Congratulations to the Rubergs!

Congratulations to the Ruberg Family – this fun-loving family of four (daughters not pictured) recently closed on their first home!

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We have such a great time getting to know the families that we work with! Each family dynamic is unique and we really appreciated how well the Rubergs work together as a team and their ability to take some stressful moments and be able to laugh at it with their fun sense of humor.

(We were also impressed with their two adorable daughters!)

The Rubergs started their journey a bit unsure of exactly what area they wanted to live in, but were dedicated to the process and soon zeroed in on their ideal neighborhood. They ended up with a bit of a compromise: they purchased a home that needs a little work, but is in their dream location. These first time home-buyers impressed us with their ability to look at the long-term picture and with their willingness to confront every concern head-on!

As issues arose with their home inspection, they met each stressful situation with an optimistic attitude. Rather than becoming exasperated with the challenges, the Ruhbergs communicated directly with the city permit department and are now well-versed in the requirements for the work they intend to do. They took all the necessary steps to make sure they knew exactly what they were buying, and what it would take to make it exactly how they want it!

Fun-loving clients that are also logical and dedicated are our most favorite kind. We are so thankful that we were along for the Rubergs’ home-buying journey and look forward to watching them create their family’s dream home!

 

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(Not So) Extreme Fireplace Makeover

Nothing beats a warm, roaring fire on a snowy winter’s night!

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But with winter weather in Redondo Beach hovering around a sunny 60 degrees, that cozy fire may not have the same appeal. For some SoCal families fires are a novelty saved for Christmas day and the fireplace goes unused the other 355 days of the year.

Luckily, there are many creative ways to transform that otherwise unused space and turn it into a focal point for your home. Here’s a look at some “fireplace makeover” ideas we are dying to test out.

1. Use your fireplace to freshen up the room! Artfully arranging flowers and other potted plants inside your fireplace can add color, dimensions and scents to your living space. A fireplace garden can satisfy your green thumb..without having to go outside. Succulents or ferns are hearty, low-maintenance options that will make your room come alive!We also love the idea of adding seasonal plants during the holidays, such as holly branches or poinsettias.

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2. If you love the flickering effect of a fire, as well as that alluring wood scent, an arrangement of candles inside your fireplace can help you achieve a similar feel. Home goods stores offer a wide range of candle scents, from Campfire Smoke WoodWick Candles  to Tory Burch’s Cedarwood Candles. The beauty of this option is that you swap out scents and holders to keep the arrangement appealing and smelling heavenly! It also mimics the romantic fire vibe without generating the smoke, mess or hassle of tending a fire.

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3. Create more storage by adding shelving into your fireplace. Beyond giving your another place to store books or trinkets, this option adds a focal point to the room. This is an easy way to add a mini library to your home or to display those family photos that never quite got hung up. To jazz things up, consider painting the backdrop of the fireplace a bright color or line it with patterned tiles!

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4. Showcase an art piece or family heirloom. When properly cleaned, the inlay of a fireplace creates a perfect place to  display a singular item. This tactic works best with a sculpture, but could also be used to feature a framed piece of art. The simplicity of this setup will add a sophisticated, museum-like feel to an otherwise unused space!

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5. If you are one of those “we use our fireplace once a year” families, then completely transforming your fireplace may not be the best ideas. (We don’t want to see those books caught on fire!) However, one easy way to transform your fireplace and achieve a rustic, homey ambiance is to stack it neatly with firewood. Use logs that are the same length but have varying diameters, and be sure to pack them tightly to fill the whole space. And hey, when that “one day a year” rolls around you will already have firewood on hand!

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The beauty of owning your own home is that you can transform it into whatever you want it to be! You can take each space and make it into something functional that works for your family and individual style. With a little creativity (and the help of the internet), your  fireplace transformation could be the start of a complete home-make-over!

 

Living in a Landmark

 

The Redondo Beach City’s Preservation Program, encourages property owners of historically significant structures to voluntarily apply for local landmark status. Currently, 35 individual properties and 16 properties located in North and South Redondo have been designated as local historic landmarks!

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The Brandt House – 426 N. Gertruda Ave.

 

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The Shinn House – 324 N. Gertruda Ave.

Check out the full address list and photos of all the designated RB historic landmarks!

If you are interested in purchasing a historic home, be sure you know what you are getting yourself into. This article from Realtor.com highlights both the pros and cons of living in a landmark.

Redirecting Resolutions.. Towards Your Home!

Here we are – four days into 2017.

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The novelty of a new year year, often comes accompanied by the dreaded question: What are your New Years Resolutions.  According to the top ten resolutions gathered by Time magazine, a majority of resolutions are centered on self-improvement. Topping the list was losing weight and quitting smoking.

This year, to mix things up, we put together a list of New Years Resolutions for your HOME. Setting home management goals early in the year will help you to develop better habits… and ultimately a cleaner, comfier residence! Whether you are preparing to sell or just want to better enjoy your home, try out a few of the “resolutions” listed below.

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Streamline Your Stuff: Clearing out clutter is one of the simplest and cheapest ways to feel better about your home. Set a January date (the earlier, the better) to purge and/or organize all the new things you have accumulated over the year. Often times, we spend way more time shuffling unnecessary items out of our way, than we do actually relaxing in and enjoying our space.  Aim to only keep items that improve your mood and positively contribute to your daily life.

* Tip: You know those “necessary, but not so pretty” items that we all have? (remotes, chargers, etc) Store them in decorative, designated baskets to keep them accessible, but out of sight.

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* Try: Removing every appliance off of your kitchen counter for one week. At the end of the week, only keep out the items that were used twice or more.

Lighten Your Work Load: A few simple tweaks to your home could save you a boatload of time (and money!) over the next year. If saving time and money isn’t enough, these suggestions are also great for the environment! (Triple-whammy!)

*Try:  Eliminating bathroom mold by running your bath fans during your bath or shower and for a half-hour after to flush out moisture. Also, after a bath or a shower, squeegee water off the shower walls. Doing this daily eliminates at least three-fourths of the moisture that supports mold and mildew growth (which means less time scrubbing off that accumulated nastiness!).

* Try: Replacing all of your incandescent lightbulbs with Compact Fluorescent Lightbulbs. CFLs last up to 6 times as long and help to save up to 66% of energy usage.

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*  Tip: Always turn off the lights when you leave a room.. and consider installing automatic timers in your forgetful teen’s room!

Clean Out the Cracks. No matter how committed you are to maintaining an orderly home, a few things will always slip through the cracks. On a designated monthly date, commit to addressing a few easily forgotten tasks,

* Try adding a cup of vinegar to your empty dishwasher and running it on full cycle. Your kitchen may smell like a pickle after, but this will rinse away hard-water lime buildup in your dishwasher to help it work flawlessly.

* Clean out dryer lint by 1) detaching the duct from behind the unit 2) then tie a rag securely to the end up a plumbing snake and pushing a plumbing snake through your dryer vent from outside. Pulling the cloth and snake through a several times will dramatically clean the vent vent will..savings energy and possibly preventing a fire!

* Check for termite by walking around home and examining the foundation (inside and out) with a flashlight. Look for sawdust and termite tunnels, as most of the damage done is invisible.  If you notice anytime call an exterminator immediately! Checking for termites regularly will ensure that they cannot do major damage over time.

Beyond these suggested actions, it is good idea to personalize the resolutions for your home. Just as every person in unique, each home and household has its own quirks and needs. Tweak your home’s resolutions and start off the new year feeling comfortable and happy in your space!

PS. You aren’t completely off the hook! We feel strongly about living a healthy, active life and encourage you to make personal changes to help achieve your potential!