Seven Tips to Prepare for a Home Appraisal

Getting ready to sell your home or perhaps you’re hoping to refinance your current mortgage? Either way, you will be required to have your home appraised. The whole process can feel a bit stressful and like it’s all out of your control, but that’s not necessarily the case. There are steps you can take to help you get the maximum appraisal value for your home. 1.  First impressions count You may not think too much…

Tips for Staging Your Outdoor Living Space

  Lamorinda is among the most desirable areas in the nation, which makes selling a home in this area a breeze. However, getting an offer at or above asking depends on that first impression. Most sellers wouldn’t dream of trying to sell an unstaged home, but sometimes overlook staging the yard. That’s a shame because outdoor staging can increase curb appeal, reduce time spent on the market, and increase the asking price. Here are a…

Six Landscaping Trends That Increase the Value of Your Home

California is one of the best states in the country to live, and that’s why the real estate market is so hot. Even though it’s been a seller’s market for years, a few tweaks to the outside can always help bring in the offers. Here are six landscaping trends that can increase the value of your home. Gravel landscaping You want the latest trend, but you don’t want to go crazy. Gravel landscaping is super…

Home improvement projects that pay off

  Not all home improvement projects are created equal. Some projects will increase the value of the home to you, while other projects may be more focused on increasing the value to others. That said, as a homeowner who is thinking of selling in the future, it is important to prioritize the projects with the highest return on investment (ROI). According to the California Association of Realtors, here are the top five projects that will…

Feeling a Draft? Seal air leaks in your home this weekend

It’s that time of year when temps start dropping, fall is in the air (some days), and winter in around the corner.  Although winters in the Bay Area are generally mild compared with the rest of the country, it’s still important to make sure your home is properly sealed.  Air leaks will not only lead to higher utility bills, but also make it more difficult to properly heat your home.  According to Energystar.gov, you can…