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Charlotte's Lake Properties Stay Hot in Cooler Months

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Properties at Lake Norman and Lake Wylie are selling well, say Charlotte-area real estate agents. (Photo courtesy of Lake Realty.)
Properties at Lake Norman and Lake Wylie are selling well, say Charlotte-area real estate agents. (Photo courtesy of Lake Realty.)

Real estate agents find homes and lots for sale in Lake Norman, Lake Wylie areas are appealing to families, retirees even after water cools.

Chicago Sculptors Turn Dying Trees into Works of Art

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Margot McMahon's "Flock" is on display in Jackson Park. The tree used in this sculpture is a 125-year-old elm. (Photo courtesy of the city of Chicago)
Margot McMahon's "Flock" is on display in Jackson Park. The tree used in this sculpture is a 125-year-old elm. (Photo courtesy of the city of Chicago)

As part of the Chicago Tree Project, 10 local artists have spent the year breathing new life into dead or dying trees in numerous city parks.

No More Chaos: 10 Effective Calendar Secrets

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To avoid confusion, toss invitations, fliers or appointment cards, and instead simply note the information on your calendar. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Adele E. of Seattle)
To avoid confusion, toss invitations, fliers or appointment cards, and instead simply note the information on your calendar. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Adele E. of Seattle)

Tired of losing invitations and missing appointments? These tips will help you to take control of life and manage events on your calendar to be more organized.

Is Black the New Neutral for Kitchen Cabinets?

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Basic black is making its way into Washington-area kitchens as a popular cabinet color. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Jeffrey Q.)
Basic black is making its way into Washington-area kitchens as a popular cabinet color. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Jeffrey Q.)

Choosing black for kitchen cabinets is a popular choice among high-end kitchen designers. The trend also is catching on for DIYers who want a contemporary feel.

No More Wallpaper Hang Ups as D.C. Embraces New Trends

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Going bold is no problem when shopping for wallpaper. It's all about making a statement. (Photo by Jason Hargraves)
Going bold is no problem when shopping for wallpaper. It's all about making a statement. (Photo by Jason Hargraves)

Bold patterns and textures give new life to the once-shunned choice of wallpaper for your home. Learn what's new and what's changed with this trendy option.

Protect Online Deliveries Against a Rash of Charlotte Thefts

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Police warn homeowners not to let packages sit at their front door during the holiday season. (Photo by Courtney St. Onge)

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police offer tips to be sure your online shopping deliveries are safe and secure from thieves after they arrive at your home.

Tips for Selecting and Planting the Perfect Tree

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It’s very important to identify the tree’s root flare, which must be left exposed to the air and not covered with mulch or dirt. (Photo courtesy of Heartwood Tree Service )
It’s very important to identify the tree’s root flare, which must be left exposed to the air and not covered with mulch or dirt. (Photo courtesy of Heartwood Tree Service )

Proper selection, location, planting and watering of your new tree can give it a firm grounding for successful shade production. Learn how to plant like a pro.

How to Silence a Banging Steam Radiator

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This beautiful radiator was sandblasted and powder coated. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Eric F. of Manchester, Connecticut)

Most homes and apartments used to have steam heat radiators, but they can be noisy. Tired of the whistling, clanging and banging? Here’s how to make it stop.

Cold-weather risks for your car

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Loss of traction and too much snow are among the threats to your ride in the winter. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Deborah S. of Laconia, New Hampshire)

Your car is at risk for big winter problems and damage: everything from falling snowdrifts to cracked hoses. Here's what to watch for when it gets cold.

Make Home a Haven for In-Laws, Aging in Place

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An in-law suite can take many forms depending on your home and the needs of your in-law. Maintaining both independence and privacy is important. (Photo by Moss Building & Design)
An in-law suite can take many forms depending on your home and the needs of your in-law. Maintaining both independence and privacy is important. (Photo by Moss Building & Design)

Today’s homeowners want houses that will meet their needs if they later desire to age in place. Adding an in-law suite can provide a family haven for parents.

Retailers Beginning Black Friday on Thursday This Year

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Though many retailers are opening on Thanksgiving, some stores, including Pier 1 Imports, are waiting until Friday. (Photo by Courtney St. Onge)
Though many retailers are opening on Thanksgiving, some stores, including Pier 1 Imports, are waiting until Friday. (Photo by Courtney St. Onge)

Charlotte-area malls and stores are opening earlier in the evening on Thanksgiving Day, offering more hours of sales for shoppers and employees.

Get the Most for Your Black Friday Buck with This Small Purchase

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Media streaming devices like the Amazon Fire TV are one way to beef up your home entertainment system this Black Friday. (Photo courtesy of Amazon.com)
Media streaming devices like the Amazon Fire TV are one way to beef up your home entertainment system this Black Friday. (Photo courtesy of Amazon.com)

One suburban Chicago home theater expert recommends investing in a media streaming device to enhance your family's television viewing experiences.

How to Maintain an In-Home Fire Sprinkler System

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Regular maintenance of a residential fire sprinkler system can, in many cases, be a do-it-yourself project. (Photo courtesy of the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition)

Regular maintenance for residential sprinklers is fairly easy. In most cases, you can inspect and check an in-home fire sprinkler system yourself.

Holiday Gifts and Lights: Let Your Home Inspire You

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Consider gifting yourself by having a professional handle your home's holiday decorations. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Truly B. of Utah)

Around the holidays, let your house inspire gift-giving lightbulb moments. Here are some specific ideas, and other seasonal suggestions from home services pros.

Want to Start a Business? Try Top Spot of Arlington

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Arlington County could just be the best location in the nation to start a business. (Photo by Jason Hargraves)
Arlington County could just be the best location in the nation to start a business. (Photo by Jason Hargraves)

Arlington tops a new list of the best places for entrepreneurs to start a business. Try talking to a financial advisor to know if you're up for the challenge.

HVAC Standards: What's Changed in Your Region?

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If you are looking for the peak of heating and cooling efficiency and performance, a Frigidaire system can address your needs.
If you are looking for the peak of heating and cooling efficiency and performance, a Frigidaire system can address your needs.

The efficiency of your new furnace is one of the most crucial aspects of long-term performance for your unit. Learn what's recommended for your region.

Can Peanuts on Planes Be Dangerous? Mom Fights for Airline Allergy Awareness

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Amy Wicker, of Naperville, Illinois, discusses the risks of traveling with a child with severe food allergies at the 2014 Open Doors Disability Conference in Chicago. (Photo courtesy of Amy Wicker)
Amy Wicker, of Naperville, Illinois, discusses the risks of traveling with a child with severe food allergies at the 2014 Open Doors Disability Conference in Chicago. (Photo courtesy of Amy Wicker)

Flying on a plane can be dangerous if you have food allergies. One mother whose daughter can't breathe around peanuts on planes is fighting to reduce the threat.

Roofers Accused of Scams in 11 States Await Trial in Florida

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Eight suspects face up to 30 years in jail each for their roles in an alleged roofing scam where officials say they defrauded nearly 100 Tampa-area homeowners.

How to Budget for Emergency Home Repairs

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Home repairs can be costly, so it's important to be prepared by budgeting your money appropriately. (Photo by Jennica Abrams)
Home repairs can be costly, so it's important to be prepared by budgeting your money appropriately. (Photo by Jennica Abrams)

On this episode of Chat with the Experts, we talk with financial author Eric Tyson to learn how to budget for home repair emergencies and home improvements.

Stay Safe During the Holidays with These Electrical Tips

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Consider using a GFCI outlet for your decorations this holiday season to lessen your risk for electrical shock, says O'Brien. (Photo by Brandon Smith)
Consider using a GFCI outlet for your decorations this holiday season to lessen your risk for electrical shock, says O'Brien. (Photo by Brandon Smith)

On this episode of Chat with the Experts, we talk with John O'Brien about safety measures to take during holiday decorating and how to tackle electrical issues.

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