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You’ll find my blog to be a wealth of information, covering everything from local market statistics and home values to community happenings. I love the Central Coast community and want to help you find your place in it. Please reach out if you have any questions at all. I’d love to talk with you!

Feb. 4, 2019

Central Coast 2018 Fall/Winter Market Report

In the fall, experts reported that nationwide the housing market was beginning to shift to a buyer’s market. We can certainly see those effects already on the Central Coast with many areas reporting a decrease in home sale prices year over year. If you’ve been thinking of selling, now may be the right time to get your home on the market! Give me a call at (805) 441-1276 to get started!

 

The data below is current as of January 31st, 2019.

 

 

San Luis Obispo County

 

In San Luis Obispo County, home prices were up 7.5% year over year to $629,000. Condos and townhomes however were only up 3.9% compared to December of last year. The median sales price for a condo or townhome in San Luis Obispo County is now $410,000.

 

 

Arroyo Grande

 

 

Home prices for a single family home in Arroyo Grande are down slightly (2.8%) from last year at this time. The median sales price for a detached home in Arroyo Grande is now $727,200. But prices for a condo or townhome are up 5.5% to $380,000.

 

Avila Beach

 

 

The price of a single-family home in Avila Beach has increased 4.2% over the last year, bringing the median sales price of a home to $1,146,240. Townhomes and condos in the area have also increased a total of 11.6% to $809,450.

 

 

Cal-Poly Area

 

 

The Cal-Poly area has seen a 20.4% increase in the price of single-family homes since December 2017. This brings the median price of a home to $1,020,000. Townhomes and condos have also seen prices increase 2.6% to $502,500.

 

 

City of San Luis Obispo

 

 

The city of San Luis Obispo has seen sale prices for single-family homes increase 9.3% year over year. This increase brings the median home sale price to $807,640. The median price of townhomes and condos in SLO has decreased 6.6% since December 2017, bringing the median cost down to $460,000.

 

 

Grover Beach

 

 

The median price for a single family detached home in Grover Beach has increased by 8.1% since December 2017. This brings the current median home price to $573,500. The prices of townhomes and condos have also increased in Grover Beach. The current price is currently $369,000 - a 10.8% increase from the end of 2017.

 

Nipomo

 

 

 

Nipomo has seen the price of detached homes increase 4.2% since December of last year to $646,000. Townhomes and condos however, have seen a significant increase of 21.7% from December 2017. The median price of townhomes and condos in Nipomo is now $420,000.

 

Pismo Beach

 

 

Pismo Beach has seen a decrease of 6.3% in the price of single-family detached homes since December 2017. The median price is currently $899,000. Townhomes and condos however, have decreased 14.1% year over year to $580,000.

 

Want to know what your Central Coast home may currently be worth? Click here to request your free market report or contact me for a more in-depth analysis. And if you’re thinking of selling in 2019, I’d love to chat with you about what I can do to get your home sold quickly and for the best possible price!

Posted in Market Updates
Jan. 26, 2019

What Not to Do Before Closing on a House

Congratulations! You’ve found your dream house and now you’re in escrow. Escrow can be a time of excitement and anticipation. But it’s important to remember that your loan is not finalized until the last days of escrow! To be sure that you make it through without a hitch, there are several things you can do to ensure you’re able to close on your dream home:

 

 

Don’t Make Any Large Purchases

If you’re in escrow, you should generally avoid making any large purchases such as buying a car or furniture for your new home. Making a large purchase during escrow can negatively affect your debt-to-income ratio (DTI), which could jeopardize your final mortgage approval. If it is absolutely necessary that you make a large purchase before closing, be sure to talk to your lender. Every situation is different.

 

Don’t Change Jobs

Banks like to minimize their risk and give loans to people they feel are a “safe bet” – people with a history of good financial practices, stable income, and a stable job. Obviously you can’t control everything that happens to you, but if you know you want to change jobs or careers, wait until after you have the keys to your new home safely in hand. And if you absolutely must make a change, a job within the same industry is usually viewed as less risky by the bank, especially if that job change brings a pay increase.

 

Don’t Open or Close Credit Cards

The lender reviewing your loan will check your credit towards the end of escrow and opening and closing credit cards can affect your credit score. Opening a new credit card usually results in a credit inquiry, which can drop your score a few points. If you do accidentally open a new credit card, don’t charge anything to it until you get the keys and be prepared to talk to your lender to explain the situation.

 

Don’t Skip Paying Your Bills

You should always pay your bills on time, but during the escrow period it is especially important! Make sure you are staying on top of all your monthly expenses, even while house hunting. If your credit score drops during escrow, you may no longer be able to qualify for your loan. You should also consider paying down your outstanding credit card debt during the billing cycle, rather than waiting for the auto-payment to process. And if you have credit cards you never use, make sure you’re keeping an eye on those as well to be sure there aren’t any annual fees or auto-payments you forgot about.

 

Do you have more questions about how the escrow process works? Or about buying a home in general? Give me a call at (805) 441-1276! 

 

Posted in Selling a Home
Jan. 4, 2019

Holiday Clean Up Tips

Now that the holidays are over, it’s time to do some deep cleaning around the house. After all the hustle and bustle of the holidays, you’ll want to make time to put away all the decorations and make a fresh start for the New Year. In addition to your normal chores like vacuuming and dusting, keep reading to pick up some clever tips and tricks to deal with six common post-holiday cleanup woes!

Quickly and Easily Get Rid of Faux Snow

Fake snow in your home’s windows looks so festive and fun- especially if you live in California! But removing it isn’t always the easiest. To make cleanup easier, use a diluted vinegar mixture. Vinegar cuts right though the adhesive that keeps the snow stuck to the window!

 

 

Organize Your Holiday Decorations Once and For All

When packing up and putting away all those holiday decorations, it’s easy to just throw everything in a bin and decide you’ll deal with it next year. But make this the year you stop putting it off! Make time to develop a system to organize everything neatly, throw out anything that’s broken, and get rid of items that may be worn out or you just don’t love anymore. Remember that you can always donate your unwanted holiday décor to your local thrift store!

 

Tame Your Christmas Lights

Every year we string up lights on our homes, porches, and Christmas trees. They look so festive and beautiful! But when it comes time to take them down, they can quickly become a tangled mess that you’ll need to spend hours unraveling next year. To avoid this problem, find a piece of cardboard and wrap the lights around it. Cut grooves into the cardboard to keep the strands in place. This will keep your lights neat and ready to be hung next year!

 

 

Refresh Your Guest Room

Some of us are lucky enough to have friends and family visit over the holidays - which means your guest bedroom might need some TLC! Be sure to start by stripping the bed and washing all the sheets, pillowcases and blankets. Wipe down doorknobs and other surfaces to disinfect them. And make sure to scan the room for any items your guests may have accidently left behind.

 

 

Say Goodbye to Your Christmas

Click here for information about the best way to recycle your Christmas tree in San Luis Obispo County. But you may want to call and check that they’re indeed still accepting Christmas trees. Many cities also have local drop off areas at parks and tree lots that will haul the trees away by the end of January.

 

 

Lift Stubborn Red Wine Stains From Carpet

Red wine is usually flowing during the holidays, so it wouldn’t be unusual to spot a few carpet stains around your home in January. To tackle those missed stains, order something like Wine Away or create your own DIY wine stain remover. For instructions on how to DIY your own carpet-cleaning solution, click here.

 

 

 

I hope you had a wonderful holiday season with family and friends! I love this time of year, but it feels just as good to get back into the swing of things in January. I hope you enjoy these New Year cleaning tricks to get yourself, and your year, started off on the right foot!

Posted in Homeownership
Dec. 26, 2018

Best Home Improvements to Increase Property Value

If you’re thinking of remodeling your home before putting it up for sale, it’s important to have a strategy. Remodeling with specific goals in mind will not only improve your home physically, but will have buyers anxious to make it theirs. And paying attention to which improvements offer the best ROI can help your home sell for top dollar!

 

 

Landscaping

 

Let’s start at the front of the house. Landscaping is an important feature that can make potential buyers excited about your home before even stepping inside. Be sure to calculate the cost of materials per square-foot before purchasing, as well as possible delivery and/or installation costs. You may also want to hire a landscape architect to help you with the design. But whether you choose to DIY or hire a professional, landscaping is sure to yield a great return as curb appeal dramatically influences a buyer’s opinion about your home.  

 

Bathroom Remodel

 

Bathrooms are one of the most important rooms to homeowners and buyers alike. And they’re also one of the most expensive areas of the home to remodel. But the returns are often worth it! Before you start tearing things out, just make sure you’ve thought through all the potential costs. Replacing the tub, tile surround, flooring, toilet, sink, vanity and fixtures can add up especially if you’re using high-end materials. If you’re not wanting to do a full bathroom remodel, try replacing the vanity, redoing the tile on the wall, or even just painting. Remember, you may not have to replace everything to give your bathroom a fresh, modern look!

 

The Kitchen

 

A full kitchen remodel can get quite expensive. If you’re thinking about making some changes, it is best to start small with basic appliance and cosmetic updates rather than completely rearranging the space, which may require new plumbing and electrical work. You can also save some money by sanding and repainting or staining your cabinets rather than buying brand new ones. This is especially true if you have real wood cabinets.

 

A kitchen is a great choice to update however, as this is one of the most important considerations for buyers. If you do choose to do a full kitchen remodel, try to pick a modern, but still classic look. And do your best to maximize the storage space!  

 

 

 

Outdoor Oasis

 

A great backyard appeals to just about everyone. Adding a small wooden deck or patio can yield a great return on your investment. Just make sure to hire a professional if you’re not skilled in doing the work yourself. Many families with young children may skip over your home if they know they’ll need to do some work to make it safe for their kids. This is especially important to keep in mind if you want to add a pool or spa. Don’t make it impossible for the next homeowners to add a safety fence around it.

 

 

New Windows

 

This may seem like a boring update, but it will pay you back in the end. Replacing ten 3x5 ft. windows runs about $9,700 on average. But according to HGTV, you will recoup an average of around $8,700 when you sell- an ROI of almost 90%. So don’t overlook your windows, as they might be one of the easiest returns you’ll receive on your home remodel!

 

 

A Word of Caution

 

Before you start remodeling remodeling, take a good, hard look at the neighborhood around you. What do the surrounding homes look like? What updates have been done in recent years? And what quality of materials were used? You don’t want to over improve your home relative to your neighbors. Homes are appraised relative to the last comparable sales in the area. The home inspector probably won’t care that you paid $100 each for the tiles in your new kitchen’s backsplash while your neighbor went down to Home Depot. So if you’re not sure what your neighbors have done to their homes, stop by and ask! This is also a great excuse to get to know your neighbors.

 

 

Remodeling a home is a big job. You want to be sure that you’re making decisions that will pay you back when it comes time to sell, not lose you money. Need more guidance on what improvements you should consider doing for your home? Or just want a referral for a local professional in the Arroyo Grande area? Give me a call – I’ll be happy to help!

 

 

Posted in Selling a Home
Dec. 21, 2018

2019 Interior Design Trends

The New Year always brings new trends, but not all of them are widely embraced by homeowners. A few items on the list below have been popular for awhile now (think brass, neutrals, and bucket sinks) while others (like velvet) never seem to quite catch on.

 

If you’re planning an extensive remodel this year or just want to give your home décor a bit of a refresh, check out my list of 2019’s top home design trends:

 

 

Velvet

 

Velvet is poised to make a big come back this year! If you’re a little skeptical of this trend, start small with some velvet accent pillows. This will give your living space the same luxe feel without having to commit to a velvet couch.

 

 

Brass Accents

 

It looks as though brass will continue to be a favorite in 2019. An alternative to the classic stainless steel and nickel, brass is much warmer and will lend a homier vibe to your bathrooms and kitchen. And keep in mind that mixing metals is no longer a faux pas! Don’t be afraid to mix brass alongside other metals in your décor.

 

 

Nature’s Own

 

Mother nature is finding her way into home design for 2019! Expect shades of green, ivory, taupe, and tan to be popular colors in paint and home décor. Nature motifs are also increasingly popular. Think graphic palm leaf prints and florals. And more people are choosing to share their space with houseplants of all shapes and sizes! From hardy succulents to delicate orchids, homeowners are finding their green thumb.

 

 

More Neutrals

 

Neutrals certainly aren’t going anywhere in 2019! But they are getting a bit of a makeover. Greige (a combo of grey and beige) has been a popular shade for several years now, but now other, warmer neutrals are trending. Colors like taupe, terracotta, gold, and deep grey. Warmer neutrals combined with natural materials like stone and wood make the perfect pair!

 

 

Geometric Patterns

 

Geometric patterns made a big appearance in home design in 2018 and are back in full force for 2019! Geometric patterns are fun, unique, and make a statement in the home. Not sure where to start? Paint a simple black and white pattern on the wall of your bathroom or home office. All in on this trend? Try a geometric tile backsplash in the kitchen or bathroom.

 

 

Bucket Sinks Are Back

 

Bucket sinks are due to make a comeback this year! Also known as troughs, bucket sinks bring a vintage vibe to your kitchen or bathroom. Stick with a neutral color like black, grey, or white to keep the classic look of a bucket sink.

 

 

Millennial Pink

 

It looks like millennial pink is sticking around for another year. Millennial pink is a warm, dusty shade of pink that grew in popularity in 2018. This shade looks surprisingly good in bathrooms, bedrooms, and living spaces. But less is more when it comes to this color. Try a millennial pink accent pillow or throw blanket in the living room.

 

 

I hope my list of 2019 home design trends has inspired you to try new things in the coming year! Whether you just pick up some pillows or decide to redo your entire bathroom, incorporating the latest trends can help your home feel fresh and stylish no matter its age. Preparing to sell, but want to update your home first? I’d love to give you some suggestions on which trends are likely to appeal to today’s homebuyers. Give me a call at (805) 441-1276 and let’s discuss!

Dec. 6, 2018

6 Open House Tips for Buyers

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Visiting an open house is a great way to start your home buying journey. It allows you to learn the neighborhoods and make decisions about what kind of home you’d like to buy. But with countless open houses every weekend, it’s important to be strategic about your visits. So whether you think you’ll be buying a home in the next few months or later in 2019, here are a few tips to help you make the most out of an open house:

 

 

Don’t Be Shy

 

Don’t be afraid to ask questions! Feel free to ask the agent about the neighborhood, the surrounding schools, or if there are any special assessments or other fees associated with the property. Be aware that the agent at the open house could just be filling in for the actual agent, and could possibly not know much about the listing property. This is very common and nothing to worry about! Just make sure to get the listing agent’s information so you can follow up with them.

 

 

 

Ask About the Photo Policy

 

Always ask before you start snapping pictures and taking video. Remember that the home could still be someone’s residence and they may not want pictures taken. If you are allowed to take photos though, go for it! This is a great way to help you remember the details about the home, especially when you’re on your sixth open house on a busy Saturday. If you’re not allowed to take pictures, make sure you jot down some notes about the things you liked and didn’t like about the home. Your notes and photos will help you understand what you are really looking for in your future home. 

 

 

Check Out the Neighborhood

 

Before or after visiting the open house, take a stroll around the neighborhood. You might be surprised, pleasantly or otherwise, about your surroundings. You might also want to drive a larger radius around the home to see where the nearest grocery store, gas station, park, and more are located in reference to the home. If you’re really interested in the home, be sure to come back after dark – neighborhoods can change a lot after the sun goes down!

 

 

Test the Windows and Doors

 

Sticking doors and windows can be a sign that there is a problem with the foundation. By paying attention to these features during the open house you’ll be doing some preemptive checking on the condition of the home. But don’t write a home off if you notice a door sticks slightly, as this can also be due to humidity and recent rainfall. Other warning signs to look out for are gaps around window frames or sagging, uneven flooring. If you end up moving forward with the home, be sure to use a home inspector who has a reputation for being thorough. 

 

 

Use Your Time Wisely

 

If you’re planning to use an hour of your time on a Saturday to go to an open house, try to see a few more. Look for several open houses happening in the same neighborhood and visit them all. Next weekend, you can do the same in a different area. This will help you maximize your time and allow you to begin to notice those small differences that set similar homes apart. 

 

 

Pay Attention to Other Buyers

 

You never know what other buyers may know or notice about the home that you haven’t. Pay attention to what other buyers are looking at, talking about, or asking the real estate agent at the open house. Or you can make conversation with them yourself! 

 

 

Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions at all about the home buying process. I would be more than happy to help. And when the time comes that you’re ready to have a Realtor represent you in your purchase, I would love to have the chance to earn your business!

Nov. 30, 2018

Central Coast Holiday Events 2018

The Holidays are here! And as if living in the Central Coast isn’t amazing enough, there are countless holiday festivities that really bring this season to life. Here are some of my favorites: 

 

 

Cambria Christmas Market

Where: Cambria

November 23rd - December 23rd

Enter a winter wonderland and find yourself immersed in a world of twinkling lights, music and merriment throughout the holiday season. Shop in the vendor market, take photos with Santa, enjoy live music, taste traditional German foods, sip warm glühwein and more at this charming outdoor festival. 

 

Winterfest

Where: Morro Bay

November 30th- December 12th

 

Winterfest is back for the second year! This is one of my favorite holiday events in Morro Bay. Come and enjoy 12 days of fun at the second annual Winterfest in Morro Bay! Find lighted boats, lighted trees, Santa's House open daily, a Santa Crawl for 21 and over, tall ships in the harbor and real snow for the kids

 

Santa House

Where: San Luis Obispo

November 24th-December 24th

 

Come visit Santa in Mission Plaza at Santa’s House from November 24 through December 24! Children who visit Santa receive a complimentary activity book, toy, and candy cane. Pictures are also available for purchase.

 

Holidays at the Apple Farm

Where: San Luis Obispo

November 24th-December 25th

 

Celebrate the merriest season in San Luis Obispo at the Apple Farm. Events include photos and visits with Santa, holiday music at the restaurant, seasonal menus, and more.

 

A Christmas Story

Where: San Luis Obispo

November 30th- December 23rd 


Sold out for four years in a row and back by popular demand, the San Luis Obispo Repertory Theatre is proud to present the family holiday classic, A Christmas Story. Reoccurring on Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.

 

52nd Annual South County Holiday Parade

Where: Grover Beach

December 1st

 

This family friendly Holiday Parade begins at 16th Street, travels west down West Grand Avenue to 9th Street and finishes at the Ramona Garden Park Center. This is the only daytime parade in South San Luis Obispo County! Bring the entire family and celebrate the holidays in Grover Beach.

 

Holiday Harmony

Where: Pismo Beach

December 7th

 

This event is FREE to the public and the evening will include fresh snow, bounce houses, crafts, music, and cookie decorating. The Tree Lighting ceremony will take place at 6:00 PM. In addition, kids will have the chance to visit and take a picture with Santa!

 

Winter Wonderland

Where: Atascadero

December 7th

 

A winter paradise indeed for all ages! Massive snow slide, snow play areas, rock climbing wall, bounce houses, Joe’s Little Train, Santa and Mrs. Claus and over 50 food and craft vendors await you! Have fun and get some shopping in all in one evening.

 

Handmade Holiday Market

Where: Avila Beach

December 8th

 

The Avila Beach Golf Resort Holiday market has the craftiest local vendors, tastiest food trucks and live music by Noah Colton. Admission is FREE, but feel free to bring a canned food donation for the SLO Food Bank, or an unopened toy to donate to Toys for Tots.

 

Vine Street Christmas Victorian Showcase

Where: Paso Robles

December 8th

 

Enjoy the sights and sounds of Christmas along Vine Street from 8th to 21st Streets as the neighbors feature entertainment in their yards, refreshments, music, Santa and much more.>

 

Away in a Manger

Where: Los Osos

December 8th

 

Enjoy the Christmas Season by viewing over 250 Nativities from all over the world. The Nativities are beautiful and quite a site to see! Refreshments are available, admission is free, and live music will also take place at Away in a Manger    

 

Holiday Magic at the Charles Paddock Zoo

Where: Atascadero

December 15th

 

Santa is visiting the animals at the Charles Paddock Zoo to deliver special gifts to our animal friends on Saturday, December 15th.

 

Watercolor Pop-up at Biddle Ranch

Where: San Luis Obispo

December 18th

 

Join Biddle Ranch for a beginning watercolor workshop where you learn how to paint a beautiful holiday wreath! The ticket fee includes professional artboards that are ready to display, paper to use during the workshop, instruction from the resident artist, and a glass of wine!

 

 Whether it’s your first year on the Central Coast or you've lived here for years, we are certainly lucky to live here!

 

 

Posted in Community Events
Nov. 5, 2018

Buying Your First Home: How to Prepare for What’s Ahead

Buying a home is a huge commitment- and not just financially! Your home is where you’re going to spending the majority of your time for (at least) the next several years and it’s also where you’re going to celebrate life’s big moments with your family. So before you take the leap into home ownership, you’ll want to make sure you’re ready. Check out these tips I’ve prepared for first-time home buyers like yourself:

 

 

Watch Your Credit Score

 

Be sure to protect your credit score in the months leading up to your home purchase! Changing jobs, a gap in your work history, or a decrease in salary can all affect your home loan approval.

 

You’ll also want to raise your credit score, if you can. Check for any inaccuracies in the report and work to get them removed. The higher your credit score, the better your interest rate will be. And if you’re a strong borrower, you may be able to qualify for special programs available through your lender.  

 

Save, Save, Save!

 

It’s never too early to start saving! By tucking money away early on, that down payment won’t seem so insurmountable when you decide you’re ready to buy your first home. Calculate your salary and expenses and then set aside part of your discretionary income each month.

 

Besides the down payment, you should also have money set aside to pay your closing costs, moving costs, and any upfront repairs or updates the home may need after you move in. And you’ll still want to have money left over in your emergency fund! With all the potential costs involved in buying your first home, it pays to start saving early! 

 

Make a Wish List

 

As a first-time home buyer, it’s important to be clear on what you’re looking for. Make a list of all your wants and needs before you ever set foot in an open house. You’ll want to make sure the list reflects what’s truly important for your family to have in a home and what things you could live without. Only then are you ready to start attending open houses.

 

And be sure to reevaluate your list often to see if you should remove or add anything new. You might be surprised how your wish list changes after viewing a few homes!

 

Find the Right Realtor

 

Finding the right Realtor is one of the most important parts of the home buying process. Be sure to choose an agent you feel comfortable with. After all, this is a major milestone for you and your family – you want to feel good about the person representing you!

 

I recently wrote a blog post with a few things you should keep in mind when hiring a Realtor. Click here to check it out. And if you’re looking to buy a home in San Luis Obispo, Arroyo Grande, or elsewhere on the Central Coast, I would love to work with you! Please contact me so I can learn more about you and what you’re looking for.

 

Keep Resale in Mind

 

When looking at homes, don’t forget that you may one day need to sell this home. Just because you don’t mind the busy road behind the house, doesn’t mean the majority of buyers will feel that way. Always keep the current value of the home in mind and be on the look out for those features that will help maintain or increase the home’s value over time - especially those things you can’t change like the school district and the view.

 

 

I hope these tips help you on the road to your first home purchase. Again, if you’re looking to buy on the California Central Coast, don’t hesitate to reach out! It would be a pleasure to speak with you about where you are in the process and what you’re looking for. Give me a call at (805) 441-1276. 

Posted in Buying a Home
Oct. 25, 2018

Should I Move or Remodel My Home?

Selling your home isn’t always the right decision for yourself and your family. Sometimes it may make more sense just to remodel. To help you decide, ask yourself the following questions:

 

 

What Needs to Be Done?

 

Take a real, hard look at what needs to be updated or changed. It’s important to be honest with yourself about what you’re getting yourself into before you begin any projects. Be realistic if the work is something you can handle yourself or if you’ll need to hire somebody to complete all or part of the project. Some work will need to be done by a licensed contractor and some work you just might not have the skills to complete. Either way, you need to make some decisions in order to accurately estimate your costs. 

 

What’s My Budget?

 

When deciding whether to sell or renovate, a major factor in the decision is your budget. It’s important to set a budget for the project that you’d be comfortable paying and then gather estimates from a few different professionals. If the renovations you wish to make are too costly, you might be better off selling and purchasing another home that better fits your needs.

 

What Will Be My ROI?

 

Before you renovate, you should consider if the changes you want to make are likely to increase your home’s value. While the functionality and livability of your home are certainly important if you plan to keep living in it, you do want to consider what the changes will do to your home’s value. Of course, anything that will devalue your home should be avoided. But if your project is not likely to bring you a return when you go to sell, you may want to reconsider.

 

Do I Need More Space?

 

Most of the time, if space is an issue, it’s usually more cost-effective to sell. But not always. If your family is still growing, you need to add another room, and you have the space for it, consult with a licensed contractor to get an estimate of the cost. If you need a referral for a local professional, just let me know!  

 

Are There Things I Don’t Like About My Home That I Can’t Change?

 

Sometimes a home renovation is just not the answer. If your renovation wish list is masking more serious complaints about things you really can’t change like your home’s location, the length of your commute, your view (or lack thereof), your neighbors, or your child’s school district, then you should list your home.    

 

How Long Will the Renovations Take?

 

Time is also an important factor to consider. Most projects can take up to six months to complete, but you should also be prepared for the project to take longer than expected. Also, keep in mind that you’ll likely be living in your home during the remodel. If you have a long list of changes you’d like to make, you may end up living in a construction zone for months – or even years. If that’s the case, you need to think long and hard if you and your family are okay with that. Sometimes it makes financial sense to remodel on paper, but the time cost and aggravation just aren’t worth it.

 

 

Whatever you choose to do, be sure you’re making the right financial decision for yourself and your family. If you’d like my advice, please give me a call at (805) 441-1276 – I’m here to help! 

Posted in Moving, Selling a Home
Oct. 14, 2018

A Look Back at Six Popular 2018 Home Design Trends

2018 was full of design trends that included subway tile, rose gold accents, and plenty of all-white interiors. With less than ninety days until year’s end, I’ve put together a complete list of the top home design trends from 2018!

 

 

Dare to Bare

Did you dare to bare the contents of your kitchen cabinets this year? Although open shelving may not be for everyone, when done well it yields impressive, Instagram-worthy results. Open shelving is a great way to showcase a collection of glassware or dishware while also helping to create the illusion of a larger, more open kitchen.  

 

 

Rose Gold Accents

Move over sterling silver! People continued to fall in love with rose gold this year, incorporating it into their homes in the form of appliances in the kitchens, hardware in the bathrooms, and whole-house décor! While some may be over this bright and trendy metal, there’s no denying that rose gold was one of the hottest home décor trends in 2018.

 

 

Plenty of Plants

It seemed that everyone gained a green thumb this year. While having houseplants is not a new trend, it did seem that plants were everywhere in 2018! From the easy-to-care for succulent to giant fiddle leaf fig trees, houseplants really had a moment this year.

 

 

Stylish Subway Tile

Subway tile continued to pop up in kitchens, bathrooms, and even laundry rooms this year! While many feel this trend is starting to lose its luster, a crisp while-tiled bathroom is always in style. It provides the perfect backdrop for beachy décor and is easy to care for. 

 

 

Millennial Pink

If you thought pink was everywhere this year, you weren’t wrong! A pretty, blush shade called Millennial Pink was having a moment. This color often popped up on walls, but for those who wanted to try out the trend without the time (and money) investment, there were and still are plenty of millennial pink home décor items available like pillows, throws, rugs, lamps, and even art.

 

All- White Interiors

All-white interiors are a trend that has been “in” for so long, it’s hard to remember when they were ever out! One reason for this trend’s enduring popularity could be that it allows you the opportunity to change décor accents like pillows or artwork frequently because the rest of the space functions like a blank canvas.

 

 

Which 2018 home design trend was your favorite? What would you like to see take center stage next year? Leave me a comment below!

  

 

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