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Should I Add a Mudroom to My House?

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Mudrooms can keep the outside from getting inside your home while helping you stay organized and save money. (Photo courtesy of member Ken R. of Galena, Ohio)

Does adding a mud room to your home make sense? Mud rooms can keep dirt outside, help you stay organized and increase your home's value. Here's what to know when considering a mud room.

How Much Do Professional Family Portraits Cost?

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The cost of a professional photo session varies based on the setting and experience of the photo shoot. (Photo by Katie Jacewicz)
The cost of a professional photo session varies based on the setting and experience of the photo shoot. (Photo by Katie Jacewicz)

If you plan to hire a pro photographer to capture your family portrait or Christmas photos this year, here's how to choose and how much to budget for pictures.

Should You Upgrade Your Laptop or Buy A New Computer?

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If you're not ready to buy a new laptop, some upgrades can improve performance and are cost-effective. (Photo courtesy of member James B. of Rochester, New York)

Laptops aren't as expensive as they once were, so if yours is aging and you want to keep it running, here's how to tell which upgrades are worth it or are a waste of money.

Charlotte-area Couple’s Trust Pays off with Big Siding, Windows Job

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Elizabeth Philippus recently replaced windows and doors at her Concord home. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Elizabeth P.)

Concord home renovation, window and door replacement goes smoothly with J.A. Fisher on site.

No Roof Left Behind? Mooresville Roofer Replaces 3 Roofs for Homeowners in Need

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Angie’s List members reported paying an average of $8,900 to replace an asphalt shingle roof in 2013. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Michael J.)

What if a "roof over your head" seems out of reach financially? A national roof donation program replaces roofs for homeowners in need, including 3 near Charlotte, N.C.

6 Red Flags That Can Trigger an IRS Tax Audit

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Federal tax return 1040 form (Photo by Katie Jacewicz)
Information on your federal tax return should match the state returns you file to avoid triggering an audit. (Photo by Katie Jacewicz)

How can you avoid an IRS audit? Take a deep breath and learn how tax audits are determined, plus which mistakes and miscalculations will draw auditor attention.

9 Questions to Ask a Potential Pet Sitter

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Finding a good pet sitter means that you, and your pets, can relax when you have to be away from home. (Photo courtesy of member Robert D. of Gambrills, Maryland)

If you can't take your pet with you while you're away, a pet sitter can step in and care for your animals. How do you find a good pet sitter? We've got 4 tips!

3 Unexpected Kitchen Backsplash Ideas That Pack Personality

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A multi-colored stone tile backsplash creates a focal point in the kitchen. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Jason I. of San Jose, Calif.)

Who says a kitchen backsplash has to be tile? Not us! Discover unique backsplash ideas that will showcase your kitchen's unique style and personality.

Prepare your homeowners’ policy for N.C. insurance changes

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Homeowners should check policies to see how their insurance will treat all types of hazards, including ice (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Celia P.)
Homeowners should check policies to see how their insurance will treat all types of hazards, including ice (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Celia P.)

Insurance premiums to cover house, contents likely to rise again across state, regardless of regulators' ruling on rates.

Want to Look Like Coach Q This Movember? Follow These Tips

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Chicago Blackhawks Coach Joel Quenneville has been sporting his signature mustache for about 40 years. (Photo courtesy of the Chicago Blackhawks)
Chicago Blackhawks Coach Joel Quenneville has been sporting his signature mustache for about 40 years. (Photo courtesy of the Chicago Blackhawks)

Your mustache probably won't have its own Twitter account like Chicago Blackhawks Coach Joel Quenneville, but that's no reason to not keep it looking sharp.

How to Choose Carpet for High-Traffic Areas

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Dark carpet helps hide dirt, stains and wear in high-traffic areas, like stairs and hallways. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Dean R. of Las Vegas)

Trouble tracking down the right kind of flooring for high-traffic hallways and stairs? We found options that save you money by keeping new carpets looking good.

Adult Day Cares Keep Seniors Active and Engaged

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Joy’s House partners with Agape Therapeutic Riding in Cicero, Ind., which brings miniature horses to the day care. (Photo by Brandon Smith)
Joy’s House partners with Agape Therapeutic Riding in Cicero, Ind., which brings miniature horses to the day care. (Photo by Brandon Smith)

Looking for a place for mom to go during the day? Consider an adult day care where she'll participate in activities and make friends under a watchful eye.

Chicago Ranks High for Halloween Trick-or-Treaters

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Thousands of Chicago children trick or treating during Lincoln Park Zoo's annual Spooky Zoo Spectacular. (Photo courtesy of Lincoln Park Zoo)
Thousands of Chicago children trick or treating during Lincoln Park Zoo's annual Spooky Zoo Spectacular. (Photo courtesy of Lincoln Park Zoo)

Which Chicago neighborhoods are best for home value, population density, walkability and local crime statistics when it comes to family fun on Halloween night?

7 Houseplants for Clean Air

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Spider plants grow baby plants in the same pot as a mature plant, which can be transplanted to a new pot. (Photo courtesy of Eldon Lindsay)
Spider plants grow baby plants in the same pot as a mature plant, which can be transplanted to a new pot. (Photo courtesy of Eldon Lindsay)

Indoor air pollution is one of the top five environmental risks to public health. Use these houseplants to help eliminate harmful pollutants in your house.

Costs of Cancer: In Lives, Dollars and Hardship

A breakdown, by the numbers, of the battles faced by people diagnosed with cancer and their families, from traveling for treatment to paying out-of-pocket.

How to Treat Injuries from Shoveling Snow

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Health care providers say some injuries that occur while shoveling snow can be treated at home with ice packs and painkillers before you seek medical care. (Photo by Eldon Lindsay)
Health care providers say some injuries that occur while shoveling snow can be treated at home with ice packs and painkillers before you seek medical care. (Photo by Eldon Lindsay)

Some injuries and pains caused while shoveling snow can be treated at home. Try these treatments to help ease the pain before you call a doctor.

How to Avoid Snow Shoveling Related Injuries

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Make sure you use the proper equipment and technique to prevent an injury or heart attack while shoveling snow. (Photo by Steve C. Mitchell)
Make sure you use the proper equipment and technique to prevent an injury or heart attack while shoveling snow. (Photo by Steve C. Mitchell)

Each year thousands of people get injured or have a heart attack while shoveling snow. Take these precautions to lower your risk of needing emergency care.

How to Avoid Towing Scams

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Car owners should take the time to research towing companies before they need one, to ensure they find a company that has a reputable history. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Lisa G., Anderson, Ind.)

If you find yourself needing to hire a towing company, make sure to do your research. Some companies may have unethical business practices and hidden charges.

Tips to Keep Your Pavers Looking Great

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You may want to consider low-maintenance pavers for your patio or another landscape project, says Starr.  (Photo courtesy of Go Pavers)
You may want to consider low-maintenance pavers for your patio or another landscape project, says Starr. (Photo courtesy of Go Pavers)

Consider low maintenance landscape pavers for your next paver patio, walkway or pool deck project. Here's how to keep your paving stones in great shape for years.

4 Signs That You Need Mold Remediation

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Most molds, when allowed to grow in abundance, are visibly seen in certain colors, says Cascone. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Teresa K. of Beachwood, Ohio)
Most molds, when allowed to grow in abundance, are visibly seen in certain colors, says Cascone. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Teresa K. of Beachwood, Ohio)

Mold may be present in your home and affecting your life even if no actual mold is visible. Here are four things that may indicate you need mold remediation.

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