Home Maintenance

Five Home Maintenance Tasks to Perform Now

Summer has officially been over for two weeks. In some areas, fall is in full force. In others, winter is getting ready to make itself known. Now is a great time to perform five home maintenance tasks, and save yourself potential trouble this winter. Check Weatherstripping on Windows and Door Frames Check the weatherstripping around windows and door frames for drafts now. Then head to the home repair…
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Is Expensive Furniture Worth It?

Is expensive furniture still worth buying or should you start looking for affordable furniture for your home? These days, quality furniture is easy to find and it doesn’t have to be expensive. I tend to steer clear of the lowest quality furniture, such as the pieces found at Living Spaces and stores like it, but if you look carefully, you can find local stores that sell decent furniture…
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My $14 Kitchen Makeover

I loathe my kitchen. It was apparently designed by a bachelor who did not cook and it’s ridiculous. We have tons of storage everywhere in the apartment except the kitchen. Every day, I yell “I hate this kitchen” while making dinner. But not anymore! Now that we’ve completed our $14 kitchen makeover, I don’t love it, but I hate it a lot less. These are photos of my old kitchen…
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How to Make a Window Cornice

A couple of months ago I showed you how to make a no-sew window swag.  If you want a more architectural window treatment, and still don’t want to sew, it’s time to consider DIY window cornice. Once again, you’ll need power tools and lumber, but you won’t have to sew. I used instructions I found at Lowe’s, but I discovered along the way that some modifications were necessary, so…
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Stupid Homeowner Tricks: When a Cheap DIY Project Requires a Pro

Last week, we developed a leak near the main water line. The water pressure regulator was just replaced two years ago, so we knew it wasn’t that. After testing the water pressure with an $11 water gauge, we determined the leak was probably from a worn out Pressure Relief Valve. I went to Home Depot and bought the $10 replacement part. Then I returned home and discovered that…
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What Is a Home Warranty?

You’re probably familiar with the warranties your electronics came with – those convoluted promises it’s impossible to make a claim under. A home warranty is not exactly the same, and it can be issued on a house of any age. If you’re a new owner, you should get one. Current owners should consider it. What a Home Warranty Is A home warranty is a service contract on the…
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Simple Home Improvement Project: No-Sew Window Swag

This weekend I embarked on a simple home improvement project that was as cheap as it was easy. I made swags to go over my kitchen windows. It didn’t require any sewing, and depending on the price of the fabric, costs as little as $30 per window. You don’t have to sew, but you will need some power tools. No-Sew Window Swag Materials (in order) Measuring tape Fabric:…
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25 Household Uses for Lemons

I’m the proud owner of a lemon tree, which means that I have a LOT of lemons. I do use 3-5 lemons a week in cooking, but I’m going to have get much more creative to keep all that bounty from going to waste. Fish: Fish and lemon just go together. Squeeze a bit over the top or add it to the pan juices for a lovely sauce.…
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My Top Ten Tips for Evaluating a Home

Most of the homes my husband and I looked at were empty, so we didn’t worry about overpaying for a well-staged home. I think the home we made our first offer on sold for too much because it showed well. Don’t let yourself overpay by falling in love with the dressings. Here are my top ten tips for evaluating a home. Ignore the Furniture For the most part.…
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True Adventures in Homeownership – The First Six Weeks

Recently I read that I should be saving 4.5% of the purchase price of my house for home maintenance and repairs. Since I live in California, that’s a fairly high number. But as my recent adventures in home ownership have revealed, it might not be that far from the truth. Hurray for the Warranty First off, let me say hurray for the home warranty we received as new homeowners. We’ve…
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