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Common Plumbing ProblemsPlumbersWater Softeners
If you've got hard water wreaking havoc on your plumbing, leaving mineral deposits on your surfaces, or leaving a nasty film on your dishes, could a descaler help, or do you need a water softener?
To reduce the risk of falling, inspect stairs inside and outside the house for loose or uneven steps, and see that stairways, including landings at the top and bottom of the stairs, are well lit. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Kathleen B. of Boston)
Senior adults are more likely to suffer a serious fall. Learn about ways to limit the risk.
Real estate agent Harry Simons is being held at the DuPage County jail on $300,00 bond after allegedly stealing $145,000 from clients.  (Photo by Photo courtesy of the DuPage County Sheriff's Department)
Real Estate Agents
Prosecutors allege agent kept earnest money from a dozen clients of a Burr Ridge real estate agency.
interior design
Interior Designers and Decorating
When redecorating a space, one common question that we get from clients is how to mix and match patterns.
Flooded basement
Common Plumbing ProblemsPlumbersBasement WaterproofingBasementSewer and Main Drains
A blogger gives advice learned about sewer control while renovating her 1950s suburban Chicago home.
Brent Straitiff of Triview Property Management says managing a property is a sophisticated process, much like running a small business. 
Photo here and above by Jay Madden
Property ManagementApartment Living
New legislation brings licensing and training requirements to property managers.
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Tax Consultant & Accounting Companies
Whether you do it personally or use a property tax consultant, appealing your Chicago property tax assessment can lower your tax bill and save you money.
This home at 1000 E. 48th St. in Chicago's Kenwood neighborhood has a troubled past and has sat for sale for several months.  (Photo by Steven Jack)
Real Estate Agents
Whether it's a death by natural causes or something more sinister, home buyers may be surprised by what real estate agents don't have to tell you under Illinois law.
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Hiring a Contractor
Not everyone has the talent, skill and dedication required to be a good general contractor or carpenter.
hardwood floor with stair balister
Loose subfloors can cause annoying squeaks with every step. Read these tips on how to fix this problem.
Asking the right questions ahead of time can save you from problems during your new furnace installation. (Photo by Summer Galyan)
Furnaces & Home Heating SystemsAir ConditioningHVAC Maintenance
You got three bids for furnace or A/C replacement, but you’re not sure which is best? Ask yourself and contractor these four questions to pick the right one.
living room furniture and rug by window
Furniture Repair and Restoration
Keep your wood, fabric and leather furniture safe from the harmful effects of UV exposure.
Basement RemodelingPlanning a RemodelRemodelContractors
Learn about three projects ideal for winter home remodeling and renovation.
With rates at historic lows and lending guidelines loosening a little, now may be a perfect time to explore your home mortgage loan refinancing options. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Susan C. of Denver)
Mortgage LoansBanks & Credit Unions
As rates fall and property values rise, learn whether refinancing would help you, and why
Once home to a large population of Swedish immigrants, Andersonville has grown into a diverse community with a wide variety of restaurants and businesses. (Photo by Photo courtesy of the Andersonville Chamber of Commerce)
Real Estate Agents
Andersonville is ranked among the "Hottest Neighborhoods of 2015."