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Survey: 1 in 4 Americans Severely Underestimate This Home Improvement Cost

AleksandarNakic/E+ via Getty Images With extra time spent at home during the pandemic, more Americans took an interest in fixing up or upgrading their houses.  In fact, average household spending on home services increased to $13,140, up from $9,080 in 2019. Did this increased activity lead to more informed homeowners when it comes to home…

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Finished Basement Ideas to Inspire Your Space

Photo: Edwin Tan / E+ / Getty Images Finishing a basement is one of the most exciting home projects possible. Not only are you increasing the value of your home, but you’re also maximizing the amount of space you can enjoy with loved ones.  Since there are all kinds of approaches you can take to…

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16 Affordable Ways to Increase Your Home’s Value

Photo: sturti / E+ / Getty Images Whether you’re planning to put your home on the market or not, making improvements is always a good idea. You’re likely to appreciate your house more and make the most of your space when you invest in highlighting its features. Plus, correcting easily fixable issues that bring your…

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13 Laundry Room Makeover Tips for Any Budget

Photo: Rawpixel / iStock / Getty Images Even if it’s not a central part of your home, chances are that your laundry room could majorly benefit from a makeover. Since our surroundings influence us more than we realize, it’s possible that giving your laundry area a facelift could positively impact your attitude around household chores….

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Who Rules the Renovation? How Couples Navigate Home Improvements

Over the last 18 months, many of us have spent more time at home than usual—a lot more. Homes became offices, schools, gyms, and art studios when stay-at-home orders took effect. This change had a big effect on the home improvement market as people took a closer look at their surroundings and imagined changes to…

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Are These the Most Disliked Home Maintenance Tasks in America? [Survey]

Buying a house is something many aspire to do, but maintaining it isn’t always as exciting. Once the rush of being handed the keys is over, many new homeowners have trouble getting accustomed to the time and dedication needed for upkeep. For this reason, we’ve surveyed 1,000 homeowners to learn more about their opinion (and…

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20 Home Staging Statistics and Tips

A home stager’s job is to make your house look its best so it’s appealing to as many buyers as possible. Through strategic home styling and simple upgrades, home staging can make the home-selling process much easier and more lucrative. In a hot seller’s market where there are many prospective buyers, it might seem like…

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How to Hire a Residential General Contractor

© – Hiring a general contractor (GC) involves interviewing contractors, comparing quotes and verifying their permits, licenses and insurance plans. Residential contractors organize and execute larger remodeling projects, so it’s vital to find the right one. Use this article as a guide for helping you vet and hire the right professional for your…

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How to Find & Hire an Architect

Every state and territory in the United States has strict and specific requirements for architects. At a minimum, they must possess a bachelor’s degree in architecture and be licensed to practice in that state, as well as have a business license and liability insurance. When you learn how to hire an architect, the project usually…

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Square Footage Calculator

To use this calculator: Measure and record the dimensions of your room. Select the room’s shape, enter your measurements and click the “Calculate” button to determine its area in square feet. To calculate the area of multiple rooms, click “Add a new shape” to create a new calculator for every room or shape. Select the…

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