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Fresh Paint Gives Century-Old Dallas Home New Life

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Two coats of paint made this century-old home look brand new. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Pat S. of Dallas)
Two coats of paint made this century-old home look brand new. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Pat S. of Dallas)

This Dallas homeowner didn’t want her 100-year-old home to fall behind the times. She freshened it up with paint from a highly rated Texas painting company.

Why a School Eye Screening Isn’t Enough for Your Child

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It is easy to confuse a school vision screening with an eye examination, but they are not the same thing, says Malara. (Photo by Jeremy Deal)
It is easy to confuse a school vision screening with an eye examination, but they are not the same thing, says Malara. (Photo by Jeremy Deal)

An eye screening at school is not enough to know whether your child’s vision is in full working order. They need to regularly visit an optometrist.

How to Prevent Home Leaks Before They Start

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Sometimes excess debris can get clogged in your gutters, which will block the passage of water, says Smith. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Mary K. of Washington)
Sometimes excess debris can get clogged in your gutters, which will block the passage of water, says Smith. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Mary K. of Washington)

Water damage is a serious threat to your home. Protect your home and yourself from water intrusion and leaks with these simple maintenance tips.

#AskAngie: Who Patches a Wall after Plumbing or Electrical Work?

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Most electricians and plumbers don't routinely patch wall holes left from their work. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Barbara D. of Downington, Pennsylvania)
Most electricians and plumbers don't routinely patch wall holes left from their work. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Barbara D. of Downington, Pennsylvania)

These service providers are your best bet to patch drywall or plaster holes that plumbers, electricians and other service providers may create while working.

Battery Options for Your Car

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When it comes time to change your vehicle's battery, you'll find there are many options as batteries have changed a lot over the past few decades. (Photo by Eldon Lindsay)

Mechanics say car batteries have come a long way since the mid-1970s. Find out what battery options are available and what's best for your vehicle.

5 Bedroom Organization Tips for Better Use of Space

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Only include bedtime necessities on your nightstand. (Photo courtesy of home organizer Tammy Atchison)

Professional organizers give tips on closet organization and space utilization to turn your bedroom into a peaceful oasis rather than your catch-all room.

Watch Your Step! Venomous Snake Baby Boom Strikes D.C.

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A juvenile copperhead snake is no stranger to the Washington area during the fall. (Photo courtesy of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)
A juvenile copperhead snake is no stranger to the Washington area during the fall. (Photo courtesy of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

Fall in the Washington, D.C., area is when copperhead snakes give birth. Be on the lookout and consider calling a pro to remove these venomous creatures.

Contractor Replaces Tile After Home Suffers Flood Damage

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Angie's List member Randi H. of West Hollywood, California, paid for new tile work after her home was damaged by flooding. (Photo courtesy of member)
Angie's List member Randi H. of West Hollywood, California, paid for new tile work after her home was damaged by flooding. (Photo courtesy of member)

C-Bek Tile & Stone Design of North Hollywood, California, replaced the tile and rebuilt a wall in the bathroom of Randi H.'s home in West Hollywood, California.

Why this Georgetown House Sold for $500K Over Asking Price

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This Georgetown home sold recently for $4 million, which was well above the asking price. (Photo by Jason Hargraves)
This Georgetown home sold recently for $4 million, which was well above the asking price. (Photo by Jason Hargraves)

The Washington, D.C. real estate market is hot, and many homes sell over asking price. But home buyers should consider an escalation clause before bidding wars.

3 Car Sale Scams to Avoid

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Some bad dealers may misrepresent your ability to be financed, says Butners. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Danielle J. of Columbus, Ohio)
Some bad dealers may misrepresent your ability to be financed, says Butners. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Danielle J. of Columbus, Ohio)

Avoiding dishonest car dealers can be just as hard as finding a car to buy. Here are three scams that are telltale signs of an unethical salesperson.

5 Tips for Finding the Best D.C. Tutor for Your Child

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D.C. tutors (Photo by Jason Hargraves)
Back to school also means back to work for Washington-area tutors. (Photo by Jason Hargraves)

Back to school means back to work for Washington tutors. It's also work for the parents who should be aware of how to find the best match for their child.

7 Unexpected Dangers of a Leaky Roof

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Most homeowners think that a leaky roof is just a structural problem, but it can actually pose many more safety and even health risks, says Lamy. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List Member Jon F. of Saint Francis, Minnesota)
Most homeowners think that a leaky roof is just a structural problem, but it can actually pose many more safety and even health risks, says Lamy. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List Member Jon F. of Saint Francis, Minnesota)

You may know that a leaking roof poses danger to the boxes in your attic, but there is much more damage that can come from water leaking in your home.

Appliance Repair Pros Share 5 of their Strangest Finds

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Appliance repair technicians find the strangest things in home appliances.(Graphic by Bruce Snow)

From live animals to wedding rings and toys: You won't believe some of the weird things appliance repair technicians find while repairing broken appliances.

8 Ways to Make Moving with Children Easier

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Allow your children to accompany you on house hunts and exploring the new neighborhood or city, says Markley. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Tomas K. of Houston)
Allow your children to accompany you on house hunts and exploring the new neighborhood or city, says Markley. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Tomas K. of Houston)

Moving houses can be a stressful experience for you, but that goes double for your children. Here is how you can help your kids through the moving process.

Homeowner Upgrades Pool with New Pool Marcite Plaster

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New aesthetic features by Knox Pools transformed and updated Gregory N.'s pool. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Gregory N. of Delray Beach, Fla.)
New aesthetic features by Knox Pools transformed and updated Gregory N.'s pool. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Gregory N. of Delray Beach, Fla.)

Delray Beach, Florida, homeowner transforms pool into a work of art with pool marcite plaster, LED underwater lights, a waterfall and makes mechanical upgrades.

Custom Kitchen Cabinets Add Unique Feature to Home

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JDL Ventures created unique custom cabinets for Peter L.'s kitchen remodel. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Peter L. of North Palm Beach, Fla.)
JDL Ventures created unique custom cabinets for Peter L.'s kitchen remodel. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Peter L. of North Palm Beach, Fla.)

JDL Ventures of West Palm Beach, Florida, overcame obstacles to create unique custom kitchen cabinets for a North Palm Beach Angie’s List member.

Your Contractor May be Giving You Unsafe Advice About Lead Paint

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Disturbing lead paint on any type of surface without proper containment and disposal can result in lead poisoning. (Photo by Brandon Smith)
Disturbing lead paint on any type of surface without proper containment and disposal can result in lead poisoning. (Photo by Brandon Smith)

Angie's List secretly shopped painters, remodelers, window contractors and hardware stores to test their lead-safety knowledge. The results may surprise you.

Whittier Company Remodels Kitchen, Bathroom

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Watson Construction remodeled the kitchen, bathroom and family room for Angie's List member Karin A. of Redondo Beach, California. (Photo courtesy of member)
Watson Construction remodeled the kitchen, bathroom and family room for Angie's List member Karin A. of Redondo Beach, California. (Photo courtesy of member)

Watson Construction completed a bathroom, kitchen and family room remodel and plumbing work for Angie's List member Karin A. of Redondo Beach, California.

College Football Tackles History with New Uniforms for Maryland Terps

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The Terrapins will sport a new look when they play West Virginia wearing different uniforms. (Photo courtesy of the University of Maryland)

The University of Maryland Terrapins will wage football war against West Virginia wearing new uniforms that honor of one of Baltimore's most historic battles.

Carpenter Creates Custom Entryway Piece for Homeowner

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TCS Woodworking created a transition piece between two types of flooring to add a 'wow' factor to the entryway. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Kevin M. of Severn, Maryland)
TCS Woodworking created a transition piece between two types of flooring to add a 'wow' factor to the entryway. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Kevin M. of Severn, Maryland)

TCS Woodworking in Maryland crafted a custom-made trim piece to place between the mosaic tile of the entryway and hardwood living room floor. The job cost $575.

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