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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.

5 Steps to Success for New Hearing Aid Users

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Living a vibrant life doesn’t come from just having hearing aids, but from being ready to learn how to use them. (Photo courtesy of Ascent Audiology & Hearing)
Living a vibrant life doesn’t come from just having hearing aids, but from being ready to learn how to use them. (Photo courtesy of Ascent Audiology & Hearing)

Hearing aids take some getting used to. Give yourself every chance to adjust successfully and get the most from your hearing aids by following these 5 steps.

#AskAngie: Is a Real Estate Agent Commission Negotiable?

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If you want to give a lower commission to a real estate agent, you may have to forgo some home marketing services. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Gerald B. of Hilo, Hawaii)

Everything in a real estate transaction is negotiable, but that's no guarantee an agent will reduce his or her commission. Here's what you need to know.

Hiring for Snow Removal? What to Know

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When it comes to clearing snow from your driveway, take care if you DIY and ask questions if you hire. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Lisa C. of St. Paul, Minnesota)

Planning to shovel that snow yourself? Here are steps to take to protect your health. Prefer to hire a snow removal pro? Here are questions to ask first.

Car Towed in Chicago? Here's How to Get it Back

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Having your car towed for illegal street parking in Chicago will cost you at least $150. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Lisa S.)
Having your car towed for illegal street parking in Chicago will cost you at least $150. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Lisa S.)

The city of Chicago tows hundreds of cars annually, collecting millions of dollars in revenue. Getting yours back can be an expensive and time-consuming chore.

Choosing the Right Holiday Lights to Hang

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These LED Christmas lights were installed on the front roofline of this Florida home and on 19 huge trees. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Gregory N. of Delray Beach, Florida)

Holiday lights come in all shapes, sizes and energy requirements. Learn which ones are the most energy efficient and what to look for in lights.

8 Signs Your Tree May Not Weather Winter Storms

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Check trees before winter weather hits. A certified arborist can evaluate trees for potential hazards, says Kingzette. (Photo by Eldon Lindsay)
Check trees before winter weather hits. A certified arborist can evaluate trees for potential hazards, says Kingzette. (Photo by Eldon Lindsay)

Are your trees really accidents waiting to happen? Before you're forced to yell "Timber!" learn the eight signs that your trees may not survive winter storms.

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