Home Warranty

Cost versus benefit: what a home warranty really offers

home-warranty.jpg

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

lv_worst_0213_bluelagoon.jpg

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.

See More About Home Warranty

Auction Sites

15 Tips for Dealing with Personal Property in Estates

white_house_driveway.jpg

It's wise to enlist the help of a personal property appraiser to determine the worth of your personal property, says Hall. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Don B. of Los Angeles)
It's wise to enlist the help of a personal property appraiser to determine the worth of your personal property, says Hall. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Don B. of Los Angeles)

Life can become a blur when you need to liquidate an estate. Make sure the process goes smoothly with these experts tips for managing personal estate property.

7 Ways to Liquidate an Estate

brick_home_estate.jpg

A good estate sale professional answers your questions including whether an estate sale is the best option for you, says Hall. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Christina R. of St. Louis)
A good estate sale professional answers your questions including whether an estate sale is the best option for you, says Hall. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Christina R. of St. Louis)

Handling an estate liquidation can be intimidating. Learn the options to know how to best handle the property in your specific situation for maximum returns.

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

fea_auction_0913_craigconnely_11.jpg

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.

See More About Auction Sites

Home Appraisal

What Makes Arlington County Such a Highly Rated Place to Live?

arlington_dc.jpg

Arlington County Virginia (Photo by Jason Hargraves)
Arlington's Courthouse neighborhood is two subway stops from D.C. (Photo by Jason Hargraves)

Arlington County always seems to rank as one of best places to live in the U.S. Why? As they say in real estate, it's all about location, location, location.

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

home_dc.jpg

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

condo-dc.jpg

condo sign in D.C. (Photo by Jason Hargraves)
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.

See More About Home Appraisal

Self Storage

Is My Stuff Protected in a Rented Storage Unit?

Storage facility.jpg

It's important to educate yourself about the storage facility’s policies regarding losses on the premises, says McClain. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Corey S. of Phoenix)
It's important to educate yourself about the storage facility’s policies regarding losses on the premises, says McClain. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Corey S. of Phoenix)

Before you place your belongings in a rented storage unit, it's important to know the policies. One highly rated provider shares the details about storage.

Tips for Long-Term Car Storage

auto_storingcar_0914_01.jpg

Storage units protect your car from the elements and are a good place to store classic cars in the winter. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member William S., of Albuquerque, New Mexico)
Storage units protect your car from the elements and are a good place to store classic cars in the winter. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member William S., of Albuquerque, New Mexico)

Long-term car storage is a good option for owners of classic cars or those leaving town for the winter. Here are some costs and benefits of vehicle storage.

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

ind_fea_museumorganize_0814_animals.jpg

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.

See More About Self Storage

Realtor

Chicago Ranks High for Halloween Trick-or-Treaters

chicagotrickortreating.png

Thousands of Chicago children trick or treating during Lincoln Park Zoo's annual Spooky Zoo Spectacular. (Photo courtesy of Lincoln Park Zoo)
Thousands of Chicago children trick or treating during Lincoln Park Zoo's annual Spooky Zoo Spectacular. (Photo courtesy of Lincoln Park Zoo)

Which Chicago neighborhoods are best for home value, population density, walkability and local crime statistics when it comes to family fun on Halloween night?

Real Estate Experts List Buyers as Biggest Need in Indy Area

ind_fea_realestate_kristiesmith_13.jpg

Indianapolis real estate agent Kristie Smith
Real estate agent Kristie Smith slides her personalized sign into the "for sale" sign in front of this Indianapolis home. (Photo by Eldon Lindsay)

The real estate market in Indianapolis grew stronger for both buyers and sellers in 2014, highly rated Realtors say, and they expect the trend to continue.

See More About Realtor

Title Company

Buyer beware: How to avoid a home closing nightmare

covst_homeclosing_0214_brendapayne_07.jpg

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.

See More About Title Company

Home Stager

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

8954551.jpg

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

home_dc.jpg

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

homestaging.jpg

bathroom staging
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.)

Which rooms are worth a home staging investment to shape homebuyers' first impressions during slower home sales season in Charlotte? One decorator gives advice.

See More About Home Stager

Home Inspector

Crippling Home Defects That Often Go Unnoticed

WetInsulation.jpg

When condensation starts forming in the insulation, it gets saturated, heavy and starts falling apart, says Jimenez. (Photo courtesy of A House on a Rock Home Inspections)
When condensation starts forming in the insulation, it gets saturated, heavy and starts falling apart, says Jimenez. (Photo courtesy of A House on a Rock Home Inspections)

There are places in your home that are easy to forget, but these oft-neglected areas of the house are where defects lurk, waiting to become major problems.

Charlotte Realtor Helps Gay and Lesbian Couples Navigate Home Buying Challenges

lodestone.JPG

lodestone-for-sale (Photo by Courtney St. Onge)
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

home_inspection_mistakes.jpg

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.

See More About Home Inspector

Property Management Company

Property management woes plague Indianapolis homeowners

ind_propertymanagment_scams_01.jpg

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?

Catdestroyspropertyvalueschicago.png

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

ind_fea_bushstadiumlofts_0814_32.jpg

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

lease_apartment.jpg

sign a lease apartment or house
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.

See More About Property Management Company

Mover

How to Prepare for a Cold Weather Move

moving_box_open.jpg

It’s always good to have a plan in place in case a winter storm or inclement weather derails your move, says Komorous. (Photo by Jeremy Deal)
It’s always good to have a plan in place in case a winter storm or inclement weather derails your move, says Komorous. (Photo by Jeremy Deal)

Moving in fall and winter can be cost-effective, but it has risks. Plan ahead with these tips to make sure your cold weather move doesn’t get blown off track.

4 Steps to Pack Fragile Items Like a Pro

fragile_lamp.jpg

Since lamps and vases require additional protection, bubble wrap is a necessity, says Shoushan. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Elizabeth C. of Washington)
Since lamps and vases require additional protection, bubble wrap is a necessity, says Shoushan. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Elizabeth C. of Washington)

Pack fragile items like vases and lamps securely to protect them during a move so they make it to your new home whole and undamaged with these expert tips.

5 Tips for Retirement Moves

moving_tape.jpg

Save money by visiting local grocery stores to ask for their boxes or asking friends if they have any, says Chila. (Photo by Meredith Rizzo)
Save money by visiting local grocery stores to ask for their boxes or asking friends if they have any, says Chila. (Photo by Meredith Rizzo)

Retirement moves can be difficult and are full of choices. Make sure yours is a successful with these expert tips for making a retirement move.

See More About Mover

Mortgage Broker

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

apt_dc.jpg

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

home1.jpg

white two-story colonial style house
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

covst_homeclosing_0214_brendapayne_07.jpg

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.

See More About Mortgage Broker

Structural Engineer

6 tips to prevent earthquake damage

earthquake_-retrofit.jpg

earthquake retrofit
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?

bowed-block-before-after.jpg

bowed interior block foundation wall
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

structural_engineering.jpg

structural engineer
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.

See More About Structural Engineer


Anonymous reviews are Internet graffiti.  Angie's List has real reviews from real people.

What is Angie's List?

Angie’s List is the trusted site where more than 2 million households go to get ratings and reviews on everything from home repair to health care. Stop guessing when it comes to hiring! Check Angie’s List to find out who does the best work in town.