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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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Take Control of Your Vacation Rental

The 2016 summer season was one that raised eyebrows for many home owners. Years ago, it was unusual to find a home available during our summer season, but this year finding a last minute home was a popular option. The lack of solid bookings and increase of last minute rentals is allowing owners to see the benefits of vacation rental by owner. If you are hesitating to turn in your 2017 contract, using a full service provider, VRBO is a great option. Have you considered the benefits of using VRBO ... Read more
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Categories: Airbnb

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6 End-of-Summer Home Maintenance Projects

As summer comes to an end and the days become cooler, it is the perfect time to start preparing your home for fall. After you spend your last day soaking up the sun, finish the season with these six home maintenance projects to enhance your home for fall. Protect your Patio Furniture Before you retire the patio furniture for the season, don’t forget to give that outdoor gear a little attention. First, wipe down the pillows and tables with a dry cloth to get rid of the dirt and bugs that h... Read more
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Categories: Blog

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Wood Flooring Tips: Pros and Cons

Wood flooring can be a great addition to your home for a variety of reasons, but it must be properly taken care of to keep it looking good. There are several key ways to maintain wood flooring in a home. It is very important to take proper care of hardwood flooring so that it can stay looking new and clean. Benefits of hardwood floors include the affordability, the variety of options that are available, the ease of maintenance, the safety, and the environmental benefits. Read on to find out tips... Read more
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Categories: Blog

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Service Your Gutters So They Don’t Let You Down

Cleaning your gutters is essential for the proper maintenance of a home. Gutters should typically be cleaned at least two times a year, preferably in the spring and in the fall once the leaves fall from the trees. Read on to learn about the reasons behind cleaning and maintaining the gutters of your house!Gutter cleaning provides a variety of benefits. Gutters help direct the flow of water away from your home. The structure of your home will be maintained and protected over time with consistent ... Read more
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Categories: Blog

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DIY Survival – Home Improvement Projects to Leave to the Pros

Weekend home improvement projects can be fun and satisfying to see the progress and what you have accomplished.  There are many projects appropriate for DIY that don’t require extra skills, tools or knowledge.  Then, there are other projects where one needs some technical skills to remain safe.  Knowing which projects fit it which categories will save you time and money.  Not to mention the humbling experience of having to re-do it using a pro.WiringReplacing a light fixture or changing ou... Read more
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Categories: Blog

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Deep Cleaning your Vacation Rental Home to Boost Your Bottom Line

You never get a second chance to make a first impression.  This is true with people and also for your vacation rental home.  Your guests’ expectations will be met or exceeded when they first arrive or they will be crushed and probably not recover during their stay.  Your home’s exterior and interior must make a good impression to attract repeat business.Fortunately, most vacationers are considerate and clean up behind themselves so that the weekly cleaners can properly maintain the home f... Read more
Categories: Airbnb

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Simple Upgrades to Increase the Value of Your Vacation Rental

Owning a rental property can be a very profitable operation for homeowners. Not only are you able to cover your mortgage and expenses, but the property pays you to own it in many cases. To keep the extra income flowing will require some updates to the rental from time to time. But thankfully, you do not need to put a large investment into the updates. By simply thinking through the updates and choosing the best product options to reduce the cost and improve the home to bring more profit to you. ... Read more
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Categories: Blog

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Airbnb Hosts Under Cloud of Discrimination

In January 2016, 3 Harvard researchers released a study, “Racial Discrimination in the Sharing Economy: Evidence from a Field Experiment”.  They concluded “In a field experiment on Airbnb, we find that requests from guests with distinctively African-American names are roughly 16% less likely to be accepted than identical guests with distinctively White names. The difference persists whether the host is African-American or White, male or female. The difference also persists whether the hos... Read more
Categories: Airbnb

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8 Things to Expect When You Remodel Your Home

Failure to plan is planning to fail.  We have all heard this statement and it is true.  But, sometimes the best plans still hold surprises that we didn’t prepare for.  The 8 items below are common occurrences when major or even minor home remodeling projects are undertaken.  Knowing in advance what to expect will make it easier to deal with it should any (or all) of these happen to your project.MessDemolition is messy.  If you are tearing walls down in your house, know that the dust and d... Read more
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Jun'16
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Simple Home Features to Upgrade for a Big Impact

Home improvement projects can come in all shapes and sizes, but often times it is the smallest upgrades to our home that are the most rewarding. Simple upgrades to various parts of your home will require a minimal investment, while making a big impact on the space.Read below to find out which rooms, and which features in those rooms can be improved upon without spending your entire weekend with a tool belt around your waist.Focus on the DetailsFaucets, Knobs and Light FixturesWhile many people f... Read more
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Categories: Blog