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Easy Home Staging Tips for Your Coastside Home

by Kathy and Michael Rain - The Rain Team

Before putting your Coastside home on the market this spring, make sure to properly stage your house. This means highlighting your home's strengths, downplaying the weaknesses and appealing to the most potential buyers possible.

Here are some home-staging tips to help get your home looking its best!

Say Goodbye to Clutter
Any Realtor® will tell you that the #1 thing to do to get your home prepared for listing is to say goodbye to the clutter. One of the major contributors to looking cluttered is the overabundance of furniture. Professional stagers will typically remove a large chunk of the furniture to help the house look bigger and spacious. You don’t have to reduce drastically, just take a good look at what you can temporarily live without to make your home look more spacious.

Another means of decluttering is to clean all your closets. This allows you to show off your storage space which ranks high on a buyer’s priority list and helps to sell homes.

Give Furniture a New Purpose
There’s no steadfast rule that says if you bought a specific piece of furniture, artwork or accessory for a certain room that it has to stay in that room. You have free reign to move that armchair into the master bedroom to create a small sitting area to show-off your great coastal views or reallocate those lamps you love to give another room new life and better lighting.

Repurpose a Room or Area
If you have a room or area in your home that currently serves as storage, repurpose it into something that will add to the value. Adding a nice writing desk to an empty nook can serve to give an office feel. If you have an open corner or small room, an addition of an armchair, small table and lamp can transform the room into a study or cozy reading area. If it’s currently an extra bedroom and you don't want to invest in a new bed, just get the frame, buy an inexpensive air mattress and dress it up with neutral-patterned bedding.

Don’t Be Afraid of Unique Grouping
Many believe that rooms feel larger if all the furniture is arranged against all the walls, this simply isn’t true. Instead, experiment with designing your space by floating furniture away from walls. Group sofas and chairs into cozy relaxed groups to make the space more user-friendly and to show the traffic flow throughout the room.

Use Lighting to Your Advantage
One of the things that make a staged home look so warm and inviting is the use of great lighting. Many of our homes don’t utilize lighting properly. This can be remedied by increasing the wattage in your lamps and fixtures. A general rule of thumb is 100 watts per each 50 feet. Also, make sure you have three types of lighting: ambient (general or overhead), task (pendant, under-cabinet or reading) and accent (table and wall).

There are many other ways to help stage your home, such as, painting adjacent rooms the same color, giving your rooms an updated look with neutral and appealing colors, use art to show off your space, and using the right accessories to make a room more inviting (without seeming cluttered).

Staging takes time and experience. If attempting to do it on your own makes you nervous, or you just don’t have the creative vision, Kathy Rain is an Accredited Staging Professional (ASP) with a unique gift of design. She will help you put the "best face" on your home. Kathy offers you a competitive edge in real estate and has experience in staging many homes on the coastside.

If you are looking to sell your coastal home, we’d love to hear how we can help you with your real estate goals. We can also offer you a Comparative Market Analysis (CMA) of your home to advise you what it is worth. Contact us today via email or give us a call at (650) 888-6903.

Innovative Shopping Flourishes in Half Moon Bay

by Kathy and Michael Rain - The Rain Team

As many of you know, Half Moon Bay has some pretty interesting sites, adventurous things to do and even some unique shopping experiences for visitors and residents of the San Mateo Coast to enjoy; Oddyssea is no exception!

Oddyssea was established in February 2012 by Mike & Ellen Harding and was designed to be an interactive retail experience focused on science, nature, technology products and experiences. They are currently expanding into the vacant lot next door to become Oddyssea Outside.

In order to fully understand this unique and fun shopping experience, you really need to visit the shop yourself. They have hands-on products and projects that you won’t find anywhere else.

To make it a well-rounded experience, they have a team of local professionals that bring their own unique element to the store; Sabrina Muscat, resident artist; Wendy Davenport, jewelry artisan; Marie Salongcong, nature woman; Claire Fulmer, taxidermist/adventuress; and Angie Stevenson, biologist/retail intern.

One thing we love about our coastal communities is that there’s always something new to explore. If you are looking to buy a new home or sell your existing home, we’d love to hear how we can help you with your real estate goals. Contact us today via email or give us a call at (650) 888-6903.

The Rain Team offers unparalleled service to ALL clients in the San Mateo County, including areas such as Half Moon Bay, El Granada, Moss Beach, Montara, and Pacifica. Your complete satisfaction with our service and representation is our number one priority.

Spring Forward on Prepping Your Coastal Home for Summer

by Kathy and Michael Rain - The Rain Team

Living in a coastside community definitely has its perks. Beautiful views, the gorgeous sunsets, along with the smell and sound of the ocean are just a few perks we love about our coastal communities. However, homes near the sand and sea offer some unique challenges when tackling spring maintenance and have special needs each season to keep your home in good shape.

With spring upon us, it’s time to open up the house, do some spring cleaning and make sure your home can survive the test of another year.

Here are some tips to help you get started:

  • Air out the house when weather permits. If you currently live in Half Moon Bay, El Granada, Montara, or another coastal community, you know the need to deal swiftly and regularly with moisture problems. Our excess moisture can often lead to mold and mildew. Get the air circulating after a storm has passed.
  • Over time, salt air will corrode paint and metals and you may find rust marks on patio furniture and exterior walls. Now is a great time to clean and repaint your exterior furniture. Use a sealant to protect metals and wood.
  • If you have a wood deck, it will need extra care. Make sure the supporting timbers are secure and haven’t been affected by rot or water damage. Give the railings a good shake to make sure they are not loose. Has it been two years since a sealer has been applied? Time for another coat.
  • Check your door hardware. You may not be directly on the beach, but wind-blown sand can find its way into your locks and make opening the front door difficult. Spray some graphite lubricant into the keyholes.
  • Time for a check of safety equipment. Ensure that all smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors and fire extinguishers are in good working order.  Replace batteries in appropriate devices as needed, or at least twice each year 
  • Inspect window screens and storm doors for rips or tears. Repair or replace as necessary.

The Rain Team offers unparalleled service to ALL clients in the San Mateo County, including areas such as Half Moon Bay, El Granada, Moss Beach, Montara, and Pacifica. Your complete satisfaction with our service and representation is our number one priority.

If you are looking to buy a new home or sell your existing home, we’d love to hear how we can help you with your real estate goals. We can also offer you a Comparative Market Analysis (CMA) of your home to advise you what it is worth. Contact us today via email or give us a call at (650) 888-6903.

Everyday Tips to Saving Water in Your Coastside Home

by Kathy and Michael Rain - The Rain Team

Last week, The Rain Team reviewed ways to update your coastal home to make it more water efficient in this time of drought. Besides spending money on improvements, which will help in your future sale, there are many everyday ways to be more conscience in your daily routines to cut down on water usage.

Here are just a few conservation tips to help our community reduce and save water:

Outdoors:

  • Water any outdoor lawns or shrubbery in the early morning rather than mid-day.
  • Instead of grabbing the hose to spray down the walk, deck or driveway, use a broom and sweep the dirt away
  • Now that spring is upon us, add fresh mulch or bark to landscaping or potted plants to retain the moisture
  • Cover your pool when not in use; an average sized pool can lose about 1,000 gallons of water per month when left uncovered!

Indoors:

  • Fill up the dishwasher before running its cleaning cycle
  • Stopper the sink when rinsing fresh fruits or vegetables
  • When cleaning fish tanks, recycle the dirty water by watering your houseplants with it; it’s rich in nitrogen and phosphorus.
  • When doing laundry, make sure to fill the washer to as close to a full load as possible.
  • Make sure the washing machine is set to the correct water level
  • Take quicker showers rather than filling up bath tubs for soaking.
  • Don’t leave the water running while brushing your teeth, cleansing your face or shaving

There are many other tips and ways to improve water usage courtesy of H2ouse.org. We all need to do our part to keep our communities running adequately.

If you are looking to buy a new home or sell your existing home, we’d love to hear how we can help you with your real estate goals. We can also offer you a Comparative Market Analysis (CMA) of your home to advise you what it is worth. Contact us today via email or give us a call at (650) 888-6903.

The Rain Team offers unparalleled service to ALL clients in the San Mateo County, including areas such as Half Moon Bay, El Granada, Moss Beach, Montara, and Pacifica. Your complete satisfaction with our service and representation is our number one priority.

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Kathy and Michael Rain of Coldwell Banker provides real estate services in the San Mateo County, California area including the surrounding communities: El Granda, Half Moon Bay, Montara, Moss Beach, Pacifica and San Mateo. Search for homes in San Mateo County. We list and sell residential real estate, investment properties, vacant land, lots for sale in the San Mateo County, California area.

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