As the spring homebuying season kicks into full gear, the homebuilding industry is celebrating New Homes Month in April. If you’re in the market for a new home, you’re probably thinking about what features are essential on your must-have list. Do you wonder if other homebuyers are looking fo…

The Palestrina design features a single-level home that is suited to the needs of singles, empty nesters and families with young children.

SAN DIEGO — Buying a brand-new home offers many advantages over purchasing resale, and one of the most important is that new houses are designed for the way people live today. Homebuyers are looking for open, flexible spaces to suit a more casual lifestyle — and builders are paying attention.

One of the most exciting parts of buying a brand-new home is picking out the cabinets, flooring, fixtures and finishes to make it your own. Going into a designer showroom is like being a kid in a candy shop, and there’s a lot to choose from.

Multipurpose cookware company Instant Pot has issued a recall following reports of one of its products overheating and melting, according to a post from the company in the Instant Pot Community Facebook group.

Wide and spacious, the Sophora house design features a large yet relaxed single level, four-bedroom home, designed for construction on estate-size acreage. This plan spans more than 115 feet.

The design of the Kerry house will have the neighborhood looking on with envy. The 4,833 square feet of this modern home is an octagon shape with a dog leg to the right. 

The biggest trend in kitchen remodels is tidiness, according to home improvement and decorating website Houzz’s survey of more than 1,700 homeowners who use the site nationwide and are either planning a remodel, are in the middle of one or have just completed an update.

From do-it-yourself projects to a seminar about making better use of space, there are options for different interests at this year’s Chippewa Valley Home Builders Association’s Home & Garden Show.

So you’ve found your dream home. You’re ready to downsize or expand into a larger home and the only thing that’s keeping you from closing the deal is selling your current home.

The Juniper design features a compact, informal home with an open, spacious feeling. Designed to meet the needs of a single person or a couple with no children, this single- level plan could also be adapted to accommodate a wheelchair.

Killing flies and cockroaches is no longer a disagreeable task after the invention of the Bug-a-salt, a plastic shotgun that fires salt at the bugs, knocking them out and leaving them ready for the garbage.

CHICAGO — Homeownership can come with a hefty supply of emotions, paperwork and financial planning. And as one grows more attached to a residence over the years, feelings often deepen as house becomes home and memories start to accumulate.

It’s true that older homes tend to have more character than new construction, from unique architectural features to lovable little nooks. But what looks charming is often not practical. So before you invest in vintage, consider the perks of buying new.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says the average household spends more than $2,200 a year on energy bills, with nearly half of this going to heating and cooling costs.