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How to Clean Tile Flooring

[fa icon="calendar'] June 13, 2017 at 10:06 AM / by Home Services Expert

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We clean our hands with soap, wash our hair with shampoo and clean our clothes with detergent.

The active ingredient here is soap, so when Experts in Your Home tell a homeowner with a newly installed tile floor that all he or she needs to clean their floor is water, it's no wonder it takes a few rounds of persuasion.

In reality, there is a little more involved in keeping tile flooring looking its best. But when we say “little,” we mean very little. If you haven't fallen in love with your ceramic or natural stone tile floor by now, you will when the Experts reveal how blissfully low maintenance tile flooring really is. Here are our tips on how to clean tile flooring:

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Types of Tile Flooring & How to Choose the Perfect Fit

[fa icon="calendar'] June 7, 2017 at 1:54 PM / by Home Services Expert

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It's easy to understand why tile is the flooring of choice among many Californians. Tile is durable, water-resistant and simple to clean, making it a fine choice for kitchens, bathrooms, laundry rooms and entryways. And because so many Californians have extended their living space with outdoor patios and kitchens, tile has found its way outside, too.

Of course, most of that gorgeous tile was installed a long time ago. When a new tiling project is on the horizon, something “funny” happens when some people lay eyes on the tile section of their favorite home improvement store. Like the finish on some ceramic tile, a glaze often forms – and not on the tile, but over their eyes.

It's easy to become confused over tile, so allow the flooring experts at Experts in Your Home to simplify the distinctions and point out some of the advantages and disadvantages of various tile.

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5 Great Ideas to Create Your Dream Backyard Living Space

[fa icon="calendar'] June 1, 2017 at 11:57 AM / by Home Services Expert

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Savvy homeowners know that there are many sources of inspiration: magazines, websites and especially that enterprising neighbor (with a seemingly sky-is-the-limit budget).

The well of ideas can run deep, and Experts in Your Home has written about a favorite “well” before - Pinterest. But sometimes, the Experts turn to the experts, especially at this time of year, when people ask for ideas to invigorate their backyard. We know: making even one crucial change can transform a dull, lifeless backyard into a dynamic one that becomes a favorite congregating place – and not just on special occasions but every day of the week.

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Deck Maintenance: How to Keep Your Deck Looking Good Year After Year

[fa icon="calendar'] May 23, 2017 at 4:38 PM / by Home Services Expert

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Fewer amenities bring homeowners greater pride – and joy – than a newly installed wood deck. This large, stunning expanse of honey-brown wood, solid and sturdy but soft underfoot, provides added living space and quickly becomes a focal point for outdoor activities.

But then, invariably, alarm sets in. And that's when homeowners call Experts in Your Home in an alarmed state. What happened to my beautiful deck? It looks terrible!

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Home Cleaning: How to Clean Your Driveway, Sidewalk & Patio

[fa icon="calendar'] May 16, 2017 at 10:33 AM / by Home Services Expert

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Experts in Your Home has spent enough time around homeowners, weekend warriors and do-it-yourselfers to know: it's often not a home cleaning task, per se, that they wish to avoid.

They may not exactly relish the thought of getting down and dirty; this is true. But it is the perceived outcome that they dread even more. And because they perceive failure, they avoid the task. They procrastinate and find every reason and excuse to avoid it.

We're all human, so if the Experts have tapped into your own human psychology with regard to concrete stains, you can now rest assured: Most stains can be removed – or at least mostly removed. As with many other home cleaning tasks, Experts in Your Home recommends starting with a simple method before gradually moving to more aggressive methods to clean and remove stains from concrete sidewalks, patios and driveways.

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Some Model Ideas for Staging Your Home for Showings and Open Houses

[fa icon="calendar'] May 8, 2017 at 2:30 PM / by Home Services Expert

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You probably have heard of or seen those “staging shows” on TV – the ones in which home sellers spend several thousand dollars before opening their home to potential buyers through showings and open houses.

That's staging? That's expensive – not to mention a lot of hard work. Experts in Your Home supports the idea of presenting a home in the best light possible. But we think you can stage your home to good effect with the items you already have, without spending a dime, and exerting just a little hard work beforehand. Here's how:

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Selling Your Home? Follow this Handy Checklist to Make a Good First Impression

[fa icon="calendar'] May 2, 2017 at 2:55 PM / by Home Services Expert

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By now, you probably have your cleaning and arranging routine down pat when friends and family members are on their way over for dinner.

But having your house up for sale requires a different strategy because your guests have an entirely different agenda: They're dropping by to see if they might want to buy your house, not spend an enjoyable evening there.

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How to Decide Whether it Makes Financial Sense to Sell Your Home

[fa icon="calendar'] April 28, 2017 at 9:59 AM / by Home Services Expert

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So you think it may be time to sell your home. You think. You're not sure. But you're definitely leaning toward the possibility because, you know, you have your reasons. Then again...

And so goes the emotional pendulum of deciding whether you should put your home up for sale. The tender loving care you've put into your home and the memories you've created there can trigger powerful emotional tugs. But since your home is probably your largest investment, deciding whether to sell it is a financial one, too. For many people, this side of the pendulum is easier to assess because the issues largely come down to dollars and cents – and making good sense of the facts.

Experts in Your Home can help you with the second shift of the pendulum with nine steps that begin with a basic question – “Is it a good time to sell?” – and lead to the search for your next home.

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10 Great Ideas to Improve Your Home's Curb Appeal

[fa icon="calendar'] April 19, 2017 at 10:48 AM / by Home Services Expert

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In our recent article, “Increase Curb Appeal with New Exterior Home Painting”, we noted that Realtors often say that painting can enhance a home's “curb appeal.” And yes; we put the term in quotes, only because it's a term Realtors seem to favor. Then we said, “The painting contractors at Experts in Your Home believe this may be too limiting; painting improves your home's overall appeal, from any vantage point.”

We were trying to make the point that painting is a worthwhile investment that can enhance the pride the owner feels in a home, regardless of whether he or she is making improvements to placate an anxious realtor who is trying to sell it. 

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Increase Curb Appeal with New Exterior Home Painting

[fa icon="calendar'] April 10, 2017 at 3:47 PM / by Home Services Expert

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You've probably reached one important conclusion already: if you're going to paint the exterior of your house, you might as well paint the entire house.

The main surface, be it wood, siding or stucco, abuts so many other elements (especially window trim and shutters) that you probably will regret trying to sidestep them. Against a fresh coat of paint, they will look faded by contrast.

Still, if you're working on a tight budget – or even if you're not certain you want to take on a major home painting project – you're smart to consider how your home's architectural features work together and whether you should try to isolate one from another.

Whatever you decide, you're on the right track. Nothing can transform a home like paint. It's one of the most economical upgrades you can make to preserve your life's No. 1 investment.

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