Get Prepared Articles & Tips

When it comes to a home inspection, don’t forget the appliances. Picture this: You’re the proud owner of a previously loved home. You’ve finished unloading the moving van and started unpacking the cardboard boxes that hold your dishes, when you... Read more .

So you’ve been tossing around some kitchen remodeling ideas for a while now and you finally have a budget that enables you to start your makeover. Where do you go from here? Here are some kitchen remodeling tips and other helpful facts you’ll... Read more .

**A new central AC unit is a big-ticket item. Know these basics before you start getting bids on a replacement air conditioner. ** The lifespan of most HVAC systems is an average of 10 to 14 years, so most homeowners can count on replacing theirs... Read more .

Selecting a contractor who will come to your home to make home improvements requires thought and evaluation to ensure that the contractor is reputable, does high-quality work while protecting your family’s safety and the value of your home. At... Read more .

Tackle some of your home improvement projects before you get settled into your new house. You’ve just bought your dream home. Now’s the time to add some personal touches to make it your own, like painting the interior walls and installing new... Read more .

Kitchen renovations leave a lot of room for creativity — but also for mistakes. Make sure your kitchen home improvement project goes smoothly by avoiding these mishaps. San Diego homeowner Jody Costello has a renovation horror story to... Read more .

When considering a home improvement project, a project manager can save you both time and money. If you’re like us, you’ve probably been thinking for a long time about how much you’d like to redo your kitchen or spruce up your home’s exterior... Read more .

Replacing a roof is a big expense—fortunately, one that a house faces only every 20 to 30 years. If your home is due for a new roof, you probably have a lot of questions. These 10 tips can get you started. 1. Get the hang of the roofing... Read more .

Taking a trip? Keep your house safe with these easy tips. It’s summer break. Your bags are packed, your guidebook (and trashy novels) are in hand — you and your family are ready to enjoy a well-deserved vacation. Before you hop in the car or... Read more .