Homeowner’s how-to

Tips for updating your home and keeping it safe, efficient, and comfortable.

Common household hazards you might not know exist

Most people feel safe in their home. They can relax from the cares of the world and find the comfort they need. But did you know that some of the most common safety hazards aren’t outdoors? They’re actually in plain sight, right in your home. Here are eight common household hazards you might not realize are there and how to avoid them.

Low-maintenance indoor plants and easy-care tips

Plants are a great way to spruce up your living space and add more life to your home. Besides being beautiful, plants can also improve your indoor air quality. And while you may think caring for plants (and keeping them alive) is out of your reach, it might not be as challenging as you think.

7 tips for hiring the right contractor

You’re ready to upgrade your kitchen. You have the funds set aside, now it’s time to find the right contractor for your project. But as you begin your search, you realize hiring a contractor is not as easy as you thought it would be.

Organize your home office for maximum productivity

Working from home may be a benefit you enjoy. You can manage your day as you wish and avoid the daily grind of getting to and from an office. But whether you work from home every day or just a few days a week, you can maximize your productivity by creating a comfortable and functional home office space.

Prepare your home for colder weather

As the temperature drops, it’s time to unpack your sweaters and use your spare change for an extra latte here and there. It’s also time to think about preparing your home for colder weather. Below you’ll find a few tips to help you get started.

9 tips to having pets and a clean home

Your pet is considered a valued member of your family. You love him, care for him, and treat him as part of the family. But your pet may also bring unwanted challenges — odors, extra hair, and allergens. In fact, studies have shown that some pet owners prefer to suffer from allergies caused by their pet rather than lose his or her companionship.

How to prepare for home repairs

Even with regular maintenance and planning, unexpected home repairs can occur. Whether you have to replace your water heater, put in new flooring due to a flood, or replace the sensors in your garage door, you’ll want to be financially prepared to take care of these issues quickly.

How to declutter your home one room at a time

Many of us have a little clutter around our homes — whether it’s paperwork stacked on the kitchen counter, or boxes stacked in the basement or garage. So when does clutter become a problem? When you spend too much time looking for things “you know you have somewhere.”