Home Improvement

8 Things to Know Before You Renovate Your House

Want some insider advice on updating and upgrading your home? Real Simple asked readers what they wish they had known before—or would have done differently with—their renos.

Home Renovation Checklist

Don't let a hammer anywhere near your house without following these steps.

7 Creepy House Oddities, Explained

Haunted by a household head-scratcher? You're not alone. Here are RS Facebook fans' most common unsolved mysteries, and pro advice to make them—poof!—disappear.

6 Modern Cage Lights

Looking for a trendy way to spruce up your entryway or breakfast nook this fall? Consider cage lighting, which will allow your space to seriously shine.

3 Budget-Friendly Interior Design Sites

Need professional help on a tight budget? These Web-based services offer a decorating plan and what-to-buy guidance for minimal expense.

How to Paint an Accent Wall

Want to bring a splash of color into your room, but afraid to take the plunge? Try an accent wall—it’ll add a focal point to the space without overwhelming the whole room. Here’s how to get started.

8 Plants You’ll Barely Need to Water

Two experts share their favorite drought-tolerant plants that will make your life easier (and help you save water)!

What Home Improvement Pros Pack in Their Tool Kits

Experts share the nuts and bolts (and the levels and screwdrivers) of a super-handy set.

Is Your Home an Easy Target for Burglars?

Paul Cromwell, Ph.D., a professor of public affairs at the University of South Florida, in Tampa, interviewed burglars about their techniques for a book he cowrote called Breaking and Entering. Here, he reveals what can attract—and how to deter—thieves.

You Won't Believe This Dramatic Home Makeover

  We teamed up with two super-star bloggers and transformed a home for a great cause.