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D.C. Neighborhood Named Priciest Place to Rent

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Rental costs for a D.C. home or apartment can vary widely by neighborhood. (Photo by Jason Hargraves)
Rental costs for a D.C. home or apartment can vary widely by neighborhood. (Photo by Jason Hargraves)

The trendy and booming neighborhoods of Chinatown and Logan aren't the priciest D.C. neighborhoods for rents. That honor belongs to a more established area.

Reducing Static Electricity in Your Pet’s Coat

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Being careful of the materials that your pets sleep on and wear (if they do) can make a difference. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Melanie S. of Fort Mill, South Carolina)

Static electricity can build up in pet fur when humidity is low and air is dry. So how do you keep your dog and cat from shocking you this winter?

Solar Panel Performance Terms to Know

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A contractor installed this 20-panel, 5,500 kilowatt rooftop solar system on this New England house. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member David L. of Hopedale, Massachusetts )

As you learn about solar panel systems, it’s helpful to know some of the key efficiency and performance terms. These will help you when you comparison shop.

How to Cut Crown Molding Like a Pro

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Crown molding can snazz up the space where a wall and ceiling meet, giving the room a more polished look. (Photo courtesy of member Melody M. of Wasilla, Alaska)

Putting the finishing touches on a remodeled room can be a challenge, but with a bit of practice and patience, your crown molding will look like a master carpenter put it up.

How Much Does a Chimney Sweep Cost?

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An annual chimney inspection and cleaning will clean collected creosote in the chimney. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Lisa T. of Des Allemands, Louisiana)

Regular chimney inspection and cleaning helps prevent fires from creosote buildup and saves money on repairs. Here’s a look at what’s involved and the costs.

5 Reasons to Hire a Professional Pest Control Company

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Highly rated exterminators can proactively treat the exterior of your home to prevent pests from becoming a problem indoors or out. (Photo courtesy of member Margaret G. of Cheshire, Connecticut)

The quickest and most effective method of pest control? It's not at the hardware store. How much does it cost to hire an exterminator to eliminate pests?

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Solar Panels

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These solar panels were installed on a house in the South. Savings on the utility bill was one immediate payoff: The homeowner's electric bill for August was a mere $1.50. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Bob B. of Hudson, Florida)

If you’re pondering a solar panel system, learn about the basics before you contact a professional to assess your home's suitability for solar power.

Should I Take a Daily Aspirin?

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Experts say talk to your doctor before starting — or stopping — a daily aspirin regimen. (Photo by Eldon Lindsay)

Experts weigh in on the health implications of this widespread practice and how to decide whether it's right for you to take aspirin every day.

New Bethesda Gym Just for Groups

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It's strictly group exercises, like this boot camp workout, at a new fitness center in Bethesda. (Photo by Brandon Smith)

A Bethesda fitness center only offers programs for groups, such as yoga and Zumba. Convenience also is key with available child care and no membership fees.

#AskAngie: Should I Turn Off Circuit Breakers When I'm on Vacation?

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Flipping circuit breakers is not the key to saving energy when you're gone from home. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Eric T. of Allentown, Pennsylvania)

It's smart to take action to reduce energy use when you're away from home. But find out why top electricians say turning off circuit breakers isn't a good idea.

What to Do Following a Car Accident

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It's important not to admit fault directly after an accident, insurance agents say. (Photo courtesy of Nanette B., of Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin)

A car accident can be a scary experience. Follow these steps from highly rated insurance agents to successfully navigate the aftermaths of a crash.

What You Need to Know Before You Buy a New Furnace

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Heating systems should be tailored to your specific home. Be wary of a contractor who offers a quote without coming to your home. (Photo by Eldon Lindsay)
Heating systems should be tailored to your specific home. Be wary of a contractor who offers a quote without coming to your home. (Photo by Eldon Lindsay)

Wondering if your furnace or other heating system is ready for winter? Take some advice from top-rated HVAC experts. Start with getting an efficiency analysis.

Massive Suburban Spruce Picked for City of Chicago's Christmas Tree

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This 57-foot Colorado Blue Spruce located in Elgin, Illinois will be this year's official city of Chicago Christmas tree. (Photo courtesy of the city of Chicago)
This 57-foot Colorado Blue Spruce located in Elgin, Illinois will be this year's official city of Chicago Christmas tree. (Photo courtesy of the city of Chicago)

An Elgin woman says she was ready to call in a local tree service to remove her 57-foot Colorado Blue Spruce. Now, the city of Chicago will do the job for her.

4 Tips to Protect Your Home This Holiday Season

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Make sure your locks are operating and installed correctly, and be sure to use them, says Campbell. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Alisha G. of Los Angeles)
Make sure your locks are operating and installed correctly, and be sure to use them, says Campbell. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Alisha G. of Los Angeles)

No one wants to have their Christmas gifts stolen in a holiday break-in. For home security, check your locks and safeguard your keys and garage door openers.

Avoid Holiday Chaos With an 8-Week Organization Plan

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Declutter the pantry before the holidays by removing expired food and mismatched plastic food containers, says Nelson. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Joan R. of Boston)
Declutter the pantry before the holidays by removing expired food and mismatched plastic food containers, says Nelson. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Joan R. of Boston)

Get organized with an 8-week plan for Christmas and Thanksgiving. From mailing cards to having guests, prepare for more fun and less stress during the holidays.

Is That Letter About Your Property Deed Legit? N.C. AG Says Beware Scam

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Homeowners should ignore mail notices seeking a payment for title information. (Photo by Courtney St. Onge)

The mail arrives in an official looking envelope and says you need to pay for a copy of your property deed. They know details of your home and are banking on what you don't know.

Chicago Park District Faced with Costly Lakefront Path Repairs

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Waves crash into Chicago's lakefront path at Fullerton Avenue during the storm of Friday, Oct. 31. (Photo courtesy of Michelle Stenzel)
Waves crash into Chicago's lakefront path at Fullerton Avenue during the storm of Friday, Oct. 31. (Photo courtesy of Michelle Stenzel)

High winds and 20-foot waves battered Chicago's lakefront from Streeterville to Lincoln Park, leaving the city with a huge concrete and asphalt repair job.

Shortage of Workers Impacts Skilled Trades

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Craig King, a student at Francis Tuttle Technology Center in Oklahoma City, works to square cabinet doors. (Photo by Garett Fisbeck)

Hiring skilled workers, especially for heating and air conditioning, plumbing, electrical, roofing, drywalling or tiling jobs, is getting tougher, experts say.

Indianapolis Contractors Save Homeowners from Holiday Disasters

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The musically inclined Frizzell family — Zach, Julia, Anita, Julian, and Charlotte — feared they might have to spend Christmas in a hotel room after their furnace died on Dec. 23rd. (Photo by Steve C. Mitchell)
The musically inclined Frizzell family — Zach, Julia, Anita, Julian, and Charlotte — feared they might have to spend Christmas in a hotel room after their furnace died on Dec. 23rd. (Photo by Steve C. Mitchell)

If your pipes break or furnace fails on Christmas, take heart! There are companies in Indianapolis who work on the holidays in order to fix your household emergencies.

What Should You Do if You Have a Holiday Emergency?

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A broken pipe is a headache on any day. If it happens on a major holiday, who is available for repairs? (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member James T., of Abilene, Texas)
A broken pipe is a headache on any day. If it happens on a major holiday, who is available for repairs? (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member James T., of Abilene, Texas)

If you have a household emergency during Christmas or any major holiday, follow the advice of these highly rated contractors to get you through the crisis.

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