Home Owner Reference Guide

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How to Create Accessible Bathrooms For Your Malibu Home

by ritasimpson April 9, 2014 Home Owner Reference Guide

Tips for Designing Accessible Bathrooms- from Remodeling Magazine.

Having one in your Malibu home will increase  value and peace of mind.

Nowhere is the trend toward accessibility—design that takes into account the needs of everyone by fostering independence and safety—more necessary than in the bathroom, and it is typically one of the first rooms homeowners target for …

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Improvement Projects For Your Malibu Home That Pay Back

by ritasimpson February 15, 2014 Home Owner Reference Guide

​Before you spend money on remodeling your home either to prepare it for resale or to maximize your own enjoyment try to balance your wishes with the concerns a next owner may have, and don’t underestimate the power of the garden. Gardens expand your enjoyment and are powerful spaces that trigger emotional responses to the property, …

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More Smart Apps To Manage Your Malibu Home

by ritasimpson January 31, 2014 Home Owner Reference Guide

Many of the Malibu homes already have an amazing array of smart home features, but for those that don’t, here are some of the newer options, and they are coming with reduced prices…

New technologies, which include such devices as voice-controlled thermostats, toothbrushes that can tell you whether or not you’re doing a good job on …

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Greening Your Malibu Home

by ritasimpson January 26, 2014 Home Owner Reference Guide

Making your house a cleaner, greener space will save energy and resources, create a healthier, safer home environment, and save you money. You’ll be helping out in the big picture too. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, houses account for 20 percent of all energy used in the U.S., are responsible for 20 percent …

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Energy Audit For Your Home

by ritasimpson January 26, 2014 Home Owner Reference Guide

Saving energy is not only good for the earth; it’s good for your pocketbook. A professional energy audit is the best way to go, but you can also conduct a DIY audit that may reveal the main areas of your home where energy efficiency can be improved.

Regardless of if your home was built in the …

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Home Maintenance Schedule

by ritasimpson January 8, 2014 Home Owner Reference Guide

Homeowners know the satisfying, deep pleasure of a house that’s in good order—a house where appliances are working, the paint is not chipped, and that dust under the refrigerator is gone (at least temporarily).

A regular home maintenance program will keep your house fresh and clean, help prevent expensive repairs and ensure your house is as …

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Check Your Home Insurance I. Q.

by ritasimpson October 25, 2013 Home Owner Reference Guide

You’d be surprised at what your home insurance policy doesn’t cover. Here’s what is and isn’t covered by your insurance.

 

Fire
Lightning
Windstorm (unless you live in a hurricane zone)
Hail (not available everywhere)
Explosion
Riots
Civil commotion
Aircraft  (and things falling from aircraft)
Vehicles (and things thrown from vehicles)
Smoke
Vandalism (although some policies exclude this)
Malicious mischief
Theft
Volcanic eruption

But many states don’t allow this basic policy …

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Uncovering Potential Toxic Conditions

by ritasimpson January 3, 2013 Buying My Home

Uncovering potential toxic conditions that may affect a home you’re buying.
The Solution: Search Envirofacts (http://www.epa.gov/enviro/), a free database from the Environmental Protection Agency, searchable by ZIP Code, that contains information about environmental conditions, such as chemicals, radiation, and hazardous waste, that could affect a community. Also visit Scorecard, (www.scorecard.org), a free service that integrates environmental …

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Tips For Using The Landscape For Your Malibu Home Energy Efficiency Plan

by ritasimpson November 6, 2012 Gardens

Use these tips for your Malibu Home. While homeowners can take low-cost steps to make the inside of their homes better insulated and therefore more energy efficient, the landscape isn’t often seen as a part of the problem… or the solution. Basic green technologies like smart tree placement and green roofs and walls can be …

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Principal Relief

by ritasimpson November 3, 2012 Home Owner Reference Guide

Principal relief for stressed homeowners
A limited number of underwater homeowners in California will soon be able to get principal reductions of up to $100,000 apiece on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac loans through the federally funded Keep Your Home California program.

Making sense of the story

Although the federal agency that oversees Fannie and Freddie had previously …

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