MBG Bathroom Remodel: A Contemporary Showcase

On average, a bathroom remodel costs about $10,000, but here in some of California’s more exclusive ZIP codes, you can easily add another zero to that cost. But you should be able to recoup at least 62% of that cost when you go to sell, which is a good reason to go for that remodel. […]

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Anniversary of 1994 Northridge Earthquake

It has been 19 years since that devastating earthquake hit Los Angeles. For some, that may be hard to believe. For others, it may seem like just yesterday. The most dangerous thing about earthquakes, besides their obvious ability to cause massive destruction, is that even scientists can’t predict them with any certainty. Since then, great […]

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Mold in Rental – What Are Your Rights?

Mold is quite an insidious tenant in any property—rented or owned, commercial or residential, nobody wants mold around. And it’s really not surprising, as it can cause significant health problems, including rashes, chronic fatigue, nausea, memory loss and reduced brain functions, hemorrhaging, asthma—just to name a few. Although naturally humid climates usually experience more cases […]

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Are Portable Ethanol Fireplaces Safe?

For the most part, yes—portable ethanol fireplaces are safe. But, as with any device or appliance that has an open flame, there are precautions you need to take.     In recent years, the portable ethanol fireplace has made sitting by the fire, both indoors and outdoors, something that’s both easy to do and pleasant […]

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Easy & Effective Home Maintenance Tips

What are your New Year’s Resolutions? Exercise more? Eat healthier? Clean out your closet and donate old stuff? What about your house? Regular home maintenance is good for you AND your property in the long run. It extends its “economic age”, a term meaning the number of years a house is expected to survive. It […]

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Does Your Homeowners Insurance Cover Holiday Gifts?

We’d like to assume that you were all quite good this year, and were showered with presents at Hanukkah and Christmas. What did the holidays bring you? New sporting gear? Skis Snowboard Stand-up Paddle board Surf board Road bike ATV Scuba equipment Golf clubs Motorized skateboard Home gym equipment How about jewlery? Tiffany & Co. […]

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How to Prevent Christmas Tree Fires

Don’t you just love Christmas trees? The wonderful pine smell, the beautiful twinkling lights, treasured ornaments, memories. There’s nothing like putting up the Christmas tree to get you in the holiday spirit! Oh…and don’t forget the presents underneath! Some of those special ornaments adorning the tree may have been handmade by your children, or you […]

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Keep Your Pets Safe this Christmas

We know how much our Orange County customers love their families, and how important it is to share the holidays with those you love. Many of you consider your pets to be part of the family – even like your own children. Here are our tips on how you can make sure your four-legged family […]

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Tips for Preventing Fires this Hanukkah

Hanukkah starts this Saturday, December 8th, and for those of you who are not aware, one of the traditions of the Hanukkah celebration is the menorah. The menorah is a candelabra with nine branches that are lit during the eight-day Hanukkah holiday. It signifies a miracle: When the Jews found only enough pure olive oil […]

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Is There Mold in Your Child’s School?

As your kids prepare for their winter break from school, we wanted to remind you about mold in Orange County schools. Why is that important? Because, like Matthew Asseline of Winsted, Connecticut, your kids might be sick while in school, but energetic and active when they’re not.This may not have to do with not wanting […]

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