Home Stager

6 Tips for Making Your Rental Property Stand Out From the Pack

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Consider staging the rental space with items like plants and decor to give it a lightly "lived in" feel.  (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member, Traci M of Arlington, VT)
Consider staging the rental space with items like plants and decor to give it a lightly "lived in" feel. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member, Traci M of Arlington, VT)

If you're considering renting out a property or having trouble landing tenants, check out these six tips to help your property rise above the competition.

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

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

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

Stand out in a Competitive Charlotte Real Estate Market with Home Staging

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A master bathroom is a focal point for prospective buyers and is worth the investment to stage well, experts say. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Steve S.)

Charlotte-area designer tells which rooms are worth a staging investment to shape buyers' first impressions during slower home sales season

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Home Inspector

Charlotte Realtor Helps Gay and Lesbian Couples Navigate Home Buying Challenges

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Lodeestone Real Estate offers workshops aimed at helping gay and lesbian home buyers. (Photo by Courtney St. Onge)

Real estate agent offers advice to LGBT buyers facing complex legal issues because of state and federal marriage laws

5 Mistakes People Make with Their Home Inspector

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Make sure that your inspector can reach key areas such as the water heater, the electrical panel and the attic, says Sherwood. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member David U. of Boston)
Make sure that your inspector can reach key areas such as the water heater, the electrical panel and the attic, says Sherwood. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member David U. of Boston)

Without even knowing it, you may be making your home inspector’s job more difficult. Learn five common mistakes people make and how to avoid them.

What Does a Home Inspection Cost in Chicago?

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The cost for home inspection services in Chicago varies depending on the type and size of property being inspected. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Amy S. of Evanston, Illinois)
The cost for home inspection services in Chicago varies depending on the type and size of property being inspected. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Amy S. of Evanston, Illinois)

Prices vary from the suburbs to the city, but securing a home inspection before closing on a new home in Chicago is essential to protect against costly repairs.

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Property Management Company

Property management woes plague Indianapolis homeowners

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Experts recommend having a real estate lawyer review the contract before signing with a property management company. (Photo by Eldon Lindsay)
Experts recommend having a real estate lawyer review the contract before signing with a property management company. (Photo by Eldon Lindsay)

When it comes to property management, hiring the wrong company can cost you. Find out what to look for in a property manager and how to properly vet them.

Can the neighbor's cats ruin your property value?

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Lawsuit says 20 cats in Chicago condo make property impossible to sell (Photo by Steven Jack)
One Chicago couple is suing a neighbor for $100,000 after they say an estimated 20 cats in the home have ruined their property values. (Photo by Steven Jack)

One Chicago couple is suing their condo neighbor over excessive cat-pee odors and allergies caused by an estimated 20 cats living below their Lakeview condo. They say they can't sell the home because of the smells.

Heading for home: The Stadium Lofts change up Indy apartment living

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Bush Stadium Lofts (Photo by Brandon Smith)
The area that was once the playing surface serves as recreational space for those who live in the apartments. (Photo by Brandon Smith)

Want to live somewhere with history? The Bush Stadium Lofts in Indianapolis may be the place for you! From baseball to Hollywood, check out these apartments.

6 questions to ask before signing a lease

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Make sure to get everything in writing before you sign a lease. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Dalton J. of Yonkers, N.Y.)

Are you planning to rent a home or apartment? Hold up. Before signing a lease, make sure you're getting everything you need. Ask these questions before you sign.

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Mover

Moving to Chicago? You're Not Alone, Mover Sees Spike in Chicago Moves

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Chicago has become the No. 1 destination for people on the move, according to a study by the country's largest moving company. (Photo by Steven Jack)
Chicago has become the No. 1 destination for people on the move, according to a study by the country's largest moving company. (Photo by Steven Jack)

Industries like healthcare, finance, insurance and technology are enticing young professionals to move to Chicago in greater numbers than ever, study reveals.

8 Ways to Make Moving with Children Easier

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

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

A new model for hiring movers in N.C. falls in licensing 'gray area'

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Veteran moving company operators say customers should be wary of independent, online-based labor. (Photo courtesy of Easy Movers)
Veteran moving company operators say customers should be wary of independent, online-based labor. (Photo courtesy of Easy Movers)

Online-based moving network Bellhops makes a move into the Charlotte market, but liability, insurance and licensing questions follow the new mover model.

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Mortgage Broker

Should You Rent or Buy a Home? Depends on How Long You Stay in D.C.

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D.C. apartment leasing (Photo by Jason Hargraves)
Renting instead of buying may be the best option for those living in the District for only a few years. (Photo by Jason Hargraves)

The savings of owning your home versus renting in the Washington, D.C., area come down to how long you expect to live in the residence. Check out the numbers.

How to navigate the mortgage industry for a brighter financial future

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There is no reason why an apprehensive borrower should miss out on the benefits of homeownership, says Bakerian (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Kirby R. of New Braunfels, Texas)

The housing bubble pop caused a nightmare for the housing market. Learn the basics of how to negotiate the healing mortgage industry and what to avoid.

Buyer beware: How to avoid a home closing nightmare

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Member Brenda Payne says contractors have done tens of thousands of dollars of repair work for problems that surfaced after she closed on her home. (Photo by Michael Smith)
Member Brenda Payne says contractors have done tens of thousands of dollars of repair work for problems that surfaced after she closed on her home. (Photo by Michael Smith)

Finding lenders, real estate agents, home inspectors and other professionals you can trust is an important first step in buying a house. Here's how to do it.

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Structural Engineer

6 tips to prevent earthquake damage

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An earthquake retrofit in progress. Contractors can make a home more earthquake resistant through various remodeling projects. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Kevin H. of San Francisco)

Earthquakes can strike out of nowhere and cause major damage to your home. Consider these tips to protect your home from earthquake damage.

What causes horizontal cracks in concrete block foundations?

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Horizontal cracks caused by lateral soil pressure may eventually result in a bowed foundation wall, as seen in this before photo. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Lillian K. of Brevard, N.C.)

Does your home have horizontal cracks in its concrete block foundation? Check out these common causes and repairs for horizontal foundation cracks from a highly rated structural engineer.

Have a foundation crack? Consult a structural engineer

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Where home inspectors review an entire structure from top to bottom, structural engineers specialize in focusing on assessing the integrity of the structure itself, potential problems and solutions. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Sandra S. of Converse, Texas)

Are you worried about a crack in your home's foundation. A structural engineer can examine the crack and determine if your house is safe or hazardous to live in.

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Home Warranty

Cost versus benefit: what a home warranty really offers

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A home warranty came in handy for this member when a water line burst. (Photo courtesy of Angie’s List member John D. of West Vancouver, British Columbia)
A home warranty came in handy for this member when a water line burst. (Photo courtesy of Angie’s List member John D. of West Vancouver, British Columbia)

Home warranties don't always come with the kind of robust protection and security homeowners expect. Here's a quick breakdown on the real costs, and real benefits, of purchasing a warranty for your home.

Worst Las Vegas Contractors of 2012

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Las Vegas resident Ryan Law says he received $4,422 from the NSCB’s residential recovery fund for his incomplete pool. (Photo courtesy of Ryan Law)
Las Vegas resident Ryan Law says he received $4,422 from the NSCB’s residential recovery fund for his incomplete pool. (Photo courtesy of Ryan Law)

Angie's List names the Worst Las Vegas Contractors of 2012

Worst Houston Contractors of 2012

Angie's List names the Worst Houston Contractors of 2012.

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Auction Sites

Estate sales and auctions gaining in popularity, but be careful who you hire

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Vintage items and pictures for sale at the live auction in Hebron, Ohio, put on by Craig Connelly Auctioneer. (Photo by Joe Maiorana)
Vintage items and pictures for sale at the live auction in Hebron, Ohio, put on by Craig Connelly Auctioneer. (Photo by Joe Maiorana)

As baby boomers downsize, families are using the services of estate sales managers and auctioneers. Learn what to do to make yours successful.

Questions to ask before hiring an auctioneer or estate sales manager

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Craig Connelly calls a live auction with assistant Kevin Burchett (left) in Hebron, Ohio. Connelly has more than 40 years of auction experience. (Photo by Joe Maiorana)
Craig Connelly calls a live auction with assistant Kevin Burchett (left) in Hebron, Ohio. Connelly has more than 40 years of auction experience. (Photo by Joe Maiorana)

If you’re looking to downsize and need to hire an auctioneer or estate sales manager, be sure to thoroughly vet them by asking the following questions

Hiring an auction service? Tips to avoid a bad experience

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Joe Frerich of Joe F. Frerich Auctioneers performs a real estate auction in Eddy, Texas. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Bonnie W.)

Auction services are of the most complained-about categories on Angie’s List. A highly rated auctioneer shares tips to avoid a bad experience.

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Home Appraisal

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

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

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

What's the difference between a condo and a co-op? D.C. homebuyers should know

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Condos are common around D.C., but a strong co-op market exists for buyers willing to do their homework. (Photo by Jason Hargraves)

Buying a co-op in Washington, D.C., can be intimidating. Real estate agents say condos are more popular, but co-ops are plentiful and have distinct advantages.

What to know before you choose a home inspector in the D.C. area

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Row house in D.C. (Photo by Jason Hargraves)
A house can look perfect on the surface, but a local home inspector will dig a little deeper. (Photo by Jason Hargraves)

Home inspection licensing requirements vary among Maryland, Virginia and D.C., so home buyers need to do homework to find the best inspector before hiring.

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Self Storage

Dinosaurs to dolls: Children's museum shares secrets to store your treasures

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The collection at The Children's Museum of Indianapolis contains everything from dinosaur bones to taxidermy. (Photo courtesy of The Children's Museum of Indianapolis)
The collection at The Children's Museum of Indianapolis contains everything from dinosaur bones to taxidermy. (Photo courtesy of The Children's Museum of Indianapolis)

You treasure your keepsakes and antiques. Here’s what the director of collections at The Children's Museum of Indianapolis has to say about preserving them.

8 tips to protect your furniture while in storage

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Make sure to wrap your most important and prized possessions in padding and soft quilts to protect them from damage, says Shoushan. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Margo P. of Boston)
Make sure to wrap your most important and prized possessions in padding and soft quilts to protect them from damage, says Shoushan. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Margo P. of Boston)

Don't leave the safety of your furniture up to chance when moving. One highly rated provider shares eight tips for storing your furniture while relocating.

5 questions to ask before choosing a temporary storage facility

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Storage facilities such as this service most consumer temporary storage needs (Courtesy of Angie's List member, Corey S of Pheonix)
Storage facilities such as this service most consumer temporary storage needs (Courtesy of Angie's List member, Corey S of Pheonix)

In the case of a quick home sale, you may need to consider temporary storage. Be sure to ask yourself these five questions before you choose a storage solution.

What you need to know about self storage

Get to know the essential features of self storage units before you commit to a storage lease. A highly rated Charlotte mover explains what to look for.

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Realtor

Should You Rent or Buy a Home? Depends on How Long You Stay in D.C.

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D.C. apartment leasing (Photo by Jason Hargraves)
Renting instead of buying may be the best option for those living in the District for only a few years. (Photo by Jason Hargraves)

The savings of owning your home versus renting in the Washington, D.C., area come down to how long you expect to live in the residence. Check out the numbers.

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Title Company

Buyer beware: How to avoid a home closing nightmare

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Member Brenda Payne says contractors have done tens of thousands of dollars of repair work for problems that surfaced after she closed on her home. (Photo by Michael Smith)
Member Brenda Payne says contractors have done tens of thousands of dollars of repair work for problems that surfaced after she closed on her home. (Photo by Michael Smith)

Finding lenders, real estate agents, home inspectors and other professionals you can trust is an important first step in buying a house. Here's how to do it.

5 things that can screw up a closing

Finding lenders, real estate agents, home inspectors and other professionals you can trust is an important first step in buying a house. Here's how to do it.

Homebuyers keeping an eye on the title

Flawed documentation and publicity around foreclosures in the last six months have brought an increasing awareness on title searches and insurance.

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