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Essential Outdoor Home Maintenance You Can Do Yourself In Spring

Spring is a time of growth and change, with new life popping up everywhere and hotter days around the corner. These changes impact your home, so now is a critical time to assess any damage that may have occurred over winter and get your home ready for summer. Make sure to take care of these essential home maintenance projects now so you’re ready to enjoy your outdoor spaces this summer.

 Clean and Repair Gutters

This is a job that should be done in the fall and spring both, and for good reason: your gutters divert water that runs off the roof away from your house, protecting siding and keeping water away from your basement and foundation. When you’re cleaning gutters, check for damage to make sure they can function properly. If you spot any damage, such as holes or leaky joints, This Old House has a great resource for how to make these repairs yourself.

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Moving from Brooklyn to Los Angeles

Moving from Brooklyn to LA and buying a home

 At the moment, moving from Brooklyn to LA and buying a home can look a bit frightening. But it shouldn’t be. You will fit in just fine, everybody else did.Image of the Brooklyn Bridge

We all know that Brooklyn seems like the new center of the Universe and that this is the place where even the sky isn’t the limit anymore. From the beginning to the end of the Brooklyn, there are job opportunities, unforgettable experiences, great food and prestige art scene. And don’t even get me starting on the self-satisfying belief that New York is so much better than Los Angeles. But, the list of the reasons why you might be considering moving from Brooklyn to LA and buying a home there might be long.

Many are considering their options. Renters can’t...

The Top Rated Pasadena High Schools in Pasadena Unified School District

Pasadena, California, one of the oldest incorporated cities in Los Angeles County (behind only the city of Los Angeles itself), may be known as the home of the New Year’s Day's Rose Parade and subsequent Rose Bowl, one of college football’s biggest games of the season, but the city has far more to offer. In addition to being relatively close to the heart of Los Angeles, Pasadena is also surrounded by mountains and offers residents easy access to the nearby Pacific Ocean. Residents are afforded a unique lifestyle, combining fun and relaxation with affordable housing and an excellent job market. Pasadena’s Unified School District (PUSD) includes many of the city’s top public schools, which can help ease the mind of worried parents who are looking to relocate to the area. Though the city has plenty of great reasons to consider relocating, it is the quality of schools...

The Top Rated Middle Schools in Pasadena, California

Moving might feel like an exciting, empowering experience for you as a parent. You’re able to take your family to a new environment that might be better suited for them, present them with new adventures, and open them up to exciting opportunities.

Unfortunately, what’s exciting and empowering for parents can be terrifying and traumatic for kids who have to deal with being placed in a new school system, make new friends, and deal with being “the new kid.” All of these feelings are compounded when your child is in middle school. As a parent, you’ll want the transition to be easy, so it’s incumbent upon you to do your research prior to moving and ensure both you and your child are equipped with the knowledge you all need to seamlessly integrate into a new school system.

Fortunately for you, Pasadena has some excellent public and private middle schools with well-developed academic programs, diverse student bodies, and innovative...

Downsizing for Retirement: Why You Should Start Now

Many homeowners choose to downsize upon reaching retirement. It’s a great way to make home life more manageable as you age, especially when your family home is large and multi-story. But is it really wise to wait until you’re in your 60s to think about moving house? Instead of delaying the move until you’re older and less physically able, it may be smarter to downsize as soon as the kids move out.

Downsizing early

 

The longer you spend paying for more house than you need, the less money you have to put toward your retirement accounts. And when the median retirement savings...

The Top Rated Pasadena Elementary Schools in Pasadena Unified School District

There’s no doubt that Pasadena is a popular place to live. But many people ask, is Pasadena a good place to raise children? How are the elementary schools in the area?

You’ll be happy to hear that Pasadena offers robust academic programs, well developed athletic programs, and clubs for children of all ages. And these are just some of the things that make Pasadena a desirable place to raise a family.

If you’re thinking about moving to Pasadena, knowing that your children will be attending an excellent school might make all the difference. To help you decide whether or not Pasadena is right for you and your family, here’s a quick guide on what you need to know about some of the top rated elementary schools within the Pasadena Unified School District.

 Hamilton Elementary School...

The Best Running Trails in Pasadena, CA

There is nothing like strapping on a pair of running shoes and running with the earth’s natural beauty serving as the backdrop. Pasadena has several options for trail runners, as the city is close to both the Angeles National Forest and San Gabriel Mountains. All one needs is a road-ready car and plenty of sun protection.

Arroyo Seco Running Trail in Pasadena, CA

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Arroyo Seco

The Arroyo Seco is a nearly 25-mile long river that runs from Los Angeles into the Angeles National Forest. The name, which means “dry stream” in Spanish, also applies to a general area...

Health-Conscious Home Modifications

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.

 Removing Carpeting

 wood floors are easiest to keep clean

If someone in your home is an allergy sufferer,...

Make Sure Your Home & Yard Are Ready For Winter

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. As Solidbuildersonline.com...

Easy DIY Air Conditioner Fixes

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 shut-off switch. Make...

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