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What are Charlotte’s hot Halloween costumes?

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Halloween stores are ready for spooky, sexy and fun for holiday decorations and costumes. (Photo by Courtney St. Onge)

Kids go for pop culture, teens try sexy, and adults still like to spook when it comes to dressing up for Halloween, says longtime costume seller.

Chicago Pet Sitter: 6 Tips to Book Pet Care for the Holidays

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Waiting until the last minute to find suitable care for your pets while you're away for the holidays could add stress to the season. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Jody R. of Woodridge, Illinois)
Waiting until the last minute to find suitable care for your pets while you're away for the holidays could add stress to the season. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Jody R. of Woodridge, Illinois)

Traveling without your dog or cat? Better book their boarding at least a month in advance of holidays to ensure space at Chicago kennels. Plus 5 more animal care tips for holiday travel!

Chicago-Area's Most Expensive Home Sells for $19.5 Million

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This Glencoe, Illinois home recently became the priciest sale in Chicago-area history, closing for $19.5 million. (Photo courtesy of the Cook County Assessor's Office)
This Glencoe, Illinois home recently became the priciest sale in Chicago-area history, closing for $19.5 million. (Photo courtesy of the Cook County Assessor's Office)

It’s the kind of sale most Chicago real estate agents dream about. 

Reports surfaced recently that the most expensive home ever sold in the Chicago market closed in early August for $19.5 million.

Leahy Plumbing Leaves Downtown Bethesda

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Leahy Plumbing in D.C. (Photo by Jason Hargraves)
Leahy Plumbing will be moving from its downtown Bethesda location after more than 50 years. (Photo by Jason Hargraves)

Leahy Plumbing and Heating is leaving its Bethesda location after more than 50 years. The company has a new building in another part of Montgomery County.

Money magazine likes Charlotte as Big-City Bargain

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Plaza-Midwood, with tree-lined streets, is one of Charlotte's hottest neighborhoods. (Photo by Courtney St. Onge)
Plaza-Midwood, with tree-lined streets, is one of Charlotte's hottest neighborhoods. (Photo by Courtney St. Onge)

Magazine cites affordability, livability of Carolinas largest city, including Plaza-Midwood and Mountain Island Lake communities.

Charlotte, it's time for your flu shot

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Clinics in the Charlotte region offer flu shots to children and adults. (Photo by Courtney St. Onge)

Doctors, nurses and public officials say that unless you’re allergic to chicken eggs – a flu vaccine ingredient - you've got no excuse.

Helpful Tips to Prepare for Moving Day

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Knowing how to properly pack your items into the correct boxes can greatly aid during the moving process, says Hess. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Tammie R. of Chicago)
Knowing how to properly pack your items into the correct boxes can greatly aid during the moving process, says Hess. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Tammie R. of Chicago)

On this episode of Chat with the Experts, we talk with Chris Hess of Leaders Moving about how to prepare for moving day and how a professional can help.

Heated Driveway Takes the Pain Out of Snow Removal

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Pavers allow easy access to problem areas if something goes wrong with a heated driveway system. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Jannet D. of Carmel, Ind.)
Pavers allow easy access to problem areas if something goes wrong with a heated driveway system. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Jannet D. of Carmel, Ind.)

Tired of shoveling snow or paying for snow removal? Wondering if it's a good idea to install a heated driveway? See what this driveway contractor says.

6 Tips to Keep Mice from Moving in to Your Home

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Sweet foods, cereals and breads that tend to come in plastic bags and cardboard boxes are tasty treats for mice, says Witt. (Photo courtesy of the National Pest Management Association)
Sweet foods, cereals and breads that tend to come in plastic bags and cardboard boxes are tasty treats for mice, says Witt. (Photo courtesy of the National Pest Management Association)

As the weather outside gets colder, mice and other pests are more than willing to move into your home. Protect yourself from infestation with these tips.

7 Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Personal Trainer

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You should make sure that the personal trainer has a track record of having success with clients who are similar to you, says Hodge. (Photo courtesy of Medical Fitness Pros)
You should make sure that the personal trainer has a track record of having success with clients who are similar to you, says Hodge. (Photo courtesy of Medical Fitness Pros)

Choosing a personal trainer is like choosing a partner for your fitness goals. Make sure you get a good match by asking these questions at the beginning.

5 Foods That Are Poisonous to Your Pet

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If you suspect your pet has ingested poisonous foods, you can contact your local poison control hotline for advice, says Walter. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Kenneth N. of Detroit)
If you suspect your pet has ingested poisonous foods, you can contact your local poison control hotline for advice, says Walter. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Kenneth N. of Detroit)

These are foods you can eat just fine, but would be detrimental to your pet. Avoid pet poisoning by keeping your pet away from these five everyday foods.

Why Are Energy Audits Important?

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Experts use infrared cameras and blower door tests to check a home's energy efficiency. (Photo by Mark Wilson)
Experts use infrared cameras and blower door tests to check a home's energy efficiency. (Photo by Mark Wilson)

Three highly rated energy efficiency professionals discuss what problems energy audits reveal and the costs associated with doing a whole home energy audit.

What’s Your Interior Design IQ?

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To get the right height for hanging your chandelier, you should measure from the top of the table up 36 inches, says Marsh. (Photo courtesy of Kathryn Interiors, Inc.)
To get the right height for hanging your chandelier, you should measure from the top of the table up 36 inches, says Marsh. (Photo courtesy of Kathryn Interiors, Inc.)

Put your interior design knowledge to the test and see if you can define these twelve terms and not be confused next time you call up an interior designer.

Appliance Shopping? Virginia Tax-Free Event Points to Energy Savings

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Sales tax holiday (Photo by Jason Hargraves)
Keep an eye out for energy-saving appliances if you want to skip the sales tax in Virginia. (Photo by Jason Hargraves)

Columbus Day weekend is when Virginia shoppers can purchase home appliances without sales tax. Of course, the items must promise energy and water savings.

4 Tips for Core Aeration of Your Lawn

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Lawns that receive an annual aeration will be healthier, more vigorous and easier to maintain with less weeds and insects, says Basse. (Photo courtesy of Professional Grounds, Inc)
Lawns that receive an annual aeration will be healthier, more vigorous and easier to maintain with less weeds and insects, says Basse. (Photo courtesy of Professional Grounds, Inc)

Start preparing now for a beautiful green lawn next summer. Fall is the perfect time to core aerate your lawn to fight compaction and promote grass growth.

ComEd Customers Can Lower Bills with New Smart Meter Program

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A ComEd technician works to install a smart meter at a home in the Chicago area. ComEd plans to install 4 million of the meters by 2018. (Photo courtesy of ComEd)
A ComEd technician works to install a smart meter at a home in the Chicago area. ComEd plans to install 4 million of the meters by 2018. (Photo courtesy of ComEd)

ComEd customers in northern Illinois with latest meter technology can save up to $12 per billing cycle by limiting power use during peak times in summer months.

Lead Paint Still Lurking in Indy

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The Environmental Management Institute in Indianapolis trains contractors to contain and clear away lead debris properly. (Photo by Brandon Smith)

Exposure to lead paint can occur during home renovation. Protect yourself by hiring an EPA lead-certified contractor in Indianapolis for projects on older homes.

The Angie's List Guide To Fall Maintenance

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Download the Angie's List Fall Maintenance Guide to get started on protecting your home from potentially damaging winter weather. (Graphic design by Matt Mukerjee)
Download the Angie's List Fall Maintenance Guide to get started on protecting your home from potentially damaging winter weather. (Graphic design by Matt Mukerjee)

When tree leaves and temperatures begin falling, it's a sign winter is on its way. Use this fall maintenance checklist to protect your home from winter damage.

5 Things to Check Before Hiring an Electrician

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Jordan Giles, an electrician apprentice for Northwest Electric and Solar in Seattle, works to install wiring in a customer's home. (Photo by Mike Penney)
Jordan Giles, an electrician apprentice for Northwest Electric and Solar in Seattle, works to install wiring in a customer's home. (Photo by Mike Penney)

Most electricians learn on the job as apprentices under supervision. Learn what questions to ask an electrician before allowing them to work on your home.

12 Telltale Signs That You Need New Siding

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Save on energy costs with insulated house wrap and new siding, says Lindus. (Photo courtesy of Lindus Construction)
Save on energy costs with insulated house wrap and new siding, says Lindus. (Photo courtesy of Lindus Construction)

Siding is an important component to your house’s exterior that protects your home. Here are 12 signs to know when it is time to replace your siding.

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