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How to inspect your garage door

By Mct Information Services
It’s easy to ignore your garage door. But it’s a bad idea, because a broken overhead door is more than a hassle. It’s a danger. Your garage door is generally your home’s largest moving object, and, possibly, its hardest-working component. …

Upcoming Western Pa. auctions include paintings, pottery, coins

By John Altdorfer
Back for the second of a trio of blockbuster fall sales, Concept Gallery prepares for a Nov. 1 auction. Meanwhile, Constantine & Pletcher  offers bidders …

Singer-actress moves on from Tarzana house

By The Los Angeles Times
LOS ANGELES — Singer-actress Selena Gomez has sold her picture-perfect house in Tarzana for $3.45 million. The traditional-style home is entered through a blue stone …

Top residential, commercial real estate deals of the week — Oct. 19

By Sam Spatter
$4.5 million Property sold: 317 Roy E. Furman Highway, Waynesburg Seller: Kyowa America Corp., Tennessee Buyer: SunCap Waynesburg LLC, Waynesburg Details: A manufacturing/warehouse building with …

Real estate notes: Express Scripts renovating area locations

By Sam Spatter
• Express Scripts, the St. Louis-based pharmaceutical company, with two locations in the Pittsburgh region is undergoing renovations or soon will be at both. At Keystone Summit Corporate Park in Marshall, two floors of the company’s Erricson Drive location will …

Portable units great way to safely store items during renovations, experts say

By Bob Karlovits
Household projects demand more than a good design. They often require a place to store furniture, appliances, dishes and anything else that might need to …

Homework: Event launches children’s book on planting trees

By Tribune-Review
Tree Pittsburgh will release its Kickstarter-funded children’s book, “If We Were to Plant a Tree,” on Oct. 23 at the Carnegie Lecture Hall in Oakland. The event, which is free and open to the public, will feature children’s activities, a …

Mums of all shapes and sizes shine in Phipps Conservatory show

By Kellie B. Gormly
With a rainbow of chrysanthemums filling Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in Oakland during the next three weeks, you could say that “mum” is literally …

Hempfield home has large rooms, 19th-century charm

By Bob Karlovits
Sitting next to a stable on a wooded hillside, the cabin looks as though it might be the stop for a post rider hunting a …

Now is the best time to winterproof your home

By Ed Pfeifer
At 6:02 a.m. on the 24th of September the outside temperature hovered at a crisp 44 degrees. By most accounts it was a beautiful early fall morning. But for this homeowner, enjoyment was tempered by concern. That cool dawn air …

Tips: How to renew your home for fall

By The Washington Post
You can shake up your home decor by making small changes. Here are some fall improvements that cost little to nothing, but are sure to be noticed. Change your scent: Switch to a spicier, citrus-based or more musky aroma. Let …

Outdoor decorating for fall doesn’t have to be cliched

By Melissa Rayworth
Homes in the northern U.S. are treated to a measure of effortless outdoor decorating for fall: Nature does most of the work by turning the trees a vivid palette of reds, oranges and golds. Add a pumpkin or two on …

Top residential, commercial real estate deals of the week — Oct. 12

By Sam Spatter
DEALS OF THE WEEK A quick look at recent retail, commercial and industrial projects, sales and leases of note in Western Pennsylvania: $5.3 million Property …

Real estate notes: New housing development coming to Cranberry

By Sam Spatter
• A 72-lot housing development, The Glen at Woodside, is being planned in Cranberry with Weaver Master Builders as the developer. Joining Weaver will be Charter Homes of Lancaster, Pa., which will build about half of the houses. The complex …

Hines, Kennedy set up shop on West Coast

By The Los Angeles Times
LOS ANGELES — OK, so it’s not the six-acre Kennedy compound in Hyannis Port, Mass. But the recently minted Mr. and Mrs. Robert F. Kennedy …

Alco Parking chief lays out vision for pair of North Shore Pittsburgh towers

By Aaron Aupperlee
Two office towers proposed for a North Shore parking lot would give tenants a view of the Golden Triangle’s skyline and a chance to peer …

Hotel, apartments planned for North Side

By Sam Spatter
A five-year effort to build a hotel, apartment building and parking deck on the North Side got a boost Monday from a $3 million state grant. The $20 million development at East Ohio Street and Madison Avenue also will convert …

How to make compost happen right

By The Associated Press
As the bumper sticker reads: “Compost Happens.” Sometimes, however, it doesn’t happen fast enough. That problem usually can be traced to some limiting factor in what a pile is fed, or to issues of moisture or aeration. Feed your pile. …

How to decorate small spaces

By The Washington Post
Here are some tips from Abbey Slitor and Warren Weixler of Washington, who live in a 707-square-foot flat, that will help you make the most of your small apartment. Avoid table lamps. Use pendant lights, sconces and other wall-mounted lighting …

Auction watch: Activity warms autumn air with marathon sale

By John Altdorfer
An autumn auction spectacular continues with a three-day marathon sale at Dargate, plus offerings from BHD Auctions and the Royal York. In the near future, …