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New construction is walkable, but with nowhere to walk

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Walking -- to somewhere or just for fun -- is part of the appeal of new and old neighborhoods in Charlotte. (Photo by Courtney St. Onge)
Walking -- to somewhere or just for fun -- is part of the appeal of new and old neighborhoods in Charlotte. (Photo by Courtney St. Onge)

Survey finds people in new construction walk more, but in Charlotte, some of the most walkable neighborhoods have older homes, nearby stores and restaurants.

7 Steps to Avoiding Injury on a Ladder

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Falls from ladders tend to increase during the fall holiday season. (Photo courtesy of Carolina Orthopaedic)
Falls from ladders tend to increase during the fall holiday season. (Photo courtesy of Carolina Orthopaedic)

Choosing the right ladder and putting it in the right place are two important steps to staying safe while climbing for decorating, cleaning or other chores.

Bathroom Renovation Results from Collaboration Between Couple, Contractor

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Homeowners, designers and contractors can work together to make a remodeling project a success. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Angel T. of Charlotte)
Homeowners, designers and contractors can work together to make a remodeling project a success. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Angel T. of Charlotte)

Charlotte couple worked with a reliable, highly rated contractor for the job, but also made their own choices for tile, lighting, cabinets and decor.

Faulty Foundation? Repairs Not Always an Option

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FEMA is stepping in to provide financial relief after several homes were left uninhabitable due to a recent landslide. (Photo by Jason Hargraves)
FEMA is stepping in to provide financial relief after several homes were left uninhabitable due to a recent landslide. (Photo by Jason Hargraves)

Finding problems with your foundation early may save thousands of dollars and your house itself. Mudjacking is one option for homes resting on concrete slabs.

DNA Leaves Dog Owners Holding the Poop Bag

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Poop bags (Photo by Jason Hargraves)
Technology helps track down dog owners who don't clean up after their pooch. (Photo by Jason Hargraves)

DNA testing is a new way apartment complexes and condo buildings hold dog owners accountable for picking up after their pet. If Fido poops, you better scoop.

Some Ideas for Your Home Gym Flooring

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Laminate flooring in your home gym can be an affordable option that will give you a lot of durability. (Photo courtesy of Angie’s List members Mike and Mary L. of Long Beach, California)

If you're planning a home gym, have you thought about the flooring? A safe workout surface can protect your joints. Learn how to choose your best option.

What Factors Affect the Cost of a Personal Trainer?

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Personal trainers can help you create and meet goals and get you started on a fitness schedule. (Photo courtesy of Angie’s List member Jodi A. of Cincinnati)

Working out with a personal trainer costs more than just belonging to a gym. Learn the average cost for a session, and what factors affect that pricing.

Should You Hire a Plumber for D.C. Gas Lines?

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Plumbers can help with more than just water pipe problems. Some also work on natural gas lines. (Photo courtesy of member Chris S.)
Plumbers can help with more than just water pipe problems. Some also work on natural gas lines. (Photo courtesy of member Chris S.)

Hiring a specialty plumber for your natural gas lines can be a smart move, but it's best to first check with your local gas company to see if they allow it.

Heating Bill Still High? New HVAC System May Be Improperly Installed

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Without proper installation, your HVAC system will perform well below rated energy-efficiency levels. (Photo courtesy of the National Institute of Science and Technology)
Without proper installation, your HVAC system will perform well below rated energy-efficiency levels. (Photo courtesy of the National Institute of Science and Technology)

You may not be getting the most out of your energy-efficient HVAC system. Find out how improper installation can cause your heating bills to skyrocket.

LED Lights Keep D.C. Zoo Burning Bright This Holiday Season

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Evenings at the zoo are colorfully lit during the month of December. (Photo courtesy of Smithsonian's National Zoo)
Evenings at the zoo are colorfully lit during the month of December. (Photo courtesy of Smithsonian's National Zoo)

LED lights are popular for holiday decorating because of their low electricity use and heat output. Find out if it's a smart year-round choice for your home.

The Angie's List Guide to Winter Maintenance

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Download the Angie's List Winter Maintenance Guide to learn more about protecting your most valuable assets from winter's damaging weather. (Photo courtesy of ©Thinkstock)

It's the time of year when the winter weather can take a toll. Follow this winter maintenance checklist to protect your home, your car and your health.

How Can a Kitchen Design Pro Help You?

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A professional kitchen designer will be able to create an effective design based on your top priorities. (Photo by Luxury Home Solutions)
A professional kitchen designer will be able to create an effective design based on your top priorities. (Photo by Luxury Home Solutions)

Have you always wanted to design your dream kitchen? A professional kitchen designer can help you to visualize and plan the perfect cooking space for your home.

What Causes the Brake Warning Light to Come on?

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If your brake warning light illuminates on your dash, you should take your vehicle to a mechanic to determine the problem. (Photo by Eldon Lindsay)

If your car's brake warning light comes on, you should have it checked out immediately. Here are a few reasons the brake light comes on.

New Bathroom Allows Couple to Age in Place

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Creating a functional bathroom with no threshholds to trip over was important to the homeowners. (Photo courtesy of Cook Remodeling & Custom Construction)

Arizona couple chooses to hire high-end remodeler to renovate their bathroom with new shower and more so that they can age in place.

Chicago Planners Lead White House Holiday Decoration

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First Lady Michele Obama and daughter Sasha and Malia greet this year's official White House Christmas Tree, an 18-foot fir from Pennsylvania. (Photo courtesy of the White House)
First Lady Michele Obama and daughter Sasha and Malia greet this year's official White House Christmas Tree, an 18-foot fir from Pennsylvania. (Photo courtesy of the White House)

For the fifth consecutive year, Near North Side company agencyEA coordinated the volunteer efforts to adorn the White House for the holidays.

Moving Old Houses Preserves Indiana History

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The Cotton-Ropkey House in Indianapolis predates the Civil War. It's for sale for $1, but must be moved off the property. (Photo courtesy of Indiana Landmarks)
The Cotton-Ropkey House in Indianapolis predates the Civil War. It's for sale for $1, but must be moved off the property. (Photo courtesy of Indiana Landmarks)

Relocating a home? You'll need more than just a structure relocation company. Many moves involve architects and engineers. Get all the details here.

Four Chicago Hospitals Named Ebola Treatment Centers

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Workers at 35 U.S. Hospitals have trained for several months to treat patients infected with the Ebola virus. (Photo courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control)
Workers at 35 U.S. Hospitals have trained for several months to treat patients infected with the Ebola virus. (Photo courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control)

Despite no Ebola cases reported in the United States for weeks, Chicago hospitals continue to prepare for a domestic outbreak as deaths continue in Africa.

Keep Your Fresh-Cut Tree Looking Great Throughout the Holiday

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Fraser firs are the most common type of Christmas tree sold in Charlotte.  (Photo by Courtney St. Onge)
Fraser firs are the most common type of Christmas tree sold in Charlotte. (Photo by Courtney St. Onge)

Tips for keeping your Fraser fir tree green until Christmas Day from the owner of Mountain Greens Inc. of Charlotte include the right stand and water.

5 Creative Ways to Enhance Kitchen Cabinets

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Many higher-end home shoppers expect updated cabinets in a modern kitchen. (Photo by Luxury Home Solutions )
Many higher-end home shoppers expect updated cabinets in a modern kitchen. (Photo by Luxury Home Solutions )

From soft-closing drawers to creative storage options, these high-end kitchen cabinet features will appeal to home buyers and enhance value when remodeling.

Charlotte-area town keeps travelers’ homes safe. Some tips for the rest of us

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A variety of security systems are available to help protect your home. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Angela A.)
A variety of security systems are available to help protect your home. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Angela A.)

Town of Davidson offers security checks for residents who will be traveling over the holidays. For others, tips can help keep trouble away.

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