Tackle these projects in just one day

New year, New You, right? I think this also applies to our homes. Take down those holiday decorations and all of a sudden your house seems bare, and you notice stuff you wish you had gotten to last year, but after blowing your cash on presents, the month of January can be tight.

Well, the good news is that you don’t have to spend a ton of time and money and brace yourself to upgrade your home. Here are a few projects that you can knock out in a single day, and they’ll greatly improve the look and enjoyment of your home.

Paint or replace an exterior door: If you know the correct dimensions and specifications for a replacement door, replacing an exterior door is a quick and easy job. That’s even truer if you’re repainting it. Preparation and a few coats of paint will only take a few hours.

Plant some low-maintenance trees: Young evergreen trees are relatively simple to plant, and after some heavy watering in the first few weeks, they’re very easy to maintain. They’ll add some color and texture to your landscaping, instantly improving curb appeal.

New light fixtures: Whether they’re on the interior or exterior of your home, something as subtle as light textures can have a dramatic effect. Swapping out traditional fixtures for something modern or industrial can completely transform a room.

New hardware: Drawer pulls and door knobs are easy to change out, and like light fixtures, they have a big impact. You’d be amazed how your kitchen or bathroom could look with new hardware.

Any other quick and budget friendly ideas out there?



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:)


Must Realtors dress to impress?

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When I started this Realtor business I thought I needed to dress a certain way. My previous job in sales and marketing was in the music business, so as you can imagine, it was pretty casual. Once I got my license I was told folks might want more of a polished-professional-banker- kinda look since they were letting you guide them through such a big investment.

I bought jackets, straight skirts, some heels, and for the first time in my life, slacks. Even the name sounds odd, say it with me now, slacks. Am I right?

I started wearing what felt like a uniform, every day. My husband thought I looked nice probably because it was new and different, (another blog perhaps?) and I did look more like a traditional business woman, but me no likey. I felt like I was going undercover in some sting operation every morning I got dressed. I missed my skinny jeans.

When I started sitting open houses, my feelings of being overdressed hit hard. Bear in mind I work in residential family neighborhoods, so the folks coming through were walking their dog, on the way to a soccer game, or running weekend errands. They looked uber comfortable, and I looked stiff and out of place. I was jealous, and dammit, I wanted to be wearing flip flops too!

So I started to shift my look to reflect what my clients actually looked like. What was even more exciting than ditching the banker clothes was that once I relaxed my look, I gained more confidence, and no longer felt like I was playing a part. My undercover days were over and I was connecting with more clients, a total win-win!

So don’t believe the hype. With a nice blouse, the right jewelry, and cute flats you can rock those skinny jeans, and look the part of a powerful Realtoress, no problem:)






Make your living room more livable!


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!




Come see sweet little Abra (short for “Abra-Cadabra”) the socalhomeshop pet of the week. She is a 12 pound Dachshund/Italian Greyhound mix and she is ready for her forever home. Abra is a magical little dog that has a way of reaching out her tiny paws and taking hold of your heart. Keep in mind that a one-year-old dog is fully grown physically, but mentally she is still a puppy, so get ready for some hijinx:)

The $145 adoption fee for Abra includes the medical exam, vaccinations, spay, and microchip. For more information call 760-753-6413, visit Rancho Coastal Humane Society at 389 Requeza Street in Encinitas, or log on to SDpets.org.
Kennels and Cattery open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day but Tuesday.

Everyone Deserves a Home, let’s find one for Abra!



Everyone Deserves a Home


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socalhomeshop rescue of the week from Rancho Coastal Humane Society is Miss Sheba:)
She is the kind of girl that tries to melt through the chain link on her kennel gate so she can get closer to you. She LOVES people.

Sheba is a German Shepard/Golden Retriever mix who is three years old and weighs 55 pounds. She has a playful and outgoing personality, and loves everyone she meets. One of her favorite things to do is to snuggle with people. She just can’t get close enough. When it’s time for some exercise she loves playing with other dogs. As much as she would love to spend hours lying on the couch, she’s not a couch potato. Sheba is going to need an active family that will include her in almost everything they do.

Sheba first arrived at Rancho Coastal Humane Society in 2013. She was adopted right away. Now her family moved to a place that doesn’t allow dogs.

The $145 adoption fee for Sheba includes medical exam, vaccinations, and microchip. For more information call 760-753-6413, visit Rancho Coastal Humane Society at 389 Requeza Street in Encinitas, or log on to SDpets.org. Kennels and Cattery open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day but Tuesday.