The Most Common Spring Cleaning Mistake (Plus 8 Others)

If you really want an allergy-proof home, avoid this typical spring routine.

Once there’s even a glimmer of spring, you’re ready to throw open your windows and let the breeze blow away the winter funk. Well, you might want to rethink that spring cleaning ritual this year.

If you’re an allergy sufferer (and who isn’t?), that’s the last thing you want to do, says Dr. Neeta Ogden, a spokesperson for the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. “It will allow pollen to settle in your home.”

If you really can’t skip that spring breeze, avoid opening them in the… Continue reading

4 Spring Landscaping Ideas for Homeowners Who Hate Yard Work

Simple garden ideas and tips for choosing plants to kick boredom out of your yard (with hardly any work at all).

If only 50 shades of green could be as exciting as, well, you know. But let’s face it: There’s nothing titillating about green bushes against green grass. 

To give your boring monochromatic yard a dose of charm without a ton of effort, try these four ideas perfect for spring. No gardening prowess required.

#1 Plant Just One Tree

Planting one tree isn’t a huge effort. You’ll be helping our planet, too. Plus, once the tree is established, it’s about… Continue reading

The 8 Most Financially Savvy Home Improvements

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Enjoy your home more today — and sell it for the best price tomorrow. 

When it comes to home improvement, some dollars stretch more than others. And if you’re on a limited budget, it becomes even more important to spend those dollars wisely. 

Here are eight affordable (under $5,000) home improvement projects that’ll help you enjoy your home more today and provide excellent financial return in the future.

1.  Add the Finishing Touch of Molding


Decorative molding is a classic touch that’s been around since the ancient Greeks and Romans first installed it to add… Continue reading

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