House and Components

A house is much more than just a collection of rooms. Here’s everything that goes into making your house a home.

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    What to Do Within the First Year After Moving Into Your New Home

    When you move into your new home, there are a number of cleaning tasks, basic projects and upgrades to consider. Here's a comprehensive guide to point you in the right direction.

    DIY Home Inspection Tools

    Spot expensive problems before you make an offer on a new home



    Save Money With Home Energy Audit

    Find out where you're losing energy—and what you can do to stop it


    Repair a Doorbell: Fix a Dead or Broken Doorbell

    Finding the culprit takes some detective work.

    How to Insulate a House

    Do it right to save $$, stay warm


    How to Paint Concrete Floors

    Transform your concrete basement or garage floor with a fresh coat of paint.

    10 Best Home Improvement Projects Under $1,000

    Updating countertops, painting the exterior or upgrading an appliance are simple ways to add big value to your home.


    10 Best Home Improvement Projects Under $500

    A little can go a long way when it comes to home improvements. For just $500 you can make some...


    14 Inexpensive DIY Valentine Wreaths for Your Front Door

    Welcome visitors to your home this Valentine's Day with a festive wreath. Get out the craft supplies and try one...


    20 Home Renovations That Instantly Add Value to Your Home

    These home renovations are so worth the upfront expense.

    9 Uses for Gutters that Aren’t on the Roof

    Don't put those old gutters in the trash heap just yet! There are many clever and creative ways to recycle...


    Rain barrel diverters protect your foundation from overflows

    This simple valve on a rain barrel downspout diverter keeps your house protected.


    Apply Wall Texture Yourself and Save Big Bucks

    Choose an orange peel or knockdown-style texture that you can do yourself with this Homax product.


    Add Value to Your Home With These 12 Easy Upgrades

    Outfit your abode with these high-impact, low-budget projects.


    How to Paint Your Front Door

    Spruce up your house by painting your front door. It's an easy DIY project.

    How to Prep Your Roof for the Fall

    Don't wait until the first snowfall to get these tasks done! Keep that roof in tip-top shape by running through...


    Estimating Software Technology

    What? You’re not using geospatial generated estimates? Read this article to find out why you should start.


    How to Avoid Window Condensation in Winter

    Window condensation is a nuisance, but worse yet it can cause damage to your window and wood trim finishes, and...


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    10 Best Home Improvement Projects Under $250

    A little can go a long way when it comes to home improvements. For just $250 you can make some...


    12 Best Home Improvement Projects Under $100

    A little can go a long way when it comes to home improvements. For just $100 you can make some...


    Garage Makeover: How to Create the Garage of Your Dreams

    Get the garage of your dreams one step at a time. This makeover includes high-capacity cabinets, a new garage door,...


    How to Build a Retaining Wall

    The simplest, cheapest, back-friendliest retaining wall in history.


    How to Hang Drywall: Pro Tips for Cutting and Installing

    A good framing crew makes drywall hangers whistle while they work. Follow these great hanging suggestions, and you can make...

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    12 Tips for Bending Metal with a Bending Brake

    A metal brake is the tool for bending custom metal flashing and decorative trim. Every siding contractor and most roofers...


    Best Practices for Trim Removal

    There’s an art to removing trim. Learn how to salvage the trim you want, while keeping the collateral damage to...


    12 Bad Roof Maintenance Habits to Stop Doing Immediately

    A healthy roof is one of the most important parts of your home. These bad roof maintenance habits could cost...


    How to Paint a Room

    Read on as we walk you through all the steps, from choosing the paint to cleaning up when you're done.


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    What to Know About Coping Trim

    Here's a quick little rundown on what to know about coping trim for inside corners.


    Cutting and Installing Plastic Trim

    Learn the secrets of successful PVC trim installation.