Are You Torturing Your Trees?

Trees are stuck with you. They can’t run away when you make life tough for them. Trees have no voice and must suffer in silence. The worst thing is that many well-meaning, even tree-loving, property owners unwittingly torture their trees. Whether you inherited trees when you bought your current real estate or you’ve planted trees…

Are Extended Warranties Worth the Cost?

Extended warranties offer consumers longer terms of coverage on service, repair and replacement for their home’s appliances than the standard out-of-the-box warranty from the manufacturer. These warranties are highly profitable for retailers, as they can run up the total cost of your purchase by $100 or more, with very few claims being filed per year.…

Defining Who Owns What is Critical

Q. I am on the Board of Directors of our homeowner association, and as winter is around the corner, we know we will start getting calls from owners to make repairs to such things as the streets, our tot lot, and the community recreational facility. However, we often get requests to repair (or replace) such…

How to Choose a Roofer

Fall is a popular time to repair or replace a roof because the summer rush is typically over. But selecting the right roofing company can be more challenging than you might think, and with an expense this large and a project this important, making the right choice is critical. “Installing a new roof is one…

Renovations to Make Aging at Home Easier

As you or your loved one ages, your home may need to be adapted to accommodate lifestyle changes, accessibility and independence. Over 41% of individuals plan to stay in their own homes until the age of 81 or older. It is important to make gradual adaptations to your home as you age to allow for…

Trend Alert: Monochromatic Rooms

Developing a color scheme for your home can be among the most challenging aspects of design. You may love a certain color, but how, and where, do you use it? And then what do you do with the rest of the walls and the floors and the furniture and the accessories? It can all be…

Setting Up Your New Patio, One Step at a Time

You just bought a new house, and you finally have the outdoor space you’ve been dreaming about. There’s only one problem—when it comes to choosing outdoor furniture and decor, you don’t know where to begin. Follow these easy tips to simplify the set-up of your new patio. 1. Visualize the End Result When you think…

5 Tips for Economically Renovating Your Home

Maybe you want to freshen up your house’s look before the long winters, or a home repair has been long overdue. Irrespective of the reason though, a home renovation plan can be both exciting and exhausting. What’s more, the work can be costly too. In 2017, homeowners spent an average of $15,000 on house renovations.…