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March 2015 Consumer Reports: How to Raise Your Home’s Value

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Do you plan to sell your house in the near future? If so, check out this month’s Consumer Reports cover article, “How to Make Your Home 10% More Valuable.” The article includes ratings for interior paints and toilets. Also included is a list of Consumer Reports’ Home team’s best and worst home improvement shows on TV. Is your favorite on one of the lists?

Have you been following the controversy about GMOs, or genetically modified organisms? GMOs are found in many packaged foods, such as chips, protein bars, and breakfast cereals. A recent survey done by the Consumer Reports National Research Center found that 92% of Americans believe that these foods should be labeled before they’re sold. Check out this article for more information on GMOs–are they bad for you? Do they harm the environment?

Have you had a CT scan or an X-ray recently? Are they dangerous? Check out this article on CT scans, MRIs, and medical radiation.  

Taking your automobile in for service is a necessity. Are you happy with the service you receive? A recent Consumer Reports survey found that people were more satisfied with service from an independent repair shop than from a dealership. This article also lists repair satisfaction, by make; newcomer Tesla is at the top of this year’s list.

More in this issue:

  • Information on streaming services (Amazon Prime, Hulu Plus and others) and sharing
  • Ratings for AA batteries
  • Ratings for vacuums
  • Ratings for washers

Each branch of the Fauquier County Library has the print issues of Consumer Reports from 2010 up to the current issue. The Find It Virginia databases have an index to the issues from February 1, 1976 to the current issue, and the full-text of the reviews from January 1, 1999 to June 1, 2009. You can access Find It Virginia from any library computer, or from home with your valid Fauquier County Public Library card.

Reference Staff, Warrenton central library

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