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Garages & Driveways

How to tackle spring cleaning tasks in 3 simple steps

While a marathon weekend spring cleaning session can be satisfying, it's not always feasible. One highly rated provider explains how to break down the tasks.

Post-winter woes: Should I repair or replace my crumbled and cracked driveway?

Experts say the freeze-thaw cycles, precipitation and snow melt products used in winter harm asphalt and concrete driveways.

Replace garage door to raise your home’s curb appeal

If you’re looking for a way to save energy and keep your family safe while also adding value to your home, check out what a garage door can do for you.

4 tips for buying a garage door

Find out what questions to ask and mistakes to avoid if you’re in the market for a new garage door. And make sure your door has as much style as you do!

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Pests

4 tips to keep carpenter ants out of your home

Carpenter ants can be a homeowner’s worst nightmare, but the problem is preventable. One highly rated provider shares four tips to keep these pesky ants away.

How to eliminate ants from the home

Do-it-yourself efforts will help curb an ant infestation, but many times a highly rated exterminator is needed to fully eradicate the problem.

Tips for combatting a swarm of pesky fruit flies

With the harvest of fruits and vegetables in my mom's garden came a swarm of fruit flies. Here's how to eliminate the pesky swarm from your home.

A hamster, a bathtub and a plumber: One rodent's epic tale of survival

Highly rated plumber Kelly Kropin sprung into action early in the morning to rescue Pumpkin, a beloved pet hamster who found himself stuck in a drain pipe.

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Home Appliances

Do you really need to rinse dishes before putting them in the dishwasher?

To rinse or not to rinse. Appliance repair pros weigh in on whether rinsing dishes first helps get them cleaner, or whether it's just a waste of time and water.

Looking for alternatives to green appliances in Indy? Consider used or refurbished

Appliance experts in the Indianapolis area say used or refurbished appliances may provide an eco-friendly alternative to buying new.

Should I replace or repair my broken appliance?

Homeowners face a difficult decision when they call for service on a broken appliance. Learn how to know whether you should repair or replace your appliance.

8 ways to make your refrigerator more energy-efficient

When it comes to household appliances and energy usage, the refrigerator is a guzzler. Here's how to ensure your fridge is more energy-efficient.

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Plumbing

3 plumbing features you must check before buying a new home

Before you put big money down on the home of your dreams be sure to check these features to make sure you're not buying a plumbing nightmare.

5 ways to unclog sink and bathtub drains

It's frustrating when your water stops going down the drain like it used to. Whether it's hair or something more disgusting, learn how to unclog your drains.

Military families enlist the List when loved ones serve abroad

Hiring a reliable service provider can be a difficult matter when a loved one serves overseas, but Angie's List can help on the homefront.

4 ways to diagnose a problem with your water softener

Having problems with your water softener? One highly rated provider shares four possible diagnosis suggestions and how to find the solution to the problem.

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Home Exteriors

6 tips to update your home with brick staining

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

Modernize your masonry with brick staining

Highly rated masons who specialize in brick staining explain how it works for interior and exterior brick facades and provide pricing information.

5 things that can shorten the lifespan of your siding

Siding protects your home's interior, but a lack of attention to key elements can shorten its lifespan. One highly rated provider explains what to look out for.

How to clean a paint brush after using latex paint

The painting job is done, but how are you going to get all those paint-covered brushes clean? One highly rated provider explains how to remove the latex paint.

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Real Estate

Selling your home means selling a lifestyle

Selling a home and selling a lifestyle go hand in hand. One highly rated provider explains how to stage your outdoor space to be perfect for entertaining.

5 financial tips for buying your first house

Ready to ditch your apartment and buy a home? These tips will help prepare you financially for the move from an apartment to your first house.

New homeowner? Don’t overlook these hidden expenses

Tired of living in an apartment under the noisiest dogs in the complex? Make sure to consider these hidden expenses before buying your first home.

What is involved in a successful real estate negotiation?

Real estate transactions are more than a simple transfer of money and signing of documents. One highly rated provider breaks down a successful negotiation.

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Home Health Hazards

What should I do if I discover lead paint?

Disturbed lead paint is a dangerous health threat, especially to children and the elderly. Learn who to hire to remove lead paint from your home.

4 easy steps to prevent mold from invading your home

Long-term exposure to certain types of toxic molds can be catastrophic. One highly rated provider shares four easy tips to prevent mold from invading your home.

Is a mold problem in your home making you sick?

Mold contaminants in the air you breathe and on the surfaces you touch in your home can make you sick. One highly rated provider explains the common culprits.

How to dry your home after a flood

Knowing how to protect yourself and recover from flooding can keep a bad situation from getting worse. One highly rated provider shares his expertise.

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Roofing

4 ways you might accidentally void your roof warranty

You might accidentally void your roof warranty with additions such as satellite dishes, solar panels or skylights. Use these tips to keep your warranty intact.

Military families enlist the List when loved ones serve abroad

Hiring a reliable service provider can be a difficult matter when a loved one serves overseas, but Angie's List can help on the homefront.

How much should I pay for gutter shields?

Gutter guards provide an important protection against debris backing up your gutters. Our experts explain the options and how much they cost.

5 steps to prepare for a hurricane

When you hear a hurricane watch or hurricane warning in your area, take steps to keep your family and property safe. Read these tips for hurricane preparation.

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Home Interiors

What are the benefits of a granite countertop?

Deciding to upgrade your kitchen or bathroom countertops is both exciting and daunting. One highly rated provider explains why granite may be the best choice.

How to pick interior paint like a pro

Looking to refresh a room with some interior paint? Angie Hicks provides information on selecting an interior paint type, such as flat, eggshell and semi-gloss.

Blinded by Delight seizes victory in first Angie’s List Game of Names

A winner of the Angie's List Game of Names has been crowned. Learn how the top two vote receivers came up with their names and how it's helped business.

Should I paint the walls or finish the floor first?

When home remodeling, highly rated contractors are divided on whether you should paint or do the floors first. There are pros and cons to both.

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Windows & Doors

'Lady locksmith' holds keys to success, sobriety

Indianapolis locksmith Jan Cornett tackled obstacles early in her career before becoming a Super Service Award-winning contractor.

9 window safety tips to help reduce accidental falls

About 5,200 children in the U.S. - 14 children per day - are taken to hospitals each year for treatment for injuries sustained from falling out windows.

11 essential window and door features to check each year

Checking your windows and doors regularly for signs of wear, deterioration or damage can alert you to potential problems before they become expensive repairs.

What are the benefits of a deadbolt lock?

Looking to improve home security? Angie Hicks explains why deadbolts offer the best protection against burglars, and describes the different types of locks.

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Basements & Foundations

What is causing my basement to leak?

Is there water collecting in your basement? One highly rated provider shares the factors that may contribute to this condition and what can be done about it.

How does soil type affect your home’s foundation?

Is your soil made of rock, clay, sand or loam? Soil type can affect your home’s foundation and cause shifting, sticking doors and windows and cracks

6 symptoms of a faulty foundation

Cracked foundations can cause all sorts of the problems that you may not connect to your foundation. One highly rated provider shares six symptoms to look for.

Is your basement at risk of damage from groundwater?

Your basement and foundation are under immense pressure. One highly rated provider explains the dangers of groundwater and how basement waterproofing can help.

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Home Security

'Lady locksmith' holds keys to success, sobriety

Indianapolis locksmith Jan Cornett tackled obstacles early in her career before becoming a Super Service Award-winning contractor.

What are the benefits of a deadbolt lock?

Looking to improve home security? Angie Hicks explains why deadbolts offer the best protection against burglars, and describes the different types of locks.

Simple tips to fix squeaky doors and hinges

Do your doors squeak and squeal when you open and close them? One highly rated provider shares simple tips to resolve problems with doors, locks and hinges.

5 steps to prepare for a hurricane

When you hear a hurricane watch or hurricane warning in your area, take steps to keep your family and property safe. Read these tips for hurricane preparation.

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Chimneys & Fireplaces

Get a chimney inspection now so you don’t get burned later

Creosote buildup? Smoke entering your home? Highly rated experts recommend inspections to keep wood burning fireplaces in proper working order.

How a chimney sweep can help prevent a fire in your home

Chimneys, fireplaces, heating appliances and utility flues should be inspected annually by a qualified chimney sweep to assure the safety of your home.

4 tips to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning

Carbon monoxide poisoning could be leading to flu-like symptoms for you and your family. Learn how you can avoid this dangerous gas from invading your home.

Fireplace repair: Tips on installing hearth tile

Thinking about installing hearth tile for your fireplace? Consider these tips to decide if you should DIY the project or hire a professional.

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Household Lighting

Landscape lighting illuminates home features at night

Landscape lighting isn't just for home security. Check out the latest lighting trends, such as spotlighting home features and installing LEDs.

Lighting tips to set the mood for any space in your home

Lighting is often overlooked, but is one of the quick changes that can transform a room. One highly rated provider shares lighting tips to light up your room.

Are you a landscape lighting polluter?

Landscape lighting designers provide tips to avoid glare, nuisance lighting and light pollution that bothers neighbors and interferes with the night sky view.

Is it worth it to switch to LED lighting?

One highly rated provider explains the benefits of switching to LED lighting and how it can lower your monthly energy bill as well as protect the environment.

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Construction & Remodeling

What questions should I ask when interviewing contractor references?

You're supposed to interview contractor references before making a hiring decision. Angie Hicks explains what you need to ask.

4 tips for choosing the best kitchen cabinets

A major decision in your kitchen remodel is deciding on your cabinets. One highly rated provider shares four tips for choosing the best cabinets for your home.

10 common interior design mistakes and how to avoid them

There are common mistakes people make every day when it comes to decorating their home's interior. One highly rated provider explains how to avoid them.

Outdoor kitchen provides beach view in Tampa area

A Florida resident turned an open space outside his home into an outdoor kitchen and dining area. Read about the details of the transformative project.

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Heating And Cooling

4 questions about the R-22 refrigerant phase-out

R-22 is a refrigerant that has been used in air conditioners and heat pumps for years. Unfortunately, it contains chemical compounds that deplete the ozone layer and contribute to global warming. The EPA has deemed R-22 production must cease by the year 2020.

How do I know if my air ducts need to be cleaned?

Dear Angie: How do I know if my air ducts need to be cleaned?

6 HVAC tips to save money on your summer energy bill

One highly rated air conditioning provider shares a list of six key steps you can take to save money on your utility bill without sacrificing comfort.

Should I repair or replace my furnace?

Dear Angie: How do you know when it’s time to replace a furnace?

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Contractor

6 tips to update your home with brick staining

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

Modernize your masonry with brick staining

Highly rated masons who specialize in brick staining explain how it works for interior and exterior brick facades and provide pricing information.

Military families enlist the List when loved ones serve abroad

Hiring a reliable service provider can be a difficult matter when a loved one serves overseas, but Angie's List can help on the homefront.

5 steps to hire the best masonry contractor

Selecting the right masonry contractor should involve multiple bids and references from the contractors you interview. One provider shares five helpful steps.

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Insulation And Winterizing

3 ways to make your home more energy efficient

Your existing home can be made more comfortable in ways that don’t have to be costly. One highly rated provider shares 3 ways to make your home more efficient.

5 easy steps to winterize your home

Don't let Jack Frost bite at your home! How sealing windows, cleaning gutters and other small steps will keep you comfortable, save money on energy this winter.

Avoid these 4 common fiberglass insulation problems

The right home insulation keeps you warm and comfy, but insulation issues can cause everything from minor drafts to major moisture problems.

Winter weather safety tips for your family, pet and home

Plan ahead for winter weather! How to put together a plan to keep your home, car and pets protected from the elements—even when temperatures are extremely cold.

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Electrical

Landscape lighting illuminates home features at night

Landscape lighting isn't just for home security. Check out the latest lighting trends, such as spotlighting home features and installing LEDs.

Is an electrical threat hiding in your walls?

Do you really know if your electrical system? Angie Hicks provides DIY tips to assess your electrical system for problems that could potentially lead to a fire.

Get the facts about surge protection

Are you protected from power surges? It takes more than a power strip. One highly rated provider explains what it takes to protect your home from power surges.

Lighting tips to set the mood for any space in your home

Lighting is often overlooked, but is one of the quick changes that can transform a room. One highly rated provider shares lighting tips to light up your room.

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Landscaping

How to keep your dog from damaging your lawn

Does your lawn look shoddy due to the family dog using it as a toilet? Get tips to protect your grass from dog urine, and learn to train your dog.

Stop killing your grass! 5 tips your lawn wants you to follow

Have dandelions got the best of your lawn? Does it look more like a desert than a green oasis? Check out these tips to water, fertilize and maintain your grass.

Infographic: How to build a tranquility garden in your backyard

Looking to transform your boring backyard? Need a place to sit and relax? Get tips and pricing information for building a tranquility garden in your backyard.

Apple trees need care for bountiful fruit

Make sure the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. Arborists offer pruning and other tips to keep apple trees in tip-top shape to produce healthy fruit.

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Flooring

Should I paint the walls or finish the floor first?

When home remodeling, highly rated contractors are divided on whether you should paint or do the floors first. There are pros and cons to both.

Tips for picking the best carpet for your lifestyle

Our highly rated experts provide insight on finding carpet that best suits your life, whether you have kids, pets or are empty-nesters.

Clean or replace carpet? 5 things you need to consider

Is your carpet in bad shape? Are you unsure whether you should clean it or throw it out? Consider these 5 tips to asses your carpet and make the right decision.

Don’t get flustered by hardwood flooring fails

Looking to install hardwood flooring? Highly rated hardwood flooring pros say improper installation, humidity and selecting the wrong wood can lead to problems.

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Outdoor Living

Screened-in porches enhance outdoor living

Screened-in porches have become a focal point for many homes. Experts explain some of the latest trends in porches and how to get them ready for spring.

Outdoor kitchen provides beach view in Tampa area

A Florida resident turned an open space outside his home into an outdoor kitchen and dining area. Read about the details of the transformative project.

Outdoor living made easier for Dallas homeowner with new pavilion, kitchen

A Dallas resident turned an unused pool and shoddy deck into a living space complete with a pavilion and outdoor kitchen. Read about the details of the work.

How to choose the right pool-cleaning chemicals

Chlorine and salt systems rank as the most popular. Pool experts discuss what homeowners should consider when choosing pool maintenance options.

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