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How Home Automation Will Increase Your Outer Banks Vacation Home Rentals

May 2, 2017
Posted: Xpert Team
Categories: Airbnb

Vacation rentals are an ideal application for home automation.  Precisely due to the distance most owners are from their property, the Internet of Things (IOT) provides peace of mind that the property is safe and secure by being able to monitor the property remotely. ... Read more

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2017 Vacation Rental Industry Trends and What Outer Banks Owners Can Do About Them

It is a difficult time to be a vacation property owner.  The industry is rapidly changing without a clear road map for Property Managers or Vacation home owners to follow.  Changes made by VRBO / HomeAway last year has knocked the wind out of the sails for many owners.  Guests and owners alike had a strong reaction to the additional guest fees.  The trends below may provide insight on the direction to follow in the future to maximize the performance of your rental property. Instant Bookin... Read more
Posted: Xpert Team
Categories: Airbnb

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All Decked Out – Choose the Best Deck (and Finish) for Your OBX Home

Having outdoor living spaces is more than a fad or a trend, it is how we live today.   There is nothing better than enjoying an ice cold beverage while lounging on the deck.  Summer season in the Outer Banks is just around the corner.  Check out the deck design ideas to provide more outdoor spaces to enjoy the cool sea breezes of summer.  Make sure you comply with your town building permit requirements before building a new deck or remodeling an existing deck. Refinish Existing Deck If ... Read more
Posted: Xpert Team
Categories: Blog

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Feb'17
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Easy Ways to Start Saving Money on Your Home Energy Bill

Most American homeowners spend well over $2,000 each year on utilities. While heating and cooling consumes the biggest chunk of this, there are many small steps you can take that will add up to some significant dollars.  Low Flow Shorten showers to less than 10 minutes and install a low-flow shower head to increase energy savings.  Most shower heads typically use 2.5 gallons of water per minute.  A low flow shower head can save over 8,000 gallons per year or $20 per month. Energy Star W... Read more
Posted: Xpert Team
Categories: Blog

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Feb'17
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25 Home Maintenance Hacks for Your Outer Banks Home

Do you ever feel like you are continually behind on home maintenance and cleaning tasks?  Does the “honey do” list keep getting longer?  You can quickly catch up by calling in a handyman from Xpert Home Services then stay on top of things using this list of Home Maintenance Hacks! Bathrooms: Use denture cleaner to remove toilet bowl stains. Apply car wax to tiled areas to keep them cleaner longer. Place your shower curtain liner in the washer. Include a towel to have a scrubbing... Read more
Posted: Xpert Team
Categories: Blog

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Jan'17
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How to Improve Your Vacation Rental to Book More Weeks

January on the Outer Banks may appear to be slow but that is deceiving.  It is a great time of year to make sure all repairs to your Outer Banks rental property are complete.  It is also the time of year to get home improvements completed before the spring and summer season.  So, what improvements are most in demand for 2017?  Most important, which improvements will make your property stand out and be profitable? Read the list below to find out! Kitchen Update A full kitchen remodel can... Read more
Posted: Xpert Team
Categories: Blog

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Jan'17
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Truth Be Told – How to Get Rid of Mold

Hurricane Matthew left a trail of destruction on the Outer Banks, not as bad as it could have been, but for the folks flooded where flooding never occurred before, the results were devastating.  It’s not just hurricanes than can cause water damage.  Hot water heater failure, washing machine or refrigerator water lines commonly fail and lead to water damage.  While quick action after a flooding event is key to minimizing damage, if you have noticed the telltale odor or signs from mold, it... Read more
Posted: Xpert Team
Categories: Blog

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How Much Should You Spend on Pest Control?

I bet the last thing on your mind this time of year is critters.  I’m not talking about fur-babies or the puppy you may have received over the holidays.  I’m talking about the unwelcome guests to your home.  Top on my list is roaches, uhhhm, water bugs, if you prefer.  But, spiders, fleas, bed bugs and termites are also unwelcome.  Roaches are what really bugs me.  Do you know that bed bugs can live up to a year without a meal?  Termites cause over $5 billion in damages each year.... Read more
Posted: Xpert Team
Categories: Blog

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Dec'16
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67 Tips to Keep You and Your Family Safe this Holiday Season

The holidays are around the corner and Xpert Home Services wishes you a very happy holiday and provides the tips below to keep you friends and family safe for all your celebrations.  Decorating Use non-combustible or flame-resistant decorations for your tree. Select tinsel or artificial icicles made of plastic or non-leaded metals. Never use lit candles on a tree or near other evergreens. Place candles where they will not be knocked over. If small children will be around, avoid dec... Read more
Posted: Xpert Team
Categories: Blog

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Nov'16
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How to Avoid the 5 Most Costly Home Improvement Disasters

The joy of home improvements and the pride in doing it yourself are great when the job goes as planned and turns out just as you imagined.  Many times, through poor planning, lack of skill or tools, or inferior materials the job doesn't turn out exactly as we imagined.  Stay clear of these obstacles or call the Xperts for your next home improvement project and get the job done right the first time.  Getting hurt or causing a flood or fire is a sure way to experience a home improvement disas... Read more
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Nov'16
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Why Homeowners Can’t Ignore Installing These Safety Features

For many, age can change how they approach their daily home routine. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, nearly 90% of individuals over 65 want to live in their home as long as possible. Smart homeowners imagine a home that they can live in forever so it’s helpful to have a home that is equally appealing to all users. Universal design is gaining popularity among homeowners. Universal design is the design of products and environments that are usable by most people, reg... Read more
Posted: Xpert Team
Categories: Blog

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