San Joaquin Valley Homes Blog

How to Allergy Proof Each Room in Your Home

Categories: SJV Homes Blog | Posted: April 16, 2018 | Comments Off on How to Allergy Proof Each Room in Your Home

Even in sunny San Joaquin Valley, you look forward to spring because of the longer days and the blooming of trees and flowers. But with the season of colorful renewal comes plenty of pollen as well as mold spores wafting through the air. If you suffer from allergies, being outdoors can prove a major challenge as you sneeze and itch your way through major allergens.

While there’s nothing you can do about the outdoor onslaught, you can avoid problems inside your own home by following these allergy-proofing tips for each room. Read the rest of this entry »

Spring Purchases to Prepare for Summer Fun

Categories: SJV Homes Blog | Posted: April 2, 2018 | Comments Off on Spring Purchases to Prepare for Summer Fun

Spring is a wonderful time to start dreaming of the fun you will have this summer in your new home. It is also a good time to start making purchases to prepare for any summer projects you have planned. Yard and garden projects are popular for many families. If you own a new home you may be looking to put in new flowers, add mulch or create an outdoor living space. Maybe it is time to get your first grill or lawnmower. Are you considering building a deck? Often any of these projects require purchases. Let’s examine some common new homeowner purchases! Read the rest of this entry »

Make Your New Home Kid Safe!

Categories: SJV Homes Blog | Posted: March 19, 2018 | Comments Off on Make Your New Home Kid Safe!

You are excited about buying a new home for your family! You will make many wonderful memories and share fun times. As you are getting ready to make the purchase and move in focus on whether the new home is kid safe. This will help you minimize the number of memories that involve trips to the hospital and maximize those that are of the family enjoying time together!

Chemicals

In 2016 over 2 million Americans called poison control due to concerns that someone had been poisoned in their home. Children under the age of 6 are especially at risk. Therefore, it is important to keep all chemicals out of sight and out of reach. Read the rest of this entry »

Costs to Consider When Buying a Home in the San Joaquin Valley

Categories: SJV Homes Blog | Posted: March 5, 2018 | Comments Off on Costs to Consider When Buying a Home in the San Joaquin Valley

One of the biggest decisions most people ever make is the decision to buy a new home. When you are looking to buy a home, it is important you build a conservative budget and do not overspend. To ensure you make the best home buying decision possible, there are several different types of expenses that need to be taken into consideration when determining your home buying budget.

Closing Costs

One of the first expenses you will incur for your new home is your closing costs. Closing costs can end up costing thousands of dollars upfront. These can include costs for appraisals, home inspections, transfer taxes, title fees, legal costs, bank fees and a range of other expenses. While these can be significant to pay up front, you can often negotiate a credit from a seller to cover some or even roll the costs into your mortgage and pay a slightly higher interest rate. Read the rest of this entry »

Avoid Making These Three First-Time Home Buyer Mistakes

Categories: SJV Homes Blog | Posted: February 19, 2018 | Comments Off on Avoid Making These Three First-Time Home Buyer Mistakes

Buying a home you can call your own can be one of the most unique and exciting life experiences you can ever go through. On the other hand, it can also be one of the most stressful and frustrating life experiences as well. We want to help you stay ahead of the game. We have put together a list we hope can help you avoid making some of the mistakes many first-time buyers have made in the past:

Mistake 1: Not Doing Enough Research

It is important to make sure you have covered yourself with enough information and facts. When you are covered in facts, you will discover the process will be easier. This is especially true when it comes to participating in negotiations. You do not have to be afraid of negotiating, and when you have the right tools and information, you will be ready to aim and fire. Read the rest of this entry »

Tap into Your Budget Decorator: Shop Your Home for a New Look

Categories: SJV Homes Blog | Posted: February 5, 2018 | Comments Off on Tap into Your Budget Decorator: Shop Your Home for a New Look


The word “redecorating” holds mixed emotions. Sure, it’s exciting to give your home a fresh new look. But the question of cost quickly enters. How much will it cost to buy new furniture, new paint, new knickknacks?

We are here to give you good news! Redecorating your house does not have to empty your savings. In fact, we believe that to get a new feel for your home, you don’t even have to look at your wallet.

“How?” you ask. Shop your home for a new look! “But what does that mean?” Read the rest of this entry »

Preparing Your Credit Score for Mortgage Approval for a New Home in the San Joaquin Valley

Categories: SJV Homes Blog | Posted: January 22, 2018 | Comments Off on Preparing Your Credit Score for Mortgage Approval for a New Home in the San Joaquin Valley

Every year, millions of people across the country look for a new home. Some move to the city for work, others move out to the suburbs to raise families. While many people are happy to rent for years as they adventure to see the world one rental property at a time. But eventually you’ll be ready to settle down, build a career in a single location and possibly raise a family. Unfortunately, if your youth was wild or off-the-grid, or if past financial hardship still haunts your credit score, it can be hard to get a fair mortgage for a home you love. For those of you looking to find a new home in central California or anywhere else in the U.S., you can use the time spent saving up your down payment to build your credit, and we have a few tips to help you build momentum.

Starting Without a Credit Score Read the rest of this entry »

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.

Are you looking for a new home in the San Joaquin Valley or Bakersfield? SJV Homes now has open for sale 10 communities with a combined 845 single-family homes. If you would like more information, sign up for our interest list here.

 

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 »