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Home Tips: How to Prevent Dry Rot In Your Home

[fa icon="calendar'] September 7, 2016 at 9:24 AM / by Home Services Expert

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The topic of dry rot isn’t something that comes up in everyday conversation. In fact, many people don’t even know it’s a part of their home until they have a reason to look for it. In our previous article, “Home Tips: How to Detect and Repair Dry Rot In Your Home”, we talked about the urgency of taking care of dry rot found in your home. Whether you recently had a home inspection that detected dry rot in your home, or you simply want to avoid ever having to deal with it, learning how to prevent dry rot in the future is important.

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Home Tips: How to Detect and Repair Dry Rot In Your Home

[fa icon="calendar'] August 31, 2016 at 4:38 PM / by Home Services Expert

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If ever there were a time that you urgently need an expert in your home, it's when you think you've found dry rot.

Any malady paired with the word “rot” understandably can incite fear. Experts in Your Home has eradicated such fear from many northern California homeowners – and we can do the same for you.

As with most household conditions that you encounter for the first time, dry rot can be less frightening when you learn what it is and where you're most likely to find it.

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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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Floor Care Tips: How to Properly Clean Wood Floors

[fa icon="calendar'] May 12, 2016 at 9:00 AM / by Home Services Expert

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Pick a surface – any surface – and when it gets dirty, it's tempting to turn to the most ubiquitous cleaning agents around: soap and water.

But when that surface is wood – and in particular, a wood floor – anything more than a damp rag or cloth can damage your wood floor. Wood expands when it's wet and so can crack, splinter and warp.

As the floor care experts at The Hignell Companies know, you cannot properly clean a wood floor unless you know which type of wood floor you have installed in your home. Then you can clean it with confidence – and ensure that it gives you years of lasting beauty and durability in return.

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Floor Care Tips: How to Keep Wood Floors Looking Like New

[fa icon="calendar'] May 10, 2016 at 12:12 PM / by Home Services Expert

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kitchen_with_hardwood_floorsIt's a rare homeowner who doesn't gravitate to the warm and alluring look of hardwood floors. It's also a rare homeowner who doesn't initially harbor the notion that they're difficult to maintain and so is tempted to turn to tile or carpet instead.

It's a paradox, alright: hardwood floors appear sturdy and vulnerable at the same time. But maintaining them and keeping them looking shiny and new is probably far simpler than you think – and so are worth considering as a beautiful and low-maintenance floor in your home.

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Spring Home Maintenance: Keep Your Home Exterior in Great Shape

[fa icon="calendar'] April 8, 2016 at 1:43 PM / by Home Services Expert

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The weather outside is no longer frightful (at least for northern California) and it's time to give the exterior of your home a good, thorough inspection to whip it into shape for the spring and summer months.

Yes, you're almost certain to find something – and maybe many things – that need your immediate attention. But that's what spring home maintenance is all about: being proactive.

The Hignell Companies can help guide your efforts, just as we did in our previous article about interior home maintenance.

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Spring Home Maintenance: Keep Your Home Interior Running Smoothly

[fa icon="calendar'] March 29, 2016 at 11:21 AM / by Home Services Expert

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If your mother or grandmother were avid spring cleaners, you might remember hearing them bemoan how “one thing always leads to another.”

Now that you have a home of your own, you might realize just how spot-on their forecast was and how it applies equally well to spring home maintenance. This home “check-up” is important because it probably represents the first time you've taken a good, hard look at your home after the long fall and winter months.

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Home Maintenance Tips: How To Respond To A Major Water Event In Your Home

[fa icon="calendar'] March 25, 2016 at 10:42 AM / by Home Services Expert

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Even if you're “born careful” and have been taking steps to protect your home from water damage, the reality is that pipes burst. Dishwashers gush. And toilets and sinks overflow.

Then there is the influence of “natural events” like unrelenting rainstorms, which can unleash unnatural consequences on your home.

If you've been following The Hignell Companies' series on how to protect your home from water damage, room by room and indoors and outdoors, you should be way ahead of many Californians who are caught unawares by major water events that cause thousands of dollars in damage to their homes every year. But for these and other major water events that may strike your home, let Hignell lead the way to your safety and security with home maintenance tips that help protect you.

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Home Maintenance Tips: How to Protect Your Home's Exterior From Water Damage

[fa icon="calendar'] March 8, 2016 at 9:48 AM / by Home Services Expert

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On those days that a calm, steady rain falls and you have an umbrella perched safely over your head, you might say to yourself, “I can handle this. Let it rain all it wants.”

But on windy days during which the rain flies sideways, an umbrella can make little difference as your upper body gets damp, your legs get saturated and your feet get soaked. An umbrella serves as a capable “roof” to shelter you from the rain overhead and over your head, but it's no panacea from protecting you from getting wet if other elements conspire against you.

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Home Maintenance Tips: How to Protect Your Attic From Water Damage

[fa icon="calendar'] March 2, 2016 at 1:01 PM / by Home Services Expert

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When you think of all the rooms in your home that you must protect from water damage, you might assume that your attic poses the least of your worries. That might be true – but then it might not. It wholly depends on what your attic contains.

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