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Home Lighting Safety: Lighting Your Christmas Tree the Right Way

[fa icon="calendar'] December 2, 2016 at 3:23 PM / by Home Services Expert

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It’s one of those “anybody can do it” tasks, though not necessarily well or worthy of a Norman Rockwell scene: stringing a Christmas tree with lights.

Since most people decorate only once a year, they seem more inclined to take safety shortcuts in the interest of keeping the task moving along so they can get to "the fun part": hanging the ornaments. But shortcuts involving electricity are always a mistake: Holiday lights trigger about 150 fires a year and cause more than $8 million in property damage, the National Fire Protection Association says.

Since Experts in Your Home want you, too, to become a safety expert in your home, learn how to light up your Christmas tree the right way.

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Home Safety Tips for Holiday Cooking

[fa icon="calendar'] November 22, 2016 at 3:08 PM / by Home Services Expert

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Everything in the kitchen seems to multiply over the holidays: the number of meals and desserts we prepare, the number of kitchen tools that get pressed into action and the number of people who hover close by.

Unfortunately, the number of accidents multiply, too, making the holidays the riskiest time of the year to be in the kitchen. Fires peak around the holidays, followed by injuries caused by knives, cookware, food processors, microwaves and blenders.

Unless you make restaurant reservations, you probably won't be able to make your kitchen a completely “risk-free zone.” But you can greatly reduce the risks by following safety tips from the National Fire Protection Association, the Consumer Product Safety Commission and Consumer Reports, brought to you by the people who have a vested interest in your safety year-round: Experts in Your Home.

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Overwhelmed by the Holiday Season Already? Let Our House Cleaning Team Get Your Home Spotless

[fa icon="calendar'] November 16, 2016 at 10:34 AM / by Home Services Expert

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You’re making a list and checking it twice. Your house looks naughty but you want it to look nice.

You know the holidays are creeping up on you when you start to toy with the words of popular songs. Only your improvised words aren’t exactly conjuring thoughts of sugar plums.

With all you have to do to prepare for the holidays, cleaning your house from top to bottom can pose an epic challenge. Especially if you’re expecting out-of-town guests, you want to ensure that your home is virtually spotless – and in those nooks and crannies you probably don’t have time to clean and clean properly.

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Staying Warm While Keeping Your Furnace Set Low

[fa icon="calendar'] November 8, 2016 at 9:35 AM / by Home Services Expert

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Of course you've already had your home heating system tuned up. You've also sealed and insulated your home and have made a commitment to checking your air filter every few weeks.

But still: the chill remains.

You can warm up to a previous Experts in Your Home article: “Save Money & Stay Warm: Home Heating Efficiency Tips,” which focuses on home energy tips. But if you're still feeling chilled, it's time to take matters into your own hands. The only question is, Will you stop at some quick “self-winterizing” tips or call the Experts to make some more permanent changes to your home?

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Save Money & Stay Warm: Home Heating Efficiency Tips

[fa icon="calendar'] October 28, 2016 at 10:54 AM / by Home Services Expert

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You know how those first few heat waves of the summer can make you feel overheated. But if you're like most people, you adapt to the warmth fairly quickly.

But the first few cold snaps of autumn? Now that's a different story. Physiology studies show that it takes longer for most people to adapt to cold temperatures.

While your impulse may be to turn up the thermostat to stay warm, you don't want to bust your household budget to pay your heating bill, either. Fortunately, these two goals are not mutually exclusive --- as long as you follow some straightforward home heating efficiency tips from Experts in Your Home:

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Bring on the Rain, Just Keep It Outside! Be Ready for Winter with a Roof Inspection

[fa icon="calendar'] October 24, 2016 at 11:50 AM / by Home Services Expert

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Brace yourself. The Old Farmer's Almanac predicts that northern California will experience “above normal” rainfall this winter.

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Leaves In Your Gutter - The Gift You Don't Want This Season

[fa icon="calendar'] October 14, 2016 at 2:22 PM / by Home Services Expert

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The ol’ “out of sight, out of mind” rationale makes perfect sense – until, that is, Experts in Your Home has to explain to an overwrought homeowner that their roof has caved in because it was weakened by a steady stream of water.

The frequent cause: gutters so clogged with leaves, twigs, pine needles, acorns, dirt and other debris that when it rained, the water overflowed from the gutters and spilled right into their home.

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Let Our Home Remodeling Experts Beautify Your House for the Holidays

[fa icon="calendar'] October 5, 2016 at 9:50 AM / by Home Services Expert

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The last 30 days of the year seem to sneak up on most everyone, especially if they're trying to squeeze in a home remodeling project before the holidays – and maybe guests – arrive.

Make your New Year's resolution early this year by resolving to get a jump start on a project that is sure to imbue your home with added holiday spirit. Just as there are 12 days of Christmas, there are 12 projects in particular that Experts in Your Home knows can wrap up a home for the holidays better than a festive red bow and ribbon. By category, they include:

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Be Ready for Winter: Make Sure Your Home Plumbing Can Handle the Cold

[fa icon="calendar'] September 30, 2016 at 9:59 AM / by Home Services Expert

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There are few sounds that can strike fear in the heart like the sound of water gushing into your home, loudly striking against the walls and the ceiling and splashing against baseboards as a rising tide engulfs the floor.

Chances are, this traumatic and expensive domestic crisis was caused by a pipe burst or other plumbing malfunction. Since it is most likely to occur in the winter, allow Experts in Your Home help you safeguard your home plumbing before temperatures plunge in northern California.

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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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