Double Down on Selling Your Home

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Doubling Down on Selling your Home

Deciding to put your home up for sale is a process that can take months – years, even! It can be a pretty agonizing decision as it will often mean big changes in your life have occurred, or will occur as a result of the move.  When that day finally comes, my advice is to start right and double down on selling your home. What do I mean by that? I mean that selling your home – just like buying one – should be considered a commitment. Your home is, after all, one of your biggest financial assets. You probably were pretty careful when you bought the place, making sure you did all of your due diligence and went in with both eyes wide open. You owe it to yourself to take the same care when you sell it. So when you have finally decided to sell your home – sell the hell out of it! Don’t be timid. If the decision has been made, you need to grab the bull by the horns and take massive action. I’m reminded of the line from the original Lethal Weapon movie – don’t nibble on the barrel, pull the trigger! You know the old saying: if you’re going to do it, you might as well do it right. There’s a great temptation to take short cuts. To punt. To skimp here and there. You just want to sell your house – you don’t want to spend a king’s ransom and/or dozens or hundreds of hours getting your home … Read More

Repairing Cracks in Stucco and Drywall

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Cracks in Stucco

Is there an easy and affordable method for repairing cracks in stucco and drywall? The other day I was out inspecting a house with a buyer client of mine, who also happens to be a general contractor. This home was about 45 years old, with a stucco exterior. Unsurprisingly, there were a few cracks in the stucco – but not many, especially considering the age of he property. I mentioned that my own home had a lot of cracks in the stucco, mostly where the stucco had been cut and patched over the years as the house had undergone various modifications. I casually asked my client how much he thought it would cost to re-stucco my home. His answer? Don’t bother. Just fill in the cracks, and re-paint with elastomeric paint. I had never heard of elastomeric paint before. It turns out, it’s a special paint designed for exterior applications on stucco and brick, and it’s formulated to expand and contract. It does cost a bit more than typical exterior paint, and cannot be applied by a paint sprayer (it goes on with a brush or a roller). It sounds pretty awesome, and when I do go to re-paint my house in a year or two, I’ll be sure to use it. As it happens, I also have a number of cracks in the drywall of my house – another common issue for homeowners. I probably have more cracks than most, due I think to the fact that my house is built on expansive soils. I … Read More

Turf Paint turns Dead Lawns Green

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Turf Paint

In most parts of California, we are today going through the worst drought in recorded history. As a consequence, water rationing is in effect in many communities. And even where water isn’t rationed by law, dramatically higher water rates are having a similar effect. Throughout California, dead lawns are everywhere, sprawling in front of otherwise immaculate houses. Many people are taking our their lawns, replacing them with native plants, vegetation, rocks, and other ground cover such as artificial turf. Whatever kind of landscaping that requires little or no water is in, and traditional sod grass lawns are definitely going out of fashion. What if you aren’t interested in replacing your lawn, and you don’t like the dead grass look, but you want to save water? For you, there’s Turf Paint! Turf Paint is a great product that turns dead lawns green. There are a number of kinds to choose from – just go over to Amazon and check them out. They’re not very expensive, and they’re actually a green product. They save water, and they’re non-toxic and bio-degradable. They’ve been using it for years in golf courses, and actually, it doesn’t look too bad. It might be just the ticket for your lawn, especially if you’re looking for a quick easy fix-up as part of your home staging strategy before putting your home up for sale. See also: The Economist article on California lawns painted green