Home improvement

Rent to Save on Power Tools

Power tools are expensive, and you likely won't be using them often. Here's how you can save on the cost of equipment while still getting the job done.

Midday Market Minute: Lowe's 4Q Net Income Tops Expectations

Home improvement retailer Lowe's Cos. credits cleanup efforts after Superstorm Sandy and its new pricing strategy for fourth-quarter earnings that surpassed Wall Street expectations, a sign that people are beginning to feel better about spending money on their homes as the housing market slowly recovers.

The Top 10 Consumer Complaints

The Consumer Federation of America on Tuesday released its annual chronicle of the top 10 consumer complaints. The CFA list comes from a survey of 38 consumer agencies about the kinds of complaints they received in 2011.

10 Smart Uses for Your Tax Refund

Tax refund checkBy Kimberly Lankford, Kiplinger


If you have a refund check coming your way, consider using it to bolster your personal balance sheet. The average...

Is It Time to Revive Plans for Home Improvement?

Whether it's adding granite counters to your kitchen or converting your garage into a home theater, nearly every homeowner has some ideas for a makeover. You know all the reasons to wait -- but there are positive signs on the horizon that might encourage you to break out the tools.

Can You Make Better Soda Than Coke or Pepsi?

There's a cola war brewing that has nothing to do with Coke or Pepsi: It's in the home-based pop market, and the fight is between SodaStream and Primo Water. But why make your own soda at home instead of buying it at the store? Is it easier? Cheaper? Healthier? You're probably going to like all three answers.

Lowe's Aims to Inspire Shoppers with New Ad

"Never Stop Improving" is the tagline of Lowe's new branding strategy and TV ad campaign, which kicked off Monday. It's a slogan designed to impart the message that shoppers are in good hands at Lowe's, which will guide them through all stages of their home improvement journey.

Home Depot Lays a Foundation for Online Growth

Over the last few years, Home Depot has expanded its retail stores aggressively, adding more than 200 outlets annually. However, the firm has recently embarked on a $1.1 billion program to improve its Web presence while dramatically reducing the number of new store openings to around 10 in 2011.

Lowe's Incentive Program May Boost Its Market Share

As the competition between home improvement heavyweights Lowe's and Home Depot intensifies, customer service is emerging as one of the key features on which they will need to innovate. Lowe's latest attempt is a new incentive program for customers paying with the store's credit card.

How to Get the Best Prices on Home Improvements

Now more than ever, people want to get the most for their home improvement dollar. There are definitely great deals to be had, but to get the best prices, you have to know where to look.

You'll Hardly Believe the Things You Can Rent Today

Renting isn't just for apartments and cars anymore. Americans today are trying to save a few bucks by taking only temporary ownership (or, borrowership) of a whole new array of goods from designer handbags, rims to pimp their rides, iPhones, power tools and, yes, caskets.