Deferred maintenance: A ticking clock?

September 28, 2019

The obvious: Foreclosures are leaving homes empty and abandoned, and whole neighborhoods in areas hit hardest by the housing bust are decaying beyond repair.
The not-so-obvious: Abandonment isn't the only thing that can affect future housing stock. Deferred maintenance can, too.

"We are seeing more deferred maintenance in light of the recession," says William G. Clark III, a Realtor on the board of directors of the Manhattan Association of Realtors.

Deferred maintenance is when ...

Automatic and Programmable Thermostats

October 27, 2019

In our modern, high tech society, we don't think much about some of the electronic gadgets in our homes. Take, for example, the ever present thermostat--a staple of North American households for decades. It usually takes the shape of an unassuming box on the wall, but that modest device controls the comfort of your family on the coldest day in ...

Tips On Energy Efficient Windows

October 26, 2019

Windows bring light, warmth, and beauty into buildings and give a feeling of openness and space to living areas. They can also be major sources of heat loss in the winter and heat gain in the summer. However, when properly selected and installed, windows can help minimize a home's heating, cooling, and lighting costs. This information describes ...

Losing the living room

September 26, 2019

As demographics change, these changes are reflected in requested floor plans. New lifestyles are dictating living spaces that are compatible with today's families and individuals. When Country Home magazine built a show house at the World Financial Center based on an informal reader survey, it had no living room at all. According to the ...

Hot remodeling trends for the budget-conscious

September 25, 2019

With more Americans nesting - the Census Bureau, no surprise, reports that far fewer people moved to a new home in 2008 than 2007 - and money tight, budget remodeling is in. Homeowners want to be comfy in their nests. So what home improvements are hot, and which can you do on the cheap that will add value to your home? There are, in fact, ...

Should I paint roof to better match house?

September 24, 2019

Q: I have enjoyed your column for some time, and I now have a question about the composition shingle roof on a house we just purchased. The roof is only 5 years old and is in good shape, but we want to paint the house. Unfortunately, the existing roof color will contrast poorly with the paint colors we've chosen. Is there any kind of paint or ...

Humidity vs. summer months

September 22, 2019

With the humidity of the summer months upon us, it's a good time to consider the best ways to protect your home from moisture. Excessive amounts of moisture inside a home could lead to mold, which can cause health problems and may be difficult to remove. Take a few minutes to review the following tips to help protect your home from moisture ...

Luxe-for-less home makeovers

September 19, 2019

Forget collagen or chemical peels. If you're like many, it's your home that really needs a facelift. This quarter, Americans are expected to spend $171.1 billion on home improvement, according to research by Harvard University's Joint Center for Housing Studies. While that number is staggering, it's still 2.5% less than what homeowners spent in ...


September 12, 2019

More than any other home improvement project, painting is the number one choice of do-it-yourselfers. When asked, consumers report that they would more likely paint an interior room themselves. Paint companies and retailers are responding with products that are more eco-friendly. So when it's time to pick up the brushes, rollers, pans and drop ...

High tech in the kitchen

September 6, 2019

The demand for high-tech appliances to do the work for us has never been greater. Many companies are developing products with high-tech capabilities that make kitchen work a little easier. Check out some of the latest trends! Smart refrigerators - LG Electronics makes a refrigerator with a built-in computer and barcode scanner that helps keep ...
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