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Eliminating money-sucking mistakes in your home

It’s easy to overlook the little things around the house causing unnecessary costs throughout the year. Here are some ideas on how to cut out waste: Top 10 Most Expensive Mistakes You’re Making on Your Home By Cary Teller 1. Using Traditional Light bulbs If you still have incandescent light bulbs in your home, you could […]

Mold Myths Part 2

The following are 7 more mold myths, provided by the California Association of Realtors: 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 to respond to a mold incident. 8.   […]

Mold Myths Part 1

Recognizing potential mold problems before buying or selling a house is crucial. Sometimes you can visibly see or smell certain kinds of mold, but unfortunately, that’s not always the case. Many molds grow in areas that are inaccessible, such as attics or between walls. If you suspect a house has mold, it’s imperative to have […]

Get ready for El Niño!

A strong El Niño is heading our way! While it’s true that we are in need of rain, El Niño can also wreak havoc on our homes & businesses if we’re not prepared. The LA Times released a wonderful list of things to do to prepare your home, garden & car for the upcoming rainy […]

Preparing for Earthquakes

In light of some recent shakes here in California, I thought it would be appropriate to share Senator Boxer’s “Preparing for Earthquakes” checklist: 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 heaters, […]

10 things to check before you buy a house

Ten items to check before buying a house, according to Don Vandervort at 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? When you jump in the middle of the living room […]

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 […]