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Spring Maintenance Projects for Your Whittier Home!

by The Domis Team

It's time for some spring cleaning! Now is a great time to make sure your Whittier Area home is ready for the warmer months to come. Focus more on those things outside of your home. Keep your home looking its very best and update your curb appeal. Here are the top home maintenance projects for your to complete this month!

 

Check Your Walkways and Patios

If you have brick or stone walkways and patios, now is a good time to make sure that there aren't any loose areas. You can pay a handyman to fix the issues you find or do it on your own. To fix, gently pry up the loose brick, add fresh sand, smooth, and replace the item.

 

Nourish Your Lawn

Get your grass ready for the summer by adding nutrients. Add a high-nitrogen fertilizer or home grown compost to keep weeds at bay. You can either purchase a spreader to add the fertilizer yourself or higher a professional.

 

Fix Fences and Gates

Look for loose fencing or broken gates. Use power tools to restrengthen the supports or call in a handyman.

 

Mulch Your Garden

Help your garden look its best and keep plants healthy by adding 2 to 4 inches of mulch to the planting beds. This is an easy job that you can do on your own once the mulch is delivered to your home.

 

Wash Windows

Keep your windows sparkling by washing them inside and outside. This will allow you to see your stunning yard and garden from inside your home and ensure bright California sun can fill your house. Grab a partner and have them wash the inside or outside while you take the opposite side. This will allow you to see which side still has smudges and streaks.

 

Ready Your Grill

Barbecue season is here. Make sure your grill is ready to go. Check all connections and hoses to make sure they are secure. Soak the grates and metal plates and then scrub with a grill brush. Rinse them off with a hose. Also, use the brush to scrub the hood and walls. A clean grill will have your food tasting delicious all summer long.

 

Check Your AC

It's about to get hot, hot, hot in Southern California. Make sure your AC is in top working order. Remove dust and dirt from the condenser by spraying the outside of it with a hose. Just make sure to use low water pressure so you do not damage the fins. Also, replace the filter at this time. If it has been a while since a professional looked at your AC, have one come out to perform the maintenance and cleaning for you.

 

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Freshen Up Your Front Porch With These Design Features!

by The Domis Team

Take advantage of the stunning Southern California weather by creating a comfortable outdoor living area on your front porch! Freshening up this area of your Whittier Area home adds another spot for you and your family to gather and creates a welcoming first impression to all of your guests. Consider these design features to give your front porch a fresh update this spring.

 

Greenery: There are numerous ways to use plants as a great design element for your front porch. First, draw the eye up to the front porch through the placement of colorful plants throughout your landscaping. Second, add potted plants to the porch itself. For these pots, choose plants that will last throughout most of the year. Finally, add window boxes or a vase or two of seasonal plants that you can change throughout the year for added interest.

Doormat: Add a great patterned and/or textured doormat to the front door for guests to wipe their feet and to tie all the design elements of the porch together.

Seating: Create the perfect, intimate conversation area on the porch by adding two chairs or an old-fashioned porch swing.

Small Table: While you and your family enjoy time on your front porch in your new seating area, you will need somewhere to place your drinks or books. Place a small table alongside the chairs or use an outdoor coffee table.

Curtains: For an added sense of privacy and to keep that California sun from constantly beating down on you, hang up some fade-resistant outdoor curtains that you can pull open and close as you desire.

Fan: Beat the heat by installing a ceiling fan (hire an electrician!) or adding a tabletop fan.

Lighting: Make sure the space is always well lit. This will allow you to utilize the space regardless of the time of day and will add a warm, welcoming atmosphere for guests as they arrive.

Color: For all of these design features, consider your color palate. Make sure to coordinate it with either your front door or your home's trim to tie it all together. All design features that you add should be color coordinated.

 

 


Freshening up your front porch is also a great way to update your curb appeal when Selling your home! Contact The Domis Team today by calling (562) 884-5373 or visiting http://www.whittierhomes.com/ to help you sell your Whittier area home!

Get Your Whittier Yard Ready For Spring!

by The Domis Team

Make your Whittier Area yard the envy of the neighborhood this spring! Prepare your yard for spring today so you can spend less time tending to it in the coming months and more time enjoying its beauty! Get started on these lawn care tasks and marvel at your yard's beauty!

 

1. Start Seeding

We have already started to experience very warm days. Before the temperatures rise anymore, add grass seed or sod to bare and thin spots around your yard. This will allow it to root before weeds can grow.

 

2. Remove Debris

Make sure to remove any branches, leaves, and other debris from your yard. Not only will it make your yard simply look more attractive but it will ensure proper growth for grass and plants.

 

3. Prune & Fertilize

Remove old growth from plants and prune trees and shrubs so new spring blossoms have room to bloom. Add some slow release fertilizer with pre-emergent herbicide to your garden plants, shrubs, and trees. This will help your beautiful spring plants grow while keeping weeds at bay.

 

4. Start Planting

Get that green thumb in gear and start planting your perennials, trees, and other plants. With all the rain we have been getting, these plants will appreciate the wet soil and will take root better now than when we start to experience even warmer temperatures.

 

5. Maintenance Your Mower

Keep your lawn mower in tip top shape all spring and summer by giving it some TLC right now. Sharpen the blades, give it an oil change, and replace the spark plugs and air filter.


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Home Renovations That Pay Off!

by The Domis Team

Renovations of your home can help you sell your home for top dollar. But, not all renovations are created equal. When making improvements on your home before selling, you want to make sure that the project has a Return on Investment (ROI) that will benefit you! Luckily, we have the inside scope on which home renovations are the best. The Remodeling 2019 Cost vs. Value Report (www.costvsvalue.com) analyzes the costs for some of the most popular renovation projects and finds out what the value of those projects are when the home sells. Here are the top 5 home renovations that pay off for your Whittier Area home!

 

Garage Door Replacement: Upscale renovation that replaces your current garage door with a 4 section steel door.

Job Cost = $3,785 | ROI = 123.8%

 

Manufactured Stone Veneer: Mid-range renovation that adds stone to the bottom half and entry way exterior of your home.

 

Job Cost = $9,507 | ROI = 110.4%

 

Wood Deck Addition: Mid-range renovation that adds wooden deck to back exterior of home.

 

Job Cost = $16,511 | ROI = 87.8%

 

Minor Kitchen Remodel: Mid-range renovation to kitchen with energy efficient appliances, new flooring, new countertops, refinished cabinetry, and other cosmetic changes.

 

Job Cost = $24,950 | ROI = 87.1%

 

Fiberglass Grand Entrance: Upscale renovation that replaces front door with fiberglass door with dual sidelights.

 

Job Cost = $9,568 | ROI = 85.1%

 

When you are ready to sell your home, give the Domis Team a call today at (562) 884-5373 or visit our website at http://www.whittierhomes.com/.

Enhance Your Curb Appeal By Styling Your Front Door!

by The Domis Team

Looking to sell your Whittier area home? Help it stand out from the competition with some incredible curb appeal. Keep your lawn nicely manicured, add pops of color throughout your landscaping, wash and repair the exterior of your home, and make those windows sparkle.

However, most home sellers on the market are going to do these same things to their curb appeal. Break away from the crowd by utilizing another great curb appeal trick.....front door styling! This simple update makes your front door a major focal point. 

Here are some great styling tips that are sure to have buyers eager to see what else your home has to offer!

 

1. Paint your door a fantastic color that complements the exterior of your home.

2. Be creative with your home address numbers.

3. Make it bright with large, bold exterior lights.

4. Create a cozy and clean seating area on your front porch.

5. Accentuate the entryway with well placed accents, such as potted plants!

 

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Make Your Home Look More Expensive With These Elegant Touches!

by The Domis Team

Add some beautiful elegant touches to your Southern California home before listing it on the market! Making your home appear more expensive can help peak buyers' interests and drive your offer prices up! Here are 7 areas where added elegance will help make your home appear more expensive!

 

1. Paint Color. Whenever you want to sell your home, you should always apply fresh paint to the walls to help clean it up. Choose a neutral color with a slight sheen. This will add a subtle touch of elegance to the walls while still appealing to a wide array of buyers!

 

2. Declutter. Remove all unnecessary items and furniture from your home. You want your buyers to be able to visualize themselves in the space and get a good understanding of the home's functionality without any distractions. Once you have cleaned up, find a single focal point in each room to highlight the architectural features of the home.

 

3. Kitchen Appliances. Kitchens are often a major selling point for buyers. Help yours stand out by upgrading the appliances to stainless steel or brightly colored finishes; both of which are often found in high end homes.

 

4. Fixtures. Although small, fixtures can quickly date your home. Replace outdated hardware, lighting, and plumbing for some modern elegance.

 

5. Crown Molding. Create classic elegance by adding crown molding to the living and dining rooms.

 

6. Window Treatments. Update your window treatments with drapes, blinds, or Japanese shades. Keep it elegant by avoiding patterns. Create a bright, airy atmosphere by getting curtains that let in the outdoor light.

 

7. Garage Door. The outside of your house is the first thing buyers will see. With the garage door taking up a large quantity of your exterior, you should consider updating it. Make your home appear more expensive by replacing it with a wood door with carriage home details. This upgrade, although more costly, will get you a high return on investment once you sell.

 

 

 

Interested in Selling your Whittier area home? Give the Domis Team a call today or visit our website at www.whittierhomes.com!

Take Professional Looking Photos of Your Listing Without A Pro!

by The Domis Team

Home buyers today are tech savvy and almost always begin their home searches online. This means that online listings are vitally important to garner interest in your home. If you are looking to sell your Whittier Area home, make it look its very best on the screen. There are some easy tips to follow to make your photographs look professional.

 

Equipment: Your photos will only be as good as your equipment. While smartphones do have better camera capabilities these days, they are still unable to capture images the way that an actual camera can. Shoot with a DSLR camera to ensure your images look their very best. Use a tripod for every photo. Hands invariably shake which can lead to blur in your image. Tripods make sure there is no camera shake and help keep your images straight. A crooked photo makes the image look amateur.

 

Lighting: Lighting is the most important aspect of your image. Your photo must be well-lit in order to look its best. When taking images of the exterior of your home, always pay attention to the position of the sun. Find out what time of day the sun is shining directly on the front exterior of your home. This will ensure that it is fully lit and devoid of any shadows. When shooting indoors, keep all of the room's lights on and the curtains open to let natural light in. Although all of this might seem like adequate lighting, you should still use an exterior flash, in addition, to keep the image fully lit.

 

Framing: Where you position yourself and what lenses you use help you capture the best aspects of your home. Although an image is flat, you need to convey a sense of the size of your home. Use angles that make the space appear larger. Shoot your images from the side of furniture to avoid making the room feel cramped. Keep three walls of the room within the frame. This trick makes rooms larger and provides balance to the image. When you take these photos, use a wide-angle lens to capture as much of the space as possible. For photo's of your home's exterior, shoot from an elevated position straight on so that you can capture all of the home as well as some of the landscaping.

 

Content: Consider what buyers need to see in your photos in order to want to see more of your home. Take a lot of photos outside and inside of your home so that you have more to choose from. Make sure the best features of your home are highlighted. This also includes what you see from your windows. When you take interior photos, use a deep depth of field so everything in the fore-, middle-, and back-ground are in focus.

The photographs of your home are just the beginning! When you are ready to sell your home, give the Domis Team a call today at (562) 884-5373 or visit our website at http://www.whittierhomes.com/.

Enjoy A Great Return On Your Home's Investment With Landscaping!

by The Domis Team

Looking for an easy way to increase your home's value? Look no further than outside! Landscaping is one of the most valuable home improvements you can make. It can even raise your property value by at least 5 to 11 percent! Enjoy a great return on investment on your Whittier Area home by updating your landscaping before the spring!

 

Be smart with your design! Your landscaping should match your home's style. Think about the architectural style of your home. The landscape should blend in. Cottage or country style landscaping goes great with old fashioned architecture while clean lines and natural looking landscaping is perfect for modern, industrial architecture.

 

Always have a strategy! Great landscaping requires a great plan. Map out your landscaping first. This will allow you to make sure there is a good balance throughout your entire yard. A good rule of thumb is to add good foundation plantings and a few points of interest throughout the yard. Make sure that there is a wide variety in your plantings while still maintaining some uniformity.

 

Make it interesting all year round! You want your yard to look great no matter the time of year. Although we do not experience all the seasonal changes in southern California, you should still think about the seasons. This will ensure balance and interest throughout the year.

 

Keep it shady! Trees are a great asset for your home. People are more attracted to properties with trees. They can help keep your and your home cool during those hot California days that are right around the corner. As an added bonus, they help the environment and add visual interest to your yard.

 

Have edging on your lawn! Your yard should always look well maintained. An easy way to ensure that is through edging around your flower beds, walkways, and driveways. They will keep weeds away and show you take pride in the upkeep of your home.

 

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Fall Home Maintenance Tips for Your Whittier Area Home!

by The Domis Team

Fall is the perfect season to complete some important maintenance on your Whittier Area home! Check out these tips to keep your home in tip-top shape throughout the rest of the year!

 

Check the Exterior

Take a good look around the outside of your home. Remove accumulated debris from your gutters. Trim overgrown vegetation. Look for missing or loose shingles. Caulk open areas around doors and windows. Making these minor repairs will help prevent more expensive damage from occurring in the future.

 

Make it Safe

Take safety measures to keep your home easily accessible throughout the fall and winter. Ensure that all handrails and supports are secure on your decks and patios. Make sure that walkways are cleared and safe to walk on.

 

Keep Pests at Bay

Avoid having unwelcome house guests this year. Cover small and large holes that make it easy for critters to enter your home. Inspect the insulation in your attic to make sure that there are no holes that could cause water damage in the future.

 

Keep Irrigation Working Properly

The new season brings changes in precipitation patterns. If rain is expected this fall, alter the timers on your sprinklers to account for the additional rainfall that will hydrate your plants naturally. The ability to use your sprinklers less will help with their longevity for the seasons when your lawn and garden need the additional water source.

 

General Maintenance

Fall is the perfect time to complete your home's yearly inspection. Make sure all smoke/fire alarms are working properly. Clean out your HVAC system so that you can use it whether you need heat or cold air throughout the changing seasonal weather.


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Transition Your Outdoor Space from Summer to Fall!

by The Domis Team

Summer is starting to wind down!  Continue to take advantage of the outdoor living areas of your home as the seasons transition from summer to fall. Here are great tips to update your outdoor living space for the fall!

1. Bring in natural elements with floral mixes, assorted metals, and porcelain tile.

2. Stay cozy no matter the temperature with an outdoor fireplace.

3. Enjoy some relaxation in great Adirondack Chairs.

4. Keep it colorful with pops of seasonal colors, such as Oranges, Yellows, and Reds.

5. Plant chrysanthemums, sunflowers, and mums in contemporary groupings near shrubs and trees. 

6. Add some ambiance with lighting, decorative hangings, and comfortable seating.

For more homeowner and home selling tips, visit our website or contact The Domis Team.

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