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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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VRBO strikes The Ire of Owners with Guest Fee

VRBO owners are angry.  Very angry.  Since the acquisition of VRBO/Homeaway by Expedia, a 4% to 9% fee is being charged to guests.  This is in addition to the listing fees being paid by the homeowner and the credit card fees collected by the site for online payments.  To add further insult, the fee is cloaked as a "payment protection fee", to imply that owners are not trustworthy.  Many owners claim they were not informed about the guest fee prior to implementation and had just renewed th... Read more
Categories: Airbnb

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Best Vacation Home Amenities to Ensure Repeat Rentals

 It is often said, it is more expensive to attract a new customer than to keep a current customer.  This saying applies to vacation home rentals, today more than ever.  Once you have a renter, it is far better to direct your marketing efforts directly to them and have them return to your home than to try to get new renters through other channels, at a higher cost.  Consider the recent increase in fees under the VRBO platform and strive to get 30% of your reservations directly through rep... Read more
Categories: Airbnb

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Are You Ready to be your own Rental Manager?

The sharing economy, I think, is not just a fad but here to stay.  While there may be future regulations concerning “employee” safety or community restrictions; the idea is not going away. Increasingly, employment is not a single gig from 9 to 5 and collecting a pension at 65.  Individuals now have more ways than ever for sharing their passion and getting an audience and a following through multiple channels serving multiple interests.  The idea is likely to spread even wider than sharin... Read more
Categories: Airbnb

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Common Flooring Installation Mistakes to Avoid

When renovating the interior of your home, cost savings and new style are often priorities for families and first time homeowners. Renovation can be very rewarding, but if proper thought and care are not taken before the beginning of a flooring renovation, costly and time-consuming mistakes can occur. Renovate your home like a professional by avoiding these common DIY flooring mistakes and completing your project successfully and within budget!Improper Sub-flooring PrepNew flooring is only as ... Read more
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Easy Bedroom Makeover on a Budget

When updating your home, your bedroom sometimes is the last to receive attention because so few people use the room on a daily basis. Kitchens, bathrooms and living rooms see the highest traffic and visitors in the home and often take the highest priority. Luckily, it is easy to update your bedroom on a budget and still bring an entirely new style to your living space.Small ChangesThe focal point of the bedroom is typically the bed.  So, changing out your bedding will make a huge difference. ... Read more
Posted: Xpert Team
Categories: Blog

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Cabin Fever? Improve Your Outlook and Get Your House Ready for Spring

After a long and cold winter, many important home projects have often been neglected for months on end. The outdoor temperatures can often make outdoor work extremely difficult. Luckily, spring is just around the corner and with the improvement in the weather comes and opportunity to take care of lingering projects or tackle new ones. Read below to learn about a few projects to take care of around your home before the heat of the summer season sets in.Upgrade Your Exterior DoorsUse the break in... Read more
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Categories: Blog

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What Color is Your Umbrella…Kitchen?

If you’re looking to bring light and vibrancy into your home, updating the paint in a room is usually the quickest and most inexpensive way to go! When looking to spruce up a kitchen, not only painting the walls, ceiling and backsplash can transform the room, but painting your kitchen cabinets can really alter the look and feel of your kitchen. Frequently, a two tone paint selection is used to create interest and timeless style.  Check out some of these colors ideas that are great for kitchen... Read more
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Categories: Blog

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Ultimate How-To Guide for Installing Front Entry Doors

Looking to make a new statement with your exterior? Installing a new, durable door can change the entire look and feel of your home. The door is the first place friends and family interact with your home, so choosing and installing a door that will stand the test of time and style changes can be very important. In fact, installing a new front door has the highest ROI, at 98%, as highlighted here in our previous blog.  How Do I Install a Door?Measure Your Door Opening: Before purchasing your doo... Read more
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Categories: Blog

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Make Your Garage a Man-Cave or Just a Place to Hang Out

One neglected place in the home is typically the garage.   While some homeowners actually do park a car in the garage, many do not.  Typically, it is a dumping ground for all things that don’t have a place.  As a result, it becomes a disorganized mess in little time. Homeowners rarely put the time in to make their garage a space in which they enjoy spending time. A major cause of this is due to the fact that garages often remain cluttered and ugly. Take back your garage space and make it a... Read more
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6 Places to Use Mosaic Tile that Isn’t the Floor

Giving a fresh look to an old room is no easy task. Rooms often have attributes that make them difficult to decorate or add design features to. If you are struggling with adding personal touches to one or a few rooms in your home, it may be in your best interest to consider mosaic tiles. Mosaic tiles come in many colors and styles; from glass to stone and everything in between.  Mosaic tiles have many uses, both functional and cosmetic. While most people simply consider these tiles to be an opt... Read more
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Categories: Blog