November 2011

2011 Hurricane Season Now Just a (Bad) Memory

The 2011 hurricane season, tying for the sixth most-active on record, is virtually over — and not a moment too soon.


2011 was a busy year for hurricanes — will you be prepared for next year? Image: NOAA

Tips on How To Prepare Your Home for Holiday Guests

Is your home ready for holiday visits from friends and family? Here’s how to prepare for the invasion.

I’m lucky and have a guest suite always ready for holiday guests. But even with a dedicated space, preparing my home for the annual onslaught of friends and family takes time and forethought.

Some preparations for holiday guests take only a few minutes; some take a lot longer. My advice: Start preparing your home for the holidays now.

Thinking of Retirement? Make the Most of It with Universal Design

When planning for retirement, remember your home is your castle. Make it work for you with universal design.

Bedroom with Universal Design features

Even in His Home, Steve Jobs Embraced Smaller as Better

Apple innovator Steve Jobs embraced small-is-better kitchens ahead of his time.

Steve Jobs' kitchen

Ever the innovator, Steve Jobs insisted on having a small but functional kitchen. Image: Johnny Grey Studios

Politicians Missing the Mark — Left and Right — on Housing

Both sides of the political aisle are short on specifics to bolster the housing market.

Farmers, October Storm Surprise: Get Ready for Wild Winter

The Farmers’ Almanac is expecting some “clime and punishment” this winter, much like the October surprise snow storm that’s knocked out power to 3 million homes. Here’s how to prepare for the next big weather hit.

Winter prediction map from Farmers' Almanac

Home Owners Insurance Protects You from Halloween Horrors

When zombies, Snookies, and Lady Gagas storm your front door this weekend, don’t fear! Your home owners insurance will protect you from Halloween mishaps.

Why Renters are the Next Mortgage Crisis

If you’ve been wondering if you should be renting rather than owning, consider this expert’s view.