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Efficient Ways to Light Your Home

September 24, 2013 5:48 pm

When adding energy-efficient upgrades to your home, it's important to ensure even the most fundamental of enhancements—such as lighting—offers the ease of use, reliability and value expected from traditional, incandescent options.

Advancements in bulb technology
Though they have had a presence in homes for the last three decades, the compact fluorescent (CFL) light bulb has greatly improved since its infancy. Some enhancements include reduced price, availability in standard warm tones and "A-line" shaped bulbs that mimic the look and feel of traditional incandescent bulbs.

New technologies include GE's Bright from the Start CFL. This hybrid halogen-CFL light bulb provides instant brightness, and is now available at Target in a 100-watt incandescent replacement -- in addition to other wattages -- for table or floor lamps, as well as globe lights for vanity lighting and floodlights for recessed lighting used in rooms throughout the home.

While new lighting advancements bring a wealth of benefits to many homeowners, there are still some mixed messages about the value of CFL bulbs, as a whole.

Common myths related to CFL bulbs
As the lighting industry shifts to provide more energy-efficient lighting options, more and more homeowners are giving CFLs a try. However, a variety of myths about CFL lighting still exist today, many of which are no longer true, including:

1. CFLs produce an unattractive blue light. Today's CFLs can produce a soft white color similar to incandescent bulbs. Check the packaging for Kelvin numbers within a range of 2,700 to 3,000 for a warmer light appearance.

2. CFLs take a long time to get bright. While many CFLs takes up to a minute to reach full brightness, there are now more advanced options. GE's hybrid-halogen CFL, uses a Brightness Booster, or a halogen capsule, for instant brightness, eliminating to wait for bright light.

3. CFLs are only available in corkscrew shapes. Many options are now available that mirror the traditional shape of incandescent bulbs for a variety of applications. One option is a 100-watt replacement bulb for table or floor lamps, as well as globe lights commonly used for bathroom vanity lighting and recessed lighting in kitchen, living and dining rooms.


Word of the Day

September 24, 2013 5:48 pm

Redlining. Practice of refusing to make loans in certain neighborhoods. Also applies to insurance companies that refuse to offer policies in certain neighborhoods.

Q: What's the Best Way to Negotiate Price?

September 24, 2013 5:48 pm

A: Be patient, know your home’s worth, adopt a positive attitude, and do not let emotions – anger, pride, greed, or prejudice – get in the way of negotiating the best deal.

Your home obviously means a lot to you, but you have already made the decision to move on, so begin to think of your home as “the house” or “the condo,” instead of “my home.”  

When reasonable offers come along, take them seriously.  You can always counter any offer made by the buyer that comes near your asking price.  Do not spoil a good deal over a few hundred dollars.


Tips to Tackle a Wallpaper Installation Project

September 23, 2013 6:00 pm

Let's getting into a few important installation tips for homeowners ready to "hit the wall" with a DIY wallpaper project this fall.

The folks at Seabrook Wallpaper publish a very easy-to-follow, but lengthy installation guide at their website, and another great resource - - provides video and illustrations can be found here.

If you really want to get creative with wallpaper, you can check out these cool ideas from a recent item from Home-Dzine:

Wallpaper staircase - If you are looking for ways to add interest to a plain staircase, here's an easy way to customize a staircase and make it a feature in the home.

Cover the vertical board of each stair with wallpaper. Follow the instructions on the wallpaper paste package to ensure the paper is well stuck down.

Wallpaper tabletop - It's so easy to dress up a table top, sideboard, coffee table or cabinet with pieces of wallpaper. Using wallpaper is an affordable way to add design that can be changed to suit the occasion.  Simply cut the paper to size and lay it across the top of the table. If you plan to change it regularly, do not stick it down. Place a sheet of glass over the top in order to protect the paper and table.

Wallpaper a closet or cupboard - What about using colorful wallpaper to add interest to a closet or built-in wardrobe, or even a bathroom cabinet.

Just attach wallpaper cut to the correct size to the back of the cabinet. Use bold, contrasting paper to make the cabinet or cupboard stand out in the room.

Wallpaper bookcase - Create an instant feature by adding wallpaper to the back of a bookcase or wall cabinet. Choose a pattern and color that blends well with decor in the room but allows the bookcase to stand out and shine.

With all the attention being paid to hot new trends in wallpapering, maybe it's time to plan a DIY project to convert a wall, a room, or an entire interior this fall or winter.

8 Quick Fixes for a Tired Bathroom

September 23, 2013 6:00 pm

Remodeling a home can be expensive and exhausting. But you can breathe new life into tired rooms with just a small budget, a little sweat equity, and a healthy imagination.

California decorating consultant Gina Fulton suggests eight quick fixes to freshen the look and increase the functionality of an old, drab bathroom:

New paint – Choose a color that brightens the space and shines with personality. Paint one wall in a bold shade. Or wallpaper one – or all four walls – in a whimsical or elegant design that says something about you.

Vanity – Choose a new one if you can afford it – or paint the existing vanity in a bold or pastel color that offsets or complements the color of the walls.

Drawer pulls and towel racks – The bathroom is a small space, so you may want to splurge on unique hardware that adds a touch of class.

Sinks or faucets – If it’s been a while since you’ve perused the hardware aisle, you may be amazed at the wide variety of affordable sinks and faucets. Consider an art-glass basin or a high-arcing faucet that adds fresh perspective to the bath.

Lighting and mirrors – Replace a small mirror with a larger one. Surround it with dressing-room lights. Or frame it to match or contrast the walls.

Flooring – Install inexpensive tile, hardwood or bamboo flooring that updates and complements your new design.

Artwork – Choose a theme – perhaps impressionist prints, French boudoir prints, or even a series of framed family vacation photos. Keep visual interest in mind, but be sure to use surfaces that won’t suffer from steamy air.

New towels and shower curtain – Whip up a sink skirt for a stand-alone sink. Embellished towels and coordinating shower curtain can pull your new design scheme together and enhance the updated look.

Three Easy Tips to Create a More Natural Bedroom

September 23, 2013 6:00 pm

BPT—The formerly "fringe" back-to-nature movement has become mainstream in America and nowhere is the desire for a more natural approach to living more prevalent than in our homes. From organically grown fruits and vegetables to VOC-free paint choices, the trend is toward fewer additives, synthetics and chemicals.

But for all the farmers market-purchased food in the kitchen and goat milk soaps in the bathroom, one room that has been neglected in the quest for a more natural home is the bedroom. However, it doesn't take very much to make the bedroom more natural or "green." Here are three easy and effective tips:

Choose natural bedding materials

Down and feathers come from nature, are biodegradable and renewable; consequently they have the lowest carbon footprint of any bedding fill material. Thirty-six percent of U.S. adults use down and feather bedding precisely because it is eco-friendly, according to a recently completed Harris Survey commissioned by the American Down and Feather Council (ADFC).

Being a natural insulator, down helps regulate body heat for an optimal sleeping experience, which allows homeowners to turn down the thermostat at night and save on heating costs. The survey found that 55 percent of U.S. adults who use down and feather bedding have chosen it precisely for its natural warmth.

Add fresh plants and flowers to your decor

Live plants act as natural air filters and some plants - spider plants, Boston ferns, rubber plants and palm trees - are particularly effective absorbers of chemical pollutants emitted from carpets, furniture and electronic equipment. Adding fresh flowers and plants to your bedroom helps with the natural cycle of carbon dioxide and oxygen, improving the overall air quality in your bedroom.

Take advantage of nature's best heater: the sun

In the cold winter months, open blinds, draperies, and shutters during the day to let solar energy warm and brighten your room naturally. In the hot summer months, be sure to do the opposite, and close your window coverings to prevent your bedroom from overheating and causing air conditioning units or fans to work harder, thus using more energy.

Word of the Day

September 23, 2013 6:00 pm

Annual percentage rate (APR).  Combines the interest rate with other loan costs, such as points and loan fees, into a single figure that shows the true annual cost of borrowing.


Q: How Bad Is a Previous Foreclosure on Credit?

September 23, 2013 6:00 pm

A: Unfortunately, it is a pretty bad blemish.  A property foreclosure is one of the most damaging events in a borrower's credit record. In terms of the effect on your credit history, a deed in lieu of foreclosure – where you voluntarily “give back” your property to the lender – or a short sale – when the lender agrees to write off a portion of the loan that is higher than the value of the home – is not as adverse as a forced foreclosure.


10 Ways to Control Home Insurance Costs

September 20, 2013 6:21 pm

Going without home insurance is risky, so most of us bite the bullet and pay the premium. But
there are ways to save on what you pay.

Forbes business experts suggest ten ways to ensure you have optimal coverage with the right
risk/cost balance:

●Increase deductibles – Insurance isn't meant to cover the small stuff. Set deductibles
as high as you can afford. For example, a $150,000 house could have a $1,500 or 1
percent deductible.
●Make improvements - Install a backup generator, a whole house surge protector, and
smoke/CO2 detectors. Refit roof trusses with strapping.
●Opt for hip roofs - Hip roofs offer the most slippery shape in high-wind settings or
storms. You don't want roof areas that can catch the wind and are prone to damage.
●Locate intelligently – Stay away from flood-prone areas. In high wind areas, look for
brick or stone houses. In quake-prone areas, look for wooden frame houses. Locate in
communities with professional fire departments. Have your home inspected before you
●Don't make small claims – Frequent claims can drive up rates. Don't sweat the small
stuff. Insurance is meant to protect you from catastrophic loss.
●Reinforce your home – Install storm shutters, reinforce the roof, retrofit older homes for
earthquake resistance, and modernize heating, plumbing, and electrical to reduce risk
of fire and water damage.
●Improve home security – Add smoke detectors, deadbolts and burglar alarms or other
security systems.
●Combine policies with one insurer – Most insurance companies offer discounts for
multiple policy households. Combine home and auto insurance. Then buy an umbrella
liability policy over both to optimize cost.
●Eliminate unnecessary coverage – Don't buy coverage you don't need: earthquake
coverage is unnecessary in most zones; don't schedule jewelry if it's inexpensive, etc.
●Talk to your agent about discounts – Sometimes there is a discount for good drivers,
or retirees, or people with good credit ratings.

Heads Up: Research before Retail Renting-to-Own

September 20, 2013 6:21 pm

I know the temptation of wanting something now, even if the cost for that item does not equate with the amount of disposable cash on hand. With so many individuals opting to sign up for 'rent-to-own' programs, this advice from the Better Business Bureau is particularly valuable.

The BBB says rent-to-own stores are popular alternatives to using a credit card, for consumers with a poor credit history or people who don’t want to put down a deposit on merchandise. Today, there are 47 states with legislation that spells out consumers’ rights when engaging in a rent-to-own contract.  

Better Business Bureau and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) receive complaints about rent-to-own stores that do not adequately explain their contracts, delivery of used or damaged goods, and illegal collection practices.

These include having reps show up at consumers’ front doors if a payment is late, placing harassing telephone calls and threatening to call the renter’s employer to report a late or missed payment.

Better Business Bureau recommends consumers take the following precautions before entering into a rent-to-own lease:

  • Take the contract home – Read all terms and conditions carefully before signing.  Determine what fees may be associated with the transaction, who is responsible for repairs or maintenance and what happens after a late or missed payment.
  • Research the company – Visit to see what other consumers’ experience has been like, the volume of complaints and how they were resolved.
  • Check the law – The Association of Progressive Rental Organizations website,, provides links to state laws governing rent-to-own provisions.
  • Consider alternatives – See if you qualify for a short-term loan, retailer financing or a layaway plan. Look for deals on display models and consider buying the item at a garage sale, through a classified ad or at a second-hand store, though this option gives no warranty or maintenance agreement.
  • Keep in mind that the longer the lease, the more you will pay for the item, and like any other purchase, shop around first to compare prices.