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5 Ways to Make Small Spaces Feel Larger

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Contrary to popular belief, using large pieces in a small room is far better than filling a small room with many, smaller pieces of furniture, says Nesbitt. (Photo courtesy of Aesthete Designs)
Contrary to popular belief, using large pieces in a small room is far better than filling a small room with many, smaller pieces of furniture, says Nesbitt. (Photo courtesy of Aesthete Designs)

When your space is feeling cramped, you may not be able to knock down a wall, but you can still get a more open feel in your room with these tips.

6 Ways to Update Your Home Interior on the Cheap

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Dress up a dining room with stylish, contemporary tablecloths, placemats, runners and napkins, says Nesbitt. (Photo courtesy of Aesthete Designs)
Dress up a dining room with stylish, contemporary tablecloths, placemats, runners and napkins, says Nesbitt. (Photo courtesy of Aesthete Designs)

If you are ready to redecorate your home, but your bank account is not, here are six ways you can update your space without destroying the budget.

Contractor Covers House with Cement Siding

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RenovateRepair.com used HardiePlank siding to cover plywood siding, giving the exterior a new look. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member David W. of Chapel Hill, N.C.)
RenovateRepair.com used HardiePlank siding to cover plywood siding, giving the exterior a new look. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member David W. of Chapel Hill, N.C.)

Chapel Hill Angie’s List member decided to change his home’s exterior by hiring a Cary service provider to cover plywood siding with HardiePlank fiber siding.

Landscaper Removes Grass Fescue, Lays Sod Despite Rain

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Grounds Touch Landscaping removed fescue and overhauled the yard. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Rick B. of Raleigh, N.C.)
Grounds Touch Landscaping removed fescue and overhauled the yard. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Rick B. of Raleigh, N.C.)

Fescue removal project for Angie’s List Raleigh member includes laying sod and creating raised plant beds around the back and sides of the house.

10 Ways to Personalize a Shared Bedroom for Your Kids

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If one of your children loves cars and the other loves trains, consider a general transportation theme instead of choosing one over the other, says Nesbitt. (Photo courtesy of Aesthete Designs)
If one of your children loves cars and the other loves trains, consider a general transportation theme instead of choosing one over the other, says Nesbitt. (Photo courtesy of Aesthete Designs)

Just because your kids have to share a room doesn’t mean they can’t have their own space. Here are creative ways to personalize children’s shared bedrooms.

N.C. Hotel Deaths a Reminder of Carbon Monoxide Danger at Home

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A carbon monoxide detector can alert homeowners to odorless but potentially deadly gas leaks. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member James T. of Arden, N.C.)
A carbon monoxide detector can alert homeowners to odorless but potentially deadly gas leaks. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member James T. of Arden, N.C.)

Deaths in N.C. caused by carbon monoxide gas poisoning prompt changes. Experts suggest all homes, especially those with gas appliances, should have a working CO detector.

Why Locks Are Not Enough

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The real weakness with most residential doors is the frame around it, says Campbell. (Photo courtesy of Altic Lock Service)
The real weakness with most residential doors is the frame around it, says Campbell. (Photo courtesy of Altic Lock Service)

Locks secure your home, but they can only secure as well as the door they are attached to. Here are common weakness to look for in your home security.

Deck Builder Gives Homeowner Delightful Results

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Angie's List member Wendy P. praised Bassett Construction's collaboration when designing and building this deck and porch. (Photo courtesy of member)
Angie's List member Wendy P. praised Bassett Construction's collaboration when designing and building this deck and porch. (Photo courtesy of member)

Bassett Construction Services in Duluth, Georgia, removed and replaced a deck and porch, and made repairs for Angie's List member Wendy P. of Norcross, Georgia.

What Is the Best Type of Flooring for a Bathroom

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The most flooring effective choice for a bathroom is tile, says Wyant. (Photo courtesy of DirectBuy of Indianapolis)
The most flooring effective choice for a bathroom is tile, says Wyant. (Photo courtesy of DirectBuy of Indianapolis)

When it's time for a bathroom remodel, flooring should be at the top of your mind. One highly rated provider shares tips for selecting the best flooring type.

Want to Cut the Cord in Chicago? Don't Forget the TV Antenna

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Roof or attic-mounted antennas can receive up to 70 free local channels in the Chicago area.  (Photo by Courtney St. Onge)
Roof or attic-mounted antennas can receive up to 70 free local channels in the Chicago area. (Photo by Courtney St. Onge)

Before you cancel cable, consider not only your online streaming options, but also what channels you can get free over-the-air. Why you may need a pro to install a digital TV antenna.

3 Illinois Cities Earn Praise in Annual Money Magazine Rankings

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Naperville's downtown Riverwalk was cited as one of the city's best features in Money Magazine's Best Places to Live 2014 rankings. (Photo courtesy of the city of Naperville)
Naperville's downtown Riverwalk was cited as one of the city's best features in Money Magazine's Best Places to Live 2014 rankings. (Photo courtesy of the city of Naperville)

Naperville and Bolingbrook named in top 50 Best Places to Live in the U.S., while Chicago's Edison Park neighborhood is called a big-city bargain.

How Do I Remove Wallpaper?

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When removing wallpaper, it is important to cover all flooring and move any furniture to the center of the room, says Cavagnaro. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Barbara B. of Syracuse, New York)
When removing wallpaper, it is important to cover all flooring and move any furniture to the center of the room, says Cavagnaro. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Barbara B. of Syracuse, New York)

Removing wallpaper from the walls in your home is no easy task. One highly rated provider shares five helpful steps to make the whole process easier.

10 Tips for Moving With Pets

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If you have an animal that dislikes traveling, your vet can suggest behavior modification techniques or medication that can make traveling less stressful, says McHolm. (Photo courtesy of NorthStar Moving Company)
If you have an animal that dislikes traveling, your vet can suggest behavior modification techniques or medication that can make traveling less stressful, says McHolm. (Photo courtesy of NorthStar Moving Company)

A move can be stressful not just for you, but also for your pets. Make the transition smooth for the furred family members with these simple tips.

The Angie's List Call Center: Talk to a Live Person!

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Angie's List has a call center staffed with live representatives ready to take your call. (Photo by Eldon Lindsay)
Angie's List has a call center staffed with live representatives ready to take your call. (Photo by Eldon Lindsay)

Want to contact Angie's List? The review site has a call center staffed with customer service reps ready to help you find a service provider or a local deal!

Bathroom Builder Makes a Believer Out of Atlanta Homeowner

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Angie's List member Mayene R. of Atlanta says she's found her go-to contractor after Leading Home Innovations completed this kitchen remodel. (Photo courtesy of member)
Angie's List member Mayene R. of Atlanta says she's found her go-to contractor after Leading Home Innovations completed this kitchen remodel. (Photo courtesy of member)

Leading Home Innovations in Atlanta impressed Angie's List member Mayene R. with its work on her $43,000 kitchen and bath remodel for her Atlanta home.

Company Upholsters Furniture after Vendor Falls Through

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Bahama Upholstering upholstered two barrel chairs and a chaise for Angie's List member Todd M. of Miromar Lakes, Florida. (Photo courtesy of member)
Bahama Upholstering upholstered two barrel chairs and a chaise for Angie's List member Todd M. of Miromar Lakes, Florida. (Photo courtesy of member)

Bahama Upholstering expedited the work on Todd M.'s barrel chairs and chaise after realizing he'd have little furniture after a move to Miromar Lakes, Florida.

Contractor Works Around Space Restrictions While Designing New Kitchen

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Full Circle Cabinetry By Design created a new kitchen layout for Angie's List member Tom Q. (Photo courtesy of member)
Full Circle Cabinetry By Design created a new kitchen layout for Angie's List member Tom Q. (Photo courtesy of member)

Full Circle Cabinetry By Design in Fort Myers, Florida, designed a kitchen and replaced cabinets and countertops for Angie's List member Tom Q.

What You Should Know Before Calling a Moving Company

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Movers will want to know how many boxes you have and what is in the boxes, says Chila. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Marisa R. of Cottage Grove, Minnesota)
Movers will want to know how many boxes you have and what is in the boxes, says Chila. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Marisa R. of Cottage Grove, Minnesota)

Your call to the moving company will go quicker and involve less frustration if you have this information ready to go before you pick up the phone.

Best Time to See Fall Foliage on the Blue Ridge Parkway? N.C. Travel Agent Advises

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The window of opportunity to see the best autumn colors before all the tree leaves fall is short. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Cindy M.)
The window of opportunity to see the best autumn colors before all the tree leaves fall is short. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Cindy M.)

Autumn is one of the best times to visit the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina. By air, train, bike or zipline, anyone can enjoy the brilliant fall colors.

Painter Leaves 1910 Bungalow Better Than Ever

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Fresh paint brought this 1910 bungalow back to life. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Mark D. of Roeland Park, Kansas)
Fresh paint brought this 1910 bungalow back to life. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Mark D. of Roeland Park, Kansas)

Though this Kansas City-area homeowner says he was very particular about his exterior paint job, the exterior painting contractor he hired didn’t disappoint.

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