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Cold-weather risks for your car

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Loss of traction and too much snow are among the threats to your ride in the winter. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Deborah S. of Laconia, New Hampshire)

Your car is at risk for big winter problems and damage: everything from falling snowdrifts to cracked hoses. Here's what to watch for when it gets cold.

Make Home a Haven for In-Laws, Aging in Place

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An in-law suite can take many forms depending on your home and the needs of your in-law. Maintaining both independence and privacy is important. (Photo by Moss Building & Design)
An in-law suite can take many forms depending on your home and the needs of your in-law. Maintaining both independence and privacy is important. (Photo by Moss Building & Design)

Today’s homeowners want houses that will meet their needs if they later desire to age in place. Adding an in-law suite can provide a family haven for parents.

Tips for Moving During the Holidays

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If you must move during the holidays, try leaving your living room or family room decorated, so that it still feels like home, says Chila. (Photo by Brandon Smith)
If you must move during the holidays, try leaving your living room or family room decorated, so that it still feels like home, says Chila. (Photo by Brandon Smith)

With a little planning you can pack your things and be ready to make that holiday move, while keeping some seasonal cheer as you relocate to a new home.

Retailers Beginning Black Friday on Thursday This Year

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Though many retailers are opening on Thanksgiving, some stores, including Pier 1 Imports, are waiting until Friday. (Photo by Courtney St. Onge)
Though many retailers are opening on Thanksgiving, some stores, including Pier 1 Imports, are waiting until Friday. (Photo by Courtney St. Onge)

Charlotte-area malls and stores are opening earlier in the evening on Thanksgiving Day, offering more hours of sales for shoppers and employees.

The Mind's Battle: the Mental Effects of Cancer

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Deborah Przekop, who has non-Hodgkin lymphoma, relies on psychotherapy, as needed, to help her cope. (Photo by Mike Penney)

Experts say the emotional and psychological side effects of cancer treatment can be as harmful to patients quality of life as the physical side effects.

Get the Most for Your Black Friday Buck with This Small Purchase

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Media streaming devices like the Amazon Fire TV are one way to beef up your home entertainment system this Black Friday. (Photo courtesy of Amazon.com)
Media streaming devices like the Amazon Fire TV are one way to beef up your home entertainment system this Black Friday. (Photo courtesy of Amazon.com)

One suburban Chicago home theater expert recommends investing in a media streaming device to enhance your family's television viewing experiences.

#AskAngie: How to Maintain an In-Home Fire Sprinkler System?

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Regular maintenance of a residential fire sprinkler system can, in many cases, be a do-it-yourself project. (Photo courtesy of the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition)

Regular maintenance for residential sprinklers is fairly easy. In most cases, you can inspect and check an in-home fire sprinkler system yourself.

Holiday Gifts and Lights: Let Your Home Inspire You

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Consider gifting yourself by having a professional handle your home's holiday decorations. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Truly B. of Utah)

Around the holidays, let your house inspire gift-giving lightbulb moments. Here are some specific ideas, and other seasonal suggestions from home services pros.

Hope to Handle the Mental Burden of Cancer

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Experts recommend cancer patients get counseling for psychological and emotional distress if they feel overwhelmed. (Photo courtesy of ©Thinkstock)
Experts recommend cancer patients get counseling for psychological and emotional distress if they feel overwhelmed. (Photo courtesy of ©Thinkstock)

The best way to cope with the stress of having cancer is to find the doctor and psychological support you need. Here are some resources to get you started.

Want to Start a Business? Try Top Spot of Arlington

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Arlington County could just be the best location in the nation to start a business. (Photo by Jason Hargraves)
Arlington County could just be the best location in the nation to start a business. (Photo by Jason Hargraves)

Arlington tops a new list of the best places for entrepreneurs to start a business. Try talking to a financial advisor to know if you're up for the challenge.

HVAC Standards: What's Changed in Your Region?

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If you are looking for the peak of heating and cooling efficiency and performance, a Frigidaire system can address your needs.
If you are looking for the peak of heating and cooling efficiency and performance, a Frigidaire system can address your needs.

The efficiency of your new furnace is one of the most crucial aspects of long-term performance for your unit. Learn what's recommended for your region.

Can Peanuts on Planes Be Dangerous? Mom Fights for Airline Allergy Awareness

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Amy Wicker, of Naperville, Illinois, discusses the risks of traveling with a child with severe food allergies at the 2014 Open Doors Disability Conference in Chicago. (Photo courtesy of Amy Wicker)
Amy Wicker, of Naperville, Illinois, discusses the risks of traveling with a child with severe food allergies at the 2014 Open Doors Disability Conference in Chicago. (Photo courtesy of Amy Wicker)

Flying on a plane can be dangerous if you have food allergies. One mother whose daughter can't breathe around peanuts on planes is fighting to reduce the threat.

Roofers Accused of Scams in 11 States Await Trial in Florida

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(Photos courtesy of Pinellas County Sheriff)

Eight suspects face up to 30 years in jail each for their roles in an alleged roofing scam where officials say they defrauded nearly 100 Tampa-area homeowners.

How to Budget for Emergency Home Repairs

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Home repairs can be costly, so it's important to be prepared by budgeting your money appropriately. (Photo by Jennica Abrams)
Home repairs can be costly, so it's important to be prepared by budgeting your money appropriately. (Photo by Jennica Abrams)

On this episode of Chat with the Experts, we talk with financial author Eric Tyson to learn how to budget for home repair emergencies and home improvements.

Stay Safe During the Holidays with These Electrical Tips

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Consider using a GFCI outlet for your decorations this holiday season to lessen your risk for electrical shock, says O'Brien. (Photo by Brandon Smith)
Consider using a GFCI outlet for your decorations this holiday season to lessen your risk for electrical shock, says O'Brien. (Photo by Brandon Smith)

On this episode of Chat with the Experts, we talk with John O'Brien about safety measures to take during holiday decorating and how to tackle electrical issues.

Water Shutoff Valve Key to Stopping Damage

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Knowing where to shut off your water supply could save you time and money. (Photo by Jason Hargraves)

Broken water valves can make shutting off water a problem for plumbers in an emergency. Find the location of your home valve to save time and repair bills.

Whose Responsibility is it to Clear Sidewalk Snow in Chicago?

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A sidewalk covered in snow creates dangerous conditions for neighbors. (Photo courtesy of member Jane L)
A sidewalk covered in snow creates dangerous conditions for neighbors. (Photo courtesy of member Jane L)

Clearing local sidewalks of snow creates a safer environment for everyone. Residents of Chicago and some of its biggest suburbs can face fines for not doing so.

Three Chicago Neighborhoods Named Worst for Bike Theft

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Don't assume that just because your bike is parked off the street that it isn't a target for thieves. (Photo courtesy of member Alan M.)
Don't assume that just because your bike is parked off the street that it isn't a target for thieves. (Photo courtesy of member Alan M.)

Improperly securing your bike in the city is an invitation for theft. Preventing a stolen bike can be as easy as purchasing a couple of high-quality locks.

How Do Estate Sales Work?

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An estate sale professional will appraise, price and arrange everything you plan to sell. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member J. Fletcher of Round Lake, Illinois)

Estate sale liquidators will appraise, advertise and coordinate a residential sale. An estate expert arranges items to attract buyers and discourage theft.

Tips for Driving in Snow and Ice

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Braking or accelerating too fast can you leave you stranded. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Deborah S., Laconia, New Hampshire)

Driving in ice and snow can be treacherous. Mechanics offer tips to help drivers prepare for wintry condition on the road and how to drive in them.

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