FROM THE PUBLISHERS OF “Our Town-Our Paper” LAGUNA BEACH & NEWPORT BEACH COMMUNITIES CoastalRealEstateGuide.com JUNE 16, 2017 | VOL. 7 , ISSUE 24 Double Homes Doubles the Pleasure FEATURED PROPERTY: LAGUNA BEACH An unusual compound of two full-size homes, each with their own pool and garden spa, on two lots offers uncommon privacy near downtown Laguna Beach. The main house features three bedrooms, 3 1/2 baths, den and formal dining room. The second home has two bedrooms, a den, three baths and a kitchen with a separate catering kitchen. The outdoor areas feature fire pits, cabanas and an outdoor bar. Finishes include custom slate roofs, intricate woodwork, wood floors, brick patios and copper accents. Both lots together are approximately 13,000 sq. ft. total and feature garages for four cars and two off street parking spaces. Offering price: $7,900,000 Address: 371 El Camino Del Mar, Laguna Beach Agent info: Jim Ardery, Laguna Beach Properties 949-887-3823, lagunabeachproperties.net ASK THE EXPERT Manage Moving Season With These Simple Tips By Holly Schwartz padding, markers. “How did I accumulate It’s best to pack room so much junk?” That’s by room. Don’t mix up the key phrase I hear items from one room when people are getting with another as it will get ready to move. Eyes wide confusing. Also, make and overwhelmed, we all sure to label breakable know that the moving items as fragile so movers process can be stressful. know to handle them There are some tried and with care. Holly Schwartz true ways to make the There are several experience a bit easier and there are different ways to plan your move. also some tasks to add to your to-do The easiest way is the full service list as soon you get the keys to your moving company. Movers often new pad. book up well in advance and weekends are their busy time so it is Packing Tips smart to start looking into them and Surprise! You don’t need to getting estimates as soon as possible. keep everything you have in your You can also rent moving trucks and home. If you haven’t used it or do the move on your own. This may worn it for months, it might be be more cost effective, but will also time to let it go. Make an area for be more labor intensive. items you can donate and another If you are getting rid of a lot area for items you can toss. Then of items, you may want to hire a pack the rest. Here’s a list of some junk company to pick them up. If essentials for your packing pleasure: anything is worth selling, make sure moving boxes, packing tape, packing to start posting your classified ads or planning your garage sale ASAP. For items that you plan to donate, make sure to set aside time to bring your belongings to Goodwill or schedule a pickup with them. To-Do List 1. One of the most important things to do is set up utilities at your new home. You don’t want to get there and have no electricity, gas, water, or worse yet, TV or Internet! TV and Internet often need a longer lead time so make sure to set up that appointment as early as you can. 2. If your new place needs appliances, you should place those orders ASAP and also schedule delivery. I know from personal experience that it took two weeks for my refrigerator to be delivered. That was a long two weeks of takeout meals! 3. Getting the keys to your new home is always a right of passage. It’s exciting to unlock your new front door. But don’t get too attached to that key. One of the first things you should do is rekey your home. Who knows how many keys are floating around out there? Play it safe and get a new set. 4. If the carpets have not been professionally cleaned, you should do this before you start moving in your personal belongings. It removes stains, allergens, and unwanted scents. 5. Give the house a thorough cleaning. Whether you do it yourself or hire cleaners, make sure they get the bathrooms, the cabinets and appliances. Before you start unpacking your personal items, you need to have a clean spot to unload them. If you are moving this summer, congratulations! I hope to make your move a little less stressful by sharing these tips. Holly Schwartz is a realtor with Villa Real Estate who lives in Newport Beach and has been featured on HGTV’s “House Hunters.” She can be reached at HSchwartz@ VillaRealEstate.com.