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Protect Your Furry Friends From Danger During The Holidays!

by The Blake Mashburn Group

The holidays should be a joyous time for every member of your family.....even the furry ones! For our pets, the hustle and bustle of the holidays can be stressful. On top of this, there are many new things around the house that can be dangerous for our curious friends. Keep your pet happy and safe this holiday season by following these easy tips!

 

  • Help your cat stay away from the tree by using natural based deterrents along the bottom branches and the try skirt.
  • Do the same for poinsettias, which are incredibly toxic to all pets. To ensure any potential hazard, use silk ones for decorating instead.
  • Keep your ornaments and your tree safe by avoiding ornaments made out of edible materials.
  • Holiday decor means many new cables that can be intriguing to chew on. Keep them hidden from plants or use a natural deterrent on them.
  • Enjoy the ambiance of candles without the fire hazard by using flameless candles.
  • Make sure all alcohol is out of reach of your pets.
  • As much as you want to treat them during the feast, avoid giving table scrapes. Many holiday foods are toxic for pets and/or contain items that a hazardous if swallowed, such as animal bones or corn cobs.
  • Ensure that someone has an eye on your pet at all times when entertaining at your home. This makes sure they don't get outside by accident or get into something they shouldn't be.
  • If it is hard to designate a person to watch your animal and/or if your animal gets anxious at large gatherings, create a quiet, private space within your home where you can keep them. Just give them lots of treats and toys to entertain themselves with and check on them throughout the night.


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Tips To Get Your Ventura Home Ready For Thanksgiving!

by The Blake Mashburn Group

Hosting the family for the Thanksgiving feast? No worries! Get your Ventura home ready for all your holiday guests. Follow these simple tips to prep your home for the holiday and keep your guests happy and comfortable this Thanksgiving!
 

 

1. Declutter!

With more people in your house than usual, you are going to want to take advantage of all the space that you can. Go through and remove unnecessary clutter. Put these items in a closest or storage space until after the holidays. Make sure to clear off counters and tabletops.

2. Focus on the foyer!

The foyer is going to be your guests first impression of your home. Create a welcoming space for them to enter. Protect your floors from the increased food traffic with a rug. Add a seat so guests can easily remove their shoes. Create areas for guests to place their outdoor items that are out of the way but still easily accessible.

3. Get your kitchen ready!

Your kitchen is going to be seeing a lot of action on Thursday. Make sure that you have plenty of space to work and can easily access all of the tools you need. To create extra room, move your coffee machine into another common room so your guests can still gather and enjoy their cup of joe in the morning. Keep some seating available in your kitchen so guests can visit with you as you prepare the day's feast.

4. Keep your bathrooms stocked!

Stock up on toilet paper, toiletries, and towels for your guests. Create storage areas for these items out in the open with shelves or baskets so your guests can easily find these items when needed.

5. Create comfy sleeping arrangements!

Make sure that your guests can get a good night's sleep by providing ample blankets and pillows. Consider adding a ceiling fan to your guest bedroom so your guest can directly adjust the temperature of the room at night.

6. Keep it well lit!

Your guests do not know your home like you do so walking around in the dark could be a hazard. Add nightlights to hallways, bedrooms, and bathrooms so guests can easily navigate their way. Also, ensure the exterior of your house is well lit for when guests arrive or depart throughout their stay.

 

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Add Living Space Outside To Your Ventura Home!

by The Blake Mashburn Group

The spectacular weather year-round in the Ventura area allows home owners to utilize outdoor areas as additional living space for their families! Turn you outdoor living spaces into beautiful, cozy retreats that you and your family can enjoy this summer and throughout the year. Whether your home has a porch, patio, loggia, terrace, or backyard, you can create a beautiful space by following these decorating tips! 

 

Decide what you want to utilize the space for. Do you want an additional sitting area for your family gather? Or, maybe you want to be able to host dinner parties during the cooler fall nights? You can turn outdoor areas into a living room complete with fireplace, television, and couches or a dining room with a long table and ample seating. The possibilities for your Ventura home are truly endless!

 

Get comfortable furniture. Your family will inevitability be spending a lot of time in this outdoor space. The furniture outdoors should be just as comfortable as that inside your house. Consider getting functional cozy pieces, such as porter's chairs, chaise lounges, sectional sofas, daybeds, etc. All of these are available for outdoor use. Choose furniture with dark wood or metal frames to fit no matter the time of year. Choose cushions in neutral colors that can easily transition from season to season

 

Add some ambiance. Lighting and heating add instant coziness to any space. Consider what source of lighting you want to use in the space so that it is functional well into the night. Chandeliers and hanging lanterns can add a touch of elegance or a rustic feel depending on the decor you are going for. Add a fire pit or outdoor fireplace to the space. It can become the perfect spot for your family to gather before bed and the perfect spot for romance once the children have gone to sleep.

 

Focus on the details. The space's accents are the perfect and easiest way to transition the space from season to season. Use blues and greens during this summer season. Then, add pops of color that reflect the fall's fiery hues, such as reds and oranges. Put some throw blankets out that you can wrap yourself up in when it gets chillier at night. Place a lovely outdoor rug down to keep your toes comfy.

 

 

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Spruce Up Your Ventura Home This Spring!

by The Blake Mashburn Group

Spruce up your Ventura home this spring! Keep your home and yard in tip-top shape for the year by giving it some attention now. Check out these home maintenance tasks to complete this spring!

 

AC Check Up!

Before it gets much hotter in Ventura County, you need to make sure that your AC is ready to run. Use a hose (low pressure) on the outside of the unit to clean dirt and dust from the condenser. Replace the filter. Call a professional to look at your AC unit if it has been some time since its last maintenance check.

 

Make Windows Sparkle!

Be able to marvel at your stunning landscaping by giving your windows a good scrub. The best way to ensure that all smudges and streaks are removed is by having a partner simultaneously wash the inside of the window(s) while you wash the outside.

 

Inspect Walkways and Patios!

Concrete and brick can become loose on walkways and patios. Look for any of these trouble spots and hire a handy man to come fix it right away. This will avoid preventable mishaps when you have guests over this spring and summer.

 

Fix Fences and Gates!

Re-strengthen the supports of your fences and check for broken gates that need replacing.

 

Give Your Lawn Some TLC!

Keep your grass happy and healthy all year by feeding it some nutrients this spring. Fight weeds with home grown compost or a high-nitrogen fertilizer.

 

Mulch, Mulch, Mulch!

Have mulch delivered to your home and add 2 to 4 inches to your planting beds. Doing so, will help your beautiful plants thrive.

 

Prep Your Grill!

Summertime barbecues are a great tradition. Make sure you are ready to grill up some burgers and other tasty treats by maintaining your grill. Give the grates and metal plates a good cleaning by soaking them, scrubing them, and rinsing them. Clean the walls and hood with a grill brush as well. Check the hoses and connections to make sure they are all working properly.

 

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Ventura Spring Wine Walk & Street Fair This Saturday!

by The Blake Mashburn Group

Meet us at the Spring Wine Walk & Street Fair in beautiful Ventura this weekend! Saturday, April 6th, will be filled with unique arts & crafts, delicious wine samplings, and family fun activities!

 

The SPRING STREET FAIR takes place from 11:00 am to 6:30 pm with FREE admission. The 300, 400 & 500 block of Main Street will be filled with a multitude of vendors, including talented local artists, fantastic non-profits, incredible live entertainment, and So Much More!

 

From 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm, head out on the WINE WALK! Discover the best champagne, wine, beer, and sparkling wines at the various Tasting Sites located throughout Downtown Ventura.

 

For the ultimate weekend experience, swing by the VIP Bunny Lounge (3:00 pm to 6:00 pm). This 21+ years of age and older area will hold additional wine tastings as well as a variety of exclusive, delicious sweets!

 

Tickets for this fantastic community event can be purchase online HERE or in person at the Ventura Visitors Center (101 South California Street)!

VIP Bunny Lounge Tickets: $75 (plus fees)

Spring Wine Walk Tickets:  $50 (plus fees)

Tickets are almost sold out! Get yours today!

 

All proceeds will help the Downtown Ventura Organization in their mission to cultivate a vibrant commercial and cultural district in our community!

 

Start your weekend fun with the little ones during the annual The Hunt, Ventura’s largest FREE holiday egg hunt! Head to Mission Park at 10:30 am sharp to fill your basket with some of the 25,000 eggs hidden throughout the area! Your little ones will enjoy a special appearance by the Easter Bunny himself! Arts & crafts and the fun kids zone start (featuring face painting, balloons, music, and more) promptly at 10:30 am and do not miss these fantastic egg hunt times for your own “bunnies”:

11:00 am - ADA hunt

11:30 am - 0 - 3 year old hunt

12:00 pm - 4 - 6 year old hunt

12:30 pm - 7 - 12 year old hunt


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Tasks To Help You Prep Your Ventura Yard For Spring!

by The Blake Mashburn Group

Get your Ventura yard ready for spring by prepping it today! Before the weather warms up too much more, you will get the best results and save time by taking care of your landscape now. Here are the best lawn tasks for you to complete to prep your yard for spring!

 

1. Service Your Mower

Keep your lawn mower in tip top shape all season long! Before you have to start using your lawn mower on a regular basis, it is best to service it now. Give it an oil change. Clean the air filter. Replace the spark plugs. Sharpen the blades.

 

2. Cover The Bare Spots

Look for bare or thin spots of grass in your yard. Add sod or spread grass seed across these areas. Doing it now before soil temperatures rise more will help keep weeds from growing in those areas instead.

 

3. Clear Lawn Debris

Do a thorough clean up of your yard. Remove all branches, leaves, and clumps of lawn debris from your yard and garden. This natural clutter can stunt new growth so it is important to remove it in enough time for the spring blooms to take root.

 

4. Prep Your Plants Apply Fertilizer with Pre-Emergent Herbicide

Check your soil to make sure that it is dry. The best test for this is to see if the soil crumbles in your hand instead of clumping. If it is crumbly, start pruning your shrubs and trees and remove growth from perennials. Add slow release fertilizer to trees and shrubs. Use fertilizer that has a pre-emergent herbicide because this additive will fight weeds before they germinate.

 

5. Pick Your Plants

Now it's time to get your green thumb going! You can begin adding bare root plants and other foliage that will love the current cooler temperatures. Go to a nursery and preorder your perennials. You will take advantage of early spring savings and will have the best selection of plants.

 


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Renovate Your Ventura Home To Sell!

by The Blake Mashburn Group

Get your Ventura home ready to sell by making some renovations. Updating your home will help attract your buyers to your property and will increase the value of your home. While we understand that it might seem counter intuitive to put more money into your home when you are leaving, there are some renovations that have a great return on investment (ROI) and make awesome financial sense for you to complete. The Remodeling 2019 Cost vs. Value Report (www.costvsvalue.com) analyzes the average costs of home remodeling projects with the value that those projects have when the homes are sold. Check out the top 5 renovations that will help you sell your Ventura home and make you money!

 

 

Install a 4 section steel Garage Door for a fresh, updated look to the exterior of your home. This upscale renovation costs $3,785 and makes you a profit with an ROI of 123.8%!

 

Add a Manufactured Stone Veneer to the bottom section of your home's exterior as well as around the front door entryway. This mid-range renovation costs $9,507 and will make you another profit with an ROI of 110.4%!

 

Create an outdoor living space in your backyard with a Wood Deck Addition. This mid-range renovation costs $16,511 and has a ROI of 87.8%.

 

Make some updates in a Minor Kitchen Remodel with floors, countertops, and appliances. This mid-range renovation costs $24,950 and has an ROI of 87.1%.

 

Replace your front door with a Fiberglass Door with Duel Sidelights for a grand entrance to your home. This upscale renovation costs $9,568 and has an ROI of 85.1%.

 

 

If you are ready to sell your home, give the Blake Mashburn Group  a call today at (805) 856-9350 or visit our website at http://www.blakemashburn.com/.

Tips For Finding Great Houseplants For Your Ventura Home!

by The Blake Mashburn Group

Houseplants can instantly add a fresh new touch to the decor of your Ventura home. Through color, texture, and shape, houseplants are a quick and beautiful addition to any room. They also provide many benefits for you and your family by improving the home's air quality, helping reduce many illnesses, increasing focus and reducing fatigue, and so much more. Not sure where to start with your indoor green thumb? Here are some helpful tips to find the best houseplants for your Ventura home!

 

1. Decide where you want to put the plant(s) within your home. What is the interior design of the space? How much lighting does that area get? There are plants to fit every single one of your needs but you need to make sure you find a plant that will thrive and tastefully match the particular location.

 

2. Make sure you only buy your plants from reputable stores. The quality of care received by the plants while at the store will determine the longevity of the plant once you bring it home. The plants should look healthy and properly cared for when you see them.

 

3. Don't limit your buying to the stores. Check out garden magazines and catalogs for more unique options. However, make sure any companies you order through offer a money back guarantee in case damage occurs in transit. You can also find unique offerings of plants through plant societies.

 

4. Decide whether you want to care for a plant that has already begun to grow or want to start it from a seedling. Both have different needs for care so it is important to evaluate what your time availability is.

 

5. Do a good visual examination of the plant before your purchase. Look at the color, firmness, and fullness. Make sure there are signs of new growth. If you are picking out a flowering plant, choose when the is not in full bloom as it will not last as long. An important part of the visual examination is checking for diseases and insects. Look at the spots where branches and stems meet. Avoid buying plants with any evidence of disease or insects as these can quickly spread to other plants in your home.

 

6. Along with looking at the the plant, you should feel the soil. Check if it is too compacted or too loose. Poor soil will stunt the plants growth. If you determine that the soil is poor, this does not need to deter you from purchasing the plant. It simply means that you should repot the plant when you get home.

 

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Update Your Ventura Home's Landscaping!

by The Blake Mashburn Group

Landscaping is one of the best home improvements you can make to increase it's value. It can increase its value by 5 to 11%! The best part is that it is also an easy improvement to make! And, with spring approaching, now is the perfect time in Southern California to start making some updates to your yard. Here are some great landscaping tips for you to increase the property value of your Ventura home!

 

1. Landscape to Complement The Style of Your Home

You want to make sure that landscape design compliments your home. What is the architectural style of your home? If it is more modern or industrial, add lots of greenery that contours to the lines of your home. For older style homes, think of designs that will blend well and give more of a country feel.

 

2. Create a Strategy

Always start off with a plan. This will ensure that you have the best landscaping design for your home. You don't want to do too little or too much. Do not clutter too many plants in a particular area. Make sure to have lots of diversity in your plants to make it interesting but still uniform.

 

3. Think of the Seasons

We do not experience much seasonal change in southern California but there are plants that thrive best at different times of the year. Keep your landscape looking its best every time of year and match it to the seasons. Bright florals are great for spring, lovely beds are perfect for summer, autumnal colors add a feeling of fall, and evergreens can put you in the holiday spirit for winter.

 

4. Add Trees

A couple of trees can actually increase the sale price of your home. They help add some welcome shade for you and your home, improve the air quality in your area, and are a great relaxing spot in your yard.

 

5. Create an Edge

Always have edging along your garden beds, sidewalks, and driveway. This along with a well maintained lawn help showcase the care you take in your home. It is also easy to maintain by keeping weeds at bay.

 

Of all improvements to boost home value, landscape is one that will get you the largest return on your investment.  Just make sure that you design your landscape with a plan, and don’t let that design become so complex that the mere thought of all the maintenance chases away your buyers.

 

Enjoy a great return on investment by landscaping your Ventura yard today. For more great home owners tips, visit our website at http://www.blakemashburn.com/.

 

Test Your Ventura Home During Radon Action Month!

by The Blake Mashburn Group


Keep your family healthy and safe by testing your Ventura home during National Radon Action Month!

 

The California Department of Public Health's Indoor Radon Program provides even more information and resources (including a list of certified radon mitigation professionals) to help homeowners in our area. During the month of January, they are offering California residents FREE Radon Test Kits through Alpha Energy. Order yours today by calling 1 (800) 324-5928 (option 6) or online HERE.

 

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