Indoor Weekend Projects

It’s that time of year when we spend the most time inside our homes. So why not use some of that time improving your home? Not only will it boost your mood, it’ll add value to your home. Here are some projects that you can do over the weekend.

Getting Rid of Junk

Removing clutter is a great way to make your home feel more open. Plus, having all the junk removed from your house will help spark some home improvement and decorating ideas.

Installing Shelves or Hooks

Shelves helps keep small items–decorative or otherwise–off counters and tabletops. Installing hooks around the house is another way of keeping items such as keys, towels, and jackets off flat surfaces.

Changing Light Fixtures

One way to brighten up a room is to install a new light fixture. One that fits the intended decor of the room. Ceiling fans are an especially nice addition because they can push warm air down in the winter and cool off a room in the summer. Another way to improve the lighting of the room is to install a dimmer switch.

Changing Blinds and Adding Curtains

Fresh new blinds make a room look sharp while curtains add a bit of softness. The two combined provide an effective sound and light barrier whenever needed.

Re-caulking a Bathroom

Re-caulking will make your bathroom feel cleaner and brighter while preventing mildew, mold, and water damage.

Changing a Faucet

Simply replacing a faucet can transform the look of your kitchen or bathroom.

Changing a Showerhead

Updating a showerhead can save you money on your water bill and improve your overall shower experience. This is especially true if you switch from a single-function showerhead to a multifunction showerhead.

Changing Hardware on Doors and Cabinets

New hinges and handles can make cabinets pop and an updated doorknob can complete the look of a room.

 

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First-Time Home Buyer Workshop – Get to know the HEART – 5% Down Payment Loan Program for San Mateo County

* If you cannot attend the workshop, please do not hesitate to contact The Caton Team. We’d be more than happy to help you.*

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Are you a First-Time Home Buyer?  

Does saving 20% for the down-payment seem daunting?  

Does paying Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI) frost your cookies?  

Then you need to learn about the HEART LOAN of San Mateo County and this workshop is a must!

Get to know the HEART San Mateo County Loan Program – on Wednesday October 30, 2019 at the San Carlos library. 

If you’re buying your first home in this market, you know how painfully hard it is to save for the 20% down-payment.  Must banks require 20% and anything less requires expensive and pointless Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI).  Well the HEART loan – Housing Endowment and Regional Trust of San Mateo is here to help.  They are offering 5% down with NO PMI.  You carry a 30 year, 80% 1st mortgage and a 15 year ,15% 2nd mortgage.  This loan covers single family homes, condos and townhomes anywhere in San Mateo County for a vaule up to $908,156.

The Caton Team has helped several families get into their first home with the HEART program through Meriwest. 

For more information – HEART and Meriwest are hosting a FREE loan workshop at the San Carlos library at 6pm on Wednesday October 30th.  Register Here

Buying and Selling Real Estate doesn’t have to be scary – contact The Caton Team at any time for more information.  We love what we do and would love to help you!

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For more information or to Register – click here. 

 

 

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Pre-Holiday Oven and Stove Maintenance

It’s a holiday morning and you get up before everyone else to start cooking in peace. You preheat your oven and start prepping your turkey.  Then, “BEEP, BEEP, BEEP!” Followed by smoke and hastily awoken judgmental in-laws. “How could you have burned something already?” they demand.  Although it’s noon somewhere, it’s too soon to crack open the wine. Luckily, this kind of stress can be easily avoided with a little pre-holiday oven and stove maintenance.

Oven

Determine if your oven door has a tight seal and that its hinges are strong

Loose seals or weak hinges on your oven door can lead to heat loss resulting in foods taking longer to cook or cooking unevenly. To check your oven, make sure it’s off and completely cool.

  1. Open the oven door and locate the gasket that goes around the perimeter. Feel around for any warped, torn, or broken areas. Keep these areas in mind for the next step.
  2. Heat your oven, and then place something that sizzles in the hot oven. Since oven seals are meant to hold in heat and sound, check the perimeter of your oven door paying particular attention to any suspected problem areas you found. If you hear crackling or feel more heat in the problem areas, this may mean your oven’s seal isn’t working well and may need replacement. Finally, push against the door and see if that reduces the heat and sound. If it does, this could indicate that your oven door’s hinges aren’t strong.

Check your oven’s internal light bulbs

If you find that at least one of the bulbs is burnt out, you can remove the bulb to determine replacement type, or refer to your owner’s manual for that information. Most oven bulbs are a universal 40 watt appliance bulb. Note: Do not turn on your oven light if there isn’t a light bulb in there.

Cleaning the inside of your oven

Self-Cleaning Ovens

Self-cleaning ovens work by raising the temperature inside the oven to a very high temperature for about two to four hours. This turns all the debris in the oven to ash. If your oven has a self-cleaning feature, refer to your owner’s manual for instructions. Do not clean the inside of a self-cleaning oven by any other method unless approved by the manufacturer or owners manual. If using the self-cleaning feature, use it a few days before you start your holiday cooking. This process can make your house smell and possibly set of your smoke alarms.

Non-Self-Cleaning Ovens

Most standard oven cleaners will get the job done. A more natural way of cleaning your oven is to use baking soda and vinegar. First, make sure that everything in the oven is removed, including the oven racks. Then, in a bowl, make a paste by combining baking soda and water. Use an abrasive pad to rub the paste all over the inside of the oven. Gently spray vinegar over the pasted surface and allow to fizz. This will loosen the debris, so you can scrub it all away.

Stove

Clean or replace all vent filters over your stove

Metal-mesh grease filters can either be washed by hand with dish soap or can be placed in the dishwasher. If they’re made out of charcoal or paper, they should be replaced.

Clean the knobs

Use a damp rag with a little dish detergent. Replace the knobs if you’re no longer able to read what they say.

Cleaning the cooktop

Make sure you only use cleaning products appropriate for your cooktop material. Use with a soft, slightly moistened washcloth. Do not pour the product directly on the surface. Below are a couple of examples of home remedies: For a glass top stove, spray some white vinegar on a damp washcloth to remove any grease and debris. Then, lightly cover the surface with baking soda. Once that’s done, cover the entire cooktop with a warm damp towel. Let sit for about 15 minutes, then gently scrub removing all the baking soda. You can go over the stove again with the white vinegar for finishing. To clean stove grates and drip pans, use gallon-size plastic zipper storage bags and ammonia. For each bag, fill halfway with ammonia and add one or two grates or one drip pan. Thoroughly seal the bag. Let sit overnight or 8-12 hours. Rinse away the baked-on grime the next day. Whew! Now, you have a beautiful oven and stove that are a lot more likely to perform without incident for the holidays and days to come!

 

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We strive to be more than just Realtors – we are also your home resource. If you have any real estate questions, concerns, need a referral or some guidance – we are here for you. Contact us at your convenience – we are but a call, text or click away!

The Caton Team believes, in order to be successful in the San Fransisco | Peninsula | Bay Area | Silicon Valley Real Estate Market we have to think and act differently. We do this by positioning our clients in the strongest light, representing them with the utmost integrity, while strategically maneuvering through negotiations and contracts. Together we make dreams come true.

A mother and daughter-in-law team with over 35 years of combined, local Real Estate experience and knowledge – would’t you like The Caton Team to represent you? Let us know how we can be of service. Contact us any time.

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– Kathy & Rodney H.

Contact us for a consultation if you’re considering buying or selling real estate.

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We strive to be more than just Realtors – we are also your home resource. If you have any real estate questions, concerns, need a referral or some guidance – we are here for you. Contact us at your convenience – we are but a call, text or click away!

The Caton Team believes, in order to be successful in the San Fransisco | Peninsula | Bay Area | Silicon Valley Real Estate Market we have to think and act differently. We do this by positioning our clients in the strongest light, representing them with the utmost integrity, while strategically maneuvering through negotiations and contracts. Together we make dreams come true.

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Choosing the Right Types of Blinds for Your Home

The two main categories of door and window blinds are based on the orientation of the slats–vertical and horizontal. Vertical blinds work well for large windows and sliding glass doors. Some downsides are that they can be noisy and may appear bulky when all the slats are moved to one side. Horizontal blinds are a good choice for smaller windows and those that move up and down. These blinds come multiple slat widths so they can fit better in small windows. They can be raised and lowered with cords or can be cordless. Cordless blinds tend to cost more, but they’re safer for children and pets and the blinds go up and down more evenly. Blinds can also be motorized so they can tilt open or closed and raise or lower with the click of a button.

Materials Used in Blinds

Wood

Wooden blinds add a nice touch to a room and they come in different colors and types of wood. These types of blinds should not be in rooms that are susceptible to humidity or intense direct sunlight as they can fade, split, warp, or break.

Faux wood

Faux wood is a nice choice because you get the visual benefits of wood at a lower cost and they’re less likely to be damaged by moisture and sunlight.

Plastic

Plastic blinds come in several different colors and sizes and they are the most economical. They may not be as visually appealing as blinds made of other materials and they’re more likely to break or become discolored from sunlight.

Metal

Metal blinds look similar to plastic blinds and are more durable. Most metal blinds are made of aluminum and can get dented. They’re also one of the more noisy materials.

Natural fabric

Natural fabric slats are mostly found in vertical blinds. This material gives the feel of curtains without the bulk. Depending on the fabric, stains may be difficult to remove.

 

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Got Real Estate Questions?   The Caton Team is here to help.

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The Caton Team believes, in order to be successful in the San Fransisco | Peninsula | Bay Area | Silicon Valley Real Estate Market we have to think and act differently. We do this by positioning our clients in the strongest light, representing them with the utmost integrity, while strategically maneuvering through negotiations and contracts. Together we make dreams come true.

A mother and daughter-in-law team with over 35 years of combined, local Real Estate experience and knowledge – would’t you like The Caton Team to represent you? Let us know how we can be of service. Contact us any time.

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5 Low-Maintenance Houseplants for a Healthier Home

Lately, there have been many studies exploring the benefits of spending time outside in nature, but did you know you can also gain many of those benefits – and more – by bringing plants into your home? Houseplants not only freshen the air in your home, but they can also help remove harmful toxins from the air. The calming influence of plants can help you concentrate and improve your memory. Plants and flowers can also make you happier and heal faster. Here are five easy-to-grow houseplants that have the added benefit of being great air filters.

Calathea

Calathea

Also known as the “peacock plant,” this popular houseplant, which has many varieties, is known for its wide colorful leaves. Calathea do well with limited water and low light, but will not tolerate lots of direct light.

Chinese Evergreen

Chinese Evergreen

This highly decorative houseplant comes in a range of color variations–dark to light green, silver, yellow, and red. While it does well in low light, the Chinese Evergreen doesn’t like cold temps and needs to be kept moist. Note: Toxic to humans and pets when ingested.

Pothos

Pothos (Devil’s Ivy)

These versatile plants come in a wide variety of patterns and colors. Very tolerant to low light, Pothos needs watering only once per week. These houseplants die if you overdo it with the watering can. Note: Toxic to humans and pets when ingested.

Snake Plant

Snake Plant

Like its namesake, the snake plant loves to bask in the light and needs very little water. Let these plants completely dry out between waterings and give them good drainage – the roots will rot if kept damp. Mildly toxic to humans and pets if ingested.

Spider Plant

Spider Plant

Although they look delicate, these tough plants can grow in a wide range of conditions. If you want this plant to thrive, it likes bright light, good drainage, and a chance to dry out between waterings.

As noted, some of these houseplants (and other common houseplants such as ivy and lilies) are toxic to humans and pets. If you have small children, or dogs or cats that like to nibble on greens, you might want to pass on some of these, or consider hanging plants. If you have other indoor plants you like, and want to check to see if they are safe, check out the ASPCA searchable list of plants poisonous to pets.

 

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Got Real Estate Questions?   The Caton Team is here to help.

We strive to be more than just Realtors – we are also your home resource. If you have any real estate questions, concerns, need a referral or some guidance – we are here for you. Contact us at your convenience – we are but a call, text or click away!

The Caton Team believes, in order to be successful in the San Fransisco | Peninsula | Bay Area | Silicon Valley Real Estate Market we have to think and act differently. We do this by positioning our clients in the strongest light, representing them with the utmost integrity, while strategically maneuvering through negotiations and contracts. Together we make dreams come true.

A mother and daughter-in-law team with over 35 years of combined, local Real Estate experience and knowledge – would’t you like The Caton Team to represent you? Let us know how we can be of service. Contact us any time.

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For Sale – 462 Sapphire Street – Redwood City

For Sale – 462 Sapphire Street – Redwood City

Built in 1949 – this 3 bedroom, 2 bath home till maintains it’s charm.  The living area is about 1690 sf on a 6229 sf lot.

Enter the traditional living room with arched, brick fire place and hardwood floors.  The arched entry ways are so on point.  The breeze way book shelf opens light into the hall while still defining the space.  I have to say – I love the built in storage in this home — so en temp with the age of the home.  Formal Dining room, cute as a button, blast from the past kitchen with vintage tile and gas oven range and dishwasher.  The best part of the kitchen — it as a breakfast nook and pantry!  The baths are vintage, a blast from the past.  There is a laundry room as well.  Located on the corner of James and Sapphire this lot as ample elbow room with a great, enclosed patio off the living and bedroom areas.  The home has plantation shutters, hardwood floors, dual pane windows in all rooms with the Master bedroom opening out to the patio.  Oversized 2 car garage, with automatic doors and storage.  WELL water for easy irrigation.  This home is a great opportunity to own the High School Acres area of Redwood CIty – close to freeways, downtown Redwood City restaurants, shopping, movies and more!

For more info and photos click – 462 Sapphire Street – Redwood City

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Got Real Estate Questions?   The Caton Team is here to help.

We strive to be more than just Realtors – we are also your home resource. If you have any real estate questions, concerns, need a referral or some guidance – we are here for you. Contact us at your convenience – we are but a call, text or click away!

The Caton Team believes, in order to be successful in the San Fransisco | Peninsula | Bay Area | Silicon Valley Real Estate Market we have to think and act differently. We do this by positioning our clients in the strongest light, representing them with the utmost integrity, while strategically maneuvering through negotiations and contracts. Together we make dreams come true.  How can The Caton Team help you?

A mother and daughter-in-law team with over 35 years of combined, local Real Estate experience and knowledge – would’t you like The Caton Team to represent you? Let us know how we can be of service. Contact us any time.

Call | Text | Sabrina 650.799.4333 | Susan 650.796.0654

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Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices – Drysdale Properties

DRE # |Sabrina 01413526 | Susan 01238225 | Team 70000218 |Office 01499008

The Caton Team does not receive compensation for any posts.  Information is deemed reliable but not guaranteed. Third party information not verified.