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Chicago Carbon Monoxide Deaths a Reminder to Protect Your Family

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

Two recent incidents of carbon monoxide poisoning on Chicago's South Side highlight the importance of home detectors and annual professional inspections.

5 Strategies for Talking Money with Aging Parents

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money in hand helps when parents needs financial help
Your parents' money situation matters when it comes to options for health care, housing and lifestyle as they age. (Photo by Jennica Abrams)

It's hard to talk money with aging parents, but financial planning and organization are critical when figuring out future health care and living options.

Cherry Community Becomes More than Charlotte's "Next" Big Thing

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The Cherry neighborhood in Charlotte is seeing home prices rise.  (Photo by Courtney St. Onge)
The Cherry neighborhood in Charlotte is seeing home prices rise. (Photo by Courtney St. Onge)

Neighborhood between Elizabeth and Midtown draws interest in renovations, new construction and tear-downs as buyers seek locations near Uptown.

Stressed or Depressed? Try a Little Animal Therapy

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Dog on the all (Photo by Jason Hargraves)
Taking a dog for a walk along the National Mall is one way to enjoy D.C. sights. (Photo by Jason Hargraves)

Animals can be great stress reducers, but consider all the responsibilities of pet ownership before adopting a four-legged friend this Christmas season.

Christmas Tree Sales Help Injured Firefighters

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Thanksgiving weekend marks the beginning of Christmas tree sales. (Photo by Jason Hargraves)
Thanksgiving weekend marks the beginning of Christmas tree sales. (Photo by Jason Hargraves)

One D.C. restaurant has turned its outdoor dining area into a holiday Christmas tree lot with all proceeds going to help firefighters injured on the job.

Can You Hear Me Now? City Puts Cell Towers on Hold

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cell phone services (Photo by Jason Hargraves)
Making and receiving clear calls on your mobile devices aren't a priority for one Maryland city.. (Photo by Jason Hargraves)

It seems great cell phone service is not a priority in Greenbelt, Maryland. Officials there recently objected to the construction of new communication towers.

Cops Help You Shop Till You Drop

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Christmas shoppers are advised to be on alert this holiday season as thefts often rise this time of year. (Photo by Jason Hargraves)
Christmas shoppers are advised to be on alert this holiday season as thefts often rise this time of year. (Photo by Jason Hargraves)

Police officers in the suburbs of Washington, D.C., are hanging out at the mall this holiday season in an effort to keep you and your Christmas purchases safe.

Suburban Chicago Police Warn of Holiday Package Theft

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An unattended package on your front porch is an invitation for theft.  (Photo by Steven Jack)
An unattended package on your front porch is an invitation for theft. (Photo by Steven Jack)

As the biggest online shopping day of the year approaches, remember these tips to ensure your valuable packages aren't stolen right from your own front porch.

5 Tips to Litter Box Train a Dog

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Though it typically takes several months, dog trainers say you can teach a small pooch to use a litter box. (Photo courtesy of ©Thinkstock)
Though it typically takes several months, dog trainers say you can teach a small pooch to use a litter box. (Photo courtesy of ©Thinkstock)

Cats aren't the only pets that can use a litter box. If you plan to get a small dog and keep it inside, you can teach it to do the same. Here's how.

Tips to Avoid Car Theft

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Always lock your doors, and don't leave valuables out in plain sight, includling your keys. (Photo by Steve Mitchell)

A car is stolen every 44 seconds in the United States. But many thefts are preventable. Here are a few tips so you won't become a victim of car theft.

Pros and Cons of a High Deductible Homeowners Insurance Policy

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A higher deductible will save you money on your annual insurance premium, but be sure to review the pros and cons before changing your policy. (Photo by Summer Galyan)
A higher deductible will save you money on your annual insurance premium, but be sure to review the pros and cons before changing your policy. (Photo by Summer Galyan)

A high deductible homeowners insurance policy will save you money on your annual premium, but review these pros and cons of such a policy before you sign.

How To Save Money on Homeowners Insurance

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High deductible insurance policies are often a popular option for homes of higher insured value, as homeowners tend to have the means to pay the deductible if necessary. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Todd C., of Maple Valley, Wash.)
High deductible insurance policies are often a popular option for homes of higher insured value, as homeowners tend to have the means to pay the deductible if necessary. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Todd C., of Maple Valley, Wash.)

Is high deductible homeowners insurance inevitable? As more insurance companies require homeowners to cover more of a claim, what does that mean for you?

Chicago Dealership Offers Free Cars If It's a White Christmas

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One suburban Chicago car dealership is giving away free cars if more than 6 inches of snow falls at O'Hare International Airport on Christmas Day. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member  Cathy D.)
One suburban Chicago car dealership is giving away free cars if more than 6 inches of snow falls at O'Hare International Airport on Christmas Day. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Cathy D.)

Bill Kay Buick and GMC in Downers Grove, Illinois, will pay Black Friday weekend customers back if more than 6 inches of snow falls on Christmas Day.

Universal Design: Creating an Accessible Bathroom

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Contractors trained in universal design principles can make your bathroom more handicap accessible with features like a roll-in shower and grab bars. (Photo courtesy of SRE)

Making a bathroom more accessible can be one of the best home modifications to make for those who are experiencing mobility issues and trying to stay in their own home. The bathroom is the room in the house that presents the biggest challenge to the elderly or those with various types of disabilities.

How to Make Dental Sealants Last Longer

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Getting regular checkups for your child can help ensure her or his dental sealants last. (Photo by Joe Maiorana)

The longer your dental sealant lasts, the better it will work to prevent cavities from forming on your child's molars and back teeth. Follow these tips.

What You Should Know about Dental Sealants

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Dentists rely on special equipment to apply dental sealants to children. Experts say the sealants help prevent cavities. (Photo by Joe Maiorana)

Dental sealants can't prevent all cavities from forming everywhere in your child's mouth, but they still offer valuable protection for adolescents.

Six Ways to Use the List to Spice Up Your Romance in Indy

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Roses may come and go, but memories made by doing something together can last a lifetime.
Roses may come and go, but memories made by doing something together can last a lifetime.

Ranging from photography and dance lessons to fitness and cooking classes in Indy, Angie's List offers many ways for couples to rekindle their romance.

7 Tips for Selling Your Home in Winter

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A fire burning in the fireplace gives off warmth and a warm feeling to prospective homebuyers in winter. (Photo courtesy of member Mark E. of Raleigh, North Carolina)

While spring may be home-buying season, sellers listing a house for sale in winter may be at an advantage, with fewer competing properties and these tips.

4 Questions to Ask a Fireplace Installer

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Before converting to wood, check out products in person. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Paul M. of Cleveland Heights, Ohio)
Before converting to wood, check out products in person. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Paul M. of Cleveland Heights, Ohio)

Ready to cozy up to a new fireplace this winter? Before you hire someone for the work, make sure to ask your potential contractor these four questions.

How Do I Convert a Gas Fireplace to Wood-burning?

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Converting to wood-burning is a simple process for fireplaces with gas-log inserts. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Chad O. of Orlando, Fla.)
Converting to wood-burning is a simple process for fireplaces with gas-log inserts. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Chad O. of Orlando, Fla.)

Do you love the smell of wood burning while you're curled up next to a fire? Consider converting your gas fireplace to wood. Here's how much it costs.

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