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Put Your (Square) Feet to Work: How to Turn Your Space Into a Short-Term Rental

Posted on June 06, 2019 by Jennifer Chan

De-cluttering your home and giving it a fresh coat of paint will make your short-term rental more inviting. Photo: Stroke and Kote Painting ©2019

Ever since the introduction of Airbnb a decade ago, homeowners don’t have to be serial landlords or own second homes to earn rental income. If you have an in-law apartment or a spare bedroom, you can put those extra square feet to work. Preparing your home to rent will require effort on your part, but the extra income may well be worth it. If you’re considering turning your home or another property into a short-term rental, here are a few steps you can take to jumpstart the process:

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Around the Bay Area, cities such as San Francisco and Berkeley have passed regulations on short-term rentals, bringing them more in line with hotel taxation plans. Read more

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Walking the Property Line: How to Avoid Neighbor Conflicts During Home Maintenance or Improvement Projects

Posted on May 23, 2019 by James Florence

Neighbors are kind of like family—whether or not you get along, you’re pretty much stuck with them. One thing that can impact your relationship with your neighbors is home maintenance or improvement projects, especially if a shared property line is involved. To avoid potential conflicts (and know what to do when conflict arises), we asked a few professionals for their advice on navigating this often-complex dynamic. Here’s what they recommend: Read more

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How to Prevent Efflorescence on Masonry Surfaces

Posted on May 02, 2019 by Guest Blogger

Efflorescence is a common problem that affects stone, concrete and other types of masonry surfaces. To learn more about what causes efflorescence and what can be done about it, read the following guest post by Steve Spratt, president of HPS Palo Alto, Inc. Read more

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Spring Maintenance for Your Home

Posted on March 19, 2019 by Suzanne Carroll

After being cooped up indoors during a rainy winter, many Bay Area residents are looking forward to spring. But before you start enjoying the longer days and milder weather, it’s a good idea to survey your property to see how it has come through the winter months. It’s time for springtime home maintenance. Read more

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Should You Hire a Handyman?

Posted on February 07, 2019 by James Florence

When you need work done on your home, it’s not always easy to know who you should call. In some cases, a general contractor might be the right choice, while others may call for a trade specialist like a plumber or an electrician. However, there’s another type of service provider that’s sometimes overlooked: the handyman. Read more

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Home for the Holidays: Six Seasonal Safety Tips

Posted on December 04, 2018 by James Florence

While it’s fun to decorate your home and get ready for festive gatherings, one thing that’s easily forgotten amid the holiday hubbub is safety. Consider these six seasonal safety tips for your home and family:

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Posted in: Holiday Related, Electrical, Home Maintenance, Seasonal, Home Tips

How to Prepare Your California Home for Winter: Interior Maintenance

Posted on November 15, 2018 by James Florence

California winters may be mild, but it’s still important to perform home winterization tasks in the fall. In our previous article, we covered exterior home winterization. In this segment, we’ll go over some interior maintenance steps to help you prepare your California home for winter. Read more

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