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Got a Minute? CVS Expands Clinics in D.C.

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More MinuteClinics are coming to D.C. offering residents flu shots and other medical care. (Photo courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control)

Two new MinuteClinics are coming to CVS pharmacies in Washington, D.C., next year. These walk-in clinics will offer flu shots and other health care services.

Should I Hire a Chef or a Catering Service?

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Catering services are best utilized for large events such as weddings and company parties, says Rockwell. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Amy J. of Pembroke, Georgia)
Catering services are best utilized for large events such as weddings and company parties, says Rockwell. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Amy J. of Pembroke, Georgia)

On this episode of Chat with the Experts, we talk with Chef Suzanne about difference between catering services and private chefs and how both can serve you.

Does Your D.C. Insurance Cover Sinkholes? Probably Not

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This sinkhole created foundation problems for the owner of this farmhouse. (Photo courtesy of Phyllis Banks)
This sinkhole created foundation problems for the owner of this farmhouse. (Photo courtesy of Phyllis Banks)

A recent sinkhole under a major D.C.-area roadway highlights the fact that most local home owners don't have adequate insurance coverage for such an event.

5 Tips to Pack Away Holiday Dishes like a Pro

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Packing dishes can be the trickiest part of storing holiday decor, says McHolm. (Photo by NorthStar Moving )
Packing dishes can be the trickiest part of storing holiday decor, says McHolm. (Photo by NorthStar Moving )

No more chipped Christmas plates: Keep your holiday dishes looking merry and bright each year with these five professional tips for packing fragile tableware.

Hang Holiday Lights on Your Garage Door Safely and Securely

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When putting lights up around a garage door, it’s important to know what kinds of hooks and clips to use. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Timothy M. of Grove City, Ohio)

Learn how to safely and effectively put up holiday lights around your garage door by using the correct fasteners to hold the lights securely.

Finding Safe Power Sources for Holiday Lights

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The closest outlet is the safest option when plugging in outside holiday lights. That’s just one safety tip for homeowners. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Linda P. of Libertyville, Illinois)

When hanging holiday lights, the safest power source is the nearest outlet. If that’s not possible, look for an appropriate extension cord or a power stake.

Want a Smart Thermostat? 4 Questions to Ask

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A smart thermostat will cost you a few hundred bucks plus installation, says Contreras. (Photo courtesy of Lex Air Conditioning and Heating)
A smart thermostat will cost you a few hundred bucks plus installation, says Contreras. (Photo courtesy of Lex Air Conditioning and Heating)

Should you buy a smart thermostat, such as the new Nest or Lyric models? These questions will help you decide if high-tech heating and cooling is right for you.

5 Vaccinations That Every Senior Should Get

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Seniors can prevent a number of dangerous diseases by keeping up with the CDC’s vaccination recommendations. (Photo by Katie Jacewicz)
Seniors can prevent a number of dangerous diseases by keeping up with the CDC’s vaccination recommendations. (Photo by Katie Jacewicz)

Vaccinations aren't just for kids. Learn about the five vaccinations the Centers for Disease Control recommends for seniors, due to weakened immune systems.

Tips for Staying Safe While Shoveling Snow

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Use a shovel designed so that both the blade and handle are about elbow height, says Seidelman. (Photo by Steve C. Mitchell)
Use a shovel designed so that both the blade and handle are about elbow height, says Seidelman. (Photo by Steve C. Mitchell)

Thousands of people end up in the emergency room of doctor's office after the first heavy snowfall. Don't be one of them: follow these safe snow shoveling tips.

3 Tips for Taking Better Photos with Your Smartphone

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Make sure that the subject of the photo is the strongest part of the image. (Photo by Delio Photo Studio)
Make sure that the subject of the photo is the strongest part of the image. (Photo by Delio Photo Studio)

Try these three tips the professionals use to take cellphone photos that are well-composed and well-lit. Frame your subject carefully and keep a steady hand.

Paint a Damaged Ceiling like a True Professional

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Make sure you buy enough paint to apply two coats; you can always take back any extra, says Cavagnaro. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Clifford D. of Washington)
Make sure you buy enough paint to apply two coats; you can always take back any extra, says Cavagnaro. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Clifford D. of Washington)

Have you ever had a leaky roof leave a water stain on your ceiling? Has your home settled over the years and you are starting to see stress fractures and nail heads popping out of the drywall?

These are the most common problems with ceilings, and unless they are addressed, they can be quite an eyesore. If you are ready to tackle the project yourself, follow these simple tips and you will have a freshly painted ceiling in no time.

How to Rid Your Pantry of Pests

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Store all food in airtight containers. A pest can't nibble through plastic and glass the way it can through a thin cardboard box. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Jeremy G. of New York)
Store all food in airtight containers. A pest can't nibble through plastic and glass the way it can through a thin cardboard box. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Jeremy G. of New York)

Pests can enter your pantry via birdseed or groceries. Infestations from contaminated products can spread quickly. Learn to prevent and deal with pantry pests.

Why Hiring a Cat Sitter May Be a Great Choice

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Is your cat a homebody? Hiring an in-home sitter will allow your cat to stay in familiar surroundings while you're away. (Photo by Sit-Stay-Play)
Is your cat a homebody? Hiring an in-home sitter will allow your cat to stay in familiar surroundings while you're away. (Photo by Sit-Stay-Play)

Is your cat a homebody? If Fluffy likes her routine, hiring a cat sitter when you travel can allow your cat to remain in her own home and reduce stress for all.

Pets and Holidays: A Guide to Four-Legged Happiness

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Cats and dogs may need comforting during a stressful holiday season. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Becky F.)

Think holidays stress you out? Your cats and dogs may have a tough time with new people, new surroundings and other changes at Christmas.

Where to Find Holiday Lights, Parades in Charlotte Area

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Elaborate holiday light displays such as this one can bring Christmas cheer to any neighborhood. (Photo by Meranda Adams)
Elaborate holiday light displays such as this one can bring Christmas cheer to any neighborhood. (Photo by Meranda Adams)

Charlotte's best Christmas lights, holiday parades and tree-lighting ceremonies? Mark your calendar: Here's our 2014 guide to holiday displays in Charlotte.

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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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.

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