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 Room for Improvement owner Patrick Blistain worked without a license between 2000 and 2002. (Photo courtesy of Patrick Blistain)
ContractorsHiring a Contractor
Hiring an unlicensed contractor leaves homeowners with fewer options if things go wrong.
historic home exterior rehab
Replacement WindowsWindowCasementDouble HungSliding
Which window type suits your home's architecture?
Toilet Repair and MaintenanceCommon Plumbing Problems
Two highly rated plumbers help fix a homeowner's issue with wasting water.
backup home generator
Household ElectricityGenerators
Learn how a home backup generator can provide relief when the power goes out.
double-hung windows
Replacement WindowsWindow Repair and RestorationWindow Treatments
Double-hung wooden windows are known for their classic, unique look, but they're also known for being loud and drafty. Instead of installing vinyl replacements, many window specialists offer restoration services that preserve an old window's aesthetics while improving its functionality.
Installation of upkeep-free synthetic turf in this backyard took two days. (Photo courtesy of Angie’s List member David Amidon of Santee, Calif.)
Mulch & WoodchipsLandscaper and Landscape DesignsLawn Care & Fertilizers
Not all varieties of grass are appropriate for the Northeast. Pick one professionals recommend to get good results.
home inspector looking at water heater
Common Plumbing ProblemsHome Inspection
As winter months approach, make sure your plumbing works properly.
wool carpet
Carpet CleaningCarpeting
If you are putting down carpet, know the types you might want to buy.
a handyman's toolbelt
Handyman
A handyman has the skills and experience to properly weatherize your home.
gloved hands holding a sponge and spray bottle
House Cleaning
Keep bacteria away by ensuring regular washes or changes of your sponges and rags.
claw-foot bathtub in process of refinishing
Bathtub Liners & Refinishing
Want to ask a pro how much bathtub refinishing costs and how long does it takes? We did for you.
Rocks can be used throughout landscaping design. (Photo courtesy of Pixabay)
Stone and Gravel Driveways
Homeowner claims contractor created a drainage problem in her backyard and made a half-hearted attempt to fix it. Contractor says she turned his workers away.
GAF shingle gable roof
Box GableCross GableDutch GableOpen GableAsphalt Roofing
Weigh the advantages and drawbacks of a gable roof design before you build your dream home.
general contractor standing on roof
Hiring a Contractor
Not everyone has the talent, skill and dedication required to be a good general contractor or carpenter.
Window film is more affordable than purchasing insulation, by far. (Photo courtesy of Clifford Pohl)
HandymenWindow
Plastic window film can provide additional insulation for your home.