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Choosing the right professional is half the battle in home improvement. If you're not a savvy do-it-yourselfer, a remodeling expert -- or a team of local professionals -- can save you time and money on your home improvement projects. Get insider advice from expert builders, remodelers, and contractors on how to start your next home improvement project and stay sane during the building and remodeling process. A little professional advice can go a long way in helping your home updates stay on track. Remember, renewing your home doesn't have to break the bank or take over your schedule; small, affordable changes can make a big difference. Simplify your life starting at home with easy, low-maintenance projects that can be done on a budget. Our expert home improvement tips and advice will help you decide between doing a project yourself and hiring an expert, when to save and splurge, and how to find professionals in your area. Watch our home improvement videos for the latest in home trends, design ideas, project help, remodeling plans, materials, and more. Find answers to your home improvement and remodeling questions with our expert advice.


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  • 15 Tips for a Successful Remodeling Project

    Want the inside track on a smooth remodeling project? Check out these expert tips for your home redos.

  • The 5 Stages of Remodeling

    From beginning to end, remodeling has several different steps or stages. Here’s what’s common in each of them.

  • 7 Common Remodeling Mistakes

    Want to skip the remodeling mistakes and have a successful project? Then steer clear of these common mistakes.

  • Remodeling Professional Guide

    Some people have never picked up a hammer, while others are avid DIYers. Whether or not you need or want a professi...

  • Floor Plan Remodeling Ideas

    Get inspired with the collection of floor plan ideas for redoing various spaces in your home.

  • Homeowners Insurance

    What do you need to know when it comes to homeowners insurance for home design and remodeling? We run down the basi...

  • Home Insulation Price Guide

    Confused about the various types of insulation for the home? Use this guide to sort through pros, cons, and prices....

  • Remodeling for Return On Investment

    What pays back the best when it comes to remodeling projects? This article helps you sort out the return on your in...

  • Remodeling Projects That Pay Off

    Want to make your home more attractive to potential buyers? Consider these remodeling projects, which have been sho...

  • Remodeling Survival Guide

    Want to survive your remodeling without stress? Plan your project with these survival tips in mind.

  • Remodeling Timeline

    Be practical with your remodeling planning, thanks to these step-by-step tips for what follows what in nearly every...

  • Remodeling Within the Law

    Remodeling projects aren’t just do-what-you want; local building codes provide a framework of what and where you ca...

  • Successful Remodeling Tips

    What do successful remodelers have that others don’t? Most likely, they follow these tips for a surefooted experien...

  • The Remodeling Process

    Whether it’s a small bathroom or a whole-house redo, nearly every remodeling project follows the same steps. Learn...

  • Remodeling 101 Ideas

    If you’ve never been through a remodeling project before, then turn to this article for a primer on how to start—an...

  • When Remodeling Adds Value

    Yes, your renovation projects can change the value of your home—something that’s important when it comes time to se...

  • 10 Basement Remodeling Tips

    Tap into the potential of your basement by remodeling the space to expand your home's square footage. Read up on th...

  • Tips For a Greener and Healthier Home

    Go green – eco-green, that is – with these expert tips for improving your home and making it more environmentally f...

  • Basement Walls

    Do you know what’s holding up your basement walls? We help you figure out the structure that’s the essential elemen...

  • Common Home Problems -- Solved!

    You can do more around your house to fix common problems. Take advantage of these tips from Better Homes and Garden...

  • Control Basement Moisture

    Many homeowners have had some form of moisture in their basements. Follow these insights to keep control.

  • Dangerous Basement Issues

    It’s never wise to ignore your basement. Use these tips to keep on top of your below-ground spaces.

  • Dealing with a Popcorn Ceiling

    If your ceiling has a popcorn texture, you may be at risk for asbestos. Check first before you remove it.

  • Fall Fix-Ups Checklist

    Skip on your fall maintenance and you’ll sacrifice your home’s well being – and your peace of mind. Here’s a checkl...

  • HVAC Products and Systems

    Sort through the pros, cons, and prices of heating, ventilating, and cooling systems with our helpful guide to what...

  • Load-Bearing Wall

    There are plenty of DIY projects you can tackle yourself, but removing a load-bearing wall isn’t one of them.

  • Smoothing Walls

    Smooth walls may be worth it, but removing that crumbling surface texture isn’t the cleanest job to tackle.

  • Staining Woodwork

    You can strip and stain your own woodwork – but take heed of what time commitment goes into it before you start.

  • How to Add a Fireplace

    Fireplace manufacturers have made it easier than ever to add a source of warmth to your home, with direct-vent gas...

  • Ceiling Soot Marks

    Ceiling soot isn’t just a dirty mark on your overhead space. You may have a bigger problem. Here’s how to tell.

  • Central Vacuum Systems

    Skip the cords and the cumbersome vacuum with a central vacuum system. Bonus: It may help with allergies, too.

  • Installing a Gas Fireplace

    Fireplaces are not just reserved for those with high-end budgets. Newer versions are more budget friendly and adapt...

  • Narrow Hallway Solutions

    Do you have a hallway that feels cramped and narrow? Try these tricks to make the space feel wider.

  • Squeaky Stairs

    Do you have one or two stairs that have a troublesome noise every time someone steps on them? Use this easy-to-foll...


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