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Will a Finished Basement Help Sell My D.C. Home?

A finished basement can add space to an otherwise cramped home, but just how much it will increase your house's value depends on several design factors.

Going Once, Twice... Sold! How a House Auction Works

Long & Foster now offers auction services for D.C.-area residents who want more options when buying or selling a home. Find out if an auction is right for you.

5 Trendy Kitchen Features to Look for in 2015

What’s on the horizon for kitchen design in 2015? Farmhouse sinks are easing their way out, while wallpaper and a neutral color palette remain trendy choices.
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Member Photo of the Day: Booking a Carpenter for Built-in Bookshelves

What’s better than a good book? A great bookcase that holds many of them. Read the story behind these custom built-in bookshelves for a new condo.

Is Your Dryer a Fire Hazard? Learn How to Reduce Risk

A recent fire started by a dryer at a Bethesda apartment caused $1 million in damages. The D.C. area has experienced an uptick in such home fires recently,

How Green Building Is Changing Home Construction

The Mid-Atlantic region makes the top of a new list for best green building efforts in residential and commercial projects. See how D.C. and its suburbs ranked.

5 Reasons Not to Buy a Tankless Water Heater Now

Tankless water heaters offer many benefits for those looking to upgrade from traditional heaters, but drawbacks can be deal-breakers for some home owners.

Carbon Monoxide Dangers Lurk in Your Laundry Room

Clothes dryers are known fire hazards in your home but don't forget the carbon monoxide dangers posed by these household appliances due to natural gas leaks.

Maryland Concrete and Driveway Projects Soon May Require Permits

Pouring concrete for your new driveway may obstruct a public sidewalk. Learn what government permits you need and the amount of advance time for posting them.

Act of God? Who Should Pay for Home Water Damage

A broken water main has a Virginia woman at odds with the city about who should pay for the water damage to her home. You, too, could get stuck with the bill.

5 Questions to Ask Your 'Green' Cleaning Service

Asking specific questions can help you determine if the "green" house cleaning service at your home is actually following environmentally friendly procedures.

Don't Be Fooled by Quick Fix Car Repair Scams

Car repair scammers have been showing up recently in the driveways of residents promising quick fixes for small scratches and dings. Don't be fooled.

Hiring a Solar Installer? Ask These 8 Questions

The decision to get a solar panel system for your home is a major one. So is deciding on the company that will install it. Here are 8 questions that can help.

7 Ways to Save on Your Energy Bill During Winter

Power usage soars around the D.C. region as customers use more electricity and natural gas to stay warm. Temperatures keep plunging during 2015's harsh winter.

Water Damage from Frozen Pipes in D.C. Widespread

The museum at Ford's Theatre in D.C. has reopened after a frozen pipe burst resulting in serious water damage. The city is on alert due to freezing temps.