Home Stager

6 big turn offs for potential home buyers

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No matter how neat you think it is, take away one third of your stuff and pack it away in the garage before showing your home, says Player. (Photo courtesy of Angie's LIst member Chandra T. of Los Angeles)
No matter how neat you think it is, take away one third of your stuff and pack it away in the garage before showing your home, says Player. (Photo courtesy of Angie's LIst member Chandra T. of Los Angeles)

Don't turn away potential home buyers before they can fall in love with your house. One highly rated provider shares six of the biggest turn offs to avoid.

Home staging: Real estate agents say in D.C. market, staged homes sell

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This dining room has been staged using soft colors and a contemporary table. (Photo courtesy of Staged Interior)

Staging your home to sell is essential in the current Washington, D.C., housing market, where competition is high and simple, clean styles attract home buyers.

How to capture the heart of potential buyers with home staging

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A staged living room with light brown leather furniture, white carpet, and white french doors.
When properly staged, your home will be the one they fall for, and when they fall, it will be hard and fast, says Bartling. (Photo Courtesy of Another Staged Home)

Home staging is a crucial part of selling your home. Learn the importance of creating an emotional reaction from potential buyers in order to seal the deal.

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Home Inspector

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.

5 surprising home projects that need a building permit in D.C.

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D.C. building permits (Photo by Jason Hargraves)
It's always best to check whether a building permit is needed in D.C., which has some less-common requirements. (Photo by Jason Hargraves)

In Washington, D.C., almost any remodeling or home improvement project requires a D.C. building permit. You need to pull a permit even for these 5 smaller projects.

18 questions to ask before you hire a home inspector

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Never enter into an agreement for a home inspection, without having a written contract specifying what the inspector is responsible for, says Bolton. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Farhan Q. of Madison, Wisconsin)
Never enter into an agreement for a home inspection, without having a written contract specifying what the inspector is responsible for, says Bolton. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Farhan Q. of Madison, Wisconsin)

Hiring a quality home inspector is one of the most important aspects of buying a new home. Ask these questions to insure you make an informed decision.

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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

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.

A mover stole jewelry? 3 tips to protect your valuables when moving

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Do your own background check on the moving company before hiring a mover. (Photo courtesy of Burrows Movers Co.)
Do your own background check on the moving company before hiring a mover. (Photo courtesy of Burrows Movers Co.)

One Chicago moving company employee was charged with theft related to thousands of dollars in missing jewelry from a job. Keep your items safe with these tips.

Former Marines make moving in D.C. area a smooth operation

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Two Marines moving company in Alexandria, Virginia
Nick Baucom, owner of Two Marines moving company, hires only military personnel for his crew. (Photo courtesy of Two Marines Moving)

This Arlington, Virginia, moving company hires only members of the military as movers to help Washington-area residents relocate.

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Mortgage Broker

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.

Buying or selling a home in Indy? Read these expert tips for a smooth closing

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Closing day activities for Zionsville home buyers Kristin and Andrew Bargeron included a final walk through of the property and signing documents. (Photo by Steve C. Mitchell)
Closing day activities for Zionsville home buyers Kristin and Andrew Bargeron included a final walk through of the property and signing documents. (Photo by Steve C. Mitchell)

Think buying a home means mountains of paperwork, costly inspection surprises, and days filled with worry? Experts say it doesn’t have to be that way.

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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

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

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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.

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.

Learn how to spot bank-owned property schemes

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A corner of carpet is pulled up to reveal water stains (Photo by The Inspectigator)
If “the bank painter guy” has also painted the interior, use your official investors’ leatherman tool, and pull up corners of carpet and under windows and look for stains to the tack strip, says Bolton (Photo by The Inspectigator)

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

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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

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

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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.

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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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