Cool Summer Entertaining Tips to Keep Guests Happy
5 Thoughtful Gift Ideas for Dads and Grads
(StatePoint) Hosting friends and family for backyard barbecues, picnics and garden parties during summer carries its own challenges. Here are a few tips guaranteed to keep your guests cool, comfortable and happy when you entertain.
Is that 'Junk' in Your Attic or Basement Worth a Fortune?
(StatePoint) Whether you’re shopping for Father’s Day or celebrating the accomplishments of a graduating senior, make a point of selecting thoughtful, unforgettable gifts this “dads and grads” season. Here are five ideas to get you started.
6 Money Tips for Buying a Home
(StatePoint) From baseball cards and sports equipment to postcards and toys, is that “junk” in your attic or basement dusty treasure or just dusty? We’ve all heard of families getting rich from the sale of rare memorabilia. So how can you tell if your stuff is valuable and how can you sell it, if it is?
Inspiration and Ideas for Summer Gardening and Home Improvement
(StatePoint) When searching for a new home, you may come across some conflicting information, especially about home financing or mortgage loans. Consider these six money tips to help you navigate the process.
5 Ways to Get Your Home Ready for Summer
(StatePoint) With longer days and shorter nights come warm weather opportunities to make home and garden improvements. Become inspired to start working on projects, both indoors and out, with these new seasonal books.
4 Tips to Help You Rent Out Your Space Like A Pro
(StatePoint) Summertime means backyard barbecues, home decorating updates and more. Want to make all of this happen affordably?
Colorful Design Ideas for Refreshing Your Home this Season
(StatePoint) From city apartments to beach houses, vacation home rental sites like Airbnb, VRBO and others have become popular among homeowners and travelers alike. Renting your entire house or even just one room, especially if there’s a big event coming to your town, can be a wonderful way to earn extra income, but it can also expose you to unexpected and potentially costly risks. Before you start seeing dollar signs, learn how to rent your home like a pro.
From Patio Furniture to Tools: DIY Rust Repair Made Simple
(StatePoint) If you are looking to elegantly redesign the spaces in your home, consider taking your cues from the latest trends in the luxury market. Neutral color palettes and soft, soothing shades, such as gray, taupe and cream are on the rise among today’s luxury homes and adding touches of color will help personalize these spaces.
Simple Steps for Smart Storage and Easy Moves
(StatePoint) Let’s face it; rust is unavoidable. It’s unsightly and if left unchecked, it can lead to costly damage to homes and automobiles. From lawn mowers and shovels to fences and furniture, if it’s metal and exposed to moisture, it is vulnerable to rust.
Shopping for a Wedding Gift? What to Know Now
(StatePoint) Did you know 66 percent of Americans have difficulty finding things in household storage? And more than half are frustrated by the task.
The Fine Art of the 'Do-It-Together' Move
(StatePoint) If your fridge is filled with save-the-dates and wedding invitations, you’re inevitably facing the daunting question: what to give?
Interest Rates are Rising: Should You Buy a Home or Wait?
(StatePoint) The average American has moved five times in their life so far, moving an average of 26 boxes each time, according to a recent survey conducted by Duck brand. Talk about moving mayhem!
Smart Tips to Keep Your Grill Clean and Safe
(StatePoint) With heightened talk of rising interest rates, many prospective homebuyers are understandably concerned about whether it’s the right time to purchase a home.
Must-Haves for Summer Pool and Beach Parties
(StatePoint) Nothing beats barbecues, block parties and al fresco dining. For your family’s safety and for the sake of your grill, here are some pointers on keeping that grill well-maintained all season.
Top Summer Laundry Tips for Fresher, Cleaner Clothes
(State Point) Summer days are all about sun and fun. Here are some tips and accessories to make sure your days spent at the beach, pool or lake are picture-perfect for posting on social media.
Now Playing: Summer Movie Nights in Your Own Backyard
(StatePoint) From grassy picnics to sweaty soccer games to saucy cookouts -- clothes can be particularly vulnerable to all kinds of stains and odors during the warm weather months.
5 Anytime Gift Ideas for Mom
(StatePoint) Looking for a way to get the most out of your summer evenings? Make it a night at the drive-in at home! With the right equipment and planning, you can easily enjoy your favorite movies under the stars, right in your own backyard. Here are a few simple steps for bringing your new favorite tradition to life.
Millennials Want to Say ‘I Do’ to High-Tech Wedding Registries
(StatePoint) Need a gift for Mom? Whether it’s her birthday or just-because, take these fun and practical ideas into consideration.
Helpful Tips for New Parents: Ensure Every Diaper Change is Easy
(StatePoint) Once upon a time, wedding registries were created so newlyweds would have all the basic essentials to establish their first home. But as technology has evolved, so too has the registry. Gone are the days where registries only include dishware and candlesticks. Couples can now incorporate modern must-haves, like connected lightbulbs, voice assistants and smart showers.
What to Know About Your Drinking Water
(StatePoint) Having a baby is one of the most exciting, yet stressful times of one’s life. And one of the more daunting aspects of this experience for many new parents is changing diapers.
5 Ways to Take Good Care of the Environment
(StatePoint) Having clean, uncontaminated water to drink at home and on-the-go is one of the most essential components to keeping your family safe and healthy.
Are Your Home Furnishings Good for the Planet and Your Family?
(StatePoint) Good environmental stewardship begins with individual choices. Here are five ways to celebrate the natural world and get involved in short- and long-term efforts to protect the environment.
Are Common Myths Holding You Back from Buying a Home?
(StatePoint) More consumers are interested in selecting products that are good for the planet and their families, than ever before. While many understand what organic food is, confusion still exists when it comes to home furnishings. Simply put, what you bring into your home directly impacts the health and welfare of your family in terms of exposure to chemicals of concern, indoor air quality and comfort.
Appeal to House Hunters With Smart Home Upgrades
(StatePoint) Aspirations of home ownership is strong for America’s families, yet findings from the fifth annual America at Home survey from NeighborWorks America indicate several perceived barriers to homeownership among the majority of consumers.
Tips to Protect Birds in Your Yard and Garden
(StatePoint) From smart thermostats to remotely controlled showers, connected homes are all the rage for today’s homeowners and those looking to make a purchase, providing easy opportunities to boost your profit when you sell.
3 Home Projects That Offer a Great Return on Investment
(StatePoint) One of the best parts of backyard living in the warmer months is all the potential for bird watching that comes with it. You may have even installed a birdfeeder in your garden in an attempt to attract more birds to your property.
3 Major Home Renovations that are Worth the Effort
(StatePoint) The warmer months present an excellent opportunity to get outdoors and spruce up your home’s exterior. But if you have limited time and resources, it’s important to prioritize the focus of your efforts.
How Much Home Can You Afford this Spring? Factors to Consider
(StatePoint) Building a new home? Overhauling an existing one? Here are three renovation ideas that will add beauty and value.
Innovative New Looks for Your Kitchen Renovation
(StatePoint) The chicken or the egg? Which came first continues to fuel philosophical debates. But when it comes to buying a home, experts are pretty clear about the proper order of things -- agreeing you should fit your mortgage to your finances, not to a house.
Mix and Match: Update Your Home With 2018 Design Trends
(StatePoint) Renovating your kitchen? Think about making updates that will add beauty and functionality to one of the most important rooms in the house. Here are a few innovative new looks and ideas to consider including in your plans.
How to Select the Right Wood for Your Stove, Insert or Fireplace
(StatePoint) Are you planning to refresh your home but aren’t sure where to start? Some of today’s most popular design trends encourage mixing and matching favorite home accents within the same space.
6 Home Décor Trends to Make a Style Statement
(StatePoint) An EPA-certified wood stove, insert or fireplace can offer your home greater comfort and efficiency and add a rustic look and natural ambiance to any room.
How to Find an Affordable Home in Today’s Market
(StatePoint) Is your home décor starting to feel a bit stale? Spruce up your interiors with some of the hottest home design trends for 2018 -- from customized cozy to natural textures to retro touches.
5 Easy Ways to Update Your Home Office for Greater Productivity
(StatePoint) Affordable housing is in high demand in cities and counties nationwide. Experts say that areas grappling with affordable housing issues may find factory-built homes to be a powerful tool in addressing this need.
Fun Ways to Help Kids Enjoy Math, Science and Art
(StatePoint) If you work from home, you likely spend a lot of time in your home office, which makes its design just as important as the rest of your home. If it’s not up to par, it’s time to bring new life to the space.
Smart Home Savvy: 6 Ways to Add Technology to Your Living Spaces
(StatePoint) Science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) concepts are especially important for young minds. While these are among the most challenging school subjects, at home, these topics can be brought to life through play.
4 Rules for a More Organized Home
(StatePoint) A smart, connected home is what’s in style. In fact, since 2014, research shows smart technology has increased in priority during renovations, especially for first-time home buyers.
Tips to Better Organize Your Medical Information
(StatePoint) There are plenty of reasons why people obsess over organization and resolve to master it at home. Household items become easier to find. Rooms all of a sudden seem bigger and more welcoming. Each walk past a tidy linen closet -- where there was once an avalanche waiting to spill forward -- comes with a small sense of accomplishment.
Your House is More Attractive Than You Realize!
(StatePoint) Stacks of paperwork have you down? It may just be time to reorganize your medical information and files.
(StatePoint) Beyond keeping your refrigerator art in place, you may not think about magnets all that often, but, magnets are the driving force behind many products you use every day.