Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Best Power Tools For "Do It Yourself" Projects



Now more than ever, DIY projects are everywhere you look. It seems like everyone is trying to be productive with the little extra free time on their hands, and hardware stores still have lines out the door. If you are just getting into the DIY world and are realizing some of the basic hand tools just aren’t cutting it anymore, it may be time to invest in some smaller power tools that work best for the do-it-yourself enthusiast. 
1. 10” Sliding Miter Saw
With this tool, you can cut baseboards, frame out a door, and even more. Getting the saw with the slide allows you to cut more significant pieces.
2. Nail Gun
While a hammer and nail approach can work for most DIY projects, you will save yourself time and energy when you invest in a nail gun and air compressor. If you are into reupholstering, you may also want to consider a staple gun.
3. Rotary Sander
If you plan to strip any word surface, invest in a rotary sander. There are plenty of models available under $50 that will save you more time than you could have imagined. 
4. Jigsaw
If you love making or updating wood furniture, a jigsaw may be a great addition to your tool bag. The jigsaw allows for cutting various shapes and detailed cutting.
5. Cordless Drill
The cordless drill should be one of your very first DIY tool purchases. You can use the drill for just about everything, from hanging shelves to drilling holes. 
6. Air Wrench
The air or impact wrench is essentially a power socket wrench. This wrench is great when you are dealing with tight lug nuts and bolts or stripped screws. They give a high degree of torque without a lot of exertion on your end. 
7. Circular Saw
If you need a fast and efficient way to make straight and bevel cuts, you will want to add the circular saw to your list of tools. They can be used by hand or mounted.

Maria Zendejas & Team
(805) 443-7383

Home Loan or Mortgage?



Did you know that a home loan and mortgage aren’t the same thing? Though often used as interchangeable terms, the two actually work together to finance a home. Many first-time buyers are unaware of this before entering the process. Knowing the difference ahead of time can help you to have a better understanding of the home buying process.
A home loan is the actual money that is taken out to buy a new home. Home loans typically are only used for residential properties and can be received through a financing company. There are different types of home loans and they can have either an adjustable or fixed interest rate.
A mortgage is all about legality. It is the legal documents that you sign that indicates how you will repay that home loan. A mortgage is a legal verification of your obligation to pay back your home loan in full to your lender. Your new home is the collateral and can therefore be repossessed by your lender when payments are not made. Because of this, a mortgage will always mean the same thing. While that is the case for mortgages, there are several different types of home loans. Here are those types:
Conforming:
Conforming loans will either be lower than or equal to the loan limit set. These loans conform to the basic standards of Freddie Mac or Fannie Mae. 
Jumbo:
Jumbo loans are usually only used to purchase high end real estate and exceed basic loan limits. These loans do not conform the basic standards.
Government: 
Backed by the federal government, the guidelines for these loans are often quite strict. They can be harder to obtain but usually have lower interest rates.
Conventional:
Backed by mortgage companies, conventional loans are what most think of when they hear about home loans. These loans usually have higher interest rates to make up for the risk taken by lenders.

Ready to explore your loan options? Let's chat.
Maria (805) 377-0941 and Belen (805) 443-7383
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Upgrade You Zoom Chat Skills



Zoom, or other video, meetings seem to be the way of the future. Though many businesses may return to normal office hours, the requirement to work from home has showed us that there are some jobs that can be done from home with the use of certain technology. Now more than ever, video conferences for work are looking like the best way forward. So what does that mean for you? If anything, it should indicate that it is time to step up your video chat game if you haven’t yet! Even if you are working from home, putting off a professional aura will help you look better and feel better! Here are some tips to make sure you look great for your Zoom meeting!
Dress The Part
You may not be heading into the office but that doesn’t mean you can’t dress like you are. There is a reason for the phrase “look good, feel good” - and it can help you feel a little more normal during stay-home orders.
Check The Lighting
The main thing to focus on with lighting is avoiding unnecessary shadows on your face. Make sure that you have a steady light source that lights your face evenly, preferably in front of you rather than from the side or behind. If you don’t have a lamp, sit in front of a window with the light on your face.
Pick a Plain Background
The more boring, the better. Having an exciting background can take away from focus and that is not what you will want during a work meeting.
Back It Up
Sitting too close to your camera can distort your face and therefore, tends to be unflattering. Sit a little further back from your camera to avoid any wide-angle shots of your face.
Change Your Angles
Make sure your camera is sitting right at or right above eye level, that way you are not looking down on the camera but also not looking up. If your webcam is built in, you can place books under your screen to bring the camera up to eye-level.
Speak Loud and Clear
Always do a sound check before logging into a meeting. You want to make sure you are close enough that your words are heard but not so close that you are filling any silence with your breathing.

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Thinking of updating your kitchen with accent tiles?



As simplified, clean styles continue to be the face of home design, there is no surprise that adding a tiled accent wall can be enough to bring life to a room without cluttering it with unnecessary decor.
Though they are all tiles, wall tiles differ from floor tiling. Wall tiles are usually thinner and made with less hard material, as they don’t need to withstand the pressure of flooring. Even though they may weigh less, wall tiles are still extremely durable.
Because there are all different sorts of shapes, sizes, and types of wall tiles, you are sure to find a type that is the perfect fit for your home. 
Each type of tile has its own unique qualities that will help you determine which will work best for you. Here are the 5 most common types of tiles to help you make your decision:
1: Ceramic Tiles
The most commonly used tile, ceramic is used for both wall tiling and flooring. Usually ceramic tiles are simple in design and come with a durable glaze coating. Subway tiles are often ceramic, and can be used in bathrooms as long as they are waterproof.
2: Metallic Tiles
Metallic tiles are great if you are going for a rusty look., but can be easily damaged if the wrong cleaner is used. 
3: Cork Tiles
Cork tiles are growing in popularity and add a unique touch of texture to wherever they are added. It is important to weigh your options when choosing cork tiles as they can be expensive to remove later due to the adhesive needed to place them. Cork tiles are a bit difficult to clean as they have uneven surfaces, but when used in small amounts can add a perfect pop to any room.
4: Marble Tiles
Marble tiles have one of the widest variety of choices when it comes to tiling. They can be used for bathrooms, kitchens, and floors, and come in various quality levels. While marble tile is beautiful, it is important to choose a brand with a proper rating so you don’t end up with cracked tiles. 
5: Mosaic Tiles
If you have a wall that is asymmetric, mosaic tiles may be perfect for you. They are naturally decorative and because of the wide variety of patterns, shapes, and colors, it can be easy to find a style for everyone.

If a remodel is not for you, then maybe a "Move In Ready" home is. Let's start shopping today (805) 443-7383.

Prepping To Sell During Quarantine



So now that you’re stuck indoors for the foreseeable future, you may be wondering how you are going to fill your time. If you have plans, or are just considering, putting your house on the market when this is all over, now is the best time to get it ready! What better way to pass the hours and be productive than preparing your house for sale? While some checklist items may be obvious, there may be a few to-do list boxes you aren’t sure you need to check. Here is a list for you to get your house ready for sale!
Start Outside
If you’re lucky enough to live somewhere having nice spring weather right now, take advantage of being outdoors without breaking any local rules. In most cases, you are permitted to enjoy the sunshine on your own property, so now is the best time to spruce up the outside. If you have a power washer, clean your siding and any sidewalks or driveways attached to your home. Boost your curb appeal by mowing the lawn, touching up any landscaping work.
Make Any Repairs
Take care of whatever repairs you can that don’t require an unnecessary trip to the store. Swap out old lightbulbs, fix that window that keeps jamming shut, and patch up any dents or scrapes on your indoor walls.
Make Your Home Inviting
If you have any paint on hand, give your front door a fresh coat and add a new floor mat (ordered online!) to make your home feel approachable. If a potential buyer doesn’t feel welcome approaching your home, they likely won’t want to live in it.
Declutter Your Home
This is the best time to realize how much you actually use items in your home. If you’ve been stuck indoors for several weeks and you still haven’t used an item, add it to your donate or toss pile. Not only is this great to help prepare for sale, but it will help your mental health while you are stuck inside. Clearing clutter is extremely beneficial for many reasons, and it will make your move that much easier.
Clean & Organize Your Home
After you’ve decluttered, it is time to clean and organize. When someone tours your home, they want to feel like it can be theirs. If your home is scattered with items and there is barely room to walk around, it will be hard for them to picture themselves living there. Having your items cleaned and organized will also help you when it is time to pack and move on!
Eliminate Odors
You are probably craving fresh air anyway, so why not spend those sunny days with every window in the house wide open! This will help eliminate any residual odors you aren’t aware of and it can help keep air flowing while you are using chemical products to deep clean your home.
Ready to discuss your home's value? Give us a call today (805) 377-0941

Sunday, May 10, 2020

Is it time to update your bathroom?



Just like your bedroom, your bathroom should be a relaxing place. Whether you unwind in the shower or with a hot bath, making sure your bathroom is a place of comfort and not stress is key to making your home a happier place. Because it is a room you will definitely spend time in every single day, these signs might indicate that it is time for some changes and some tips to help you do so.
1. Poor Lighting
You can consider investing in brighter bulbs and updating your light fixtures.
2. No Storage Space
You may want to install a larger vanity or additional shelving about the toilet
3. Outdated Paint Color
Updating your wall color with something more neutral, light, and timeless can help bring your bathroom back to life.
4. That ‘Bathroom’ Scent
Checking for mold, fixing any leaks, or adding ventilation can help relieve any scent you can’t seem to get rid of.
5. Leaks
Calling a plumber to make repairs is usually necessary if you have brown water stains.
6. Time to Sell
If you’re getting ready to sell, updating whatever needs updating will increase your home value.

Ready to sell and want to know what your home could sell for?
Maria Zendejas & Team (805) 377-0941

Friday, April 24, 2020

For Sale $599,999.


4072 Center Street in Piru Ca. 







Over an acre of flat land available for purchase in Piru. The 60,112 Sqft lot offers street frontage, views of the mountains and walking distance to local shops, community park and church. Inquire about the possibility of building multi units due to it's zoning RPD 12U. Easy access to the 126 Highway. Seller financing is an option. Don't miss out, great opportunity.


Maria Zendejas & Team Li. 01522044
805 377-0941 or 805 443-7383


Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Is tiny living for you?




As conservative lifestyles and living ‘small’ becomes more and more popular, tiny homes and other downsized living have become a normal choice in the home buying process. If you have considered tiny home living, you may need to ask yourself a few questions before taking the leap. Here are 6 questions to check off before going “tiny”!
1. Can you build it? Smaller homes offer different challenges than building a full home, and you need to consider those differences before taking on the build yourself.
2. Do you have $20,000? If you don’t have or can’t easily get $20K, you may need to put the tiny dream on hold. Tiny homes typically require an upfront cost. 
3. Can you wait for the build? They usually take a year or two from start to finish, so it is important to keep in mind you will need somewhere to stay.
4. Will you have enough room? While this seems like an obvious question, sometimes tiny home buyers don’t realize just how small the space will be. If you can live in the space of a one car garage, you will be fine.
5. Where will you park it? Do you have land to put the home on? This is a key step in your planning process.
6. Will you have a bathroom? Some tiny homes have running water capabilities, some do not. This is also a key choice to make if you are building your tiny home.

Maria Zendejas & Team Lic.01522044
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Reducing closet clutter



The closet might just be the hardest place to reduce clutter in the home. So often, we find ourselves using closets as the one space in the home that we allow a little chaos. Whether we use it as the space to keep unfolded laundry or to tuck away things that we forgot to clean up before having guests over, closets don’t always get the de-cluttering treatment they deserve. Here are a few ways to reduce closet clutter and in turn, reduce the stress it might be causing.
GROUPING THINGS 
The easiest way to keep your closet organized is to have a grouping system. You may not be someone who color coordinates your closet, but you can group work shirts together, and casual pants, etc. in a way that will make it easier to find and easier to put away.
SHELVING THAT MAKES SENSE
Your current shelving set up might not be ideal for you. Take the time to group and sort your clothes an see what you may be missing. Maybe you need less shelving as a way to make space for more hanging clothes, or more shelving for folded pants.
ORGANIZATION BASED ON USE
If you have a walk in closet, you can make your life easier by storing what you use frequently closest to the entrance. If you don’t store seasonal clothing, this will help greatly in making sure the season in use is always the most accessible.
UNIFORMITY IS KEY
The satisfaction of an aesthetically pleasing closet can help you to keep things de-cluttered. Get matching hangers, and invest in matching organizing bins or shoe boxes if your closet needs those items.
Maria Zendejas & Team 805 443-7383

Benefits of having a home gym




Exercise is a key part of staying healthy. Every aspect of our lives are impacted by our health, so doing the little things to ensure you stay in shape aids in your overall health. While exercise is important, many of us lead busy lives. Having your own workout space in your home can help you stay active without sacrificing your time. Here are a few benefits to turning that extra room or extra space in the garage into a home gym: 
No Commute Necessary
If you work outside the home, the last thing you may want to do is add more time to your daily commute with a trip to the gym. Instead of spending 2 hours of your time to get an hour long workout, you can enjoy a quick outfit change at home and a 30-second walk to your home gym.
No Closed Signs
Maybe you work late some nights. Maybe you are a morning person and prefer to workout before the sun rises. With a home gym, you no longer have to worry about restrictive gym hours. This is also helpful in creating a routine that you are able to stick to!
No Lines, No Strangers
While many gyms do their best to keep their exercise equipment clean, others leave it up to their clients to wipe down machines after use. If you aren’t a big fan of using sweaty equipment that may or may not be cleaned regularly, a home gym might be just what you need. The best part is, you will never have to wait in line to use a sweaty squat rack again!
No Limits
Do you love cardio machines? Maybe you prefer to run outdoors but love lifting? If you prefer to be able to customize your gym, a home gym allows you that freedom. You won’t need to buy any more than you will use, which makes your home gym a great investment.

And if you're ready to move into a home that offers plenty of space for your very own gym, send us an email and we will start searching for the perfect home. We can be reached at lupezendejas@aol.com