House Hacks

May 31, 2019

The Impact Staging Your Home Has On Your Sale

The Impact Staging Your Home Has On Your Sale Price [INFOGRAPHIC]

The Impact Staging Your Home Has On Your Sale Price [INFOGRAPHIC] | Keeping Current Matters

Some Highlights:

  • The National Association of Realtors surveyed their members & released the findings of their Profile of Home Staging.
  • 62% of seller’s agents say that staging a home decreases the amount of time a home spends on the market.
  • 50% of staged homes saw a 1-10% increase in dollar-value ...
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May 22, 2019

Look on the Bright Side: 6 Ways to View Your House's Flaws in a Positive Light


So you’re getting ready to list your house for sale, but its flaws keep staring you straight in the face. Your bedrooms are small. The kitchen needs new paint. The place desperately needs a new roof.

As hard as it may be, don't beat yourself up over the ...

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May 10, 2019

Your Home’s Spring Maintenance Checklist

Your Home’s Spring Maintenance Checklist [INFOGRAPHIC] | Keeping Current Matters

May 8, 2019

Trapped in a Home Decor Rut? Try These 6 Tricks to Shake Things Up

That's no way to live! You can dig yourself out of a design rut with a few tricks from the pros.

1. Make changing your decor an urgent priority

Photo by Chris Snook 
How long have you been staring at your problem room, waiting for a solution to ...

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May 6, 2019

6 Ways Your Bathroom Is Secretly Stressing You Out

In the best-case scenario, your bathroom is your own blissful retreat—a little slice of spa heaven where you can unwind without ever leaving the comfort of your own home.

In reality, your bathroom is probably not so idyllic. In fact, a grim water closet could actually be adding ...

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April 29, 2019

Our Basement Flooded 4 Times! Why It Could Happen to You, Too

When we bought a house in 2012, we were excited to give our children the playroom of their dreams in the basement. Since we'd never owned a house with a basement before, we had one question for the sellers: Had it ever flooded?

Prior to making ...

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April 19, 2019

Cool Plywood Accent Wall Is Dead Easy to DIY

Liz Kamarul's living room

We’re always on the hunt for the next great wall treatment. Whether it’s a new finish to try, or removable-wallpaper fad, or, better yet, faking a wallpaper, it seems as if there is always a better answer than boring white walls. So, we were especially intrigued when we stumbled ...

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April 15, 2019

The Best Flooring for Resale Value: Wood, Tile, Carpet, and Beyond

What's the best flooring to boost your home's resale value? Whether you're selling your place or are just thinking about replacing what's under your feet with something shiny and new, you'll want to carefully consider which type of flooring you pick.

Because flooring ...

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April 12, 2019

5 Things to Know So Your Septic System Won't Destroy Your Yard—and Everybody Else's

Just because you have a septic system doesn’t mean you need to be an expert on it. But the real septic experts wish you knew at least a few things. And not just for their sake, but for yours. A little knowledge can go a long ...

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April 8, 2019

These Are the Most Expensive Fails in DIY Home Improvement


People often take on repairs themselves in an effort to save money, but often can end [up] spending more," says Porch's spokesperson, Amanda Woolley. "People are also underestimating the time and emotional toll of these projects."

So which DIY home improvement flop can set homeowners back the ...

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