San Joaquin Valley Homes Blog

How To Arrange Your Living Room Furniture

Categories: SJV Homes Blog | Posted: January 8, 2018 | Comments Off on How To Arrange Your Living Room Furniture

Selecting furniture makes your house uniquely yours. The colors and styles express your personality, and it is usually easy for you to recognize “your” furniture. You will say or think, “That’s IT!’ If you love it and it is within your budget and will hold up under your family’s use, you should buy it. Whether you are buying a few new pieces or a room full of new furniture, think about your family, not “design.” But now that you own it – or just moved it – where should you put it? Moving furniture around until it “looks right” can take days and create family friction. Here are a few suggestions to make furniture placement easier on your family.

In the living room, focus on your family’s comfort and on the comfort of your guests: Read the rest of this entry »

10 No-Nonsense New Year’s Resolutions for Your Home

Categories: SJV Homes Blog | Posted: January 1, 2018 | Comments Off on 10 No-Nonsense New Year’s Resolutions for Your Home

The chaos of the holiday is over, and you’re ready for a fresh start and a return to your routine. Maybe you’ve already made a great New Year’s resolution: to lose weight, to stop smoking or be healthier. The question is, what about your home – the place where you’ll spend more time than any other this year? These ten no-nonsense resolutions will help you improve your home and lifestyle for 2018.

1. Find energy vampires hiding in your home and cast them out. Energy vampires are electronics that drain electricity even when they aren’t actually doing anything. Unplug your TV, stereo and other appliances when they aren’t in use, then track down other culprits and vanquish them.

2. Cut clutter. It’s amazing how much reducing clutter in your home can reduce your stress levels. If you aren’t using something, and it has no sentimental value, let it go! You’ll be surprised by how much cleaner – and how much lighter – your home will feel. Commit to getting rid of one bag of junk or one large item each week this year, and by the end of the year, you’ll be stunned by how much more relaxed you’ll be.

3. Hire someone to take care of a chore you hate. If there’s a chore you constantly put off and that stresses you out every time you have to do it – mowing the lawn, cleaning your kitchen or taking care of basic home repairs, for example – try hiring someone to take care of it for you instead. Using your money to save time and effort is one of the best ways to buy happiness!

4. Find a new way to go green. Some of these strategies are simple: reducing energy usage, swapping to unpaper towels instead of the disposable variety or using green cleaning supplies, for example. Other ways are more complicated: installing solar panels, perhaps. Do some research and find a new way to be eco-friendly in your home this year.

5. Check your smoke detectors. And your carbon monoxide detectors. Make sure your home is free of radon, while you’re at it. A commitment to home safety means making sure you have the right tools to keep your family safe.

6. Start checking off your home improvement list. There are always things that need to be done around your home. This year, commit to checking off one big project each month. Make sure you budget ahead to make your plans reality!

7. Check over your insurance policy. When you hear about disasters that have hit near you, do you start squirming as you wonder how your insurance would handle them? Take the time this year to read over your homeowner’s insurance policy and make any needed changes to your coverage.

8. Meet the neighbors. Get to know the people around you! This year, commit to meeting the people in the homes closest to yours. Consider throwing a neighborhood barbecue or block party to help get everyone connected!

9. Commit to organizing. Organizing the whole house can be a headache. When you tackle one space at a time, however, you’ll quickly start reaping the benefits! Commit to organizing one space each week: a closet, a bookshelf or a cabinet. You’ll quickly see a lot of home improvement benefits.

10. Learn a new skill. As a homeowner, there are a lot of little things you need to do. This year, learn a new skill, whether it’s putting an appliance back together instead of calling the repairman or learning how to hang a door. You’ll be surprised how often those skills come in handy!

This year, it’s time to make over your home along with the rest of your life. These ten resolutions are a great starting place for turning your home into the haven and paradise you’ve always wanted.

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13 Clever Ways to Use Leftover Wrapping Paper

Categories: SJV Homes Blog | Posted: December 26, 2017 | Comments Off on 13 Clever Ways to Use Leftover Wrapping Paper

It’s the morning after Christmas with the family happily enjoying their gifts in the den… and oodles of leftover shimmery, shiny wrapping paper. You thought filigreed wrapping paper from a posh boutique for your mother-in-law was an extempore, noble gift, but now you have a whole roll left! So, what to do?

We know many creatives out there will have their guests unwrap gifts slowly and carefully not ruin the wrapping paper! Why save wrapping paper? Well, there are many uses for wrapping paper; here are our thirteen top suggestions.

13. One use for leftover wrapping paper is saving it for the next season. Many people end up developing a collection of glittery rolls after many Christmases. You can find wrapping paper storage containers as specialty stores, or even on Walmart’s website here. Read the rest of this entry »

Eight Ways to Keep Restless Kids Happy During a Family Holiday Event

Categories: SJV Homes Blog | Posted: December 18, 2017 | Comments Off on Eight Ways to Keep Restless Kids Happy During a Family Holiday Event

The holidays are a wonderful time for the family to get together and enjoy each other’s company. But if you don’t make some plans for the smallest members of the family, their shenanigans at the kid’s table could get out of hand. Here are eight ways to keep restless kids happy during all your big and festive family holiday get-togethers.

1. Set out a unique table runner.

Run brown or white kraft paper down the length of the kids’ table and place crayons or washable markers at each child’s setting. Encourage the kids to decorate however they like; after the meal, hang the masterpiece along a wall or above the fireplace so everyone can admire the budding artists in the family. (Use removable poster tape or strips to hang the art so your wall doesn’t get damaged.)

2. Print out placemats.

You don’t need to be extra fancy – of course you can design your own custom placemats, but you can also simply paste coloring pages, one with each child’s name, on heavier-duty butcher or kraft paper. If you don’t already plan to have colored pencils, crayons or markers out, integrate three or four into a napkin ring or cup for each child that will serve as extra decor on the table. Read the rest of this entry »

Gifts That Give Back

Categories: SJV Homes Blog | Posted: December 11, 2017 | Comments Off on Gifts That Give Back

It’s already mid-December and looking to find the “perfect gift” for everyone on your list while balancing holiday parties, decorating and the usual work, home and family responsibilities may be taking its toll on your merry disposition. So we’ve assembled a list of ideas that may help ease your holiday shopping stress while helping others at the same time:

See What Your Friends are Selling.

Many people have their own side businesses in network marketing or on Etsy, for example. Before you hit the big stores, try shopping with and from your friends. You might find beautiful crafts and artwork, cookware, baby products, candles, food gifts and more. Your purchase will give your friends more income during the holiday season, and you will find unique gifts for the special people in your life. Read the rest of this entry »

10 Common Home Myths Busted!

Categories: SJV Homes Blog | Posted: December 4, 2017 | Comments Off on 10 Common Home Myths Busted!

In a time where home maintenance shows are on TV around the clock and homeowners can share the latest household tips on social media with the click of a button, there is no shortage of home maintenance advice. These tips have been shared so many times most people take them at face value and don’t question their validity. So it may be surprising to learn many commonly known tips are in fact wrong and could cause more harm than good. Here are 10 common myths and what you can do instead.

1. Throw a Lemon Down the Disposal to Eliminate Smells

The citric acid in a lemon will eliminate odors, but it will also cause rust. On top of that, frequent spins with lemons can cause the blades of your disposal to wear down and ultimately cause damage to your pipes. Instead, try throwing baking soda down your drain. It will neutralize the odor and it won’t eat away at the metal. Read the rest of this entry »

Five Ways to Create Lasting Holiday Memories In Your New Home

Categories: SJV Homes Blog | Posted: November 27, 2017 | Comments Off on Five Ways to Create Lasting Holiday Memories In Your New Home

If you are like many people you know, you do not have too much time at the end of the day for extra activities. However, the holidays are approaching, and you want to do something special for your family. You want to turn your new house into a home for the holidays. There are no limits to what you can do to create a Christmas atmosphere at your home, and one of the best things about decorating for Christmas is that you do not have to break the bank to do this.

1. Bows Here, Bows There, Bows Everywhere

You can purchase festive ribbons and tie them to chairs, doorknobs, plants, etc. When you see bows during the holidays, don’t they automatically put you in the spirit of the holidays? You can easily find ribbons to fit the theme of your holiday decorating idea. Read the rest of this entry »

Getting to Know Your New Neighbors in the Central Valley

Categories: SJV Homes Blog | Posted: November 20, 2017 | Comments Off on Getting to Know Your New Neighbors in the Central Valley

We know relocating your entire family to a new area can take you on an emotional rollercoaster ride. You may feel nervous, excited, anxious and a variety of other emotions. So many questions will swirl around in your head, including the following:

• Will my neighbors be nice and friendly?
• Where can I do my grocery shopping?
• When is trash pickup day?
• Will my children make friends easily?

If you are moving to a community where you do not know anyone, we understand the uneasy feeling you may have during the first week you are in your new neighborhood. When you move to a new neighborhood, you are going to meet different people from different backgrounds. You will eventually form lasting friendships with many of these people, and they will become part of your family. It will be great to have a friendly face across the street or next door. Read the rest of this entry »

10 Tips to a Stress-Free Thanksgiving

Categories: SJV Homes Blog | Posted: November 13, 2017 | Comments Off on 10 Tips to a Stress-Free Thanksgiving

Are you looking forward to a Thanksgiving with friends and family gathered near, a beautiful table setting fit to make Martha Stewart green with envy, and a gorgeous buffet of culinary delights? Fear your dreams will come crashing down around your ears in a flurry of grocery shopping, under-cooked potatoes, over-cooked turkey, mismatched table linens and demanding house guests? Keep the faith: with just a little planning and surprisingly little effort, this Thanksgiving can be the happy, peaceful holiday you have always dreamed of!


Don’t wait until the Halloween candy is gone before you start planning. There are things you can do one month before the big day to help your holiday come together.

1) Plan your guest list and get your invitations out. Invitations can be as formal or as casual as you like, from printed invites to a group text. For a stress-free invite, create an event on Facebook: you can invite all of your guests, receive RSVPs and communicate pertinent details all in one place. Read the rest of this entry »

12 Hacks to Make Moving Day a Snap

Categories: SJV Homes Blog | Posted: November 6, 2017 | Comments Off on 12 Hacks to Make Moving Day a Snap

When the average household moves, that includes relocating around 7,400 pounds or nearly four tons of stuff – around 100 boxes for an eight-room home. Packing, moving and getting settled into a new home can be daunting for anyone. It’s an exhausting process no matter how you slice it. These pro tips, however, can make the moving process go more smoothly.

1. Label everything. Ideally, boxes and furniture should be labeled with the room where you want it. This makes it possible for anyone who’s helping to determine where a box or furniture item needs to go and may help prevent you from having to rearrange everything as soon as the movers are finally out the door. Read the rest of this entry »