6 tips to make your spring listing look, feel and smell as fresh as the season

6 tips to make your spring listing look, feel and smell as fresh as the season

You have a spring listing, and it's time to introduce the home to the world. As the passing shadow of winter makes way for signs of life, any house on the market in the spring should feel as fresh as its surroundings....
By Gill South | Thursday, Apr 5, 2018
7 home fixes you must complete before selling

7 home fixes you must complete before selling

The process of getting a property ready to put on the market can seem daunting enough. There’s clearing the clutter, endless amounts of cleaning, organizing and scrutinizing your property with a fine-tooth comb. What needs attention and what can yo...
By Cara Ameer | Monday, Jul 18, 2016
Should boomers renovate before selling?

Should boomers renovate before selling?

The baby boomer generation (born between 1946 and 1964) will have a significant impact on the housing market over the next several years. Baby boomers currently account for 40 percent of U.S. households but hold 54 percent of household wealth. Expert...
By Eddy Lang | Tuesday, Nov 10, 2015
Why I never fear a foreclosure

Why I never fear a foreclosure

The first few years after the real estate crash led to a flurry of investors snatching up foreclosed properties, rehabbing and renting them out, then reselling a few years later at a profit. For some it worked out, but for others, the appreciation n...
By John Majalca | Thursday, Oct 22, 2015
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What is with all the hating on carpeting?

Q: I read something you wrote saying that wall-to-wall carpet is a buyer turnoff. Call me old fashioned or out of step, but what is with all the hating on carpeting? Like anything else, it needs to be cleaned occasionally, but I will take the warm...
By Tara-Nicholle Nelson | Thursday, Nov 29, 2012
Thumbnail When hiring contractor, be a ‘tough customer’

When hiring contractor, be a ‘tough customer’

This is a cautionary tale. The moral of this story is when a homeowner hires a contractor, it's incumbent on him or her to oversee the work and call any problems to the contractor's attention immediately. There are no dumb questions, and don't ...
By Bill and Kevin Burnett | Wednesday, Sep 12, 2012
Thumbnail 6 steps to install vinyl floor in bathroom

6 steps to install vinyl floor in bathroom

Q: We have a small second bathroom and the flooring is ugly 1980s linoleum. We aren't yet able to remodel. Is it ever possible to paint over the linoleum with some sort of heavy-duty floor paint? It gets low use, and it would be a temporary fix...
By Bill and Kevin Burnett | Wednesday, Oct 12, 2011
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Best floor choices if you have pets

Q: We are beginning a bathroom and kitchen remodel next month. We can't seem to decide on the floors for durability, easy maintenance, etc. We have five indoor cats so we need something that will hold up with two litter boxes, and food and wate...
By Bill and Kevin Burnett | Wednesday, Sep 7, 2011
Thumbnail Remodeling rules to live by

Remodeling rules to live by

One Sunday a while back, I dropped by an open house that had just been remodeled and put on the market. It was a speculative renovation, otherwise known as a "flip." In keeping with the usual modus operandi of such projects, the build...
By Arrol Gellner | Friday, Mar 11, 2011
Radiant heating springs a leak

Radiant heating springs a leak

Q: Our home was built 60 years ago on a concrete slab with radiant floor heating. When we remodeled 25 years ago, we pulled up the shag carpeting and the contractor glued 6-inch-square parquet wood tiles directly to the slab. We now have a 3-b...
By Bill and Kevin Burnett | Wednesday, Oct 20, 2010
A hot fix for water pressure problem

A hot fix for water pressure problem

Q: [I have] no pressure when the hot water is turned on in the sinks. It doesn't matter if it is a one-lever operation or a faucet with two handles. This house is 12 years old, and it started when I had the vanities raised. Then, in the utility...
By Paul Bianchina | Friday, Sep 24, 2010
A permanent fix for wet bathroom floor

A permanent fix for wet bathroom floor

Q: Our bathroom subfloor, which appears to be particleboard, has been wet since my father took a shower in our claw-foot bathtub two weeks ago. The adhesive tile began to curl up at the edges. My husband and I pulled the tiles off and found th...
By Bill and Kevin Burnett | Thursday, Aug 5, 2010
Leveling with contractor over uneven floor

Leveling with contractor over uneven floor

DEAR BARRY: We recently hired a contractor to enlarge our living room. But there is a dip in the wood flooring where the addition meets the original construction. When the work was still in progress, we noticed that the old and new floor surfaces ...
By Barry Stone | Tuesday, Jul 27, 2010
How to fix engineered floors that warp

How to fix engineered floors that warp

Q: In January, we installed floating bamboo engineered flooring over our concrete slab. The slab was poured the previous July, and in-floor radiant heat was added. We primed the concrete and added felt underlayment before installation. The floo...
By Bill and Kevin Burnett | Wednesday, May 26, 2010
How to cover up hardwood floor edges

How to cover up hardwood floor edges

Q: We just tore the carpet out of a bedroom of our recently purchased home, which was built in 1946. Underneath are beautiful hardwood floors. There is a very plain and unobtrusive baseboard already in place that was installed on top of the carpe...
By Bill and Kevin Burnett | Wednesday, Mar 31, 2010
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Renovate, reuse, recycle

Ruthie Mundell helps to run a resale store. Her merchandise isn't the predictable overcoats and baby strollers and slightly dented toasters that most people associate with resale. Instead, at the Community Forklift in Edmonston, Md., they're selling ...
By Mary Umberger | Wednesday, Feb 3, 2010
Thumbnail ‘Green’ homes come in many shades

‘Green’ homes come in many shades

I'm always fascinated by how new words -- or new, off-label definitions for old words -- permeate the popular lexicon. If you called an object "green" five years ago, the average listener would have thought you were referring to its hue. Th...
By Tara-Nicholle Nelson | Monday, Sep 28, 2009
Pros and cons of linoleum flooring

Pros and cons of linoleum flooring

Q: Thank you for the column on kitchen floor options in the recent weekend paper. It was a helpful summary. Could you please tell me how linoleum scores in the same categories: virtues, detractions and resale? A: You ask a great question, and one tha...
By Paul Bianchina | Friday, Jun 19, 2009