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 25, 2023 | TUESDAY
Composite Decking vs. Wood Cost Comparison: 9 Considerations Before Choosing

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JULY 20, 2023 | THURSDAY
How Much Does a Cocktail Pool Cost?

Highlights The typical cost to install a cocktail pool ranges from $5,500 to $50,000, with a national average of $22,650. Some of the main factors involved in calculating the cost of co...

JULY 14, 2023 | FRIDAY
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Highlights The typical cost to snake a drain ranges between $145 and $350, with homeowners paying an average of $237. Some of the main factors affecting the cost to snake a drain includ...

JULY 14, 2023 | FRIDAY
How Much Does Fence Repair Cost?

Highlights The typical cost range for fence repair is from $302 to $922, with the national average cost at $594. The main factors affecting fence repair cost include the length, height,...

JUNE 29, 2023 | THURSDAY
How Much Does a Backyard Putting Green Cost?

Highlights The typical cost to build a backyard putting green is between $400 and $9,000, with homeowners across the nation paying an average of $4,300. The main factors that influence ...

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Grub damage versus fungus problems can look similar, but there are a few ways to determine if the unsightly dead patches of grass are caused by the presence of grubs or fungal disease. Gr...

JUNE 15, 2023 | THURSDAY
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Q: I heard that installing solar panels on a house can help save on energy costs. My house receives direct sunlight for most of the day, but I’m not sure if I should take the plunge. Are ...

What’s the Difference? Identifying Termite vs. Carpenter Ant Damage

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JUNE 6, 2023 | TUESDAY
How Much Does a Saltwater Pool Cost?

Highlights The typical cost range for a saltwater pool is $500 to $67,000, with the national average cost coming in at $25,000. Some of the factors that can influence saltwater pool cos...

JUNE 6, 2023 | TUESDAY
How Much Does Shower Installation Cost?

Highlights The typical cost to install a shower falls between $3,733 and $11,173, with a national average cost of $7,350. Shower installation cost can be influenced by several factors, ...