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Third-hand smoke is killing your home’s value

Movoto reports brown, tarred, chemical residues of third-hand smoke can send 29 percent of the value of your home up in smoke. Smoking in a home worth $200,000 can shave off $58,000, reducing the value to $142,000. That’s a lot of money to blow.

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Site To See: Deck designs that don’t rock

One of the most important aspects of building a deck requires that you first do the math to determine the deck's load capacity. Earlier this week, during an NBA


Household pests can cost more than pest control

Household pests are icky, but that's not all. • An adult flea can bite up to 400 times a day. • Cockroaches can live for weeks without a head. • A


Why your neighbors hate you

Your dog's a pig, your lawn is scrub land, your driveway looks like a campground and your garage band sounds like someone is banging on all that junk


Cleaning house with ease

Cleaning you home is a dirty job, but somebody's got to do it. Finding someone to do it right, takes a "down and dirty" approach, if you get the


Replace FEMA with a private disaster relief czar?

It looks like New York and New Jersey will suddenly need 20,000 to 40,000 emergency housing units as a result of Hurricane Sandy. Not since Hurricane Katrina has the


Daylight Saving Time ends Sunday, 2 a.m., Nov. 4, 2012

Set your clocks back one hour before you go to bed tonight and get an extra hour of sleep. Daylight Saving Time (DST) becomes Standard Time (ST) Sunday at


Will drone eyes-in-the-sky fly over your neighborhood?

In February 2012, Congress passed legislation that will ultimately open U.S. skies to unmanned aircraft systems (UAVs) operated by both civilians and commercial organizations as soon as September


Infographic: Protecting your home from invasion

Burglars shy away from homes equipped with security monitors, electronic window sensors, and cameras. Not so much when it comes to timed interior lights, deadbolt locks and local burglar


Infographic: A burglar’s most likely break-in entry points

Forget the second-story burglar climbing the downspout to get into your home. Burglars are much more likely to walk right in the front door, especially if the door is


Home Improvements: How not to do it yourself

More than 1 million Americans a year wind up in the emergency room due to injuries related to home improvements, including garden care and maintenance, according to the


Preparing for Hurricane Isaac, Republican National Convention

Preparing for a hurricane disaster is a lot like Republicans planning a national convention. Denial can end in disaster. Okay. Okay. Election year fairness from the press. Democrats express their


More than one in four Americans ignore evacuation orders, most don’t have disaster plan, survival kit

There is a clear opportunity for people across the country to better understand the importance of following evacuation protocols. One in four (21 percent) of Americans have had their


Steam cleaning lightens, brightens, re-energizes your home

A recent pest scare prompted me to put my fear to work and rent a steam cleaner to clean my apartment. It's surprising what the elements - air and


NARI Home Improvement Quiz: Will doing it yourself do you in?

The National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) supports hard core do-it-yourselfers who know how to complete a job on time and within budget to add both value