Sunny Chiu's Blog Posts

Fall into Fantastic Lawncare: Tips for an Enviable Yard

Hey there, fellow homeowners and lawncare enthusiasts! As the vibrant colors of summer begin to fade and the cool breeze of autumn sets in, it’s time to shift gears and give your lawn some-

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Home Renovations that Offer the Best ROI for Resale

Are you looking to sell your home and concerned about its resale value? If you last updated, upgraded, or refurbished a while ago, your home could show signs of wear and tear that could negatively

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Rain, Rain Go Away;The Importance of Proper Water Drainage

Water is essential to life but can wreak havoc when it enters your home. It can cause problems such as basement leaks, mold, mildew, pests, wood rot, and other foundational damage. The following are

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High-Efficiency Water Heaters—What You Need to Know

Before investing in a high-efficiency water heater, it’s important to understand the differences between high-efficiency and standard water heaters. Both are similar in using oxygen from the

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What’s New in Interior Design and Furniture

Are you looking for new ways to design your home’s interior, such as updating furniture? It’s fun to refresh your home with the latest design trends. Whether you are looking for a new

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Easy Instructions for Kitchen Cabinet Painting

Now that it is nearing spring, you may be considering refreshing the look of your kitchen. Your cabinets tend to get shabby, worn, and stained from constant cooking splatter and food odors. For a

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Spring Cleaning Trends

Spring is a time for rebirth and rejuvenation. It’s time to eliminate any accumulation of dust, stale air, grime, or clutter that can breed bacteria and other contaminants. You can easily

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How to Prevent Household and Yard Pests

Wildlife such as raccoons, squirrels, bats, and birds are part of nature and can be wonderful to observe. However, they can be troublesome and threaten our health and safety when these creatures

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Roof Exposure and why it matters

The direction the front of your home faces will determine the amount of sunlight it receives which has an impact on many elements of your home. There are four types of exposures: Southern, Northern,

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Foundation Cracks

Due to shifting soil, water issues, and normal settlement, most foundations will crack. There are different kinds of foundational cracks and varying causes. Once you understand the type of cracks

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The Importance of Attic and Crawlspace Ventilation

Ventilation provides air circulation crucial to protecting your roof and other structural areas of your home. The attic and crawlspace are two of the most important areas for air to flow freely from

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Potential Plumbing Problems

It’s important to know how to tell when you have a plumbing problem so that you can address small issues before they become bigger ones. When pipes are left unchecked over time, some common

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Exterior Home Hazards

Although we may pay attention to maintenance and safety needs inside the house, outside hazards such as falling tree limbs, mold, infestations, and foundation issues can get overlooked, leading to

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Is an ARM for you?

Before you move into the home of your dreams, you’ll need to decide what type of mortgage will work best for your financial needs. One type is an adjustable-rate mortgage, also called an ARM.

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Gutter Health

Well-functioning gutters are essential for reducing potential damage to your foundation. Gutters direct rainwater off your roof and away from your foundation reducing the potential for damages

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Security Tips for Every Home

Although today’s homes contain more comforts and conveniences than medieval castles, they usually lack a moat and drawbridge, and an army of sentinels to prevent intrusion. Assuming your home

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Declutter to Destress

Household clutter is typical for many of us who want to avoid facing the daunting task of sorting through our belongings to decide what goes and what stays. Instead, we keep adding to the stockpile

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Ensuring Healthy Air and Water Quality in Your Home

Since the Pandemic, many homeowners have spent more of their time inside their homes, whether for entertainment or work. IAQ (indoor air quality) and water have, thus, become increasingly focused,

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Kitchen Trends for 2023

Are you tired of facing another year looking at the same humdrum colors, designs, and surfaces in your kitchen? Do you feel materials need to be updated? Like others, you spend much time here

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Test Your Home Smarts

How much do you know about home maintenance? Test your knowledge by responding to each of the statements with TRUE or FALSE.1. You should not clean concrete floors unless they are painted. T/F2.

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Five New Year Resolutions for Your Home

A new year is often a time you are thinking about changes you want to make. You may consider personal, financial, and other lifestyle adjustments, but what about your living space? Changes to your

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Radiant Barriers Help Insulation Do More

We all know the old song and dance: insulate and weatherproof your home to maximize your utility dollars. Filling all the gaps and keeping all the climate-controlled air where it should be is a huge

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Make Your Home Pet-Friendly

You can have a beautiful home while making it safe and comfortable for your pets, your family, and young children. Keeping a house clean, odor-free, and elegant can be difficult when you have a four

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Child Proof Your Home

Child Proof Your Home for the HolidaysKeeping children safe from danger is a parent’s priority and a full-time job. Unfortunately, accidents in the household do happen, such as a fall, burn,

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Restoring Wood Furniture

Among many cherished items in our homes, vintage wood furniture is a favorite of many. Whether we cherish them for monetary or sentimental value, we want to preserve and protect these pieces for

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Controlling Mold

Mold, a fungal growth, is commonly found in buildings and homes. It grows in places with a lot of moisture that can be caused by flooding or leaks. Although there is always some mold in the

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Tips for Creating a Home Office

A large percentage of the workforce now is working from home. A devoted area that is free from personal distractions such as family and pets is necessary to concentrate on work tasks. If you want to

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Interior Design Trends for 2023

Since the pandemic’s beginning, we have been spending more time in our homes. Therefore, the trend that designers predict for next year is associated with solitude and the enjoyment of being

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Tips for Managing Rental Property

Owning real estate can provide much financial security, freedom, and a sense of pride. However, its multiple responsibilities, such as tenant issues, contracts, and maintenance, can be challenging

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How to Make Your Home Safe for Senior Living

As there are a growing number of aged adults living independently, it’s ever important to be aware of the risks of daily living accidents such as falls and fire hazards and how to eliminate

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12 Tips to Make Your Home More Energy Efficient

Now that the winter months are upon us, do you once again dread another season of sky-high heating and electric bills? Although you may blame this on inflation and other factors that are out of your

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Top Tips to Save Money When Moving

Moving can be an expensive ordeal. Costs can add up fast and cause stress when money gets tight. Start preparing early. Before you begin, make a moving checklist that you can follow and adjust as

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HVAC Troubleshooting for Homeowners

Climate control is one of the greatest inventions of humankind since leavened bread, but when it’s suddenly not working properly, or it stops working all together, your HVAC system can become

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Show-Stopping Hedge Plantings

There are a lot of ways to create privacy for your home, patio, or garden space, but there are few as green and bold as a well-chosen hedge. Hedges add depth, texture, color, and other fancy

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Evicting Animals From Your Chimney

Having a mouse in the house can be a real pain. The little thing runs around, gets into everything, and generally causes chaos. And that’s just one little mouse. What happens when you have a

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Going Down: 4 Ways to Destroy Your Home’s Value

You’re a homeowner now, you can kiss bland uniformity goodbye the moment you turn your apartment keys over to your now-former landlord. The world is your canvas — at least, that part of

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Signs That You May Need a New Roof

We often take the roof above our heads for granted because we know it will protect us from the outside elements. Ultimately, we face the harsh reality that it will eventually age and need to be

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What Is Matter?

Smart home devices give homeowners a lot of control over the way that their homes function, allowing things like lighting control, home security, and even home automation to be as simple as

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Home Appraisal Myths Busted

Most things to do with buying or selling a home can be pretty stressful, from finding the house of your dreams, to securing the financing, all the way through to closing. But for most transactions,

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Choosing Better Paint Colors

Painting can be a great way to customize your house and make it into a home. Whether you’re just adding a splash of color or redoing entire rooms to match your favorites, a fresh coat of paint

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Considering Adding a Firepit This Year?

There are few things that carry the feel of fall like sitting by a fire on a cool autumn night. Of course, not everyone lives somewhere where they can just build a bonfire or even set up a little

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Make Sure Your Home Is Ready for Winter

If you do not live in a warm, tropical climate, the fall months are the best time to get your home ready for freezing temperatures, snowstorms, and icy conditions that lie ahead in the wintertime.

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Home Renovation on a Budget — You Got This!

Are you tired of looking at the drabby paint on your walls, the outdated cabinets, worn furniture, and stained carpets? Your home is overdue to be remodeled, which is on your wish list. However, you

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Should You Sell Your Home in the Fall?

Spring is the most popular time to sell a home, yet there are some advantages to getting your house on the market in the autumn months. Although you may feel you have missed out by not putting your

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Is Your Home Ready for Climate Change?

With the planet growing increasingly warm, the climate is changing rapidly. It’s not just getting hotter, it’s also getting colder, and stormier, and drier, and more extreme in every

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