The Experts Contributor Program

 

The Experts Contributor Program

Do you have a bright idea, great tips, advice or other helpful information that consumers should know about your trade? Share it with us and become an Expert Contributor.

Angie's List Exterts

Join the Experts Contributor Program!

  • Free exposure of your business' expertise to AngiesList.com consumers
  • A trusted source behind your content you can share on your website, social media or newsletters
  • Promote and market your company's content

Recent Experts articles

Tax Time: Picking the Right Filing Status

Taxes_Katie.jpeg

tax form
If you qualify for more than one tax status, file under the one that will result in the lowest tax. (Photo by Katie Jacewicz)

A professional tax consultant explains the different tax filing status options that exist for married, single, divorced and widowed U.S. taxpayers.

Know What You Owe: Taxes on Social Security

Financial_cash1.jpg

The amount of Social Security that is taxable depends on other income and marital status. (Photo by Jennica Abrams)
The amount of Social Security that is taxable depends on other income and marital status. (Photo by Jennica Abrams)

Collecting Social Security payments? As much as 85 percent of benefits could be taxable in some situations. Learn more before it's time to file your taxes.

How to Stop an IRS Tax Levy

qa_taxprep_1114.jpg

tax forms
Consider hiring a professional tax consultant if you face an IRS levy, so you can review your options and get your financial records in order. (Photo by Steve Mitchell)

Learn from a tax expert the various ways you can halt an IRS tax levy. After you evaluate your options, consider hiring an accountant to help.

Can Your Infant Hear You? Don't Wait to Find Out

newborn-hearin-screening.jpg

Almost half of the infants who are diagnosed with a hearing impairment aren’t getting the necessary care when they are babies, the CDC has found. (Photo by Ascent Audiology & Hearing)
Almost half of the infants who are diagnosed with a hearing impairment aren’t getting the necessary care when they are babies, the CDC has found. (Photo by Ascent Audiology & Hearing)

The earlier your child's hearing loss is detected, the sooner you can avoid developmental delays. Testing can reveal hearing problems soon after a baby's birth.

5 Steps to Planting a Happy Tree

Experts_Tree_01.jpg

new tree planted near a home
Do your research before planting a tree to ensure proper placement. You want the tree to thrive without hurting your existing landscaping or property. (Photo by Brandon Smith)

Do your research before buying and planting a new tree to make sure it will thrive in its new home and not damage existing landscape elements or your property.

6 Steps to Enhance an Aging Pet’s Quality of Life

dog_in_grass.jpg

Vaccinations should be kept current and a regular physical check by the vet can help prevent illness. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Michelle P. of Charlotte)
Vaccinations should be kept current and a regular physical check by the vet can help prevent illness. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Michelle P. of Charlotte)

As your pet ages, you can help your loyal companion to thrive, not just survive, at any age. Learn steps you can take to enrich your older pet's golden years.

5 Tips for Dealing with a Home Repair Emergency

nail_gun_repair.jpg

Before, during and after your project, don't hesitate to ask your contractor questions, says DeLancy. (Photo by Jennica Abrams)
Before, during and after your project, don't hesitate to ask your contractor questions, says DeLancy. (Photo by Jennica Abrams)

When water damage, wind or hail strikes, being prepared can save time and ensure quality home repairs. Follow 5 steps for dealing with damage in an emergency.

Tips for Protecting Your Windows XP Computer

PC_Keyboard_3200.jpg

Upgrading PCs that originally came with Windows XP to a newer Windows version is a real possibility for many, says Geier. (Photo by Eldon Lindsay)
Upgrading PCs that originally came with Windows XP to a newer Windows version is a real possibility for many, says Geier. (Photo by Eldon Lindsay)

Worrying how to protect your older computer? It's true there will be no more Microsoft Windows XP updates, but these 6 tips can improve your computer security.

Overcoming the Fear of Color in Home Decor

copper_harbor_tall_wall.jpg

bold copper accent wall
Consider a bold color for an accent wall to create a dramatic impact without overpowering the entire room. (Photo courtesy of Paint Color Help.com)

Brighten up your home with paint and accessories. Don't live with a beige interior design because you're scared of color. This expert gives some decor ideas.

Tips for Staying Safe While Shoveling Snow

shovel_snow.jpg

Use a shovel designed so that both the blade and handle are about elbow height, says Seidelman. (Photo by Steve C. Mitchell)
Use a shovel designed so that both the blade and handle are about elbow height, says Seidelman. (Photo by Steve C. Mitchell)

Thousands of people end up in the emergency room of doctor's office after the first heavy snowfall. Don't be one of them: follow these safe snow shoveling tips.

3 Tips for Taking Better Photos with Your Smartphone

dog_cell_phone_photo.jpg

Make sure that the subject of the photo is the strongest part of the image. (Photo by Delio Photo Studio)
Make sure that the subject of the photo is the strongest part of the image. (Photo by Delio Photo Studio)

Try these three tips the professionals use to take cellphone photos that are well-composed and well-lit. Frame your subject carefully and keep a steady hand.

Why Hiring a Cat Sitter May Be a Great Choice

cat_sitting.jpg

Is your cat a homebody? Hiring an in-home sitter will allow your cat to stay in familiar surroundings while you're away. (Photo by Sit-Stay-Play)
Is your cat a homebody? Hiring an in-home sitter will allow your cat to stay in familiar surroundings while you're away. (Photo by Sit-Stay-Play)

Is your cat a homebody? If Fluffy likes her routine, hiring a cat sitter when you travel can allow your cat to remain in her own home and reduce stress for all.

Senior Care: Starting the Conversation

elder_care_services.jpg

Instead of offering advice or forcing your loved one to make certain decisions, offer the various options that are available to them, says Plummer. (Photo by Brandon Smith)
Instead of offering advice or forcing your loved one to make certain decisions, offer the various options that are available to them, says Plummer. (Photo by Brandon Smith)

It's the conversation no one wants to have: discussing end-of-live plans with your loved ones. Start the discussion early so you'll know your parents' wishes.

Avoid These 4 Mistakes in Job Interviews

job_interview.JPG

Do some research. If you can’t name the company’s products or services and come up with a few questions, you display a lack of interest, says Lang. (Photo by Ray Alderete)
Do some research. If you can’t name the company’s products or services and come up with a few questions, you display a lack of interest, says Lang. (Photo by Ray Alderete)

By doing your homework, asking questions about the employment and making a strong connection with interviewers, you can avoid these 4 job interview mistakes.

5 Preventive Tips for Avoiding the Dentist

E_Toothbrush_2697.jpg

An electric toothbrush is simply best tool available for removing plaque and preventing cavities, says Oakley. (Photo by Eldon Lindsay)
An electric toothbrush is simply best tool available for removing plaque and preventing cavities, says Oakley. (Photo by Eldon Lindsay)

Who knows how to avoid unnecessary visits to the dentist better than a dentist? Flossing, diet and regular cleanings can keep your dental visits to a minimum.

How to Avoid a Repetitive Motion Injury

back_stretch.jpg

Improved flexibility can make it easier to hold proper positions and reduce the risk of injury, says Lewis. (Photo by Karen Geswein)
Improved flexibility can make it easier to hold proper positions and reduce the risk of injury, says Lewis. (Photo by Karen Geswein)

To avoid repetitive motion injury and a need for physical therapy, frequent position changes and simple stretches are important at the computer or on the road.

How to Take Ownership of Your Website

WebsiteIllos.jpg

The key when considering website design is to understand the components of your website, says Ramirez. (Photo courtesy of Mosaik Web)
The key when considering website design is to understand the components of your website, says Ramirez. (Photo courtesy of Mosaik Web)

You don't need to know how to develop your own website to understand why you should take ownership by purchasing an Internet domain before having it developed.

Losing Weight Can Help Your Pet Live Longer

DoginPool.jpg

Regular exercise, whether laps in the pool or walks in the park, is an important part of keeping your dog at the proper weight, says Bailey. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Melissa H. of Houston)
Regular exercise, whether laps in the pool or walks in the park, is an important part of keeping your dog at the proper weight, says Bailey. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Melissa H. of Houston)

A longer life for your pet? It might be as simple as losing weight. Putting your dog on a diet, reducing snacks and exercising can add two years to his life.

Want to Sell Your House? 3 Things Not to Do

real_estate_sold.jpg

A home that’s for sale needs to have a broad appeal and be similar to others in the area, says Player. (Photo by Eldon Lindsay)
A home that’s for sale needs to have a broad appeal and be similar to others in the area, says Player. (Photo by Eldon Lindsay)

Customizing can make your home difficult to sell. For wide buyer appeal, let consumer demand guide you. Don't eliminate a room or change the function of a space.

3 Reasons to Be at Your Home Inspection

HomeInspection_0.jpg

Being at the home inspection allows you to see your "dream home" from the inspector's unbiased viewpoint, says Sherwood. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Diwata F. of Buffalo, New York)
Being at the home inspection allows you to see your "dream home" from the inspector's unbiased viewpoint, says Sherwood. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Diwata F. of Buffalo, New York)

You may never believe the things a home inspector will discover unless you're there, too. Being at your home inspection lets you see any problems firsthand.

Fall Planting Gives Your Landscape a Healthy Head Start

landscape_driveway_1.jpg

If you only fertilize once a year, do it in the fall, says Moberg. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Lauren J. of Jacksonville, Florida)
If you only fertilize once a year, do it in the fall, says Moberg. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Lauren J. of Jacksonville, Florida)

Planting in the fall gives your landscape a head start on healthy growth. Fall planting helps trees and plants get established and be ready to grow in spring.

Outdoor Lighting: Art vs. Material

Fireplace_Night_Lights.jpg

Outdoor lighting becomes a work of art in your landscape when properly designed and installed. (Photo courtesy of NightScenes)
Outdoor lighting becomes a work of art in your landscape when properly designed and installed. (Photo courtesy of NightScenes)

Hiring a professional to install outdoor lighting is a smart choice and worth the cost. Learn how to get the most value out of your landscape lighting project.

4 Signs That You Need Mold Remediation

mold on floor.jpg

Most molds, when allowed to grow in abundance, are visibly seen in certain colors, says Cascone. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Teresa K. of Beachwood, Ohio)
Most molds, when allowed to grow in abundance, are visibly seen in certain colors, says Cascone. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Teresa K. of Beachwood, Ohio)

Mold may be present in your home and affecting your life even if no actual mold is visible. Here are four things that may indicate you need mold remediation.

5 Better Ways to Get Rid of a Headache

neck_stretch.jpg

Taking five minutes out of your day to focus on stretching your neck and shoulders can help alleviate headache problems, says Spurgeon. (Photo by Karen Geswein)
Taking five minutes out of your day to focus on stretching your neck and shoulders can help alleviate headache problems, says Spurgeon. (Photo by Karen Geswein)

When we have a headache, we usually first reach for a bottle of pain reliever, but here are five alternative ways to get rid of your headaches without pills.

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.

What is Angie's List?

Angie’s List is the trusted site where more than 3 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.