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13 Spooky DIY Projects for Your Best Halloween Yet

Categories: SJV Homes Blog | Posted: October 23, 2017 | No Comments »

Halloween is a great time of year to explore your creative side and have fun. Whether you are crafting for your home, a party or involving the family in creative projects, there are so many options and opportunities. Halloween crafts are great for beginners, and when you DIY, you can have a great Halloween at a fraction of the price.

These Halloween crafts are easy and inexpensive to make, but the results look dramatic:

For your home:

• Make a ghostly wreath. This wreath uses materials easily picked up at a craft store and many materials you probably already have at home. Make a wreath that will add flair to your front door and get guests and trick-or-treaters into the Halloween spirit, literally. Read the rest of this entry »

15 Days to Organize Your Home in Less Than One Hour a Day by November 1 (Part II)

Categories: SJV Homes Blog | Posted: October 16, 2017 | Comments Off on 15 Days to Organize Your Home in Less Than One Hour a Day by November 1 (Part II)

If you’ve read our last blog on how to prepare for the holidays by November 1st in less than an hour a day, welcome back! We’ve got yet another list for you to follow so you and your friends and loved ones can celebrate the upcoming seasons in comfort and confidence. So read on:

(Continued from Part I)

Oct. 17: Allow easy access to your pet supplies. Houselogic recommends you arrange all your puppy stuff in one area. Install hooks near the door to hang leashes, and place shelves or cubbies to hold bowls, toys and pet food.

Oct 18: Organize your magazines. Dust off any stray magazines lying around and arrange them neatly on coffee tables and other suitable counter tops.

Oct 19: Attack the mail pile. Sort through the mail or any paper piles lying around. Get rid of junk mail, recycle envelopes and shred any personal information. Read the rest of this entry »

Five Apps for House Hunting: Let Your Fingers Do the Buying

Categories: SJV Homes Blog | Posted: October 9, 2017 | Comments Off on Five Apps for House Hunting: Let Your Fingers Do the Buying

If you own a smartphone, you already have a powerful house-hunting tool in your pocket. Check out these apps for both the IOS or Android phones, and you could soon be moving into the place of your dreams.

1. Doorsteps Swipe

Turn house hunting into a fun game with Doorsteps Swipe, which is powered by Realtor.com. Set up a personal profile detailing your home preferences and your current lifestyle. Or, you can specify an area in which to look. Then check out the suggested homes offered to you. Swipe through the pics and give each one a Like or a pass. The app slowly learns your preferences, so you begin to see only homes that meet your needs. Read the rest of this entry »

Your Child’s New Bedroom: Creating Your Child’s Safe Place

Categories: SJV Homes Blog | Posted: October 2, 2017 | Comments Off on Your Child’s New Bedroom: Creating Your Child’s Safe Place


Do you remember when decorating a child’s room included buying blue paint or pink paint? Mom or dad would paint the room and cover the bed with Barbie bedding or Spider Man bedding. Decorating a child’s room is a little different now.

Neutral Colors

Decorating a child’s room will require you to carefully think about the decisions you are about to make just as you will do when you are going to decorate the other areas of your home. When thinking about decorating your child’s room, you do not always have to turn to the colorful walls first. We think if you actually make the decision to keep the walls a neutral color, such as gray, you will be able to add splashes of color. Read the rest of this entry »

Organize Your Home in Less Than One Hour a Day by November 1st (Part I)

Categories: SJV Homes Blog | Posted: September 25, 2017 | Comments Off on Organize Your Home in Less Than One Hour a Day by November 1st (Part I)

Now that the kids are in school, you can take a little breather. But not for long — the fall and winter holidays are just around the corner. You can still get ready for the festivities to come, however. This to-do list, inspired by house logic, shows how you can organize your home in less than one hour a day by November 1st.

Oct. 1: Remove old holiday decorations. Do you still have that Easter bunny lawn decoration near the foot of your driveway? Shamrocks or Valentines on your front door? Time to take those down. And go through all your holiday decorations stored in your home, throwing out the ones you haven’t used in three years.

Oct. 2: Get rid of your kids’ old school clothes. Now that the school year has started, you already have a good idea of what items your kids have outgrown. Set them aside to donate or give away. Read the rest of this entry »

Eight Energy-Saving Tips for New Homeowners in the San Joaquin Valley

Categories: SJV Homes Blog | Posted: September 18, 2017 | Comments Off on Eight Energy-Saving Tips for New Homeowners in the San Joaquin Valley

Your electric bill is one of your biggest variable expenses each month, especially as the hot days of California’s summer stretch into the fall. Whether you’re looking to go greener in your home to reduce your environmental impact or you’re simply hoping to reduce your electric bill, there are several small ways you can make a big impact on your electricity usage each month. These energy-saving tips for new homeowners in San Joaquin Valley will help you reduce your electricity usage – without feeling deprived.

1. Raise the thermostat by a couple of degrees. You keep your air conditioner pumping hard, especially when the summer sun is pounding down outside. By adjusting your thermostat by just a couple of degrees, however, letting it get a little warmer in the house, you’ll reduce the amount of energy needed to keep your home at a mild temperature. In general, you’ll save around 2% of your utility bill for each degree. Read the rest of this entry »

Tips to Helping Your Children Feel at Home in their New San Joaquin Valley Home

Categories: SJV Homes Blog | Posted: September 11, 2017 | Comments Off on Tips to Helping Your Children Feel at Home in their New San Joaquin Valley Home

Many adults will breathe a collective sigh of relief once they have finally settled moving into their new bedroom, even if they sleep on the floor or on top of an air mattress for the first night or two. Children, on the other hand, may take a little more time settling into their new surroundings.
If your previous home was the only home your children have known, the move can certainly be a little frightening and overwhelming. Your children may worry about their belongings, attending a new school, missing their old friends and making new friends. Thankfully, there are tips that will allow them to have an easier transition.

Tip 1: Let Your Kids Get Creative Read the rest of this entry »

Five Ways to Transform Your Living Room Without Breaking the Bank

Categories: SJV Homes Blog | Posted: September 4, 2017 | Comments Off on Five Ways to Transform Your Living Room Without Breaking the Bank

Decorating your home is a fun experience you shouldn’t avoid because of a small budget. You can still have a lot of fun shopping for a new look and make your living room a beautiful and inviting space, without a high-end budget. Find out just how easy, and affordable, decorating can be with a few of these creative living room ideas.

1. Liven up Your Bookshelves

If your bookshelves are looking a little drab and you’d like to spice things up a bit, there’s a simple and stylish decorating trend that will transform a boring bookshelf into a work of art. By adding wallpaper to the backing of your bookshelves, you create a high-end look without spending a fortune. Plus, it’s a great way to add a splash of color that ties the whole room together or stands out as a focal point. You’ll be amazed at the difference such a simple change can make. Read the rest of this entry »

My Town, My Street in Bakersfield, California

Categories: SJV Homes Blog | Posted: August 28, 2017 | Comments Off on My Town, My Street in Bakersfield, California

When looking for a new home it is important to consider both the home and the local community. Finding a home you love in a community that is not a good fit or settling for a home you do not like in a great town will not make you happy in the end. Luckily, Tuscany in Bakersfield provides homeowners with the best of both worlds. Consider these reasons we are sure you’ll soon fall in love with your town, your street, and your home in Tuscany.

Your Home

Tuscany currently has several spacious homes for sale. All the homes are at least 2,000 square feet. Some are over 3,000 square feet, giving you plenty of room to spread out. Each home has either a two- or three-car garage, giving you plenty of room for your vehicles or to use for storage. Read the rest of this entry »

Turn Your Dream Bedroom into a Reality with These Four Simple Decorating Tips

Categories: SJV Homes Blog | Posted: August 21, 2017 | Comments Off on Turn Your Dream Bedroom into a Reality with These Four Simple Decorating Tips

Your bedroom is your oasis. It’s the one room in the house that’s only yours. When guests come over they wander through the kitchen, dining room, and living rooms, but most of them avoid your bedroom. It’s your sanctuary. As such, you should decorate it in a way that creates a haven for you, a beautiful place for relaxation and comfort.

1. Bigger is Better

It’s easier to enjoy your oasis if it feels more open and spacious. So, if your bedroom feels a little cramped and you’d like to open it up, there’s a quick trick that will give the illusion of more space with minimal effort and cost to you. Simply place two mirrors on the sides of your bed, behind your night stands. Read the rest of this entry »