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Fradette, who started his business in 1993, got into the industry when he answered an ad for a locksmith apprentice. (Photo courtesy of Joe Fradette)
The Angie's List Newsroom reveals the Best and Worst Northeast Ohio Contractors of 2013, chosen for superior or shoddy service. Did your contractor make the list?
full and messy gutters
Gutter Cleaning
Home experts from the Cleveland area say regular cleaning can keep your gutters around for a lifetime.
This bathroom remodeling project evolved as work went on.  (Courtesy of member Christine Atkins of Cleveland)
Remodeling - Home
A Cleveland member recounts her experience with a bathroom remodeling project that converted a walk-in closet into a master bath with floor-to-ceiling tile.
Dover Home Remodelers kitchen remodeling project
A home remodel requires some careful planning. Consider these tips before demo begins.
residential boiler heating system
Water Heaters
Stay warm this winter with regular inspection and maintenance on your hot water boiler heating system.
a home with hail damage
Vinyl and Aluminum Siding
Patience and diligence help when dealing with hail damage and its aftermath.
homeowner stands on new paver patio
RemodelHiring a Contractor
Before hiring a contractor in Cleveland, make sure they are registered to work in the city.
can, pendant, under cabinet and track lighting in kitchen
Lamps & LightingKitchen LightingAccentChandelierPendantRecessedTrackUnder CabinetVanityLighting
Layer your light and make sure there's plenty of it illuminating each main area of your house.
mudroom and command center in home entryway
RemodelMudrooms and Laundry RoomsHome Office
Looking to utilize some unused space in your home? Mull over these trendy home improvement ideas.
sponge cleaning faucet
House Cleaning
How to create a routine housekeeping schedule and deep cleaning plan you can easily maintain.
kitchen remodel with countertops, cabinets, appliances and tile backsplash (Photo by Angie's List)
RemodelInterior Designers and Decorating
Whether it’s a college savings plan or home improvement project, we all want to make smart investments to get the best return possible.
car tire on salt-covered road
Auto Body RepairGeneral Auto Repair
Road salt is unavoidable, but there are ways to protect your car from its damaging effects.
composite deck boards installed over old wood
Deck MaintenanceDeck
Is the lumber on your aging deck hard to clean or splintering? Check out how this homeowner tackled the issue by replacing lumber with a synthetic material.
HVAC tools
PlumbersFurnaces & Home Heating SystemsAir ConditioningHiring a Contractor
Investigation of corruption in the Ohio Department of Transportation brings about charges against Dennis B. Kratochvil.
Gretchen Becker, Former Angie's List Reporter
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Angie's List names the Worst Cleveland Contractors of 2012.