Q: My wife and I own our home in Florida. We paid a bit over $300,000 early last year for the property. The home was newly built when we bought it, but prices are rising quickly in our area and it’s now worth around $350,000.
Were you one of the millions of homeowners, renters or business owners who suffered from the recent miserable polar weather in the core of the USA? The storm and low temperatures left millions without power, drinking water, food and other necessities. Frozen and burst water pipes in houses and businesses are now as plentiful as flies at a summer cookout.
Real estate agents have an urgent message for homeowners: Now is the time to sell. “A lot of people are missing the best market now by waiting,” says agent Kris…
Q: I read your response to the 66-year old buyer who was considering the purchase of a home.
The Black-white homeownership gap is larger today than it was in 1968 when the Fair Housing Act, which outlawed discrimination when Americans buy or rent a home, apply for a mortgage…
Wondering how to begin decluttering your home? Here’s how to tackle the toughest areas of your house. Take a mental inventory of what you see and write down how the room makes you feel. Then, close your eyes and imagine what you want your new space to look like. Write down how the new vision makes you feel, and place this in a prominent spot as a reminder of what’s to come. If you stick to the process, you will reach your goals. Here’s how to tackle the toughest areas of your house.
Welcome to NerdWallet’s Smart Money podcast, where we answer your real-world money questions. This week’s episode starts with a discussion of why you probably want to file your taxes sooner…
You can transform flat walls in a room with a subtle texture and create the look of plaster without being rough using a specialty paint. The drywall becomes a warm and welcoming surface with paint applied like a faux finish; it’s often used by new home builders as a way to distinguish the surface of walls without adding a wallcovering to them.
Every toilet replacement can be a little different. So here are a few extra details for you to consider from contractor/plumber Ed Del Grande.
All air mattresses leak. But if you seem to be doing more re-inflating than sleeping, it’s time to put on your detective cap and search for that leak.
Whether neon, architectural or gothic black, the latest trends in houseplants are a direct result of the pandemic. Here's what to expect this year.
Q: Tim, I’ve got a challenge for you. I live in a 100-year-old Craftsman house with gorgeous wood trim around the windows and doors. The trim is wide, and there’s a stunning head piece across the top of all windows and doors.
Q: I have a question about transferring my home to my children. I have a house that I plan to leave to my daughters in my will. I realize that this route will mean going through a probate, which is both a time consuming and expensive process. I am also aware that a living trust would allow me to transfer the ownership of the home to my kids without probate.
Food storage containers can prolong the life of leftovers, keep pests out of dry food, and help you organize your refrigerator, but a bad container lets in air and moisture, and leaves food spoiled. Here are 4 great containers to keep your kitchen organized.
Q: I have a question about the timeshare property that was owned by my late husband. My husband died of a sudden heart attack recently, without a will. He was the sole owner of the timeshare and he had no estate and there’s no probate case pending.
If you’re wondering how to paint kitchen cabinets, you’ve come to the right place. Giving your cabinets a makeover can dramatically change the look and feel of your kitchen, whether you’re opting for a clean white paint or a more adventurous dark or colorful hue.
Colorful glassware, inspired by old churches' stained glass windows, is a newly returned trend for 2021.
You may be holed up in your home as I am. Lately, I’ve been spending some time looking at the thousands of photographs I’ve shot over the past few years. When I travel and see something interesting about construction, building or historic value, I always try to capture it in a photograph or short video.
Q: We have a bachelor son and a married daughter. In 2016, we invited our son to move back home with us. He agreed on the condition that we renovate our basement for him to live there.
Q: Three years ago, my son purchased a house. I am the lender for his mortgage. Last year, unable to resist a low interest rate, I took out a bank mortgage on my own home. Both my son and I pay about $6,000 in interest annually. So, effectively, $6,000 passes into and out of my hands.
Whether you’ve lived in your house for years or just moved in, it can be a challenge to create a home that feels authentically “you.” Sure, you (and maybe your partner, kids, pets) live there, but designing a home that reflects your personal style and celebrates your favorite memories and experiences requires a little extra effort. To make your house feel more like a home, start with the simple changes below. Small details like displaying favorite mementos and adding a house plant or two may be all it takes to bring extra personality to your space.
Removing ice from roads and walkways in winter might be essential for safety, but salt can be damaging to plants and soil. Here's what to know.