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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.)

You parked your car on a city street in Chicago, and now it’s been towed. What do you do next?

The city’s Department of Streets and Sanitation said Monday, Dec. 1, it towed about 240 cars on the first night of Chicago’s winter overnight parking ban. Dozens of drivers now are navigating a daunting bureaucratic maze to get them back.

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.

Got a Minute? CVS Expands Clinics in D.C.

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More MinuteClinics are coming to D.C. offering residents flu shots and other medical care. (Photo courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control)

Two new MinuteClinics are coming to CVS pharmacies in Washington, D.C., next year. These walk-in clinics will offer flu shots and other health care services.

Should I Hire a Chef or a Catering Service?

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Catering services are best utilized for large events such as weddings and company parties, says Rockwell. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Amy J. of Pembroke, Georgia)
Catering services are best utilized for large events such as weddings and company parties, says Rockwell. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Amy J. of Pembroke, Georgia)

On this episode of Chat with the Experts, we talk with Chef Suzanne about difference between catering services and private chefs and how both can serve you.

Does Your D.C. Insurance Cover Sinkholes? Probably Not

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This sinkhole created foundation problems for the owner of this farmhouse. (Photo courtesy of Phyllis Banks)
This sinkhole created foundation problems for the owner of this farmhouse. (Photo courtesy of Phyllis Banks)

A recent sinkhole under a major D.C.-area roadway highlights the fact that most local home owners don't have adequate insurance coverage for such an event.

5 Tips to Pack Away Holiday Dishes like a Pro

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Packing dishes can be the trickiest part of storing holiday decor, says McHolm. (Photo by NorthStar Moving )
Packing dishes can be the trickiest part of storing holiday decor, says McHolm. (Photo by NorthStar Moving )

No more chipped Christmas plates: Keep your holiday dishes looking merry and bright each year with these five professional tips for packing fragile tableware.

Hang Holiday Lights on Your Garage Door Safely and Securely

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When putting lights up around a garage door, it’s important to know what kinds of hooks and clips to use. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Timothy M. of Grove City, Ohio)

Learn how to safely and effectively put up holiday lights around your garage door by using the correct fasteners to hold the lights securely.

Finding Safe Power Sources for Holiday Lights

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The closest outlet is the safest option when plugging in outside holiday lights. That’s just one safety tip for homeowners. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Linda P. of Libertyville, Illinois)

When hanging holiday lights, the safest power source is the nearest outlet. If that’s not possible, look for an appropriate extension cord or a power stake.

Want a Smart Thermostat? 4 Questions to Ask

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A smart thermostat will cost you a few hundred bucks plus installation, says Contreras. (Photo courtesy of Lex Air Conditioning and Heating)
A smart thermostat will cost you a few hundred bucks plus installation, says Contreras. (Photo courtesy of Lex Air Conditioning and Heating)

Should you buy a smart thermostat, such as the new Nest or Lyric models? These questions will help you decide if high-tech heating and cooling is right for you.

5 Vaccinations That Every Senior Should Get

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Seniors can prevent a number of dangerous diseases by keeping up with the CDC’s vaccination recommendations. (Photo by Katie Jacewicz)
Seniors can prevent a number of dangerous diseases by keeping up with the CDC’s vaccination recommendations. (Photo by Katie Jacewicz)

Vaccinations aren't just for kids. Learn about the five vaccinations the Centers for Disease Control recommends for seniors, due to weakened immune systems.

Tips for Staying Safe While Shoveling Snow

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Use a shovel designed so that both the blade and handle are about elbow height, says Seidelman. (Photo by Steve C. Mitchell)
Use a shovel designed so that both the blade and handle are about elbow height, says Seidelman. (Photo by Steve C. Mitchell)

Thousands of people end up in the emergency room of doctor's office after the first heavy snowfall. Don't be one of them: follow these safe snow shoveling tips.

3 Tips for Taking Better Photos with Your Smartphone

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Make sure that the subject of the photo is the strongest part of the image. (Photo by Delio Photo Studio)
Make sure that the subject of the photo is the strongest part of the image. (Photo by Delio Photo Studio)

Try these three tips the professionals use to take cellphone photos that are well-composed and well-lit. Frame your subject carefully and keep a steady hand.

Paint a Damaged Ceiling like a True Professional

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Make sure you buy enough paint to apply two coats; you can always take back any extra, says Cavagnaro. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Clifford D. of Washington)
Make sure you buy enough paint to apply two coats; you can always take back any extra, says Cavagnaro. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Clifford D. of Washington)

Have you ever had a leaky roof leave a water stain on your ceiling? Has your home settled over the years and you are starting to see stress fractures and nail heads popping out of the drywall?

These are the most common problems with ceilings, and unless they are addressed, they can be quite an eyesore. If you are ready to tackle the project yourself, follow these simple tips and you will have a freshly painted ceiling in no time.

How to Rid Your Pantry of Pests

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Store all food in airtight containers. A pest can't nibble through plastic and glass the way it can through a thin cardboard box. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Jeremy G. of New York)
Store all food in airtight containers. A pest can't nibble through plastic and glass the way it can through a thin cardboard box. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Jeremy G. of New York)

Pests can enter your pantry via birdseed or groceries. Infestations from contaminated products can spread quickly. Learn to prevent and deal with pantry pests.

Why Hiring a Cat Sitter May Be a Great Choice

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Is your cat a homebody? Hiring an in-home sitter will allow your cat to stay in familiar surroundings while you're away. (Photo by Sit-Stay-Play)
Is your cat a homebody? Hiring an in-home sitter will allow your cat to stay in familiar surroundings while you're away. (Photo by Sit-Stay-Play)

Is your cat a homebody? If Fluffy likes her routine, hiring a cat sitter when you travel can allow your cat to remain in her own home and reduce stress for all.

Pets and Holidays: A Guide to Four-Legged Happiness

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Cats and dogs may need comforting during a stressful holiday season. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Becky F.)

Think holidays stress you out? Your cats and dogs may have a tough time with new people, new surroundings and other changes at Christmas.

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