Katie Flannery


Katie Flannery is a freelance writer and editor for BobVila.com. She has over 15 years of experience writing for a wide range of topics including home improvement, educational consulting, business, music, and culture. In addition to writing and editing, Katie is a Professor of Musicology and teaches classes in American popular music. When she’s not writing, editing, or teaching, she’s a collector of vinyl records and screen-printed concert posters, a baseball fan, a vintage clothing aficionado, and a voracious reader. Catch up with Katie on LinkedIn or Journo Portfolio.

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JULY 20, 2021 | TUESDAY
How Often Should You Get Your Septic Tank Pumped? The Answer, Explained

Q: I recently bought a new house, and it has a septic system. I don’t have any experience with septic tanks, and I’m not sure how often it needs to be emptied and cleaned. How often shoul...

JULY 19, 2021 | MONDAY
Should I Replace My Water Heater Before It Fails? The Answer, Explained

Q: My water heater is over 10 years old, and it’s started making strange noises and knocking sounds. Should I replace my water heater before it fails? Or should I wait until it stops work...

JULY 16, 2021 | FRIDAY
How Much Does Insulation Cost to Install?

Typical Range: $1,400 to $6,300 National Average: $2,900If you’re experiencing a drafty house, high energy bills, attic moisture, uneven temperatures from room to room, and a constantl...

JULY 12, 2021 | MONDAY
How Much Does Foundation Repair Cost?

Typical Range: $2,012 to $7,074 National Average: $4,542Foundation settling that results in cracking can lead to significant structural issues for your home. If you notice cracks in yo...

How Much Does It Cost to Build a Pool?

Typical Range: $16,441 to $44,198 National Average: $29,638A backyard pool is a perfect way to cool off during those hot summer months—or year-round if you’re lucky enough to live in a...

JULY 6, 2021 | TUESDAY
How Much Does a Radon Mitigation System Cost?

Typical Range: $771 to $1,185 National Average: $978Radon is an odorless and colorless radioactive gas. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), radon gas is the leading...

JULY 2, 2021 | FRIDAY
How Much Does It Cost to Finish a Basement?

Typical Range: $2,800 to $33,985 National Average: $18,395Finishing a basement is an excellent way to create more living space in a home. A finished basement can provide up to a 70 per...

How To: Fix a Leaning Fence

A leaning or sagging fence not only diminishes a home’s curb appeal, but if it’s left unrepaired, it can also lead to more expensive fence replacement. Maintaining the fence around your h...

JUNE 18, 2021 | FRIDAY
What Is the Cost of Granite Countertops?

Typical Range: $2,000 to $4,500 National Average: $3,250The natural look of granite countertops adds warmth and character to any kitchen. Granite countertops can also improve the resal...

JUNE 17, 2021 | THURSDAY
How To: Get Rid of Crane Flies

Crane flies look like large mosquitoes. They can have a 2. 5-inch wingspan, and they are often yellow, brown, red, or gray. Crane flies have long antennae, and the female has a stinger-li...