Are You Ready to Buy a House?
Thinking of making the leap from renting to buying? Here are five questions that will help you determine if you’re ready to buy a house, plus tips from the pros.
A recent study shows that while some homeowners are able to put away a healthy share of income each month, others incur a deficit of hundreds, and renters in the same cities may be stacking a debt not easily overcome.
An interview with Graydon Sikes, art director at Everything But the House, art appraiser, and licensed auctioneer about that problem we all hope to have: Is that painting in the attic worth anything?
If you’re designing a new galley kitchen or looking to remodel an existing one, we’ll show you how to maximize your space for the most beautiful and efficient layout.
We’ve reviewed the best bathroom cleaner solutions, accessories, chemical-free options, and DIY recipes to keep your bathroom fresh and clean. Check out our 2018 bathroom cleaner guide.
Though your walk-in closet may be small, there are still ways to give it character. Here are 13 walk-in closet ideas that will help you declutter clothes and accessories, maximize storage space, create a more efficient layout, and transform the look and feel of your space.
Buying a home can be as nerve-wracking as it is thrilling, and applying for a mortgage is often the most stressful part of the process. Here’s what you need to know about the top factors that can lead to a mortgage application denial—and what you can do about them.
When we think of increasing resale value, big reno projects are often prioritized. But there are plenty of minor tasks that can be done with just as much effect. Boost your home’s resale value this weekend with these 64 projects, big and small.
How do you make the most competitive offer without overextending? We talked to a few real estate agents and got insight on the 9 factors that matter the most when determining how much to offer on a house.
Increasing your home’s curb appeal can make you the envy of the neighborhood and give you a leg up in the real estate market. Here are 57 things you can do in a weekend to increase your home’s curb appeal.
The best indoor plants for low light are those that thrive with four or fewer hours of sunlight each day. House Method has picked seven of our favorites for your home. Green thumb not required.
How do you organize a closet when you don’t have one? We talked to Katy Milton, design consultant at SF California Closets, a premium and luxury space management firm, and got her advice on how to organize belongings with limited closet space.
Investing in plants that repel mosquitoes is an alternative to chemical bug sprays and a natural way to keep your lawn, garden, and home bug-free. Here are 17 plants that repel mosquitoes both indoors and out.
Home sharing is the exchange of housing for mutual benefit in the home, allowing those on a low or fixed income to seek affordable housing while mutually agreeing to support the homeowner. Learn how home sharing works and why it’s so important in the current real estate climate.
In a competitive real estate market, home staging has become a popular way to increase a home’s selling price and sell quickly. But is it really worth the investment? We talked to Steve Snider and Jessica Silver, real estate agents at CORE, and got their take on the importance of home staging.
Form and function, meet design. With such little space in your apartment, balance is important to create a space that is both efficient and useful. Here are our top decorating tips for apartment dwellers, room by room.
Too often, wall art is an afterthought when decorating our homes. But when chosen carefully, the right wall art can provide character for an entire room. We interviewed Katharine Earnhardt, founder of Mason Lane Art Advisory, a Brooklyn-based wall styling firm, and learned the best practices for styling walls.
The first impression of a home is made the second you step through the front door. See our favorite entryways from all angles and learn how to set a welcoming tone for your home.
Get an exclusive look at how Kimber Holcombe, founder and image consultant of KW Consulting, a Dallas-Fort Worth closet organization company, thinks about organizing a closet and learn how to manage your own messy space.
Adding a unique light fixture to your home can instantly make it more stylish. From glistening chandeliers that illuminate your dining room to modern light sconces that serve as wall décor, here are seven lighting brands worth considering.
We interviewed Sarah Giller Nelson, owner of Less is More Organizing Services, and asked her advice on how to efficiently organize and maintain a closet. Here’s our simple, five-step guide.
CoreLogic reported nearly 50% of the nation’s 50 largest markets are overvalued, but what does this mean for buyers and sellers in the market right now? We talked to Mark Chin, CEO of Keller Williams Tribeca and Adam Taylor of BOND New York to find out.
Are you tired of the traditional pink and blue nursery and wanting to personalize your newborn's room? From soft colors to statement walls to personalized artwork, here are seven nursery décor ideas for your home.
Maximalism: when more is actually more. Here’s our take on maximalism and how you can apply this decorating style to your home.
From refreshing, floral prints to simple, classic designs, here are 8 best uses of wallpaper from our collection of house tours.
Though your bathroom may be small, there are plenty of opportunities to feature art. Here are 11 ways to include art in the bathroom.
When you have unexpected guests due in a few days and a spare bedroom that’s more storage space than guest room, you have to be pretty scrappy. Here's how to create a complete guest room in under a weekend.
We hear from Rachel and Nick Cope, the founders of Calico Wallpaper, and get insight into what led them to incorporate paper marbling into their deluxe wallpapers.
Moving is going to be horrible, let’s stop pretending that it’s not. We’ll walk you through the three months leading up to the terrible day and even walk you through sign off with the movers.
More than 80% of Americans now live in cities, but as our urban areas continue to grow, the effects of rapid urban development can throw a wrench into housing availability and affordability, school populations, and urban infrastructure. Bill Rohe of the University of North Carolina’s Center for Urban and Regional Studies and Carol Krinsky of New York University weigh in.
Part one of our wallpaper series: We interviewed Jamie Graney, CEO and founder of OLIVIA + POPPY, and got her take on breaking into the wallpaper industry.
We had the opportunity to chat with Kalin Siegwald, manager of creative at Flavor Paper, and learn about the company’s unique wallpaper collections and eco-friendly manufacturing process.
We asked more than 1,000 Airbnb guests and 100 hosts about how often they demonstrated or discovered objectionable behaviors. From minor frustrations to freakier infractions, we discovered how often visitors violated the rules they promised to follow.
We talk to Raleigh, NC, real estate agent Corey Short about how buyers and sellers alike can gain advantages in 2018's hottest real estate markets.
Transform your ordinary bedroom into a space that inspires, promotes balance, and encourages feelings of tranquility. Here’s how to perfect the feng shui bedroom.
House Method supports home brands that are socially responsible and give back to the community. Here are eight home brands that have mastered the art of giving back.
Had enough of the gallery walls, monotonous paint, and photo grids? Here are eight wall décor ideas that will give your home a little more character.
From Tribeca to Chelsea, here are 10 of the most expensive New York City neighborhoods.
With a resurgence of home trends from the 2000s, there are some that we’re absolutely in love with, but others that should just stay in the past. Here are the best—and worst—home trends from the 2000s.
Get the inside scoop on Wall++, an ordinary wall turned smart wall that can control light levels, track users’ touch, and monitor appliance activity in rooms.
Whether you’re a sentimentalist or downsizer, here are our tips to help you declutter your home.
A quick and dirty summary of the massive headache that is the housing market right now.
The process of purchasing a home can be overwhelming, even when everything goes smoothly. But what about when things don’t go according to plan? Hear about the hidden traps that can thwart real estate transactions—and how to avoid them.
Coffee tables are meant for holding more than just coffee. Handpicked from our favorite house tours, here’s your dose of coffee table inspiration.
Real estate season is on its way. We weigh the pros and cons of mortgage types examine which option will save you the most money.
Get creative with the home office space you have and transform your mundane and ordinary work environment into a creative and productive sanctuary. Here are six of our favorite home offices.
Add your own mint to your juleps in May and tarragon to your coq a vin in December. Run a tiny baby farm right from your windowsill.
Here at HM, we believe that anything goes when it comes to kids rooms. We're not exactly fans of kids' rooms decked from floor to ceiling in primary colors, or those reserving space exploration for boys and flowers for girls.
Glimpse our favorite bathrooms and garner some inspiration for your own space. From geometric ceilings to wallpaper statement walls, there’s sure to be a bathroom that piques your interest.
What on God’s green earth are they doing up there anyway? Here are five things you can do about noisy neighbors.
We’re all about socially responsible brands that benefit the greater good and make you feel good in and around your home. Here are nine of our favorites.
The average American occupies more than 1,020 square feet of developed real estate, but many Americans are choosing to live differently—that is, choosing to live intentionally small.
What’s the best carpet cleaner? We’ve done the research on carpet cleaning products, chemicals, and DIY carpet cleaning solutions. View the 2018 cleaning guide.
Explore our favorite living rooms from the House Method house tour archives. We picked our favorite living spaces from creekside getaways to urban gems.
See our favorite home bars for every house method: mid-century modern, traditional eclectic, urban contemporary, farmhouse traditional, and more.
In certain New York City neighborhoods, purchasing real estate can be a seriously smart investment. We talked to NYC real estate investment pro Seth Levin about the neighborhoods in Manhattan, Queens, and Brooklyn that are ripe for real estate investment right now.
How much does a home warranty cost? Find out what a home warranty covers and how much different warranty plans cost.
Few real estate markets in the US are as competitive and fast-moving as New York City. Navigating the buying landscape can be intimidating, so we spoke with a 15-year NYC real estate veteran who knows NYC home buying like the back of her hand.
Rent-to-own homes allow tenants to build their credit and save up for a down payment, but it’s important to know the risks involved. Here’s everything you need to know.
Marble countertops are one of the most popular home design options—they’re a luxurious statement piece accessible at a range of price points. Here’s everything you need to know about marble countertops, from heat resistance and durability to price and maintenance.
Kitchen islands can be both functional and beautiful. Here are 5 kitchen island ideas for your home.
From design to storage and organization, small space living offers unique challenges and wonderful opportunities. Take your small space from claustrophobic to cozy with these 10 essential tips.
We analyzed 10 HGTV and DIY Network shows to reveal the top styles, most-used colors, and must-have furniture accents used by TV's design stars. Learn how today's design elite approach home design.
HERS testing examines a home’s energy efficiency and determines where there’s room to reduce energy consumption. Learn more about HERS testing and when it should be performed.
From mortgages to the tax bill to the housing supply, here’s what you need to know if you’re planning on buying or selling a home in 2018. Follow along as we fill you in on the real estate trends you can expect see in the year ahead.
Our top five ideas for small bathrooms: all the illusions, tricks, and ideas you’ll need to turn a cramped bathroom into one that that maximizes style and space.
“Good design is obvious. Great design is transparent.” Learn the five basic principles of minimalist decorating for great, transparent style.
Besides offering privacy, cellular shades help you save energy and stay comfortable all year long. Here’s your guide to buying cellular shades for your home.
The right backsplash can complete the look of your kitchen. Here are five questions to help you determine which style is right for your home.
Hear from Rob Emerson of Preservation Durham about the importance of historic residential preservation—what historic designation means for community preservation and homeownership.
See our study of the most valuable Panhellenic properties in the United States. See which fraternities and sororities rank for the oldest, biggest, and most expensive in the country.
Preparing your home to age in place doesn’t require extensive renovation. There are a number of small changes you can make to ensure you home is safe for yourself or family members who choose to age at home.
We talk with NYC real estate broker Frances Katzen about what often goes undiscussed in the New York City rental market, from how to find a broker to how to avoid a rat infestation to how to negotiate rent.
A simple guide to shopping for homeowners insurance—what is covered, what is not, and how to find a great policy.
Learn what renters insurance is, who needs it, what it covers, and how to find a plan that suits your needs.
A kitchen remodel can add 82.7% of the project’s cost to the value of your home. Whether you're designing a new construction or upgrading an existing space, get inspired with this guide to kitchen layouts.
Here’s how to create the perfect guest bedroom. Get ideas for lighting, décor, bedding, and those little touches that make an overnight stay especially relaxing.
Shii Ann Huang, a New York City real estate broker with the Corcoran Group, weighs in on the ins and outs of getting a great apartment in the city.
Because cats and dogs chew on leafy plants to satisfy nutritional needs, pet owners should take care with indoor plants. Here are six pet-safe houseplants to feel good about.
You don't need a wine cellar in your home to effectively store wine. Here's a quick guide on how you can safely store and age your wine without compromising quality or flavor.
The simplest dos and do nots of how to host a dinner party, from the menu to decorations to when you should take a step back.
We explore eight easy and inexpensive strategies for soundproofing your apartment. Keep noise inside or out with these methods you can tackle in a single weekend.
Think again if you believe minimalist dining spaces are reserved only for trendy cafés. Minimalism isn’t limited to industrial meets monochrome. Create a minimalist dining space out of any design style—even romantic.
Even if you’re working with modest space in the kitchen, you’re not limited to minimal style or drab dressings. Here are 10 inspiring kitchens that make a tiny space completely workable.
Here are the most important questions to ask and factors to consider when hiring a home cleaning service or individual.
These 9 easy-to-care-for house plants will brighten your interior palette—no green thumb required.
Learn how to determine the cause of low water pressure in your home, what you can do about it, and when to call in the pros.
Improve the indoor air quality of your home. Learn how to keep moisture in check, test for harmful substances, and better ventilate your home.
Babyproofing your home is an important part of preparing to welcome a new child into your life. We have the steps to take that will make your spaces safe and set your mind at ease.
All you need is a sunny window to create an indoor vegetable garden. Harvest year-round with these five edible plants that make a perfect indoor patch.
Keep your home warm and safe as the temperatures drop. Here are nine steps you can take to winterize your home.
American Home Shield is one of the few home warranty providers to offer a build-your-own plan. See our review for more information about AHS home warranty plans, cost, add-ons, and service terms.
Marpac offers one mattress, the Yogabed mattress. Yogabeds in full-size or larger come with two free Memory Foam Pillows, and all Yogabeds come with a machine-washable cover that optimizes your body’s natural temperature. Read our full review here.