Barbara Ballinger

Barbara Ballinger is a professional writer, author, blogger and speaker who has long focused on real estate, design, and personal finance. She has co-authored many books, including Successful Homebuilding and Remodeling, The Kitchen Bible: Designing the perfect culinary space, and The Garden Bible: Designing the perfect outdoor space. She regularly contributes to the National Association of Realtors® Website and magazine.


Barbara's Articles

Keeping Pests Away

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Keeping Pests Away

No one wants an unwanted pest – as in insects or vermin – whether it’s inside their home, outside on their decks and in their yards. Not only is it unhealthy, these pests can wreak havoc, cause stress and require pest control experts to remove them. And in worst cases, home owners may need to.....

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Getting Rid of Pests

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Pest Control

Learn to keep unwanted creatures away Even before you sign on the dotted line, your home should be checked for certain uninvited visitors--pests. They can show up and dig in for the long haul. Termites, cockroaches, mosquitoes, ticks, carpenter ants, and rodents can wreak havoc on your home’s infrastructure, both exterior and interior. They can.....

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Vacation Abodes: Which Way to Go?

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Vacation Abodes

Looking for an affordable vacation home? Whether it’s winter, spring, summer, or fall, there are many great destinations to choose from – and you’re not limited to only one! When it comes to vacation homes, why not have many – and in various locations? Here are some things to consider. Time Shares 2.0 A few.....

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Home Movers

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Home Movers

Plan ahead to cut costs and reduce stress Fact: The average person in the United States moves an average of 11.4 times, according to FiveThirtyEight advice columnist Mona Chalabi. Some moves may be so close to your current home that you can handle hauling on your own with help from a few friends and your.....

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Home Warranties

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Home Warranties

A home warranty or service contract may offer protection for your appliances & systems when they fail. You just moved into an older home and had a thorough inspection. Appliances and mechanical systems were tested. But nothing lasts forever. The air conditioning unit might be on its last leg. The dryer could conk out, too......

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Go Solar and Smile at Your Energy Bill

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sungevity

The spotlight has been on solar energy in recent years as energy costs have escalated. Now with more home owners opting to get off the grid—and many seeking options on solar panels that produce enough energy to reduce their monthly utility bills – the solar industry is optimistic about the future. Concurrently, the cost of.....

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