“New”, Energy Efficient Home, Large Lot

As you watch the VIDEO Tour of 961 Verissimo Ct., Hollister, consider these valuable components: this home is 2 yrs. untitled-4New with the virtues
of a new home and the added upgrades of a resale home. Because of the 19 solar panels there’s little reluctance to crank up the dual zone heaters in the winder and A/C in the summer.

Inside, the owners upgraded to 9′ ceilings and 8′ doors. The plantation shutters add charm to the tall windows in every room. So “open and bright” is not just a cliche for this house.  They also spent a lot of money in the kitchen: ceaserstone quartz counter tops; 40″ cabinets and easy-close drawers; stainless steel appliances including a huge sink. The double vanities of both bathrooms feature slab granite counter tops and upgraded fixtures.  There is a large landing at the top of the stairs in addition to the 13′ x 14′ bonus room. An optional, 4th bedroom, could easily be added here. An upstairs laundry room is conveniently located to all of the bedrooms.

There is plenty of room for an RV and, or boat on the side of the home and still have room for a pool, family garden & orchard etc. The backyard measures nearly 100′ corner-to-corner.

With no homes in front of this house and virtually none behind it you can enjoy views of the foothills on both sides of the valley.

After watching the VIDEO Tour you should come see this great home in person. Just text, email or call me for your own, personal tour and I will arrange it for you.

‘New’, Big Hollister Home For Sale

After watching the VIDEO Tour of this nice home, text, email or call me for your own, personal tour.DJI_0250

901 Verissimo Ct., is a 5 bd., 3 full bth, home with 2,775 sq. ft. of living space. There is a downstairs bedroom and full bath. The owner paid roughly $20,000 more for the kitchen upgrades which include: stainless steal appliances, separate pantry and a sizable preparation island. Someone said: “it’s not an island, it’s a continent!”.

There are 2 separate heating and air conditioning zones and USB ports in a electrical outlet in each room. The bonus room upstairs is 13′ x 18′ and the master suite is 15′ x 18′.

This house sits on a corner lot in a private court and has a wide side yard with double gates for your boat or RV. The low maintenance backyard is ready for your personal design.

This 2 yr. ‘New’ home has hardly been lived in. The seller received a job expansion shortly after the purchase and hasn’t been home much.  This house even smells new.  Why not come and see it for yourself?

7 Good Ideas for Remodeling

Thinking of doing some ‘freshening’ up in your home this year? Here are 7 good ideas you can do for little money.

Likewise, there are some things which were popular years ago but now are passe.  This article lists 2 of those things you want change.

The standards for most return value on improvement dollars spent, in this order are: mailbox, garage door, front door, kitchen and bathrooms. We find that money invested in these areas at least helps the home sell quicker and, often for more than you spent to spruce up the house.

Likewise, it remains, funds devoted to pools, bedrooms, and even living rooms, in that order, will yield the least profitable returns.

Kitchen Trends Add Value

The best return on your home improvement dollars is in the kitchen.  This article offers 10 suggestions for kitchen updates in 2017.

While the mailbox, garage and front door have the highest return for their costs, the kitchen is the #1 investment room inside the house. While you may not get 1:1 return you will get more of your money back in the form of a higher sales price than a home with a dated kitchen – you will get more bang for your buck than say, money spent on a bedroom.

Besides, don’t we spend a great deal of time in the kitchen? Especially when family and friends are over. Holidays, special events etc., often evolve around the kitchen.

4 DIY Ways to Reduce Energy Bills

Ever notice cool air coming in around your doorway, chimney or window?  I’ll give you 3 guesses where your paid-for-heat slips out (1st 2 don’t count).  As winter approaches we want our home to remain warm and keep our heating bill down.

Here are 4 simple ideas you can do yourself to accomplish just that:

Put new weather stripping around each exterior door. Here is a short video showing how easy it is to do.

Next, check the caulking around your window sills. If it has a gap or is missing caulking, refinish that section.  It is easy and inexpensive.  Watch this short video for ideas.

Check the damper in your fireplace.  Make sure it is closed when you are not using the fireplace.  It is surprising how much room heat will go right up that flue.

Now is also a good time to change your air filters for your furnace.  There is usually an intake air vent in a hallway ceiling and one in your furnace.  Here is a DIY video.  The minor cost of these filters will easily be paid for by energy savings when your furnace doesn’t have to work as hard.

If you have other ideas on how to keep us cozy this winter let me know.

El Nino’s Coming, 3 To-Do Tips

Rainy season is about here.  In Morgan Hill, Gilroy & Hollister Calif. we welcome any rain!  However, there are 3 smart things you can do to protect your home from water damage:

Clean out your rain gutters.  Here is a quick ‘how-to’ video to show you how easy it is.

Make sure your down spouts take the rain water away from your foundation. Here is another, quick video to show how easy this chore is.

Lastly, make sure the earth against your foundation is sloped down hill, away from the home. Here is a short, DIY video.

While these 3 tasks will take some time to do, they are not expensive and they will greatly reduce expensive repairs due to water!  I absolutely recommend that you invest the time now, before the rains come.

Let me know if you have found other, easy tips, to prepare your home.

Simple Curb Appeal Improvements

Often I will have 4-6 homes to show buyers.  Each time we arrive in front of a prospective home the buyers nearly always comment on what they think the home will be like – based on what they first see from the curb.  And, typically an impressive front of the home opens to a similarly maintained home on the inside.   The opposite is also true.  There have been times when the buyer doesn’t even want to get out of the car, because the front of the house is shabby, overgrown, or in need of paint.

There are several simple and inexpensive things you can do this Spring to make your home very appealing.  Click here for 13 suggestions.  Each of these easy to do tasks also provide the most added value – to – investments you can do to the outside of your home.

Lastly, your neighbors may be a willing source of help if you announce your ‘sprucing up’ plans for the ‘tired’ front appearance of your home.

Fix Uneven Sidewalks

Has your concrete patio sunk or pulled away from your home?  Has your driveway lowered at the base of the garage? Would you like to level a sidewalk?

To remedy these and related challenges  has been daunting and, for me at least, has fostered procrastination.

What have you done to level things up?

I found this this remarkably simple way to raise sunken sidewalks, driveways, patios etc.  Watch this video.

Pretty cool.

 

 

Old backyard fence, hmm.

I love simple ideas that are fun and make our homes more inviting.

Do you have an old, ugly fence in the backyard? Try replacing the boards which are shot, then spray on fence/deck cleaner (actually a bleach). With a focused nozzle spray offf the the deck bleach. When it is dry spray the fence with you favorite color stain. I did this to our 17 year old cedar  fence and it looks new.

You could also use your fence as a natural canvas and paint on it images like bushes or trees. This short video  shows you just how easy, and fun this project can be.

What ideas have you come up with?

11 Ideas for Curb Appeal $100 or Less

 

When you drive up to some homes they yawn:  “I’m tired”

 

 

 

 

This article demonstrates some easy and            inexpensive things you can do, right now, to help your home pop out.

 

What have you done to your home we can add to this list?