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What are the latest trends in decorating and color palettes? (Part 2)

Bathrooms continue to become more luxurious, says Deb Dumel, showroom manager of the Frank Webb Bath Center in Boston.  She sees several trends coming on stronger in 2014 – TVs integrated into medicine cabinets to avoid havi...


What are the latest trends in decorating and color palettes? (Part 1)

Wood floorboards are getting wider, often up to five and six inches, stained warm gray and cut from several tree species.    We’re also seeing less of the hand-scraped look, which was costly to produce.  Yet, boards can b...


Any suggestions on making over our garage?

Here are some tips for a successful garage rehab. Daydream and plan:  What do you want the space to be?  What does it need to be?  If you don’t need to park cars in the garage and have ample storage…



Can you suggest some natural cleaners for the home?

There are several cleaners that you probably have on hand right now. For instance, it’s tough to beat white vinegar.  You can use it all over the house to clean, disinfect and deodorize just about anything.  Mix it with equ...


What tips can you give me before I rent out my home?

Answer:    First, what’s the current state of your estate?  If you feel like the property has pricey upgrades that would be relatively destruction-prone, factor that into your decision-making, and into the deposit and mon...


What are some of the ways I could “go green?”

Start with your light bulbs.  “Installing a compact fluorescent bulb (CFL) is the quickest, easiest way to save energy – and money,” says Better Homes and Gardens. “Unlike incandescents, CFLs convert most of the energy...



How do I stage my house to sell?

Home prices have fallen and many homeowners are mortgaged to the hilt.  This makes it difficult for some sellers to justify spending a penny to get their homes ready for the market. If you’re a seller in a market where…


Why should I consider credit repair?

Do you look at your credit report and think about nothing but credit repair?  If yes, then perhaps it’s high time to get your credit repair process started.  Anyone with poor credit scores will definitely know what a low cr...


Can you explain the new smoke alarm laws for residential rental units?

As of January 1, 2014, all smoke alarms installed in residential rental units must be on the State Fire Marshal’s list of approved devices.  In order to be on the list of approved devices, the device must display the date&he...



What can I do to make my home look more attractive without spending too much money?

Makeover projects to improve the look of your home don’t have to break the bank, and many projects can be done over a weekend.  Do-it-yourself updates, for a small price, can produce great results and give you the most value...