How to Choose a Contractor

You need some work done on your home, but maybe you’ve never hired someone before or you’ve moved to a new area and need to find a contractor. Choosing someone to take on your project can be a little overwhelming.

The last thing you need on top of a home renovation is a problem with your contractor. After all, you’ve hired someone to do the work to make your renovation easier, not more stressful! A few simple guidelines will ensure that you find the right contractor to make your project a reality with as little stress as possible. [Read more…]

Easy Tips to Lower Your Utility Bills

Who enjoys spending hundreds of dollars on utilities every month? That’s right, no one. But most of us don’t even think about all the little things we do every day that cost us money.

Some small changes in your home can be really worthwhile. Sure, each change might just save you a few cents here and there, but over time, this can add up to big savings. With some easy and inexpensive cost-saving measures, you can painlessly save some of that cash you’re shelling out each month. [Read more…]

2014 Home Renovations with the Best ROI

Want to add value to your property, but not sure which improvements are most worth your time, effort and—especially—your money? The heady fix-and-flip days of 2006 may be long gone, but certain renovations still increase your property’s appeal and add to its value.

Every year, puts out an annual Cost vs. Value report on the top home renovations with the biggest payout (as well as a list of the ones to avoid). The data in this report is a great way to test our assumptions about what adds the most value to our homes. So, without further adieu, let’s check out some of the findings from this year’s Cost vs. Value report and find those home renovations with the best ROI for 2014. [Read more…]

The Kilowatt Hour Explained

Like everyone else this winter, I’ve watched as my electrical bill has gone up and up and up. I’m not complaining, it’s cold and I’ve been using the heat to shield myself from the polar vortex lurking outside my walls.

But in looking at my bill, I realized that I really didn’t understand what I was looking at. Turns out, a good deal of people don’t exactly get it either. ‘Kilowatt Hour? What the heck is that?!’ Thankfully Google is here to answer all of my questions. Here’s what I learned:

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