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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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"Hop" To These Easter Events in Greater Whittier!

by The Domis Team

Celebrate Easter throughout the Greater Whittier Area! The whole family will enjoy some festive, holiday fun during these incredible community events planned now through Easter Sunday! The Domis Team wishes everyone a very HAPPY EASTER!


Brunch with the Bunny

Date: Saturday, April 13th

Time: 9:30 am - 1:00 pm

Location: Golden Park (8840 Golden Street, Downey)

Cost: $10 per person

Dine on a delicious brunch with the Easter Bunny! Play fun carnival games, get an Easter Bunny photo, win fantastic prices, and so much more!

 

Eggxtravaganza

Date: Saturday, April 13th (Rain out date April 20th)

Time: 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Location: Parnell Park (15390 Lambert Road, Whittier)

Cost: $5 per wristband

Enjoy egg hunts, photos with the Easter Bunny, a family faire, face painting, inflatables, and so much more!  

Egg Hunt Times

  • 11:30 am | ages 2 & under

  • 12:00 pm | ages 3 & 4

  • 12:30 pm | ages 5 & 6

  • 1:00 pm | ages 7 & 8

  • 1:30 pm | ages 9 & 10

 

10th Annual Easter Egg Hunt

Date: Sunday, April 14th

Time: 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Location: Ronald Reagan Park (945 South Weir Canyon Road, Anaheim)

Cost: Free!

This fun event won’t just have you searching for eggs but also decorating them! Families can also enjoy photos with the Easter Bunny, fun games, great food, and win awesome prizes in the raffle and silent auction.

 

Egg Night

Date: Friday, April 19th

Time: 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Location: La Bonita Park (1440 West Whittier Boulevard, La Habra)

Cost: $10 per child

Your big kids (ages 7 to 13) can enjoy the Easter festivities as well! Put on your glow in the dark gear, grab your flashlight, and fill your basket with hidden eggs. Pre-registration is required and can be done by calling (562) 383-4200 or in person at the Community Center (101 West La Habra Boulevard).

 

Spring Family Eggstravaganza

Date: Saturday, April 20th

Time: 8:00 am - 12:00 pm

Location: La Bonita Park (1440 West Whittier Boulevard, La Habra)

Cost: $3 per wristband (pre-sale at Community Center) | $4 per wristband (day of event)

This festive event has something fun for the whole family! Participate in the numerous egg hunts. Check out the Eggs-treme Kids Zone filled with balloon twisters, crafts, games, inflatables, and music! Swing by the Community Resource Fair where 30+ local organizations will be hosting family friendly activities and providing valuable information. There will also be chances to win fantastic raffle prizes!

Egg Hunt Times

  • 9:00 am | Special Needs & Seniors (60+)

  • 9:15 am | ages 0-2 & 3-4

  • 9:30 am | HELICOPTER DROP

  • 9:35 am | ages 5-6

  • 9:50 am | ages 7-8

  • 10:05 am | ages 9-10 & 11-12

  • 10:20 am | Teens & Adults

 

Easter Egg Hunt

Date: Saturday, April 20th

Time: 9:00 am - 11:00 am

Location: La Mirada Regional Park (13701 Adelfa Drive, La Mirada)

Cost: FREE!

Do not miss this great holiday event! Spend the morning creating crafts, jumping in the bounce house, petting a variety of animals, playing games, taking a photo with the Easter Bunny, and, of course, hunting for eggs! You can also purchase some mouthwatering pancakes from the La Mirada’s Kiwanis Club. Stick around after the Egg Hunt for the annual Going Quackers for Kids Duck Derby taking place at Splash! La Mirada Regional Aquatics Center.

 

Egg-Citement Hunt

Date: Saturday, April 20th

Time: 10:00 am

Location: Hurless Barton Park (4601 Casa Loma Avenue, Yorba Linda)

Cost: FREE!

Hop on over to the park for egg hunts, arts & crafts, games, face painting, and a petting zoo!


The Domis Team wishes everyone a very HAPPY EASTER! Follow us on Facebook for more great community and holiday events!

Uptown Whittier Art & Antique Fair This Saturday!

by The Domis Team

Head down to Historic Uptown Whittier this Saturday, April 6th, for the 24th Annual Uptown Whittier Art & Antique Fair!!! Enjoy unique shopping, live entertainment, delicious food, and family fun between 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. And, admission is FREE!

 

 

The 4 blocks on Philadelphia Street between Greenleaf and Washington Avenues will be filled with 150+ artists, crafters, vintage vendors, and antique dealers! Find hidden treasures and incredible original arts & crafts, including paintings, photography, ceramics, jewelry, woodcraft, soap, home decor, and SO MUCH MORE!

 

 

But, the shopping isn’t all! Family activities will be taking place throughout the event. There will also be fantastic live music and performances, including by the Uptown Whittier Shakers!

 

 

Find some incredible treasures for your own Whittier CA home!

 

 

The Domis Team hopes to see you this weekend at the Uptown Whittier Art & Antique Fair! Follow us on Facebook for information on more great community events occurring throughout the year in our area!

 

 

Image Credit: Whittier Uptown Association

List Your Home This April!

by The Domis Team

If you are planning on selling your Whittier Area home, the time to list is right now! That's right! April is the best month to list your home!

 

Just check out this data collected by the team over at Realtor.Com!

  • On average, homes sell 9% or 6 days faster at the beginning of April than other times of the year.
  • Homes are viewed 14% more online.
  • There is 5% less competition from other sellers.
  • Home prices are 6% higher -- that's around $17,000 more on average!
  • Price reductions are 1% less likely.

 

April truly came in at the top for the best time to list your home throughout the year:

 

 

‚Äč‚ÄčThose findings are incredible! Get your home on the market before it becomes flooded with competition! Buyers are eager to take advantage of the current low interest rates (below 4.5%) and get settled into their new home before the start of summer! You can sell your Whittier Area home for top price and less time by listing today!

 

Give The Domis Team a call today or visit our website at http://www.whittierhomes.com/ to get started!

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!

Don't Make These Financial Mistakes After Applying For A Mortgage!

by The Domis Team

When you submit your mortgage application for your new Whittier CA area home, you might think your financial work is over. You have a great credit score, your savings are in order, and you are confident that you will be approved. However, even if you are approved for your loan, there are still mistakes that you can make during this time that can affect your qualifications for the loan. Avoid these financial mistakes after submitting your application so that you can enjoy life in your new home!

 

Closing Credit Accounts. Although you might think that closing accounts so you have less lines of credit makes you less risky, but really it can negatively affect your score. This is because it changes your percentage of available credit in relation to credit used. In addition, lenders want to see your length of credit history so don't close accounts at this time.

Applying For New Credit. Every time you apply for new credit, a credit check is run and your FICO score goes down. Don't open a new credit card or start an automobile loan because it could affect your eligibility.

Being A Co-Signer. Similar to the previous mistake, this one will add an additional line of credit to you, regardless of whether you are the one actually making the payment or not. Avoid co-signing anything no matter how much you might want to help another person out.

Depositing Cash. It is important that lenders can trace the source of your money and cash makes this hard to do. Talk to your loan officer before making cash deposits so they can better help you with important documentation.

Changing Bank Accounts. Your current bank accounts are used to track your assets by the lender. Do not close any accounts, open new ones, or switch banks during the mortgage process.

Making Large Purchases. Large purchases, such as vacations, vehicles, and furniture, can increase your debt and change your qualifications. Even if you can afford the item upfront, it is best to hold off on large purchases until after closing on your new home.

Job or Income Changes. Your job and annual income are very important factors that lenders base decisions off of. Career changes or alterations to your salary can keep you from being approved for your mortgage.

 

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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/.

Follow These Financial Tips To Afford A New Whittier Home Today!

by The Domis Team

Looking to Buy your dream Whittier Area home but worried about your ability to afford it? Start making steps to improve your finances today! A new home is never out of reach! Here are some helpful tips to get you financially prepared to buy!



Once you have your have started to follow these tips to afford your dream home, The Domis Team is here to help you throughout the buying process. Give our team a call today or visit our website at http://www.whittierhomes.com/.

Freshen Up Your Whittier Area Home With Houseplants!

by The Domis Team

Looking for an easy way to freshen up the decor in your Whittier Area home? Add some beautiful houseplants! Houseplants add interest to the interior design of your home with new textures, colors, and shapes. They have additional added benefits as well! They help your home's air quality, reduce sickness, increase focus, and much more! While it's up to you exactly what houseplants you want to add to your home, here are some helpful tips on how to choose them!

 

1. Determine where in the home you want to add the plants. Based on the decor needs and growing conditions (i.e. brightness of the location) of the spot, you will be better able to find a plant that matches those particular needs.

 

2. Another important factor to consider when picking out plants is how much care you want to put into it. Some plants require more constant attention than others. Foliage plants tend to need the easiest care and last throughout the year. Flowering plants are often more temperamental and seasonal. Along the same lines, decide whether you want to start the plant from a seed or care for one that has already bloomed initially. Growing a plant from a seed is an incredibly rewarding process but takes more time and care whereas maintaining a plant is often easier.

 

3. Find a reputable store to purchase your houseplants from them. The plants should look healthy in the store so you know that they have been properly cared for. This ensures that they will last once you bring them home.

 

4. Don't just look at the store, however. There are other places to purchase seeds and plants, especially of the rarer variety. Look at catalogs, garden magazines, and plant societies for unique options. Just make sure any place you order from has a money back guarantee since plants can easily get damaged in transit.

 

5. Do a thorough examination of the plant before buying. Make sure the stems and leaves are firm, the foliage is lush and colorful, and there is no waxy film on the plant. There should also be evidence of new growth.

 

6. Check the soil with your fingers. Repot the plants if the soil feels very loose or very compacted, in order to ensure proper growth of your plant.

 

7. Look for signs of insects or disease. Both of these will easily spread to other plants in your home so it is best to avoid them at all costs. The best areas to check are locations where the branches join the stem.

 

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