How to Seal Granite Countertops: Steps to Protect This Kitchen Surface

SasinParaksa/iStock The best way to seal granite countertops is a bit of knowledge that you’d better have if you’re a homeowner—that is, if this surface is where you prep your meals. While this natural stone might seem invincible, it’s actually porous, which means that substances can easily seep in. “Oil, water, juice, ink—any liquids or spills, really—can […]

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How to Defrost a Freezer (and Make More Room for Ice Cream)

NeagoneFo/iStock It starts gradually: You might notice some frost here, a bit of ice on your frozen peas there. You ignore it until, one day, it looks as if there has been a nor’easter inside your freezer, with frozen crud battling your food and ice trays for space. There’s no denying it any longer: It’s time to defrost the freezer. […]

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What Is a Butler’s Pantry? The Multifunctional Space Between the Kitchen and Dining Room

realtor.com Let’s say you’re searching for a home and you see “butler’s pantry” listed under the amenities. It sounds fancy, right? Well, we’re sorry to burst your bubble, but a home that comes with a butler’s pantry doesn’t include Jeeves, the tuxedo-clad steward, waiting with canapés and a glass of sherry. So what does it […]

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The Best Smart Kitchen Appliances: Here’s What’s Cooking!

Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg via Getty Images Good news for those of us who wish a robot could do all our cooking: We’re almost there—really!—thanks to the arrival of smart kitchen appliances. Smart refrigerators can remind you that you need eggs. Smart ovens can tell what you’re cooking and figure out how long to cook it. And they can […]

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Remodeling Your Kitchen? The Most Popular Appliances, Finishes, and Flooring

GeorgePeters/iStock A lack of homes on the market coupled with soaring real estate prices is leading more homeowners to make the most of their current abodes, particularly the kitchens. And why not? It’s often less stressful, and sometimes even more cost-effective, than getting baited into a bidding war over one of the few good properties for […]

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How to Regrout Tile in Your Kitchen, Bathroom, and Beyond

abbesses/iStock If you have tile in your bathroom, kitchen, or other area of your home, sooner or later you will want to know how to regrout it. And for good reason: Grout—that cement filler between your tiles—can get discolored or dirty, despite your best efforts to clean it. And over time, grout can break apart, leaving a crumbly […]

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Instant Pot Review: Is This Cult Kitchen Gadget Worth the Hype?

  Few kitchen gadgets inspire more fervent fits of passion than the Instant Pot—a $99 programmable pressure cooker first introduced by the same-named Canadian company in 2010. Instant Pot quietly gained steam and soon became a verifiable phenomenon. As proof, look no further than this product’s Facebook page with 400,000 fans, or Amazon’s nearly 17,000 Instant Pot reviews (nearly all five stars), not […]

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We Know What Home Buyers Want—and Here’s How to Give It to Them

xavierarnau/iStock Think bigger is better? Well, most of today’s home shoppers don’t. The homes that are in most demand by buyers in a hypercompetitive real estate environment have just three bedrooms and two baths, according to a new realtor.com® survey. Ranch-style homes, those suburban classics, top the wish lists of 42% of home seekers surveyed […]

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10 Sneaky Ways to Make Your Kitchen Look Expensive

BanksPhotos/iStock; MentalArt/iStock; hikesterson/iStockpoplasen/iStock; realtor.com There’s no denying that the kitchen has become the focal point of the modern home, the place where the outsize influence of the Food Network and HGTV converge. Prospective buyers want to imagine themselves gathered there among friends, sipping wine and nibbling on hors d’oeuvres with ease—or perhaps preparing a family meal […]

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How to Replace a Kitchen Faucet (Easiest Kitchen Makeover Ever!)

victorass88/iStock Whether you are experiencing a drip or leak or just pining for a quick kitchen makeover, sooner or later you may want to learn how to replace a kitchen faucet. It’s certainly worth learning, because it happens to be one of the easiest home improvement projects out there. With just a few tools and a half-hour of […]

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