Four Ways to Make Moving with Kids Easier

For Nevada County families (and numerous families across the US), summer is the most popular time to move to a new home because school is out. If there is any comfort in togetherness, nearly 40 million of us move in the summer. Don’t feel alone, we’re here to guide you! It’s no secret, no one [...]

Moved In and Cash Strapped? 6 Tips to Cut Expenses

Moving into a new to you Nevada County home brings with it the promise of a fresh start and new experiences, but it can also bring some financial challenges. Rental or mortgage costs, paying for movers, and new furniture can quickly add up. If you find yourself needing to cut back on spending, it doesn’t [...]

6 Tips for Summer Lawn Care

Don’t you hate it when the grass is greener at your next door neighbor’s place? This summer you could have the lawn that turns everyone’s eyes green with envy and admiration, but you’ve got to get on it right now! Follow these tips to manifest the lawn of your life. BEFORE SUMMER 1. Inspect Inspect [...]

Spotting Foundation Issues When Buying a Home

When touring homes, keep an eye out for the following signs of foundation problems. Pay extra attention if you’re looking at homes built more than a decade ago or in an area with clay soil, which is notorious for damaging foundations. What to look for on the outside: • Horizontal cracks in the foundation itself [...]

Six Home Buying Tips to Get You Ready for the Summer Real Estate Season

Whether it’s your first or fifteenth time, the key to home buying success in Nevada County is preparation. This is especially true in the summer months when the market heats up, and competition gets fierce. Luckily, with a little prep-work, home buying during the busiest season of the year can still work out. Here are [...]

Buying a Home? Here’s One Flaw You Should Never Ignore

One of the most stressful things about buying a home is ensuring that the property you end up with doesn’t have any hidden surprises. If you think you sense a musty smell while touring a property, don’t ignore it. Moisture issues and mold can be one of the most expensive problems to correct and, according [...]

A Mindful Move: Home Is Where the Om Is

We are all trying to be more mindful. No reason to “try;” instead, relax and be. Easier said than done, right? We all strive to be mindful: aware of emotions, present in the moment, attentive to the needs of others, conscious of our planet, and calm. But, in our mindful practice, we tend to let [...]

Five Easy Upgrades for New Homeowners

Congratulations! You’re now the owner of a new Nevada County home. Whether it’s your first place or the newest in a series of homes you’ve bought over the years, it’s important that you take maintenance steps immediately following the purchase. While the seller probably did some work before putting it on the market, you want to [...]

How Much House Can You Afford?

HOUSE POOR [adjective | hous – poo·r] A person who can afford his or her home mortgage payments, but can’t afford much of anything else. Discretionary spending on restaurants, furnishings, travel and clothes are severely cut back, due to a large proportion of his or her income going towards the mortgage payments, upkeep costs, and [...]

How to Choose the Most Important Home Features

Buying a home can be a long process. It takes time to get pre-approved, find a Coldwell Banker Grass Roots Realty agent, start figuring out what you want, finding a home, putting in an offer, and so much more! Approaching it correctly from the beginning can save a great deal of time and effort later [...]