Free Things to Do In Orange County

Although staying home and inviting friends over for a BBQ is great, it’s not uncommon to get a little dose of cabin fever every now and then. Luckily for you, Orange County is filled with fun things to do that are FREE as well. So get out this weekend and explore! Your home will be there when you get back, we promise.

Bolsa Chica Wetlands
Bolsa Chica Website

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San Clemente Beach Trail 
Sam Clemente Website

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Sherman Library Gardens
Sherman Gardens Website
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City of Irvine Website

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Fullerton Arboretum
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Huntington Dog Beach
Dog Beach Website

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Quick Fixes to Help Sell Your Home

If you’re in the market to sell your home, there may be a few things that flew over your head that can really affect the way potential buyers view your home. Unless your home is a fixer-upper and the home buyers are willing to deal with a dead lawn or ugly paint for the low cost, you need to make sure that the appearance of the home is visually appealing. You want your potential home buyers to look at your home in it’s current state and become excited for decorating, house parties and relaxing, but it may be a little harder for them to visualize living there if you haven’t taken care of these simple and quick fixes which wont cost you a fortune.

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Dirty or Broken Gutters

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Outlandish Indoor Paint

  Broken or outdated Faucets

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Stained Carpet

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Home Lighting Trends

Good lighting in your home can set the mood for your interior design. Whether you paint your walls bright yellow and want a happy and cheerful vibe or have dark furniture and want a mysterious moody feel, the lighting is what ties in the entire room. We’ve complied a light of home lighting trends that can appeal to you no matter what style you’re going for.

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The #1 Mistake Home Buyers Make

Mr Gutter Blog Graphic 2While cutting costs on upgrades and other miscellaneous things can be great for staying within budget  when moving into a new or used home, one thing you should not try to cut corners on is your home inspection. Whether you’re moving into a sparkling new home or a fixer-upper, getting an inspection should be top priority. Inspections can reveal things you might not have been anticipating on spending your savings on, like a new roof,  electrical wiring, or bad plumbing, which could end up costing you a fortune. According to Bill Loden, President of the American Society of Home Inspectors, 10 percent of newly bought homes did not receive an inspection, something that many experts claim is a huge mistake. The average inspection costs around $450 and usually takes 2 to 4 hours. These 2 to 4 hours are used to check for defective issues within the home which can be flagged and then you can decide if the home is worth investing on depending on the severity of the problem. Making the small investment of only $450 to have peace of mind equates to more money in your pocket down the road.  Imagine discovering expensive problems after you sign the dotted line. That is a headache that can be avoided buy hiring professionals.

Integrating Color in Your Home

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The days of white walls and beige furniture is over as people are becoming less frightened by integrating color into their homes. Even a minimalist can add splashes of color with table vases and throw pillows. If you’re already fan of color, you can paint your walls in shades of blue or green for some extra added fun! Check out some of colorful inspiring rooms below and think of ways you too can change up your interior decorating.

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1o Of the Worlds Weirdest Homes

While many dream of one day having their dream home with a beautiful marble kitchen, cheery wood floors and sparkling chandeliers, some on the other hand, opt for shoe or UFO shaped houses. Below is a compilation of 10 of the weirdest houses around the world.

 

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1) The Kettle House; located in Texas USA

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2) The Upside Down House; Located in Szymbark Poland

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3) The Mushroom House; Located in Cincinnati Ohio

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4) The Spaceship House; Located in Chattanooga Tennessee
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5)The Teapot Dome; Located in Zillah Washington
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6) The Haines Shoe House; Located in York Pennsylvania
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7) The Kvivik Igloo, in Kvivik Faroe Islands

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8) The Bubble House; Located in Cannes France

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9) The Toilet Bowl House; Located in Suwon South Korea
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10) The Stone Castle; Located in Bronx New York

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What do you think? Would you ever live in a home like one of these? Comment below and let us know your favorite weird house on the list! Or, pin the picture below to show your friends some wacky architecture!

 

The Trick to Cleaning with NO Chemicals

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The next time you run out of Lysol or your favorite kitchen cleaning product look in your fridge and grab a few lemons. Lemons are great for cleaning because they are high in citric acid and have 0 chemicals. They can be used in a number of different ways and aren’t harmful to your health!

Brighten your laundry
Squeeze a cup of lemon juice into a cup and pour it into your wash cycle of light clothing. The citric acid in the lemons will help to brighten your clothes

Counter Tops
Mix 1:1 water and lemon and wipe your counters down. They’ll sparkle and smell fresh, just make sure to spot check first!

Microwaves
Got tough buildup in your microwave? Pour half a cup of water into a bowl and then squeeze lemon juice into the water and microwave for 3 minutes. After the microwave stops, let the water sit for 5 minutes so that it can cool down. After the water has cooled down, take a wash cloth with lemon juice on it and wipe down the inside of the microwave. You’ll never clean your microwave another way again.

5 Brilliant Ways to Improve Your Garden

Gardening can be a headache especially for someone who doesn’t have a green thumb. We’ve compiled some of the best gardening tips to take your home garden the next level. Have some next level gardening tips? Comment them down below and share the love!

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Egg Shells
Turn your egg shell compost into a calcium boost for your plants. Simply put them in a blender or in a plastic zip lock bag to crush them up into tiny pieces and then sprinkle around the plants!
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Vegetable Water 

Next time you boil vegetables on the stove top, save the water instead of pouring it down the drain. The water contains important nutrients that can benefit your plants. Now there’s even more of a reason to eat your veggies!

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Potatoes
 Don’t trash the bouquet of roses from your bad date! After flowers have wilted, cut the stems and stick them into potatoes so they can absorb the water needed to grow their roots! You’ll have a beautiful rose bush in no time.
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Vinegar
Weeds be gone! Vinegar is a great safe alternative to be used as a herbicide. Not only is it safe to use but it’s super inexpensive and you probably already have it in your kitchen pantry.
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Soda Bottles
Recycling old soda bottles is great for the environment, but you can also use your plastic soda bottles in the garden too! Simply puncture holes around the perimeter of the bottle and plant them next to your plants and flowers. The holes will make it easier for water and rain to reach the root of the plants so they can grow to their full potential.
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New Home Trend: Copper Gutters

It’s no secret that remodeling your home can extremely stressful, time consuming and expensive. If you don’t know where to start or have any ideas of how you want your home to look it can be especially stressful. What many people also fail to realize is that they can upgrade the look of their home just by making a few adjustments like paint, landscaping, upgrading door knobs, changing the curtains, and even upgrading their gutters! We know what you’re thinking: “Whaaaa…? Gutters?!” Yes! Changing the gutters on your home will not only keep your home free of any unwanted water or foundation damage, but they can actually make your home look more modern! One gutter trend that has been emerging in recent years are Copper Gutters. Below we’ll show you just how copper gutters can transform the look and feel of your house. Get ready to be inspired.

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Ready to install these trendy copper gutters on your home for a more modern look? Contact us today for all your Gutter needs!

5 White Dream Kitchens

 

White kitchens are bright, inviting and can turn any home into a space worth living in. Here is a list of our 5 favorite white kitchens from around the web which will make you fall in love with a clean bright white kitchen.

 

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