Madeleine Burry

Contributing Writer, Via

A woman lights the stove under a large pot.

How to Detect a Gas Leak

Plus the steps you should take—immediately—if you suspect there’s a leak.
A white house covered in snow and icicles.

How to Stay Safe and Warm During a Winter Power Outage

Plan ahead so you can weather the outage without harm or discomfort.
Two girls with face paint put up Halloween decorations bats

How to Have a Fun and Safe Halloween

This Halloween, it’s all treats, no tricks.
A beautiful modern farmhouse with grey siding, white brick, and black framed windows.

How to Spot Common Roof Problems

Keep one of the most important parts of your home in good shape.
A child walks by string lights on Halloween.

5 Things You Can Do to Reduce Light Pollution

Make these simple, low-cost changes to help migrating birds and improve your sleep.
A woman holds a cat in front of stacked moving boxes.

How to Move With Pets

Simple steps to help your cat or dog stay calm during a move.
A kid lays in the water on a slip and slide on a hot day.

How to Stay Safe During Extreme Heat

Prepare your family, pets, and community for dangerous temperatures.
A person cleans their countertop to remove ants.

How to Prevent and Get Rid of Ants

Try these strategies to keep ants away from your home.
Mechanics perform a full inspection of a car engine.

Car Maintenance Schedule: Everything You Need to Know

Prevent breakdowns and avoid unnecessary wear and tear with common-sense tips.
African American couple stand in front of a classic car along the bluffs at sunset

How Much Car Can I Afford?

Determine your budget and stick to it with these handy tips.
A person moves a small succulent and dusts their coffee table.

How to Deep Clean Your House

A room-by-room guide to whipping your home into tip-top shape.
A homeowner uses a sod cutter to remove the lawn in their backyard.

How to Replace Your Lawn With a Drought-Tolerant Alternative

Along with being a good environmental move, low-water plants can save you money.
Bags are piled up behind an SUV to be loaded into the car before a road trip.

14 Things to do Before You Leave on a Road Trip

Follow these strategies to keep your home safe and have a smooth experience on the road.
A clean, bright, modern kitchen.

How to Get Rid of Common Household Odors

Say goodbye to unpleasant smells with these simple strategies.
picture of boxes piled up in a home for a move

Packing Tips for a Move

Not sure how to pack for a move? Experts answer top questions—and warn against big mistakes.