Home Appliances

5 ways to kill your oven

Oven ranges are durable, but there are a few things highly rated appliance technicians say you should look out for if you want to avoid a costly stove repair.

Are extended appliance warranties worth it?

Extended appliance warranties keep your appliances covered after the original manufacturer warranty expires. Here are the pros and cons of buying one.

4 ways to kill your refrigerator

Highly rated Appliance Technicians say Refrigerators are one of the most reliable large Appliances. But there are a few tips to keep them from breaking down.

5 tips for repairing high-tech appliances

The switch from mechanical parts to a computerized control board means modern large appliances do more than their dinosaur counterparts, but repairs cost more.

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Plumbing

After fire, Beloved Frager's Hardware rises from ashes with 3 D.C. pop-up stores

Capitol Hill's favorite hometown hardware store, Frager's, has three new "pop-up" locations a year after a fire destroyed the original building, which was founded in 1920.

Is my drinking water safe? The importance of testing the quality of your well water

Your private well water is your responsibility. Insure quality drinking water and keep your family safe by knowing the risks and regularly testing your water.

Save money by adopting these sustainable water waste solutions

Reducing water waste has a huge impact on the environment and your wallet. Learn these simple solutions to decrease your water waste and save money!

Indianapolis water: Is your source safe?

Indianapolis water is safe to drink, but that doesn't mean it tastes good or is free of chemicals. Learn how human impact and treatment affect water quality.

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Home Exteriors

How to clean your home's exterior

Give your home exterior, driveway and garage floor a well-deserved cleaning. While you may be tempted to use a power washer, consider going for the old-fashioned brush-and-bucket approach.

4 steps to properly prepare for an exterior paint job

Before you start painting the exterior of your home, make sure you're properly prepared. One highly rated provider shares four steps to prepare for the job.

Is it time to replace the siding on my home?

On the latest episode of Chat with the Experts, we chat with Andy Lindus about choosing the correct siding material and hiring the right person to install it.

Scottsdale company paints home to meet neighborhood standards

This recently purchased home needed a coat of paint, according to the home owner's association. This homeowner did exterior and interior painting to comply.

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Real Estate

Is your energy efficient, green house harming your health?

Experts say a push for energy efficiency carries a cost to human health, in some cases, like when sealed houses exacerbate asthma. How to go green and be well.

Learn how to spot bank-owned property schemes

Bank-owned properties often cover-up serious structural problems with quick and cheap cosmetic fixes. Avoid the problem by knowing these simple inspection tips.

Specialized moving and organization services help seniors relocate

Some professional organizers, move managers and moving companies make relocating easier for seniors and the elderly by offering specialized moving services.

Real estate agents

Real estate agents offer home sellers and buyers their expertise and knowledge of the local market and completing a successful transaction that helps both buyers and sellers reach their personal goals.

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Home Health Hazards

Do I need a mold inspection?

Find out how to prevent mold in your bathrooms, basement and kitchen and when to call an inspector or mold remediation company for a professional opinion.

What options do I have to remove lead paint?

Millions of homes built before 1978 still have existing lead paint. Angie Hicks explains some of the available options to safely remove lead paint.

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.

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Roofing

After storms, 3 areas to check for water damage around your home

Torrential rains may leave water in near crawl spaces or drop debris on roofs that will need repairs, says Charlotte contractor

Is that moss growing on my roof?

Moss, lichen, and algae that grow on roofs lowers curb appeal. Find out how to identify and remediate the substance growing on your roof.

Who should I hire to install solar panels on my roof?

On this episode of Chat with the Experts, we talk with Trevor Leeds of Chandler's Roofing about proper methods for installing solar panels on your roof.

4 reasons to clean your roof instead of replacing it

Even if your roof is looking unsightly, it might not be time to replace it. A thorough roof cleaning can give your roof a fresh look and add years to it’s life.

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Home Interiors

Scottsdale company paints home to meet neighborhood standards

This recently purchased home needed a coat of paint, according to the home owner's association. This homeowner did exterior and interior painting to comply.

Homeowner says Fortville painter left bad tones and broke a window

Penalty Box, Resolved or Stalemate? Find out what happened in this Angie's List complaint resolution case against Mark Custer, a painter in Fortville, Indiana.

What will it take to install a ceiling fan over my light?

You know that you can install a ceiling fan over that old light fixture, but is it a DIY job? Check out what electricians and a designer have to say.

Got gaps? Check out these caulking tips

Caulk seals gaps between joints, keeps water out and stops drafts. Learn about the different types of caulk and get tips on removing caulk.

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Windows & Doors

Window replacement a real 'pane' for unsuspecting Washington condo owners

It pays to read those bulky condo documents before choosing to upgrade or replace exterior features of your home, especially when windows are involved.

You might be surprised by what you’re responsible to pay for, or whose permission you need for the project.

Ask Angie: What home projects make financial sense?

Thinking of remodeling? Wondering which projects make the most financial sense? Here are questions to ask yourself and facts about return on investment that will help guide you.

What factors will affect the price of my replacement windows?

Replacing your windows is an investment in both time and money. One highly rated provider breaks down several factors that can affect the cost of your windows.

Which is better: gliding or French patio doors?

The two most common styles of patio doors are gliding (or sliding) and French. Many homeowners want to replace their patio doors, but are unsure if they want to stick with the same style or change to a different one. Which style is better? It depends on the situation. If you’re trying to choose which style you prefer, here are some tips to help you decide.

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Basements & Foundations

Control basement flooding with the right backup sump pump

Basement flooding can hit at any moment. When Mother Nature causes a stir, be ready with a backup sump pump and prepare for the storm without wasting money.

After storms, 3 areas to check for water damage around your home

Torrential rains may leave water in near crawl spaces or drop debris on roofs that will need repairs, says Charlotte contractor

Home health dangers you can avoid right now

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.

3 easy steps to remodel your basement

Don't let your basement be that creepy, leaky, dark area of your home. One highly rated provider shares three easy steps to give your basement a makeover.

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Home Security

Control basement flooding with the right backup sump pump

Basement flooding can hit at any moment. When Mother Nature causes a stir, be ready with a backup sump pump and prepare for the storm without wasting money.

How to minimize water damage in your home

If your house has an unexpected flood, leak or overflow of water, the damage can be extensive and expensive. Here’s what you can do to help fix the problem.

Family’s homicide drives Indianapolis man to open alarm company

Indianapolis resident Armando Perez opened Hoosier Security in the aftermath of his aunt and uncle's double homicide to help prevent future tragedies.

Stop paying fines for false alarms

Think an occasional false alarm is no big deal? Think again. False alarms, often triggered by user error, can cost you and your community.

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Chimneys & Fireplaces

Is it legal to burn leaves in Indianapolis?

Wondering whether you can burn leaves or sticks in your backyard? Firefighters from Indianapolis, Fishers, Brownsburg and Noblesville explain local regulations.

How to maximize the life of your chimney and minimize repair costs

By paying yearly attention to your chimney crown to catch issues early, you can save yourself costly chimney repairs and extend the life of your chimney.

How to build a fire pit in your own backyard

It doesn't get much better than enjoying a night by the fire with family and friends. Learn the steps you'll need to take to build your own backyard fire pit.

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.

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Household Lighting

How to purchase and install motion lights

Motion lights can provide better visibility, safety and protection from burglars. Learn how to purchase and install sensor lights for your home.

Outdoor lighting trends improve security, boost curb appeal

Looking to light up your home exterior? Angie Hicks reports the latest outdoor lighting trends, such as installing LEDS, and using lights to boost curb appeal.

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.

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Construction & Remodeling

3 ways to save money and create an energy efficient home

Tired of wasting money on your energy bill? Follow these simple tips to reduce energy waste, keep your heat in your house, and your money in your pocket.

3 common mistakes to avoid when hiring a contractor

Remodeling your home can be a long and detailed process. Make sure you get the right contractor for the job by avoiding these easy-to-make hiring mistakes.

What types of jobs can a handyman perform?

On this episode of Chat with the Experts, we talk with Tom Molidor about how to find an experienced and qualified handyman and what services they can offer.

After fire, Beloved Frager's Hardware rises from ashes with 3 D.C. pop-up stores

Capitol Hill's favorite hometown hardware store, Frager's, has three new "pop-up" locations a year after a fire destroyed the original building, which was founded in 1920.

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Heating And Cooling

Converted Chicago condos create challenge for HVAC replacement

A condo-owner asks how to determine whether the Chicago HVAC contractor's quote is for a properly sized furnace and air conditioner. To do: Ask for a load calculation.

3 ways to save money and create an energy efficient home

Tired of wasting money on your energy bill? Follow these simple tips to reduce energy waste, keep your heat in your house, and your money in your pocket.

Is your energy efficient, green house harming your health?

Experts say a push for energy efficiency carries a cost to human health, in some cases, like when sealed houses exacerbate asthma. How to go green and be well.

Insider’s price guide to a new heating and cooling system

All you need to know about a good price for a new heating and cooling system in one convenient place. Learn your options to best meet your comfort system needs!

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Contractor

Home health dangers you can avoid right now

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?

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

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.

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Insulation And Winterizing

Is poor attic ventilation damaging your roof?

What you don’t know about attic ventilation may cost you in possible roof damage. Roofing pros say many attics are insufficiently insulated.

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.

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Electrical

After fire, Beloved Frager's Hardware rises from ashes with 3 D.C. pop-up stores

Capitol Hill's favorite hometown hardware store, Frager's, has three new "pop-up" locations a year after a fire destroyed the original building, which was founded in 1920.

Ask Angie: How much does it cost to rewire a house?

The price of rewiring a home will depend on the size and age of the house, the ease with which an electrician can access the old wiring and other factors.

Chicago: Don't dive into an above-ground pool installation before you do this

Did you know that many cities, including Chicago suburbs, require a permit to put up any swimming pool? Fencing, electrical rules affect temporary pools too.

Who should I hire to install solar panels on my roof?

On this episode of Chat with the Experts, we talk with Trevor Leeds of Chandler's Roofing about proper methods for installing solar panels on your roof.

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Landscaping

Flower power: Learn how camellias can spruce up your garden

Spruce up your southern garden with Camellias, a beautiful plant often used for making teas. Learn about the best varieties for your yard and gardening needs!

Lush lawn in the city? Real fun with fake grass on Chicago roof deck

When one Old Town member wanted a lawn without moving to the suburbs, she looked up. Her roof deck's artificial turf creates a lush space for the whole family.

How to check your trees for storm damage

Did a storm damage trees on your property? Learn how to check your trees for storm damage, and how to tell whether you can save the tree or need to remove it.

3 ways landscaping can do more than boost curb appeal

Let landscaping help you repel intruders. Learn what plants can help deter burglars and bugs. Find out if your lawn's slope, or grade, could cause water damage.

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Flooring

How to choose the best flooring for your kitchen or bathroom

Not all flooring is made the same. Don’t make a decision you regret by reading these quick insights to the best types of flooring for your kitchen or bath.

Refinish or replace? One Capitol Hill couple's tough hardwood floor decision

Can 100-year-old hardwood flooring be salvaged? One hardwood installer says it's a common question during D.C. row house renovations. See what $15,000 gets you.

6 options to replace boring flooring

Instead of going the conventional route with flooring, think outside the box and try a different flooring material, such as bamboo, cork, glass or stone.

4 types of flooring perfect for basements and bathrooms

Consider these water-resistant flooring options, such as vinyl, concrete and tile, when remodeling rooms where water and moisture are present.

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Outdoor Living

Phoenix homeowner beats the summer heat with misting system

Sometimes an outdoor patio cover, dip in a swimming pool, large umbrella or screen enclosure isn't enough to stay cool outdoors in the summer.

Chicago: Don't dive into an above-ground pool installation before you do this

Did you know that many cities, including Chicago suburbs, require a permit to put up any swimming pool? Fencing, electrical rules affect temporary pools too.

5 tips for winterizing your Indianapolis pool

Get your pool ready for the chilly months and protect your investment by following these winterizing tips from Indianapolis-area pool service experts

Trinity pool designer gives homeowner an outdoor retreat

This custom designed enclosed pool, with spa-like amenities give a Tampa-area homeowner the room to work out and space to relax after a few laps.

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Garages & Driveways

8 common home organization mistakes to avoid

Before you make that to-do list to get your home organized, take a look at these eight common home organization mistakes that nearly every homeowner makes.

Garage door opener innovations that can save you money

Learn about the most reliable garage door innovations on the market and integrate your door with smartphone apps to easily keep track of your home’s safety.

4 tips to organize your space and keep it that way

Even if you don’t think of yourself as an organized person, you can still have a clean and organized space using these four simple tips to clear clutter.

How to organize a home command center before school starts

The start of school is an organizing nightmare. Overcome the mess of paperwork and busy schedules by making your own home command center in a few easy steps.

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Pests

Proactive tips to avoid termite damage in your home

Termite damage can be devastating. Know when termite attacks are most likely, how to spot varying termite damage, and how to treat them before it’s too late.

5 pests most likely to invade your home, and how to get rid of them

Summer is the season of pest infestations. Five exterminators share the most common pest control calls they're receiving and how to treat the bugs.

Worst pest infestations: 5 exterminators tell tales

Four out of five exterminators agree: The worst infestation they've ever seen as pest control experts involved the rapidly reproducing German cockroach.

5 ways to eliminate bug bites

Here are some simple steps every homeowner can take to cut down on the number of bugs invading their space. No harsh chemical pesticides required.

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