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Why Your Ungrounded Electrical Outlet is a Hazard

[fa icon="calendar'] December 29, 2016 at 2:51 PM / by Home Services Expert

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You were in hot pursuit – crawling around on the floor, moving furniture and drapes aside – to find every outlet you could get your hands on to plug in holiday decorations.

It was a pleasant surprise to discover an outlet you didn't expect. But you might have found something else: that your home features many two-slot outlets, also known as ungrounded outlets.

Take your time and put the holiday decorations away. But then make a point to call Experts in Your Home. Those outlets can pose a safety hazard and should be addressed in one of three ways. Since the Experts always try to anticipate your questions, here are some questions you might have about both types of outlets, followed by the answers from our team of licensed electricians:

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Stay Safe While Hanging Outdoor Lights Like a Pro

[fa icon="calendar'] December 6, 2016 at 11:06 AM / by Home Services Expert

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There's one in every neighborhood: the house that looks like an A-list movie director oversaw the artful hanging of outdoor lights along the eaves, trees and shrubs.

There's usually another kind of house in every neighborhood, too: the one that looks so tacky that you've given thought about how to pull the plug without getting caught.

How do you create an outdoor lighting display that looks more like the former than the latter? By following some tips from Experts in Your Home, who happen to be experts outside the home, too.

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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: 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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How to Improve Your Home with Recessed Lighting

[fa icon="calendar'] May 2, 2016 at 4:07 PM / by Home Services Expert

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kitchen with recessed lightingIf you've ever walked through a model home, or a fabulous room addition just completed by a proud neighbor, you might have thought to yourself, “That recessed lighting is terrific. Now why didn't we think of that?”

Don't kick yourself too hard; many time-pressed builders pass on installing recessed lighting because it requires time and planning to do it right. After all, it's much more expedient to mount a light fixture on a wall or ceiling than in a ceiling or wall.

But it's never too late to install recessed lighting

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How to Choose the Best Ceiling Fan for Your Home

[fa icon="calendar'] April 20, 2016 at 4:33 PM / by Home Services Expert

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ceiling fanIf you're feeling a bit “blown away” by all the choices you face as you shop for your first home ceiling fan, rest assured that you have plenty of company.

Many customers of The Hignell Companies seek our help with the selection process, and we always reassure them of two points right from the start:

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DIY Electrical Video: Checking Your Light Switches

[fa icon="calendar'] April 18, 2016 at 11:50 AM / by Home Services Expert

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It's more than “the law of averages”; it's a fact of a homeowner's life: somewhere in your home lies at least one light switch that doesn't work like it should.

If you're already nodding and wondering what you should do next, the answer is: let the Experts In Your Home help with this DIY video that will walk you through the process of conducting what we call an electrical switch check. Then you can decide whether you can make the electrical repair yourself.

Watch this DIY Electrical Video here to find out how to check your home light switches:

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Outdoor Safety Lighting: Where & What to Have a Chico Electrician Install

[fa icon="calendar'] April 1, 2016 at 12:26 PM / by Home Services Expert

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A family purchased a home in Chico and, for the first time since they moved in, arrived home after dark. What they saw – or rather, what they couldn't see – left them a bit rattled.

With their home cloaked in shadows, their thoughts immediately turned to how it might be a target to burglars, who, as law enforcement officials often say, prefer to operate in the darkness. The darkness also triggered the homeowners' concerns for their safety in terms of navigating a crumbling stone sidewalk and the wood steps leading to their front door.

While that stone sidewalk was on their “to do” list, the couple placed another job above it: install lighting to make their home safer – and do it quickly. This family’s experience at their home could be replicated at many other homes in the Chico area.

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Why Should You Hire a Chico Electrician from The Hignell Companies for Your Next Electrical Job?

[fa icon="calendar'] March 23, 2016 at 4:44 PM / by Home Services Expert

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If there are two words that summarize how most customers of The Hignell Companies regard electricity, those words would have to be “healthy fear.”

That's as it should be, for while electricity is a scientific wonder, even a task as straightforward as replacing a plug can go dangerously awry in inexperienced or careless hands.

This sense of healthy fear helps explain why customers often nervously ask our electricians, “Do you have the right tools for the job?”

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Improve Your Curb Appeal with Upgraded Outdoor Lighting

[fa icon="calendar'] January 27, 2016 at 9:47 AM / by Home Services Expert

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If you've ever pulled up in front of a home with a Realtor, you might have heard a comment (or made a comment) about the home's “curb appeal.”

A home with great curb appeal is visually alluring from the street, meaning that it looks well maintained, with a color scheme, window treatments and landscaping that blend together to create an attractive, panoramic picture. Perhaps no feature heightens a home's curb appeal more than outdoor lighting, which can bathe a home in a soft glow while providing a sense of safety and security.

Upgraded outdoor lighting can enhance your home's value and enable you to ratchet up your asking price if your home is up for sale, according to a report by the National Association of Realtors.

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