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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JUNE 2, 2023 | FRIDAY
How Much Does a Lap Pool Cost?

Highlights Installing a lap pool typically costs between $4,000 and $100,000, with a national average cost of $44,000. Some of the factors that affect the total cost include the size, m...

MAY 31, 2023 | WEDNESDAY
How Much Does an Inground Hot Tub Cost?

Highlights The typical cost range to install an inground hot tub is $500 to $25,000, with a national average cost of $15,000. There are numerous factors that can affect the cost of inst...

MAY 31, 2023 | WEDNESDAY
Solved! This Is What Mold on the Ceiling Means—and Here's How to Get Rid of It

Q: As I was getting ready to take a shower, I looked up and noticed black splotches on my bathroom ceiling. What causes mold on bathroom ceiling surfaces, and what can I do to get rid of ...

MAY 5, 2023 | FRIDAY
How Much Does It Cost to Install a Bathroom Vanity?

Highlights It typically costs between $300 and $3,800 to install a bathroom vanity, with homeowners paying a national average of $1,500. Some of the factors that have the biggest influe...

APRIL 28, 2023 | FRIDAY
How Much Does It Cost to Rent a Carpet Cleaner?

Highlights Renting a carpet cleaner typically costs between $30 and $95 per day. The exact cost will depend on the rental time frame, the type of machine and detergent needed, the numbe...

APRIL 28, 2023 | FRIDAY
How Much Does Dishwasher Repair Cost?

Highlights Homeowners can typically expect to pay between $50 and $600 for dishwasher repair, with the national average cost at $215. Some of the main factors that affect dishwasher rep...

How Much Do Triple-Pane Windows Cost?

Highlights The typical cost range to install triple-pane windows is between $400 and $3,540, with a national average cost of $1,935. The main factors that affect the total cost of tripl...

APRIL 24, 2023 | MONDAY
How Much Does Shipping Furniture Cost?

Highlights The cost to ship furniture typically ranges from $300 to $4,500, with a national average cost of $2,400. The exact cost to ship furniture will depend on several factors, incl...

How Much Does Piano Removal Cost?

Highlights The national average cost to remove a piano from a home is $504, with a typical cost range of $258 to $570. The factors that have the most influence on piano removal cost inc...

MARCH 31, 2023 | FRIDAY
How Much Does Yard Cleanup Cost?

Highlights Yard cleaning has a typical cost range of $190 to $1,000 and a national average cost of $360. Several factors will affect the total cost, including the size of the yard, the ...