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Take Action Against Radon This January!

by The Domis Team

January is National Radon Action Month! Radon is danger often overlooked by homeowners so this month offers a good reminder to test our Whittier Area homes.

 

During this month, California residents can receive a FREE Radon Testing Kit through Alpha Energy! Order yours online HERE or call them toll-free at 1 (800) 324-5928 (Option 6).

 

Also, be sure to check out all the helpful resources and information provided through the California Department of Public Health's Indoor Radon Program!

 

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2019 Housing Market Predictions!

by The Domis Team

The New Year offers new possibilities for the real estate market. Although it is impossible to know exactly what will happen with housing in 2019, there are some trends that have been forecasted. The data team at Realtor.com® has come up with their predictions for next year. If you are looking to buy or sell a home in the Whittier area in 2019, keep these trends in mind as you enter the market!

 

1. Slight Increases in Inventory

Inventory has finally been on the rise during the last quarter of this year. For next year, it is expected to stay at less than 7% nationwide. There should be some increases in homes being put on the market and/or new construction. Expect to see larger increases in inventory of upscale homes in the high-end market.

 

2. Soft Home Sales

Home sales are expected to decline 7%. This is largely due to the market challenges that make it difficult for first time home buyers to afford it.

 

3. Millennials Will Account For The Majority of Buyers

Millennials will retain their majority as home buyers in 2019, making up 45% of the mortgages. While first time buyers in this generation might still struggle to make the plunge for buying, older millennials who already own will likely move-up to a higher priced home this year.

 

4. Unknown Effect of Tax Plan

It is still unknown how the new Tax Plan will affect homeownership in 2019. Renters should see higher deductions on the tax bills which may incentivize waiting to buy while it will be a mixed bag for home owners on what they can and cannot deduct from their taxes in April. Although it is unknown exactly how the bill will affect the market during 2019, it is an important consideration for all buyers and sellers to keep in mind throughout the year.

 

As 2019 progresses, The Domis Team will be there to help you navigate the market and keep you up to date on the year's real estate trends. Give us a call at (562) 884-5373 or visit our website at http://www.whittierhomes.com/.

Tell Santa And Others Of Your Change In Address!

by The Domis Team

Don't leave Santa out in the cold not knowing where you moved! It is important to notify people and organizations of your change of address! This important step can be easily overlooked in the hustle and bustle of moving into your new Whittier Area home. But, not doing it at least a week ahead of your move date will only cause you more of a headache in the future. Here are all the important agencies, organizations, providers, and people you should let know of your change of address.

 

1. Post Office

The most obvious one is the post office. Submit your official change of address on the USPS Website so they can begin forwarding your mail.

 

2. Utilities

You never want to keep paying utilities on a house you don't live in anymore! Make sure you notify every utility provider, namely cable, electric, gas, and internet, prior to your move so service will be ready to start as soon as you unlock the front door.

 

3. DMV

You are required to notify the DMV in the state of California of your change of address within 10 days of moving. All the information you need to do so can be found on the DMV Website.

 

4. Your Bank & Credit Card Providers

Make sure all your financial institutions are provided with your new address. You don't want mail that contains personal, sensitive information to be sent to your old house.

 

5. Cellphone Provider

The tax rate on your cell phone bill is largely based on your primary residence so you are required to update your billing address with your provider whenever you move.

 

6. IRS

Tax season will be here before you know it and you don't want there to be any cause for your refund to be delayed. Change your address with the IRS as soon as you move. Learn how on the IRS Website.

 

7. Voter Registration

Be able to do your civic duty in all future elections by updating your address for your voter registration.

 

8. Government Programs

This one only affects those homeowners that receive benefits from government agencies, such as the Social Security Administration, Medicare, or Medicare. If you do, keep your benefits active by informing them of your address change.

 

9. Your Work

Although your coworkers might know about your move, human resources might not! Make sure all information is current for your payroll and benefits.

 

10. Your Health Providers

Never fall behind on medical bills because they are being sent to the wrong address. Let your doctor, dentist, and other health providers know of your address change.

 

11. Your Insurance Providers

You must provide your car, dental, health, life, and homeowners insurance providers with your new address in order to file any future claims.

 

12. Online Shopping

The majority of our shopping is now done online with our delivery address saved in our account information. Make sure to update your address on these sites so your Christmas presents arrive to the right home!

 

13. Newspaper & Magazine Subscriptions

If you still receive a physical copy of the newspaper or subscribe to a magazine, let them know of your change of address so you don't miss out on a copy.

 

14. Family & Friends

Last, but most importantly, make sure your loved ones know your new address to send you those holiday cards!


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Pet Safety Tips for the Holiday Season!

by The Domis Team

Keep your pet's holiday season as merry and bright for them as it is for the rest of your family! This time of year can introduce a whole new multitude of hazards that put their safety in jeopardy. Follow these tips for a happy and healthy pet this joyous time of year!

 

  • A tree is an intriguing new thing for your animal to explore. Deter them from it by using naturally based deterrents around its base.
  • You can also keep your tree and, more importantly, your pet safe by not hanging any ornaments that are made from edible materials. These can too easily attract your pet.
  • Poinsettias are incredibly toxic for animals. Use a natural deterrent on them as well, or better yet, decorate with silk ones instead.
  • Plants aren't the only potentially toxic things found during the holidays. Many of the foods we enjoy, such as garlic, onions, grapes, and chocolate, are unsafe for our pets. In addition, keep your animals away from the table to avoid them swallowing bones, plastic utensils, or other items that can get stuck in their digestive tract.
  • Keep all alcohol away from your pets. Injestion of alcohol can have very serious health effects on animals.
  • Eliminate fire hazards but keep the ambiance by using flameless candles.
  • Hide cords or spray your natural deterrent on them as these can often be interesting "chew toys" for your pets.
  • Create a private and quiet space for your animal to be during large gatherings. Give them toys and treats to keep them occupied. This way you always know that your pet is still in the house and they often appreciate avoiding the hustle and bustle that comes with these events. If you would rather your pet stay with you, make sure someone responsible keeps on eye on them at all times.


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Top Winter Home Maintenance Projects!

by The Domis Team

December is the perfect time to get your Whittier Area home ready for new year! Spend some time indoors this month getting your home in order. Here are some great home maintenance projects to complete this month to keep your home fresh this year and next!!

 

Freshen Up the ‚ÄčPaint

Start by trying to remove marks and smudges from the wall. If there are still markings, consider adding a fresh coat of paint. Focus on walls, trims, cabinets, and doors; anything that could use some TLC.

 

Love Your Mattress

Vacuum your mattress and box spring. Be sure to rotate (if one side is padded) or flip your mattress to prevent sagging.

 

Redo Your Laundry Room

Reorganize and clean your laundry room. Make it roomier by taking advantage of all the space in your room. Add a slim cart between the washer and dryer for your laundry supplies. Add storage bins, laundry bins, and a drying rack on the walls to clear up floor space. Clean off dried on laundry detergent from the machines.

 

Clean Dryer Vents

While you clean the laundry room, be sure to clear out the duct that connects your dryer to the outside vent. Built up lint and debris can reduce your dryer's efficiency and could be a fire hazard. Cover the outside vent with a fine mesh screen to keep critters out.

 

Clean Fridge Coils

Keep your refrigerator running smoothly and save energy by cleaning the condenser coils at the back and bottom of the fridge. Use your vacuum and duster to clean them off.

 

Maintain Your Sump Pump

Make sure your home is ready for the winter rains by making sure it is properly working this month. Test the pump by adding water and clean it out if needed.

 

Check for Roofing and Foundation Issues

Inspect your roof to make sure there are no missing or damaged shingles. Look for cracks along your home's foundation. Finding any issues now will make sure you find problems before they worsen and gives you time to hire a professional if needed.

 

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Steps to Get Your Home Ready for Thanksgiving!

by The Domis Team

Hosting next week's big feast? Do not panic! Although having house guests during Thanksgiving can seem stressful, there are simple steps your can take to prepare your home for the holidays. These steps will help get your home ready and ensure that you and your guests stay comfortable throughout the holiday weekend!

 

 

  1. Keep it Lit

Although you can walk through your home in the pitch black, your guests cannot navigate it that well. Help ensure they can safely walk around the house at all hours of the day by putting night lights in bathrooms, bedrooms, and hallways. Also, check to see if all outside lights are operating correctly so guests can safely make it to your front door.

  1. Remove Clutter

Go through declutter all public areas (i.e. kitchen, living room, foyer, and dining room) and guest rooms. Make sure that all counter tops and tables are cleared off. Store the unnecessary items in the basement or storage closets until after your guests have left.

  1. Clear Out the Foyer

Give your guests a great first impression by preparing your home's foyer. Protect your floors from the additional foot traffic by placing a mat in the area. Remove your shoes and personal items and add hooks for guests to hang their coats. Add a bench so guests can easily remove their shoes.

  1. Prepare Your Kitchen

The kitchen is going to be the busiest room in your house on Thanksgiving day. Clear out all unnecessary appliances and utensils so you can easily find the essentials. Place the coffee machine in another common room to create more space. Make sure that there is seating available in your kitchen so guests can visit with you while you prepare the feast.

  1. Keep the Bathroom Stocked

Make sure your bathroom is fully stocked with all essentials you guests might need, such as toilet paper, toiletries, and towels. Keep these items easily accessible in the open on shelves or in baskets. Add a bath mat to the tub for safety.

  1. Add Comfort for Sleeping

Ensure that your guests will sleep soundly by supplying ample pillows and blankets for your guests. Change out the light fixture in your guest bedroom to a ceiling fan so your guest can more easily control the temperature while they sleep.

 

 

We wish all of our clients and their families a very happy Thanksgiving!

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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5 Steps to Lighten and Brighten Your Home!

by The Domis Team

Keep your home looking fresh, airy, and bright all year round. As we head towards the end of the year, the days will keep getting shorter. Lighten up your living space to combat those seasonal blues AND help make your home appear even larger! Feel like you are living inside a cloud by following these 5 steps to a lighter living space!

 

1. Remove clutter. Cleared off surfaces help create smooth, crisp lines and lighten up a space. Minimize the amount of things that you have on counters and tables. Evaluate your furniture and get rid of pieces that you do not use to open up the space.

 

2. Paint the walls white. Add fresh coats of white paint to your walls and ceilings to freshen up the space. White walls will make the room look crisp and larger!

 

3. Add grays and blues. In order to avoid your home looking too stark with those white walls, add decor in shades of grays and blues. Choose soft, light shades that are subtle but noticeable.

 

4. Lighter linens. Let the southern California sun in during the day by adding airy, breezy curtains. Add plush white throws and blankets to snuggle up in.

 

5. Mirrors. The reflection in mirrors help to open up a space. Think beyond wall mirrors (though add one or two of these two!) and add mirrored decor and furniture or mirrored back splashes.

 

For more homeowner and home selling tips, visit our website at http://www.whittierhomes.com/.

Increase Your Property Value with Great Landscaping Design!

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 today!

 

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. 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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Pool Safety Tips for A Summer of Fun!

by The Domis Team

Enjoy fun in the California sun splashing around in your backyard POOL this summer!! It is the perfect way to cool off in the Greater Los Angeles Area. However, please always remember that home owners need to be responsible about the safety and maintenance of the pool, not only for themselves and their families but for others in the neighborhood.

 

1. Pools should only be used when there is a responsible adult present. However, you cannot always be home and guarantee that no one will enter the pool when they shouldn't. This is why it is important to Safeguard Access. The first step is to add a pool barrier. Each city in our area has a specific pool fence law so be sure to find out yours in order to ensure that you are in compliance. Also consider covering the pool when it is not in use to further ensure that no one can fall in. A pool alarm is another smart safety measure. These special alarms emit a loud noise when someone enters the water itself or the pool area in general.

2. Keep your pool and the deck area in top working condition by making sure it is Up To Code. This will help protect your health and safety when you use the pool. You can find a certified pool inspector through the National Swimming Pool Foundation or the Association of Pool and Spa Professionals to help you complete this process.

3. Pool maintenance requires the use of dangerous chemicals. Always Use With Caution. Safety goggles and gloves should be worn when using the chemicals. They also should not be used if they are over a year old. Make sure to safely store the chemicals when they are not in use. They should not be kept near other hazardous materials and need to be away from AC and heating units. Always store them in a well-ventilated area.

4. Keep pool toys Off Deck when not in use. Toys can be tripping hazards when left out on the deck. They also can be an added enticement for children to dive in the pool. Find a safe place to store them to remove the temptation.

5. Always be prepared for an emergency by Having Safety Equipment On Hand. There should be a ring buoy or crook rescue hook near your pool at all times. It is also a good idea to give life jackets to small children or weak swimmers to keep them safe in the pool.

 

If you are interested in Buying a home with a POOL in the greater Los Angeles area, let The Domis Team help you with your search! Give us a call today or visit our website at http://www.whittierhomes.com/.

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