Remodeling Laws Changed!

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Here’s a good excuse to buy that cool new faucet you’ve been eyeing on Pinterest!

Remodeling laws changed this year to favor water conservation. As of Jan 1st, someone remodeling a property built before 1994 must upgrade toilets and faucets to a lower regulated flow. By 2017, all property owners must adhere to this standard, regardless of intent to remodel.

Find out more details in this article: http://bit.ly/1gvwBFK

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Did you know Walnut Creek is now smoke-free? An ordinance passed earlier this year that bans smoking in downtown, recreational areas, commercial zoned properties and multiunit residences. First time violators could be cited starting at $100, repeat offenders could have a civil suit filed against them by the city.

Read more details about where you can and can not smoke here:http://bit.ly/WalnutCreekSmokeFree

Fall in Love With Your Home Again!

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Whether you’re remodeling, reselling or just want a change, the easiest way to fall in love with a room again is with a fresh coat of paint. I’m loving Benjamin Moore’s new 2014 trend palette, and I think you will too. The collection is more subdued than last year’s, making for a gorgeous pallet of neutrals that all work together nicely. <3

You can check out the 2014 palette here for inspiration: http://bit.ly/2014ColorTrends

How the 2014 California Fence Law Update Affects You

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The obligation of an California property owner in regards to the up-keep and maintenance of in closed boundary (also know as a fence) was amended at the start of 2014.

What you need to know about California fencing laws.
The original civil code was written in 1872 and had never been amended. The original code required neighbors to share the cost of a new fence or existing fence, however, the cost-sharing was dependent on the neighbor being asked to commit to the repair or building of the fence. If the neighbor did not agree and you felt they were liable to help, the next step would have been small claims court.

As of January, 1, 2014, “Adjoining landowners shall share equally in the responsibility for maintaining the boundaries and monuments between them.” This is basically saying that, because both parities equally benefit from the fence, than both parties are EQUALLY responsible for the construction and up-keep, unless there is a different agreement in writing.

If you are the party being asked to take equal responsibility, but do not have the resources to preform, or feel you are not liable, the civil code can be overcome by the court. The courts will look at the circumstances and require: an equal contribution, a less then equal contribution, or no contribution necessary.

How does this affect you?
If you benefit from the fence then you are equally responsible for the construction, maintenance, or replacement of the fence. With this in mind, make sure you are setting money aside for up-coming home improvements if you’re concerned about the quality of fences on your property lines.

If you’re interested in seeing the law verbatim, click here to view it in on the California Legislative Website.

AmazonFresh Comes to the San Francisco Bay Area

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It feels like the new trend in online sales has made its way to food/grocery delivery.  The first time I ever noticed a grocery delivery service was Safeway.  But now, Amazon is diving in with AmazonFresh.

AmazonFresh pledges to deliver fresh, quality produce, meat, milk etc. to your location the same or next day.  This service has a membership fee of $299/year which includes an AmazonPrime account- a $79/year membership that includes: free 2 day shipping, no minimum order and instant streaming to name a few.

This service has been provided to the people of Seattle and Los Angels and as of December 10, 2013 San Francisco can sign up for AmazonFresh, too!

Holiday Fun in the Bay Area

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Are you looking for something fun to do with your family for the Holiday season? Head to the Oakland Zoo for Zoo Lights. You  can see the hundreds of thousands of lights from 5:30 – 9 pm until January 5, 2014.  

The Oakland Zoo has held this tradition for years! As a kid going to the Zoo to see the lights was one of my favorite things to do! Just remember, baby it’s cold outside- so don’t forget your scarf!