Health-Conscious Home Modifications
In all likelihood, your home is where you spend the majority of your time, so making sure it’s a healthy environment for your mind and body is important. Sick house syndrome is a real thing, whereby lead paint, pesticides, mold, and other household problems are leaving their occupants with real diseases, like asthma. Most homeowners spend between $211 and $6,298 nationally to address home safety concerns related to lead and asbestos removal and improved air quality.
Let’s take a look at the biggest offenders and how you can resolve these risks.
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Make Sure Your Home & Yard Are Ready for Winter
Here in Los Angeles, the seasons aren’t the same as the rest of the country. There’s no snowfall, and while trees can lose their leaves in late fall, it’s not a drastic change. However, it is still a change your house has to get used to.
That’s why you need to prepare your home for winter before the weather finally starts to turn colder. You’ll need to work on both the inside and outside of your home. But first, are such preparations really necessary?
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Working Now Saves You Later On
Since the seasons don’t change much here in southern California, you can easily forget about regular home maintenance. All the days can blur together....
Easy DIY Air Conditioner Fixes
Let’s get this out of the way first: Serious AC unit troubles will always require the expertise of a qualified air conditioning professional. It would be risky and more expensive down the line if you try to fix severe air conditioner issues by yourself. There are, however, some AC problems that you can easily address on your own, at least until the problem proves to be so critical only an AC professional can deal with it. Here are some easy DIY air conditioner fixes that can save you hundreds of dollars.
Problem: Your AC unit won’t turn on
When your air conditioner doesn't power up, check your circuit breaker first. It may have been tripped, so check your breaker panel and if it’s tripped halfway, just turn it all the way off, then switch it back on.
It’s also possible that a clogged drain line has set off the overflow...
Once upon a time, Los Angeles. was a city connected by public transportation and governed by pedestrian traffic. During this time, stairways were the perfect way for pedestrians to have safe and direct access to transit lines. These staircases still stand as reminders of those days and as a perfect way to get your heart rate going and your step count up!
There are many sets found around Mt. Washington, El Sereno, Highland Park and Santa Monica but I want to draw attention to a couple of favorites found in Echo Park and Silver Lake .
There as many as 33 stairways in Echo Park, all with different levels of tidiness and difficulty but all provide a little window to the past and some great views to motivate you in your journey.
Baxter Stairway | ~230 steps
West Hollywood: Giving up Single-Family for Condo Life
Let’s face the facts: Many Los Angeles neighborhoods have a lot to offer...and West Hollywood is definitely a prime example of one of these. Think about it. The infamous Sunset Strip zips through the area, pulling in people from across the world. The LGBTQ community has long had its strong-hold in the area, bringing new charm and a different influence. Iconic hotels, like the Chateau Marmont Hotel, rise above the palm trees as a symbol of luxury. If these aren’t appealing enough, West Hollywood is often lauded as California’s most walk-able city, with a walking score of 89. If you live in a West Hollywood single-family residence, you might be thinking about selling your home and downsizing into a nearby condo. Not only does life become...
3 Tips for Installing a Fence Yourself
Even if you are a good neighbor, you may find yourself wishing that you had a fenced-in backyard. Homeowners who have dogs and young children install fences for increased security. People who live along busy roads install fences for privacy. And, homeowners who also have backyard swimming pools install fences to comply with local safety ordinances. Whatever your reason for installing a fence, you may be considering installing one yourself. If you are, our three tips will help.
1. Determine the Best Fencing Material for Your Area
Cool New Garage Technology For 2017
Through the years, lots of garage door opener technology has been introduced to us. From more sophisticated garage door remotes to Wi-Fi connected garage door openers. A lot has changed since the first release of garage door openers. Here are the top garage technologies that you should own this year:
Best Smart Garage Door Opener: Chamberlain MyQ-...
I am proud to say that I made SpareFoot's list of Top 10 Real Estate agents in Los Angeles! SpareFoot is a national service that helps people book self-storage, which is often critical during a big move. They've created moving guides for major cities, especially those experiencing a lot of population growth.
The number one reason people use self-storage is because they are relocating. The company has put together put together a Spare Foot Moving Guide to help these people find the information and resources they need.
The guides offer tips on making a move to a new city as seamless as possible by providing city-specific...
When it comes to energy efficiency, look for smart features and expertise to help you save energy and money and add value to your home.
1. Begin with a Right-Sized Home.
If the home you buy is simply too large for you or your family’s needs or plans, you stand a good chance of wasting energy through excessive heating and cooling costs. If it’s too small, you’ll feel cramped and uncomfortable. It’s a big investment, so seek balance and buy it “right” from the outset.
2. Purchase Energy Star Appliances Such as Your TV, Dishwasher, Washer and Dryer, and Microwave.
And especially the refrigerator, as it alone contributes about 10 percent of the energy use in a home. Also, unplug electronics not in use or turn off power strips to avoid phantom charges.
3. Install Efficient Lighting Such as Compact Fluorescent (CLF) or LED Bulbs in Every Fixture.
Lighting accounts for about 6 percent of...