Dealing With Common Home Emergencies

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When we think of emergencies, the house isn’t always the first thing that comes to mind. However, a house is full of potential disasters that may not end in bodily harm, but certainly mean property damage. Being able to respond during these emergencies can make all the difference. With some quick solutions, these common emergencies can be solved at home. (Or at least allow you to hang on until you can get professional help!) Gas Leaks The smell of gas in the house signals a clear and present danger for most people. First and foremost: if you happen on this smell, …


Keeping Pests Out of Your Home

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Pests are a reality of home ownership, with tiny animals and insects coming in like unwanted tenants. Every area has their own local nuisances, so realistically, you’ll deal with one of these at some point as the owner of a house. Each creature has their own habits and problems, but all usually need to be removed. Today we’ll go over the most common offenders, including ways to spot them at work. Squirrels As a pest, a squirrel in the wall is more than just a collection of nuts and the occasional pitter-patter of tiny feet. Squirrels are well known for …

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Fall Home Repairs To Watch For

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Homeownership is a year-round job just as much as a joy, and for many of us, fall home repairs are the ones that need to get in before the weather turns nasty. Many of these repairs to watch for can become worse with the progression of winter conditions, and while here in Southern California we don’t experience the snowstorms and ice that wreck our fellow states, we do have our fair share of things that can damage a house between winter and spring. Stucco Cracks The first of our fall home repairs is pretty easy for the do-it-yourself type. Stucco …


What Do You Need to Fix to Sell Your House?

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Getting a home ready to put on the market can feel overwhelming, particularly if you’re comparing your home to the ones you see on house flipping shows. Is it really necessary to do a complete remodel and full-on staging in order to sell? Do you need to upgrade or fix everything? The answer is no, and in fact, some repairs or upgrades might actually cost you more than they would add to your home’s value. The key is to focus on items that will help you sell the home more quickly, net more money, and prevent problems that could cause …

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Simple Home Repair Jobs to Lift You Out of Winter’s Funk

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Wet, gray days can dampen one’s spirits and accomplishments — even little ones — go a long way toward a sunny outlook. Fortunately, there are plenty of easy, quick home repair chores you can do when you’re mired in doldrums of winter. For max efficiency, make a to-do list ahead of time and shop for all the tools and supplies in one trip. On your work days, put the basics in a caddy and carry it from room to room, checking off completed tasks as you speed through them.What to Look (and Listen) For In each room, look around and take …