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The amazing weather that comes along with a California summer makes this season the perfect time to tackle a few home improvement projects. And whether you have a big project in mind or a few simple fixes to take care of during the summer months, checking a project off your to-do list can be extremely satisfying. If you’re hoping to take care of a few projects around the house this summer, but need a little home improvement inspiration, you’re in luck! These six simple projects are the perfect way to improve your house this summer.

Exterior Cleanup

Dirty siding, chipping paint on your deck, and clogged gutters can quickly reduce the curb appeal of your home. But taking some time during the summer months to take care of your home’s exterior will do

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This year, 4th of July falls on a Thursday, making it perfect for a long weekend in the beach town of San Diego.  To take full advantage of 4th of July parades, parties, and fireworks, fly in on the evening of July 3rd and relax. Then, on July 4th, you'll have a wide selection of activities to participate in. There are plenty of places to watch fireworks, but nowhere quite like San Diego.

Fireworks Near the Beach

The classic San Diego experience is to visit and play as close to the Pacific as you can. There are plenty of 4th of July events in the beach areas. Ocean Beach, located at the end of Interstate 8, has a firework show off the pier that starts at 9 pm. Prior to that, you can wander the beach town and enjoy the many bars and shops. Ocean

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La Jolla is a beautiful coastal community perched above the Pacific Ocean that has plenty to do, whether you're interested in outdoor activities, fine dining, or shopping.  With the average list price at about $1.6 million, La Jolla homes are in high demand because of their proximity to the beach and excellent public schools. 

Much of La Jolla is also highly walkable, whether you want to get to the shops or to the water. But La Jolla also encompasses the homes on top of Mount Soledad, most of which afford impressive, expansive views of both city lights and the vast Pacific; and Bird Rock, an area slightly south of central La Jolla. Plus, this neighborhood in San Diego is one of the most popular for its Christmas lights.

There are different beaches

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Selling a house is an emotional journey that begins with a need to transform your space into someone else’s forever home. To best find success with your open house, you need to prepare your property for the preferences of new buyers by eliminating all those years of wear and tear, making upgrades, and staging like a pro. 

But don’t feel overwhelmed: we’ve got you covered with five ways to ready your property for a smooth-sailing open house.

#1: Determine Your Market

It’s difficult to prep your home effectively if you’re not sure what kind of buyer might be interested in your property. Consider your neighborhood: are you in an up-in-coming spot with hip local restaurants and coffee shops sprouting up down the street, or are you part of a quieter

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The holidays are right around the corner, and people and places all around San Diego have started putting up Christmas lights to bring some wholesome warmth to the cold season. Being a large city, there are a lot of places to go see Christmas lights and some that still haven’t been turned on yet!

Don’t miss out on a chance to see some of the most diverse and dazzling displays of Christmas cheer in San Diego. Here are a few suggestions on the top places to see Christmas lights, and some suggestions for special events you can take your whole family to celebrate Christmas.

North County Inland Christmas Lights

In the inland parts of the north county, Fairway Village, Twin Peaks Road, and Knob Hill are all great places to see locals coming out to

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Ask anyone in California, and they’ll tell you--San Diego is known for some of the most temperate weather you’ll find anywhere in the U.S. While San Diego summers are nothing to scoff at (hello, 85-degree weather), the city has a certain kind of magic to it in the fall months. San Diego’s busiest season has come to close, the temperatures have started to cool off, fall festivals are in full swing and the holidays are just around the corner.

 

For prospective homebuyers, though, San Diego’s fall is a perfect time to purchase new properties. San Diego’s most in-demand season is without a doubt the summer, but as September and October round the corner, many buyers find themselves combing listings to having more than would’ve ever dreamed. But we have a

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Staging your home is always a crucial part to attracting potential home buyers. The main responsibility of staging is to figure out what color palettes and decorations work with the aesthetic you're going for.

 

Often times, the time and energy of staging go to the more used parts of the house, like the kitchen or master bedroom. Most are under the impression that an impeccable dining room is all you need to stage. But, what about the garage? No matter how tempted you are to leave your garage as is, it's a big part of your home. As someone trying to sell their home, it'd be in your best interest to stage the garage as well.

 

Here's how you can start.

Get rid of the mess

The first order of business is decluttering the garage. Let’s be

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La Jolla, the infamous collection of affluent neighborhoods that make up a 7-mile slice of beautiful curving coastlines and hilly streets, lays just north of San Diego proper. Along with boasting some of the most gorgeous beaches on the west coast, La Jolla is home to world renowned restaurants like George’s at the Cove and is dotted with some truly astounding architecture and luxury housing. All of these traits, and endless things to do, make La Jolla a very desirable place to live if one has the means to do so.

Real Estate

Located just around 20 minutes north of San Diego, all the conveniences of the city are just a short drive away while still being distant enough that La Jolla holds onto its relaxed So-Cal beach-town vibe. However, living in La

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Whether you’re driving a few hours or a few days, how well you pack your car can be the difference between a great trip and a terrible one. Take control of your trip and make traveling feel like part of the vacation with these road-ready tips.

Tip #1: Great Packing Starts the Night Before You Leave (or earlier)

The best way to pack your car is to start with a blank slate. Clean out all of the clutter and vacuum for a fresh start. Start packing the night before so you won’t forget anything during the morning rush. Packing early also gives you time to troubleshoot in case you run out of space. Create a road trip checklist and make sure to refer to it every time you load something up.

Tip #2: Roll Don’t Fold, Check the Weather and No Hard Luggage

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Summer

Summer’s almost here, and you know what that means! Gorgeous summer weather, no school for kids, pool trips, and backyard barbecues for days. The summer is a time of rest and relaxation, where you’re given the free time to pursue passions that you were unable to partake in freely. One popular way people spend their summer is to take on a variety of DIY backyard projects. After all, what’s more exciting than spending time with your loved ones while adding improvements to your home. Don’t have any ideas? No worries! Check out these 10 DIY backyard projects to tackle this summer.

DIY cinder block bench

Outdoor benches can add a simple and stylish touch to your backyard. Assembling the bench isn’t difficult either, and it will save you more

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