Katie Flannery


Name: Katie Flannery

Title: Contributing Writer

Katie Flannery is a writer and editor for BobVila.com. Since September 2020, she has been offering readers advice about general home improvement, kitchen renovation, service and product costs, and repairs, as well as editing buyer’s guides for household goods. With over 20 years of professional writing experience, she’s successfully generated hundreds of news articles, blog posts, interviews, concert reviews, album reviews, press releases, proposals, essays, and academic papers. 

Expertise and Experience

Branching out from her strong academic and music history background, Katie enjoys putting together articles and blog posts about various topics. Preferring to not have one specific writing niche, she’s been featured in home improvement, law, business, health, education, fire and safety, automotive, music, and gardening websites, such as Pure Home Improvement, Boyer Law Firm, Price It Here, B-Lann Equipment, Money Task Force, UroTuning, Colorado Music Buzz, Boulder Weekly, and many more. 

Through her years as a university professor, Katie has honed her writing style to balance the interests of professionals in the field and the curious reader who wants to make their way as a DIYer. She has produced numerous articles for BobVila.com, including product reviews, buyer’s guides, how to find and hire the best professional for the job, “best of” pieces, and the cost of repairs and products. Katie strives to make her writing clear and beneficial to homeowners who want to complete a home renovation job on their own or find the perfect professional to remodel their space.

In her free time, Katie is a vinyl record and screen-printed poster collector, a voracious reader, a vintage clothing aficionado, and a passionate furniture refinisher. 

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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?

Highlights Foundation repair typically costs between $2,164 and $7,793, with the national average foundation repair cost at $4,974. Some of the main factors that affect foundation repai...

How Much Does It Cost to Build a Pool?

Highlights The typical range for the cost to build a pool is $700 to $125,000, with a national average of $36,000. Cost factors for building a pool include the pool size, shape, and typ...

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?

Highlights It typically costs between $2,800 and $34,500 to finish a basement, with homeowners across the country paying a national average of $18,398. The biggest factors that affect c...

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
How Much Is the Cost of Granite Countertops?

Highlights The cost of granite countertops typically ranges from $2,000 to $4,500, while the national average cost is $3,250. Some of the factors affecting the total cost of granite cou...

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...

JUNE 11, 2021 | FRIDAY
Solved! Can You Paint Over Mold?

Q: I just discovered mold on the walls in my bedroom. Is there an easy way to get rid of it? What happens if you paint over mold?A: Painting over mold may cover up the dark patches where ...

JUNE 11, 2021 | FRIDAY
How Much Does a Gravel Driveway Cost?

Typical Range: $300 to $60,000 National Average: $1,500A gravel driveway can be a functional, budget-friendly feature for any home. If you’re interested in an alternative to an asphalt...