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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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Interior Home Painting: Prep Tips to Get the Look You Dream Of

[fa icon="calendar'] July 13, 2016 at 10:03 AM / by Home Services Expert

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We take shortcuts when we clean. Besides, who will ever notice that we didn't move the couch and vacuum underneath it?

We take shortcuts when we cook. Besides, who will ever notice that we didn't peel the red peppers before we tossed them into the casserole?

But take shortcuts when you paint and everyone will surely notice – even if they're too polite to say so.

No matter how skilled you are with a brush, no matter how deftly you can swirl Ws on a wall with a roller, there is no way that paint will disguise a bump, stain or other protruding imperfection lurking under the surface.

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Does Home Remodeling Seem Scary? How a Project Manager Can Help

[fa icon="calendar'] July 8, 2016 at 11:15 AM / by Home Services Expert

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In his 1933 inaugural address, Franklin D. Roosevelt famously asserted his “firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”

At the time, the country was in the throes of the Great Depression, but it is widely believed that Roosevelt tapped into his own life experiences to rally people to support his wide-ranging New Deal programs. Among those experiences: his forays into home remodeling, including his beloved Hyde Park home in New York.

In terms of remodeling, Roosevelt may have gotten it half-right; research since then has shown that people have legitimate reasons to fear home remodeling. Hignell not only knows what those reasons are, but has moved to erase them by assigning a project manager to every home remodeling project.

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Exciting Changes to Experts In Your Home!

[fa icon="calendar'] June 30, 2016 at 1:58 PM / by Home Services Expert

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We have been making some exciting changes over at The Hignell Companies when it comes to Experts In Your Home.

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Ways to Enhance Your Home Deck for Summer Entertainment

[fa icon="calendar'] June 29, 2016 at 10:25 AM / by Home Services Expert

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Over the years, the building experts at The Hignell Companies have been invited to many customers' homes for a rather forlorn “introduction” to the backyard deck.

“Just look at it,” our team often hears. “What do you think I should do with that thing?”

The truth is, the problem usually isn't the structural integrity of the deck (although it could be).

Rather, often it's that the deck is vastly underused or is not conducive to outdoor entertainment, which is a shame because those are the precise reasons the deck probably was installed in the first place.

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