The financial side of home improvement from improving home value, to saving on costs, to borrowing, and more...

Finding The Best Product Comparison Websites

Finding The Best Product Comparison Websites
If you're like a growing number of consumers these days, you like to do your research online before buying products for around the home to make sure you're getting a good deal, but with so many recommendation, review and comparison sites out there, how can you know which ones to trust?

For example, you might be looking for a Leaf Blower, Smart Locks, or a safety device like a Carbon Monoxide Detector*, so you type something like "best outdoor gas grill" into a search engine and go from there.

But how do you know if you're getting good advice?

Is Rent to Own a Good Idea for Buying a House?

Rent to buy a house

I recently published an article by Nicholas Brown who works for and it got me thinking, why do buyers enter into rent to own arrangements, and are they a good idea?

Before we delve into the question it would probably help to ensure you know what I'm talking about so I'll briefly explain what Renting to Own actually is...

Expert Advice on Preparing Your House for Sale

Preparing a house for sale

Last week I wrote about some of the ideas my cousin and I came up with to quickly get her house ready to sell. Fortunately for most people a rushed process isn't necessary, so with a little bit of planning and effort you can prepare your house for sale in ways that will maximize your sale price.

An important thing to keep in mind is that you're not trying to make your home a better place for yourself, you're trying to make it more attractive to others.

When You Need to Prepare Your House for Sale Quickly

Preparing a house for sale quickly

One of my cousins moved overseas to Australia several years ago with her husband and young daughter. They set about building an exciting new family life which included building their own home.

Sadly, as is all too often the case these days, their marriage broke down. And as if that wasn't bad enough, just recently their daughter was diagnosed with a serious illness. Star has decided that she needs family support to help her look after her daughter, so she's selling the house and hopes to move home in less than two months.

Be Prepared for Sticker Shock on Your A/C Repairs

The phase out of Freon - R22

The Impact of SEER and R-22 Changes in 2015

January 1, 2015 came and went like another uneventful New Years Day, but not for the heating and cooling industry. January 1st is significant, because it is when major changes in the HVAC industry took effect. The first major effect is on R-22 refrigerant, also known as freon.

The Importance of U and R Values and a Heat Efficient Home

Insulation - R Value

Anywhere in your house where one side of a wall is exposed to the outside world is a place where heat can escape your home and dissipate into the external environment. This means that a poorly insulated home will incur higher heating bills during the winter. Similarly, in hot climates, insulation keeps the cool air inside and the heat out. Critical to interior climate control, insulation essentially reduces the amount of effort your climate control (air conditioning or heating) has to expend an order to maintain a certain temperature.

Remodeling - Does it Make Financial Sense, And Does it Need To?

Home Improvement Values

I am continually being sent proposals to publish articles or infographics about how you can make money by remodeling your home.

The reason you don't see many articles of this nature on Totally Home Improvement is because when I ask the authors to produce facts and figures to back up their claims, they are nearly always unable to do so.

Thanksgiving for the Glory of Shopping Bargains!


In 1621 the settlers in Plymouth and the Wampanoag Indians, who were the traditional land owners there, decided that it would be in the best interests of 21st century Americans to set asside their differences and declare Thanks Giving & Black Friday as a time to honor everyone searching for bargains to enhance their home life.

Actually, it was a three day festival honoring the pilgrims' first successful harvest at which the locals killed 5 deer to eat for the celebrations, and in addition to that they prepared exactly 0 turkeys, 0 pumpkins and 0 potatoes.

Ireland - Improvements at Home for the Rest of the World


When I recently read a story about how an electricity company in Ireland has teamed up with a sub-division of Google, it got me to thinking about the plucky little country that punches above its weight, and one which once again seems to be leading the world in many respects, some of which may have some interesting implications for homes everywhere.

But first, a little recent Irish history...

Special Offers: Dinnerware - Steam Showers - Garage Doors


With Black Friday and Cyber Monday special offers being advertised everywhere I thought it would be a good time to quickly mention some of the special offers that have been sent in to me over the last few weeks.