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Buying an Old House? Check for These Costly Repairs

Real estate agent and renovation coach Bruce Irving offers tips for sensing what might be amiss—and costly to fix when buying an old home.
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Deal Breakers When Buying a Home

Host Kevin O’Connor asks the team at Ask This Old House about the red flags that they might consider deal breakers in today’s real estate market. From foundations to rooflines, they list their top concerns.
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When is the Best Time to Buy Large Appliances For Your Home?

When your appliance is on its last leg, you have no choice but to replace it right away. However, if you have some time to make the decision, it’s ideal to buy at the best times of the year. Here is a guide to seasonal purchases for appliances.
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How to Find the Best Mortgage Rate

Looking to buy—or refinance—and feeling frustrated by lenders’ sky-high interest rates? Here’s how to get the best deal

How Do Home Improvements Impact Your Taxes?

If you’ve recently made updates to your house, you may be wondering if you’re eligible for a tax break. Depending on the type of changes or renovations you’ve implemented, you might get a little extra help from the government on your home upgrade.

Tips for Hiring a Home Renovation Team

The key to the best possible remodel? For Cambridge, MA, real estate agent and renovation coach Bruce Irving, it comes down to how you orchestrate the players.

Your Guide to Home Solar Panels

Whether you're looking to shrink your carbon footprint or just your monthly expenses, there’s never been a better time to go solar. Keep reading for the lowdown on everything from current tax incentives to new tech choices.

What to Know About Renting Out Your House

Hoping to rent out some or all of your house? Here’s how to sidestep common pitfalls.

How Does a Home Warranty Work?

Read our guide on how a home warranty works so you are prepared to compare top providers in the industry.

What Does a Home Warranty Cost a Seller?

Learn about the home warranty cost to a seller with our guide to make the home selling process even easier on you.

Holiday Home Disasters Most Likely to Occur in Your State

Are you curious about holiday home disasters in your state? Read our analysis of the most popular states for common disasters and helpful tips for prevention.

Upgrades That Can Reduce Home Insurance Costs

Read these home improvements that reduce risk and yield lower home insurance costs.

All About Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs)

Learn what it takes to make room in your home for mom and dad—or members of the younger generation­—by adding an accessory dwelling unit (ADU).

Does Saving Energy Mean Saving Money?

While reducing energy use is always a good thing, not every energy-conserving strategy is guaranteed to reduce your overall costs. We take a look at some common misconceptions.

Cost to Build a House (2022)

The cost to build a house isn’t a simple figure to calculate. However, we explore some nationwide and regional averages and break down the various aspects of homebuilding costs to give you a better picture of what it could cost you to build your dream home.

What Is Renters Insurance and Is It Necessary?

A renters insurance policy can protect you if you experience fire, theft, or another covered peril. Before purchasing a policy, read our guide to learn what renters insurance is, what it typically covers, and how much it costs.

5 Ways to Lower Your Home Insurance Costs

Are you paying too much or missing out on important coverage? Read our guide to learn about 5 ways to know if you’re paying too much for home insurance.

Fixd Home Warranty Review

Fixd Home Warranty is a relatively new company that provides home services to Texas and Georgia homeowners. In this review, the This Old House Reviews Team takes an in-depth look at Fixd to help you decide if the company’s coverage is right for your home.

Best Home Warranty Companies in Vermont

Home warranties are designed to save you money on expensive repair and replacement costs for broken appliances and systems. If you’re looking for a home warranty in Vermont, keep reading to learn more about our top providers and tips for choosing the best coverage for you and your home.

Best Home Warranty Companies in Massachusetts

To protect your major home systems and appliances, consider investing in a home warranty. In this review, we discuss the top home warranty providers for Massachusetts homeowners and provide tips to help you choose the best plan for your home.

Best Home Warranty Companies in Wyoming

A home warranty prevents homeowners from paying expensive, out-of-pocket costs when a home system or appliance requires a repair or replacement. If you’re looking for a home protection plan in Wyoming, keep reading for our top provider recommendations and details on their coverage, pricing, and policy features.

Best Home Warranty Companies in West Virginia

A home warranty can save you money on expensive repair or replacement costs for broken appliances and systems. Read this review to learn our recommendations for the best West Virginia home warranty companies and tips for choosing the right protection plan for you and your home.

Best Home Warranty Companies in Washington

If you live in Washington and want to save money on appliance and system repairs and replacements, consider investing in a home warranty. In this article, we’ll detail our top home warranty picks for Washington homeowners and help you find the best plan for you and your home.

Best Home Warranty Companies in Louisiana

A home warranty is the best way to protect your home’s systems and appliances over the years and avoid having to pay expensive repair and replacement costs. In this review, the This Old House Reviews Team discusses the three best home warranty providers in Louisiana based on plans, prices, benefits, and more.

Best Home Warranty Companies in Maine

Systems and appliances in your home will eventually break down due to normal wear and tear. A Maine home warranty can make those repairs affordable and hassle-free. Keep reading for the best home warranty companies in Maine.

Complete Protection Home Warranty Review

Complete Protection (CP) provides comprehensive coverage through four distinct plans, helping homeowners save money on repair and replacement costs for home systems and appliances. Read on to learn more about Complete Protection Home Warranty’s plans, pricing, and customer reviews.

365 Home Warranty Review

A home warranty company is expected to provide its policyholders with coverage on systems and appliances in need of repair or replacement. While there are many providers that follow through with this commitment, there are others like 365 Home Warranty that don’t. Keep reading to learn why 365 shut down and our picks for a dependable home warranty.

BGE Home Warranty Review

A home warranty can provide you with peace of mind that if a home system or appliance fails, you’re protected from paying unexpected expenses. Keep reading this BGE Home Warranty review to learn about their coverage, plans, and pricing, and whether it’s the right company for you.

Best Home Warranty Companies in Kansas

Although buying a home warranty in Kansas can be challenging, it’s well worth the time and effort, as you could save hundreds of dollars if a major system or appliance breaks down. In this review, we try to make the buying process a little less daunting by listing the top three home warranty providers in your state.

Why Was My Home Warranty Claim Denied?

A home protection plan provides peace of mind to homeowners looking for extra coverage on their systems and appliances, though this peace of mind can be disrupted when a warranty claim is denied by your provider. Keep reading to learn what you can do when a claim is denied.

Best Home Warranty Companies in Illinois

In the saturated home warranty market in Illinois, it can be difficult to know which provider to choose. In this review, we recommend three companies to help you narrow down your options.

Best Home Warranty Companies in Delaware

If you live in Delaware and want to protect your home appliances and systems, consider a home warranty. In this review, we discuss the top home warranty providers in your state.

Best Home Warranty Companies in Connecticut

As a Connecticut homeowner, a home warranty can help you save money in the long run when one of your systems or appliances break down. To learn what your coverage options are, keep reading this review.