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How to Clean and Maintain Your Gutters

Your gutters take care of your house, but who’s taking care of the gutters?

Cleaning and maintaining your gutters is just as important as changing the oil in your car.

Why Gutters Need Cleaning

When your gutters get clogged, you’ll see waterfalls pouring from their edges in warmer weather, and icicles glittering along the bottom in winter. That’s not the worst of it. Improperly cleaned and maintained gutters can lead to:

Water leaks inside your ceiling and adjoining walls: Water exerts a tremendous amount of pressure. Like most things, it will find the path of least resistance. For some homeowners, this spells water damage inside the ceiling and walls (which leads to further problems).

Siding issues: Invading water can lead to mold and rotting wood – not what you want inside your home’s walls. Unfortunately, by the time the damage becomes obvious, it’s typically too late.

Damaged or detached gutters: The weight of waterlogged debris can cause gutter attachments to give, resulting in a fallen gutter.

Basement and foundation damage: Water is relentless. If it doesn’t drain away from your house properly, it can flood the basement or crack the foundation. It won’t get better without repair.

Tips for Cleaning Your Gutters

Most homeowners need to clean their gutters twice a year. First, in October, or when the trees are almost done shedding their leaves. Late spring is another good time, if a second cleaning is needed. If they haven’t been cleaned for a very long time, the job may be more difficult. Keep several tips in mind when cleaning gutters:

Wear leather gloves and long sleeves while cleaning your gutters to protect your hands and arms. You may encounter sharp edges, hidden screw ends, or other hazards.

Spread plastic sheeting over shrubs and decorations you do not want exposed to the cleaning.

Position a wheelbarrow, trash bin, tarp or plastic sheeting on the ground under your work area. Throw the debris onto the tarp instead of carrying a garbage bag up the ladder with you.

Set up your ladder on a stable area near a corner of the house (close to a downspout). Never stand above the third step from the top of a ladder or reach more than a couple of feet to the sides to prevent falling.

Avoid resting the ladder against the gutters. Use standoff stabilizers (ladder horns) to keep the weight off the gutters if needed.

Starting at the corner downspout, work away from it, scooping out any leaves, dirt and debris.

Scrub inside the gutter, if needed, with a soft- or wire-bristled brush.

Flush the gutters, using a garden hose equipped with a spray nozzle in order to create water pressure. Move the water through the gutters and out the downspouts.

Snake any downspout that appears clogged.

Clean the outside of the gutter, using hot, soapy water, and wash away any splatter or spills on the siding.

Gutter Maintenance and Repair

Slow down the debris accumulation in your gutters to make maintenance and cleaning easier. Some repair and maintenance tasks you may be able to perform yourself include the following:

Adjust the gutter slope if water doesn’t flow readily and the downspouts are clear. Gutters should run downhill toward the downspouts at a rate of ¼ inch per 10 feet of travel.

Install mesh screens or a leaf-catching system. If you decide to buy one of these systems, be sure to get a type that can be easily removed when it’s time to clean the gutters.

Check the gutter system every time you clean it. Look for rust, leaks, or loose connections. Watch for signs of water leaks into the house, dry rot of surrounding wood, or other damage.

To fix small holes, leaks or loose connections, use silicone caulk or gutter sealant as directed.

If your house is taller than two stories, consider hiring a professional. Get estimates from three companies before choosing the one you want to work with.

Your Local San Diego Real Estate Expert,

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Stephen Nissou
NIssou Realty Group   |   Keller Williams Realty – El Cajon
Direct: 619-250-4541  |   Office: 619-873-2772
E-mail: Stephen@StephenNissou.com
http://www.StephenNissou.com
CalBRE # 01443193

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Choosing a Kitchen Sink to Match Your Style and Budget

If you’re remodeling your kitchen on a budget – or equipping a new kitchen and haven’t a clue where to start – focus on the kitchen sink. Yesteryear’s limited selection of cast iron and stainless steel can’t compete with today’s stylish, modern sinks.

Simply choose the mounting type and style, then select the material. A new sink will transform your kitchen.

Kitchen Sink Mounting Types and Design Options

In general, your kitchen sink will either rest above or attach beneath the kitchen counter. Understanding installation types, styles and terminology will help you find the sink you really want.

Surface-Mounted Sinks: Surface-mounted sinks drop into a hole made in the kitchen countertop. If the sink is rimmed, it features an exposed flange that meets and seals to the countertop. Self-rimming sinks, on the other hand, lack the flat flange, using rounded outer edges to rest on the countertop instead. Both are fairly simple to install and work with most countertop materials.

Under-Mounted Sinks: For a kitchen countertop that looks seamless, consider an under-mounted kitchen sink. The countertop still features a cutout to accommodate the sink, but instead of dropping through the counter, it mounts to the underneath. The effect is a sleek counter surface. It’s considered a low-maintenance design that looks especially good with modern interiors. Under-mounted sinks work best with solid counter materials like stone and concrete, not moisture-permeable countertops like laminate.

Tile-In Sinks: As the name suggests, a tile-in sink is surrounded by a tile countertop. The sink drops into a hole, like a surface-mounted sink. The difference is the height: Once the tile is installed, the sink rim is actually flush with the surrounding countertop. This makes cleaning the countertop a breeze and calls attention to the beauty of your tile, rather than the sink basin.

Integral Sinks: Some people mistakenly call these “Corian sinks,” but Corian is just one integral sink and counter manufacturer. Integral sinks are made of the same material as the countertop and fused to it, presenting a seamless appearance that’s also easy to keep clean.

Farmhouse Sinks: Another popular kitchen sink style is the farmhouse sink. Rather than referring to how the sink mounts, it’s a design that features a front apron panel. It’s a stylish look that highlights the sink itself. Farmhouse sinks may be under- or surface-mounted, and even tiled-in.

How Many Bowls Do You Need?

Bigger isn’t always better. When selecting your new kitchen sink, consider the size of your kitchen and your work habits before settling on a bowl size or number. Most sink styles are available in single and double bowls, and sometimes triple as well. One bowl may be smaller than the others, especially with triple bowls, which often sandwich a smaller bowl between two larger ones.

Single-bowl sinks work best for smaller kitchens (less than 150 square feet). Triple bowls are the ultimate luxury, allowing you to stack dishes to dry, have dishes soaking, and still peel vegetables in the third basin.

Sink Materials

Stainless Steel – Stainless steel is easy to clean, reasonably priced, and strong. Look for the gauge (thickness) of the steel and the sound-deadening ability. The lower the gauge, the thicker the steel, making it more durable. Spray coatings and special pads on the bottom of the sink reduce noise. Choose a satin finish, rather than a mirror finish, to lessen scratching. Look for varying bowl shapes for added style.

Cast Iron – Cast iron sinks are coated with enamel and come in a variety of colors. Cast iron is heavy, but a bigger issue is that it chips and scratches easily. Exposed iron will rust, requiring replacement or repair. Also, cast iron doesn’t keep water hot for very long. It’s favored for the glossy finish and stain resistance. Use cast iron with farmhouse sink styles for authenticity.

Composite – Composite sinks encompass three specific types: quartz composite, polyester/acrylic composite and granite-based composite. Of these, the polyester/ acrylic composites are more budget-friendly and provide a shiny look. Quartz composite sinks are more durable. Composed of 70 percent quartz and 30 percent resin filler, they resist damage and also come in various colors and finishes. Granite-based sinks are a higher-end choice and offer the greatest scratch and chemical resistance of any sink material.

Take your time when shopping for your new kitchen sink. Look online and at various stores to get ideas and find the sink you’ll love.

Check out our Pinterest page  to see sinks we love! http://www.Pinterest.com/NissouRealty

Your Local San Diego Real Estate Expert,

Stephen Nissou
Nissou Realty Group   |   Keller Williams Realty – El Cajon
619-250-4541 DIRECT   |   619-873-2772 OFFICE
Email: Stephen@StephenNissou.com
http://www.StephenNissou.com
CalBRE # 01443193

Spring Cleaning Tips

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With our busy lives day to day, we never realize just how much clutter and grime can build up in our homes. With spring in the air, now is a better time than ever to clean and refresh your home just the way you always intended! Efficiency is key here, so be sure to start with a list and prioritize from room to room, or even by project. With this timeline, you’ll be able to stay on track and the task won’t seem so daunting.

Begin with the kitchen cabinets. Organize your items into four groups by emptying out every cabinet and diving them into these four groups: keep, relocate, donate, or toss. Clean and wipe down shelves and doors, and use a vacuum for all those nooks and crannies. For the items you’ve decided to keep, be sure to dust and clean them.

On to the pantry, check expiration dates of all the foods, and if the packages are well sealed so that they do not diminish. If you have an abundant amount of canned foods, consider donating them to a local food bank.

Clean and disinfect your sink (and don’t forget to use the correct product for the type of sink you have.) Clean and shine the faucet, and clean/deodorize your disposal.

When cleaning your oven, be sure to use the appropriate product for the appliance you have in your home. If your oven is the self-cleaning type, use the clean cycle, and once it’s cooled down, wipe the inside of the oven down thoroughly, including the racks.

The stove and the hood are typically next on the list, after your oven. Clean the exterior of the hood and remove the exhaust filter to clean it. Be sure to soak the exhaust filter in very hot, soapy water, then clean with a scrubbing brush and rinse/dry thoroughly. Sometimes, your filters can be placed in the dishwasher (be sure to check the manual before doing so.) When cleaning your stove, start by taking removable parts off like the knobs and the grates, then wash or soak in hot water. Clean and shine the surface of the stove with a safe product that won’t scratch. Sometimes, using a soft cloth to clean is all you need.

For the dishwasher, clean and shine the outside panel, and wipe the edges to remove food particles. Add ¼ cup of bleach to a dish cycle to clean and kill the bacteria that is inside your dishwasher.

Like the pantry, remove everything from your refrigerator and toss the old, expired foods. Don’t forget that you should make a shopping list of what foods need to be replaced if expired. Clean the shelves and the bins with warm, soapy water and then organize the items back the way you want them. To absorb odors, place a new box of baking soda inside the fridge and have it opened.

When cleaning a room, always clean the floors last. Vacuum what you can and be sure that before you start, the vacuum has a fresh bag or clean canister. Always be sure your floors are dry before replacing any rugs.

We get it, closets can be extremely overwhelming. Evaluate your space for functionality and decide if you need to move or add shelves, or a bar for hanging clothes. Make a list and plan for any type of modifications. Categorize the contents of your closet as you go, and put them in four groups: keep, relocate, donate, or toss. Vacuum, dust, and replace only the items you want to keep.

Finally, the least fun area of the house to clean, the bathroom. Clean ceilings and walls so mold doesn’t form, scrub the shower walls and floors with the right bathroom cleaner, then thoroughly rinse and dry. If your shower curtain has seen better days, update the look with a new one. Polish the shower head, the knobs, and the drain, then clean under the sink and medicine cabinets. Dispose of old medications correctly. Then polish mirrors, glass, and faucets, and clean the sink and toilet. Finally, always keep cleaning products and tools available in the bathroom so that it’s easy to touch-up and clean daily.

For more tips, check out our Pinterest Page – Nissou Realty.

Your Local San Diego Real Estate Expert,

Stephen Nissou

Nissou Realty Group   |   Keller Williams Realty
Direct: 619-250-4541 |   Office: 619-873-2772
Stephen@StephenNissou.com
www.StephenNissou.com

St. Patricks Day Calendar of Events in San Diego 2015

Are you looking for a fun event to celebrate St. Patrick’s day? Here is your calendar of events for St. Patricks Day, 2015 in San Diego, California!
St. Patrick’s Day at Hooley’s Public House
March 13 – 17, 2015
Price: No Cover
Join us all weekend leading up to St. Patrick’s Day for lots of live music, specials, and Hooley’s shenanigans.
ShamROCK Gaslamp Block Party
March 14, 2015
Price: $35- $95
Venue: Gaslamp Quarter, Main entrance is at 5th Avenue and G Street
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in the Gaslamp Quarter, as it magically transforms into the greenest party complete with go-go dancers and great live bands.
St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival
March 14th, 2015 – 9:00 am to 6:00 pm (Parade starts at 10:30am)
Price: FREE
5th & 6th Avenues, between Juniper and Upas, San Diego, CA 92101
Come celebrate Ireland with the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival. With more than 120 parade entries and thousands in attendance, this has become one of the largest single-day events in San Diego.
For more information, please visit www.sandiego.org.
St. Patrick’s Day 10k RunMarch 14th, 2015
Price: $15 – $48
Venue – Mission Bay Park
Before you head out for pints of Guinness, take a short jaunt around Mission Bay Park at the St. Patrick’s Day 10k Run and 2-4 mile Run/Walk.
St. Patrick’s Day Club Crawl
March 14th, 2015
Price: $25
Venue: Analog Bar
Dress in green, rally up a group of friends and celebrate St. Patrick’s Day weekend with club crawl.
St. Patrick’s Day Half Marathon – 5k – Green Mile – Tribes & Clan Competition
March 15, 2015
Price: $25 – $89
Venue: Downtown El Cajon
Join in the fun at the St. Patrick’s Day half marathon and 5k, the Green Mile for kids and adults with special needs in Downtown San Diego.
EC Craft Beer Invitational
March 15, 2015
Price: $10 – $55
Venue: Main Parking Lot – East County
Calling all Craft Beer enthusiasts! The EC Craft Beer invitational invites you to celebrate St. Patrick’s weekend with delicious craft beer tasters.
St. Patrick’s Day Bahia Belle Cruise
March 15, 2015
Price: Free when wearing green clothing
Come celebrate St. Patrick’s Day aboard the Bahia Belle. The Bahia Belle bar will be serving Guinness and Jameson, plus drink specials to celebrate in proper Irish fashion.

Write Out Loud’s Voices of Ireland
March 16, 2015
Price: $22 – $30
Venue: Coronado

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with Irish tales, music, and dancing. Music by The Celtic Echoes. We will be joined by Ron Choularton and Cynthia Gerber.
 
100 Celtic Harps in St. Patrick’s Day ConcertMarch 17th, 2015
Price: $10 – $25
St. Patrick’s Day bring the family! 100 Harp players from around the world perform all Celtic music for a splendid concert!
St. Patrick’s Day Local Brews & Local Grooves
March 17, 2015
Price: No Cover
Venue: Downtown San Diego
Rock out in the Voodoo Room at a special St. Patrick’s Day Local Brews Local Grooves
St. Patrick’s Day at the Field
March 17, 2015
Price: No Cover
Join us at The Field in our turn of the century Irish pub, shipped piece by piece from Ireland and relocated in the heart of San Diego’s Historic Gaslamp Quarter.
For more information, and to find other St. Patrick’s Day events in San Diego County, please visit http://www.SanDiego.org!
Your Local Real Estate Expert,
Stephen Nissou
Nissou Realty Group  |  Keller Williams Realty
680 Fletcher Pkwy. El Cajon, CA 92020
Direct 619-250-4541 | Office 619-873-2772
Stephen@StephenNissou.com

Home Design Trends For The Season!

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If you’re like me, you’re already thinking of how to retire your spring and summer home and get it ready for the cooler months! So if you are ready to get out of that summer funk, and “fall” into a new home design for a while I’ve got you covered with these predicted Winter 2014 Home Design Trends!

Interchangeable Accents

Instead of settling on one fixed look, it looks like trends are heading towards a versatile neutral base and big-impact accents. A popular predicted color for fall? Chameleon! (Not to be confused with the Pokémon character, either!)

Glamour It Up

Move over white walls, 2014 is all about drama and glamour! So dark walls in black and greys will be the perfect backdrop for fall, and easily transition into winter! Add in some metallic accessories and a crystal chandelier, and you’ll be good to go!

We Love VINTAGE

With an overexposure to vintage in 2014, one of a kind pieces are highly sought after. And what’s not to love about vintage pieces, especially when you have guests asking “where did you get that?!” Vintage pieces go great with all that glam on the walls, too

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Goodbye, Beige

With all those interchangeable accents and vintage pieces, it may finally be the end of beige…we hope.

Blossoming Prints

Tried and true fabrics are popping up all over fashion this year. Mix them with other graphic patterns for a very modern look!

Metals and Metallic

Remember that we’re glamouring it up for fall? Mix and match metallic (like silver and gold) with a  little bit of metal to really get the look you’re going for!

It’s All About That Navy

Navy blue has been a huge trend so far this year. Once we get into the cooler months, you’ll want to darken the place down a bit. Navy hues and patterns will be all the rage this fall. From rich, saturated colors to bright, vibrant shades, keep it constant even until next spring!
Have a trend you just love?! Email it to me and I’ll feature it on our blog! Admin@NissouRealty.com., And for more fall trends, check out my Pinterest page at Pinterest.com/NissouRealty.

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Your Local San Diego Real Estate Expert,

Stephen Nissou

Happy Veterans Day from Nissou Realty Group!

THANK YOU to our veterans for your service! We appreciate you!

Veterans Day 2014

Nissou Realty Group Thanksgiving Can Food Drive with The Salvation Army of El Cajon

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It’s that time again! Nissou Realty Group has partnered with The Salvation Army of El Cajon to host our 2nd annual Thanksgiving Canned Food Drive to help feed 2,000 families this Thanksgiving and Christmas Season! This weekend, we will be delivering brown bags to homes all over Rancho San Diego! Fill them up with canned food & non-perishable item and on Thursday, November 20th, 2014 Stephen Nissou & the team will be coming around picking up your food donations. 
The most needed food items this holiday season are:
-15 oz Can of Pumpkin
-Chicken OR Vegetable Broth
-Cornbread Mix
-Cream of Mushroom Soup
-Black Olives
-Bread Crumbs
-Cranberry Sauce
-Milk Powder
-French-Fried Onions
-Green Beans
We sincerely appreciate all the donations! If you would like to volunteer to help pass out or pick up donations, please contact us!
Your Local San Diego Real Estate Expert,
Stephen Nissou
Nissou Realty Group   |   Keller Williams Realty

San Diego Restaurant Week is Back!

Rest WeekIt’s back! Possibly one of San Diego’s favorite weeks is here for the second time this year- Restaurant Week!

September 21st, 2014 marks the beginning of San Diego’s Annual Restaurant Week! From the 21st to the 26th, enjoy 180 restaurants that have a special menu just for you!

Experience lunch and dinner courses in 12 regions throughout San Diego county! You don’t even need a ticket or pass to participate- just dine out as much as your belly can hold in as many participating restaurants from January 19th-24th.

A two-course lunch start from $10, $15, to $20.00 for two. A three-course dinner begins at $25, $35, and $45.00!

Check out information about the week long event, along with restaurants that are participating on their website here: http://www.sandiegorestaurantweek.com/

Happy eating!

Your Local San Diego Real EState Expert,

 

Staircase Crazy

This week has a been a busy one. I recently checked out a home for one of my clients that had one of the most beautiful staircases I’ve seen in a home. Since then, my team and I have been a little “Stair Case Crazy!”

Since we’re heading into the weekend, here’s a little bit of stair case heaven I wanted to share with you! Check them out and tell us what you think by leaving a comment below!

 

 

 

 

Your Local San Diego Real Estate Expert,

Del Mar Races Begin July 17th, Del Mar Racing Season

 And they’re off…..Thursday, July 17th begins the Del Mar Racing season! The races include many interactive opportunities for San Diegans, including Opening Day and the Hats Contest, as well as Family Fun Day on Sunday, July 20th.

In 1937, Bing Crosby welcomed the first guest to the horse racing track and created a rival against the Kentucky Derby. Since then, the races welcomes thousands of guest every year. For the first time in history, Del Mar is ading a 15-day meet in the fall which begins on November 7th. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Hats Contest, which has five catagories, including the best racing theme and most outrageous. The grand prize include a two-night stay at the Grand Del Mar with dinner for two, and a $500 gift certificate from the Village Hat Shop.

Race admissions are $6.00 for general admission, and $3.00 for Diamond Club members. They offer free summer concents on certain Friday and Saturday nights, while Race days are Wednesday-Sunday.

For more information about the races, including Del Mar hosting the 2017 Breeders Cup, check out http://www.dmtc.com!

Your Local San Diego Real Estate Expert,