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Mortgage rates sink to new record low
Freddie Mac: 30-year mortgage rate sinks to new average low of 3.67% in sixth consecutive week of declines.
Remodeling your home? Get online
The web can be a great tool for remodeling your home -- if you know the best way to use it.
3 cheap ways to make your old kitchen feel new
Give the hub of your home a fresh, clean look with these simple weekend projects.
Tall tales your contractor tells
Almost all fix-it men are going to be full of hooey sometimes. Here's what to do about it.
Restore order to your garage
You'll spend some money and effort corralling all that stuff so your wheels can fit. It's worth it.
Pick the right pro at the right price
To keep a lid on home-improvement costs, hire only the expertise you really need.
Buyer's market for small home improvements
Rooms looking drab? These four micro-improvements offer an oversize bang for the buck.
Be your own landscaper
These dirt-cheap landscaping tricks will spruce up your yard now - and keep it looking good next year too.
Home security for less
With the economy down, burglary is up. But you can get solid protection at a reasonable price.
Wet basement? 6 simple fixes
Even a little water down there means big trouble. Avoid it with these low-cost ways to dry out.
Makeover your home - for 75% less
Architectural salvage shops offer great deals on unique, high-quality furnishings - if you know how to tell the treasures from the trash.
When good appliances go bad
Fix it or junk it? If you can salvage a busted machine with a simple repair job, you'll save plenty.
Nine ways to enhance a home's curb appeal
Cosmetic fixes that can put a prettier face on a plain-Jane home will pay for themselves - and then some.
How to find a contractor you'll love
To nab a good home improvement professional, look for these signs of excellence (or trouble).
Smart window shopping
Replacement panes are a costly renovation. So invest in new ones for the right reasons - and do the project the right way.
AC in the winter? Brrrr-rilliant!
It's one of the best investments you can make in your home. And the best time to put it in is the dead of winter. From Money Magazine's Josh Garskof
6 cures for the small-kitchen blues
Expand your kitchen without breaking the bank using these simple solutions from Money Magazine
A big payoff from the tiniest room
For the surest bet in home remodeling, build a new bathroom - and add up to 20 percent more value to your home.
Kitchen face-lifts for the frugal
Forget the upscale remodel. You can get a whole new look for a few thousand dollars.
7 landscaping tips
These ideas offer some of the best returns for your renovation dollar. Plus, the payoff increases over time.
Take your home outside
An open-air "room" adds inexpensive living space that may come in handy at resale. And it needn't have a price tag as big as the great outdoors.
Dark side of the housing boom: Shoddy work
Steps you can take if you find yourself living in a poorly made home.
Your Home: Is 'going green' worth the cost?
The eco-friendly house (and renovation) has gone mainstream. But is it really worth the cost?
Lush lawn - higher home value
Turn that lawn into a fine green carpet and your whole house becomes more valuable. (
Plastic fantastic building materials
Neighbors and buyers can't tell these artificial materials from nature's handiwork. But your wallet will know. Here are the best state-of-the-art look-alikes. (
Spiff-ups for all seasons
To prevent budget-busting repairs, you've got to invest a little time. But how do you keep track? Just use our home maintenance checklist. (
Make room: space saving tips
There are sexier home improvements than closet and cabinet organizers. But what other upgrade will simplify your life and boost the salability of your home? Here's the best gear for organizing stuff now and impressing buyers later. (
Let there be light
A wall of windows and skylights can open up a dark and gloomy living space. Here's a list of "dos" and "don'ts" for adding light. (
5 Dumbest renovation fads
A remodeling trend may look good on paper, but it may not make your home more livable - or more valuable. These five alternatives will. (
Small Projects that pay off big
Make your home more appealing to buyers (and yourself) with these easy indoor upgrades you can do on your own. (
Type of Project:
Attic Bedroom Remodel
Family Room Addition
Home Office Remodel
Major Kitchen Remodel
Master Suite Addition
Minor Kitchen Remodel
Siding Replacement (vinyl)
Window Replacement (wood)
Window Replacement (vinyl)
Upscale Bathroom Addition
Upscale Bathroom Remodel
Upscale Major Kitchen Remodel
Upscale Master Suite Addition
Upscale Roofing Replacement
Upscale Siding (fiber cement)
Upscale Siding (foam-backed vinyl)
Upscale Window (wood)
Upscale Window (vinyl)
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