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How to Maintain an Energy Efficient Temperature at Home

How to Maintain an Energy Efficient Temperature at Home

By Platinum Team | Homeowner Tips | August 17, 2015

Most people enjoy the Arizona sunshine, but residing in Phoenix in the warmer months doesn’t always send folks cheering. Maintaining a cool temperature at home can be an exceptional challenge for us desert dwellers. It’s hard to find anyone who truly enjoys coming home to a boiling blast of air or the enormous utility bills […]

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Be more present at home by getting away

Be more present at home by getting away

By Platinum Team | Life at Home in Metro Phoenix | August 10, 2015

— This post is part of our Life at Home series. Each month, we explore different thinking, techniques or tools related to the concept of a home and what it means to live well in ours. — It’s safe to say — we’ve all felt it. You are at home with the ones you love, […]

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Helpful Tips for A/C Maintenance

Helpful Tips for A/C Maintenance

By Platinum Team | Homeowner Tips | August 2, 2015

When our air conditioners start working overtime to keep the inside cool, that strain can wreak havoc on the many moving parts of the A/C system. If your system isn’t running at peak efficiency, take the time to do some maintenance. This can be the difference between enjoying cool comfort and sweating a service call. […]

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Benefits to Buying a Home Warranty After Buying a Home

Benefits to Buying a Home Warranty After Buying a Home

By Platinum Team | Home Warranty, Life at Home in Metro Phoenix | July 27, 2015

It is no small decision or investment to purchase a home. Whether you’re a seasoned home buyer or you’re venturing forth on your first quest to acquire a property, understanding the benefits to buying a home warranty after purchasing a home is extremely important. Even when you think you understand everything about the house you […]

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Uptown Farmers Market

Uptown Farmers Market

By Platinum Team | Life at Home in Metro Phoenix | July 20, 2015

— This post is part of our At Home In Metro Phoenix series. Each month, we explore local businesses, attractions, events and people that call our wonderful community home. — During the Valley’s intense summer months, one wouldn’t expect to find a bounty of fresh local eats. Perhaps a few items could be found here […]

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Love Begins At Home

Love Begins At Home

By Platinum Team | Quotes On Home | July 13, 2015

Love begins at home, and it is not how much we do, but how much love we put in the action that we do. – Mother Teresa

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The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

By Platinum Team | Life at Home in Metro Phoenix | July 7, 2015

— This post is part of our Life at Home series. Each month, we explore different thinking, techniques or tools related to the concept of a home and what it means to live well in ours. — You know that feeling AFTER you finish organizing your closet? Amazing, right? The resulting sense of mental white […]

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10 Tips to Maintain Your Pool This Summer

10 Tips to Maintain Your Pool This Summer

By Platinum Team | Homeowner Tips | June 29, 2015

1. Skim Debris Skimming the pool’s surface by hand every few days is one of the fastest and easiest ways to keep your pool clean. Floating debris will eventually sink, becoming harder to remove. Use a long-handled net called a hand skimmer or leaf skimmer to remove leaves, bugs and other unwanted items. Skimming significantly […]

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How to help your desert landscape survive this summer

How to help your desert landscape survive this summer

By Platinum Team | Homeowner Tips | June 21, 2015

June in metropolitan Phoenix. This isn’t exactly the month for thriving plants. Long days, soaring temperatures, minimal rainfall and low humidity all amount to a challenging season for our plants and flowers. So, how can you help your landscape survive during these tough summer months? First, learn to water plants properly. Surprisingly, over watering is […]

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Making your Home a Safer Environment for Children

Making your Home a Safer Environment for Children

By Platinum Team | Homeowner Tips | June 16, 2015

Your home ought to be a safe abode, but even our homes can be a real threat to our children’s safety. To help keep your home as safe as possible for your little ones, consider the following: Look at your home through children’s eyes As Baby Center puts it, “the best way to childproof your […]

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How to Discourage Burglars

How to Discourage Burglars

By Platinum Team | Homeowner Tips | June 4, 2015

Here in the Valley, summer has already announced its presence with temperatures soaring over 100 degrees. To escape the heat, many of us may leave town and head to the mountains, beach or other cooler climates. Unfortunately, this can leave our homes extra vulnerable to burglars. The majority of break-ins occur when nobody’s home. Whether […]

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How to knock dust mites out of your home

How to knock dust mites out of your home

By Platinum Team | Homeowner Tips | May 30, 2015

House dust mites aren’t exactly a topic most people want to spend time thinking about. But, given that dust mite allergies are among the most prominent allergies in Phoenix, it’s worth taking a moment to understand how you can minimize dust mites in your home. What are dust mites? According to the AZ Allergy Society, […]

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