As time goes by, the surroundings that used to fit our lives so perfectly may no longer fit our needs. Perhaps a new location, less stairs, less yard to care for, or more close-by friends and family may improve your quality of life. The large home once needed for busy children may be daunting to care for now. Transitioning into senior adulthood might seem challenging, but the right professionals can help you simplify your life. Whether buying, selling, or creating an estate plan, make sure you work with a Realtor who understands the needs of seniors. Senior Real Estate Service professionals will be able to help you:
These professionals understand that seniors have lived comfortably in their own homes for a long time, and may be secure attached to their environment and surroundings. For a number of reasons, a senior may need to relocate, and the transition can be difficult and emotional.
Family may be able to help, but in some cases family members are busy with their own family and job commitments or live far away. Or because people are living so much longer, their own children may be elderly too.
This growing industry of senior real estate service professionals understand your situation and needs and are ready and willing to help you sell your home and move to a new location. Contact me today and I can help you feel at ease and weigh your options if you are thinking of downsizing, selling your home. Let me assist you in simplifying what may be an overwhelming experience.
For many homeowners, the front porch has become an extension of your living space. No longer just an afterthought when it comes to the character, design and style of your home, the front porch is the welcome sign and first impression for visitors.
There are few better places to relax than the front porch, especially when you bring many of the indoor comforts to the outside. With just a few guidelines and a little bit of inspiration, you can make your front porch the perfect place to unwind.
Seating Regardless of your style, seating is all about comfort and creating a sense of unplugging. That could mean a classic porch swing, rocking chairs, Adirondack chairs or even a more modern outdoor daybed. Many offer a high-end look and there are options that swing if you have the room. There are many styles of wicker furniture that are designed for outdoor use.
Flooring Many porches still feature the original base flooring, but that doesn't have to be the case. Tile, pavers and composite deck material are all options, while a dark colored high-gloss enamel will spruce up your original look. Even if you stick with wood, there are plenty of designs using paint or stencils to create a one-of-a-kind unique feel. If some of the flooring ideas aren't an option, go for area rugs to bring an indoor feel and some more color.
Splash Some Color Cool and natural colors are best for creating a serene environment, but don’t be afraid to splash some more color. Paint your front door (try brick red, bright yellow or light blue) and add complimentary colors with large flower pots or flower boxes. Another option to infuse some color, texture and design in the seating cushions and pillows as well as table decorations.
Lighting and Shade Different options for lighting and shade can provide function and style. Protect your porch from the sun with easy-to-install drapes or roll-up shades (or both) made of canvas, cotton or bamboo that also add a touch of elegance and character. Strategic lighting also adds style, whether it’s new sconces on the side of the door, hanging light boxes, a classic stand-up lamp next to furniture or strands of outdoor lighting bulbs that bring an old fashioned feel. Extras Don’t forget about the added (and sometimes small) elements that can make your porch unique. It could be a ceiling fan for hot days, wheeled serving carts to host guests, a built-in barbecue area, antique wall art, a reclaimed coffee table or high-end custom folding doors that bring your porch those custom, unique comforts.
Home inspections are one of the most critical steps in the home buying process, and for many reasons. Investing in a home inspection can protect you from unexpected costs before you buy, as well as save you money in the long run on your investment.
Not only is it important to know what will happen during a home inspection, but just as important to know what will not happen and how to interpret the results.
Not all home inspectors are created equal, so check certifications and chose someone who is part of the American Society of Home Inspectors and is an ACI (or ASHI) certified inspector. Even the best inspectors can make mistakes, so chose one who carries "Errors and Omissions" coverage that goes beyond the basic liability insurance. Don't choose an inspector for the wrong reasons.
Attend the inspection and don't leave the inspectors side, as you will likely pick up additional insight along the way and better understand the final report. While most inspectors in California follow the National Association of Certified Home Inspections guidelines, there is no uniform checklist. So be sure to negotiate ahead of time what is included on your checklist and understand what is potentially not included, such as items not on the house (fences, surrounding buildings, pipes and septic tanks). Know that Asbestos, lead, mold and other dangers are typically not covered. Understand how thorough the inspection was, like if the inspector climbed on the roof or entered the basement, and how they evaluated the roof and foundation.
Inspectors are not psychics
A home inspection can only go so far. Inspectors can't see the future and don't know when housing systems will fail – they can only evaluate present conditions. Most home inspections are also non-invasive – meaning they only inspect beyond finished surfaces – so protect yourself as much as possible. Many of the most expensive repairs, such as water leaks and damage, rotted wood and faulty wiring or plumbing, are behind the walls and under floor coverings. A trusted inspector can notice defects and if homeowners are trying to cover up problems.
A home improvement project is always a fine idea. A home improvement project you can get done in one weekend is an even better idea!
Worthwhile home improvement projects don’t always have to interrupt your life or leave you living in a construction zone. Not only can many be completed in one weekend, but they won’t have to break your budget, either. There are plenty of home improvement projects that require a small investment in time and money, and will have a long-term impact on your home that you can enjoy for years.
Polish your patio
Transform your outdoor patio or relaxation area by installing pavers or flagstone to create a defined area. No concrete is required, and you can install an entire patio in a day. Add atmosphere and character with some potted plants, overhead light strings, a fire pit and a bistro set or other comfy seating.
A better backsplash
A new ceramic or glass tile backsplash can turn an otherwise dull kitchen into a fresh new room. Once you have cleared the area, there are many options in terms of style, materials, pricing and levels of difficulty to install. If you don’t want to work with quick-set, there are even peel-and-stick sheets to make an easy project even quicker.
Get an edge
Update the edging around your gardens, planting beds and walkways can add significant long-term value be defining the areas with a consistent look. Even if you go for real stone or wood edging options, it only requires a little digging and leveling to create a professional look.
Add garage storage
Add some functionality to your garage by adding some simple to install storage features. There are hundreds of options in the garage storage category, from cabinets and shelves to hanging ceiling hooks. The work is simple, just make note of how much space you have to work with and take stock of the items you need to store. Once you’re done, you will be glad you did it.
Make a grand entrance
Make a better first impression in the entry area of your home by adding a few simple items that can bring a bit of style as well as double as extra storage if you lack a closet or built-in shelves. A small-scale table with drawers can be functional storage in the drop-off zone, or a padded bench with internal storage can hide winter accessories. A wall-mounted shelf can hang keys and display family photos.
There are certainly many options when planning a night out on the town. Finding a location and a venue that fits all of your needs and checks all of your boxes can be frustrating and challenging. Whatever you're planning for -- a special anniversary, a birthday bash, a small gathering to celebrate or just meeting friends for drinks -- the Shade Hotel in Manhattan Beach can offer an experience you can't quite get anywhere else in South Bay.
The only luxury boutique hotel in Manhattan Beach, Shade Hotel has a lot to offer. Not only is it just a few blocks from the beach, it's also in the heart of the hip and vibrant Manhattan Beach, making it steps away from local shopping and much more.
Located on the main floor, the Zinc Lounge has a modern, hip feel with a large bar, blue neon lighting and various couches for seating. The bar features its specialty drinks, offers a wide variety of small plates (as well as brunch and lunch menus) and has a solid selection of wines. Like any other hot spot in Manhattan Beach, the lounge can get crowded on the weekends and will be a mix beach types and well-dressed partiers, as well as an established older crowd looking to unwind. A terrace extends outside from the wine bar, offering a more intimate setting if you have a large group to entertain.
What helps set Shade Hotel apart is the skydeck for private events. If the ocean views weren't enough, the skydeck sets the mood with blue lighting, a private bar and a relaxation pool for a more d intimate feel perfect for cocktail and dinner parties. The skydeck creates a serene atmosphere that's rare to find overlooking the ocean.
For larger events like weddings, corporate outings and product launches, Shade Hotel also has an open-air courtyard at the heart of the hotel. The area has a bit more of an elegant feel, with two-story curtains, overlooking balconies and a waterfall backdrop to create a blend of indoors and outdoors.