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Survey Reveals How Handy Americans Really Are

As a homeowner, all those tasks your landlord used to do—and your parents did before them—are now on your shoulders. You’ve either got to figure out how to do them yourself or pay someone else to do them. Either way, it would help if you knew how to do a few things around the house….

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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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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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How to Find & Hire a Masonry Contractor

Reviewed by Bob Tschudi, Home Building and Remodeling Expert. Do You Have Masonry Work That Needs to be Done? Bricklayers and stonemasons have constructed some of the longest-standing buildings, which makes it easy to understand why people want their homes made of brick or stone. These pros build and repair installations like load-bearing walls, landscape…

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Masonry Contractors

Reviewed by Bob Tschudi, Home Building and Remodeling Expert. On This Page: What Does a Mason Do? Masons work with a range of materials like stone, brick and concrete to install chimneys, retaining walls, patios and entire homes. Their broad expertise is a largely untapped resource for homeowners. Even the simplest feature can enhance a…

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Checklist of Questions to Ask When Hiring a Roofer

Reviewed by Bob Tschudi, Home Building and Remodeling Expert. On This Page: Questions to Ask a Roofer Roofing Quotes Licensing, Insurance, Warranties Roofing Companies Hiring a Roofing Contractor Checklist: Preparing for Roofing Replacement Questions to Ask a Roofer Hiring a roofer is one of the most important decisions you’ll ever make for your home. Few…

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How to Hire a HVAC Contractor: Questions to Ask a Heating & AC Pro

Reviewed by Bob Tschudi, Home Building and Remodeling Expert. Looking for a HVAC Specialist? If your home’s climate control system fails, you’ll want the problem fixed quickly. Should you tackle the job yourself or hire a pro? Since heating and cooling systems have extremely complex equipment, it’s best to leave this task to a licensed,…

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Hiring a Basement Contractor: Finishing, Remodeling & Waterproofing

Reviewed by Bob Tschudi, Home Building and Remodeling Expert. Basement professionals run the gamut of home improvement contractors. You can find a company that offers comprehensive finishing services. Or you can find a handful of pros to complete the project piecemeal, starting with a waterproofing company and then plumbing, electrical, and flooring experts. You need…

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