Keepin the Loo clean

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All of us at socalhomeshop hate cleaning the bathroom. To make matters worse it seems to be one of the most difficult places in our homes to keep clean. However, with a few clever changes and upgrades, it can be much easier to clean and maintain your bathroom. Check it out:

1-No-Touch Faucets: They’re not just for public restrooms, you know. A sensor on your bathroom faucet will eliminate one of the main touchable surfaces.

2-Install or upgrade the exhaust fan: The fan isn’t just for reducing odors or keeping the mirrors from fogging. The better your ventilation system in the bathroom, the easier it will be to prevent mildew and mold. It’ll also prevent paint from bubbling and peeling.

3-Easy-Clean Toilets: Whoever designed older toilets certainly didn’t design them with cleaning in mind! Newer toilets are often designed with smoother services that make cleaning a much simpler task—no more standing on your head to reach every toilet surface.

4-Remove grout: Germs and grime love to build up in the spaces between tile. Instead of tile, you can cover larger surfaces with glass or stone veneer, or simply use larger tiles. That’ll reduce the overall amount of grout in your bathroom.

5-Have kids: They need to earn their keep, why not have them clean it?

P.S. Number 5 goes for pretty much any room in the house:)

 

 

Keepin the Loo clean

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All of us at socalhomeshop hate cleaning the bathroom. To make matters worse it seems to be one of the most difficult places in our homes to keep clean. However, with a few clever changes and upgrades, it can be much easier to clean and maintain your bathroom. Check it out:

1-No-Touch Faucets: They’re not just for public restrooms, you know. A sensor on your bathroom faucet will eliminate one of the main touchable surfaces.

2-Install or upgrade the exhaust fan: The fan isn’t just for reducing odors or keeping the mirrors from fogging. The better your ventilation system in the bathroom, the easier it will be to prevent mildew and mold. It’ll also prevent paint from bubbling and peeling.

3-Easy-Clean Toilets: Whoever designed older toilets certainly didn’t design them with cleaning in mind! Newer toilets are often designed with smoother services that make cleaning a much simpler task—no more standing on your head to reach every toilet surface.

4-Remove grout: Germs and grime love to build up in the spaces between tile. Instead of tile, you can cover larger surfaces with glass or stone veneer, or simply use larger tiles. That’ll reduce the overall amount of grout in your bathroom.

5-Have kids: They need to earn their keep, why not have them clean it?

P.S. Number 5 goes for pretty much any room in the house:)

 

Make your living room more livable!

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Here are some great ideas that can dramatically improve the feel and “feng shui” of any living room. Read on!

  1. Move the furniture away from the walls: The tendency is to place your furniture against the walls, but giving it a little room to breathe will make the seating area seem cozier while also making the room seem more spacious.
  2. Mix old and new pieces: Using the same furniture set to furnish an entire room can make it seem a bit sterile. Try mixing and matching different pieces and styles to give your living room a more eclectic feel.
  3. Keep everything low: Arranging photos and artwork lower on walls will make a room appear larger, and can also draw more attention to the pieces themselves.
  4. Place a bookshelf behind the sofa: It doesn’t have to be your entire personal library. Mix and match books with knick-knacks and other items to add some depth and texture to the space behind your sofa.
  5. Try a smaller coffee table: Your current coffee table is probably larger than it needs to be, and it may be dominating the room. Try downsizing to a table that can still hold magazines, a centerpiece, and a few drinks, but will also give you a bit more room to move around your furniture.

Still not happy? Call socalhomeshop. We will find you the living room of your dreams!

 

Shoot me now

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Getting just the right pictures of your home to make it show well is not an easy task. We asked Barry Fisch from flashitfirst  photography what his thoughts were regarding the best time to do a shoot, and he kindly shared the following with us:

“Clients often ask me what the is best time of day to shoot real estate photos, and I tell them to consider the following five things:

1 – Quite often, one side of the house looks best at different times of the day, depending on the orientation of the house and time of year.  Does your budget include a fee for shooting at 2 different times of day?  Each photography company has different rates for a return shoot.  It would be a good start to inquire.

2 – There are a number of challenges when shooting, then retouching the photos for an        interior.  The biggest, and often impossible to fix, is when the sun is directly in a      window.  You may have heard the term HDR, it stands for High Dynamic Range.  This makes that range go off the charts.

3 – The sexiest type of shots for real estate sales are twilights.  This is a magic 20-25 minutes at the end of the day where the direct sunlight is gone, but the sky still has some ambient color.  Again, the cost will be higher since there is more work on-site and also in retouching.  This is well worth it if there are ample landscaping lights, especially a pool or water feature with lights.

4 – If you don’t want to spend any additional money, pick a time of day when the shadows will be at their least, and the area that is the best sales feature is highlighted.

5 – If the view is a valuable asset and it usually is, be sure that the sun is not in the camera’s lens when taking those photos.  Sun should be at your back then.  Especially when shooting Pacific Ocean views.”

P.S. Check out this cool website that will show where the sun and shadows are, it also takes into account date and time www.photoephemeris.com

Be sure to call Barry @ 888-510-0515 or email him barry@flashitfirst.com  for your next shoot, he’ll take great care of you, and will be sure to make your property shine!

For buying or selling, think socalhomeshop your one-stop home shop!