Tips for Homeowners

Home Maintenance Projects to Tackle This Winter

Winter is a great time for hot chocolate, cozying up by the fire, and playing in the snow. It also happens to be a great time to tackle home maintenance projects. But what home projects should you plan to add to your to-do list this winter? A recent article from realtor.com outlined the maintenance tasks homeowners should plan to tackle this winter (and save themselves money and...

New Year, New Home? Set Homeownership Goals Whether You’re Buying, Selling, or Staying Put

The start of a new year always compels people to take a fresh look at their goals, from health and career to relationships and finance. But with historically low mortgage rates, increased home sales and price growth, and a tight housing inventory, the time is right to also make some homeownership resolutions for 2021. Home buyers, is this the year you work to improve your credit score, pay down some...

Have a Home Inspection Coming Up? Make Sure To Ask These Questions

The home inspection is one of the most important parts of the home buying process—and, as a buyer, you want to make sure you understand every step of the process. But how, exactly do you do that? A recent article from realtor.com outlined the key questions you should ask an inspector before, during, and after the home inspection, including: Before: What do you—and don’t you—check...

Fall Back With Ease: Simple Tips for the Fall Time Change

The leaves are changing, the air is getting crisp and cold, and the daylight hours are getting rapidly shorter. Unless you are in Arizona or Hawaii, it’s time to move the clocks back one hour and prepare for the upcoming winter season. This is a great time to take care of a little biannual maintenance. Here are my top seven tips that will help keep your surroundings safe and cozy all winter: 1. Test...

Preparing For An Appraisal? Focus On These Projects

An appraisal is an important part of the home selling process; you want your appraisal to accurately reflect your home’s value and your listing price. But if your home appraisal comes in lower than expected, it could cause issues with your home sale and put the deal at risk. Which is why, as a seller, you want to do everything you can to get your home ready for the appraisal. But what projects should...

#StayHome: How to Create Functional Spaces in Your Home During the Coronavirus Outbreak

Since the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), many of us are spending a lot more time at home. We’re all being called upon to avoid public spaces and practice social distancing to help slow the spread of this infectious disease. While it can be understandably challenging, there are ways you can modify your home and your lifestyle to make the best of this difficult situation. Here are a few...

Will Your Remodel Pay Off? The Best (and Worst) Ways to Spend Your Budget

Most new homeowners in Mammoth Lakes have something about their property they’d like to change. And as trends shift over time, many will eventually remodel their homes, whether it’s for their own enjoyment or in preparation to sell. Whatever your reason for taking on a home renovation project, you’ll want to consider how your investment will impact your home’s value. Use this list to determine...

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10 Questions to Ask a Property Management Company

I work with a lot of people buying second homes or vacation homes in Mammoth Lakes. The question I get most often is “how do I find a good property management company?” Whether you’re looking for someone to keep an eye on your home when you’re away or planning to rent your property to vacationers, finding a trustworthy and reputable property manager is a must. I always recommend setting up a...

Simple Home Organization Upgrades that Spark Joy for Buyers

Have you watched Marie Kondo’s hit Netflix series Tidying Up yet? Marie encourages her viewers to minimize their possessions and only keep the items that “spark joy” for them. Inspired by Marie, these organization tips will make your home life easier and can actually increase the value of your home. Boost bathroom storage capacity. When was the last time you cleaned out your bathroom cupboards? If...

A Seasonal Guide To Maintaining Your Mammoth Lakes Home

From summer vacations to winter holidays, every season offers a great excuse to put off our to-do list. But neglecting home maintenance can be a major mistake. Small problems can become big ones quickly and may be far more expensive to fix. Plus, properties that aren't well-maintained can lose 10 percent of their appraised value. Especially in Mammoth Lakes where the snow, wind and sun can be hard on...

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