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Hold that Blanket: Why You Shouldn't Be in a Hurry to Cover Your Air Conditioner

[fa icon="calendar'] September 26, 2016 at 4:08 PM / by Home Services Expert

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Experts in Your Home understands the inclination, and it's a good one: when the temperatures in northern California begin to fall, many homeowners want to protect their air conditioner with a cover or insulating blanket.

Their motivation makes perfect sense: they want to protect their investment from the cold, the wind and maybe even the snowflakes to come.

While you won't do any serious harm to your compressor by covering it, it would be inaccurate to say that you're failing to be proactive by not covering it – at least based on the climate of northern California.

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Get Ready for Fall - Now Is The Perfect Time for a Home Heating System Tune-Up

[fa icon="calendar'] September 13, 2016 at 9:43 AM / by Home Services Expert

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If you've been diligent, you've been keeping your furnace free of dust the last few months – both dusting it with your trusty feather duster and vacuuming around it.

Now, when you stop laughing, you'll let Experts in Your Home explain why you should schedule your fall furnace inspection and tune-up – and why you should do so before you fire up that dusty metal contraption for the first time this season.

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Home Tips: How to Prevent Dry Rot In Your Home

[fa icon="calendar'] September 7, 2016 at 9:24 AM / by Home Services Expert

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The topic of dry rot isn’t something that comes up in everyday conversation. In fact, many people don’t even know it’s a part of their home until they have a reason to look for it. In our previous article, “Home Tips: How to Detect and Repair Dry Rot In Your Home”, we talked about the urgency of taking care of dry rot found in your home. Whether you recently had a home inspection that detected dry rot in your home, or you simply want to avoid ever having to deal with it, learning how to prevent dry rot in the future is important.

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Home Tips: How to Detect and Repair Dry Rot In Your Home

[fa icon="calendar'] August 31, 2016 at 4:38 PM / by Home Services Expert

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If ever there were a time that you urgently need an expert in your home, it's when you think you've found dry rot.

Any malady paired with the word “rot” understandably can incite fear. Experts in Your Home has eradicated such fear from many northern California homeowners – and we can do the same for you.

As with most household conditions that you encounter for the first time, dry rot can be less frightening when you learn what it is and where you're most likely to find it.

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Is It Time to Install a Ceiling Fan? Let Experts In Your Home Help!

[fa icon="calendar'] August 24, 2016 at 9:05 AM / by Home Services Expert

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Here is a question Experts in Your Home hears quite often at this time of year: When is the best time of year to install a ceiling fan?

This is a question that actually has four potential answers and one fundamentally spot-on answer: Summer, fall, winter, spring, which means that any time is a good time to install a ceiling fan.

While ceiling fans are most commonly associated with providing much-needed cool breezes during the summer and fall, they actually provide benefits year-round.

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Home Tips: Benefits of Having a Back Yard Fence Installed

[fa icon="calendar'] August 17, 2016 at 9:11 AM / by Home Services Expert

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You could probably divide the world into two groups: the people who generally like fences and the people who spot one in the backyard of a home they're considering purchasing and say, “That thing's gotta go.”

Every once in a while, Experts In Your Home encounters a third group: the homeowners who literally are on the fence about whether to have a fence installed in their backyard.

Before our fence builders take a simple measurement or show a single picture of the fences they have installed in the Chico area, they ask, “What is your objective?” In other words, they need to know what purpose the fence ought to serve. Along the way, homeowners often realize that fences offer more benefits than they realized. Some might resonate with you, too:

Consider the Benefits of Having a Fence Installed:

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Home Tips: Extend Your Living Space with One of Six Popular Patio Surfaces

[fa icon="calendar'] August 12, 2016 at 9:07 AM / by Home Services Expert

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It's difficult to picture anything more enticing than enjoying an outdoor cookout, with good food sizzling on the grill, a cool drink in your hand and the soft texture of a patio under your bare feet.

Then again, this soothing picture might depend on which type of texture is rubbing against your feet. As much as choosing a patio material hinges on financial considerations, comfort counts, too.

Six Popular Patio Options for Your Home

When you turn to the patio installation experts at Experts In Your Home, they will explain the six most popular options – as well as the pros and cons of each one. Installing a new patio can increase your home's value – not to mention increase its recreational value to you. This is why it's important to carefully consider:

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Home Tips: Make These Five Moves to De-Stress Your Next Move

[fa icon="calendar'] August 5, 2016 at 9:30 AM / by Home Services Expert

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They don't call it one of life's biggest stressors for nothing.

Moving to a new house is an all-consuming process (some would call it an ordeal) for months beforehand and weeks afterward. A thorough home inspection and a walk-through right before your closing should have set your expectations accordingly. But since it's rare for anybody to move out of one home and directly (and completely) into another home on the same day, carve out a window of time to tend to these five issues either right before you move into your new home or just as soon as you do.

These five home tips won't eliminate the stress of your move. But based on the experience of Experts In Your Home, they will instill you with some peace of mind when you need it most:

5 Home Tips to De-Stress Your Move:

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Embrace the Outdoors: The Many Benefits of Building a Home Sunroom

[fa icon="calendar'] August 2, 2016 at 9:24 AM / by Home Services Expert

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The neighbors knew something was up; they just didn't know why so many contractors were visiting Nancy and Jim's home and spending so much time surveying the backyard.

In this close-knit (some would say nosy) community, the neighbors wasted no time finding out: Nancy and Jim were interested in building a full-glass sunroom addition on the rear of their traditional saltbox colonial, complete with a six-seat hot tub.

The neighbors – on either side and to the rear of Nancy and Jim's house – were quick to render their opinion: Nancy and Jim would only waste their hard-earned money on such an extravagance. But with every well-intentioned objection Nancy and Jim heard, they became more convinced than ever that the many benefits outweighed the one issue they hadn't yet reconciled: the cost of the project.

If you're considering building a sunroom – either to your current home or as part of a new construction project – it might help to understand how Nancy and Jim weighed the benefits:

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Interior Home Painting: Application Tips for that Perfect Look

[fa icon="calendar'] July 20, 2016 at 2:44 PM / by Home Services Expert

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It's been said that painting a wall is like frosting a cake. They both begin in a bare state and “all” you have to do is cover them evenly.

As you may have noticed, some frosted cakes look a lot better than others, showing the unmistakable touch of someone who knows how to expertly maneuver a spatula. And as you may have noticed, some painted walls look a lot better than others, showing the unmistakable touch of someone who knows how (and when) to use brushes and rollers.

While the two applications are similar, it's easy to underestimate what's involved in painting a wall evenly and expertly. Let Experts In Your Home guide you through the process. By the time you're done, you might consider their advice the icing on the cake.

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