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Seven Questions to Ask Your Home Inspector

Posted by Leah Batkin | Dec 18, 2012

The inevitable home inspection looms large for anxious homebuyers waiting to purchase their new property. The process is tenuous, as finding the right home inspector can be fraught...


So your place doesn't look as good as this luxury apartment building. Here's how to spruce it up. (Photo: jim O'Connor/sxc.hu)

6 Easy Ways to Get More Money for Your Rental Property

Posted by Leah Batkin | Sep 13, 2012

The rental market is skyrocketing, encouraging landlords to undertake massive renovations of their properties in the hopes of getting higher rents. While brand new apartments boasting...


Attorney Carl D. Goodman specializes in landlord-tenant law. He advised on this article.

Ten Questions to Ask Before Signing a Lease

Posted by Leah Batkin | Aug 20, 2012

Everyone has heard horror stories of apartment rentals gone bad. Whether it’s from a barking pit bull next door or a termite invasion that won’t go away, finding the right...


This is not your mama's grilled cheese, is it? (Photo: neverend/sxc.hu)

5 Sandwiches You Have to Try

Posted by Leah Batkin | Aug 17, 2012

The sandwich, with its immediacy, efficiency, and largesse, is the epitome of American cuisine. The traditional sandwich, with a border of bread and a filling of meat, cheese and/or...


If you have coffee filters on hand, you can do all six of these projects. (Photo: jdurham/morguefile.com)

6 Clever Uses for Coffee Filters

Posted by Leah Batkin | Jul 17, 2012

Everyday household items have long been known to serve other purposes, and no object exemplifies this versatility better than the coffee filter. Not only do coffee filters do an excellent...


Georgetown in Washington D.C. is a walkable neighborhood. (Photo: dewitah/flickr)

Choosing a Sustainable House to Rent or Buy

Posted by Leah Batkin | Jul 02, 2012

Whether looking to buy or rent, the housing search has only become more complicated in the current market. Prospective homebuyers and renters are coming up with a whole new list of...


Homemade Popsicles in plastic molds. (Photo: bombchel/Flickr)

4 Easy and Cheap Homemade Popsicle Ideas

Posted by Leah Batkin | Jun 26, 2012

Well friends, the time has come upon us once again. Grab a paper towel - nay, take a baby wipe or two, because it’s about to get sticky. That’s right - it’s popsicle...


A screen dome like the one pictured is a great way to protect food from pests. (Photo: Nico Paix/Flickr)

Summer Picnic Food Safety Tips

Posted by Leah Batkin | May 10, 2012

Your boyfriend didn’t appreciate getting food poisoning last summer, so make sure this year’s picnic menu meets the highest standards of food safety before heading out to...


Grilled eggplant slices. Is your mouth watering? Read these 12 new ideas for grilling. (Photo by Woodlywonderworks/Flickr)

12 Foods that You Didn't Know You Could Grill

Posted by Leah Batkin | Apr 17, 2012

Here ye here ye! Grilling season has begun! Yes, its presence has graced us a bit prematurely this year, but who the hell is complaining? Everyone loves a good Texas-style BBQ out...