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When Selling Your Home, Give Every Room a Role

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Many of us have one room in the house that doesn’t really have a job. Maybe we set it up with an air bed once in a while for guests, or shove out-of-season clothing boxes in there, or use it as a holding zone for stuff we’re not sure what to do with. But when your house is on the market, every room has a role to play to make …

When Contractors Give an Estimate, Do They Charge?

Sunday, September 14, 2014

How much should you expect to pay, if anything, for an estimate, inspection or other kind of contractor consultation? The answer depends on the nature of your project and the policies of the companies from which you solicit bids. But a few rules of thumb apply: If you want to know how much it will cost to get something fixed, a free estimate …

Fall Is Coming, And So Are Its Many Chores

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

The fall equinox arrives on Sept. 23 this year. On that date, day and night are of equal length, but with each subsequent day the dark time gets a little bit longer and we begin our descent into winter. For many gardeners, the shortening days are not welcome. I try to look at the positive side: We all need a break from weeding …

Cheerful Pussy Willows Chase Away the Mud Season Blues

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

In general, I don’t sing. I can’t carry a tune, and words to even the simplest of songs seem to disappear from my brain in about 20 minutes. Always have. So it was a surprise to me when, walking by a clump of pussy willows, I remembered a …

Welcome Spring, Welcome Bulbs

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

I’ve been paying attention to snowdrops and crocus since I was 9 years old — I recently found entries in my diary that tell me so. My entry for March 7, 1956, in its entirety was this: “Spring is getting here at last the snow drops are in …

Early Spring Chores

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Spring finally seems to be coming to Cornish Flat — about a month late this year. My snowdrops are just starting to bloom and large patches of snow are still on the lawn and garden, though there are bare spots. I really want to get outside and start …

Foggy Windows Can Be Cleared

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Akron, Ohio — Marie Poling thought she was looking at an expense of thousands of dollars to replace all the windows on her Northfield Center Township, Ohio, house. The insulated glass in the home’s bay window had gotten foggy, and she figured her only option was new windows. …

Spring Pruning: It’s Not Too Late, and the Trees Will Benefit

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Conventional wisdom has it that fruit trees should be pruned in March, but don’t worry if you haven’t started yet. I haven’t. There is no harm in pruning in April, or anytime, really. After the buds on fruit trees open, they are more prone to being knocked off …

Interior Painting: Picking Best Color And Right Finish

Sunday, March 30, 2014

In the spring, many a homeowner’s fancy turns to thoughts of fresh paint, because what else renews a room as quickly? That doesn’t mean interior painting is a breeze. There are defined steps to a quality job, and they start with picking the right color and paint finish. …

A Winter Meal From the Garden, Even in March For March

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Technically, spring arrived on March 20. Most years I have snowdrops blooming on a south-facing hillside by early March, and some Glory-of-the-Snow in blossom by now. Not this year. Snow is still deep on my property, and nights …

Refrigerator Technology Uses Magnets, Boosts Efficiency

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Your next refrigerator might not even have a compressor. GE Appliances is developing magnetic refrigeration for residential use, a technology that needs no refrigerants or compressors and promises to increase the energy efficiency of refrigerators by 20 percent. Magnetic refrigeration — technically called magnetocaloric refrigeration — is not …

Spring Housecleaning: Some Tips and Tricks

Sunday, March 23, 2014

How do your cleaning skills compare to those of pros who’ve earned homeowners’ shining reviews? Just in time for spring, here are some tips, tricks and tools of the maid trade, supplied by highly rated cleaners our research team recently interviewed: Vacuum right with the right vacuum: Weekly …

Beauty in the Eye Of the Beholder, And the Diner

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

I would hazard a guess that if you toured an art museum, the artwork depicting flowers would outnumber the art showing vegetables by 10 to 1. Or maybe 100 to 1. Georgia O’Keeffe and her poppies spring to mind, and Monet’s paintings of Giverny with its water lilies. …