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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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Types of Outdoor Lighting an Electrician Can Install

[fa icon="calendar'] January 20, 2016 at 9:22 AM / by Home Services Expert

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With so many tasks focused on electrical repairs and troubleshooting, it's not often that a licensed electrician at The Hignell Companies gets to ask, “Is your goal safety, aesthetics or both?” It's not often that a customer gets to ponder the question, either.

The goals, choices and techniques involved in outdoor lighting spark a current of creativity unlike few others – though it's sometimes difficult to say who gets a bigger “charge” out of the process: a Hignell electrician or a Hignell customer. It's a fun and rewarding project for both.

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When is Hiring an Electrician Absolutely Necessary?

[fa icon="calendar'] January 14, 2016 at 4:39 PM / by Home Services Expert

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Like the best teachers, the home maintenance and repair experts at The Hignell Companies believe that there is no such thing as a “bad” or “dumb” question.

Questions lead to information that breed knowledge, competency and skill among homeowners who are eager to tackle projects on their own. This is why Hignell electricians in particular “light up” when a customer's home takes the form of a classroom and they explain the process by which they hang a ceiling fan, install a new outlet or fix a faulty breaker.

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Things a Local Chico Electrician Can Help You With in Your Home

[fa icon="calendar'] January 8, 2016 at 11:55 AM / by Home Services Expert

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If you're like many homeowners in the Chico, CA area, the last time you reached out to a local electrician, it was to troubleshoot an electrical problem or install new wiring. (And yes: those outdoor hot tubs definitely look worth the time and effort.)

The licensed electricians at The Hignell Companies can handle those tasks – and so many more. They possess the technical skills that led to their licensure by the state of California. But they also have honed the critical thinking, logic, problem solving and communication skills that makes Hignell especially proud to count them as members of our team.

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When Should You Hire an Electrician to Look at Your Outlets?

[fa icon="calendar'] January 4, 2016 at 11:55 AM / by Home Services Expert

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It appears that The Hignell Companies has “tripped another wire” with our readers – and that's a good thing.

We alerted you to signs of electrical outlet trouble in two recent articles: “Signs your older home needs electrical repairs” and “Home maintenance tips: Signs it's time for an electrical wiring.”

In the course of inspecting your outlets for obvious signs of trouble, many Hignell customers noticed something more: all outlets are not created equal. In fact, many customers found several different types of outlets throughout their homes, “tripping” two fundamentally good questions: What is the difference between these outlets? and When should I hire a Hignell electrician to change or update my outlets?

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How to Know If an Electrician is Up to the Job

[fa icon="calendar'] December 16, 2015 at 3:31 PM / by Home Services Expert

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We assume our teachers have them and we expect our doctors to have them, too.

If you've ever experienced the embarrassment of a dreadful haircut, you might ask for them from your next hair stylist.

And if you've ever been tossed around in the back seat of a taxi during an erratic drive through a strange city, you might look for them tethered to the visor.

There's no doubt that credentials – degrees, certifications and licenses – mean a great deal in our world.

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