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Great Property Management Tips – Best Flooring for a Rental Property

Every landlord wants to provide a rental home that will yield a high return on investment. Improvements do need to be made quite frequently in a rental and one of the biggest priorities is flooring. We’ve often suggested affordable carpet, Pergo or laminate wood floors for a clean look that’s easy to maintain and cost-effective. Find our some more details and ideas in this informative article. Remember that the type of material to use does vary depending on the size and market of the home. For example in our market, Costa Mesa apartments might want to use carpet and luxury homes in Newport Beach may use expensive looking tile (which doesn’t have to break the bank!). Orange County rentals can be a profitable business and the best way to maximize profit is to make strategic property management choices.

About Torelli Realty: Based in Costa Mesa, California, Torelli Realty has been providing Costa Mesa real estate services since 1984. The real estate company helps people buy and sell Costa Mesa homes, as well as homes in Huntington Beach, homes in Newport Beach, and covers the entire Orange County real estate market. Torelli Realty also provides services in: property management, rentals, home staging, and more.

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Add Wow To Your Curb Appeal and Bath! (Tips to Max Your ROI)

When getting a house ready for the real estate market, we advise clients on how they can get top dollar. In most cases there are some easy, cost-effective tricks to spice up your home. Here are a couple of budget-friendly home improvements we just suggested for one of our Costa Mesa homes for sale.

1. Curb Appeal

Picture of Exterior

BEFORE

Remember, curb appeal creates the first impression for a buyer. This Costa Mesa home was surrounded by overgrown bushes that blocked the home from the street.

Exterior pic

AFTER

For $400 this Costa Mesa home has a much cleaner look. The fencing gives a structured look, in comparison to the rambling bushes. The flowers add nice pops of color to the lawn. They are small and easy to maintain. All they need is a quick watering once a day to keep them blooming and fragrant. (See more info about this home HERE.)

Picture of plantings

AFTER

2. Dated Bathroom Vanities

Bathroom pic

BEFORE

The bathroom vanities were original 1950s Formica with plain wood doors that were difficult to keep closed. Given that other homes in this Costa Mesa neighborhood have been updated, we know that buyers will be quick to compare this home to others so it’s necessary to upgrade them.

bathroom pic

AFTER

For about $1500, the vanities have been given a modern update. To give the bathrooms a fresh look it is not necessary to go overboard when you remodel to sell. A simple, updated look is all it will take to keep buyers interested. Add a nice shower curtain and give the bathroom a good cleaning and you’ve got yourself a bathroom that will impress buyers and help you get top dollar for your home.

When listing your home for sale, it’s important to realize that there are simple home improvements and home staging tips that sellers can use to get top dollar. Why not spend a few hundred dollars to get a higher sales price?  If you have any questions about how to improve your home to get top please email our real estate experts and home staging expert with HGTV experience. You may submit a video question to show us the room or project in question too!

About Torelli Realty: Torelli Realty is proud to represent Costa Mesa real estate. We’ve been meeting the needs of Costa Mesa home buyers & sellers since 1984. Torelli Realty deals with Costa Mesa homes, Costa Mesa apartments, Costa Mesa rentals, Costa Mesa property management, and offers home improvement and home staging tips to help your home’s value throughout Costa Mesa and in Mesa Verde. We also have an expert on staff, Holly Schwartz, who came to us as a producer from Home and Garden Television (HGTV) and extensively studied the most effective home staging techniques, as well as home values and markets locally and nationally. Torelli Realty is also an expert in Costa Mesa short sales and Orange County short sales. Feel free to contact Torelli Realty for a consultation and for all your real estate needs.

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How to Make a 1950s Cookie Cutter Home Look Stylish

Many Costa Mesa homes are 1950s tract homes. Drive through the streets of Mesa Verde, Mesa Del Mar, Halecrest, Mesa North, College Park… The majority of Costa Mesa houses were built during the building boom of the 1950s. We recently saw a question & answer piece in Inman News where an anxious homeowner wrote in asking for tips about how to update the design of their 1950s home. Since this is a question our Costa Mesa Realtors are often asked, we’d like to suggest some ways to redesign a tract home and add major curb appeal.

Picture of Costa Mesa homes 1950s

Costa Mesa home for sale for $505K. More info here.

-Give your home a fresh coat of paint. What color, you ask? Drive around your neighborhood and pick out homes that fit your taste. Most of the homes around you are probably similar in style so this is a good way to see what looks right and what doesn’t look right (in your eyes). Take your time and make sure you are tied to the color since it’s going to be a big, fairly permanent change. Don’t forget to choose a trim color that complements the house color.

-Play around with color swatches and even online photo programs. Some high end paint stores will have interactive tools where you can mix and match paint colors. You can even do this on the Internet or with some computer programs. (Just a head up, there may be a fee with some of these programs).

-It’s ok to look at homes that aren’t the same age and style as your home to get ideas. Often times people vibe with more modern colors and designs that are common among homes in newer neighborhoods. The beauty of a 1950s tract home is that these homes tend to be pretty basic since they were built quickly. The same is true with many of the more recent tract homes and if you these colors on your older home, you can easily add a contemporary, sophisticated look to your home.

Driving through the neighborhoods of Costa Mesa with homes from the 1950s, it’s interesting to see the various materials that builders used to jazz up the homes. For instance many homes have wood paneling on the exterior that you don’t see everyday. Some people enjoy the charm of the woodwork, others do not. We’ve seen many homes simply paint the wood to conceal it and it looks beautiful. This is such an easy fix that truly updates the look of our Costa Mesa homes.

Many of these principals can be applied to landscaping updates as well. Our Costa Mesa Realtors are happy to assist you in making decisions about how to update your Costa Mesa home and maximize your home’s value. Our real estate agents have great professional service contacts as well. We know Costa Mesa real estate and all of its intricacies since we’ve been doing business here since 1984.

About Torelli Realty: Torelli Realty is proud to represent Costa Mesa real estate. We’ve been meeting the needs of Costa Mesa home buyers & sellers since 1984. Torelli Realty deals with Costa Mesa homes, Costa Mesa apartments, Costa Mesa rentals, Costa Mesa property management, and offers home improvement and home staging tips to help your home’s value throughout Costa Mesa and in Mesa Verde. We also have an expert on staff, Holly Schwartz, who came to us as a producer from Home and Garden Television (HGTV) and extensively studied the most effective home staging techniques, as well as home values and markets locally and nationally. Torelli Realty is also an expert in Costa Mesa short sales and Orange County short sales. Feel free to contact Torelli Realty for a consultation and for all your real estate needs.

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Costa Mesa Pop Warner Update & Fundraiser

Costa Mesa is a community where youth recreational programs are a priority.  We’ve blogged before about some of the programs at Estancia High School, Costa Mesa High School, and through the Costa Mesa Community Athletic Foundation. Here’s another great program: Costa Mesa Pop Warner (CMPW), a youth football league and youth cheerleading squad for boys & girls ages 5-15. On-site registration will be held at Parsons Field on June 12, 2010 from 9am-12pm. Late fees apply June 1, 2010 so make sure to sign up ASAP. Check out the Costa Mesa Pop Warner Facebook page for more information.

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Also, the Costa Mesa Pop Warner Jr. Midget Black Team is holding a fundraiser tonight, May 25 from 5-10pm at Roman Cucina. If you dine in or take out tonight, Roman Cucina will donate 15% of your purchase to the team.  Make sure to print this flyer and bring it with you.

Flyer

For years CMPW has made it a mission to serve as the benchmark for Southern California youth football and cheer programs.  Under the direction of  Steve Mensinger, President of the Estancia Sports Booster Club, the emphasis of the program is not just on smart coaching. An orderly administration and professional structure helps keep the CMPW ahead of other teams and sets a good example for the kids.

Costa Mesa Pop Warner is a great opportunity for our youth to have fun, understand teamwork, accept responsibility, and again – HAVE FUN!  And according to the professional journal Athletic Insight, youth sports offer additional benefits like improved motor skills and increased self-esteem. CMPW also supports “no work, no play” so students must perform adequately in the classroom or they can’t play.  Education first!  Our youth are so fortunate to have recreational opportunities such as these available to them – go Eagles!

About Torelli Realty: Torelli Realty is proud to provide real estate services, rental services, property management services, and short sale services.  The company has been servicing Costa Mesa, CA almost exclusively for over 25 years and knows Costa Mesa homes. We also have an expert on staff, Holly Schwartz, who came to us as a producer from Home and Garden Television (HGTV) and extensively studied home values and markets locally and nationally. If you are looking for Costa Mesa homes or Costa Mesa apartments, then contact us – we are Costa Mesa. Feel free to contact Torelli Realty for a consultation and for all your real estate needs.

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Fun-Raiser for Costa Mesa School – California Elementary

Support Costa Mesa Schools and get some get a great dinner – what a fun way to spend a Monday night!

The California School Education Foundation and Souplantation are teaming up to benefit California Elementary School. Tonight, Monday, May 24 from 5-8pm, stop by to help out this Costa Mesa school by doing the following:

-Present this flyer

-Buy a meal & drink

By doing this, Souplantation will donate 15% of your purchase to California Elementary School. Enjoy!

About Torelli Realty: We’re proud to represent Costa Mesa real estate. We’ve been meeting the needs of Costa Mesa home buyers & sellers since 1984. Torelli Realty deals with Costa Mesa homes, Costa Mesa rentals, Costa Mesa property management, and offers home improvement and home staging tips to help your home’s value throughout Costa Mesa and in Mesa Verde. We also have a home staging expert on staff, Holly Schwartz, who came to us as a producer from Home and Garden Television (HGTV) and extensively studied the most effective home staging techniques, as well as home values and markets locally and nationally. Feel free to contact Torelli Realty for a consultation and for all your real estate needs.

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Costa Mesa Community Run & Expo 2010 Video

Watch our video of the Costa Mesa Community Run & Expo!

We’re so proud of Costa Mesa, California! Here is a video/slideshow of some of the highlights of the Costa Mesa Community Run & Expo that took place April 24-25, 2010. Congratulations to all and a special thank you to the surf band The Fabulous Nomads for letting us use their original music in the video.

About Torelli Realty: Torelli Realty is proud to represent Costa Mesa real estate. We’ve been meeting the needs of Costa Mesa home buyers & sellers since 1984. Torelli Realty also deals with Costa Mesa rentals, Costa Mesa property management, and offers home improvement and home staging tips to help your home’s value throughout Costa Mesa and in Mesa Verde. We also have an expert on staff, Holly Schwartz, who came to us as a producer from Home and Garden Television (HGTV) and extensively studied home values and markets locally and nationally. Feel free to contact Torelli Realty for a consultation and for all your real estate needs.

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