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    Michelle Galvez

    Michelle Galvez
    A Bay Area native, Michelle is five years into fixing up her fixer upper. When she's not inside working on her latest project, she's in the garden tending her latest crop.

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    Love Your Home: 4 Ways to Keep Your Deck Looking New

    Posted by Michelle Galvez on Sep 24, 2019 10:01:08 AM

    Summer is winding down, fall is on the way and we’ll soon be seeing nothing but weeks of poor weather. Which means your deck will be sitting alone and forgotten. After a long summer of standing up to the blistering sun — blistering depending on where in the Bay Area you’re located — the drastic change to rain and freezing temperatures will be tough. It’s no wonder you may be seeing cracks, fading and other damage. Not to fear, there is hope. With these 4 tips, you could have your deck looking as good as new.

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    Topics: home maintenance, preventative care, love your home

    AAA House Manager and Investment Properties: How We Help Landlords and Second Home Owners

    Posted by Michelle Galvez on Sep 19, 2019 11:36:46 AM

    Properly maintaining a home is difficult. Properly maintaining two, three or four can be downright impossible. So it’s no wonder that we’re often asked by landlords and owners of second homes if a AAA House Manager membership could work for them.

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    Topics: home maintenance, preventative care, House Manager, investment properties

    You've Had Your Home Assessment. Now what?

    Posted by Michelle Galvez on Sep 10, 2019 12:24:15 PM

    Congratulations! You made the decision to become a member of AAA House Manager. You found time in your schedule to set up your Home Assessment, watched as your House Manager closely inspected every nook and cranny of your home, and waited for the results. Now, you’re sitting in front of your laptop reading over your Home Health Report thinking; Now what? 

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    Topics: home maintenance, preventative care, House Manager

    Key Differences Between a Home Warranty and AAA House Manager

    Posted by Michelle Galvez on Sep 3, 2019 9:45:00 AM

    One of the most common questions we get when we’re out-and-about talking to people about AAA House Manager is; “So, it's like a home warranty?” We get it. On the surface it sounds like the two are very similar. But there are some key differences, and knowing and understanding them can help you decide whether one, or both, are right for you and your household.

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    Topics: home maintenance, preventative care, House Manager

    Labor Day Vacation: Getting Your Home Ready for Your Weekend Away

    Posted by Michelle Galvez on Aug 27, 2019 2:11:19 PM

    Although AAA is no longer forecasting Labor Day travel, traditionally, around 35 million people drive or fly at least 50 miles from home. That’s 35 million homes sitting empty for the long weekend. Because the last thing you want to do on vacation is worry about what’s going on at your home while you’re not there, here are a few tasks to check off your list before you head out of town. 

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    Topics: smart homes, safety

    Love Your Home: Converting a Kids Room Once they Leave the Nest

    Posted by Michelle Galvez on Aug 20, 2019 11:00:00 AM

    It’s that time of year again. Time to go back to school and, for college freshman, time to fly the nest. If this is the stage you’re finding yourself in as a parent — or will soon — you’ve likely already been thinking about what to do with their old room. (Whether you admit it to them or not.) After all, we live in the Bay Area and space comes at a premium. Even your child should understand that, right? But, here are a few things to consider (as well as a few pieces of advice) before finalizing your plans.

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    Topics: love your home

    Focus on Safety: East Bay Fire Risks and How to Protect Your Home

    Posted by Michelle Galvez on Aug 13, 2019 10:19:00 AM

    For the past two years, California has experienced its single most destructive wildfire in state history. First, with the Tubbs Fire in Sonoma County, which burned 38,807 acres, killed 22 people and destroyed more than 5,600 structures at a cost of $1.3 billion. Then came last November’s Camp Fire. An astonishing 153,336 acres of Butte County burned, 86 lives were lost, and nearly 19,000 structures decimated at a cost $16.5 billion.  

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    Topics: safety

    Summer Kitchen Clean Up: Quick Tips for Making Big Improvements in One Weekend

    Posted by Michelle Galvez on Aug 6, 2019 12:09:00 PM

    Between summertime gatherings of friends, and bored teenagers spending hours in front of the fridge looking for snacks, you may have noticed your kitchen getting more use than normal recently. Are things starting to look a little dated or dingy? Could the most popular room in the house use some freshening up? Luckily, there are some quick fixes and tricks that can make a big impact in very little time.

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    Topics: home maintenance, home improvement

    Preparing Your Home and Household for a Power Outage

    Posted by Michelle Galvez on Jul 30, 2019 12:38:00 PM

    In response to the increase of devastating wildfires in California over the last two years, PG&E has committed to boosting its Community Wildfire Safety Program. That includes Public Safety Power Shutoff events. On days when fire danger is high, PG&E will preventatively cut electricity to customers, leaving them without power until the threat has subsided. 

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    Topics: home maintenance, preventative care, safety

    Living in Earthquake Country: Getting Your Home Ready for the Next One

    Posted by Michelle Galvez on Jul 24, 2019 11:03:48 AM

    California is no stranger to earthquakes, but it seems we've been rocking and rolling more and more over the past several months. We don’t know when the next one will hit or how bad it will be, which is why it’s important to be prepared. And the best place to start is at home. So here are a few steps to help get you and your household properly prepared.

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    Topics: home maintenance, preventative care, home improvement

     

    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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