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    7 Ways to Get Your Backyard Ready for Summer in Just One Weekend

    Posted by Michelle Galvez on Jun 2, 2022 8:45:00 AM

    Calling all weekend warriors! Believe it or not, you’re just a short stretch away from the height of summer, and we want to help you get your backyard bbq/campout/pool party ready. These seven projects are the definition of “one and done” simple enough to complete in a single weekend.

    Read on for our tips to transform your backyard and make space for summer.

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    Topics: home maintenance, home improvement

    Make your home more planet-friendly this Earth Day

    Posted by Michelle Galvez on Apr 22, 2022 8:00:00 AM

    In honor of Earth Day, we've put together some energy-saving tips that will not only reduce your environmental impact, but also make your home a more enjoyable, happy and healthy place to live. 

    Here are 8 practical ways that you can reduce energy consumption in your home and help make the planet a little happier all year long.

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    Topics: home maintenance, home improvement

    5 Spring Cleaning Ideas That Are Good For Any Time of Year

    Posted by Michelle Galvez on Apr 5, 2022 11:37:57 AM

    Spring is the perfect time to clean things up and make a fresh start—but really, there’s no bad time to commit to creating a healthier home. The best habits to cultivate are the ones that allow you to enjoy your home to the fullest, year round. Regardless of when you start, here are some new home maintenance habits you can put into rotation to reach your goals.

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    Topics: home maintenance, home improvement

    These 8 Home Issues Can Become Huge (and Hugely Expensive) Problems

    Posted by Michelle Galvez on Mar 22, 2022 1:30:00 PM

    Homeownership comes with an immense source of pride. It can also be the cause of considerable financial strain. To avoid unnecessarily pricey repairs, preventative maintenance is key. It can help you diagnose certain commonly overlooked problems before they bite you in the bank account. Here are eight issues that are often overlooked and easy to avoid.

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    Topics: home maintenance, home improvement

    6 Home Decor Trends You’ll Want to Jump on in 2022

    Posted by Michelle Galvez on Mar 1, 2022 12:01:39 PM

    Spring is right around the corner, and there’s no better time to spruce up your home. If revamping decor is on your list, but you aren’t sure where to start, here are six trends emerging in 2022 that we’re already in love with. 

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    Topics: home maintenance, home improvement, home decor

    Kick off a Year of Healthy Home Maintenance

    Posted by Michelle Galvez on Feb 23, 2022 11:57:35 AM

    Owning a home in Northern California can be a joy, but it can also be a lot of work. Luckily, ongoing home maintenance can be broken down into short, easy-to-tackle monthly to-do lists that help make it more manageable.

    To help get you started, we've put together a list of tasks to tackle over the next three months — starting today! For a full, yearlong list of suggestions, check out our 12-Month Northern California Home Maintenance Checklist.

    Now, roll up your sleeves and get your home in tip-top condition.

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    Topics: home maintenance, preventative care

    Coping With Wildfire Smoke: 5 Ways to Maintain Good Indoor Air Quality

    Posted by Sophie Bousset on Aug 21, 2020 10:35:55 AM

    This post has been updated to better address the added challenges of managing the dangers of wildfire season at a time when communities are already impacted by COVID-19.

    At this point, we've been through enough wildfires to be familiar with the myriad ways our lungs take a beating when the air quality outside is poor — including increased risk of asthma, pneumonia, bronchitis, COPD, and heart failure. 

    What we aren’t used to: fewer firefighters, shortages of N95 masks, an increased number of individuals already suffering from respiratory problems related to the pandemic, and emotional and mental fatigue from already spending months cooped up indoors. We can also add to that list rolling blackouts and PG&E’s calls to reduce energy consumption. 

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    Topics: safety

    Debunked: Common Myths About AAA House Manager

    Posted by Sophie Bousset on Jan 28, 2020 11:22:53 AM

    As the saying goes, knowledge is power. Don't be fooled by these myths about AAA House Manager: that we're redundant with other services — such as home warranties or home insurance (we know, all these options for your home can get confusing!) — require special assessments before you start scheduling maintenance or repairs, or are not necessary or useful for new homes. Yes, it's true — new houses need maintenance too! Let's take a closer look at these myths and more.

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    Topics: House Manager

    Simple Ways to Incorporate Feng Shui into Your Home

    Posted by Michelle Galvez on Jan 23, 2020 3:09:00 PM

    In honor of Chinese New Year, which begins this Saturday, we’re looking at ways to bring health, wealth and happiness into your home during this year of the rat. One way is with feng shui — the Chinese practice of orienting the items in your home in a way that creates a positive flow of energy and attracts joy, love, pleasure and abundance. While the principles of feng shui can be fairly complex and unique to each home, we have a few, fairly simple, ideas that you can put into practice yourself.

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    Topics: home decor

    Love Your Home: Upgrade Your Plant Game

    Posted by Sophie Bousset on Jan 21, 2020 2:40:00 PM

    Plants are one of the most natural and affordable (depending on what you select!) ways to liven up an interior, and Millennials have noticed. In case any confusion remains as to the growing obsession (pun intended), the Instagram hashtag #plantsofinstagram clocks in at more than 4 million posts — that's 3 million more than the cohort's beloved #avocadotoast! But the approachable hobby isn't only for Millennials. Anyone and everyone can benefit from some added verdure in their life. As members of the House Plant Club will brightly explain, plants make people happy.

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    Topics: home decor, love your home

     

    AAA House Manager is a Member-based service that provides home maintenance, repairs and renovations to homeowners in Alameda, Contra Costa, San Francisco, and Solano Counties, as well as Napa, Milpitas, and portions of Sacramento, El Dorado, and Placer Counties.

     

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