Looking at a Home like a House Inspector Although you should hire a qualified professional home inspector when buying a home, it's useful to learn the basics of home inspection yourself. Being able to see a house though an inspector's eyes allows you to get a general assessment of a home in a short amount of time, helps you know how to prepare for an inspection, and provides guidelines for giving your home an occasional checkup. Although this list isn't a substitute for a professional home inspection, here are some things to look for when assessing a house.
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Drought Tolerant Landscaping With severe drought conditions across large swatches of the west and pockets of the rest of the United States, many homeowners are looking for ways to conserve water on landscaping. But there's no need to rip out your whole yard and replace it with gravel—unless you want to. There are plenty of other ways to create a drought-tolerant landscape while also creating a beautiful and functional space. And drought-tolerant landscaping not only saves water immediately, but will be more resilient against future droughts. Here are some ideas:
5 Kitchen and Bath Remodeling Trends That Will Last To help you get ahead of and sort out the kitchen and bathroom trends — pity the last fool to install an avocado appliance in the 1970s — HouseLogic.com went to this month's trend central, the International Builder's Show. Our takeaway: For gosh sake, enjoy your home; remodel so that you love where you live.
Still, with a couple of exceptions, these five kitchen and bath trends offer lasting value: