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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

29
Dec'16
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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

25
Aug'16
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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

19
Aug'16
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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

28
Jul'16
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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

30
Jun'16
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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
Categories: Blog

11
May'16
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Design a Coastal Kitchen that Doesn’t Scream “Beachy Kitschy”

Each room in our home should resemble our personality and interests. We spend a great deal of time in our home and the kitchen seems to be the place where family and guests congregate.  With that said, our homes should be a place of peace and tranquility; the kitchen is no exception.For many people all over the world, there is no place that embodies peace and tranquility quite like the coast. The wind, waves, and sand all embody relaxation and peace of mind. Luckily, it is possible to bring tha... Read more
Categories: Blog

29
Apr'16
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HomeAway Announces 5 Tier Pricing Model to End July 11

HomeAway, parent to Vacation Rentals by Owner (VRBO), just announced a dramatic change to the pricing structure for property listings. Beginning July 11, 2016, the company will stop selling and renewing the multi-level subscription plans for Platinum, Gold, Silver, Bronze and Classic. The company will only sell annual subscriptions at a flat rate of $349 when online booking is enabled or $499 when online booking is not enabled. The company will also allow the pay per booking option where there i... Read more
Categories: Airbnb