THE BLOG

28
Apr

How quickly could your house sell?

How quickly are homes getting sold here in L.A.? FAST!!!

Check out this infographic https://goo.gl/UZ15fN
for the home sales throughout the country. Let’s connect to discuss your options.

27
Apr

Your Tax Return

Already have plans for your tax return? Are you saving for a down payment on your home? You could be closer to home than you think – check out this article and let’s connect and discuss your next move.

https://goo.gl/nlP6UE

24
Apr

Age of first time homeowners

New data reveals that the average age for first time homeownership is 31. Are you a millennial? What if I told you that home ownership is within your reach!?! And that we can help you! Check out this infographic and reach out with your questions.  

21
Apr

Slaying Home Buying Myth

Arming yourself with the right information can get you one step closer to finding the home of your dreams. Check out this infographic for info about credit scores, interest rates, down payment, etc… then reach out to me with your questions, or to get started on your home search!
20
Apr

Tax Advantages

Does your Tax Return have you down? Want to know the tax advantages of homeownership? Check out this article to find out 4 ways homeownership can benefit you.
20
Apr

Another Happy Client!

With their growing family, my clients bought a bigger home and they needed to lease their Westside condo. My team and I worked to quickly help them in lease their property. Within 7 days, we had the perfect tenant for their condo. Check out the review on their experience working with Melissa Menard Homes.
19
Apr

Mortgage Rate Requirements

While the media has covered the rise in mortgage rates, they have failed to highlight that some of the other conditions for purchasing a home have also changed, such as credit score and down payment. Check out this article https://goo.gl/MCsaLJ to learn more about those changes. Then let’s connect for a quick chat about how this will impact your buying power.
19
Apr

The Art of…Decluttering

In honor of the Spring season, this month’s “The Art of…” series is all about “decluttering.” It’s true that clutter exponentially grows the longer we’ve lived in a home. As a common practice, it’s always good to tidy up several times a year to stay on top of it. I’ve created a list of the top 5 areas of the home that people often forget about when they plan out their Spring cleaning. Additionally, I’ve included some awesome vendors if you’re in need of a helping hand, looking for a service to haul things away or you are looking for a local charity to donate some items to.

Good Luck!

5 Most Commonly Forgotten Areas of the Home to Clean this Spring:

Windows (Inside and Out) & Screens: Often, when I walk into a potential new listing, one of the most common areas people forget to clean are the windows. If consistently taken care of, this is something you can manage yourself. Otherwise, you can rely on the professionals to clean out the piled up dirt and debris so your windows sparkle! Plus, it’ll make the view a lot better 🙂

Above, Behind and Surfaces of Kitchen Appliances: I love cooking, so my kitchen is the heart of my home – because of this, I move my refrigerator and stove at least once a quarter (always ask for help!). There’s generally some food debris and dust that accumulates behind these appliances, so cleaning this out can help to discourage unwelcome pests from showing up for snacks (especially during the warmer time of year). Don’t forget to clean the inside and outside of the dishwasher! The Bottom Line: Some simple cleaning can help to keep your appliances in their best working condition.

Garage/Storage Area: I find that this is probably the most neglected part of the home when it comes to cleaning. So many people use these spaces for the storage of seasonal items, old files, paint & other chemicals and other “memories”. There are a few drawbacks to having a cluttered garage or storage area:

  1. It can be a serious fire hazard and can actually produce more violent fires.
  2. It can produce a damp, dark environment perfect for unwanted rodents and pest.
  3. It can be very time consuming to pack/sort/discard items when it comes time to sell.
  4. It makes it difficult for service people or workmen to access utilities and systems with connections to the garage.

The Furnace and the Filter: Your furnace should be professionally cleaned every year – that said, if your furnace is in a closet (as most in Southern California are), it is important to keep that closet clear of any clutter. It’s common for me to see a furnace closet used as a storage closet – this is extremely dangerous and should be completely avoided. Your furnace filter is also a commonly forgotten task. It’s good to change your filter every 6 months – every 3 months if you have sinus sensitivity. It’s something you can do yourself (take a measurement and go to the hardware store or order online), but can also be done at the time of the professional cleaning.

Behind and Around Washer and Dryer (Especially the Dryer Vent): I find that the most common issue with uncleaned Washers is a build up of minerals and chemicals, leading to mold, mildew and unpleasant smells (yuck!). This build up also poses a risk to the functionality of the machine itself. Plus who wants to wash their clothes in a dirty washing machine?! Washing Machine cleaner is easy to find (I use a Tide cleaner at home). Equally important is cleaning the dryer: the US Fire Administration estimated that there are more than 2,900 home clothes fires each year. People remember to clean out the lint screens but this only accounts for 25% of the lint that accumulates in your dryer. The other 75% goes into the dryer vent and sticks to the walls. It’s smart to also clean inside, behind, and underneath the dryer because lint builds up there as well.

Suggestions:

  1. Clean Windows & screens every 6 months.
  2. Throw out old paint and other chemicals that are older than 10 years. And store oil, gasoline, paint, propane, and varnish in a shed away from your home.
  3. Have a garage sell or donate to charity.
  4. Check expiration dates on products in medicine cabinets and under bathroom sink every 6-12 months.
  5. Clean the exterior and top of washing machine after every use and run a wash cycle every couple of weeks empty with a cup of baking soda.
  6. Remember to clean under and around dryer and in the dryer vent at least once a month.

 

Melissa Menard Homes Preferred Vendors

Tidy.com- https://www.tidy.com/

Fish Window Cleaning- https://www.fishwindowcleaning.com/

National Council of Jewish Women- https://www.ncjw.org/ (They will mail you an itemized receipt of your donations you can use for taxes)

 

18
Apr

Melissa Menard Homes Presents | Just Sold Cody Road, Sherman Oaks

We’re so excited to announce the sale of 3469 Cody Road in the Sherman Oaks Hills

!​ This hilltop home with spectacular views of the San Fernando Valley, sold for 100% of the asking price with multiple offers. Our absentee seller could not have been happier.
Have you considered selling your home? Do you know what the current market looks like in Sherman Oaks?

 

18
Apr

Thinking of Selling?

Thinking of Selling? For the best reasons on “Why Now Is the Time to Act”, check out this article