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eureka: A 'Mound' in the back yard of your rural home - 11/22/11 09:31 AM
In this coastal area of California, many homes on the market have a septic system. Homes located "in the Redwoods" may have a "Wisconsin Mound" Septic System due to the high ground water levels in area that Redwoods grow. The Wisconsin Mound systems are relatively new in most cases. They were developed to overcome the problems associated with high ground water. If the home you are viewing has a noticeable built up area in the back yard, that is the mound for this type of system. The systems normally work very well. They do present a challenge to landscape and have (3 comments)
eureka: Clean up the yard before listing your home for sale - 11/22/11 09:17 AM
If you will be listing your home for sale in the near future and you have a garage or shed that is beyond repair, get rid of it! Garages and sheds that are ready to 'fall over' detract from the appearance of your home. Take it down or have it taken down and prepare the site for the buyers of your home to build new. Many trash haulers will take down old garages of sheds at a reasonable cost. It is much more appealing to have a building pad ready for a new garage or shed to be built by the (3 comments)
eureka: Do some trimming before listing your home - 11/22/11 09:05 AM
If you will be listing your home in the future, fall is an excellent time to trim back any tree's or bushes that are near your home. The buyer's inspectors will want to visually inspect the entire exterior of your home. If there are tree's or bushes obstructing their inspection, they will ask them to be removed or trimmed before completing their inspections. That will only delay the close of escrow for your home. They may be favorites of yours but you will be leaving them. This is the season to give them a trim without damaging them. You also (3 comments)
eureka: Friends of the Marsh Annual Thanksgiving Walk, Arcata, California! - 11/20/11 04:43 AM
Looking for an interesting event to attend on Thanksgiving Day Morning? Friends of the Marsh Annual Thanksgiving Walk, Arcata, California! Join Friends of the Arcata Marsh for its 11th annual Thanksgiving morning walk on Thursday, Nov. 25, 2011. Art Barab leads a 90-minute meander around the marsh beginning at 10 a.m. Meet on the porch of the Interpretive Center on South G Street, Arcata, Humboldt County, California (building will be closed for the holiday). For more information, call (707) 826-2359. This will be a fun tour and the weather should be clear and dry! Get out and enjoy Thanksgiving (10 comments)
eureka: Arcata, California Fire Department, "Toys For Tots Toy Drive", Starts Friday, November 25th, 2011 - 11/19/11 09:20 AM
Arcata, California Fire Department, "Toys For Tots Toy Drive", Starts Friday, November 25th, 2011! Arcata Fire Department hosts their annual Christmas toy drive for the “Toys for Tots” program, starting November 25th, in front of McKinleyville K-mart. Arcata Fire Department personnel will be collecting new, unwrapped toys on the weekends from November 26th thru December 18th, with the collection barrel generously being staffed by K-mart store personnel mid week. The Arcata Fire Department will also be accepting new, unwrapped toys at their fire stations through December 23rd. Fire stations are located at: 631 9th Street just off the Arcata Plaza, (10 comments)
eureka: The Humboldt County, California "Library Book Sale"! - 11/18/11 04:40 AM
The Humboldt County, California "Library Book Sale"! The Friends of the Redwood Libraries are having their Quarterly Book Sale on Friday and Saturday, November 18 and 19. This is a great time to do your Christmas shopping—there are children’s books as well as all kinds of fiction and non-fiction, paperback and hard back. If you haven’t purchased your 2012 calendar, beautifully illustrated by children, you can get one for only $5 at the sale. Friday, from 5 to 7:30 is for members only, but you can purchase a membership at the door. Saturday, from 10 to 3:30 (9 comments)
eureka: Thanksgiving at the Zoo, The Sequoia Park Zoo, Eureka, California - 11/17/11 06:03 AM
"Thanksgiving at the Zoo", The Sequoia Park Zoo, 3414 W Street, Eureka, California Looking for something to do with the little ones while the cooks are in the kitchen on Thanksgiving Day? Come to the Zoo and watch the animals receive their Thanksgiving meals. The kids always love watching their favorite animals get their goodies. November 24th, 2011 from 11;00 AM to 3:00 PM For additional information visit http://www.sequoiaparkzoo.net/ (10 comments)
eureka: Tellabration! At the Arcata, California Playhouse, Sunday November 20th, 2011! - 11/16/11 05:57 AM
Tellabration – because storytelling is not just for children! Tellabration will take place on Sunday, November 20, at the Arcata Playhouse, 1251 9th Street (the Old Creamery Building) in Arcata. The event begins at 7 o’clock in the evening and will feature storytelling by Paul Woodland (The Mad River Raconteur) and Carpathian (Spectral Storyteller). Music will be provided by Steven Hexx (Singer/Songwriter) and Howard Emerson (Celtic Harp). Tickets are $8.00 in advance and $10.00 on the night of the show. Contact the Arcata Playhouse (822-1575) for tickets or further information. Tellabration – because storytelling is not (6 comments)
eureka: Wynonna at the Van Duzer Theater, Humboldt State University, Arcata, California - 11/15/11 06:26 AM
Wynonna at the Van Duzer Theater, Humboldt State University CenterArts Presents Wynonna on Tuesday, November 15, 2011 at 8 p.m. in the Van Duzer Theater, Humboldt State University, Arcata, California. Tickets are $75 general, $75 Senior/Child and $55 HSU students. Country music superstar Wynonna’s career has always revolved around telling stories in song, whether performing with her mother as The Judds, or solo on her own mega-successful path. Her rich, commanding voice has produced over 30 million albums sold worldwide, countless charting singles and over 60 industry awards including 5 Grammy Awards. Tickets are available at the University Ticket (7 comments)
eureka: Review your "Property Characteristics" - 11/14/11 05:20 PM
"Property Characteristics", Have you Reviewed Yours? In most counties of California, "Property Characteristics" are available from both the assessor's office and the health department. Copies are generally free to the homeowner. Have you reviewed yours? It is a good idea to review them before placing your home on the market for sale. Why? Your buyers appraiser will have access in some cases to these "Property Characteristics" and information they contain could be included in the appraisal report for your home. If there is information that is of a health and safety issue on those reports, it could have a negative effect (6 comments)
eureka: The Planning Department and 'Public Comments' - 11/14/11 05:02 PM
When you place a listing on the MLS, are you careful what information is provided in the public comments section? Information about improvements to the property completed by the homeowner, a homeowner's relative etc. without building permits (weather a permit was required or not) could raise a "red flag" at the Building and Planning Department. After all, that information is available on the web in most cases. We have free access to the MLS here and the public comments are included. Will the Building and Planning Department review those online sites? Then check to see if the "recently remodeled family room" (8 comments)
eureka: House Warming? Invite the Neighbors! - 11/14/11 04:42 PM
If you are planning to have a "house warming" for your new home for your family and friends, don't forget to invite the neighbors! Good relationships with your new neighbors start as soon as your offer on a home is accepted. Inviting them to your "house warming" just makes good sense. When you have set the date for a "house warming", make invitations for your neighbor's and deliver them in person. They will appreicate the care you show. They may not show up but they will not feel 'left out'. The effort will also allow your family and friends to meet (6 comments)
eureka: Have Inspections Completed before listing your home for sale - 11/14/11 04:25 PM
Before listing your property for sale, it is a good idea to have both a Structural Pest Inspection completed and a Roof Inspection completed (if your roof is more than a few years old). In addition, if your home has a private well and/or a septic system they should also be inspected. Why? The Structural Pest Inspection will provide information on the cost of any needed repairs. The Roof Inspection will determine if the roof is in acceptable condition for a lender. The Well and Septic Inspections will determine if they are in acceptable condition. In the case of repairs being (3 comments)
eureka: Do Not Park on your Leach Field! - 11/14/11 04:13 PM
If you reside in a rural area here in Northern California with out public sewer service you should know what a leach field is! Google will provide an excellent description if you are unsure! When you do not pay for sewer service your home usually has a septic tank and a leach field. You should know where they both are located. Parking a vehicle on top of the leach field could result in costly damage. Placing a patio on top of the leach field may prevent repairs to the leach field and require their relocation. In many cases in this area, one of (5 comments)
eureka: Does your home have a door to no-where? - 11/14/11 03:50 PM
Getting ready to put your home on the market? Do you have a door to "nowhere"? In other words, do you have an exterior door that does not have a landing and steps? I see many when I 'walk thru' homes. In years past the appraisers have just 'overlooked' them. In the current market with the current appraisal standards, a non-used exterior door with out a landing and steps will be considered a health and safety issue and the lender will request repairs. The door will be assumed to provide access. That means a landing and steps will need to (3 comments)
eureka: Detached Garage Inspection - 11/14/11 03:39 PM
This area of California has many older homes and many of these older homes have detached garages. When showing homes I always make a point of inspecting the inside of a detached garage and I pay careful attention to the ceiling of the detached garage. Why? Most detached garages do not have a finished ceiling and it provides an opportunity to inspect the roof from the inside. Before entering the detached garage, I check to see if the roofing material is the same on the home and the garage. If it is, the sheeting method will most likely be the (3 comments)
eureka: Make Sure Your 'Kitchen Remodel' Fits Your Home - 11/14/11 03:24 PM
If you are considering remolding your kitchen, make sure it will fit with the rest of your home. If you are considering enlarging the kitchen, how large a kitchen will fit with your home? Enlarging the kitchen may be expensive if it requires removing or moving walls. Will you recovery the expense if you sell? A large 'gourmet' kitchen in an average size home will not be a good fit. Considering rearranging the current kitchen, retaining its present size. This concept will work best with a 'raised' foundation. With a 'raised' foundation you will be able to reasonably relocate the sink (1 comments)
eureka: A Supra idea for home security - 11/14/11 03:12 PM
Want a Supra idea for home security? Instead of trying to hide an extra key to your home where it might be discovered, you might want to consider purchasing a GE Security/Supra KeySafe Slim Lock Box 001004. They are available from Home Depot, Lowe's etc for about $30.00. The unit is large enough to hold several keys and has a push button combination that can be easily changed once the unit is opened. It can be securely mounted in a location that is out of the way on the outside of your home. What I like about them is that, in an (3 comments)
eureka: Building a new Garage? Add a Bathroom to it. - 11/14/11 02:59 PM
Adding a garage or a shop to your home? Before you pour the slab, give some thought to adding a bathroom! A bathroom in your new garage or shop will take up only a small amount of space. Yes, it will need both a water line and a line to the sewer or septic but the additional cost to install them is minimal. Going to Home Depot or Lowe's and purchasing an inexpensive sink, vanity, toilet and shower will not break the bank. And small water heaters are inexpensive. It will add additional value to your home if you decide to sell in (1 comments)
eureka: International Education Week at Humboldt State University, Arcata, California - 11/13/11 05:08 AM
International Education Week at Humboldt State University, Arcata, California Monday through Friday, November 14th to 18th, 2011. Learn about international issues and events. Keynote speakers and featured lectures; panel discussions on current events and globalization; workshops on studying, working and living abroad. Presentations on: India, China, Brazil, New Zealand and more; Passport Day; food, fashion and fun from around the world. Event is free to everyone. Academic credit is available for a fee. See the website for schedule details, http://www.humboldt.edu/ (7 comments)
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