6 Tips to Prep Your Property to Sell

When people come to me about listing their property, one of the first things they ask is “how do I get my house ready to show?”. It may seem like common sense, but how the home shows and what a seller does to prepare it can make a huge difference on not only being able to sell, but also getting a price you are happy with.

 

Here are a few basic tips to consider when getting ready to put your home on the market:

 

  1. De-Personalize

When selling a house, you want to make sure that the people looking at it can picture themselves living there. Removing some personal items such as family photos, and clearing out things from around the house and counter tops like cosmetics, hair products or small appliances can go a long way in helping the buyers visualize the home as a “blank slate”.

  1. De- Clutter

Take this chance to lighten your moving load! Donating items taking up extra space in the closet and getting rid of unnecessary clutter makes your space appear larger and more desirable. Clear off any extra clutter on counters, magnets on fridges and books off of nightstands. You may consider renting a storage unit, and look at it as an opportunity to get a head start on your packing.

  1. Organize

Along the same vein, taking a chance to organize areas like closets and shelves makes a huge difference in how your home appears. This can be as simple as taking time to make sure your home entertainment center is free of excess wires, or making sure everything has a place in the closet. Containers or baskets make everything look more orderly and could make the move easier.

 

  1. Repair

It might not make sense to put too much money into a home you plan on selling, but a few cosmetic tweaks can have a big impact on how it shows. Are there any unsightly holes or annoying leaky faucets? Some buyers might be put off by simple things, so small things like painting any bright accent walls a nice neutral color or making sure obvious things are in good repair can influence how the listing is viewed.

 

  1. Clean, Clean, Clean

One of the biggest “make or break” moments is when a buyer looks at a home that is clean or not. If a potential purchaser walks into an area and it’s visibly dirty or smells, chances are they aren’t going to be too comfortable taking much of a look around. Making sure carpets are vacuumed, things are dusted and wiped down and there are no unpleasant fragrances is something that absolutely must be done when trying to sell a house. Areas like kitchens and bathrooms should be cleaned frequently when showings are happening. A deep cleaning before your home hits the market is always a good idea.

 

  1. Amp Up the Curb-Appeal

Almost all buyers like to take the chance to do a drive-by before they make an appointment to see a house so they can get a feel for the house and the neighborhood. Make sure to keep the lawn mowed, trim up any shrubs and maybe plant a few flowers for some color. The front of your house is the first impression, so make sure it’s a good one!

 

Listing your house, especially for the first time, can be a stressful experience filled with a lot of questions. However, choosing an agent with experience and expertise makes all the difference. Having sold homes for over 15 years in Lincoln, I know how to navigate even the toughest deals, ensuring you get top dollar when you decide to sell. Give me a call if you’re looking for someone that can get the job done!

Inexpensive Living within a gated community!

7331 Stratford Place #606
7331 Stratford Place #606

Clean & move-in ready home in the desirable, gated Ridgepoint Community! This is a very private, upstairs unit with an excellent floor plan. You’ll appreciate the finished garage with auto door & the fact that the HOA maintains the condo exterior & pays insurance. Enjoy the quiet neighborhood from your balcony nestled among the redwood trees or take a dip in the sparkling pool after some tennis on the private courts. These homes rarely come available, don’t delay & take a look before it is gone!

For pictures and property detail, CLICK HERE

Beautiful Lincoln Crossing Home on Open Space

1160 Southbridge back

Next to Nature!

1160 Southbridge Circle, Lincoln, CA 95648

From the moment you walk in the front door, you will feel the peace and privacy of this home. Located on a large ¼ acre lot, you can enjoy the peaceful views of nature that this park-like yard has to offer. This well-built Centex home has one of the most sought-after floor plans in the community. At almost 4000 sf, this home has 5 bedrooms and 4 full baths (including a bed and bath on the first floor), upstairs laundry as well as a generous loft/bonus room. You’ll love the expansive master suite with “his and her” closets, jetted tub, over-sized shower stall, split vanities and views of nature. The bright kitchen has white cabinetry, decorative back splash, stainless appliances, granite countertops and tile flooring. It opens into the family room for a very spacious feel. The large picture windows in the family room look out to the lush, green yard. This gorgeous yard has an outdoor kitchen, detailed hardscape and a variety of trees and shrubs. Included as part of the Home Owners’ Association is the use of Club Lincoln with their pools, work out facilities and other amenities. Also included is internet to the home. This home has many other nice features such as upgraded lighting fixtures, fireplace, custom interior paint, 3 car tandem garage and so much more!

 

Act now; call for more information and to request a private showing.

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Summer Activities and Camps for Kids in Lincoln, CA and Placer County

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Looking for some fun activities to keep your kids busy and active this summer?  Here are some things you can do:

LOCAL DAY CAMPS, CLASSES & LESSONS

Kids Kamp
Age: 5 – 11
Location: McBean Park BBQ Area
Mon – Fri, 9am – 3:30pm *extended care options available
Fee: $125/$130NR

Kids Kamp is committed to providing fun, safe, age-appropriate recreation enrichment program, which encourages social development, provides diverse experiences, and promotes health and wellness. Our program offers participants the ability to experience new things, meet new people, attend fun field trips, and participate in activities that promote education and wellness. Kids Kamp is broken into 9 week long sessions, and includes weekly field trips, swimming, arts and crafts, various activities, and much more.

Volunteer Information/Application

Play-Well Teknologies – Lego® Camp
Age: 5-12
Location: Lincoln Crossing Elem
Mon – Fri
Fee: $155/$160NR

Let your child’s imagination run wild with thousands of pieces of Lego® . Play-well technologies will help your child get creative and design projects such as boats, bridges, mazes and motorized cars. Explore the endless creative possibilities of the Lego building system.

Intellibricks: Arduino Robotics and the Island of PodPi
Age: 9-15
Location: Lincoln Crossing Elem
Mon – Fri, 9:30am – 3:30pm

Fee: $350/$355NR*additional $65 Material fee
Explore Java Script Programming and Electronics!
Welcome to the Island of PodPi, a series of technology adventures for kids.  During this full day week long Summer Camp, your kids will meet several characters from the Island who will teach them the basic concepts of Java Script Programming and electronics, including the use of LEDs, various sensors and servo motors. IntelliBricks will provide touch screen laptops for programming.

Skatetown Camps
Age: 6-12
Location: Skatetown Ice Arena
Mon – Fri, 9am – 5pm
Fee: $250/$255NR
Camp Cool
: Daily beginner group skating lesson. Build snowmen, toss snowballs, play in the snow, ride big wheel trikes and GoKarts. Play Monster Basketball, limbo, hockey, broomball and other games. Off-ice games and crafts. Every participant receives a Camp Cool shirt.
Beginner Hockey Camp: Learn the basics of Hockey. Curriculum is based on camper skill levels. Loaner gear and rental skates are provided. Three hours of ice daily, with time to skate public session. Fun Friday scrimmage game. Off-ice games and activities. Every participant receives a Camp Cool shirt.

Tiara’s and Tip Toes Princess Camp
Age: 4 – 10
Location: Expressions Academy of Dance
Mon, Wed, Fri, 9:30am – 12:30pm

Calling all Ballerinas and Princesses at heart! This camp is full of tutus, glitter, tea parties, dress up, Ballet Class, manners, and adventure! Each day we will talk about what it means to be a princess; being kind, being thoughtful, and using our manners. Monday’s theme is Part of this world; dancers will learn to be kind to friends, foes and the earth.  Wednesday’s theme is “Let’s be Brave.” Dancers will concentrate on being brave, and thoughtful.  Friday is Tea Party day!  Dancers will learn just exactly how a princess would sip tea, eat crumpets and talk to their guests.  Campers will learn a Ballet Dance to perform for their parents and royal subjects on the last day of camp! The princesses will create crowns, wands, tutus and more! Who’s ready to twirl, tip toe, and turn into a Princess? Dancers are encouraged to dress up according to the theme!

Adventure Camp
Age: 4 – 10
Location: Expressions Academy of Dance
Mon, Wed, Fri, 9:30am – 12:30pm

This camp is for the adventurous child! Each day we will get active with push ups, jumping jacks, obstacle courses and of course learn some Hip Hop dance moves! Monday is Ninja day; campers will work on agility, coordination and fast paced movement.  Wednesday is Superhero Day; campers will use their superhero imaginations to create their own capes and then help with the capture of the dance villain! On Friday, we will explore the real life hero’s we encounter each day; the men and women of our military, police force, firefighters, and medical personnel. Campers will get crafty, and also create drawings and thank you letters we will send to our troops, police force, firefighters and medical professionals. This camp is for the active child, let’s get moving to save the world! Kids are encouraged to dress up according to the theme of the day!
Hoop Improvement Camp
Age: 5 – 10
Location: Community Center
Mon – Thurs, 4:45 – 5:55pm
This Summer, your child can develop their skills, knowledge and love of the game with Good Sport U – Hoop Improvement For Kids basketball classes. Girls and Boys will enjoy playing hoop in a fun and positive learning environment while playing exciting games like Pirate says, Popcorn and Star Wars.
Skyhawks Camps
Age: 4-12
Location: McBean Park
Monday – Friday, 9am – 12pm
Skyhawks offers multi-sport camps to help your child learn basic skills for Soccer, Basketball, Baseball, Kickball, Dodgeball, Capture the Flat, Ultimate Frisbee and Lacrosse. Camps are Monday – Friday, 9am – 12pm.

Lincoln Youth Sports Camps
The City of Lincoln Recreation Department has three camps to help improve your child’s skill set. This summer you child can attend our Basketball Skills Camp, Volleyball Skills Camp and Flag Football Bootcamp.

Challenger Sports British Soccer Camp
Age: 3 – 10
Location: Pete Singer Park
Mon – Fri: 9am – 12pm

Challenger Sports British Soccer Camp is the most popular soccer camp working with over 150,000 children each year. Key techniques and skills will be taught to help your player reach their true potential. Programs start at Age 3+.

Age: 5 – 9
Location: Community Center
Mon – Wed, 9am – 12pm

This three day camp is crammed with fun-filled and themed based games, tumbling, music and crafts.

Active Tots Sports Camp
Age: 4 – 8
Mon – Fri, 9am – 12pm  

Drop your kids off for hours of fun in this exciting sports camp! Your child will develop a love of sports with fun drills and games in basketball, t-ball and soccer. Relay races, obstacle courses, crafts and other age appropriate games will also be incorporated.

Tennis Camp
Age: 8-15
Location: LHS Tennis Courts
Fee: $80/$80NR

Learn grips, technique, positioning and stoke development in this camp designed for tennis players of all skill levels. Interactive games will be used to teach and practice skills with emphasis on fun, good sportsmanship and providing campers with skills to improve both their singles and doubles play.

PLACES TO VISIT FOR FAMILY FUN:

AMF Rocklin Bowl
2325 Sierra Meadow Drive
Rocklin, CA
916 624-8216
Arena Softball
8288 Industrial Avenue
Roseville, CA
916 771-3818
Blue Oaks Century Theatres
6692 Lonetree Boulevard
Rocklin, CA
916-797-3456
Bounce U
7611 Galilee Road
Roseville, CA
916-783-4386
Century 14 Roseville
1555 Eureka Road
Roseville, CA
916 797-3466
Disc Golf Course at Johnson-Springview Park
5480 Fifth Street
Rocklin, CA
916 625-5200
I FLY Sacramento
118 Harding Boulevard
Roseville, CA
916 836-4359
McBean Skate Park
65 McBean Park Drive
Lincoln, CA
916 434-3220
McBean Swimming Pool
61 McBean Park Drive
Lincoln, CA
916 434-3230
Mike Shellito Indoor Pool
10210 Fairway Drive
Roseville, CA
916 774-5957
Oak Creek BMX Park
648 Riverside Avenue
Roseville, CA
916 784-8269 or 530 755-0435
Roller King Roller Skating
889 Riverside Avenue
Roseville, CA
916 783-0918
Rolling Greens FootGolf Course
5572 Eureka Road
Roseville, CA
916 771-4653
Roseville Aquatics Complex
3051 Woodcreek Oak Boulevard
Roseville, CA
916 772-7529
Roseville Utility Exploration Center
1501 Pleasant Grove Boulevard
Roseville, CA
916 746-1550
Skatetown Ice Skating Rink
1009 Orlando Avenue
Roseville, CA
916 783-8550
Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Sports
1091 Tinker Road, Suite 200
Rocklin, CA
916 644-9966
Strikes Unlimited
5681 Lonetree Boulevard
Rocklin, CA
916-626-3600
Studio Movie Grill
5140 Commons Drive
Rocklin, CA
916 238-9000
Sunsplash Water Fun/Golfland Miniature Golf & Arcade
1893 Taylor Road
Roseville, CA
916 784-1273
UA Olympus Pointe 12
520 North Sunrise Avenue
Roseville, CA
916 772-1245
WackyTacky
7351 Galilee Road, Suite 160
Roseville, CA
916 783-3355
Wake Island Cable Park
7633 Locust Road
Pleasant Grove, CA
916 655-3900
Woodcreek Golf Club FootGolf Course
5880 Woodcreek Oaks Boulevard
Roseville, CA
916 771-4653
Xtreme Craze
6694 Lonetree Boulevard
Rocklin, CA
916 259-2729

 

Favorite Things Friday – Activities in Lincoln, CA

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Rods and Relics in Downtown Lincoln, CA

Okay, it isn’t Friday yet, but I wish it was! One of my favorite things is that I love the fact that there is always something going on in our community. It is fun to go to events and see friends and enjoy one another’s company. Whether it is a Christmas Parade, 4th of July Fireworks, Farmer’s Market or other special event, it seems like there is always a family friendly event to look forward to. Last Saturday, there was the Rods and Relics Car Show in downtown Lincoln. It was extremely well attended and more entries that I have ever seen in a car show downtown. There were various food vendors and some good music to listen to while checking out some of the amazing restorations. It was a good time for a few hours on a Saturday.

This week we have the Lincoln AirFest coming up (June 11th). It promises to be a great event. It seems like every year the air show at our little Lincoln Airport gets better and better. This year they are having a Youth Aerospace Expo, Helicopter and balloon rides and of course, some cool Warbirds. There is a pancake breakfast and then opening ceremonies at 10:00 AM. Under 18 is free and general tickets are $10. Check out their website here: Lincoln Airfest

I hope to see you there!

Firefighters and Hockey-Favorite things Friday in Lincoln, CA

 

carter-1Last season I had a chance to play with the Sac Fire hockey team. Obviously, I’m not a firefighter and with my Boy Scout background, I’m probably a little bit better at starting fires than putting them out! Our Firefighters in this area are a great group of hard working guys and they play a good brand of no-nonsense hockey. My son and I enjoy playing with them. One of our goaltenders had his mask painted by an artist in Canada and it is sweet! It shows our California flag on one side, a rendering of his Engine at a large fire that made the front page a few years ago and the Cal Fire and Sac Fire logos on the back. Pretty cool Carter! We are all appreciative of the hard work and risks that they take to keep us safe. Thanks! Being able to play a game I love with my son and these great guys is one of my favorite things.

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Recycling in Lincoln, CA – Favorite things Friday

Recycling in Lincoln, CA

One of the questions that I am asked frequently is “Don’t we have to sort our garbage for recycling?” The answer is “No”, but don’t think we don’t recycle here in Lincoln. A lot of areas have separate bins for plastic, glass, paper etc. but we have the “One Big Bin” program here. You put all your garbage into the green bin that the City provides with service sign-up and then it goes out to the Western Placer Waste Management Authority location on Athens Ave (out past the Casino). At that point, the waste (over 2 million lbs a day) goes through a process of mechanical and manual sorting. It is really quite the process! Some of the schools have field trips out there and the kids come home amazed. One thing I really like about having the “dump” not too far away is that I can load a truck with tree trimmings or garbage from a home we are selling and be out there in about 20 minutes. They do allow the public to dump and it usually costs between about $12 and $20 depending on what and how much you are dumping. They also have a bottle depot there and cardboard recycling. The fact that we live in an area that takes recycling seriously and that it is close enough for me to do dump runs (but not too close to smell or hear) is one of my favorite things!

Check out what happens to your garbage here: onebigbin.com

Favorite things Friday – Mexican Food in Lincoln, CA and Hot Sauce!

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Growing up in Canada, I can’t really call myself a good judge of Mexican food, but I will mention a few places in Lincoln that I like. Before I get to that, let’s talk sauce…If you were to come over and open my fridge, you would find a whole door-shelf dedicated to hot sauce. My daughter and I tend to go through quite a bit. Some of the favorites are Cholula (original, chipotle and chili lime), Tabasco (various), Tapatio, Srircha, Frank’s Red Hot (buffalo) and my Korean GoChuJang. Depending on the meal, a little hot sauce can add a whole lot of flavor! We are pretty “hot sauce crazy”, she gave me a 5 flavor pack of Cholula for Christmas and she carries a mini bottle in her purse.

Regarding good Mexican in Lincoln; our family favorite is El Portal on Lincoln Boulevard just past 1st Street. They have a good selection of fresh and spicy choices and we always come away satisfied. I am a fan of their fish tacos and the boys like the super burritos.

Another great choice is Los Gallos in downtown Lincoln. The food is great but space is limited and it can be hard to get a seat during peak lunch or dinner hours. Don’t let that scare you away, this is more of an authentic Mexican experience and is next to Beermann Plaza and some neat downtown shops .

If you want an even more original taste and experience, try the Mexican Deli. This has been in Lincoln for years and always a favorite for those who love real Mexican food. You know it is good when most of the people eating there are speaking Spanish.

You can’t go wrong with any of these restaurants, they are all good in different ways. By the way, what kind of Hot Sauce do you prefer?

Favorite things Friday – Lincoln, CA sunsets!

Gorgeous Golf Course Views
                                       Overlooking Verdera from infinity edge pool

 

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                                           Colorful sky from Estrella Court

The amount of rain we have received this year is much needed, but on a cool, rainy and windy day like today, I start thinking about warm summer nights and the incredible sunsets we have in Lincoln. There are some great places to go and take them in. Up on the bluffs behind Coyote Pond Park is one of my favorite places and there are numerous other places to enjoy the colorful sunsets. I could name a quite a few more, but I don’t want to give my older Boy Scouts any date ideas! I know I’m not the only one that pulls out my phone and snaps a few pics of the sky, I’d love to see some of your shots.

Favorite things in Lincoln, CA – Camp Far West Lake

Camp Far West Lake
Camp Far West Lake

Okay, so it’s not really in Lincoln, but pretty close. You can have the boat loaded and in the water in less that 45 minutes even if you live in Lincoln Crossing or 12 Bridges.

The kids love the scenery on the way out there, we usually go windows down, stereo up and the boys make their best “Mooing” sounds as we pass the cattle ranches going out on McCourtney Road. If you go as soon as you get home from work, you can usually be one of the only boats out there during weekday evenings and enjoy yourself until right before the sun goes down.

Early in the year, the water level is fine but you do have to be careful as the level starts to drop. If you go out there enough, you will know what areas to watch. We like to go up the fingers of the lake and relax. The boys do a little fishing and then it is back to wakeboarding or tubing. I haven’t taken my canoe all the way up the North East finger but that would be relaxing and is something I want to do one of these days.

If you aren’t into boating, there are some trails close to the lake and you are bound to see wildlife (other than the grazing cattle). There is a trail that goes up to Fairy Falls that is just past the North entrance of the lake. Turn right on Old Spenceville Road and the trailhead is a couple miles up. I have heard people call the falls “Beale Falls” and a couple other names. I am pretty sure they are talking about the same spot. Do a day hike on this one and make sure to take a towel, swimsuit and some lunch!

What are your favorite things about living in the area?