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Author Profiles

John Riha

has written seven books on home improvement and hundreds of articles on home-related topics. He’s been a residential builder, the editorial director of the Black & Decker Home Improvement Library, and the executive editor of Better Homes and Gardens magazine. Follow John on Google+.

BY THIS AUTHOR

How Do I Know If I Can Trust a Contractor?

Finding, hiring, and working with a contractor can be like marrying a mail-order spouse. How do you guarantee a happy ever after? We answer your most pressing concerns. Read More

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Tips to Clean and Prep Your House for Winter

You’re about to be shut in for the season — here’s how to make sure your home is free of dust and dirt before you hunker down. Read More

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6 Maintenance Problems You Didn’t Know You Had

Sure, you know to maintain the obvious stuff, like gutters. But what about out-of-sight-out-of-mind tasks? Neglect them at your peril. Read More

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Organizing Tips for Winter Gear

We’ve collected a bunch of easy DIY ideas for keeping boots, coats, tools, and more close at hand so you’ll meet winter head-on. View slideshow

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Maintenance (and More) Questions You’ll Wish You Asked Before Buying Your House

As you settle in to your new home, you’ll be hit with a few surprises. Here are the questions to ask before you move in. And if you’ve already settled in, you’ll find the tips you need to sidestep problems. Read More

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Love Your Bathroom Forever: 9 Perfect Features

Fads? Phooey. If you’re looking for style, sanctuary, and long-term value, you can’t go wrong with these bathroom must-haves. Read More

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How New Building Codes Could Sink Your Home’s Value

Building codes are changing faster and getting tougher. You could be in for a costly shock if you do a remodeling job and don’t check codes. Here’s what you need to know. Read More

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Can You Spot the Common Code Violation?

You’ll have a safer, more trouble-free home if you keep an eye out for these common mistakes and violations of building codes. View slideshow

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The 7 Most Common Code Violations Remodelers Make

You may save money when you DIY, but unless your projects are up to code, you’re flirting with expensive fixes and putting your home and family at risk. Read More

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Smart Ideas for Removing Walls and Opening Up

Take out a wall to improve flow, increase functionality, and ban claustrophobia. View slideshow

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