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Mar'17
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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
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9
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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Oct'16
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Homeowners: Have You Started Your Fall Maintenance Checklist?

With the feel of fall in the air, it's time to start getting your home ready for the months ahead. Take care of your home's maintenance projects before the days become shorter and cooler. Preparing your home now for the colder weather will prevent costly damage and major repairs. Tackling some of the easiest fall chores now, can end up saving you a ton of money on energy bills in the long run. Below are some of the most important home maintenance tips that homeowners should put on their checkl... Read more
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10
Oct'16
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Hurricane Matthew Came Into the Outer Banks With a Bang!

Let Xpert Home Services Restore, Repair or Clean Up Your Storm Damage Today! Hurricane Matthew tracked closer to the Outer Banks than experts predicted and caught many home owners by surprise.  The wind damage and flooding effects are much greater than anyone imagined.  Some residents are still without power or internet.  We at Xpert Home Services are grateful that lives were not lost locally.  We are at work and ready to help our friends and neighbors from Corolla to Nags Head to put you... Read more
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Oct'16
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Five Unforgettable Hurricanes That Struck North Carolina

The Outer Banks is no stranger to hurricanes, and chances are if you have lived here long enough you have seen how destructive they can be. Hurricane season runs from the beginning of June to the end of November, which is also when visitors are flocking to the coast for a much needed vacation. September is the middle of hurricane season and historically when most storms have hit the North Carolina coast. If you live on the beach you know when it’s that time to start boarding up the windows a... Read more
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Sep'16
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VRBO: How to Winterize Your Vacant Home

The winter months are right around the corner on the Outer Banks and many vacations properties will be vacant during the off season. When you are leaving your house for the winter or closing up your summer vacation rental, it’s important to winterize your property. VRBO owners should take precautions to prevent hefty utility bills, property damage, and other issues from occurring in their home. Before you head out of town, you should make a checklist and spend a few hours preparing your home... Read more
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