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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:

Know the Rules

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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Posted in: Painting, House Cleaning, Home Security, Home Maintenance, Uncategorized, Home Tips
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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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Posted in: Home Maintenance, Home Tips, Landscaping Tips

Preparing for (and Surviving) a Puppy

Posted on March 07, 2019 by Jennifer Chan

Unless you’ve done it before, it’s impossible to understand just how much a new puppy will change your life. This past January, my family fell in love with Olive, a nine-week-old lab mix rescued by Pets & Pals Animal Shelter in Lathrop, CA. Her mother is a purebred Labrador Retriever. All we know about her father is that he’s big and he jumped a high fence. Judging by her size at nine weeks old, the vet estimated that Olive might grow to 80 or even 100 pounds. We hadn’t planned on getting a big dog, but we couldn’t resist that brown-orange bundle with paws the size of pie plates. Read more

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Specialty Spotlight: Attic Cleaning

Posted on February 28, 2019 by Jennifer Chan

A professional attic cleaning can improve the air quality throughout your home. Photo: Atticare ©2019

Attics can be easy to ignore, but if you neglect yours for long periods of time, it can lead to negative consequences for your home and family. Here are some answers to frequently asked questions about keeping attics and crawl spaces clean.

What are the benefits of attic cleaning?

The dust that fills your attic harbors allergens that seep into the main parts of your house. Cleaning your attic and/or crawl space will improve the air quality throughout your home. Read more

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Diamond Certified Experts: Top Tips of 2018

Posted on December 18, 2018 by James Florence

In addition to being top rated for quality and customer satisfaction, Diamond Certified companies are known for providing Helpful Expertise®. This is especially true for companies whose owners and managers have become Diamond Certified Expert Contributors by sharing their industry expertise via articles and videos on the Diamond Certified website. In 2018, the number of Diamond Certified Expert Contributors continued to grow, bringing another abundant harvest of Helpful Expertise®. In this post, we’ve published a handful of highlights from this year’s Expert tips. Read more

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Posted in: Auto Tips, Diamond Certified Experts, Health Tips, Home Tips
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Away for the Holidays: Six Tips to Safeguard Your Home

Posted on December 06, 2018 by James Florence

If you’re planning to travel and stay with family or friends during the holidays, it’s important to take proactive steps to safeguard your home in your absence. Consider the following tips: Read more

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Posted in: Energy Efficiency, Holiday Related, Pet Care, Home Security, Fire Prevention, Home Tips

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