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Bathroom Vanity

Bathroom Vanity

The Bathroom of your Escondido home is one of the most important rooms to have looking good.   The following should help:

  • It must be kept odor free.  Escondido real estate that has a smell is Escondido real estate that doesn’t sell.
  • Check out leaking faucets or corroded faucets.  Don’t try to repair since replacements aren’t expensive.
  • Check the toilet stool.  Cleanliness is next to Godliness in this room.  Also make sure it is securely fastened to the floor.
  • If the toilet stool seat is chipping or worn, replace it.
  • Make sure towel racks and toilet paper dispensers of your Escondido home are secured to the wall.
  • If there is clutter on the vanities, put it away or in baskets.
  • Clean all the soap scum from the shower glass and floor.
  • Caulk around sinks, tubs, and showers.
  • Make sure the mirror is clean.   If it is old and peeling, replace it.
  • Add pretty towels to all the towel racks.
  • Remove any unnecessary rugs.

The bathroom of your Escondido home is one of the areas you can improve to make a big impact on the potential Escondido home buyer.  You can find other great bathroom tips in a previous post,  Preparing Your Escondido Home for Sale.  For more information, contact Gary Harmon, your top Escondido Realtor.

Encinitas Ranch Home

Encinitas Ranch Home

Encinitas Ranch Home

familywdining roomwbackyardwkitchenwmasterbdrmwDesirable Encinitas Ranch area close to the ocean. Spacious, highly upgraded home. Granite counters, walkin pantry, travertine floors, newer carpet, custom cabinets, built-in refrig, Bedroom and bath downstairs. Master bath has dual toilets, showerheads, sinks, and closets. Professionally landscaped Encinitas home for sale with lush tropical plants and fountains.

Large, over 3,400 square foot Encinitas home, 5 bedroom home in the green hills golf community of Encinitas, perfect for a growing family or a quiet place to retire. Dramatic cathedral ceilings and large tinted windows give this gem a spacious feel throughout, while cutting down on cooling costs and mid-day glare. Other elegant touches like designer paint throughout the house, crown moldings in the living room and travertine floors are sure to impress. The family computer/library area upstairs is a convenient office space, and a three car garage means there s room for everyone. Ceiling fans throughout complement the AC unit in the home keeping air circulating in the summer months and reducing cooling costs. A built-in media niche in the living room provides space for electronics, and for those chilly winter nights, fireplaces are found in both the living room and dining room. The spacious kitchen features rich, dark granite countertops finished with a bullnose edge. When you add up the GE Monogram refrigerator, Kitchen Aid dishwasher, 5 burner gas stovetop, double oven and sleek built-in microwave, you have a gourmet professional kitchen that s perfect for entertaining. The spacious master suite features a private balcony. Downstairs bedroom does not have a closet.  To get more information or to view this Encinitas home for sale, contact Gary Harmon, your Encinitas Realtor. (This home is not in the San Diego North County MLS.)

Preparing Your Escondido Home for Sale

Escondido Home  Bathroom Remodeling

Escondido Home VanitiesAlthough this is not part of my post on “100 Ways to Prepare Your Escondido Home for Sale,” it will help you increase your market value.  If you want to increase the value of your Escondido home, try remodeling the bathroom before listing your Escondido home for sale.  The bathroom is one of those places that homeowners often seem to overlook in favor of their living rooms or bedrooms. Ironically, the bathroom is one of the most important rooms in your house, and one of the first things prospective Escondido home buyers will look at when they shop for Escondido real estate. It’s no secret that renovating a bathroom can increase the market value of your home, and will certainly improve your chances of making the sale.

On paper, it is always nice to ensure that your plumbing is up to date; no one will care how nice your bathroom shower is if you’re running it on outdated pipes that barely transport enough water to your showerhead, especially if that water takes fifteen minutes to heat up. Unfortunately, a repair like this only shows up on paper, so prospective buyers won’t be able to see your new plumbing for themselves. Make sure you let them know that the plumbing is up-to-date.

Bathroom Lighting

Bathroom lighting is also of the utmost importance when listing your Escondido home. As a general rule, the better-illuminated a bathroom is, the cleaner and more spacious it appears. To that end, a great way to improve the visibility (and sell ability) of your bathroom is to install new fluorescent light fixtures and perhaps even add a skylight or widen a window. It should be noted that before you do anything, you should clean up and de-clutter the bathroom. No matter how well-lit it is, a bathroom won’t look good if it is crowded with junk. Installing jet baths or whirlpool bathtubs also seems to improve home market values, though it doesn’t make a whole lot of sense why: few people even seem to make use of these luxury items.

Bathroom Vanities

Of course, changes like this take lots of time and a good amount of money. Assume that you want to upgrade the bathroom in your Escondido home and thereby improve your Escondido home’s listing value, but you don’t want to spend months of contractor work doing it. There are a number of ways to add value to your bathroom in as little as a single weekend.  First, consider replacing the tiles on your floor, especially if they are moldy or discolored. This can be done simply and quickly with new adhesive laminate tiles or linoleum. Installing simple amenities like new shower curtains or towel racks also helps. For a swift and thorough means of improving your bathroom’s value, try installing a brand new bathroom vanity: these appliances are often the focal point of the room and the very first thing a visitor will see. New and stylish bathroom vanities will beautify any bathroom and increase your Escondido home’s listing price tag.  For more your information about selling your Escondido home, contact Gary Harmon, you top Escondido Realtor.

Carlsbad Homes, A Great Place to Live

One of the communities I serve, other that the Escondido real estate area is the community of Carlsbad.  Carlsbad homes go from cottage to castle and offer something for everyone.  I have ask a guest writer to write a Carlsbad homes article for my blog that I hope you will find enjoyable.   Wyatt Fisk  wrote the article for my main website,
Residents of Carlsbad, a city in North San Diego County, California, have always prided themselves with the city’s thrust of protecting and nurturing the environment. Its beaches along its almost seven-mile coastline are ample proof of this love for nature. In Carlsbad, development can coexist with preservation, even in attractions such as shopping centers, spas and world-class golf courses.

The city is touted as a premier vacation destination, thanks in part to the various attractions that dot the city, including Carlsbad beaches like the South Carlsbad State Beach, the Carlsbad State Beach and North Carlsbad beaches that are managed by the California State Parks Department. One attraction that you shouldn’t miss while living in Carlsbad homes is Legoland, an amusement park focused on Lego bricks.

The city may be a good destination but is it also a great place to call home? If you consider all the fun you can have by staying longer in Carlsbad homes, then the answer is definitely yes. A few days or even a week is not enough time to truly enjoy Carlsbad’s scenic beauty, which includes a thousand acres or more of nature preserves, parks and lagoons linked by hundreds of hiking trails.

Carlsbad isn’t simply a city of leisure, it’s also a city of business. Carlsbad is the proud home of top sporting goods companies like Cobra Golf, TaylorMade, Callaway Golf Company and K2 Sports. Those interested in staying indefinitely in Carlsbad homes may rest easy knowing that fitness is also a thrust of companies, like 24 Hour Fitness, that have made the city their home.

Clearly, getting work isn’t a concern for those who are looking at purchasing Carlsbad homes. Education is also excellent in Carlsbad, particularly if you take into consideration the city’s 27 public and private schools, both elementary and intermediate. To aid students in their studies, the city has two libraries: the Georgina Cole Library and the Carlsbad City Library.

Due to the good education and business climate, the city has drawn the attention of reputable persons to Carlsbad homes as residences of choice. World champion skater Tony Hawk, for one, has seen merit in going back to the city of his birth. If the thought of spending an indefinite length of time in Carlsbad doesn’t appeal to you, maybe checking out properties in two other San Diego County cities might interest you – Oceanside homes for sale and Vista CA homes for sale.

Carlsbad is a city in the northern part of San Diego County in California. Its most prominent feature is a long coastline where thousands of surfers hone their skills and more than ten times that number of residents and tourists get their tan every year. If this idea does not convince you to move into Carlsbad homes, try searching for Oceanside homes for sale or Vista CA homes for sale.

Varadero Lake San Marcos Home

Nestled in the quiet Lake San Marcos homes community, this highly-upgraded turnkey property offers resort lifestyle living. Residents in Varadero enjoy their own community pool, spa and BBQ. In addition, they have access to the Lake San Marcos recreational facility with its own club, billard room, paddle boats, tennis courts, swimming pool and spa. The Lake San Marcos golf course is just minutes away. For full golf access, resident can join Lake San Marcos Country Club for a fee.  This property is a rare opportunity as you will discover many upgrades that translate to value that your client will truly appreciate. There are 3 bedrooms,3.5 baths and a den that can easily be converted to a 4th bedroom.  Among the upgrades you will find are custom built-in bookcases in the living room, custom painting through out and faux paint in the formal dining room, custom window treatments and plantation shutters, fireplaces in the living and family room, master bathroom boasting his and her water closets and oversized walk in closets. Low maintenance upgraded porcelain tile in high traffic areas and upgraded carpet in selected rooms. You must check out the gourmet kitchen!

Spruce up the Outside of Your Escondido Home

We have been concentrating on first impressions such as the driveway, walkway, and landscaping.  Nothing is more important than the exterior of your Escondido home itself.  Take a hard look and come up with some ways to improve its presentation.  Some thing you might could do follow:

  • Paint any wood trim that has faded or pealed
  • Repair any dry rot in the trim or patio cover
  • If your home  has a wood exterior, consider painting it
  • Patch any holes in stucco and remove stains
  • Remove rust from any ironwork
  • Make sure doorbell works and that light is not broken
  • Touch up outdoor light fixtures
  • Remove any bird or wasps’ nest from your Escondido home
  • Make sure the front door looks great.  This might require paint, stain, etc.
  • Make sure screens are on the windows and in good condition
  • The front door lock needs to work easily, oil or repair if necessary

These are just some of the things you can do to make your Escondido real estate more marketable.  Apply all the tips presented so far and your potential Escondido buyer will already have a good first impression even before going  inside.  For more information, contact Gary Harmon, your Escondido Realtor.

Wind, Rain, Trees, Trouble

Save A Tree!

While this is not part of my series,  “100 Ways to Prepare Your Escondido home for sale,”  the things mentioned below could certainly help you sell your Escondido real estate.  With the winter storms starting to come into the San Diego North County area,  now is the t ime to protect your property.

I came home last night to find the large pepper tree in my front yard leaning towards the street.  The roots were starting to break the ground giving a warning of what is surely  to come.   Will I loose the tree, maybe, but what could I have done to avoid the problem and what can you do now to save a tree?

Start by just looking at the trees around your Escondido home.  If they are lopsided like my pepper tree, trim them to be symetrical.   The next thing to do is thin out  some of the limbs.  Your goal is to not have the tree be so top heavy when it is soaked with rain.    Thinning out a tree will lead to more limbs and leaves in the spring, making your tree more appealing to the Escondido home buyer.  The last thing to do, especially for small trees, is to stake them between two strong stakes until they develop a good root system.  All of these things  will help protect your Escondido home from the wind and rain storms soon to come.  For more things you can do to make your Escondido real estate ready to sell, contact Gary Harmon or read the post under the “Seller” category.

More on Preparing the Outside of Your Home


  • As we discussed in an  earlier post, “People buy what they see and not what will be.”    Since potential Escondido home buyers see the driveway first, start there.  See my last post for tips for concrete driveways. 
  •   If your Escondido home has an asphalt you can buy a compound at Lowes’ or Home Depot to repair cracks. 
  • Asphalt driveways should also be sealed every few years to avoid moisture getting under the driveway and causing cracks.  
  • Make sure grass, scrubbery, and flowers around driveway look good.  Again, park your car in the street so your potential buyer can park in the drive. 
  • If there are over hanging trees, cut them back.   


  • Fill cracks in your concrete walkway
  • If some places have lifted up and cause a trip hazzard, consider having them professionally repaired.
  • If you have a brick or stone walkway make sure there is no missing motar.
  • Trim shrubs along walk and add colorful flowers on the way to the front porch.
  • Make sure any lights along the walk work.

For more tips or a complete list of 100 Things to do to Get You Home Sold, contact Gary Harmon.

San Diego North County Home Summary

Microsoft Word - HomeDex Cover Master.docHomeDex Report November 2009

Each month the San Diego North County Association of Realtors publishes data showing changes from month to month and year to year for North County Homes.  The following is a recap of that data. 

All information on North County homes is supplied by the North San Diego County Association of Realtors and is used by permission by your Escondido Realtor, Gary Harmon.

  • The median price for all North County home sales – attached and detached – decreased 1.35% in
    November 2009 from October 2009, to $370,000.
  • Detached North County home prices rose 1.45 percent, from October 2009 to November
    2009, from $430,000 to $436,250.
  • November 2009 median single-family detached homes in North San Diego County
    increased 21.86%, from $358,000 in November 2008.
  • Attached North County home prices increased during November 2009 by 5.54%,
    from $239,250 a month earlier to $252,500.
  • Attached Non-North County home prices increased 2.44% in November 2009; from
    $205,000 to $210,000.
  • San Diego North County attached homes increased 40.28% from $180,000 a year ago.
  • Median days-on-market for single-family detached North County homes remained at
    35 days in November 2009.
  • The number of North County single-family homes sold fell 18.13% last
    month, from 772 to 632.
  • There was a year-to-year increase of 9.15% for home sales in November 2009
    compared to November 2008.

To get the full HomeDex report or to see how it effects Escondido real estate, contact Gary Harmon, your Escondido Realtor.

100 Ways to Prepare Your Escondido Home for Sale

When I started to sell Escondido real estate over 20 years ago, one of the first things I did was go to lots of training programs.   One such program was with Barb Schwarz, a national trainer on getting your home ready for sale.   The most important thing I heard in that seminar is “People buy what they see and not what will be.”  Well, I thought that was very catchy, but I did not learn the truth of that statement until many years of experience.   So I am now repeating that statement to all my Escondido home sellers.  “People buy what they see and not what will be.”   This needs to be the cardinal foundation to successfully selling your Escondido home. 

Let me explain in more detail.  I use to think that most potential Escondido home buyers could look at a fixer and envision how great it would look after they fixed it up.   Years of experience has taught me that what they really see is a lot of work they will have to do and a lot of money they will have to spend.   I found that Escondido buyers would always pay top dollar for a Escondido home in great condition, but would expect deep discounts in the price of Escondido home in poor condition.  Most of the time they would just pass up the Esondido real estate needing work.    Most Escondido home buyers wanted what we call “turn key.”

We have heard it said, “You never get a second chance to make a first impression.”  This is really what Barb was saying over 20 years ago.  Your Escondido home must make a great first impression from the time the buyer drives up until the buyer leaves.   She was also saying you can’t rely on Escondido home buyers to use their imagination.  Your Escondido home’s charm, soundness, comfort and attractiveness must be obvious from the instant they see your home until they walk out the back door. 

There are only about 20 days left in this year and I am going to try to post about 5 tips a day for my Escondido sellers on how to help them make a great first impression with their Escondido homes.  So be sure to read all the upcoming post on getting your Escondido home ready to sell.   If you would like a personal discussion about getting started call or email me, contact Gary Harmon, your Escondido Realtor.