Creating a Heat-Resistant Home in the Bay Area

Posted on August 04, 2020 by James Florence

Here in the Greater San Francisco Bay Area, we don’t often suffer the extreme weather conditions experienced elsewhere in the United States. However, we do see our share of hot and cold weather, and unlike the rest of the country, our homes typically aren’t built to ward off either. Few homes in the Bay Area have central air conditioning, so when hot weather strikes, there isn’t much we can do but sweat it out.

One reliable way to beat the heat is to invest in home improvement measures that lower heat gain and increase energy efficiency. Some measures are more costly and intensive than others, but all of them can make your home more comfortable during hot weather.  Read more

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Summer Tick Prevention in the Bay Area

Posted on July 14, 2020 by James Florence

While ticks can be found year-round, they’re most prevalent during the warm summer months, which brings an increased risk for Bay Area residents who enjoy spending time outdoors. To protect yourself and your family from these pervasive pests and the health threats they present, consider the following tick prevention tips: Read more

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Fire-Safe 2020: Defending Your Home Against Wildfires

Posted on June 30, 2020 by James Florence

After being hit particularly hard during the COVID-19 pandemic, California seems due for a summer reprieve. Unfortunately, this is unlikely to be the case. Not only are many areas of the state seeing a resurgence of novel Coronavirus cases, we now face another, more familiar yet equally concerning issue: wildfire season. Each summer, wildfires destroy thousands of acres and homes throughout California, and this year looks to be no exception. That’s why residents (particularly those situated in the wildland-urban interface) must be vigilant about maintaining fire-safe conditions on their properties. Consider the following advice for defending your home against wildfires. Read more

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20 for 20: Ideas to Jumpstart Your New Year (and Decade)

Posted on January 02, 2020 by James Florence

2020 new year fireworks

Every new year brings an opportunity for a fresh start, but there’s something especially significant about the start of a new decade. After all, we tend to remember our history in terms of decades (how often have you heard something referred to as “so ’90s” or “a relic of the ’60s”?). With that in mind, as the 2010s come to a close and the 2020s begin, it’s worthwhile to consider what your life will look like during the next decade. Will you achieve a long-pursued goal such as home ownership or a new career? Will you make a major lifestyle change that improves your physical or mental health? Perhaps you’ll open the doors to personal creativity by learning a new art form or honing an existing one. Read more

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Rainy Day Checklist

Posted on November 12, 2019 by Suzanne Carroll

With wet weather around the corner, now is the time for homeowners to do a thorough inspection of their homes and yards. After months of dry weather, sudden rains can lead to unexpected damage. Use this checklist to address the areas of your property that tend to be vulnerable during rain events. Read more

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Do You Know How to Do a Tick Check?

Posted on August 27, 2019 by Chris Bjorklund

I don’t know about you, but I enjoy long walks and hikes in different parts of the Bay Area. However, there are three things that detract from my enjoyment: poison oak, snakes and ticks. I’ve learned to spot poison oak and can usually avoid it. Snakes have predictable patterns and I’ve only seen a couple of harmless ones in the past few years. Ticks scare me the most because they’re so small and difficult to detect (the bites are painless), and they also may carry Lyme and other diseases. Read more

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So Long, Summer: Getting Back Into the School Year Routine

Posted on August 08, 2019 by Suzanne Carroll

For many parents, it feels like the new year starts in August, not January. Another school year is right around the corner, but it isn’t always easy to make the adjustment from the carefree days of summer. We’ve collected these tips to help your family get back into the school year routine. Read more

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