home advice

Tenants talking to landlords about canceling their lease early

Ultimate Guide on How to Break a Lease

There are times when an individual must relocate before their lease ends, such as when moving to a new state or due to a change in financial situation. Moving out before the end of the agreement is known as “breaking the lease.” Read on for more information about how …

Home inspector checking the outdoor pipe insulation on pipes in a home's crawlspace

The Homeowner’s Guide to Outdoor Pipe Insulation and Winterization

As a homeowner, you have an important responsibility to winterize your home and outdoor features. Similar to the way you winterize your lawnmower, your car, your home, and other important possessions that will be subject to harsh winter weather, there are ways to protect your home. Outdoor pipe insulation …

Woman cleaning a glass stovetop with glass cleaner and a microfiber cloth

How to Clean a Glass Stovetop

Smooth glass stovetops are great appliances. But even small specks or spills can stand out on the surface. What’s even worse is, if you do not keep the surface spotless, those food particles can burn to the stovetop, making it look old and dirty. Getting that showroom shine back …

Person hanging Christmas lights along a roof peak

How to Put Christmas Lights on the Roof: A Complete Guide

As the temperatures dip and the holiday season approaches, many homeowners are beginning to plan a Christmas light display. But before you dig your favorite holiday lights out of storage and dig through your garage for the ladder, it’s a good idea to take a moment to consider the best way …

Ultimate Moving Checklist

The Ultimate Moving Checklist

Moving: It’s one of the biggest projects any person, couple, or family will take on.

It’s easy to think you have your move under control. But even with the most careful planning, small things can easily fall through the cracks. Avoid that by using our Ultimate Moving Checklist (and other free resources you might not have realized you need). It will keep your move organized, seamless, and as stress-free as possible.

Start planning eight weeks ahead of your move date, and use this guide to schedule everything you need to do, week by week.

For even more resources, download or print our free moving kit.

Man cleaning out his gutters to prevent ice dams

Your Ultimate Guide to How to Winterize a House

Harsh winter temperatures have a major effect on everything outdoors, but winter can also affect your home. Learning how to winterize a house will provide you with the information you need to keep your home safe, warm, and free from potential damage. If you’ve never prepared your home for …

Woman creating a first apartment checklist as she moves in

First Apartment Checklist: Top 11 Apartment Essentials

Leasing your first apartment and moving out is a milestone in your life. Now that you have signed the lease, the fun begins. When the time has come for you to start unpacking and organizing your first apartment, follow this first apartment checklist to ensure you are well-suited for …

couple discussing their condo vs. townhouse options for their next home

Condo vs. Townhouse: Your Ultimate Guide to Choosing the Right Home

When you’re looking for the perfect home, you need to know all the details. There are a variety of traditional single-family popular home types, but if you’re planning to purchase a home and aren’t interested in a detached home, you still have choices. Condos and townhouses are soaring in …

woman cleaning mold from her home

How to Get Rid of Mold: The Ultimate Guide

Mold is an unsightly and smelly nuisance that can crop up practically anywhere from your bathrooms and kitchen to your basement. More importantly, mold in your home is dangerous. It can damage your home and even threaten your health.

Many homeowners realize the importance of getting rid of mold quickly. But …

woman managing her credit score by paying bills on time and monitoring credit utilization

What Is a Good Credit Score to Buy a House?: A Comprehensive Guide

A good credit score is the cornerstone of the home buying process. For everyone from first-time homebuyers to real estate investors, credit history plays a huge role. Determining the perfect score comes with many nuances. To understand them, you need to dive a little deeper into the subject. What …

woman going over her budget to determine the affordability of a down payment on a house

How to Afford a Down Payment on a House

As a first-time homebuyer, you probably have a lot of questions when it comes to buying your first house. One of the most significant elements of buying a new home is being able to put a down payment on a house. If you’re uncertain about how to obtain a …

man reassembling and tuning his piano after a move

How to Move a Piano: A Comprehensive Guide

Pianos are among the heaviest and most delicate items to move, which is why it’s important to properly prepare for the move if you want to do it yourself. Simply put, the process is a lot more involved than packing and moving shoes in your home. If you are moving …

potential homebuyer and professional inspector following a home inspection checklist

The Ultimate Home Inspection Checklist for Buyers

Buying a new home can be nerve-wracking, especially if you’re moving into your first home. That’s what makes the home inspection such an important part of the process.

This guide gives you everything you need to know about your house inspection. It provides a comprehensive home inspection checklist for home …

a pool table on furniture sliders in a game room of a new house

How to Move a Pool Table to a New House or Room

A pool table is one of the most fun items to have in the home, particularly for a complete man or woman cave. But pool tables are also among the heaviest and largest items to move. Pool tables can range from around seven to nine feet long and weigh …

man vacuuming the crevices in car seats

How to Clean Car Seats: A Complete Guide

Car seats get dirty over time. If you provide ride-sharing services or otherwise frequently have passengers, the chances of your car interior getting dirty are even greater. Knowing how to clean car seats the right way can help you get rid of any messes and stains, keep your car …

garage with an insulated garage door to protect the boxes and equipment inside the garage

How to Insulate a Garage Door

Insulating your garage door is a great DIY project for reducing your energy bills and protecting your garage’s content from the elements. Whether it is winter, summer, or any other time of year, having an uninsulated garage door harms your home and wallet. Other distinct benefits of knowing how …

woman showing her grandchildren the steps of water bath canning

The Ultimate Guide to Water Bath Canning

Water bath canning is a processing method used to preserve high-acid foods. Jars are filled with food, sealed loosely with a lid, and boiled for a specific amount of time. Some examples of acidic foods include applesauce, jams, jellies, pickles, relishes, chutneys, salsas, and tomato products with added acid. …

man heating up and cleaning a charcoal grill

How to Clean a Charcoal Grill

If you own a charcoal grill, it’s a great tool to cook delicious meals on throughout the summer season. You can even grill year-round, depending on where you are. A charcoal grill can be especially great for use in a neighborhood block party or another special occasion that calls …

woman clipping mint from her indoor herb garden

How to Grow an Indoor Herb Garden

Fresh herbs are a great way to add flavor to practically every meal you prepare, but they aren’t always easy to find and can be expensive. Growing your own herbs is one way to always have the flavors you want without going to the grocery store. You don’t have …

man using a whetstone for knife sharpening

The Ultimate Knife Sharpening Guide

A dull knife doesn’t just make cutting less efficient. It’s also more dangerous because users need to apply additional force when cutting, which could result in slippage and injury. In addition to increased danger, the quality of your food could also suffer as imprecise, and inconsistent cutting leads to …

woman tending to her vegetables after learning how to make a raised garden bed

How to Make a Raised Garden Bed

A raised garden bed solves many problems associated with typical gardens. Whether your reason for choosing a raised bed style is because of poor soil, lack of space, or simply to avoid weeds, you’ll need a few more supplies and a different approach to build your new garden. This …

homeowner completing the step by step process of how to pressure wash a deck

How to Pressure Wash a Deck

As you gear up for some back yard enjoyment with a freshly cleaned home this spring, one daunting task you might be dreading is how to get your deck to look shiny and brand new. The simplest and fastest way to get that deck spruced up is with a …

man completing the process of how to clean wood furniture

How to Clean Wood Furniture

When you have wood furniture in your home, there are times when it simply needs to be cleaned. If you need to know how to clean your wood furniture, follow these key steps to ensure that you maintain the quality of the wood furniture and its finish while still …

woman and her child cleaning the pool as a summer pool maintenance chore

Ultimate Printable Guide to Pool Maintenance for Your Home

Maintaining your swimming pool is essential for healthy summer fun, but it can be easy to forget all the details involved with proper pool maintenance. Whether you’re looking for a guide to pool maintenance for beginners or you need to jog your memory on the specifics of pool care, …

a disassembled bed frame and boxes ready for the next step of shipping furniture

The Comprehensive Guide to Shipping Furniture

When you’re preparing for a big move, especially a move across the country, you may need to ship your furniture instead of moving it yourself. Figuring out how to ship your furniture safely, however, can pose a challenge. There are several things to take into consideration when shipping furniture. 
The …

homeowner continuing the process of how to insulate an attic with blown in insulation

How to Insulate an Attic: The Ultimate Guide

As much as 25% of your home’s heat could be escaping through your poorly insulated attic. Just as importantly, an improperly insulated attic can lead to ice dams, which eventually cause expensive leaks and dangerous structural damage to your home.

Calling in a professional to insulate your attic could quickly …

a newly renovated basement bedroom

How to Renovate Your Basement: The Ultimate Guide

Deciding to renovate your basement is a great way to add value and usable space to your home. An unfinished basement may allow you to store unwanted items. But that space isn’t as functional as a finished basement. This guide on how to renovate your basement will help you …

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