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Hiring Help for the Holidays

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Don't be afraid to hire help around the holidays for shopping, gift wrapping or decorating. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Terry L., of Powell, Ohio)
Don't be afraid to hire help around the holidays for shopping, gift wrapping or decorating. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Terry L., of Powell, Ohio)

If you’re overwhelmed with your holiday to-do list, consider hiring a concierge service to tackle some of the tasks, like shopping or wrapping gifts.

Companies Offering 24-hour Emergency Service save Holidays

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Don't get burned by a broken appliance this holiday season! Know the number of a highly rated appliance repair service that can help you out of a jam. (Photo by Brandon Smith)
Don't get burned by a broken appliance this holiday season! Know the number of a highly rated appliance repair service that can help you out of a jam. (Photo by Brandon Smith)

What happens if your pipes burst or your furnace breaks on Christmas? Angie’s List members share their stories of getting emergency help on the holidays.

Solutions to 3 Top Outdoor Lighting Problems

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Regular maintenance of an outdoor lighting system is crucial, including using waterproof connectors that can withstand the elements. (Photo by NightScenes Landscape Lighting Professionals)
Regular maintenance of an outdoor lighting system is crucial, including using waterproof connectors that can withstand the elements. (Photo by NightScenes Landscape Lighting Professionals)

Regular maintenance is essential to keep your outdoor lights working properly. Waterproof connectors are an important component of a landscape lighting system.

4 Rules of Great Home Design

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Your home should fit you, not the other way around. Good design is almost always simple, neat and uncluttered. (Photo by Richard Taylor Architects)
Your home should fit you, not the other way around. Good design is almost always simple, neat and uncluttered. (Photo by Richard Taylor Architects)

With a thorough knowledge of what you want in your home design, you can work with an architect to help create a house from the inside out to meet your needs.

How to Avoid a Repetitive Motion Injury

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Improved flexibility can make it easier to hold proper positions and reduce the risk of injury, says Lewis. (Photo by Karen Geswein)
Improved flexibility can make it easier to hold proper positions and reduce the risk of injury, says Lewis. (Photo by Karen Geswein)

To avoid repetitive motion injury and a need for physical therapy, frequent position changes and simple stretches are important at the computer or on the road.

How to Take Ownership of Your Website

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The key when considering website design is to understand the components of your website, says Ramirez. (Photo courtesy of Mosaik Web)
The key when considering website design is to understand the components of your website, says Ramirez. (Photo courtesy of Mosaik Web)

You don't need to know how to develop your own website to understand why you should take ownership by purchasing an Internet domain before having it developed.

Losing Weight Can Help Your Pet Live Longer

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Regular exercise, whether laps in the pool or walks in the park, is an important part of keeping your dog at the proper weight, says Bailey. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Melissa H. of Houston)
Regular exercise, whether laps in the pool or walks in the park, is an important part of keeping your dog at the proper weight, says Bailey. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Melissa H. of Houston)

A longer life for your pet? It might be as simple as losing weight. Putting your dog on a diet, reducing snacks and exercising can add two years to his life.

Want to Sell Your House? 3 Things Not to Do

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A home that’s for sale needs to have a broad appeal and be similar to others in the area, says Player. (Photo by Eldon Lindsay)
A home that’s for sale needs to have a broad appeal and be similar to others in the area, says Player. (Photo by Eldon Lindsay)

Customizing can make your home difficult to sell. For wide buyer appeal, let consumer demand guide you. Don't eliminate a room or change the function of a space.

5 Tips for Your DIY Home Improvement Project

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Don’t have all the right tools? A tool rental facility may have everything you need, says Marcley. (Photo by Eldon Lindsay)
Don’t have all the right tools? A tool rental facility may have everything you need, says Marcley. (Photo by Eldon Lindsay)

You can save cash by doing home improvements yourself or waste money when you must hire a pro halfway through. Find out if you can handle that remodel project.

3 Reasons to Be at Your Home Inspection

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Being at the home inspection allows you to see your "dream home" from the inspector's unbiased viewpoint, says Sherwood. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Diwata F. of Buffalo, New York)
Being at the home inspection allows you to see your "dream home" from the inspector's unbiased viewpoint, says Sherwood. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Diwata F. of Buffalo, New York)

You may never believe the things a home inspector will discover unless you're there, too. Being at your home inspection lets you see any problems firsthand.

5 Things You Need to Tell Your Limousine Company

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Get your facts together when reserving a limousine and you'll be able to relax and enjoy the ride, says Foilb. (Photo by Le Limo)
Get your facts together when reserving a limousine and you'll be able to relax and enjoy the ride, says Foilb. (Photo by Le Limo)

When you call to reserve a limo, every limousine company will need to know: the date, type of event, how many passengers, their ages and any extras (champagne?)

A Porch Where Everything Goes As Planned

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Exterior Additions made this porch addition easy. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Dale S. of Charlotte.)

Indian Trail company's addition is just what Charlotte homeowner had hoped to replace aging deck

Fall Planting Gives Your Landscape a Healthy Head Start

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If you only fertilize once a year, do it in the fall, says Moberg. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Lauren J. of Jacksonville, Florida)
If you only fertilize once a year, do it in the fall, says Moberg. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Lauren J. of Jacksonville, Florida)

Planting in the fall gives your landscape a head start on healthy growth. Fall planting helps trees and plants get established and be ready to grow in spring.

The Benefits of Downtown Living

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Rooftop pool downtown Indianapolis apartment building
Many downtown living options offer a variety of perks to both millenials and baby boomers alike. (Photo by Eldon Lindsay)

On this episode of Chat with the Experts, we talk with Downtown Indy president Sherry Seiwert about the benefits of living downtown in Indianapolis.

To Prune or Not to Prune? Answer is Probably to Wait

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For good tree health, mulch in the fall, but wait till spring to prune.
For good tree health, mulch in the fall, but wait till spring to prune.

Deciduous trees, flowering shrubs can be trimmed after leaves, flowers come off. Don't trim evergreens till spring.

Managing Your HVAC as Seasons Change

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If you don't need to use your furnace in the fall, you can still follow some simple tips to keep your home more comfortable and save energy. (Photo courtesy of member Harlan W. of Elm Grove, Wisconsin)

If you don’t use heating or cooling system in fall and spring, there still are creative tips to staying more comfortable and saving energy during off-seasons.

3 Tips to Keep Your Dog Healthy in Cold Weather

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When it's cold out there, pet owners need to know how to keep their furry friends healthy. There are a number of ways to do that. (Photo courtesy of member Jill B. of Ankeny, Iowa)

Just like you, your pet may pack on extra weight over winter. But that's not the only health concern to watch for in winter. Here's how to keep your dog safe and happy despite the cold.

Year Round Landscaping: 6 Ways Evergreens Spruce Up Your Yard

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This line of arborvitae — dense, narrow evergreen shrubs or small trees — provides a little privacy for the homeowners and their neighbors. (Photo courtesy of member Mary C. of Sylvan Lake, Michigan)

Adding evergreen plants to your landscape can improve your home's privacy, energy efficiency and visual appeal. See how to capture these year-round beauties in your space.

What Kind of Paint Is Best for a Master Bathroom?

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Whether you go for custom paint work or a coat of semigloss, repainting can transform your master bathroom. (Photo courtesy of member Emily C. of Clifton, New Jersey)

When remodeling, the type of paint you select for your bathroom is more important than the color. Semi-gloss or satin? Depends on the condition of the walls.

Bike Ban? D.C. Sidewalk Laws at Stake

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D.C. bike laws over sidewalks (Photo by Jason Hargraves)
Legally riding your bicycle on any D.C. sidewalk soon could be a thing of the past. (Photo by Jason Hargraves)

D.C. Councilman Jim Graham wants cyclists off city sidewalks due to safety concerns for the elderly and small children. Bike advocates are pushing back.

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