How to remodel your home

Pat Mertz Esswein, <i>Kiplinger's Personal Finance</i>, and Associate Editor •
Kiplinger
Construction worker remodeling home

Jason and Carrie Kelroy of Wauwatosa, Wis., loved their 2,200-square-foot, 1930s-era colonial, and they loved their neighborhood, where they could walk to schools, their church, and a coffee shop, or drive to a Milwaukee Brewers game or to Summerfest on the lakefront in 20 minutes. But with three kids and two big dogs, space felt

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4 tips to sell your home quickly

Christy Bieber •
The Motley Fool
Row of colorful, red, yellow, blue, white, green painted residential townhouses, homes, houses with brick patio gardens in summer

When you’ve decided to move out of the house you own, you likely want to unload the home as quickly as possible. Whether you’re eager to get to a job in another state, have found a new dream home, or are simply tired of the mortgage payments, you don’t want to spend months struggling to

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8 ways to transform your home on a budget

Maurie Backman •
The Motley Fool
Choosing colors for painting walls at new home

Most people who own homes will agree that there’s always room for some sort of improvement. The problem, however, is that sprucing up a home costs money — something most of us don’t have in an unlimited supply. The good news is, you don’t need to spend a fortune to refresh your home and boost

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5 ways to protect your home from summer storms

Kimberly Lankford, Contributing Editor, and <i>Kiplinger's Personal Finance</i> •
Kiplinger

  Update your home inventory. This is one of the most important ways to make a homeowners claim go smoothly. Smartphones make it easy to gather the information (many insurers have home inventory apps, or go to KnowYourStuff.org). “Take pictures of your rooms, closets, attic, and your backyard,” says John Doak, Oklahoma insurance commissioner. Open

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