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10 Reasons to Look at the Bright Side When a New Furnace Lands in Your Stocking

[fa icon="calendar'] December 15, 2017 at 2:41 PM / by Home Services Expert

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It's that time of year again: Some Chico area homeowners are getting an unexpected “gift” for Christmas or the new year.

The box is so big that it takes several technicians from Experts in Your Home to carry it indoors. But the anxious faces around us tell us this is no time to exult, “Ho, ho, ho!” – not when our guests are probably thinking, “Oh no! Oh no!”

Hold the “bah-humbugs!”

If we've seen it once, we've seen it a hundred times: a homeowner faced with a cracked heat exchanger is forced to replace the furnace at the end of the year. This major expense never comes at a “good” time, but the holiday season is arguably the worst.

While the Experts do everything we can to make this major household investment affordable for our customers, we think the second greatest gift we can give at this anxious time is reassurance that investing in a new furnace results in some impressive benefits.

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10 Good Reasons to Schedule a Roof Inspection

[fa icon="calendar'] December 7, 2017 at 3:44 PM / by Home Services Expert

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Many people hit the roof, go through the roof or act like a cat on a hot tin roof when they’re dealing with a roof leak.

And Experts in Your Home should know, because this is when we field the greatest number of calls for roof inspections. But a roof shouldn’t cave in – literally or figuratively – for you to schedule a roof inspection.

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Don't Ignore Signs of a Catastrophic Roof Leak After the Recent Rains

[fa icon="calendar'] November 28, 2017 at 3:32 PM / by Home Services Expert

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Instead of watching their favorite reality show on TV, many Chico area homeowners have witnessed a different reality: that of water streaming through the ceiling and splashing into their kitchen, family room or living room.

Water leaks are the most obvious sign that the recent rains have permeated the most important part of their home's outer “envelope”: the roof. (The other components include the attic, doors, windows, exterior walls and subfloor.) But water leaks are not the only sign.

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6 Must-Do Tasks Before Moving Into Your New Home

[fa icon="calendar'] November 21, 2017 at 9:34 AM / by Home Services Expert

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Everyone, it seems, has “a million” things to do when they move into a new home.

That's some to-do list to tackle, and you're bound to need a hand. There are six tasks that should rise to the top of your list – and Experts in Your Home can help you accomplish each one before the movers unload even the first box in your new home:

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Commercial Remodeling/Tenant Improvements - Yes, We Do That Too!

[fa icon="calendar'] November 15, 2017 at 3:03 PM / by Home Services Expert

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If you've ever ducked underneath someone's oversized umbrella during a driving rain storm, then you know: it provides the safety and security you need when you're caught by surprise.

It may help to think of Experts In Your Home in the same way – a home improvement umbrella company that many homeowners in the Chico area know for what's underneath it:  services such as building and remodeling, heating and air conditioning, plumbing, electrical, painting and cleaning services. 

But the Experts In Your Home umbrella is larger than some people may realize. It also covers commercial properties, and it's usually at this time of year when commercial landlords are preparing for the year ahead by making what are known as tenant improvements. If you, too, are considering making these types of improvements – either because you want to or a tenant has requested them – Experts In Your Home wants to ensure it saves room for you under its umbrella as our schedule fills up.

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Home Lighting Efficiency Tips

[fa icon="calendar'] November 2, 2017 at 11:14 AM / by Home Services Expert

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Say what you want about those older, gas-guzzling cars, but they let you know in seconds how your driving habits affected your gas supply: If you gunned the gas when the traffic light turned green, you watched in amazement as the needle sunk by one-eighth or more.

It's simple to do this kind of math. If you spent $20 to fill your tank, then that hasty start cost you $2.50 (and – who knows – may have been worth it).

It would be nice if our energy-consuming habits around the house registered such swift responses. The U.S. Department of Energy touts many ways that “the typical” homeowner who spends about $1,400 a year on electricity can cut costs by 30 percent, or $420, a year.

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How to Teach Kids About Electrical Safety

[fa icon="calendar'] October 27, 2017 at 3:18 PM / by Home Services Expert

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Parents of toddlers often wish they had a dollar for every time they say, “No!” Then again, parents of youngsters, preteens and adolescents probably feel the same way. “No!” is an ageless word that comes part and parcel with parenthood.

Still, this curt, no-nonsense command comes in handy as a toddler is about to chomp on a plugged-in cell phone charger or a youngster with wet hands stands ready to plug in a toaster. As your child's best and most influential teacher, you have much to impart. And electrical safety should be part of your “syllabus.”

But how do you know which concepts to introduce at what age? And what about those concepts? What should they include? Allow Experts in Your Home to shed some light on the subject of electrical safety by beginning with some general tips that can help you every step of the way.

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Why Fall May Be the Perfect Time for New Home Flooring

[fa icon="calendar'] October 20, 2017 at 3:06 PM / by Home Services Expert

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As builders and remodelers, Experts in Your Home has heard just about every contractor joke known to man – and woman. Some of the jokes are even funny.

For homeowners, the upshot is not always worth cracking a smile about. Consider the age-old, “When is the best time to undertake a home improvement project?” Answer: “When you don't have to be home to deal with it.”

The upshot here is that home improvement projects are disruptive and stressful. While it's true that many of them can be, it's equally true that an experienced company knows exactly how to minimize the disruptions and stress until a project is complete.

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Why Choose Experts In Your Home for Your Chico Heating Repairs?

[fa icon="calendar'] October 11, 2017 at 2:53 PM / by Home Services Expert

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If you're new to the Chico area, then you know you have to put first things first.

You have to find a bank. You have to figure out where your favorite grocery stores are located. You should learn how to get to the nearest hospital and emergency clinic. And you probably should identify a mechanic who can change the oil in your car and perform repairs.

Daily life goes more smoothly when you're prepared to deal with life's expected and unexpected events, including heating repairs to your heating, ventilation and cooling system. Now that winter is approaching, learn why your neighbors have made Experts in Your Home the premier HVAC company in the Chico area.

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Stay on Top of Home Safety by Having an Electrician Install Outdoor Security Lighting

[fa icon="calendar'] October 3, 2017 at 11:49 AM / by Home Services Expert

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This is one quandary you didn't quite expect as you began to research how to “light up” your home with outdoor lighting.

As you did expect, companies that sell home security systems and outdoor lighting swear that their products deter crime. Their argument seems logical: Burglars prefer to go unnoticed, so keep your home well-lit and stop them in their tracks. Many metropolitan police departments – including those in Los Angeles, Dallas and Chicago – agree with this logic and urge homeowners to enact these and other home safety & security measures.

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