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      Paycheck Protection Program Out of Funds, No Longer Accepting Applications

      The Paycheck Protection Program has run its course after providing well over half a trillion dollars in loans to small...


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      When Should I Fertilize My Lawn?

      The more you know, the more your grass will grow. Here are the best ways to maximize your lawn fertilization...


      How to Paint Concrete Floors

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


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      What to Know About Virtual Interior Designers

      If you need a little help redecorating your home, online design companies can lend a hand — without breaking your...


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      You Can Still Get Renovation Estimates While Sheltering in Place

      Social distancing doesn't have to stop you from hiring contractors to maintain your home, discuss future renovations or get started...


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      The Healthy Way to Handle Home Repair Providers

      Here are seven expert-recommended ways to keep everyone safe and healthy when hosting a home repair contractor.


      10 Things To Do When You Have Contractor Problems

      There's nothing quite like a home renovation that's firing on all cylinders. It's easy to get excited when your contractor...


      Construction Officials Critical of Virginia’s New Emergency Safety Standards

      Last week, Virginia became the first state to enforce a set of new safety standards in response to rising risks...

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      10 of the Toughest Home Improvement Jobs

      Some home improvement projects may look easy, but once you get going, you quickly realize things can be tougher than...


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      Why a Pre-Sale Home Inspection Is a Good Idea

      Thinking about selling your home? Here's why you should consider scheduling a pre-sale home inspection.


      12 Home Inspection Red Flags You Can Actually Overlook (For Now)

      When buying a home, the home inspection can be one of the most stress-inducing parts of the process. Will the...


      The Pros and Cons to Renovating an Old House

      The pros and cons of renovating an old house


      12 Things to Watch with a Home Appraisal

      Whether buying or selling a house, knowing what goes into an appraisal is valuable knowledge. Check out some things to...


      110 Nightmarish Home Inspector Scenarios

      After seeing these real-life home inspector photos (and picking your jaw up off of the floor), you’ll wonder what these...


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      Home Inspector Nightmares: Vol. 1

      Our friends at Structure Tech in St. Paul, MN, look at homes all across the Twin Cities. These are just...


      24 Things Your Garbage Collector Wants You to Know

      Look out for the people who take out the garbage.

      Home Inspector Nightmares: Volume 25

      Here’s another batch of photos from our home inspector friends. If these fixes are any indication of what people are...


      What’s the Difference Between a Castle and a Palace

      What's the difference between a castle and a palace?


      12 of the Craziest Things Ever Found During Home Inspections

      Home inspectors, real estate professionals, estate-sale professionals, and undertakers all have one thing in common: They know your secrets—the ones...


      15 Things You Should Do When You Find a Burst Pipe

      A burst pipe is the last thing anyone wants to tackle. But there are some quick temporary fixes you can...


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      Crucial Differences Between Licensed & Unlicensed Contractors

      Choosing an unlicensed contractor comes with legal liabilities for the homeowner.

      HGTV’s Ben and Erin Napier on the 9 Renovating Mistakes They’ll Never Make Again

      The hosts of HGTV's Home Town renovated their home when they were newlyweds. Since then, they've made renovation dreams come...


      Why Houses are So Expensive to Build

      Find out what's driving housing prices up and why so many people struggle to find affordable housing options.


      How to Paint Your Front Door

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


      Construction Industry Still Struggling With Skilled Labor Shortage

      New analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data shows construction firms still have trouble finding and hiring skilled laborers...


      5 Tips For Managing Client Expectations

      Acquiring new clients is challenging. Try turning existing clients into repeat clients by managing their project expectations.


      5 Highest-Paying States for Architects

      Looking for a job in architecture? These five states have the highest average professional architect salaries in the U.S.