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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 to help you sell your Whittier area home!

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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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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Add Beauty and Up your Curb Appeal with these beautiful Plants!

by The Domis Team

Make your Whittier Area pop this spring by adding some beautiful plants to your yard. These plants will add beauty to your curb appeal and help it stand apart from the competition in the market.


Carissa Holly

This plant grows 3 to 4 feet in height and 4 to 6 feet in width. It is perfect for small, compact areas. Enjoy the white blossoms in the spring and the glossy, green leaves all year round. This hardy, drought resistant plant is low maintenance, needing only a weekly watering and mulch.


This plant grows 10 to 48 inches in height and 12 to 24 inches in width. Add some beautiful color around your house with this hardy, drought tolerant plant. This plant loves hot weather and thrives in well-drained soil. Extend the purple-blue blossoms into the summer time by deadheading the blooms when needed.


Encore Azalea

This plant grows 3 to 5 feet in height and 3 to 5 feet in width. Unlike other azaleas, the Encore can be placed in bright, sunny spots. This plant offers two blooms, the first in spring and the second in late summer/early fall. It comes in a variety of colors and thrives in slightly acidic soil.


Harland Dwarf Boxwood

This plant grows 4 to 6 feet in height and 4 to 6 feet in width. Add some lovely evergreen color to your landscape. It's miniature tree shape makes it a great plant to add variety around your foundation. It does well in the sun or partial shade and moist soil. It requires little pruning and is quite disease resistant.


Heavenly Bamboo

This plant grows 4 to 5 feet in height and 3 feet in width.

This lovely plant offers color and texture to your yard year round. Its bright berries offers food for birds and provides a great accent around the foundation. It grows best in full sunlight but can survive in partial shade. This plant requires pruning in the spring.




This plant grows 3 to 5 feet in height and 3 to 5 feet in width. Place this plant front and center for its beautiful, fragrant blossoms and thick foliage.


Knockout Rose

This plant grows 4 feet in height and 3 feet in width.

With blooms throughout the seasons, your home will look great all year round thanks to this lovely plant. This rose cousin is easy to care for and quite disease resistant.


Laurel 'Otto Luyken'

This plant grows 3 feet in height and 6 feet in width. This lovely leafy plant looks great year round. It blossoms spiky white flowers in the spring and small black fruit in the summer. It requires weekly watering and extra care during its initial growing season.



This plant grows 3 to 10 feet in height and 3 to 6 feet in width. This woody plant can add a great focal point for your garden. It can be planted in partial sun and is ideal for placing in front of tall foundation walls or around porches.


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Don't Forget the Rule: First Impressions are the Most Important

by The Domis Team

It's a buyer's market right now. If you want the buyer to consider your home, make sure your house is in pristine condition. And, don't forget the lawn. However, keeping a lawn in good condition can be difficult. The climate and animals add to the difficulty of lawn maintenance but there are ways to get around both issues. The California climate can make irrigation necessary. If you're conserving water and you don’t mind a dry, brown looking lawn that is one thing, but, if you're trying to sell your property you will need to water your lawn. Make no mistake, curb appeal is important.

Dogs are another culprit for lawn damage. The ammonia in a dog’s urine tends to burn grass. If dealt with immediately by saturating the urine spots with water, the ammonia is diluted and less likely to cause the spots. For spots that already exist there are a variety of products available to revive the grass and make it green. There are also grasses that are heartier and more resistant to burning from the ammonia in the urine.

Short of rolling out beautiful, fresh sod, there are several economical alternatives to greening  your lawn and making that all important great first impression. Check out this article for more tips on improving curb appeal.

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