Getting Rid of Junk?

Downsizing? Spring cleaning? Time to get rid of the extra stuff that is weighing you down?  I like to support businesses who give back to the community.  Think Pink & Green Junk Removal and Hauling does just that.  They donate a portion of their profits to Breast Cancer Research Foundation.  Get rid of yard waste, old appliances, mattresses, tires, estate clean out, etc.  5 star YELP rating!  Affordable too.  Open 7 days a week.  Try calling Steve or Dominic at 415-320-4987.  You can also schedule a pickup on their website.


Did You Know? … Unusual Items For Your Dishwasher

Who would have thought you could wash baseball caps in a dishwasher? Well, apparently you can, if you put them in the top rack with little or no soap. Other dishwasher safe items include flip flops and rubber boots, household tools, tweezers and nail clippers, BBQ grills if they fit, house keys, sponges, small toys, contact lens cases, cup holders from the car… the list goes on. NOTE: Dishwasher should be empty (except for the items) and very clean. Run with hot water and a small amount of soap to clean it first. Be sure to clean out the filter first.

For more ideas and details, click HERE.

Fire Safety and Your Roof

Do you know if your roof is in optimal condition in the event of a wildfire?  The Marin County Fire Department Community Wildfire Protection has some excellent guidelines to help you determine if you need to replace your roof. Read on…

If your roof has reached the end of its service life, it should be replaced. The Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety (IBHS) recommends hiring a professional roofing contractor to replace or repair your roof covering.


Planning to Paint?

Planning on painting your house this year? NOW is a great time to buy the paint when the demand is low. Make sure to select paint colors with resale in mind. You never know when your life circumstances may change and you will move and need to sell. I have worked with top stagers and they always suggest a soft exterior color and bold front door. Keep the trim subtle and complementary. Whites, grays and touches of black are good choices. Off-white and tan is also a nice combo. The all-white farmhouse look is big with Millennials. Be a bit more unique, as you don’t want every house in the neighborhood to look the same!

Here are some colors that I have personally used. Always try your samples on the house first and view them at different times of the day to see the effects of lighting changes. Think in terms of color, trim and accent color (front door, shutters, etc.) BM = Benjamin Moore, SW = Sherwin Williams, Behr – Home Depot. If you need help, go to your local Benjamin Moore paint store and talk to their color specialists. There are many fine ones in the Bay Area.

Amazingly Affordable Carpets!

Remodeling or just changing the look of your room? Don’t be put off by TRADEWAY FLOORING’S huge warehouse and location near the railroad tracks in Richmond. This carpet emporium is a fantastic place to pick up a roll of high end carpet from the best carpet mills. Tradeway carries overstock rolls with all varieties and grades of carpet. Wall to wall as well as area rug options. Come prepared with your paint chips, fabrics, etc. They do not provide large swatches to take home, so you need to have a good idea of what you want before you go.

Darryl is the main man at Tradeway, and he is as nice as he can be. I’ve bought carpet for my own home here and have been very pleased. Unbelievable prices! They can recommend installers, or you can contact me for a recommendation.  Located at 350 Carlson Blvd. in Richmond.  510-233-3350

Awesome Apps for Homeowners

Here are two mobile apps that offer great solutions for homeowners. The realtors in my office highly recommend both of these. Check them out!

Are you finishing up your spring cleaning and need to haul away some large items to be donated or disposed of? Just buy a new set of outdoor furniture and need it delivered to your home? Lugg ( can take care of it for you. This easy to use APP prompts you to enter your location, your item’s destination, and a photo of your item, and you will quickly receive a quote within 45 minutes or sooner from a nearby mover who can complete the job for you. For more information and reviews about Lugg, click here.

Is your “to do” list getting out of control? Taskrabbit can help! Similar to Lugg, taskrabbit will find people in your neighborhood who can take care of those chores that you don’t have time for (or just don’t want to do). You simply post a description of the task, and you will receive offers from “taskers” in your neighborhood who are willing to do the job. Be sure to check out the Taskrabbit website for all of the details.


What to Expect in 2016

Overall, the Northern California’s housing market enjoyed a good year in 2015, although a shortage of homes on the market posed a challenge for many homebuyers. Double-digit price increases from a year ago were common in many communities, along with multiple offers on some homes, while the limited inventory helped keep a lid on home sales. As 2016 begins, many industry experts believe we’re heading towards a more balanced market, one in which inventory will gradually increase and sales will climb at a moderate rate. If the forecast holds true, it could be welcome relief for potential homebuyers who may have been frustrated by last year’s heated marketplace and the limited number of homes from which to choose. The National Association of REALTORS® (NAR®) forecasts home sales nationwide to rise approximately 3 percent in 2016 to 5.45 million units, up from an estimated final tally of 5.3 million units in 2015. The national median existing-home price is expected to rise to around 5 percent in 2016. (more…)

Solution For Fading Furniture

Don’t you hate it when your floors, furniture and rugs fade from years in the sun and heat? I have a suggestion for you. Add window film to your windows…It cuts down on the heat and fade factor. I have done this in my own home and think it has made a huge difference. 3M and Madico make window films that cut the UV rays and glare. You won’t even notice that the film is on your windows. Contact me if you need referrals to companies who install these products.