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By Laura Kelley | Agent in San Diego, CA
  • The Water Crisis

    Posted Under: General Area in San Diego County, Going Green in San Diego County, In My Neighborhood in San Diego County  |  May 21, 2014 12:36 PM  |  475 views  |  No comments

  • ==>This Month in Real Estate (San Diego, Ca) December 2013

    Posted Under: Home Selling in San Diego, Going Green in San Diego, Home Ownership in San Diego  |  December 6, 2013 9:48 PM  |  864 views  |  2 comments
    This Month in San Diego, California Real Estate -December 2013

    Updating your house will not only make it more appealing to buyers when you decide to put it on the market, but it could also save you money on your utilities until you decide to sell.
    For more information, talk to your local real estate professional.


     Clairemont     Bay Park      La Jolla        
     Del Mar    Solana Beach     Pacific Beach    Point Loma
     Mission Valley      Mira Mesa

  • DIY Flooring Installation

    DIY Flooring Installation

    Installing a new floor is a great way to liven up your house. Before you change your floor, however, you need to decide what type of flooring is best suited to your budget and lifestyle. Hardwood floors are a classic choice, while many homeowners prefer the ease of tile or the affordability of laminate flooring. While some floors can be installed by an inexperienced homeowner, other floor types require the services of a professional or an experienced handyman.

    Hardwood Flooring

    Hardwood floors have always been a popular choice. Beautiful, traditional wood floors can last a lifetime if properly maintained and, because hardwood floors are more hygienic than carpet, they are a good choice for people with allergies. The National Wood Flooring Association, points out that wood is:






    Hardwood floor types can be new or salvaged and might be smooth, distressed, or hand-scraped for an antique look. Stains give you a variety of color choices, even allowing oak to masquerade as rare exotic lumber. Research all your options before investing in a hardwood floor, as each of the many choices offers advantages of its own.

    Maintaining Hardwood Floors

    Prefinished hardwood flooring can be expensive, but it is easy to maintain. To keep your hardwood floor looking its best, you should put down area rugs in places that get a lot of foot traffic. You should also damp mop your floor frequently to remove dust and dirt. If your hardwood floors get a few minor scratches, you can repair them with a touch-up stick. Solid hardwood floors can be refinished if they have a lot of scuffmarks, which is one advantage over other products like laminate flooring.

    Installing Hardwood Flooring
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  • Designing DIY Water Feature

    Posted Under: Home Selling in Clairemont Mesa West, Going Green in Clairemont Mesa West, Design & Decor in Clairemont Mesa West  |  July 26, 2013 7:50 AM  |  1,424 views  |  No comments

    Designing A DIY Water Feature

    Water features come in all shapes and sizes, from tabletop fountains to the powerful, towering jets at The Bellagio in Las Vegas. Obviously, the construction of large water features is best left to the professionals, but for smaller projects, it's possible to design a DIY water feature in a single afternoon.

    This article will outline some of the things you should consider before shopping for materials and building a DIY water feature.

    Style and Materials

    The materials you use for your DIY water feature should complement the materials and style of your home and garden. For example, if your home is formal, symmetry, formal shapes, and classic materials such as concrete basins and finials will look best in your garden.

    If your home is more rustic or located in a more natural setting, a water feature made to look like a natural creek bed may be more fitting.

    Scale and Proportion

    How much space do you have for your DIY water feature? How will the water feature be viewed, and what kind of statement do you want to make? For example, if you live in an apartment or condo and you want to build a DIY water feature for your balcony, the space may be tight, and you could probably create a DIY water feature using a couple of small, ceramic or concrete pots. However, in the same space, you may want to make a grand statement and construct a taller wall fountain instead. The scale and proportions should be in keeping with the feeling and aesthetic you are trying to create.

    When thinking about scale and proportion, also think about how the water feature will be viewed in relationship to your home. You don't want the water feature or your house to look too big or too small when seen together.

    Also consider how the water feature will be viewed. Will it be seen from a few feet away or 50 feet away? Obviously, a water feature that is farther away will need to be larger or it may not have the visual impact it needs. It would be a shame to spend time building a water feature and then realize that it's too small to get any attention.

    Basins and Pools

    Water features can be constructed using a variety of materials. A simple DIY water feature can be constructed using a ceramic pot and a bamboo spigot. Concrete or ceramic pots are one option. Formed concrete basins can be built for larger projects. These can be left unfinished, finished with ceramic tiles, or colored using stains or integral color. For natural-looking, pond and creek bed designs, you will need a pond liner of flexible PVC. Whatever material you choose, your pond needs to be as watertight as possible. The point is, a DIY water feature does not have to be complicated, but the materials you choose should be appropriate to the size, scale, and complexity of the project.




  • 7 Ways to Save On Energy Costs this Winter

    Posted Under: Home Selling in Pacific Beach, Going Green in Pacific Beach, Home Ownership in Pacific Beach  |  January 3, 2013 8:49 PM  |  947 views  |  3 comments

    7 Ways to Save On Energy Costs this Winter

    On December 31, 2012, in Uncategorized, by Blog Contributor
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    By Ed Michelson, HomeVestors of America Inc.

    Saving money on energy costs is always a good investment. With winter fast approaching, it is that time of year when families must determine how much they want to spend on energy costs. There are, however, some simple tricks to cut costs while turning up the heat.

    1. Turn off unused electronics: Everyone has heard our Mom or Dad tell us to turn off something when we are done with it. This still holds true today. When you leave a room, turn off the light. When you go to bed, close your laptop. If you go on vacation, it might be a good idea to disconnect the garage door opener.

    2. Use power strips: Simply having appliances plugged in drains energy, so when possible, plug as many electronics into power strips as you can. When those items are not in use, easily switch them off by using the switch on the power strip.

    3. Unplug chargers: Many houses have multiple devices that require charging. From laptops to tablets to smartphones, chances are that on any given day one could have a few items charging at once. When the device is fully charged, unplug it. Even though it is charged it still uses energy from the outlet.

    4. Invest in a power monitor: Having a power monitor is a good idea for any home. It tells you how much energy you are using, and which household items are draining the most power.  By knowing where large amounts of your bill are going, you can adjust your usage accordingly.

    5. Use appliance programs: A lot of new household items have self-regulation options.  Take advantage of them. This can range from power management options on a computer to programming setting for heat or air conditioning. Many appliances have some form of power-saving settings, and it is beneficial to utilize them.

    6. Be smart in choosing light bulbs: Light bulbs have changed a lot the past few years. LED bulbs and compact fluorescents are much easier on power than older bulbs. They are also inexpensive, so there are multiple benefits to updating your light bulb inventory.

    7. Use cold water in washing machines: A cold wash will keep clothes just as clean and uses less energy than hot water. Another fun fact: Hot water can make colors run and helps stains set, crises avoided!

  • Plants that Increase your homes value

    Posted Under: Home Buying in Rancho Santa Fe, Home Selling in Rancho Santa Fe, Going Green in Rancho Santa Fe  |  September 11, 2012 1:27 PM  |  1,045 views  |  1 comment

    Increase Your Home's Value With Mature Trees

    Well-maintained yards can fetch a higher price and quicker sale

    Mature trees in a well-landscaped yard can increase a home's value by almost 20 percent.

    Towering trees on your property provide more than beauty -- they increase the value of your home.

    Several recent nationwide surveys show that mature trees in a well-landscaped yard can increase the value of a house by 7 percent to 19 percent.

    A lush lawn with flower gardens is pretty, but didn't add to the value of a house, the surveys showed.

    Buyers love landscaping


  • “Green” Mortgages Help Homebuyers Finance Environmentally Conscious Choices

    Posted Under: Home Buying in San Diego County, Home Selling in San Diego County, Going Green in San Diego County  |  December 6, 2011 8:12 AM  |  1,370 views  |  No comments

    “Green” Mortgages Help Homebuyers Finance Environmentally Conscious Choices

    By purchasing a home built to meet greater energy-efficiency standards or committing to make energy improvements to an existing home, you could qualify for an energy-efficient mortgage (EEM) – also known as a “green” mortgage – which can increase your borrowing power, yield certain discounts, or both. A more energy-efficient home also promises lower utility bills and less environmental impact, making green mortgages a win-win-win proposition



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