home improvement

First-time Homebuyer: Where Do I Start With Improvements?

Posted on 04/4/2012 by | Home & Family blogger | Comments

Home & FamilyI just bought a house … where do I start? That’s the question I’m going to ask Tom Kraeutler, one half of the fab duo of The Money Pit, who is hosting a webinar on home improvements on a budget. I’m clueless on where to start. We had to fix up a bathroom thanks to a 1980s sink but other than that, I dont’ know if I should replace the floors first or paint or fix up the yard/driveway or …

Why Can’t I Just Go Outside and Play?

Posted on 12/12/2011 by | Home & Family blogger | Comments

Home & FamilyI’m the youngest of three, so that means I was either spoiled rotten or I was neglected because I was last — depends on where you fall in your family line as to whether you agree with the former or the latter. If you asked me when I was 10, I would have said neglected; ask me at 40, I’d say I was a little of both. So, why am I telling you this? Well, I think we youngest have …

How to Prevent Falls at Home

Posted on 07/12/2011 by | Home & Family blogger | Comments

Home & FamilyMy mom fell over the weekend trying to help me move some things around the house. It was scary for the both of us how easily she went down but also how easily she injured herself.

Rightsizing Your House

Posted on 08/26/2010 by | Archived Contributor | Comments

Home & FamilyDoes your home not feel “right” to you anymore? The layout, the size, the rooms — are they not working for your lifestyle as you undergo life’s many transitions? I love this AARP piece that helps you figure out not how to downsize, but “rightsize” your house into something that better fits you: Rightsizing is the concept of working with what you have by making better use of existing space. It is a process in which you analyze the spaces …

Today’s Home Safety Tip!

Posted on 06/7/2010 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Home & FamilyWe told you last week that June is Home Safety Month – and here is today’s tip from AARP.org. This one might be particularly of interest to remember because of the unpredictable weather that this year has brought already. Did you know flooding can cause indoor air quality problems in your home long after floodwaters have receded? Many of you have probably dealt with the dreaded basement flooding during a bad rain storm, and this year has seen so many …

Today’s Home Safety Tip!

Posted on 06/7/2010 by | Archived Contributor | Comments

Home & FamilyWe told you last week that June is Home Safety Month – and here is today’s tip from AARP.org. This one might be particularly of interest to remember because of the unpredictable weather that this year has brought already. Did you know flooding can cause indoor air quality problems in your home long after floodwaters have receded? Many of you have probably dealt with the dreaded basement flooding during a bad rain storm, and this year has seen so many …