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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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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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Schools and Your Home Value

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Here’s a simple truth: the quality of the schools close to you can have a big effect on your home’s value. Every day, parents all across the US search for homes that will put their kids (current and future alike!) into education programs that will help them take on challenges and build careers of their own. A Few Facts A survey by Realtor.com indicated that 91% of homebuyers thought that school boundaries were important in choosing where to buy a home. 20% of those same survey respondents said they would pay up to 10% over the asking price to secure …

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Selling a Home in Autumn

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Selling a home in Autumn sounds sacriligious in the eyes of popular opinion. According to most standard guides to selling your home, after Labor Day is the house listing expiration date. Everyone is encouraged to make improvements to their home, strategize, and wait out the holidays and winter until better selling times are upon them. The problem is that this is actually really misguided advice when looking at multiple regions of the country. Sure, it might be time to consider the spring if you live in the northernmost tip of Montana and you’re expecting the  cold weather to roll in …

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Sell Your Home This Summer

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It’s Never Too Late To Sell Spring is the traditional time to put a home on the market, yet summer can be a great time as well. It’s the end of the school year, graduations are almost finished, and Father’s Day is right around the corner. With vacation plans and kids out of school, many people shy away from adding a move to their list of things to do. Yet sometimes a change in family size, retirement, or job relocation demands a summer sale. No worries, there is truly never a bad time to sell your house. You just need a good …