Category Consumer News


Light up Your Home

Lighting completely changes the look and feel of any room. Your choice of fixtures, where you place them – even your choice of bulbs – affects the overall mood and functionality of your home. With a few simple concepts in mind, you can light up your home in a way that is useful, stylish and efficient …


Making Your House a Home for a Lifetime

According the AARP, homeowners over the age of 50 overwhelmingly prefer to age-in-place. Aging in place refers to living just where you are now, as opposed to moving into a retirement or nursing home and restructuring your own environment so you can remain in your own home as long as possible. It means living in …


What Do Home Buyers Want in Their Next Home?

We’ve all seen a stunning hillside mansion and dreamed what it would be like to raise our families there. Or envied the amazing renovation makeovers depicted on television shows that give the home owners a sense of pride and accomplishment. But how does your dream home compare to what home buyers across the country are …


Smart Home Selling Tips

With today’s changing housing market, home-buying opportunities are tremendous. Interest rates are low, prices are competitive, and many builders are offering fantastic incentives and financing options. But what if you have to sell your current home first? These tips will help you get your home sold and on the road to moving into your own …


How to Speak Remodeling

The home building industry celebrates National Remodeling Month in May, but remodeling is popular year-round, and the industry is growing every year. Whether it’s a small cosmetic remodel such as replacing bathroom fixtures, or a major down-to-the-wall-studs overhaul of your kitchen or adding new space to your home, understanding the terminology your professional remodeler is …


Big Designs for Small Homes

There are any number of reasons families might want to make better use of the space they have in their current or new home. As a family grows, their lifestyle changes, and space for storing toys or doing homework is at a premium. Multigenerational living, where elderly parents, grown children or other relatives all live …


EPA Seeks Public Review and Comments

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is making the following document available for public review and comment: “Framework for Identifying and Evaluating Lead-Based Paint Hazards From Renovation, Repair, and Painting Activities in Public and Commercial Buildings” (Framework). The Framework describes an approach for identifying and evaluating hazards created by renovations of public and commercial buildings (P&CBs). …


National Home Ownership Month: Maximize Your Home Storage

As summer approaches and people shed their layers of clothing from the cooler months, many want to also lighten the load their homes are carrying—or at least make it look neater. Before you toss the tools in a garage corner or stuff the down jackets into a box and toss it in the attic, why …


Wilmington Area Home Builders Celebrate the American Dream of Homeownership in June

In good times and in bad, homeownership is truly the cornerstone of the American way of life. The Wilmington – Cape Fear Home Builders Association (WCFHBA) will be celebrating National Homeownership Month in June. For many people, the opportunity to own a home has always been a cherished ideal and a source of pride, accomplishment, …


Should you DIY?

According to HUD and the U.S. Census Bureau, home owner do-it-yourself (DIY) projects accounted for 37 percent of all home remodeling projects performed nationwide from 2010-2011. While most professional remodelers understand that home owners will do some of their own home repairs or small renovations, after repairing many a DIY gone awry they overwhelmingly believe …

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