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American Home Shield Reviews, Plans, and Pricing

Adobe In a saturated home warranty industry, it can be challenging to find a home warranty company without any direction or guidance. The This Old House Reviews team researched a variety of different companies and found that American Home Shield is a top contender. Read our full review to learn more. American Home Shield (AHS) […]

Paradise Rising: Residents Rebuild a Year after the Fires

Courtesy of Luke Bellefeuille and Crystal Hutchison More than a year after the town was nearly leveled by the most devastating wildfire in California’s history, a special This Old House series takes a look at how the residents of Paradise are rebuilding their homes—and community. Here are some of their stories With his family moved […]

Home Warranty Rating Methodology

Our Rating Methodology for Home Warranty Providers The This Old House Reviews team is committed to providing comprehensive and unbiased reviews to our readers. This means earning your trust through transparency and having the data to back up our ratings and recommendations. With that in mind, we spent time creating an objective rating system to […]

What Is a Home Warranty?

Farmhouse at Emerson Green exterior shot | William Geddes A home warranty can prevent you from paying expensive costs on repairs and replacements to major home systems and appliances. Keep reading to learn more. A home warranty, also known as a home protection plan, is an annual service contract that covers repairs and replacements to […]

Basics of Home Warranty Roof Leak Coverage

Tom Silva on Roof | Heath Racela Are roof leaks covered under a home warranty? Keep reading to learn about home warranty roof coverage and how to protect your roof over the long-term. Affiliate Disclosure Most roof leaks aren’t covered by home insurance, but there are some home warranty plans and providers that do cover […]

How to Build a Raised Garden Bed | This Old House: Live

Ask This Old House landscape contractor Jenn Nawada demonstrates how to build a raised garden bed in her backyard as part of This Old House: Live—an initiative providing daily programming and opportunities to connect with our experts during these challenging times. Steps for Building a Raised Garden Bed: Attach the support brackets to the center of […]

7 Best Home Warranty Companies of 2020

Jamestown Home, Season 40 | Anthony Tieuli A home warranty provides coverage for major home systems and appliances and prevents you from paying expensive repair and replacement costs. If you’re unsure which home warranty is best for you, read our comprehensive guide detailing our top home warranty picks for 2020 and tips for buying the […]

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This Old House’s Review Team is committed to delivering honest, objective, and independent reviews on home products and services. Our mission is to help consumers make better decisions and we have committed to providing our content to consumers at no cost. To support this business model, This Old House may be compensated if you purchase […]

Idea House Build: Let the Light In | Cottage on the Cape (E2)

Installing windows at the Cottage on the Cape Idea House. In episode 2 of the Idea House Build: Cottage on the Cape series, Matt explains the roof layers that will be installed after the last of the sheathing goes down, and Pete installs a Velux skylight. Back on the ground, a Bilco ScapeWell gets installed for egress and added light in […]

How to Cut Stone with Hand Tools

Ask This Old House mason Mark McCullough demonstrates various techniques for cutting stone with hand tools. Steps: 1. Mark first demonstrated how to cut stone using a feather and wedge system: a. Start by drilling holes in the stone along the line you want to cut. b. Place the feathers on the outside of the […]