Outdoor entertaining is a summer ritual in the Bay Area. Backyard barbecues are all well and good, but the team at AAA House Manager was inspired to serve up a list of ideas for how to take your summer bash to the next level. After all, it’s not every month you can throw a party under the sun. So our goal is to help you make it shine.
Homeownership comes with an immense source of pride. It can also be the cause of considerable financial strain. This is especially true when certain types of home-related issues are left unaddressed. Americans spend nearly $9,400 in “hidden” costs to own and care for a median-priced home, according to the real-estate website Zillow and services marketplace Thumbtack. Preventative maintenance is the key. It can help you diagnose certain commonly overlooked problems before they bite you in the bank account.
Here are 7 issues that are often overlooked and easy to avoid:
If you’re not particularly handy and you’ve recently purchased a home, you already know. Nothing takes the shine off first-time homeownership like the realization that you’re suddenly responsible for your own maintenance. Don’t panic! We asked our AAA House Managers to assemble a list of the tools you’ll need to tackle a good number of the most common home maintenance challenges. Sure, owning an Allen wrench won’t turn you into Tim “The Toolman” Taylor, but a good place to start!
Remember that time your toilet leaked all over the upstairs bathroom and down into the family room? How about when your water heater went out in the middle of winter while you were trying to give the kids a bath? Or when you suddenly lost power to the electrical outlets on one side of the house? If you picked up the phone and asked a professional to rush over to help, you likely still remember how painful it was to receive the bill.
We’ll let you in on a secret. The thing that might have prevented that from happening? Preventive maintenance.
Houses don’t take care of themselves and, if you're like most homeowners, you have more than a few repair or preventative maintenance projects on your to-do-list that aren't getting done. Finding a trusted professional to partner with — one who can be depended on to complete the projects that are essential to your home’s well-being — is key.
A handyman can be defined as a convenient, single point of contact who helps homeowners stay on top of upkeep, planning, and home maintenance. A AAA House Manager can also be defined as a convenient, single point of contact who helps homeowners stay on top of upkeep, planning, and home maintenance. However, there are plenty of differences between the two, and those differences can impact everything from your pocketbook to your peace of mind.
Here are five major differences between a AAA House Manager and a professional Mr. or Mrs. Fix-It.
Home is where the heart is. It shouldn’t be where the pollen, bacteria, germs and other risks to our health and well-being are. The team at House Manager wants your home to be the safest, healthiest place it can be. That’s why we’ve compiled a short list of easy steps you can take to transform your home into a haven for healthy living.
Summer is starting soon and you won’t be the only one who’s happy to see it arrive. Your home will be, too. Cold, rainy winter weather takes its toll on our homes. Fortunately, shaking off the winter doldrums and whipping our homes into shape is both easy to do and won’t break the bank.
The concept of curb appeal has evolved over the years. It’s no longer simply a matter of attracting people’s interest on the street. It’s about attracting people’s interest online. In the era of Instagram, the power of the pic can get people talking about your home. It can even influence its price. It pays to be prepared. It might even pay off.
Is your home ready for its close-up? The House Manager team has compiled a list of 8 easy things you can do to enhance your home’s curb appeal. Many of the suggestions are as old as the concept of curb appeal itself. Others reflect today’s snap-happy Instagram era.
We can’t promise that if you follow these tips your home will go viral, but we have every confidence they will make your house look nicer, increase buyer interest and maybe even raise its value.
Bay Area residents know that living in such a beautiful region of the country comes with a cost. Housing is more pricey in the Bay Area than almost anywhere else in the United States. Remodeling costs are no different. It would hardly be an exaggeration to say they’re through the roof.
Topics: home improvement
In honor of Earth Day, we have some energy-saving tips that will not only reduce pollution, but also help save money. Wondering what practical steps you can take to lessen your environmental impact? Being smart about energy efficiency is an immediate cost-effective way to take action. It’s not just good for the wallet; it’s good for the planet too.
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.