Home and garden shows

If you own a home and have never been to a Home and Garden Show, this is a great opportunity to see what you’ve been missing. Angie’s List experts attend hundreds of shows around the U.S. to help homeowners like you connect with local professionals whose business is to make your home improvement dreams into realities. Check out our tour dates below and put us on your calendar. Make sure to stop by and see us at the show to take advantage of the lowest membership price Angie’s List has to offer, or just say hello and pick up some free literature and other fun goodies!

Glossary: Remodeling

A collection of terms and definitions relating to carpentry construction when updating or improving structural elements during a remodeling project.

Planning a remodeling project

A major remodeling project can be one of the most exciting and difficult experiences a homeowner can undertake. Not only is a major remodel a significant financial investment, it requires time spent planning, developing and executing the construction.

Essentials for every toolbox

Hammer out your home to-do list — from hanging a picture to replacing a toilet paper holder — with these essential tools that should be in everyone's toolbox.

Installing Countertops


Kitchen and bathroom remodels remain among your best choices for return on your investment. One of the quickest ways to give your kitchen or bathroom a new look is to upgrade the countertops.

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.

Choose the perfect countertop for your contemporary kitchen remodel

Are you remodeling your kitchen for a contemporary look? When it comes to choosing the perfect countertop, pick the style that works best for you – and your budget. POpular options include granite, stone and laminate.

How to choose the right countertop for your kitchen

One highly rated provider explains the differences between countertop materials and provides information on how to choose which one is best for your home.

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Kitchen Cabinet Refacing

Cabinet refinishing

Whether you're undertaking a large kitchen remodeling project or you just want to liven things up a bit, a lower-cost option involves refacing your cabinets. Whether you're replacing doors and hardware, repainting or refinishing, here's your guide to sprucing up that cabinetry.


Adding new cabinets or improving upon the existing ones can transform a kitchen from stale and old-fashioned to a modern marvel. Even those who are not wishing to immediately sell their homes can find a significant quality of life improvement from updates to cabinetry, be it on a large or small scale.

When to refinish your cabinets instead of refacing

Cabinet refacing offers a lot of advantages to the homeowner, but there are many cases where refinishing your cabinets can be a good and economical choice.

Reface or replace: the cabinet dilemma

Thinking of replacing your cabinets? There may be more options than you think. Learn about the benefits of refacing and refinishing your kitchen cabinets.

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Backed-up sump pump leads to amazing photo op for Zionsville boy

Who knew a backed up sump pump that required excavation to fix could be fun? Leave it to this three-year-old boy to find joy in a seemingly stressful time.

Flooding problems? Call a drain pipe expert

Wet basements, crawlspaces or overly-saturated lawns could require the expertise of an exterior drain pipe installation and excavation expert.

Acton, Mass. man smells success with septic tanks

Septic tank pumping turns a dirty job into a prosperous family business.

Indianapolis homeowners embrace geothermal

The cost of installing this HVAC system is considerably higher, but several tax incentives and savings over time help defray cost.

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Sun Room Contractor

Sunrooms and patios

Porches and sunrooms can add space and character to any home. From helping to create a unique look to the many benefits that they offer to the homeowner, these structures have the ability to add visual appeal and extra living space to any home when properly constructed.

No husband, no go? What to do when contractors want both spouses present to seal the deal

Angie's List members say some companies decline their business when they learn only one spouse will be present for an estimate. Is it sexism or practicality?

Learn about your homeowner's association before you buy

If you drive through a development and don't see any RVs or basketball hoops, odds are they're not allowed by the homeowner's association, and judges aren't sympathetic.

Stamped concrete adds appeal to your patio

More homeowners are opting for stamped concrete patterns that mimic stone, brick or tile, and other custom designs. Resurfacing concrete is also a popular option.

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Handyman Service

Hiring a handyman

Not all home repair jobs require the help of a general contractor or specialized service provider. A handyman can be hired for a variety of small home improvement projects. The following guide explains how a handyman can fix your to-do list while saving time and money along the way.

Hire a handyman to complete your honey-do list

Before you hire a handyman, determine how they set pricing and prepare to give them a detailed description of your repair and a to-do list to complete.

Environmentally friendly products for your home and lawn

Protecting the environment by using all-natural products on your home and lawn may be easier than you think. One highly rated provider explains how.

3 home repairs to look for when spring arrives

The effects of winter can been harsh on your home's exterior. One highly rated provider shares three home repairs to look for when winter gives way to spring.

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Home Improvement Stores

Handy homeowners: Tools the pros recommend

Quality power tools, ladders and ratchet sets aren’t just for the professionals. Handy homeowners should spend their time and money on tools that work.

8 tips to decide whether to repair or replace your appliance

Is it more economical to replace or repair the fridge or washing machine? The right answer depends on a variety of factors. Eight questions to determine whether to replace or repair an appliance.

Pros and cons of buying vs. renting tools

When you need equipment to complete a home-improvement project, should you buy the new tools, or just rent them for a few hours — or a few days? 
Our highly rated experts offer some advice:

Setting the standards for building green and sustainable remodeling

Remodeling is a $230 billion business, according to the National Association of Home Builders, and research shows homeowners hunger for more information on sustainable renovations.

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Interior Designer

Glossary: Home interiors

Terms and definitions relating to home interiors and remodeling.

Interior decorators and designers

Looking for a strong style statement for your home's interior but don't know where to start? Hiring an interior decorator or designer can add lasting style and value to your home.

10 reasons not to DIY your home décor

Why shouldn’t you DIY your home décor? Check out these ten reasons why DIY decorating will cost you more time and money than hiring a professional.

5 things to consider when redesigning your kitchen

Whether you're looking to freshen up your kitchen or do a complete overhaul, one highly rated provider shares five things you should consider before you redesign.

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Home Automation Contractor

Home automation

Home automation systems are the next generation of high-end consumer electronics. They allow users to program default settings for their home that match their own personal preferences and remotely manipulate certain appliances via smartphones and other remote technologies.

Smart home technology’s security flaws exposed

Many homeowners want a home automation system, but some security and design flaws persist. See what the experts suggest to make your smart home smarter.

Smart homes gain traction in Indianapolis as consumers embrace technology

More homeowners are integrating home automation systems as price points fall, technology becomes more user-friendly and products are more compatible.

How smart is your home? Learn how home automation is becoming more accessible

More homeowners integrating home automation systems as price points fall, technology becomes more user-friendly and products are more compatible.

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Basement Remodeling

Glossary: Basements and Foundations

A collection of terms related to basements, crawlspaces and foundations and their maintenance and repair needs.

Basement remodeling

If your basement is limited to storing the artificial tree from the 1995 holiday season, riding toys the kids have outgrown and several pieces of discarded furniture, you could be neglecting your home’s potential for additional living space.

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.

Warning signs of a bad basement remodeler

Before you hire a contractor to finish your basement, our highly rated experts offer advice on how to hire the best and avoid the shady guys.

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Garage & Shed Construction

Building or expanding a garage

A homeowner's guide to options for having a new garage built or remodeling an existing garage to convert to livable space.

Amazing treehouse designs: They’re not just for kids

Looking for unique treehouse designs? Take a look at some amazing treehouses, and learn how much you can expect to spend for a custom treehouse of your own.

Adding a backyard barn or shed for extra storage

A shed or barn can house things like lawn and garden equipment, dangerous chemicals and items you don’t always need immediate access to, like seasonal equipment and decorations.

How much does an outdoor storage shed cost?

There are different types of storage sheds available, including metal, wood and vinyl. You can benefit from learning more about the costs of different storage sheds and the costs of building a shed yourself.

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Modular Home Remodeling Contractor

Learn about your homeowner's association before you buy

If you drive through a development and don't see any RVs or basketball hoops, odds are they're not allowed by the homeowner's association, and judges aren't sympathetic.

Must-do home repair projects

Angie's List talks with contractors about repairs no homeowner should avoid.

4 ways to remodel and reduce utility costs

Learn how you can incorporate energy efficiency into your next home remodeling project.

4 bathroom remodeling ideas to transform a boring bathroom

Learn about four remodeling projects to transform a boring bathroom.

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Home Builder


Customized homebuilding is a huge market, with companies offering a host of choices to personalize your new home or improve your current living space. Here are the most popular options offered by homebuilders.

Green living

A homeowner’s guide to all things green including eco-friendly remodeling tips, green cleaning products and building materials plus information on how to make the home more energy efficient.

Tiny houses and micro lofts: Squeezing in a good way of life

Could you imagine living in 150 square feet? While it sounds daunting, residents across the world are embracing micro living in tiny houses and micro lofts.

Building a home? Beware of builder grade materials

You've likely heard the term "builder grade" materials, but what does it mean? One highly rated provider explains why you may want to avoid these materials.

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Bathtub Restoration

Bathtub refinishing

Over time, the bathtub can being to show signs of wear with stains, scratches, a dull finish or other ugly marks. Bathtub refinishing is an option that can return a bathtub or shower enclosure to like-new appearance.

Is it better to refinish my bathtub or buy a new one?

Is it better to purchase a new bathtub or refinish your existing one? One highly rated provider breaks down the options and the answer may surprise you.

Should I refinish or replace my bathtub?

If your bathtub is looking a little dated and you’re weighing your options, our experts answer your questions on whether you should refinish or replace your tub

Bathtub refinishing or tub liners: Which is better?

If your tub has become a sight for sore eyes instead of a refuge for sore muscles, it’s probably time to either refinish that bathtub or cover it up with a tub liner. Both options have advantages and drawbacks.

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Finish carpenters can design, build and install woodwork structures in your house to enhance the quality and adorn the attractive appearance of your home. There carpenters can complete several different jobs for new homes or remodeling of an existing house.

Baseboards and molding

Baseboards and molding serve a practical function -- covering up the space where walls and floors join, as well as protecting the wall from scuffs and dents. But they also provide a decorating opportunity.

Charlotte cabinet company designs creative way to store books, vinyl records

Ever get the feeling that your stuff is taking over usable space? Check out this Charlotte member's new storage space for her books, records and art.

Reclaimed barn wood adds rustic charm to homes

Homeowners recycle and upcycle now more than ever. Reclaimed barn wood is being used for tables, chairs, pantries, cabinets, islands, flooring and more.

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Cabinet Maker


Adding new cabinets or improving upon the existing ones can transform a kitchen from stale and old-fashioned to a modern marvel. Even those who are not wishing to immediately sell their homes can find a significant quality of life improvement from updates to cabinetry, be it on a large or small scale.

From stock to custom: How to choose the best cabinets

Custom, semi-custom or stock? Cabinet experts discuss the pros, cons and costs to help homeowners decide what’s best for their space and budget.

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.

Charlotte cabinet company designs creative way to store books, vinyl records

Ever get the feeling that your stuff is taking over usable space? Check out this Charlotte member's new storage space for her books, records and art.

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Marble And Granite

What is the difference between porcelain and marble tile?

One highly rated provider explains the pros and cons of installing porcelain and marble tile in your home and how to decide which is best for your space.

SBA winners include well-rated Angie's List businesses

Three people named top business owners in their states are also highly rated on Angie’s List. They are contenders for the U.S. Small Business Administration’s 2013 national award, part of Small Business Week.

5 tips for installing granite countertops

Thinking about installing granite countertops in your kitchen or bathroom? Follow these five tips to help make sure you get the most for your money.

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General Contractor

Unfinished carpentry

Unfinished carpenters can build wood forms for pouring concrete and complete wood framing projects to establish the shape and maximize the stability of various types of structures.

Licensed, bonded & insured contractors

Having a contractor with the right credentials can be the difference between a happy hiring experience and a home improvement nightmare. Making sure a company meets the basis requirements to do business in your area is an essential step in the hiring process.

Resolving disputes

When things don’t go quite right with your contractor, doctor or any other service or health professional, life can become stressful and complicated. Should you encounter an issue with your service and find yourself in a dispute, Angie’s List can help

Signing a contract

No matter what you think you agreed to verbally, the written and signed contract is the bible when it comes to setting the terms of the job. This is especially important when hiring a general contractor who will have to hire multiple subcontractors and schedule their work. If an issue arises during the work it can throw off that schedule and add to costs.

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Home Architect


If you’ve got grand designs for your home remodel, consider investing in the building materials and design expertise, and artistry, a licensed architect can provide.

How to work with your architect

How do you work with your architect in the process of designing a home? One highly rated provider explains how to make the building design process go smoothly.

How to present your remodeling project for design review

If you’re planning on remodeling a home in an older neighborhood, you’ll likely to find your plans subject to design review. Learn how to present your project.

Homebuilding 101: Planning makes perfect

If you're considering a new home build, your first step is planning. From land purchase to bank loans to hiring a contractor, the right plans make homebuilding a far less stressful, and costly, endeavor.

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Tile Installation

Tile flooring

There's nothing classier for a kitchen or bathroom floor than one made of natural tiles. But tile flooring is expensive and does have some disadvantages that homeowners should think about before making a decision on which type of flooring they prefer.


Whether you want to replace a laminate floor, backsplash, shower stall or countertops, ceramic tile is a durable, easy-to-clean option that can add value to your home. Both ceramic and stone tiles are nearly maintenance free, though grout will need occasional resealing.

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.

Is ceramic tile a good flooring choice for my home?

Ceramic tile flooring can be an excellent choice for your home. One highly rated provider explains the benefits and how you can keep your tile looking new.

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Kitchen Remodel

Bathroom remodeling

Remodeling a home’s bathroom or bathrooms can give you a lot bang for your buck. And, according to real estate experts, you can recoup up to 80 percent of your costs when you sell your home.

Kitchen remodeling

Your kitchen is arguably the most important room in your home. It should be attractive, stylish, comfortable and functional. Remodeling a kitchen can dramatically enhance the appeal of your home to potential buyers.

Tips for choosing the best shower head

Whether you want to get fancy, boost your water pressure or save money, follow these plumbing tips to choose the perfect shower head for your bathroom.

Chicago remodeler gives traditional kitchen more modern appeal

Chicago remodeling company uses classic white cabinets, tile and crown molding to give homeowner a traditional kitchen with modern amenities.

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