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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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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 big changes to your home.

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...


8 Scary Ways Your Fireplace Could Be Toxic

A roaring fire can really make wintertime more bearable. But could it be dangerous to your health? Sadly, yes. Here's...


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Top Tips for Starting a Fire in the Fireplace

Avoid any meeting of the minds during the holidays as you build a fire in a fireplace by getting it...


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15 Things Home Inspectors Wish You Knew

These things home inspectors wish you knew can help sellers prepare for a home sale and make buyers aware of...

6 Home Problems Inspectors Hate to See and How to Fix Them

Reuben Saltzman, president of Structure Tech in Minnesota, identifies potential home problems and what to do about them.


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How to Clean a Chimney

Cleaning tips for a wood-burning fireplace chimney.

Firewood Buying Tips

Whether you’re looking for wood to burn in a fireplace, wood stove or backyard fire pit, here’s what to keep...


13 Steps on How to Use a Fireplace Safely

While a wood-burning fireplace adds warmth and comfort to a home during the colder months, safety should always be top...


12 Best Indoor Fireplace Tools and Accessories

The right fireplace accessories and tools will help you build and maintain a safe and beautiful roaring fire all winter...


10 Things You Should Never Burn in Your Fireplace

Resist the temptation to burn anything in your fireplace but firewood — particularly garbage. You should never burn these 10...


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How to Decorate a Fireplace Mantel for Thanksgiving

Make your home extra cozy this Thanksgiving. Here are our top tips for beautiful mantel decor.