A wood-paneled carport painted barn red, with a brown shingled roof.

What Is a Carport and Should I Build One?

A carport is an open, outdoor structure intended to partially shield vehicles overhead from the elements. While carports come in many shapes and sizes, they differ significantly from traditional garages. A typical, closed-off garage offers more protection for long-term car storage. However, there are many solutions for storing a classic car or any vehicle you may own — even under a simple carport. Find out if this economical option can work for your unique situation. 

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Exterior view of the front of a white, modern style home featuring a wooden plank leading to the brightly lit door surrounded by xeric plants set in white gravel.

6 Upgrades That Will Increase Home Value (and 4 That Won’t)


Home upgrades are not only a great way to improve your quality of life, but can also increase the value of your home. Increasing the value of your home can confer many benefits, such as the ability to get larger home equity loans and to secure a better payout if you eventually sell your home. However, whenever you are considering an upgrade for your home, it is important to weigh the cost and the work involved against the upgrade’s potential value. Certain types of upgrades are consistently worthwhile, while others tend to be more trouble than they are worth. 

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