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Home Maintenance: Maintaining Your Home’s Electrical System

Posted by on Oct 27, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Home Maintenance: Maintaining Your Home’s Electrical System

The electrical system is the lifeblood of any home. It is the hub of power that controls almost every aspect of a house, so it is crucial that it remains in good shape. From time to time, it is important to check on your electrical system in order to ensure that it is working properly and is efficiently powering your home. In many cases, the electrical system is not large enough for the current electrical demands of a home, so having it replaced is something to seriously consider. The following signs are things all homeowners should watch for to make sure their electrical system is safe: How To Know if the Electrical System is Not Safe One of the biggest risk factors for an unsafe electrical system is the age of the home. In general, the older the home,...

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Get That Illegal In-Law Unit Up To Code

Posted by on Oct 13, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Get That Illegal In-Law Unit Up To Code

If you are looking at buying a home that has an “in-law” or “granny flat” unit, know that the unit might not be legal to rent out as is. In many cases, these extra living spaces were not built with the right building permits. Many are in fine shape, but the lack of permits means that cities can shut down the units and potentially fine the owners. The lack of documentation can also affect your safety as an occupant of the house. With the help of building code consultants, though, it may be possible for you to fix up the unit so that you have a safe space that you can rent out. Permits Mean Minimum Standards Without a building permit, you have no idea if the unit in question is actually a hazard — maybe the location blocks...

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Kilo-What?! How To Read Your Electric Meter

Posted by on Sep 28, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Kilo-What?! How To Read Your Electric Meter

Are you frustrated with high electric bills? Perhaps you just want to be able to read your electric meter outside your home or place of business to help conserve energy in your home. Whether you are a homeowner or a business owner, there is nothing wrong with wanting to know what all those dials, numbers, and pointers on your electric meter mean. Simplifying Your Electric Meter First, it helps to understand exactly what it is that the electric meter does. As the name suggests, it measures the amount of electricity your home or place of business is utilizing. The question is, how does it do that? Well, it measures the electricity being used inside of the building in kilowatt hours (kWh) and then tells the power company how much you use every month. Now, you might be asking yourself...

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What Do Home Renters Want from Their Outdoor Space?

Posted by on Sep 10, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on What Do Home Renters Want from Their Outdoor Space?

It’s the responsibility of your rental property management company to ensure that your home renters are happy with their outdoor space, but do they know what your renters want? These tips will help you and your rental property management company provide functional and attractive outdoor spaces for your renters. Easy Maintenance Landscaping Features Home renters like attractive outdoor spaces, but might be less inclined than homeowners to spend their own time and energy making improvements and maintaining what’s there. Installing low maintenance plants will ensure that your home renters get what they want without forcing them to take on a lot of daily maintenance. This also ensures that your rental properties will look good without a lot of effort from the rental property management company. Drought-resistant shrubs. Drought resistant shrubs like Japanese boxwood and Western Serviceberry bring greenery and life to...

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3 Tips For Unclogging A Kitchen Sink Drain

Posted by on Aug 21, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Tips For Unclogging A Kitchen Sink Drain

Kitchen sinks get clogged from many different things, from having a garbage disposal that is not grinding up food debris properly to getting an obstruction in the trap. It could also be from grease and oil coating the pipes and keeping food from traveling down the plumbing system. Follow these tips for unclogging your kitchen sink drain. Try Using a Plunger First Before you assume you have a major plumbing issue when your kitchen sink is clogged, grab your handy plunger and give it a few pumps in the sink. If there is simply an obstruction in the drain that is blocking water flow, the plunger might be able to force the water and obstruction down and leave you with a clear drain. Plunge both sides of the sink several times and run the water again to see if...

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