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Design Tips For Adding Color To Your Coastside Home This Spring

by Kathy and Michael Rain - The Rain Team

Don’t be afraid to add some color to your Coastside home this spring. When it comes to adding color follow the 60-30-10 rule. When you begin decorating a room in your home make 60% of  the  room the dominant color, 30% the secondary color, and 10% the accent color.

Following this rule the human eye tends to see the overall theme with the 60% color, the 30% color you chose that allows for visual interest, and the 10% accent color that is perfect for adding just that little bit of pop that every room needs.

Choosing a color scheme for a room can be difficult. If you are having difficulty choosing a color scheme for your room use a color wheel to help. With the help of the color wheel narrow down your choices to two specific color schemes. This will provide you with a great starting place.

To find complementing colors look across the wheel from the color of your choice and you will find the color that complements it such as blue complements yellow and red complements green. Using a complementing color scheme approach provides your room with precise color separations.

Another method besides a complementing color scheme is that of the analogous color scheme. With this method you choose the color next to your primary color on the color wheel. Rooms following this color method tend to be more casual and peaceful.

No matter which color method you choose to decorate your coastside home, add in the color black as it will enhance the space. Accent the room with a black lamp shade, picture frame or even a black box and the overall space will have a new feel.

You will find that a certain color may elicit a certain emotion within you.  For some the color blue may represent the air and sea, whereas red may lead to the idea of fire. Use your emotional response to color more than your intellectual response.

Take the time this spring to let your coastal home truly represent who you are by adding a pop of color that represents you.

BONUS: Our last great tip is to add plant and flowering shrub colors to match the 10-30% colors you use inside your home. This is especially effective when you have large windows and sliding doors. These colors move your eyes from inside the house to the outside, thus expanding the feel of the size of your rooms. 

If you are looking to buy or sell your coastal home this spring, we’d love to hear how we can help you with your real estate goals. If you are contemplating selling your home find out how much it is worth with our online guide available here. 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.

The Guide To Downsizing Your Coastside Home

by Kathy and Michael Rain - The Rain Team

It may sneak up on you out of the blue one day - you feel like your home is just too big to fit your current needs.  Maybe your kids have left the nest and their rooms are empty or maybe the idea of tackling a large yard is something your body just isn’t up to doing anymore.  If you find yourself thinking these things then it is time to downsize your coastside home.

Choosing to downsize your home is a big decision and you should carefully consider the pros and cons. Here are a few questions to ask yourself to determine if now is the right time for you to downsize your coastside home.

  1. Will it save me money?  Choosing to sell your long time family home to move into a smaller one does not always mean you will be saving money.  If the new home you buy is in an area that is more expensive and with higher taxes your monthly bills could go up. Prior to choosing to downsize, determine if your goal is to save more money each month and figure your potential savings by using this downsizing tool.

  2. Is now the right time?  Your home may feel too big today, but is it really the right time to move?  If you find yourself coming up with more reasons you should stay then move it may not be the right time for you.  However, downsizing in a comparable housing market will save you money and the sooner you choose to do it the sooner you will see the financial benefits.  Make the move while your body is in better physical shape and you are able to withstand both the physical and emotional stresses that come with moving.

  3. What type of home am I looking for?  If you are nearing retirement and that is the main focus of your move, keep in mind how far the new home is from family and friends and how friendly the floor plan will be as you age.  A home in a community with a homeowners association that maintains the outdoors for you may be to your benefit.

  4. Do I have too much stuff?  If you have lived in your current home for some time then you more than likely have accumulated quite a bit of stuff. When it comes to downsizing all of the things you have accumulated over the years may not fit in your new home.  Now would be the perfect time to start going through your things and selling or donating items that are no longer wanted or needed. When moving day comes you will be ready.

Choosing to leave the place you have called home for a new smaller home is not a decision to be taken lightly. If you feel it may be time to make the move and are curious as to what your current home is worth, contact us. We would be honored to meet with you and provide you with a comparative market analysis of your current home and answer any questions you may have about downsizing and the current real estate market.

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.

 

The Benefits Of Raised Bed Gardening At Your Coastside Home

by Kathy and Michael Rain - The Rain Team

If you are interested in growing your own food and your coastside home does not offer the perfect yard space, then I highly suggest you consider raised bed gardening.  Don’t let the idea of it overwhelm you. There are kits readily available to purchase to make the task easier.

The benefits of utilizing raised bed gardening:

Drainage:  One of the top benefits of raised bed gardening is that your garden can maintain better water levels. The raised bed allows excess water to drain faster, which is great if your soil is too moist, and it prevents the plant’s roots from rotting. However, if your soil is too dry the water could drain too quickly. To maximize your water usage use small spaced raised garden beds.

Soil: Having a raised bed garden allows you the control over the quality of the soil. Don’t hesitate to bring in new soil and be sure to incorporate an organic mixture to strengthen your growing condition.  

Time:  Raised bed gardens tend to warm fast during the day compared to the surrounding soil of your yard. This allows your plants to bloom earlier. The same applies to the fall; your plants will live longer.

Pests: Depending on what type of raised bed method you choose to use, this gardening method typically provides for better pest control.  However, if you’re using logs to build up your garden bed be prepared to battle insects and all different kinds of critters.  A raised bed that is off the ground (many ready to make garden kits are) means you are more than likely going to have less pests.

Versatility:  No matter how much yard space your coastside home has, a raised garden bed is doable - making it very versatile. If you are short on space consider starting with container gardening or even vertical gardening.

Seeds: When it comes to raised bed gardening you only need to use the amount of seeds that you actually need. Whereas traditional gardens typically require you to plant more seeds in hope that at least a few will grow.

Growing your own plants and herbs can be very rewarding and relaxing. Enjoy your time outdoors.

If you are looking to buy or sell your coastal home this spring, we’d love to hear how we can help you with your real estate goals. If you are contemplating selling your home find out how much it is worth with our online guide available here. 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.

 

Allergy-proof Your Coastside Home By Avoiding These Cleaning Mistakes

by Kathy and Michael Rain - The Rain Team

April showers may bring May flowers, but along with the blooming environment around us comes allergies. If you want to allergy-proof your coastside home avoid these cleaning mistakes.

  1. Not cleaning in the right order - While cleaning your home, don’t ignore the things above you. We tend to start cleaning at our eye level, but this is a big mistake. Your ceiling fan can quickly become covered in a fine coat of dust and when you clean it off the dust particles spread throughout your home. This means if you had previously cleaned below it, you will have to clean again.  Start your cleaning by looking up and dusting what is above you before cleaning the rest of the room.

  2. Vacuum mistakes - Many vacuums come with numerous attachments that many owners never use.  To properly clean and remove all the dust from your home’s floor, break out those attachments. These are great for getting in between your wall and refrigerator and other tight places. They are also a great tool for cleaning off the dust that accumulates along the baseboards of your home.

  3. Mattress - When it comes to cleaning, many people forget about their mattress.  Your mattress can be home to millions of dust mites which can cause your allergies to flare up.  A green way to clean your mattress is by sprinkling it with baking soda. Allow it to sit for an hour and then vacuum it up.

  4. Commercial Cleaners - There are many abrasive cleaners on the market full of chemicals that may cause you to have respiratory problems after using.  Try making your own less harmful cleaners with natural items that you may have in your own home.  Click here for a list of ways to make your own cleaning products.

  5. Clutter - Spring cleaning is a waste of time if you don’t declutter your home first.  When cleaning, it’s only natural that many of us develop the habit of cleaning around all the clutter. However, by avoiding it you are leaving dust in your home.  Prior to cleaning pick up items left out, clean off spaces, and thoroughly remove dust everywhere.

Now is the time to start your spring cleaning.  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 at (650) 888-6903.

The Rain Team offers unparalleled service to ALL us a call 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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