Leah Batkin

Leah Batkin

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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...

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 due to a barking pit bull next door or a termite invasion that won’t go away. Finding the right apartment...

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

Not only do coffee filters do an excellent job at holding wet coffee grounds while letting the brewed liquid coffee pass through, but their distinct texture, made of coarse long-fiber...

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 once again. Grab a paper towel ... nay, a baby wipe or two, because it’s about to get sticky. That’s right -- it’s popsicle season!...

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

Hear ye hear 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 on...