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A plumber can help winterize your home to prevent any frozen pipes or water damage.
Common Plumbing ProblemsPlumbers
Winterizing is one thing to remember when closing your vacation home in cold areas.
Wilczak says he doesn't accept work from Realtors as it creates a conflict of interest. (Photo courtesy of Mark Wilczak)
Contractors
The Angie's List Newsroom reveals the Best & Worst Chicago Contractors of 2013, chosen for their superior or shoddy service. Did your contractor make the list?
Temporary backyard pools with a depth of more than 24 inches and electric pumps require permits, fencing, and proper electrical setups in many Chicago suburban communities. (Photo by Steven Jack)
Swimming Pools
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.
Basement RemodelingPlanning a RemodelRemodelContractors
Learn about three projects ideal for winter home remodeling and renovation.
After a harsh winter, get your home looking fresh and clean with a professional pressure washing. (Photo by Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Dee G.)
Pressure WashingDeck Maintenance
Keep your home clean inside and out by hiring a pro to pressure wash your home's siding and get your deck ready for spring.
Green remodeling is more than just the materials you use. It's about reducing waste and creating an energy efficient environment in your home. (Photo by Jennica Abrams)
Planning a RemodelRemodel
Learn about home remodeling projects that are ideal for the fall season.
An ejector pump carries sink and washing machine water out of member Julia Bell's basement. (Photo courtesy of Bell)
Basement WaterproofingSewer and Main Drains
Chicago homeowners can choose from several options to prevent basement flooding, including overhead sewers and exterior flood control systems.
a digital antenna on top of a house
TV Repair & ServicesTV AntennasTV Cable & Satellite Providers
There are plenty of options that'll provide TV content and save you money.
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Handyman
A handyman has the skills and experience to properly weatherize your home.
Over 80 inches of snow fell on the Chicago area during the winter of 2013-14. Forecasters say it could be snowier than normal this winter, so it might be time to consider a snow removal service.  (Photo by Steven Jack)
Snow RemovalIce Dams and Removal
Chicago may be in for another brutal winter with above average snowfall. Use these tips to find the right company to plow your driveway before the first storm.
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Contractors
Angie's List names the worst Chicago contractors of 2011.
before and after photo of dirty air duct and clean air duct
Air Duct Cleaning
For homeowners looking for ways to cut their energy bills, air duct cleaning can help increase energy savings. Two Chicago-based experts discuss reasons people turn to air duct cleaning for higher systems efficiency.
gloved hands holding a sponge and spray bottle
House Cleaning
Keep bacteria away by ensuring regular washes or changes of your sponges and rags.
wallet with money sticking out (Photo by Eldon Lindsay)
Hiring a ContractorContractors
Want to lower your remodeling budget but you need to get your contractor on board? Negotiate lower home improvement contract costs with these seven tips.
black and white kitchen flooring
Hardwood FloorsWood Floor Alternatives
Alexandru Hardwood Flooring replaced boards that merge perfectly into the floor design.