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Eliminate daily home costs.

Getting the most out of your home entails some skill, creativity, maintenance, and much effort, both inside and out. It’s easy to overlook the little things around the house causing unnecessary costs throughout the year. Let me urge you to identify and eliminate some of these simple money-suckers. Recommended reading! Have a great weekend, Karina Pacific […]

Mold Myths Part 2

I hope you’ve found my prior blog post “Mold Myths” part 1 handy. Here are the remaining myths for considered.   7.    Both the EPA and California Department of Public Health recommend mold consultants. There is no recommendation in any state or federal web site that the property owner or resident needs a mold consultant […]

Mold Myths Part 1

Mold concerns are often a concern when buying a property. There are myths, perceptions and fear about the unknown yet inevitable. At times, one can get a hint of moisture scent, but most often it’s unseen. And that is where a home or mold inspection play their role. Here are 6 or 13 Mold Myths […]

Let’s get ready for El Niño

A strong El Niño is underway. While it is good news that drought improvement is predicted in California, many of us are simply not prepared for its rain pour and strength. 28 things to do to prepare for El Niño rains this season is a great list for your homes and business building preparation. Preparation […]

Preparing for Earthquakes

In spite of the recent shakes in California, I came across Senator Boxer’s “Preparing for earthquakes” email notice very handy and wanted to share. Before an earthquake: Build an emergency kit and make a family communications plan. Secure items in your home that could fall during a quake, especially heavy objects and overhead light fixtures. Make sure water […]

10 Things to check when buying a house

Enjoy ten items for determining a house’s overall quality before you commit to the cost of hiring a house inspector according to Housetips.com The structure. From a reasonably distant vantage point, look at the house. Do the walls appear to be plumb and flat? From inside, are any walls bowed or not square at corners? […]

Chick A Dee Smoke Detector

I hope all of you have a working Smoke Detector in your homes. And if you do, it is always good to check that is working properly, which is exactly what I will be doing today when I get home from work. Now I’m sure you’re wondering why the mention, Chick a Dee Smoke Detector […]

Green House Idea

Back in January’s Blog post I briefly spoke about what a Green Home is?  Some of you had a few inquiries and I was happy to help. Others wanted a more hands on approach. Thank fully we were able to attend The Green House Idea tour in Hermosa Beach this past Saturday. This was a […]

Buying or Selling turn offs

Whether you’re buying or selling a home, there are definitely awkward moments and turn-offs in both positions. If you’re in the buying or selling position, you may find Tara from Trulia insight helpful. I know I did. She points out common turnoffs.  This can vary from over pricing a home to following a buyer around the house […]

5 Low-Cost Kitchen Updates

Considered the heart of a home, the kitchen can be an influential part in selling a property. Not to worry, a kitchen uplift does not have to be costly. A recent Realty Times article offers tips on attracting buyers with lower-cost kitchen upgrades. Repaint in a neutral color Eliminating clutter Clean, clean, clean Change light […]