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Orange is the new social!

thumbs-upYou have asked for it, and we listened.  Not only have we just updated out website to make it MORE relevant, cleaner, responsive (to your mobile needs), we have also gone social! We have put together a blog calendar and will be writing about things that matter.  We have a series on current events, education, identification and more.  Even better, we are going to finally be tied into to the social networks where you want to get this information.  Sure, we want you to come to the site and read them, but you can also get the info in your facebook, twitter and google+!

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By |August 3rd, 2014|Newsletter|0 Comments

Water Damage and Restoration Rescue

When a pipe explodes in your home, you need to be rescued. When a toilet overflows and water spreads throughout your home, you need to be rescued. When sewage backs up in your home, you need to be rescued. No one plans on needing a water damage and restoration company, but it's always good to have one on speed dial in case of an emergency.

When any of these things happen to your home, you need to find a reputable company fast. What makes a company reputable? Well, you want to confirm the company you are looking at is insured. You probably want to go to YELP and see reviews from other people saying good things about the company you are interested in.

You should also look through their website and confirm that they will help you throughout the process. It can be very stressful to have to repair your home after a disaster. Financial costs, the stress of not having your home, potential mold problems are all reasons to be kind to yourself and find a water restoration company that will do the bulk of the work for you. Find a company that works 24-7 and is able to dispatch someone immediately. You need to feel like you're in good hands. Confirm that the company will handle your insurance claim so you have one less thing to worry about.

We're not saying we do all of these things (okay, we do). Ultimately we want you to hire someone that will do the job right the first time and minimize the amount of work you have to do to make your home feel like home again.

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By |August 31st, 2011|Fire, Flood, Green, Mold, Newsletter, Tricks and Tips|Comments Off on Water Damage and Restoration Rescue

Green Ways to Clean Grout

Grout in your house typically is used to seal spaces between tiles. Grout is composed of sand, water, cement and color tint. Grout can become dirty easily and needs to be cleaned correctly. Most importantly, remember to reseal your grout every one to two years to protect your grout from becoming permanently dirty.

There are lots of grout cleaning products in the market. We at Orange Restoration like to emphasize natural and healthy – Green is important to us. Before buying a commerical grout cleaner, try using natural products like vinegar, baking soda and lemon juice.

Vinegar can either be applied alone or diluted with water. It should sit for 10 minutes before you brush the grout in a circular motion.

Baking soda needs to be made into a paste with either a little vinegar or water. Scrub the paste with a firm bristled brush for a gentle cleaning or leave the paste for a few minutes for a better cleaning.

Amazingly lemon juice can remove many grout discolorations and stains! Rub some lemon juice on the affected area, leave it for 10 minutes and then wipe it off with a damp sponge.

If these methods don't work, feel free to seek more professional help.

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By |August 31st, 2011|Green, Newsletter, Tricks and Tips|Comments Off on Green Ways to Clean Grout

Quick Tips to Help Sell Your House

1. Paint! Paint! Paint! Do you love vivid colors that pop? Does your house have an array of paint colors that mimic the rainbow? When putting your house on the market, it's important that potential buyers can envision living in the house. What if your walls are purple and the people looking at the house hate the color purple? They will have a difficult time looking past the colors of the walls. Prior to putting your house on the market, repaint your walls to white or beige. Choose colors that are unassuming and quiet.

2. Hide your photographs. Once again, you want people who are looking at your home to envision themselves living in the same space. Personal photographs, photos of your family are all wonderful additions to your home that personalize the space. Make sure to hide all photographs of a personal nature to continue the theme of neutrality throughout the home. Paintings and photographs of nature are not personal and can be left on display.

3. Clean your house. This one is probably obvious but make sure to clean your house. You want your house to sparkle. The base boards should be dust free. The floors should gleam. If you have carpet, get it professionally cleaned. Clean the outside of the kitchen cabinets, wipe any stains on the walls. All clutter needs to disappear – even if that means throwing it all into a few boxes and hiding it in the garage. Clutter distracts people and it makes a space feel smaller. You want your property to come off as roomy and airy and enticing. A dirty cluttered house will be difficult for people to look past. Nobody wants to live in a dirty house and most people will have a hard time ignoring the mess to appreciate the house.

These are just some ideas to help you sell your house for the best price. A home that is warm and enticing will attract buyers. Walk throughout your house and see how you feel when you're in a room. Do your best to perfect the appearance, you won't regret it.

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By |August 22nd, 2011|Newsletter, Tricks and Tips|Comments Off on Quick Tips to Help Sell Your House

CA Law Mandates Carbon Monoxide Alarms in All Single Family Homes

As of July 1, 2011 all single-family homes with a fireplace, attached garage or fossil burning heater must install carbon monoxide alarms. Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless gas that can kill if left undetected. It is produced by furnaces, fireplaces, heaters, some cooking devices, idling cars and some appliances. When used normally, appliances that burn fuel produce small amounts of carbon monoxide that are not poisonous. However, appliances that are not working properly can produce too much carbon monoxide and silently kill all the occupants within a home.

Any single family homes that are found to not have an alarm will be served a 30-day notice. If the owner chooses not to comply a  maximum fee of $200 fee will be given with each offense. 

Owners of multi-family leased or rental units will have until January 1, 2013 to comply with this requirement.

Carbon monoxide alarms must be installed outside each sleeping area of the house including the basement. It doesn't really matter where the alarm is installed in terms of height, carbon monoxide mixes with air and can be detected at any height within a home.

For more information regarding this new law, go to California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

Here's another great pamphlet on carbon monoxide by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

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By |August 22nd, 2011|Newsletter, Tricks and Tips|Comments Off on CA Law Mandates Carbon Monoxide Alarms in All Single Family Homes

California Law Changes Meth Lab Remediation Guidelines

Meth Lab Remediation law AB1489 passed in 2009 has changed existing methamphetamine remediation standards. Prior to AB1489, the legislature enacted SB536 in 2005 which had very strict remediation standards. The previous standard SB536 did not allow a unit to be rented after the space was used as a meth lab prior to very exact remediation standards being satisfied.

The law now allows 1.5 micrograms per 100 square centimeters of residual contamination in comparison to 2005's standard of 0.1 micrograms per 100 square centimeters. This was done with the property manager/owner in mind by making it easier for a unit to be cleaned up and be rented out.

If you need more information, go to California Department of Toxic Substances Control's website at  http://www.dtsc.ca.gov/sitecleanup/erp/clan_labs.cfm.

If you need to have a meth lab removed now, go to this link for help: http://www.dtsc.ca.gov/SiteCleanup/ERP/Drug_Lab_Removal.cfm.

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By |August 21st, 2011|Newsletter|Comments Off on California Law Changes Meth Lab Remediation Guidelines

Water Damage is a Challenge

You don't want water damage to occur in your home. Water damage can spiral out of control if not managed appropriately. Water damage can be caused by a broken pipe, a sub-pump not working in the basement, a faucet left on while you're out of the house, irrigation leaks and anything that has to do with water! Sometimes if your sink is clogged and you turn your dishwasher on you can cause a flood to happen in your kitchen. Despite your best intentions water damage can occur.

It's important not to panic when flooding occurs. Water damage is preventable and treatable.

If you have a small leak, find the source and make it stop. Then grab a bunch of towels to soak up the water. If the water is sewage water, you may want to have a professional handle it. Dirty water is unsanitary and can spread disease.

If you are unable to fix the leak, call a professional immediately. You don't want water damage. A professional plumber can help you stop the problem before it becomes an even bigger issue.

A professional water restoration team will prevent water damage from destroying your home.

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By |August 15th, 2011|Flood, Newsletter, Tricks and Tips|Comments Off on Water Damage is a Challenge

Fire Damage and Smoke Removal

October 2007 is a month most Southern Californians will never forget. That was the month a series of wildfires burned nearly 1,500 homes and 500,000 acres of land from Santa Barbra county to the US-Mexican border. Entire areas were evacuated forcing people to grab their loved ones and whatever they could pack into their cars in a short period of time to escape the fires.

When the fires died down and people returned to their homes, they returned to neighborhoods where one house was spared while the house next door was burned down. Houses that appeared from the outside to be untouched smelled of smoke and were covered in soot inside. Even though the houses escaped direct contact with the fires, they were damaged and needed to be repaired.

Smoke and fire damage can have lasting effects on your home if you do not repair it correctly. It's important to call a fire and smoke damage restoration company to assess the damage, communicate with your insurance company and remove all smoke/soot from your home. Residues left behind by fire need to be treated by professionals. Sometimes the damage is so great that walls need to be replaced to eliminate the smell of smoke from your home.

We at Orange Restoration have experts with many years of experience treating and restoring homes damaged by smoke. Call us for a free assessment.

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By |August 15th, 2011|Fire, Newsletter, Tricks and Tips|Comments Off on Fire Damage and Smoke Removal

Tips on Advertising Rental Properties

Advertising rental properties is easier than ever before. The internet has changed the way property managers find tenants.

Advertising rental properties with print media is still possible, i.e., The Reader, The PennySaver, etc. You can also print out signs and put them outside your rental unit.

However, today's tenant tends to be more technologically advanced. Your best bet is advertising rental properties online.

Sites such as www.craigslist.com, www.rentals.com, www.apartments.com and www.forrent.com are all excellent advertising tools. When posting your unit online, have a set of photos that flatter your unit. When writing the post, it's important to first consider your prospective tenant/s. Your choice of words will either attract or repel your ideal tenant. Be sure to highlight anything that makes your unit “special.” For instance, if your unit is near a park, a place of worship, a shopping area, public transportation – these are all bonuses that will make your unit more desirable. Put in the time to write a good ad, you will reap the rewards when you attract your ideal tenant.

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By |August 11th, 2011|Newsletter, Tricks and Tips|Comments Off on Tips on Advertising Rental Properties

Figuring Out Your Rent Schedule

Knowing how much to rent a unit is extremely important. If you ask for too little, the owner isn't getting the best deal; if you ask for too much, good luck finding a tenant. There are some ways to ensure you are getting the best deal for your rent schedule.

First you need to scope out the competition. Go online, Craigslist is usually a great place to check, and see what units are going for in the same area. If another unit is newly updated and yours is 3o years old, you can't expect to get the same rate. However, you might be able to get the same rate (or more) if your unit is more “special” than the newer unit. For instance, your unit is in walking distance to recreational areas, shopping, places of worship and schools. Or what if your unit has on-site recreational facilities? What is your building is beautiful or in a slightly better part of town?

No two units are idential – unless they are in the same apartment building and are identical. It's important to assess each unit individually when deciding on the rent schedule. Researching the competition will only guide you when deciding on the rent, factoring in details that make your unit “special” will allow you to get the most money for your unit.

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By |August 11th, 2011|Newsletter, Tricks and Tips|Comments Off on Figuring Out Your Rent Schedule