At this time of year, many people hire home improvement services for everything from heating to roofing work, but with any home improvement job, it is important to do some research on a business to avoid falling victim to a scam, according to the Better Business Bureau.

Good lighting is something many people don’t think much about until they don’t have it. According to the American Lighting Association, living in a well-lit room is a much more pleasurable experience than trying to cook, read, entertain or do just about anything in a dark, shadowy space. The…

South Jersey Gas reminds contractors and do-it-yourselfers to call 811 prior to any digging project to have underground utility lines marked. Every eight minutes, an underground utility line is damaged because someone decided to dig without first calling 811, SJG said.

In the fall, pests searching for shelter from the harsh winter elements often end up in homes and other structures. The National Pest Management Association offers a few fall pest-proofing techniques that can help homeowners avoid infestations, prevent structural damage and protect the healt…

Sales of new single-family houses in March 2014 were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 384,000, according to estimates released jointly April 23 by the U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Existing-home sales were essentially flat in March, while the growth in home prices moderated, according to the National Association of Realtors. Sales gains in the Northeast and Midwest were offset by declines in the West and South.

Homeowners who want their homes to make strong first impressions must prioritize curb appeal. Homes with strong curb appeal sell well and can impart a welcoming feel to all visitors. Improving curb appeal need not be expensive, and the following are a handful of ways to improve the appearanc…