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The 10 best DIY renovation tips from the experts

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A recent survey by Mortgage Choice found that over 40% of homeowners plan to renovate their home to improve their quality of living. “While renovations can potentially increase the value of a property, our survey results show that the purpose for many Americans is to improve their lifestyle by customizing their home...
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Cleaning list

The last thing you want to do before you leave one home to start another is clean out the old place. But alas, it must be done, so just throw on some tunes, grin and bear it. If your place is just surface dirty and not damaged, how well you clean could be the difference between getting back your deposit money that has been held hostage for years or not. So here is a checklist of things not to forget as you prepare your home for its next inhabitants.


    • Take all nails and screws out of the walls and ceiling and putty them smoothly.
    • Dust the ceiling fixtures.
    • Dust all ledges.
    • Clean the windows.
    • Clean the door knobs and doors.
    • Clean all light switches and outlets.
    • Clean the walls and baseboards.
    • Vacuum (get any stains out of the carpet, or get the carpet professionally cleaned).
    • Get rid of all cobwebs.


    • Get soap scum off the bathroom tiles and tub/shower and bleach the grout.
    • Clean out the bathroom drawers and vanity, making sure you get all the hair out (and remove any liners).
    • Clean the toilet, sink, countertop and finally the floor (sweep and mop). If the toilet seat is unsavory looking, replace it.
    • Clean the mirror.
    • Vacuum out the surface of the exhaust fan if super dusty.


    • Clean out all cabinets and liners.
    • Wash the front of the cabinets.
    • Clean and disinfect all countertops.
    • Clean and shine up the sink and faucet.
    • Scrub the refrigerator inside and out. Remove all shelves and clean separately if necessary.
    • Scrub the oven inside and out. Remove shelving, drip pans and burners. Use steel wool, it is your friend.
    • Clean out the dishwasher if you have one.
    • Clean exhaust fan if needed.
    • Remove all appliances and sweep behind them.

Bedrooms/Living Room:

    • Dust, sweep, vacuum and mop these empty rooms.


  • Should be completely empty and swept.


  • Cut the grass.
  • Pull the weeds.
  • Remove all of your stuff that might be stuck in the ground or hanging in trees.
  • I recently quickly scrubbed the porch stairs to remove all of the grass stains — it looked a million times better

And the last thing you should do is mop from the furthest point out to the door. Say goodbye, lock it up and go get a drink!

Or if you can splurge on a move-out cleaner tell the management to have there people do it, then just forget this whole list. For me, I recently saved clean out money to help pay for movers. Good luck!

Santa Monica signs $10M contract with CycleHop for Bike Sharing System

  • Bike-Share

With a shift to increasing commuter mobility, Santa Monica will be the first city in Southern California to introduce an innovative bike-share system with high-tech smart-bikes conveniently stationed throughout the city.
Bike shares allow users to pick up a bike, pedal wherever they desire, and then drop the bike off at any other bike share station. It is estimated that Santa Monica would have around 65 to 75 stations across town.
These high-tech bikes are equipped with integrated locking systems, mobile app connectivity, GPS-tracking, and a host of clever features. Through the mobile app, bike-share users will have the ability to see where bikes are available and book them directly through the app on their cell-phones and compatible devices.
The locking system on the smart-bikes enables them to be secured to regular bike-racks and the GPS security system will identify any wrongdoing. The City has also been directed to develop a program so that non-bike-share bikes will be prohibited from bike-share hubs.
The number of Santa Monica residents pedaling to work increased by about 29 percent between 2007 and 2010. Hopefully the new bike share program will spur a spike in that percentage!

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