home appraisal

Preparing For a Home Appraisal

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Selling a home can be stressful. The added weight of a home appraisal and the impact it can have on the successful sale of your home can feel like a make or break moment in your home selling process. If a buyer is obtaining a mortgage, an appraisal is a mandatory part of the process, so it’s most likely a reality …

Build Your Own DIY Firepit

Build Your Own DIY Firepit

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Sure, it’s fall. There’s a chill in the air, and that grill doesn’t have same appeal it did in July or August. But we do live in Southern California, and outdoor living doesn’t have to end when the leaves start to drift from the trees. Not ready for the backyard party to stop? Neither are we! Fall is the perfect …

Stay Cool without AC

How To Keep Your House Cool Without A/C

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You don’t have to switch on the air conditioner to get a big chill this summer. These tips will help you keep your house cool without AC, which will save energy (and avoid AC wars with your family). Block That Sun! When sunlight enters your house, it turns into heat. You’ll keep your house cooler if you reduce solar heat …

4 Ways to Avoid DIY Mistakes

4 Ways To Avoid DIY Mistakes

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New backsplash? You’ve done it. Upgrading a faucet? No problem. You’re a DIY master. But what about that electrical issue? Or fixing a leaky roof? Even though you (and your BFF, YouTube) have pulled off many DIY projects, you know there are projects you’ve no business trying on your own. But what about those projects that fall somewhere in between …

When Organization Goes Wrong

When Getting Organized Goes Wrong

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It’s time. You’re getting organized. Finally. Kudos on making the smart homeowner choice, but don’t get too self-congratulatory while you’re still in the IKEA parking lot. Organization is about giving everything the right place (sometimes the donation bin), and while that sounds straightforward, it’s pretty easy to choose the wrong places, turning your attempt at a tidier home into wasted …

Built in Grill

Built-in Grill Turns Up Summer Heat

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There’s no better season than summer to up your grilling game with a new barbecue. For some, it’s as simple as a trip to the local hardware store to upgrade to the newest, biggest, baddest barbecue model they can wheel to their truck– easy enough project for the casual user. But then there are those who take their commitment to grilling …

Improve or Move?

Improve or Move?

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Wondering Whether to Improve or Move? Unless you built a custom home, you may have a long list of things you’d like to improve in your current home. Browsing online listings might get you in the mood to upgrade to a new home, or give you ideas to improve or add onto your existing home. Frequently at our open houses, attendees …

Paint

Painting Hacks That Will Make You Look Like A Pro

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A DIY painting job doesn’t have to equal crooked lines, besmirched floors, and ceramic sinks speckled with robin’s egg blue.Use these simple painting tips and tricks from the pros to make the process faster and less messy — and ensure a gorgeous end result. 1. Soak Brushes in Fabric Softener to Keep Bristles Soft Every DIY painter has been privy …

Goodbye Tub, Hello Shower

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Many Homeowners Are Ditching Their Bathtubs In Favor of Showers While the idea of taking a leisurely, luxurious bath may be appealing to many people, the reality is that most Americans shower rather than bathe. And while over-sized whirlpool tubs were once a staple of master bathroom remodels, many people are ditching them in favor of big, beautiful showers. The …

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 …