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…

Whether yours twinkle in multiple colors or sparkle in all white, holiday lights are a must-use element in nearly all homeowners’ seasonal decorating schemes. And those lights – once reserved for the tree – have migrated to multiple spots inside and outside the home, from mantels to eaves, w…

Energy Star is a voluntary program established by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that helps businesses and individuals save money and protect the climate through increased energy efficiency. The program was created in 1992 under the Clean Air Act to develop, evaluate, and demonstra…

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.

For a weekend project or spur-of-the-moment do-it-yourself idea, grab your hammer, nails and your cellphone. Whether it’s choosing a paint color or rearranging the furniture, cellphone apps can help make the process easier.

The New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs requires any contractor who does home improvement work to register with the state. No home improvement contractor may offer to perform, engage or attempt to engage in the business of making or selling residential home improvements unless registered…

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…

Fences serve many purposes on a property and can even add visual appeal and value to a home. A fence can effectively delineate property borders, serve as a safety barrier and keep pets and children from wandering into the street.

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