The beautiful and prestigious Burlingame Hills, where the romance of early twentieth century architect imbues each neighborhood with alluring charm and stately grace. Such is the backdrop for this magnificent Tudor-style home with 4 bedrooms and 3 baths. Built in 1920s and extensively remodeled, the two-story design has been lovingly updated to blend modern convenience with period elegance. Custom-milled molding and trimwork of cherry-stained fir adorn the expansive rooms while richly textured walls present a fine array of Ralph Lauren colors that enhance the play of light. Established by the living and dining rooms, the excellent circulation of rooms on the main level welcomes entertaining. A culinary masterpiece blending functionality with beauty, the tremendous gourmet kitchen incorporates a casual dining area and showcases cherry wood, soapstone, and granite. Nearby, the inviting family room welcomes relaxation with a striking slate-tiled fireplace set in a wall of cherry hardwood floor-to ceiling book and display shelves. Graciously integrating indoor and outdoor spaces, a vast rear deck extends from these informal living areas and overlooks the delightful rear yard with private canyon views. Two main-level bedrooms plus two upper-level bedrooms cater to flexible living arrangements. Adding to the appeal, a finished basement opens to a rear patio and putting green
If more building owners and facilities managers knew the proper way to clean out their roof gutters, there would be fewer injuries and deaths and far less property damage.
Fall is the season when gutters are cleaned out in preparation for the rainy or snowy season ahead.
If the rainwater doesn’t flow properly through the gutter and downspout system, costly repairs can add up from rainwater damage or freezing.
It’s time to clean out those clogged gutters, and to do it safely.
There are a variety of gutter cleaning tips that can bring sanity into this tedious task.
Eight Gutter Cleaning Tips
1. Let someone know you are cleaning your gutters
2. Use a safe and secure ladder
3. Rake leaves and other debris off the rooftop first
4. Wear rubber-soled shoes when walking on the rooftop
5. Use a plastic gutter scooping tool
6. Wear gloves and proper eyewear
7. Unclog downspouts
8. Watch out for hazardous power lines
Always let someone know you will be using a ladder to work on your building’s roof or gutters.
Use a safe and sturdy ladder, preferably one with a small shelf strong enough to hold a five-gallon bucket to collect gutter debris, and make sure to secure the bucket with a lanyard.
A four-legged step ladder is good for a single-story structure, and an extension ladder is ideal for a two-story or taller facility.
An orchard ladder is not recommended because there are only three legs for support and they can become unbalanced.
A wooden ladder is also not recommended because they are often wobbly and difficult to safely balance.
Fiberglass ladders seem to be the sturdiest, but are also the heaviest.
If you are cleaning gutters for hours upon hours, muscle fatigue can set in from moving the heavy ladder numerous times.
If this is the case, you should try using an aluminum ladder, which is the second-choice option for strength and support.
Inspect the ladder for defects, dents or loose parts before climbing.
If your ladder is fastened together with screws and bolts, make sure all parts are tightened.
When opening up a step ladder, make sure the extension-hinge arms are fully extended and locked in place.
Use a garden hose with a pistol-grip trigger spray nozzle.
This type of spray nozzle allows you to adjust the water pressure with the use of just one hand.
A pistol-grip trigger spray nozzle can be easily hung over the front edge of the gutter while moving the ladder or while using a gutter scoop.
This type of spray nozzle can be purchased at any hardware store.
Scooping out the leafy debris seems to be the best overall method for cleaning out gutters.
An excellent tool for this job is a plastic scooping tool, which can be purchased at most hardware stores.
Plastic scooping tools are unique because the front scooping edge is very thin and forms itself to the bottom of the gutter trough, making it easy to scoop out even the toughest debris in any size gutter system.
Stay away from using a metal scooping tool because the bottom of the gutter and seams can be damaged and scratched.
Scraping the bottom of a steel gutter can introduce areas to rust, and if the bottom of the gutter is already rusting, the rusting process could speed up.
Gloves can help protect hands against dirty, rotting leaf debris that often contains bird, pigeon and squirrel droppings that are ridden with bacteria.
Gloves can also prevent painful cuts from the torn metal shards of an old, ragged gutter.
Cotton gloves can soak up dirty water that exposes skin to bacteria.
Leather gloves are not as maneuverable and tend to shrivel up when they dry after cleaning.
Rubber gloves can get poked or torn by metal shards in the gutter.
Thick, suede glove material is recommended because it is superior to cotton, thin leather or rubber gloves.
Eye protection is a must because one never knows what might fly out of the downspout when cleaning gutters.
People have experienced rats, birds, frogs, wasps and bees leaving at high speeds once they start removing a clog, and the last thing they want to have happen is an eye injury.
Rake or power wash all debris off the roof first.
Otherwise, the next rain will wash all the debris down into the clean gutter, clogging it up again.
Also, debris left on the roof can lead to water damming up in valleys, around the chimney or near heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) equipment, which can cause erosion and roof leaks over time.
If walking on the roof is necessary to perform gutter cleaning, it is good to use rubber-soled shoes.
Rubber soles tend to adhere best and prevent slip-and-fall incidents.
Rooftops tend to be moist in the morning, so it is best to walk on the roof after the sun is well up in the sky and has dried up all the moisture.
Late mornings or early afternoons are the best times to walk on a roof.
Make sure the downspouts are clear.
After all the gutters are cleaned out, run the water hose down the downspout at full pressure.
If the water backs up out of the top, a clog is present.
Normally, it can be unclogged by tapping on the side of the downspout.
But, if that doesn’t work, the downspout and back need to be removed, and it should be flushed from the bottom.
If a clog is present and the downspout is connected to an underground drain, it is best to disconnect the bottom of the downspout from the underground drain.
Otherwise, the clog may move to the underground drain.
Make sure your gutters are cleaned at least twice a year: Once in the fall and again in the spring.
One main reason for cleaning out gutters is to eliminate the possibility of water damage from rainwater runoff due to a clogged gutter.
Another reason is to reduce the possibility of rust corrosion.
Even though it may not rain during the summer, if there is debris in the steel gutters, the rusting process can speed up.
It’s difficult for rust to speed up with clean gutters.
The faster the rusting process, the sooner new gutters will be needed.
When cleaning gutters around a power line cable that drops from the power pole to the roof of a building, conduct a visual inspection of the electrical cable where it connects to the roof.
This is to ensure that the protective wire insulation hasn’t rubbed off through years of wear-and-tear by weather and nearby trees.
If the cable appears to have damage, do not attempt to repair it; instead, call a licensed professional electrical contractor to fix it.
If it’s raining and there is an electrical wire problem, do not attempt to clean out the gutters until the wires are fixed; water is a dangerous conductor of electricity.
Whether it’s raining or not, it would be a good idea to have the electrical wiring repaired before cleaning out your gutters.
Using a quality gutter guard can eliminate the need for cleaning out gutters.
Consider carefully the manufacturer’s claims before purchasing a gutter protection system that keeps out leaves and pine needles because many promises are made that can’t be delivered.
6 beds, 3.5 bath
4 beds, 2 baths
Best opportunity in San Mateo to own a charming 2 bedroom home with close proximity to Downtown San Mateo and Downtown Burlingame.
Open Houses: Tuesday (5/2) 10-1pm, Saturday (5/7) 1:30-4pm, Sunday (5/8) 2-4pm
List Price: $949,000
2 bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms
Aprox. 1,100 sq. ft.
Lot is aprox. 2,432 sq. ft.
Great cul-de-sac location
Conveniently located walking distance to Downtown San Mateo, Burlingame Ave, and Caltrain.
From listing with an agent you trust and being wary of going the FSBO route, these homeowners share the lessons they learned from their first home sales.
Shopping for your next dream home seems like a blissful idea, until you realize you have to sell your current home first. And as many a homeowner can attest, even if you’ve purchased a home before, there’s a lot to learn when it comes to selling your house.
“I didn’t do my homework about comp prices, so I had an unrealistically high number in mind,” says Jack, who recently listed his Miami, FL, home for sale. “I also wish I knew more about trending prices.”
In robust markets, it’s easy to get excited about your potential listing price, especially if you’re planning to put all that newfound equity into your next home purchase. But the worst thing you can do is have an unrealistic expectation about your home’s value — you’re only setting yourself up for disappointment. So do your research to find out what your home is worth: look at local comps, consider nearby home sales over the last six months, and then really narrow it down to properties that most closely resemble your own. If you suspect there’s something wrong with your foundation or that termites might be in the picture — the kind of thing you’ll most likely have to pay to fix later on in the selling process — it might be worth it to get a presale inspection (or at least fix some of the larger, known issues so you don’t have to tackle them on someone else’s timeline).
“There are several things I wish I had known, but far and away the biggest was to interview more than one real estate agency,” says Suzanne, who sold a home in Los Angeles, CA. “I went along with a relative’s advice: ‘This is the only agent who really has your best interest at heart, plus he’s only handled the more expensive properties in the area’— and my place sold for easily $25,000 less than it could have.”
Once you’ve decided to list your home for sale, the biggest decision you’ll make is choosing a real estate agent. Choosing a listing agent can be challenging, especially if you’ve never hired one before, but working with a recommendation can have its own pitfalls. Interview several real estate agents, and do it before you need to list your place so that you have plenty of time to make a decision. Judge them for their knowledge of the local market rather than their flashy presentations, and be wary of both pie-in-the-sky promises and a lack of enthusiasm for your place.
“I wish I’d known that I really should have just written the description for the listing myself, because my real estate agent’s spelling and grammar errors were so egregious that as a buyer, I would never have looked at a house that was so poorly described,” says Dana in Portland, OR.
Just because your real estate agent is a professional doesn’t mean they’re also a professional writer or photographer. If you otherwise love your agent but cannot handle the typos in the listing (or the glare in those all-important listing photos), gently ask for revisions to the listing.
“I wish I’d known that to sell a family home to another family, you have to declutter it of anything a family would ever use. Which means every toy, baby bouncy seat, and stroller has to get shoved in the back of your car for every showing,” says Hadley, who had a home for sale in Boston, MA. And don’t overlook the small details either. “Get the windows professionally cleaned!” says Kerry, also selling in Boston, MA. “Man, it made a world of difference. It also made me mad we lived with dirty windows for so long!”
Obviously, you want your home to be tidy. But when your home is for sale, it should be pristine. That means gleaming refrigerators, organized closets, sparkling surfaces, and nary a piece of clutter anywhere. In fact, sellers are often best off throwing as much as they can into storage bins and living an austere life until the place goes under contract. And don’t forget: You have to keep it clean. So you might want to put a cleaning service on speed dial.
“When I sold my first place, I had two cats and a dog. Somehow I had it in my head that it wouldn’t be hard to hustle them out before a showing. Of course, that was ridiculous — potential buyers stopped by during the workday all the time, which meant I had to leave my office, dash home, bundle all three pets into the car, and then drive around for an hour with the cats yowling before dumping them back at our place,” says Dan in Denver, CO.
In the rush to get your house listing-ready, the pet factor can be easily overlooked. But it’s a big one! For starters, no matter how clean your place is, pets can often find (creative) ways to undo your hard work. And a smelly litter box is no seller’s friend. Never mind that some potential buyers might be allergic to pets; that would be a terrible way to lose a sale. Your best strategy is to find a place for your fur children to stay while your place is on the market, then shower them with apologetic treats later. If that’s not in the cards, make it as easy as possible to remove the pets and all of their things from your home quickly so you can do one final sweep (literally) — and take that litter box with you!
Home Depot & Coldwell Banker Real Estate teamed up to provide you with the ultimate guide to kitchen remodeling.
Step One: How to Plan Your Kitchen Remodel
Taking the time to plan a new kitchen design is arguably the most important step in the remodeling process. A clear, well-conceived plan will guide you through each phase of the remodel and help ensure that the work progresses smoothly and stays on budget. In our first post, we show you the steps to take and provide you with some valuable remodeling design tips. Read It Here
Step Two: Creating a Budget
After deciding on a plan for your kitchen remodel, the next step is assigning a budget to the project. The easiest, most accurate way to establish a kitchen-remodeling budget is to break down the project into smaller jobs. In post #2, we show you which major remodeling expenses to calculate and other ways to keep your costs on target. Read It Here
Step Three: Put On Your Hard Hat (And Thinking Cap) Time for Construction Planning!
Kitchen-remodeling projects should follow a logical work sequence, as those that don’t are subject to problems down the line. In post #3, we provide a typical progression of work for a moderate remodeling project. Read It Here
Step Four: Picking the Right Appliances
A key component of any kitchen remodel is selecting new products that fit with your design, budget and construction timeframe. In our final post, we take a brief look at six categories of kitchen-remodeling products. With several models, options and variations within each category, picking the right product for your specific kitchen can seem daunting. However, it’s actually a lot of fun and easier than you might think.
This may be a really good time to be in the housing market – if you are a seller, that is. There just aren’t enough homes on the market, so if you are selling right now, you may find yourself in a more favorable position. Multiple offers and bids over list price for some properties aren’t unusual these days.
But what if you’re a buyer – one of many out there in the trenches looking right now? With lots of competition from other buyers, how do you “survive” the house-hunting wars and, hopefully, land that home you’re after? While there are no guaranteed ways to succeed, here are a number of tips to help increase your chances of getting into a home of your own before long:
Although a seller’s market can be challenging for homebuyers, there are still opportunities out there for qualified buyers.
May 25, 2015, 05:00 AM By Austin Walsh Daily Journal
As the weather heats up over the coming months, local real estate professionals are getting ready for a hot summer as the market continues to sizzle throughout San Mateo County.
Average sales prices for homes throughout the county climbed to $1.6 million at the end of April, nearly $100,000 higher than they were at the beginning of the year and nearly $200,000 more than they were a year before, according to data from the San Mateo County Association of Realtors, or SAMCAR.
The median value of local home sales drove upwards as well, to roughly $1.2 million at the end of April, a $200,000 hike from the median sales price one year ago, according to the report.
And as many families prepare to put their house on the market over the spring and summer months, experts claim there will likely be no cooling period for a housing market driven by a thriving local economy, said Quincy Virgilio, a Realtor with Keller Williams and chairman of the board of MLS Listings, a real estate listing agency.
“It’s out of this world,” said Virgilio. “And the market will continue to do this as long as the economy is humming the way it is.”
It’s not unheard for buyers to place bids $100,000 to $200,000 higher than the asking price to increase their chances of landing a deal in a market with an ever diminishing housing stock, he said.
The pressure to overbid in an extremely competitive market creates anxiety for some potential buyers, who may be uncertain whether their assessed home value will rise to reach the purchase price, he said.
But Virgilio said it is likely that concern is unfounded.
“There is some fear in the marketplace from buyers that we are entering another bubble, but there is no economic data that support that,” he said.
Virgilio said it could be reasonable to expect the market to drive upwards for as long as the next three years, which could push prices up to 25 percent higher, and leave the average sales price of a home in the county near $2 million.
“Sellers are extremely happy,” he said.
Median sales prices of single-family homes in the city of San Mateo have increased $300,000 over the past year, to $1.3 million at the end of April.
The median is the middle point of the market, whereas the average is the result of adding the prices and dividing the number of the homes.
San Mateo trails neighboring communities such as Belmont, Foster City and Burlingame, all of which have median sales prices through the end of last month above $1.5 million.
Burlingame has joined an exclusive club of cities in the county that have a median sales price of at least $2 million or higher, which also includes Menlo Park, Atherton, Hillsborough, La Honda, Woodside and Portola Valley.
Michael Verdone, president of SAMCAR and a Realtor, noted that homes in elite regions of the market are available, while much of what might be considered the more affordable housing options are being snapped up as soon as possible.
“With starter homes, people are just scrambling to be a player,” he said.
Verdone said there is not a local housing stock sufficient to quench the seeming undying demand to live on the Peninsula.
The local headquarters of technology titans such as Facebook, Apple, Google and a variety of other successful web-based companies who compensate their employees handsomely have played a substantial role in keeping the housing market blazing throughout the county and across the greater Peninsula region, said Virgilio.
Many of the employees of these companies, at times even colleagues, are often the ones bidding against each other in competition for purchasing a new home, he said.
Virgilio said he has clients employed at some of these notable technology companies who relocated from across the country and are experiencing severe cases of sticker shock in regards to their inability to afford a home in San Mateo County.
“It’s just nuts,” he said.
And for those who cannot stand the heat, many desirable alternatives still exist elsewhere, said Virgilio.
“There are still some good buys in California,” he said. “It’s just that the Bay Area is so darn expensive.”