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Lawn Seeding vs. Installing Sod: What Are the Differences?

Photo: Kevin Dodge / Getty Images Lawn seeding and installing sod are both methods for establishing a new lawn or repairing an existing one. However, there are some key differences between the two. Lawn seeding involves planting grass seeds directly into the soil, whereas sod installation involves laying down pre-grown strips of grass that are…

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How to Survive the First Year of Homeownership

You scraped together the down payment, endured the gauntlet of the house hunt, and signed enough documents at closing to cause a serious hand cramp. Welcome to homeownership! Now the real fun starts. Owning a home is one of life’s great accomplishments and a source of endless pleasure and pride. But it’s also a huge…

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The True Cost of 5 Common Home Improvement Projects

May 1, 2018 With home improvement season in full swing, homeowners are looking at much-need upgrades and repairs. For most of us, though, there’s no such thing as a bottomless remodeling budget. That’s why it’s essential to get a handle on what things costs and then set your priorities accordingly. To help in that process,…

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Top 5 Tips for Hiring a Home Improvement Contractor

You’ve figured out your home improvement to-do list for the year—hopefully using HomeAdvisor’s True Cost Guide to ensure there’s room in the budget to tackle the various projects. Now you’re ready to start lining up pros to do the work. Of course, hiring a general contractor for a whole-house renovation is more involved than finding…

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The Benefits of Installing a Smart Doorbell

If you’re not sure where to get started with your smart home, try beginning at your front door with the installation of a video doorbell. The device is loads of fun — allowing you to greet visitors from the office or other remote locations – and is easy to install and incredibly practical to boot….

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Incorporating Smart Home Technology Into an Historic Home

I’ve written about home remodeling and design for decades. But the renovation of a nineteenth century Brooklyn brownstone, — my home, where I live with my wife and kids — was my first chance to put that knowledge and experience to a personal test. Our goal was to create an elegant home that would also…

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Why A New Roof May Cost You Zero Dollars (in the Long Run)

When a homeowner takes on a large home improvement project, they are generally doing it for their own benefit and enjoyment. And although they may anticipate the project will greatly increase the value of the home, most projects only add a small portion to the total. However, the best-of-all-worlds home improvement projects do exist –…

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Why One Size Doesn’t Fit All When It Comes to Smart Home Adoption

The smart home surge is gathering steam. About thirty million U.S. households already have at least one connected device, like a doorbell camera that can be an answered remotely or a smoke alarm that alerts them to fire even when they’re away from home. That’s double the number from two years ago, an encouraging growth…

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Three Hidden Benefits of Installing Smart Home Technology

Why a smart home? In answering that question for consumers, the industry has focused on things like convenience, security, and comfort. Consider the results of a recent HomeAdvisor survey of smart home professionals: When we asked nearly 1,500 pros for the most common reasons they’re installing smart home technology, three responses rose to the top….

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