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Refreshing Your Yard

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While Southern California doesn’t experience severe winters, this is a great time of year for refreshing y our yard. With generally mild weather, February and March make for a great time to make some changes. Give yourself an afternoon for these little yard pick-me-ups, and enjoy well into the summer. The added benefit of the curb appeal is just icing on the cake. Give the Entry Some Love The front entrance is one of the first things guest see. It’s also one of the easiest things to brighten up, needing little more than some color, a personal touch, and maybe a …

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Dealing With Common Home Emergencies

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When we think of emergencies, the house isn’t always the first thing that comes to mind. However, a house is full of potential disasters that may not end in bodily harm, but certainly mean property damage. Being able to respond during these emergencies can make all the difference. With some quick solutions, these common emergencies can be solved at home. (Or at least allow you to hang on until you can get professional help!) Gas Leaks The smell of gas in the house signals a clear and present danger for most people. First and foremost: if you happen on this smell, …

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New Smart Objects for Your Smart Home

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The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas continues to add new smart objects year after year. With an increasing focus on an internet connected house, and more people embracing this market, the 2017 CES offering were strong for smart homes. Here’s some of the newest and best innovations for this year’s smart homes, with practical applications in any household. Breezi Airpulse: AC Maintenance The Breezi Airpulse touts itself to be the “check engine light” for your air conditioner and heater. As a primary interest that home buyers have when looking into houses, Breezi represents a unique opportunity to keep …

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Interior Design Trends On Their Way Out

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Every year, we see shift in decorating trends. While we find ourselves discussing these new interior design trends regularly, it’s easy to forget which old ones it’s time to retire. For homeowners, changing a room can be a substantial boon if they’re thinking of selling their home in the near future. The visual appeal of rooms can greatly boost buyers’ interest. Even small changes in fixtures and finishes may greatly change the home’s appeal. If you’re thinking of making changes this year, here’s what’s not recommended for 2017: All White and Grey Rooms While the idea of living in completely monochrome rooms makes for …

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Staging Your Home On Your Own

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When it’s time to sell your home, the question of how to present or “stage” the rooms is an important one. Staging helps sell homes. Yet most people live with their personality in every room. Inherited furniture, favorite artworks, and a lifetime of collected items make the space their own. While decluttering is one of the first things a Realtor may suggest you do before putting your home on the market, knowing what to do beyond that may be more of a challenge. Here’s a few best practices for staging your home using your own belongings: Avoid Big Prints Prints …

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Getting Organized For the New Year

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2017 is here whether we were ready for it or not, yet don’t despair if you didn’t get as organized as you’d planned. It’s not too late to get organized for 2017. Don’t Procrastinate on Cleaning It’s a temptation to put off your to-dos and home maintenance . Take 2017 by storm by starting out with a tidy home.  If you think you might buy or sell a home in 2017, being ready to move or show your home will make the transition simpler, and the sale much easier to prepare for. Ways To Start: Keep the ‘hot spots’ in …

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Pantone’s Greenery and Your Home

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It’s become a tradition for the Pantone Color Institution to name a color each year that will be prominent in fashion and design. 2017 is the proud recipient of a simple green color that we all are familiar with, even if we’re not big on the trends: greenery. Described as a zesty yellow-green, this tone is regularly used to evoke the idea of freshness and life. It also has the benefit of being among the easiest to add to your home for a décor update that will appeal to you, visitors, and even potential buyers if you’re looking to sell. …

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Getting Through a Home Inspection

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Whether you’re buying or selling a home, you’ll likely go through a home inspection. And for many, the idea of a home inspection can make their stomachs twist into knots. You don’t think anything is wrong with the house, but what if there is? The easiest way to relieve this stress is to understand what the home inspection is for, and how to prepare for it. Home Inspection Versus Appraisal A home inspection is sometimes confused with a home appraisal, but the overall purpose is different. The home inspector focuses on the structure of the home, its systems and components. This …

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Keeping Pests Out of Your Home

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Pests are a reality of home ownership, with tiny animals and insects coming in like unwanted tenants. Every area has their own local nuisances, so realistically, you’ll deal with one of these at some point as the owner of a house. Each creature has their own habits and problems, but all usually need to be removed. Today we’ll go over the most common offenders, including ways to spot them at work. Squirrels As a pest, a squirrel in the wall is more than just a collection of nuts and the occasional pitter-patter of tiny feet. Squirrels are well known for …

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Selling a Home When You Have Pets

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Your pets are your family, and much like children who have to be coached through the process of selling a home, your animal companions may need  a little help getting through this time. Your pets can also impact the sale of your home, and there are steps you can take to mitigate any negative impact. Make Time and Space for Your Buyers From the beginning of your decision to sell your home, you and your Realtor should agree on the best method to show the property with pets. While many people are appreciative of other pet owners, the presence of a dog or cat …