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ComEd warns Chicago-area residents beware of utillity bill phone scams

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Electric meter utility scams
Illinois utility companies must give homeowners eight days advance notice before shutting off their electricity or other services. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Loretta B.)

Scammers have been threatening to shut off power to ComEd customers unless they pay their electric bill immediately over the phone with a gift or cash card.

Pest control tips to help your home repel bugs

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Installing hardware cloth or wire mesh can deter pests that want to infiltrate your home. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Debra W. of Bellevue, Washington)
Installing hardware cloth or wire mesh can deter pests that want to infiltrate your home. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Debra W. of Bellevue, Washington)

Stop insect invasions before they have a chance to start. Follow these expert suggestions for making your house unwelcome to bugs and other uninvited pests.

Are these plumbing myths true?

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Does your water heater sound like it might explode when it kicks on? Blame that loud popping noise on the sediment in the water. (Illustration by Bruce Snow)
Does your water heater sound like it might explode when it kicks on? Blame that loud popping noise on the sediment in the water. (Illustration by Bruce Snow)

Will the water heater explode? Can I put anything down the garbage disposal? Should I fix a leaky faucet? We uncover common plumbing myths and misconceptions.

Give your fireplace a makeover with these updates

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Homeowners are updating their fireplaces for a more modern, clean look. (Photo  by Darcy Barrett)
Homeowners are updating their fireplaces for a more modern, clean look. (Photo by Darcy Barrett)

See how these homeowners upgraded their fireplaces by refacing or remodeling the surround. Granite, stacked stone and travertine tiles are popular options.

Pet owner says avian vet saved his pet bird’s life

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Dr. Greg Burkett, owner of The Birdie Boutique, saved Craig M.'s pet bird after improper care by other veterinarians. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Craig M. of Cary, N.C.)
Dr. Greg Burkett, owner of The Birdie Boutique, saved Craig M.'s pet bird after improper care by other veterinarians. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Craig M. of Cary, N.C.)

Durham, North Carolina, avian veterinarian offered life-saving advice to a Cary, North Carolina, Angie’s List member after other veterinarians failed.

Homeowners insurance prompts tree removal

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The new homeowners insurance wouldn't provide coverage until this tree was removed. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Jeanne Fields)
The new homeowners insurance wouldn't provide coverage until this tree was removed. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Jeanne Fields)

Angie's List member Jeanne Fields hired Salas Tree Service to remove one Bradford pear tree and two mulberry trees. Read more about her experience.

Home exterior receives facelift that boosts curb appeal

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The Anglins say they're pleased with the work performed by Tulsa Renew. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Hugh Anglin)

Oklahoma homeowner says the exterior work, including trim and painting, done to his house will increase its value considerably. See more about the project here.

Bats keep other pests at bay

Bats eat beetles, moths, mosquitoes and other bugs — sometimes hundreds in a single hour. Read this infographic to learn more about the benefits bats provide.

How to best organize a linen closet

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Roll and stack towels in a pyramind on a shelf in your linen closet to keep the space organized. (Photo by Brandon Smith)
Roll and stack towels in a pyramind on a shelf in your linen closet to keep the space organized. (Photo by Brandon Smith)

How much does it cost to organize a linen closet? Not much if you use these free or inexpensive solutions to gather your sheets, towels and toiletries.

Interior designer transforms office into media room

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Christine Reisch Interiors transformed an office into a media room. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Catherine L. of Albuquerque, N.M.)
Christine Reisch Interiors transformed an office into a media room. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Catherine L. of Albuquerque, N.M.)

Christine Reisch Interiors helped an Angie's List member from Albuquerque, New Mexico, change her 400-square-foot office into a media family room.

Albuquerque company builds vinyl fence with lattice accent

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Michael Montoya Fencing & Handyman services installed 72 feet of fence for $850. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Brian M. of Albuquerque)
Michael Montoya Fencing & Handyman services installed 72 feet of fence for $850. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Brian M. of Albuquerque)

Michael Montoya Fencing & Handyman Services installed 72 feet of a 6-foot-high Lexington-style fence for an Angie's List member in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Seattle-area deck company communicates well with customer

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The new, composite deck include a roof over it. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Michiko B. of Kent, Wash.)
The new, composite deck include a roof over it. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Michiko B. of Kent, Wash.)

This homeowner had an old deck and fence removed. He hired a deck contractor to replace the deck with composite materials and had a roof installed over it.

Seattle-area company nails roof replacement

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The roofing company used special chutes to prevent debris from landing in the landscaping. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Bruce T. of Tenino, Wash.)
The roofing company used special chutes to prevent debris from landing in the landscaping. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Bruce T. of Tenino, Wash.)

When this homeowner chose his roofing contractor, he went with the company with the most detailed estimator. The roof replacement also included new gutters.

Is that roofer telling you the truth?

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Know what questions to ask to find a trustworthy roofing contractor. (Photo courtesy of Bone Dry Roofing and Masonry, of Louisville, Ky.)

Do you know if you need a new roof or a roof repair? Different roofers may give you different answers. Know what to ask to find a trustworthy professional.

Homeowner says landscaper failed to properly install irrigation system

Penalty Box, Resolved or Stalemate? Find out what happened in this Angie’s List complaint resolution case against Artistic Landscape Design & Tree Service.

Teen learns valuable lessons operating lawn care, mower maintenance business

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Lukas has had to recruit family and friends to help with the yardwork portion of his business. (Photo by Sandy Moreland)
Lukas has had to recruit family and friends to help with the yardwork portion of his business. (Photo by Sandy Moreland)

Lukas Moreland started his lawn care and lawn mower maintence business when he was just 14. Find out what motivates him to keep the business going.

Albuquerque roofing company honors insulation warranty

Penalty Box, Resolved or Stalemate? Find out what happened in this Angie’s List complaint resolution case against A New Millennium in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Homeowner says Albuquerque landscaper only finished part of the job

Penalty Box, Resolved or Stalemate? Find out what happened in this Angie’s List complaint resolution case against Sandia Landscapes in Albuquerque.

Chicago lightning causes $35,000 in damage - here's how to protect your electrical

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Lightning strikes have the potential to destroy a home's entire electrical system, causing thousands in damages. (Photo by Steven Jack)
Lightning strikes have the potential to destroy a home's entire electrical system, causing thousands in damages. (Photo by Steven Jack)

Electricians say installing a whole-house surge protector may be the best way to prevent damage to appliances and electronics caused by a lightning strike.

Pay to throw away? Charlotte weighs pay-per-bag trash removal fees

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trash removal in Charlotte, N.C. (Photo by Courtney St. Onge)
The city of Charlotte is considering changing to a trash pickup fee based on volume, which could cause some homeonwers to pay more for garbage removal. (Photo by Courtney St. Onge)

Charlotte, N.C., is considering abandoning flat trash removal fees and charging residents based on how much garbage is actually collected. Here's how to reduce your waste before the change happens.

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