Huffington Post | Brie Dyas | Posted 09.24.2013 | HuffPost Home

Single women are more likely to own their own home than single men (the former also outpaces the latter when it comes to rentals, as well), which mean...

Follow These Simple Steps to Turn Your $10 DIY Home Repair Into a $360 Emergency Plumbing Bill

Eva Moon | Posted 11.03.2013 | Comedy
Eva Moon

I could still hear a little hiss, like it wasn't all the way off, but it looked like it was off. I turned the handle a little harder. No change. Harder. The water started coming out of the hose faster. I turned it the other way. No change. Turned it back. The stream became a torrent.

How Improving a Home Can Improve Your Tax Situation

Mark Steber | Posted 08.24.2013 | Business
Mark Steber

While you can't get time spent on home improvements back, you can often get some of your dollars returned either at tax time or when you sell, provided that you track of all of your costs as you own and work on your home.

Understanding the World of Interior Design

Carter Oosterhouse | Posted 01.21.2013 | HuffPost Home
Carter Oosterhouse

With the numerous jobs that I've had I found out along the way that I love to teach.

5 Beauty Items That Pull Double-Duty At Home

Emily Bracken | Posted 12.28.2012 | HuffPost Home
Emily Bracken

Resting on your shelves are five multi-tasking beauty products that can upkeep your home.

Finding Joy Amidst Dust and Drop Cloths

Bonnie McCarthy | Posted 11.18.2012 | HuffPost Home
Bonnie McCarthy

I wonder why there's no reality show about living in a house undergoing repair? The scenario's got everything: endurance, drama, living by your wits, sleep deprivation, fight scenes, transformation, the ruthless culling of the weak, and ultimately, hopefully, a happy ending.

Hurricane Season and Insurance Coverage: Questions & Answers

Bonnie Schneider | Posted 10.23.2012 | Money
Bonnie Schneider

Tropical weather is heating up! Now that we are in the thick of hurricane season, you may be wondering about disaster insurance: if the worst happens, am I covered?

Inside The $15,000 House That's Now Worth $2 Million

The Huffington Post | Katherine Bindley | Posted 06.26.2012 | Money

In 1982, a photographer living in Nova Scotia bought a house that was at the time the definition of a fixer upper. Sherman Hines spent just $15,000 on...

Tough Times Creating More Fix-It-Yourselfers

Mark C. Miller | Posted 01.16.2012 | Impact
Mark C. Miller

The impulse to live lightly, combined with our challenging economic times, is leading to the resurgence of a movement that's been part of the American psyche since our country was founded -- the impulse to fix one's things oneself.

How I Spent My Summer Vacation: Broke But Now Unbroken

Michele Weldon | Posted 11.06.2011 | Women
Michele Weldon

This was the Summer of the Broken and now Labor Day marks its official end. If the universe was sending me a message -- and I believe she was -- it is that I cannot forever ignore the sagging, splintered pieces of my life's machinery.