Watch Out for These Summer Safety Hazards at Home

Summer time and the living is easy! Weekends at the lake, grilling every night, relaxing on the patio – summer fun allows us to put our guard down and soak up the sunshine. But unfortunately there are some seasonal dangers around your home in these summer months that we need to stay aware of. Here are some common summer hazards that can happen around the home.

  1. Overworked, outdated AC units. Old and dirty AC units can circulate gross air throughout your house and increase your energy costs a ton in the summer months. Even though we are halfway through summer, it’s not too late to get an AC tune up done by a professional to ensure your system is operating at its best (and safest!).
  2. Unsecured homes. Letting a summer breeze in through open windows and doors is lovely, but it also gives thieves an easy way to get in and steal your valuable property. Always ensure that your home is completely locked up before leaving (including your windows!), especially if you are headed out of town!
  3. Pool safety. According to the CDC about one in five people who die from drowning are children 14 and younger. If you have a pool, it absolutely must be secured with a four sided pool fence that separates the pool area from the house. The fence should be at least 4 feet high with a self-latching gate. Automatic door locks and door alarms are also a great idea! And remember to remove all pool toys from the deck and pool when you are not using it so children are not tempted to get back in the water. You can never be too cautious with pools.
  4. Grill with caution. Before you fire up the grill, always make sure that it is set up at least 10 feet away from your home. Gas grills should be checked for hose leaks and blockages. Make sure to never step away from the grill while it’s on and to wait for coals to cool completely (if using a charcoal grill) before disposing of them.

We want you to have the best summer possible, and being aware of some safety hazards can help you do just that!

Tehachapi Weekly Real Estate Sales Report ~ July 8, 2019 – July 14, 2019

Area Display Address Bedrooms Bathrooms Sq. Ft. Selling Price
Bear Valley Springs 26140 Bear Valley Rd, Tehachapi, CA 93561 2 3 2226 $346,750.00
Tehachapi City 1007 Canyon Dr E, Tehachapi, CA 93561-9467 3 2 1517 $269,000.00
Bear Valley Springs 23500 Meadow View Ct, Tehachapi, CA 93561-8306 3 3 2826 $475,000.00
Tehachapi City 14556 E Tehachapi Blvd #123, Tehachapi, CA 93561-9000 3 2 1224 $67,000.00
Tehachapi City 612 W D St, Tehachapi, CA 93561-1944 3 2 1625 $285,000.00
Golden Hills East 22340 Bogie St, Tehachapi, CA 93561-8205 3 3 1379 $229,995.00
Stallion Springs 27421 Man O War Dr, Tehachapi, CA 93561-5338 4 2 2136 $360,000.00
Bear Valley Springs 29421 N Lower Valley Rd, Tehachapi, CA 93561-9664 1 1 923 $208,000.00
Stallion Springs 18061 Bowie St, Tehachapi, CA 93561-5313 4 3 2316 $372,000.00
Golden Hills East 21481 Silver Dr, Tehachapi, CA 93561 3 2 1322 $243,000.00
Tehachapi City 930 Clearview St, Tehachapi, CA 93561-2353 3 2 1130 $240,000.00
Bear Valley Springs 23921 Parke Ct, Tehachapi, CA 93561-7101 3 3 2586 $415,000.00
Tehachapi City 1410 Alder Ave, Tehachapi, CA 93561-2362 3 2 1540 $277,500.00
Golden Hills East 22831 Jerry Drive Dr, Tehachapi, CA 93561-8291 3 2 1475 $269,000.00
Bear Valley Springs 26800 Sutter Ct, Tehachapi, CA 93561-9287 4 2 2125 $431,000.00
Bear Valley Springs 13 Cloverleaf Ct, Tehachapi, CA 93561-9114 2 2 1224 $150,000.00
Bear Valley Springs 30451 S Lower Valley Rd, Tehachapi, CA 93561-8578 3 2 1497 $289,900.00

Tehachapi Weekly Real Estate Sales Report ~ July 1, 2019 – July 7, 2019

Area Display Address Bedrooms Bathrooms Sq. Ft. Selling Price
Hart Flat 29618 Hart Oaks Dr, Keene, CA 93531-1507 3 3 3196 $488,145.00
Golden Hills West 20908 Ridgeway Dr, Tehachapi, CA 93561-8820 4 2 2088 $360,000.00
Golden Hills West 22813 Yearling Way, Tehachapi, CA 93561-6805 4 2 1632 $297,500.00
Tehachapi City 123 Clearview Ct, Tehachapi, CA 93561-2327 4 2 1310 $252,500.00
Bear Valley Springs 30081 Jamaica Dunes Dr, Tehachapi, CA 93561-7427 3 3 1806 $330,500.00
Bear Valley Springs 26840 Medicine Bow Ct, Tehachapi, CA 93561-9233 3 3 2614 $435,000.00
Golden Hills West 22612 Mariposa Rd, Tehachapi, CA 93561-9573 3 2 1624 $286,500.00
County 21560 Sunnyslope St, Tehachapi, CA 93561-8850 2 2 1715 $360,000.00
Bear Valley Springs 28251 Cumberland Rd, Tehachapi, CA 93561-9177 4 3 2143 $402,000.00

Associated Real Estate Agent Spotlight: Meet Stevi Campbell!

Each month, we’re highlighting one of the amazing real estate agents here at Associated Real Estate! Meet Stevi Campbell!

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  1. What’s your favorite thing about Tehachapi?

My favorite thing about Tehachapi is raising my kids in the same town my husband and I grew up in.

2. What is your number one piece of advice for someone trying to sell their house?

My number one piece of advice for someone trying to sell their home would be to have a yard sale before your house goes on the market. You can get rid of all of the clutter and you won’t feel rushed to do a yard sale when your house is in escrow.

3. What do you think is the most important thing for clients to know about buying a house?

I think the most important thing buyers should know is that they should really read all of the disclosures and forms they are signing. I know it’s tempting to skim through and sign but it is really important to know what you are signing. Remember to ask as many questions as you need to.

4. Where is your favorite place in the world?

My favorite place in the world is the home we moved into in 2011 in Bear Valley. Josh Riley was our agent!

5. What do you love about being a real estate agent?

I love being a Real Estate Agent because it keeps me involved in our community and I like being connected to so many families.

Want to work with Stevi? Contact her here!

5 Ways to Make Your Rental Feel Like Home

Just because you don’t own the building that you live in, doesn’t mean that it can’t feel like home.  We’ve got some easy ways to make your rental feel warm, cozy and like you.

  1. Make inexpensive updates. There are a lot of inexpensive updates you can make to your rental that can reflect your style and make it feel more customized to your tastes. Replace things like toilet seats, light fixtures, towel bars, shower heads, cabinet hardware and even outlet covers.
  2. Decorate the walls. Create a gallery wall with your favorite family photos and hang up your favorite art to really make your home feel like yours. Make a statement by highlighting a large piece of art or make it even more personal by framing large photos of your favorite travels!

picture-frames-1149414_19203. Make it practical. If your rental agreement includes a “no holes policy”, use removable hooks and adhesive strips to make your rental work for you. Need a hook on the back of a door for bath towels? Use a removable hook! You’ll be so much happier in your rental if you install elements that make your day-to-day easier.

4. Add texture. Sometimes a rental can feel a little sterile. Make it soft and comfortable by adding textures to your décor! Lay down a fluffy rug over rental-grade carpet to create a cozier feeling. Utilize throws, soft pillows, and high quality bedding to make you (and your guests!) feel at home.

5. Bring the outdoors in. Add life to your rental by adding house plants to your window sills, tables and kitchen! This is especially beneficial if you do not have a lot of outdoor space where you live.

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What are your favorite ways to make a rental feel like home? Comment below and let us know!

Tehachapi Weekly Real Estate Sales Report ~ June 24, 2019 – June 30, 2019

Area Display Address Bedrooms Bathrooms Sq. Ft. Selling Price
Bear Valley Springs 28950 Ridgeview Ct, Tehachapi, CA 93561-9125 3 3 3275 $598,000.00
Bear Valley Springs 23140 San Juan Dr, Tehachapi, CA 93561-7401 3 3 3399 $425,000.00
Cummings Valley 24275 Bear Valley Rd, Tehachapi, CA 93561-8308 3 2 1950 $530,000.00
Golden Hills East 22850 Jerry Dr, Tehachapi, CA 93561-8291 3 4 2021 $305,000.00
Stallion Springs 28320 Pimlico Way, Tehachapi, CA 93561-5556 3 2 1642 $235,000.00
Tehachapi City 206 Bartlett St, Tehachapi, CA 93561 3 2 1352 $204,000.00
Tehachapi City 1018 Canyon Dr W, Tehachapi, CA 93561-9471 3 2 1381 $261,000.00
Bear Valley Springs 24140 San Juan Dr, Tehachapi, CA 93561-8360 4 3 2980 $366,000.00
Sand Canyon 9640 Pine Grove Dr, Tehachapi, CA 93561-8112 2 2 1344 $200,000.00
County 14556 E Tehachapi Blvd #122, Tehachapi, CA 93561-9000 2 2 1344 $55,000.00
Caliente 34707 Sand Canyon Rd, Caliente, CA 93518-2903 4 4 2912 $400,000.00
Stallion Springs 18681 Wingfoot Ct, Tehachapi, CA 93561-5282 3 2 2381 $400,000.00
County 21201 Sierra Vista Dr, Tehachapi, CA 93561-8633 3 3 2558 $370,000.00
Tehachapi City 813 Elm St, Tehachapi, CA 93561-2111 3 3 1634 $267,500.00
Tehachapi City 210 Meadowbrook Ct, Tehachapi, CA 93561-2409 4 2 1155 $225,000.00
Golden Hills West 22225 McCarthy Dr, Tehachapi, CA 93561-8879 3 2 1321 $244,500.00
Golden Hills West 22816 Shady Ln, Tehachapi, CA 93561-9501 3 2 1754 $275,000.00
Golden Hills West 22400 Valley Vista Dr, Tehachapi, CA 93561-7967 3 2 2113 $320,000.00
Bear Valley Springs 24250 Golfari Ct, Tehachapi, CA 93561-9120 2 2 1322 $211,000.00
Tehachapi City 1008 Carolyn Ln, Tehachapi, CA 93561 4 2 1975 $324,000.00
Bear Valley Springs 73 Meadow Lakes Dr, Tehachapi, CA 93561-9685 2 2 1224 $139,900.00
Bear Valley Springs 24155 Jacaranda Dr, Tehachapi, CA 93561-8309 6 6 5500 $620,000.00
Bear Valley Springs 29306 Fawn Way, Tehachapi, CA 93561-9152 3 2 1253 $227,000.00

10 of the BEST Summer Entertaining Hacks

If you’re hosting a backyard BBQ this summer (4th of July, anyone?) make it easier on yourself with 10 of the BEST summer entertaining hacks!

  1. Save space on your stovetop (and cook enough corn for a crowd) by cooking your corn in a cooler! Check out the super easy instructions here.
  2. Keep your kitchen from piling up with dirty dishes by giving your guests a clearly marked “dirty dish bin” to leave their used utensils, plates and cups. A wheelbarrow is a great spot for dirty dishes.
  3. Attach a bottle opener to your drink tub or cooler to make it easy for your guests to find.
  4. Set up a drink station to ensure that your guests can serve themselves.
  5. Speaking of “stations”, create a sunscreen and bug spray station to keep your guests comfortable and protected throughout the day.
  6. Serving ice cream cones to kids? Drop a mini marshmallow into the bottom of the cone to keep it from leaking all over their little hands!
  7. Keep the bugs out by using large glass jars with lids to serve your salads and fruit.
  8. Make sure you have adequate shade for your guests to escape the sun! Set up umbrellas, screened in tents or shade sails to give everyone some relief from the heat.
  9. Have enough fun activities for kids to keep them busy! The adults at your party will thank you! Need some easy ideas? Check this out!
  10. Have some clean blankets in a basket for your guests to grab when the sun goes down and the air gets cool.

Do you have any entertaining tricks? We want to hear them! Comment below and let us know!

Tehachapi Weekly Real Estate Sales Report ~ June 17, 2019 – June 23, 2019

Area Display Address Bedrooms Bathrooms Sq. Ft. Acres Selling Price
Golden Hills East 22441 Bogie St, Tehachapi, CA 93561-8227 3 2 1922 0.23 $284,900.00
Golden Hills West 21108 Brentwood Dr, Tehachapi, CA 93561-9587 3 2 1586 0.29 $275,000.00
County 26000 Marcel Dr, Tehachapi, CA 93561-8010 3 2 1650 20.09 $319,000.00
Tehachapi City 706 Oakwood St, Tehachapi, CA 93561-1931 3 2 1255 0.18 $226,000.00
Alpine Forest 23317 Zurich Dr, Tehachapi, CA 93561-0 3 2 1680 0.47 $289,000.00
County 19569 Cherry Ln, Tehachapi, CA 93561-8659 2 2 1186 4.62 $299,900.00
Stallion Springs 30020 Arvin Ct, Tehachapi, CA 93561-5404 3 2 1457 0.81 $217,500.00
Sand Canyon 11054 Dearborn Dr, Tehachapi, CA 93561-5018 3 2 1351 2.5 $156,000.00
Tehachapi City 109 Oak Pl, Tehachapi, CA 93561-2453 4 3 2850 0.17 $370,000.00
Tehachapi City 1370 Arabian Dr, Tehachapi, CA 93561-8107 2 2 1248 1.34 $127,000.00
Cummings Valley 26929 Trotter Dr, Tehachapi, CA 93561-6306 4 2 1768 20 $322,500.00

5 Outdoor Upgrades to Increase the Value of Your Home

Now that the weather is nice, it’s the perfect time to add some upgrades to the exterior of your home. But don’t start just any renovation! There are some projects (like adding a swimming pool) that could actually reduce your homes attractiveness to potential buyers. Even if you aren’t thinking of selling your home soon, but you do want to take on some projects this summer, consider these five value-adding exterior projects when deciding what to tackle.

Replace your garage doors. Beautiful, new garage doors are a great way to increase curb appeal and draw buyers from the get-go. While new garage doors are not cheap, the value that a new garage door can bring to your home when you are ready to sell it is almost guaranteed to offset the cost.

Build a fire pit. While some backyard additions can be polarizing, almost every one can agree that there is nothing nicer than enjoying a fire on a cool evening. Install a high-quality, classic fire pit to enjoy now that will eventually woo buyers when you are ready to sell. Want to build your own? Here’s how!

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Spend some time on your landscape. Really dedicating some time this summer to focus on the health of your lawn is worth your investment. Lush landscaping is another curb-appeal factor that will start any home showing off on the right foot.

Build a deck or patio. Adding a deck or patio to your backyard extends your living space which is a huge plus for homebuyers. And of course, you’ll love using it too!

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Plant a tree. Trees are one of the only things that actually appreciate over time. Plant one (or two!) now so that when you are ready to sell, they add value to your home. Looking for the perfect tree for your front yard? Check out this list of “14 Favorite Front Yard Trees”!

What exterior upgrades are most important to you? Comment below and let us know!

Tehachapi Weekly Real Estate Sales Report ~ June 10, 2019 – June 16, 2019

Area Display Address Bedrooms Bathrooms Sq. Ft. Acres Selling Price
Cummings Valley 20192 Sasia Rd, Tehachapi, CA 93561 3 2 1680 19.72 $295,000.00
Golden Hills East 21625 Golden Hills Blvd, Tehachapi, CA 93561-8905 3 2 1614 0.14 $225,000.00
Alpine Forest 22191 Geneva Dr, Tehachapi, CA 93561-7739 3 3 1836 0.38 $265,000.00
Stallion Springs 17760 Cavan Ct, Tehachapi, CA 93561-5523 3 2 1501 0.33 $236,500.00
Bear Valley Springs 24540 Silver Creek Way, Tehachapi, CA 93561-7238 4 3 2342 1.05 $475,000.00
Bear Valley Springs 26961 Owl Ct, Tehachapi, CA 93561-7486 1 2 1188 1.34 $215,000.00
Golden Hills West 21374 White Oak Ave, Tehachapi, CA 93561-8805 3 2 2646 2.61 $515,000.00
Stallion Springs 27140 Man O War Dr, Tehachapi, CA 93561-5364 4 2 2032 0.55 $359,500.00
Bear Valley Springs 24600 Paramount Dr, Tehachapi, CA 93561-7489 3 3 2181 3.54 $399,900.00
Bear Valley Springs 30201 Pinedale Dr, Tehachapi, CA 93561-8514 3 2 1199 1.05 $239,000.00
Bear Valley Springs 27140 Oakflat Dr, Tehachapi, CA 93561-9262 3 4 2593 3.41 $465,000.00