The front entrance of your home is the first thing visitors see, and also the most noticeable part of the home to passers-by. Upgrading your front entrance is easy, and increases the curb appeal of your home.
Fresh paint is an affordable, easy, and interesting way to update your home. Choose a color that compliments the style of your home, and the existing exterior colors. If you are looking for a more eye-catching look, try a darker color. A unique color scheme is the best way to stand out, but you don’t want to go overboard.
If you want a more natural look to your door, re-stain it. A nicely stained door will set your home apart from your neighbors’ factory...
If you’re thinking about adopting a new furry family member, you should always take into account the amount of space you have for your new addition.
San Diego has beautiful beaches, and some, like San Elijo State Beach allow dogs; but if having a dog won’t work for your space, fear not! Finding a furry friend to share your space, however large or small your space may be, is easy, and we’ve got a great guide for you.
If you’re living in a small place there are some great pets you can add to your family. Hamsters, birds, rabbits, guinea pigs, and geckos are fantastic pets that don’t take up much space. Aquarium fish are another great small space option, and will add a nice ambiance to your space....
Deciding to buy a home together with your partner can be a huge decision. It’s a decision that will add a new dynamic to your relationship, and you’ll want to make sure you and your partner are on the same page. We’ve got some great tips to help you prepare for this big decision.
Chances are that you will be sharing many of the same priorities, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you will agree on everything. What type of home do you want? How important is a big kitchen? If you plan on having children in the future (or if you have them already), how important is it that the home you buy is in a good school district? What about the quality of the neighborhood? How long is the...
Prevent dust by optimizing your home’s humidity levels between 40% and 50%. Low humidity causes static electricity, and more static means more dust will become attracted to objects and fixtures around your home.
You can help prevent soap scum from accumulating on your shower doors by treating them with automotive windshield rain repellant spray as needed. This will create a protective layer that encourages water to bead off the glass. If you need to remove soap scum that has already accumulated, make a paste with baking soda and vinegar, and apply it to your shower doors. Allow the mixture to sit for 15 minutes, then scrub it clean with water.
The amount of time your San Diego home is on the market, the stress levels involved, and the selling price of your home can all be affected if you decide not to use a realtor to sell your home.
The average selling price of a home sold by the owners in San Diego is approximately $40,000 lower than a home sold by realtors. Realtors have access to local market data about recent sales, and other listed homes in your area. Realtors also know negotiate a contract on your behalf that will give you the best outcome.
Realtors on average sell homes 19 days faster than owners. They have more availability than you to when it comes to inquiries, showings, and feedback from buyers. They also have professional...
A final walk-through isn’t a home inspection, you will have (or should have) already done that. Bring your contract with you. You may need to refer to it when you’re on site.
In the San Diego market, the buyer and seller may never meet, but if both parties are agreeable to the idea, it’s good to perform the final walk-through with the sellers present.
If the sellers have already moved, and the home if vacant, it’s even more important to do a final walk-through. Since your last visit, for instance, someone may have left a faucet dripping, inadvertently causing water damage.
When you do the final walk-through,...
You don’t have to purchase a ready-made fire pit, nor do you need to hire a contractor. You can build a DIY fire pit quite easily by following the steps below. Our infographic also has some great illustrations to help you along the way.
What You’ll Need:
- Digging Tools (Shovel and Pick Axe)
- Rounded Landscaping Stones
- Metal Fire Pit Ring and Metal Grate
- Approximately 1 ton of sand, and 1 ton of gravel
If the idea of having an eco-friendly home seems unrealistic, you should know that you have a lot of options that can make a noticeable difference. We San Diegans enjoy the outdoors, and do our best to take care of the environment, but sometimes when it comes to our homes we’re not quite sure how to make a substantial change. The truth is, you don’t have to install solar panels or wind turbines-just follow these suggestions:
Change your Lightbulbs!
LED lighting uses significantly less energy, and produces light levels comparable to traditional lighting. LED bulbs have a lifespan of 50,000 hours, and only use 10 watts of energy....
When you’re deciding on how to maintain the lawn in your new home, purchasing a lawn mower is the first step. There are different options available when you purchase a lawn mower, and depending on the size and surface of your lawn you may want to opt for one over another. Manual lawn mowers work best on small even lawns, while gas mowers can work on small or large lawns with either flat or uneven surfaces. Electric lawn mowers work well on most sizes of lawns, but work best on flat surfaced lawns. One benefit of electric mowers is the fact that they don’t have any emissions, but gas mowers work better on thicker grass than electric mowers do.
String trimmers are great to have if there are places in your yard where your mower is too big to go,...
Not having a plan. Starting a landscaping project without a solid plan means you might not be satisfied with the end result. If you have the money to do so, consider hiring a landscape architect.
Choosing plants not suited to your climate. Just because a plant is for sale at your local garden center, that doesn’t mean it’s going to grow in your yard. Some plants require more effor than they’re worth in order for them to grow in harsh climates. We’re lucky here in San Diego since our weather tends to be relatively mild, but in areas of East San Diego like El Cajon, or Escondido where there is harsher heat, you may want to evaluate the conditions needed for your plants to thrive.
Wanting to get your dream San Diego home at its lowest price? Research shows there are specific times of the year when homes can be bought for well below market value.
JANUARY = 2.1%
FEBRUARY = 2.4%
MARCH = 1.2%
APRIL = -1.2%
MAY = 1.7%
JUNE = 1.3%
JULY = 2.3%
AUGUST = 1.6%
The most effective stratedy for improving household energy efficiency is to first target your home's envelope—walls, attic, windows and doors.
If your house has no wall insulation, and it has more-or-less continuous wall cavities, it can improve enough energy to be very cost effective.
If your windows are leaky, it may be time to replace them with energy-efficient models with weatherstripping and storm windows.
Tress Around Your San Diego House
An appraisal is a written estimate of a property's market value, completed by an appraiser. This objective third party will give their professional opinion of the market value of a home.
What Does an Appraiser Look For?
- General condition of the home
- Size of the home and the property
- Location of the home
- Number of bathrooms and bedrooms
- Upgrades or remodeled areas
- Architectural features such as fireplaces...
When it comes to San Diego home loans, there are several types geared to fit various needs. Here is important information about some of the most popular ones and why they might work for you.
- This is the most popular option, often with the best interest rates
- Your interest rate is fixed for the life of the loan
- Your monthly payments remain the same throughout the loan
ARM (Adjustable Rate Mortgage)
- Interest rates typically start out...
Whether you're a first time buyer or an experienced buyer in San Diego, there is still room for mistakes. When it comes to your biggest investment, you don't want to leave anything up to chance.
Choosing the Wrong San Diego Agent
Choose an agent who knows the location you're interested in and is experienced selling homes in your price range
Being Too Picky
If you expect to find a house that meets all your requirements, you might be searching for a long time. It's important to be willing to compromise a little when it comes to what you need and want...
Here are 8 ways to cut your utility bill this San Diego weather:
1) Crank Her Down and Layer Up
Turning your thermostat down by only 2 degrees will end up saving you $180 per year on your energy bill.
2) Low-Flow is the Way to Go
A low-flow shower head requires less water and needs less heat to warm the water, not to mention the money you will save.
3) Clean those Coils
Simply cleaning the condenser coils on your fridge can save you money and increast efficiency....
The following list of terms will help you gain familiarity with what will be going on throughout the buying or selling process:
The evaluation of a property to determine its price based on previous sales of similar properties.
2) Closing Costs
Expenses incurred in the purchase and sale of property that are paid at the time of closing including: title insurance, attorney fees, appraisal fees, recording fees and taxes.
3) Code of Ethics
A standard of conduct required...
Whether you are decorating your 2-story home or 2-bedroom condo, everyone can use these 10 useful tips:
1) For every ONE foot of tree heights you will need:
- 100 Lights
- 9 Feet of Garland
- 20 Ornaments
2) For a whimsical take on traditional Christmas colors, try pink and teal with silver metallic accents instead or come up with your own unique color combo.
3) Go natural by decorating seasonally rather than holiday-specific. For example: use accents like cinnamon sticks, oranges, pine cones, etc.
While the number of burglaries in San Diego decreases each year, you shouldn't let your guard down when it comes to home security. Follow these tips to prevent thieves from gaining access to your home.
1) HIDING PLACES
Trim tall shrubbery covering windows and doors so thieves have no place to hide from you or attentive neighbors. Install motion detector lights in poorly lit areas around your home to deter intruders.
2) VACATION TIME
The social media pictures and updates can wait until you get back—and thieves will never even know you were away. Ask a neighbor to grab any...
Whether you're preparing to sell your house or just need to rid yourself of unnecessary items, it's important to give all your things a home. De-cluttering can make preparation your home less stressful, and make the moving process faster and easier.
Here is a list of the top 10 things to do to organize your San Diego home:
1) Get Rid of The "Things" in Your Life
When debating on whether to keep things, think about how important that thing is to you on a daily basis. Could it be more useful to someone else?
2) Start Small...