Outdoor Living

Podcast: Care for Your New Swimming Pool

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Backyard pools offer more options than ever, but also require regular maintenance and cleaning. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Meira M. of Woodland Hills, California)
Backyard pools offer more options than ever, but also require regular maintenance and cleaning. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Meira M. of Woodland Hills, California)

On this episode of Chat with the Experts, Bill Lambert of Perma Pools shares tips for caring for your swimming pool and what to consider when you buy a new one.

Is a New Deck a Good Fit for My Home?

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New deck trends incorporate built in benches, kitchen areas and stylish railings. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member J. Michael L. of Philadelphia)
New deck trends incorporate built in benches, kitchen areas and stylish railings. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member J. Michael L. of Philadelphia)

On this episode of Chat with the Experts, we talk with Ralph Ford of Deckmasters about choosing a new deck for your home and what options are available.

Want to Avoid Winter Deck Damage? Don't Shovel Snow

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If you prep your deck before winter and shovel snow only when necessary, you’ll give your deck a better chance of surviving the winter without major damage. (Photo courtesy of member Pamela F. of Alexandria, Virginia)
If you prep your deck before winter and shovel snow only when necessary, you’ll give your deck a better chance of surviving the winter without major damage. (Photo courtesy of member Pamela F. of Alexandria, Virginia)

Is it OK to leave snow sitting on your deck all winter? Here's how to prevent damaging your wood or composite deck with proper preparation and maintenance.

Renovation Work Begins on Chicago's Walt Disney Birth Home

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The Disney home as it appeared earlier this year, and how it appeared recently after outside renovation work began. (Photo courtesy of The Walt Disney Birthplace)
The Disney home as it appeared earlier this year, and how it appeared recently after outside renovation work began. (Photo courtesy of The Walt Disney Birthplace)

The current owners of the Disney home in Chicago's Hermosa neighborhood hope to one day open it as a museum and headquarters for a community nonprofit agency.

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Garages & Driveways

Seeing Double? Quick Tips from a Professional Organizer

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Professional organizers suggest tackling one drawer or closet in your home at a time. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member David V. of Lake Zurich, Illinois)

Avoid purchasing two or more of any item just because you're unorganized. Tackle your mess with these organizing tips in order to save time and money.

Organize Your Thoughts for a Better Night’s Sleep

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Less mental clutter can equal more quality sleep time, says Thorton. (Photo by Organized for Life)
Less mental clutter can equal more quality sleep time, says Thorton. (Photo by Organized for Life)

Having trouble sleeping? Mental clutter might be to blame. To get more rest, follow these tips to clear your head of nagging thoughts before you go to bed.

Hate to Toss It? Repurpose What You Don't Need

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Clean up that kitchen clutter by repurposing items such as storage shelves and crates. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member David K. of San Francisco)
Clean up that kitchen clutter by repurposing items such as storage shelves and crates. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member David K. of San Francisco)

Don't throw out that magazine rack! Getting organized usually means getting rid of stuff ... but learn how you can re-use those items as organizational helpers.

Moving to a Smaller Space? Get the Skinny on Downsizing your Home

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Make downsizing from a large home into a smaller one as stress free as possible by establishing a plan and sticking to it. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Tammie R. of Highland Park, Ill.)

Moving from a big house into something much smaller? Highly rated professional organizers offers tips to take the intimidation out of downsizing your home.

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Pests

Podcast: Summer Pest Control Tips

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Preventative treatments could be key in protecting your home and family from a number of pest problems. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Andrea H. of Charlotte, North Carolina)
Preventative treatments could be key in protecting your home and family from a number of pest problems. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Andrea H. of Charlotte, North Carolina)

On this episode of Chat with the Experts, we talk with Adam Villareal of Insight Pest Solutions about how to keep bugs and critters from invading your home.

The Angie's List Guide to Winter Maintenance

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Download the Angie's List Winter Maintenance Guide to learn more about protecting your most valuable assets from winter's damaging weather. (Photo courtesy of ©Thinkstock)

It's the time of year when the winter weather can take a toll. Follow this winter maintenance checklist to protect your home, your car and your health.

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.

Bed Bugs a New Foe for Chicago Police

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A red or brown stain on your mattress is one sign of bed beg infestation.  (Photo courtesy of Eric Erikson
A red or brown stain on your mattress is one sign of bed beg infestation. (Photo courtesy of Eric Erikson

Chicago's bed bug problem is the worst in the country. Now, the Police and Fire Departments are battling their own infestations at two separate facilities.

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Appliances

How to Get the Most from Your Dishwasher

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If your dishwasher has never been cleaned or it has a lot of lime buildup, you need to do a deep cleaning. (Photo by Eldon Lindsay)
If your dishwasher has never been cleaned or it has a lot of lime buildup, you need to do a deep cleaning. (Photo by Eldon Lindsay)

A dishwasher can use less energy than washing dishes by hand, but only if it's running efficiently. Learn how dishwasher maintenance can ensure top performance.

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.

Is a Central Vacuum System Right For You?

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The best option is to choose a vacuum that best cleans your carpeting and offers an attachment for hard floors, says Clark. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Sophia K. of Houston)
The best option is to choose a vacuum that best cleans your carpeting and offers an attachment for hard floors, says Clark. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Sophia K. of Houston)

Vacuum shopping: Will you be cleaning carpet or hard surfaces at home? If your answer is "Both," a central or whole-house vacuum system can be a good choice.

How to Care for Your Kitchen Appliances During the Holidays

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Ovens and dishwashers often undertake a heavy workload during the holidays, making proper maintenance vital. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Joanna W. of Washington)
Ovens and dishwashers often undertake a heavy workload during the holidays, making proper maintenance vital. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Joanna W. of Washington)

On this episode of Chat with the Experts, we talk with Chris Sublett of Vogel Appliance about how to care for your kitchen appliances this holiday season.

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Plumbing

Pets and Service Techs: How to Keep the Peace

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With a little preparation and communication, a homeowner can keep their pet's stress level to a minimum during a service call. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Robert S. of Las Vegas)
With a little preparation and communication, a homeowner can keep their pet's stress level to a minimum during a service call. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Robert S. of Las Vegas)

Your dog may think he’s defending his pack when he goes after the plumber, but that won't get your faucet fixed. Learn how to keep pets and service techs safe.

Don't Let Frozen Pipes Dampen Your Holiday

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Pipes in attics and outside walls are especially vulnerable to freezing. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Bret S.)
Pipes in attics and outside walls are especially vulnerable to freezing. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Bret S.)

Winter has arrived in Washington along with Christmas and New Year's. When you're thinking about staying warm and cozy consider the same for your water pipes.

How to Clean a Glass Shower Door

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A glass shower door is one of the hardest things to keep clean. Be sure to wipe it clean after every use to help prevent hard water stains. (Photo by Brandon Smith)
A glass shower door is one of the hardest things to keep clean. Be sure to wipe it clean after every use to help prevent hard water stains. (Photo by Brandon Smith)

Tired of hard water stains clouding your glass shower door? It takes diligence, but it is possible to keep a glass shower door clean. Find out how.

Should You Hire a Plumber for D.C. Gas Lines?

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Plumbers can help with more than just water pipe problems. Some also work on natural gas lines. (Photo courtesy of member Chris S.)
Plumbers can help with more than just water pipe problems. Some also work on natural gas lines. (Photo courtesy of member Chris S.)

Hiring a specialty plumber for your natural gas lines can be a smart move, but it's best to first check with your local gas company to see if they allow it.

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Home Exteriors

Podcast: Home Exterior Repairs

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New siding not only adds an aesthetic appeal to your home's exterior, but it help add efficiency to your energy consumption. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Clinton R. of Portland, Oregon)
New siding not only adds an aesthetic appeal to your home's exterior, but it help add efficiency to your energy consumption. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Clinton R. of Portland, Oregon)

On this episode of Chat with the Experts, we talk with Judd Haag of Bone Dry Exteriors to get answers to common home exterior questions and DIY tips.

Renovation Work Begins on Chicago's Walt Disney Birth Home

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The Disney home as it appeared earlier this year, and how it appeared recently after outside renovation work began. (Photo courtesy of The Walt Disney Birthplace)
The Disney home as it appeared earlier this year, and how it appeared recently after outside renovation work began. (Photo courtesy of The Walt Disney Birthplace)

The current owners of the Disney home in Chicago's Hermosa neighborhood hope to one day open it as a museum and headquarters for a community nonprofit agency.

How to Clean Vinyl Siding

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Especially if your home's vinyl siding is in the shade, it will require regular cleanings to prevent mold and mildew from appearing. (Photo by Katelin Kinney)
Especially if your home's vinyl siding is in the shade, it will require regular cleanings to prevent mold and mildew from appearing. (Photo by Katelin Kinney)

Vinyl siding is durable and easily cleaned. It just takes some elbow grease, or a high-powered pressure washer! Either way, read up on how to best clean vinyl.

Overcoming the Fear of Color in Home Decor

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Consider a bold color for an accent wall to create a dramatic impact without overpowering the entire room. (Photo courtesy of Paint Color Help.com)

Brighten up your home with paint and accessories. Don't live with a beige interior design because you're scared of color. This expert gives some decor ideas.

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Real Estate

Podcast: Moving and Storage Tips

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Be sure to ask lots of questions regarding training, insurance and pricing when vetting companies for your big move. (Photo courtesy of NorthStar Moving Company)
Be sure to ask lots of questions regarding training, insurance and pricing when vetting companies for your big move. (Photo courtesy of NorthStar Moving Company)

On this episode of the Chat with the Experts podcast, we talk with Laura McHolm of NorthStar Moving about how to hire a mover and how to choose a storage space.

Buying Your First Home? How a Real Estate Agent Can Help

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A real estate agent can connect you with a lender and help you find homes that fall within your price range. (Photo by Eldon Lindsay)
A real estate agent can connect you with a lender and help you find homes that fall within your price range. (Photo by Eldon Lindsay)

On this episode of Chat with the Experts, we talk with Gavin Frost of F.C. Tucker about how a real estate agent can help you as you purchase your first home.

Helpful Moving Advice For Dog Owners

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Fido may be a member of the family, but the movers can do their job better without him, says Chila. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Elaine R. of St. Louis)
Fido may be a member of the family, but the movers can do their job better without him, says Chila. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Elaine R. of St. Louis)

Relocating can be tough on your dog. These tips for before, during and after your move can make the transition to a new home both easier and safer for everyone.

Moving to a Smaller Space? Get the Skinny on Downsizing your Home

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Make downsizing from a large home into a smaller one as stress free as possible by establishing a plan and sticking to it. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Tammie R. of Highland Park, Ill.)

Moving from a big house into something much smaller? Highly rated professional organizers offers tips to take the intimidation out of downsizing your home.

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Basements & Foundations

Answers to 4 Frequently Asked Basement and Foundation Questions

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Preventing a water problem in your basement starts with finding the best quality products for the job. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Huy L. of Philadelphia)
Preventing a water problem in your basement starts with finding the best quality products for the job. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Huy L. of Philadelphia)

Out of sight, out of mind: Don't ignore potential problems with your basement or foundation. A professional explains why it's best to be proactive.

Winter is the Best Time for Basement Organization

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Taking advantage of vertical storage space on walls can help to organize your basement. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Sharon D. of Chicago)
Taking advantage of vertical storage space on walls can help to organize your basement. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Sharon D. of Chicago)

Many homeowners who plan to clean a cluttered basement come spring never get around to it. These five steps can help you to organize your basement this winter.

Faulty Foundation? Repairs Not Always an Option

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FEMA is stepping in to provide financial relief after several homes were left uninhabitable due to a recent landslide. (Photo by Jason Hargraves)
FEMA is stepping in to provide financial relief after several homes were left uninhabitable due to a recent landslide. (Photo by Jason Hargraves)

Finding problems with your foundation early may save thousands of dollars and your house itself. Mudjacking is one option for homes resting on concrete slabs.

Sealed Basement Means a Warmer Winter Home

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This replacement basement door was sealed to keep out the cold and water. That’s just one way to make a basement more energy efficient and your home warmer during winter. (Photo courtesy of Angie’s List member Michael R. of Pennington, N.J.)

Want to cut your energy bill and increase your home’s comfort? With a little work, you can create a tightly sealed basement that will make winter more pleasant.

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Home Health Hazards

Lead Paint Law Puts Maryland Landlords on Notice

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A new law in 2015 means new regulations for apartments regarding lead paint. (Photo by Brandon Smith)
A new law in 2015 means new regulations for apartments regarding lead paint. (Photo by Brandon Smith)

New regulations for Maryland rental property owners aim to curb lead paint in apartments and homes. It's estimated that more than 300,000 units will now be affected.

9 California Companies Agree to Lead-Safety Settlement with EPA

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Dr. Nicholas Newman of Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center says the miniscule amount of lead dust in this vial is enough to raise blood lead levels if inhaled or eaten. (Photo courtesy of Newman)
Dr. Nicholas Newman of Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center says the miniscule amount of lead dust in this vial is enough to raise blood lead levels if inhaled or eaten. (Photo courtesy of Newman)

Nine companies in California pay civil penalties for violating EPA's RRP rule governing lead safety. The EPA says it's cracking down on lead-safety violators.

4 Signs That You Need Mold Remediation

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Most molds, when allowed to grow in abundance, are visibly seen in certain colors, says Cascone. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Teresa K. of Beachwood, Ohio)
Most molds, when allowed to grow in abundance, are visibly seen in certain colors, says Cascone. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Teresa K. of Beachwood, Ohio)

Mold may be present in your home and affecting your life even if no actual mold is visible. Here are four things that may indicate you need mold remediation.

4 Unusual Sources of Lead in Your Home

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When most people think about exposure to metallic lead, they typically focus on lead-based paint, but lead can be lurking in many other household items, says Dalsing. (Photo courtesy of Testudo LCC)
When most people think about exposure to metallic lead, they typically focus on lead-based paint, but lead can be lurking in many other household items, says Dalsing. (Photo courtesy of Testudo LCC)

If you are looking for lead in your home, you need to be suspicious of more than just that peeling paint. Here are four unexpected sources of lead.

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Roofing

Podcast: Home Exterior Repairs

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New siding not only adds an aesthetic appeal to your home's exterior, but it help add efficiency to your energy consumption. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Clinton R. of Portland, Oregon)
New siding not only adds an aesthetic appeal to your home's exterior, but it help add efficiency to your energy consumption. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Clinton R. of Portland, Oregon)

On this episode of Chat with the Experts, we talk with Judd Haag of Bone Dry Exteriors to get answers to common home exterior questions and DIY tips.

Podcast: Roof Replacement

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Ask to see completed work and customer feedback from as far back as five years from your roofing contractor. (Photo courtesy of Angie’s List member Stephen K. of Philadelphia)
Ask to see completed work and customer feedback from as far back as five years from your roofing contractor. (Photo courtesy of Angie’s List member Stephen K. of Philadelphia)

On this episode of Chat with the Experts, we talk with Tom Scribbins of Accent Roofing about how to hire a reputable roofing company to ensure a quality job.

The Angie's List Guide to Winter Maintenance

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Download the Angie's List Winter Maintenance Guide to learn more about protecting your most valuable assets from winter's damaging weather. (Photo courtesy of ©Thinkstock)

It's the time of year when the winter weather can take a toll. Follow this winter maintenance checklist to protect your home, your car and your health.

Polar Vortex Heading for Chicago, Use These Tips to Winterize Your Home

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Winter-like weather is heading for Chicago next week. Make sure your home is prepared. (Photo courtesy of  Adam Alexander Photography via the city of Chicago)
Winter-like weather is heading for Chicago next week. Make sure your home is prepared. (Photo courtesy of Adam Alexander Photography via the city of Chicago)

Below average temperatures are predicted for Chicago this week. Now is the time to complete these home-improvement projects to keep you cozy all winter.

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Chimneys & Fireplaces

Working Smoke Detector Key to Saving Lives

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The first step to home fire safety is to make sure your smoke detectors and fire alarms are in proper working order. (Photo by Jason Hargraves)
The first step to home fire safety is to make sure your smoke detectors and fire alarms are in proper working order. (Photo by Jason Hargraves)

A Maryland family is alive this holiday thanks to their home smoke detector. Local fire officials want to stress the importance of having a working detector.

Time Running Out for Good Wood to Burn

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Experts recommend stacking wood off the ground, preferably where it can get some sunshine. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Robert F.)
Experts recommend stacking wood off the ground, preferably where it can get some sunshine. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Robert F.)

The best firewood may be gone, says one Charlotte provider, but you can still get wood that will burn. Here's how to stack it so you can stay warm this winter.

The Angie's List Guide to Winter Maintenance

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Download the Angie's List Winter Maintenance Guide to learn more about protecting your most valuable assets from winter's damaging weather. (Photo courtesy of ©Thinkstock)

It's the time of year when the winter weather can take a toll. Follow this winter maintenance checklist to protect your home, your car and your health.

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.

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Home Interiors

DIY Drywall Repair Tips from an Expert

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Medium-sized holes can be patched in much the same way as smaller holes, but will require a patching kit to ensure a smooth finish. (Photo by Eldon Lindsay)
Medium-sized holes can be patched in much the same way as smaller holes, but will require a patching kit to ensure a smooth finish. (Photo by Eldon Lindsay)

You may prefer the lived-in look, but a hole in the wall makes your home look a little too lived in. A pro tells how to repair a hole yourself and save money.

Lead Paint Law Puts Maryland Landlords on Notice

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A new law in 2015 means new regulations for apartments regarding lead paint. (Photo by Brandon Smith)
A new law in 2015 means new regulations for apartments regarding lead paint. (Photo by Brandon Smith)

New regulations for Maryland rental property owners aim to curb lead paint in apartments and homes. It's estimated that more than 300,000 units will now be affected.

How Much Does it Cost to Hang Wallpaper?

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Angie's List member Erin D. of Ashville, N.C., hired a wallpaper professional to hang this accent wall in her child's nursery.

Wallpaper is back in style. Looking to wallpaper a room or hang a wallpaper accent wall? Find out how much it costs to buy wallpaper or hire a wallpaper pro.

How to Choose the Right Interior Shutters

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Interior shutters boost privacy and allow you to control how much light comes in. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Melissa B. of Chandler, Ariz.)

Interior shutters attach to your windows and let you control how much light comes in or out. Learn about shutter styles, materials and installation costs.

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Windows & Doors

Podcast: Home Exterior Repairs

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New siding not only adds an aesthetic appeal to your home's exterior, but it help add efficiency to your energy consumption. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Clinton R. of Portland, Oregon)
New siding not only adds an aesthetic appeal to your home's exterior, but it help add efficiency to your energy consumption. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Clinton R. of Portland, Oregon)

On this episode of Chat with the Experts, we talk with Judd Haag of Bone Dry Exteriors to get answers to common home exterior questions and DIY tips.

Replacing Your Interior Doors? 4 Questions to Ask

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When you’re planning to remodel, it’s important to include interior doors in the budget. (Photo by Interior Door & Closet Co.)
When you’re planning to remodel, it’s important to include interior doors in the budget. (Photo by Interior Door & Closet Co.)

Like the perky ribbon on the package, quality interior doors can add the finishing touch to your home. Check out answers to four replacement door questions.

New Law: Illinois Home Sellers Must Disclose Window, Door Issues

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If you're selling your Illinois home in 2015, make sure to check the condition of your window and doors. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Grace M. of Chicago)
If you're selling your Illinois home in 2015, make sure to check the condition of your window and doors. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Grace M. of Chicago)

Illinois' Residential Real Property Disclosure Act now will require sellers to list whether their home has material defects in the window and doors.

How Much Does It Cost to Install a New Front Door?

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A lot of glass surrounding an entry door will increase the cost of installation. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Gary A. of Cleveland)
A lot of glass surrounding an entry door will increase the cost of installation. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Gary A. of Cleveland)

An entry door can change the way a house looks and lower energy use. Learn about the most popular types of doors and how much it costs to install a front door.

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Cleaning

How to Develop Positive House Cleaning Habits

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Getting the whole family involved in house cleaning duties can help make the process quicker and more fun, says Boardman. (Photo by Elizabeth McQuern)
Getting the whole family involved in house cleaning duties can help make the process quicker and more fun, says Boardman. (Photo by Elizabeth McQuern)

On this episode of the Chat with the Experts podcast, we talk with Mandy Boardman about how to get your home clean after the holidays and keep it that way.

7 Steps for Cleaning Your Home to Sell

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Make sure all surfaces are cleaned and wiped when preparing to show your home. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Tyson R. of Washington)
Make sure all surfaces are cleaned and wiped when preparing to show your home. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Tyson R. of Washington)

One of the most important parts of "staging" your home to sell is getting it squeaky clean. Follow these 7 professional cleaning tips to get your house noticed.

How to Clean Vertical Blinds

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Scrub vertical blinds with a sponge and warm, soapy water for the initial cleaning. Then maintain with a gentle vacuum or dusting every week. (Photo by Eldon Lindsay)
Scrub vertical blinds with a sponge and warm, soapy water for the initial cleaning. Then maintain with a gentle vacuum or dusting every week. (Photo by Eldon Lindsay)

Oh, the curse of cleaning window treatments! It’s a dirty job that must be done to eliminate dust and allergens in the home. Here’s how to clean vertical blinds

How to Clean a Shower Head

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Remove the shower head every few months and soak it overnight in a bowl of vinegar to dissolve any sediment buildup. (Photo by Summer Galyan)
Remove the shower head every few months and soak it overnight in a bowl of vinegar to dissolve any sediment buildup. (Photo by Summer Galyan)

Who doesn’t like a hot steamy shower? Make sure the water is coming at you full force by cleaning the shower head every so often. Here’s how.

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Home Security

Do I Really Need a Home Security System?

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Look for a home security company that makes your family's safety a top priority, says Perez. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Gregory P. of New York)
Look for a home security company that makes your family's safety a top priority, says Perez. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Gregory P. of New York)

On this episode of Chat with the Experts, Armando Perez of Hoosier Security explains the importance of home security systems and what options are available.

How Much Does it Cost to Install a Home Security System?

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More advanced security systems are also able to control the lights and temperature in your home. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member John O. of Orlando, Fla.)

Securing your home is important, but how much does it cost install a security system? Learn what it costs, how they're monitored and what's new in alarms.

Working Smoke Detector Key to Saving Lives

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The first step to home fire safety is to make sure your smoke detectors and fire alarms are in proper working order. (Photo by Jason Hargraves)
The first step to home fire safety is to make sure your smoke detectors and fire alarms are in proper working order. (Photo by Jason Hargraves)

A Maryland family is alive this holiday thanks to their home smoke detector. Local fire officials want to stress the importance of having a working detector.

5 Tips for Dealing with a Home Repair Emergency

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Before, during and after your project, don't hesitate to ask your contractor questions, says DeLancy. (Photo by Jennica Abrams)
Before, during and after your project, don't hesitate to ask your contractor questions, says DeLancy. (Photo by Jennica Abrams)

When water damage, wind or hail strikes, being prepared can save time and ensure quality home repairs. Follow 5 steps for dealing with damage in an emergency.

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Construction & Remodeling

Podcast: Festival of Service

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Service providers searched for their business names on an Angie's List Indy Car at the Angie's List Festival of Service. (Photo by Mike Fender)
Service providers searched for their business names on an Angie's List Indy Car at the Angie's List Festival of Service. (Photo by Mike Fender)

On this episode of Chat with the Experts, we talk with Kevin O'Connor and Tom Silva of This Old House about the importance of quality service.

How to Navigate the Home Building Process

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Before hiring a contractor to build your home, ask to see completed models of their work. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Elias S. of Chicago)
Before hiring a contractor to build your home, ask to see completed models of their work. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Elias S. of Chicago)

On this episode of Chat with the Experts, we talk with Andy Lindus of Lindus Construction about how to navigate the home building process and what to expect.

The Soaking Tub Makes a Comeback

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How could you do anything but relax in this soaking tub? (Photo courtesy of Angie’s List member Kristin F. of San Diego)

There's a growing demand for the soaking tub. Here's why it’s become more popular and the benefits of incorporating one into a small master bathroom space.

Condensation in Your Home? Don’t Blame Windows

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Windows do not cause condensation; they just happen to be the place where moisture is most visible. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Loretta D. of Riverbank, California)
Windows do not cause condensation; they just happen to be the place where moisture is most visible. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Loretta D. of Riverbank, California)

When you see condensation on the glass, it’s natural to blame the windows in your home. But it's not that simple. A pro explains how to discover the real cause.

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Household Lighting

Chicago's Brightest Holiday Light Displays Twinkle with LEDs

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Lincoln Park's Zoo Lights is lit with mover 250,000 LED holiday lights. (Photo courtesy of Lincoln Park Zoo)
Lincoln Park's Zoo Lights is lit with mover 250,000 LED holiday lights. (Photo courtesy of Lincoln Park Zoo)

Organizers of Lincoln Park Zoo Lights, Brookfield Zoo's Holiday Magic and Wonderland Express understand the value of LED lighting in holiday displays.

LED Lights Keep D.C. Zoo Burning Bright This Holiday Season

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Evenings at the zoo are colorfully lit during the month of December. (Photo courtesy of Smithsonian's National Zoo)
Evenings at the zoo are colorfully lit during the month of December. (Photo courtesy of Smithsonian's National Zoo)

LED lights are popular for holiday decorating because of their low electricity use and heat output. Find out if it's a smart year-round choice for your home.

The Angie's List Guide to Winter Maintenance

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Download the Angie's List Winter Maintenance Guide to learn more about protecting your most valuable assets from winter's damaging weather. (Photo courtesy of ©Thinkstock)

It's the time of year when the winter weather can take a toll. Follow this winter maintenance checklist to protect your home, your car and your health.

Charlotte-area town keeps travelers’ homes safe. Some tips for the rest of us

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A variety of security systems are available to help protect your home. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Angela A.)
A variety of security systems are available to help protect your home. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Angela A.)

Town of Davidson offers security checks for residents who will be traveling over the holidays. For others, tips can help keep trouble away.

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Contractor

Is Cracked Brick Always a Foundation Issue?

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 If your home has clay brick, this cracking could simply be caused by moisture in the environment, says Pruett. (Photo courtesy of Brick Doctor Corp)
If your home has clay brick, this cracking could simply be caused by moisture in the environment, says Pruett. (Photo courtesy of Brick Doctor Corp)

Are the bricks on your house cracking and you fear there is a problem with your foundation? That may not be the case. Learn why your bricks may be cracking.

Home health dangers you can avoid right now

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An indication of serious moisture being trapped behind masonry is efflorescence, which appears as a white powder or stain, says Rantanen. (Photo Courtesy of Jamison Home Services, LLC)
An indication of serious moisture being trapped behind masonry is efflorescence, which appears as a white powder or stain, says Rantanen. (Photo Courtesy of Jamison Home Services, LLC)

Even if your home looks safe from the outside, there are invisible hazards like moisture, radon and carbon monoxide you need to be on the lookout for.

Are shoddy gutters putting your masonry exterior at risk?

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Water spilling down the side of a building causes premature masonry failure by repeatedly soaking the wall, allowing freeze thaw cycling, says Bard. (Photo courtesy of Integrated Home Improvement)
Water spilling down the side of a building causes premature masonry failure by repeatedly soaking the wall, allowing freeze thaw cycling, says Bard. (Photo courtesy of Integrated Home Improvement)

Are bad gutters and downspouts putting your masonry exterior at risk? One highly rated provider explains why this happens and how to stop it.

6 tips to update your home with brick staining

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Brick staining changed the look of this fireplace in less time and with less dust than resurfacing. (Photo courtesy of Harry Brax)

An alternative to resurfacing or painting brick, use brick staining to transform the exterior of a home or fireplace while keeping costs affordable.

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Heating And Cooling

Podcast: Summer HVAC Tips

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Regularly replacing your air filter ensures that pollen and dust particles from outside don't enter into your home. (Photo by Summer Galyan)
Regularly replacing your air filter ensures that pollen and dust particles from outside don't enter into your home. (Photo by Summer Galyan)

On this episode of Chat with the Experts, Chris Cunningham of Service Plus explains how to care for your air conditioner and ensure clean air in your home.

How to Properly Maintain Your Home Heating System

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An annual inspection from an HVAC service tech could help identify potential problems with your heating system. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Rex G. of Pittsburgh)
An annual inspection from an HVAC service tech could help identify potential problems with your heating system. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Rex G. of Pittsburgh)

On this episode of Chat with the Experts, we talk with Chris Cunningham of Service Plus about how to properly maintain and care for your home heating system.

Replace Heat, AC at the Same Time to Save Cash

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A complete installation of residential furnace and air conditioning systems, like this one, can maximize efficiency and save you money over time. (Photo by Central Heating and Air Conditioning )
A complete installation of residential furnace and air conditioning systems, like this one, can maximize efficiency and save you money over time. (Photo by Central Heating and Air Conditioning )

So your home's air conditioning has quit, but the heater is still working. Learn why replacing both at the same time can save you cash and maximize efficiency.

Some Carbon Monoxide Hazards are Unique to Winter

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When your furnace’s sidewall vents are blocked with snow or ice, they can push poisonous carbon monoxide into your house. (Photo courtesy of Angie’s List member Robert K. of Fairfax, Virginia)

Homeowners must be vigilant about carbon monoxide hazards throughout the year. But winter brings a unique safety concern tied to high-efficiency furnaces.

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Electrical

Solar Energy Powers D.C. Suburb's Co-op

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Maryland residents seek a solar cooperative to bargain for discounts on solar panels. (Photo by Angie's List member Clint T.)
Maryland residents seek a solar cooperative to bargain for discounts on solar panels. (Photo by Angie's List member Clint T.)

Residents of one Maryland city have formed a solar cooperative aimed at using its collective buying power to get discounted prices for solar panels and systems.

Energetic Service for Electrical Wiring Job

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Amped Electrical wired this storage building with outlets, switches and lights. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member William R.)

Amped Electrical employees completed wiring in customer's storage building, not knowing they were working for an electrical engineer. Would sparks fly over service?

Chicago's Brightest Holiday Light Displays Twinkle with LEDs

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Lincoln Park's Zoo Lights is lit with mover 250,000 LED holiday lights. (Photo courtesy of Lincoln Park Zoo)
Lincoln Park's Zoo Lights is lit with mover 250,000 LED holiday lights. (Photo courtesy of Lincoln Park Zoo)

Organizers of Lincoln Park Zoo Lights, Brookfield Zoo's Holiday Magic and Wonderland Express understand the value of LED lighting in holiday displays.

LED Lights Keep D.C. Zoo Burning Bright This Holiday Season

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Evenings at the zoo are colorfully lit during the month of December. (Photo courtesy of Smithsonian's National Zoo)
Evenings at the zoo are colorfully lit during the month of December. (Photo courtesy of Smithsonian's National Zoo)

LED lights are popular for holiday decorating because of their low electricity use and heat output. Find out if it's a smart year-round choice for your home.

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Flooring

Podcast: Home Flooring Options

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Hardwood flooring can add beauty to your home and catch the eye of potential buyers when it's time to sell. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Braedan R. of Baltimore)
Hardwood flooring can add beauty to your home and catch the eye of potential buyers when it's time to sell. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Braedan R. of Baltimore)

On this episode of Chat with the Experts, Harry Tishler of Tish Flooring shares his insight on flooring materials and explains how to get the right floor for your home.

How to Choose a Finish for Your Hardwood Floors

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The finish you choose can provide the protection your floor needs, but it also should add something special to the appearance. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Ken M. of Albany, New York)
The finish you choose can provide the protection your floor needs, but it also should add something special to the appearance. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Ken M. of Albany, New York)

Deciding to finish your hardwood floors is only the beginning. Learn how to select the finish that has the durability, tint and resistance to moisture you need.

Take Steps To Ensure Best Carpet Installation

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Do some research before choosing a carpet installer so you avoid surprises and hidden fees. (Photo by Katelin Kinney)

There's more to picking carpet than choosing style, color and manufacturer. Here's what to know to be sure the installation goes well and you avoid hidden fees.

Some Ideas for Your Home Gym Flooring

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Laminate flooring in your home gym can be an affordable option that will give you a lot of durability. (Photo courtesy of Angie’s List members Mike and Mary L. of Long Beach, California)

If you're planning a home gym, have you thought about the flooring? A safe workout surface can protect your joints. Learn how to choose your best option.

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Landscaping

Podcast: Tree Service Secrets

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Talk with a tree service professional about how to choose the right tree for your yard and where to place it. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Mary S. of Phoenix)
Talk with a tree service professional about how to choose the right tree for your yard and where to place it. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Mary S. of Phoenix)

On this episode of Chat with the Experts, Patrick George of Heartwood Tree Service shares tips to help the trees in your yard flourish for decades to come.

Podcast: Spring Lawn Care Tips

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Having lush, green grass all summer long begins with proactive lawn care in the spring. (Photo courtesy of Rachel F. of Memphis, Tennessee)
Having lush, green grass all summer long begins with proactive lawn care in the spring. (Photo courtesy of Rachel F. of Memphis, Tennessee)

On this episode of Chat with the Experts, we talk with Dave Fuss of Sunblest Lawn Care Basics about how to prepare your yard for the spring and summer months.

Build Backyard Bliss with Pavers

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Pavers can be used to create beautiful outdoor living areas that serve multiple functions. (Photo by Go Pavers)
Pavers can be used to create beautiful outdoor living areas that serve multiple functions. (Photo by Go Pavers)

On this episode of Chat with the Experts, we talk with Cindy Lopez of Go Pavers about how to incorporate paving stones into your home's landscape.

Things to Do in Indy - March 2015

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Indianapolis has hosted the Indiana Flower & Patio Show since 1958. (Photo courtesy of BPS Marketing)

Angie's List compiled activities in Indianapolis for March, including the Indiana Flower & Patio Show, Film to Fork and St. Patrick's Day events.

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Furnishings

Things to Do in Indy - February 2015

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Angie's List compiled activities in Indianapolis for February, including the Boat Sport & Travel Show, Art & Soul and the Indiana Home & Garden Show.

How to Clean a Mattress

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A light vacuuming of your mattress every month will help minimize dust mites and dander. (Photo by David Massey)
A light vacuuming of your mattress every month will help minimize dust mites and dander. (Photo by David Massey)

A good night’s sleep is so important, why would you want to sleep on a dirty mattress? Here’s how to keep dust mites and allergens at a minimum.

Indianapolis Ice Tree Creates Winter Wonderland

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The Veal's have been building the Ice Tree since 1961. (Photo by Steve C. Mitchell)
The Veal's have been building the Ice Tree since 1961. (Photo by Steve C. Mitchell)

Indianapolis residents brave the cold each winter to visit the Veal Family Ice Tree, which is a colorful ice structure the family constructs on their property.

How to Design a New Floor Plan to Refresh Your Room

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Room to move around and furniture that's proportional create an open, welcoming room. (Photo courtesy of member Ali P. of Dayton, Ohio)

Your room needs an overhaul, but not sure where to begin? Start with a measuring tape and paper. Follow this guide to create a functional floor plan and cohesive design.

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