7 Perfect Kitchen Upgrades for a New Look Without Remodeling

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Kitchen renovations require time and money, taking several months to complete and costing tens of thousands of dollars. If you don’t have the financial resources for a full-on renovation, there are a variety of ways you can give your kitchen a new look for a lot less. From refacing cabinets to replacing lighting, a few cosmetic tweaks can give you … Read More

How to Avoid a Hot Water Heater Nightmare

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A hot water heater isn’t typically something homeowners think much about – until, of course, it fails spectacularly. Hot water heaters warm our showers, help disinfect our dishes, and clean our clothes, but they can also cause very costly and dangerous damage if not properly maintained and monitored. Disaster firsthand Shawn Gehrt, a homeowner in the Seattle area and senior … Read More

Pro Tips for Making the Most of Your Kitchen Remodeling Budget

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A high-end kitchen remodel could easily drain your wallet. The nationwide average for a major kitchen remodel – replacing all appliances, installing a sink and faucet, and repainting walls – is $62,158, according to Remodeling magazine . And in cities like New York, those costs edge even higher. A modest kitchen remodel, in which the cabinets are left in place, … Read More

Before & After: Laundry Room Goes Glam

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Laundry rooms are often last to get any love during home renovation. And that’s generally with good reason: they are often cramped and wholly unglamorous. They’re where we tackle loads of dirty clothes, store cleaning supplies, and ditch workout gear. Whether behind folding closet doors, in a corner by the garage, or in the basement, laundry rooms deserve a little extra attention With … Read More

Tankless Water Heaters: When, Why, and How to Buy One

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Nothing spoils a relaxing hot shower more than a spray that suddenly turns ice cold – except perhaps the accompanying realization that you might need a new water heater. If your conventional unit is more than 10 years old, shows signs of leaks around the base, or operates erratically despite your best efforts at do-it-yourself troubleshooting, it’s probably time to … Read More

Your Guide to Buying Brand-New Kitchen Appliances

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If the kitchen is the heart of the home, its major appliances are what keep it pumping. So it’s no surprise that 46 percent of American homeowners cite the cook space as the area where they’d most likely splurge on a remodel – and 56 percent of those planning work have set their sights on new appliances, according to a recent … Read More

What Is a Home Warranty, and Do You Need One?

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First-time homeowners may be in for a shock when their water heater breaks on a cold winter morning, or their dishwasher starts to leak all over the new hardwood floors in the kitchen. The instinctive call to the landlord won’t work this time around. Welcome to the joys of homeownership. So, when this happens, what do you do? Many homeowners aren’t … Read More

Front-Loaders vs. Top-Loaders: Which High-Efficiency Washer Is Best for You?

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You know that high-efficiency (HE) washing machines use less water and energy than traditional washers. You’re sold. Now, how do you decide between a front-loading and top-loading model? Both designs have pros and cons. In late 2009, consumers were gaga over front-loaders, and they accounted for 45 percent of washers sold in the United States. Five years later, that figure … Read More

5 Facts to Know About High-Efficiency Washers

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If your washing machine is more than 12 years old, it’s using approximately 27 more gallons of water to wash a load of clothes than today’s most energy-efficient models. With the average American family washing almost 400 loads of laundry each year, that’s an extra 10,800 gallons of water going down your drain annually. It’s no wonder high-efficiency (HE) washers … Read More

How to Choose an Air Conditioner

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Selecting the proper air conditioning system for your space involves weighing several factors: the type of room, its total cubic footage, the number of people typically using the space, and the room’s exposure to sunlight. A professional heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) specialist can help you evaluate your space and suggest the most suitable system from among these options: … Read More