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Selling Real Estate In The Wild Wild West

Selling real estate in the Wild Wild West reminds we of the old John Wayne movies. He usually played a big-hearted, honest human being (I relate.) Then he always had other people in the films, which were much like authentic characters from the Wild Wild West, who had little moral or ethical code. Sometimes, selling real estate in the south county feels like working in the Wild Wild West.

I love the rural atmosphere of South Sacramento County. There are open green fields of tall grass. You see horses and cows grazing as you drive along the county roads. Large Oak trees are covering the lands here. Beautiful creeks bubble through the valleys and the Consumnes River roars through every winter, and we hope she doesn’t flood. It is like a picture book from the good old days. read more

Reasons to Check for Utilities in Vacant Homes For Sale

check for utilities in vacant homes for sale

Working for decades in selling Sacramento real estate, I learned the hard way early on to check for utilities in vacant homes for sale. I took a new listing in Natomas this week. I sent an agent from our Weintraub & Wallace team to do a security check on the home. I’m scheduling vendors this week, such as a pest inspector, gardener, and the house cleaners. Vendors, of course, need lights working and electricity for the power tools. Power and water in good working order are mission critical on the listing preparation checklist. read more

Photos of Our Hawaii Remodel in Kona

hawaii remodel in kona

Who knew this Hawaii remodel in Kona would run 45 days past its completion schedule? Hey, it’s Hawaii. We all know. All I can say is it’s a good thing I extended my stay in Kona this winter because we needed that extra time to get the remodel finished. The major hangups were damaged cabinets (which Shenandoah had discontinued) and the quartz install. Those cabinets had to be outsourced and when they finally arrived, one of the replacements was damaged in four areas. Oh, man, just fix the first cabinet. read more

Update on Lowes Kona Kitchen Remodel

lowes kona kitchen remodel

OK, so no surprise here that our Lowes Kona kitchen remodel is still not finished. Part of the problem is we bought our cabinets from Lowes in Kailua-Kona, the Shenandoah line, exclusive, it seems, to Lowes. In retrospect, if I had more time, it would have made more sense to order custom cabinets from any of the fine cabinet makers in Kona. But I had to get back to Sacramento to continue selling Sacramento real estate.

I placed the order for our Lowes Kona kitchen remodel in June, along with signing a contract with Lowes to buy most of the supplies from Lowes. However, Lowes did not do the remodel nor adequately oversee the job. Lowes hired a third-party contractor to do the work. So I probably would have been better off hiring my own contractor, but that is water under the bridge. read more

How to Order Small Dumpster Junk Removal in Sacramento

small dumpster junk removal in sacramento

Until I read an agent’s blog in San Diego, I did not realize we had small dumpster junk removal in Sacramento. Probably because the last time I rented a large dumpster, that rental cost me $300 in 2002. I shudder to think what those prices would be today, probably $500 or more. However, I can say thank goodness we live where we do in Land Park because my junk removal program now consists on dragging said item to the curb. Within an hour — I don’t care what kind of crap I stick in the street — it’s gone. I’d like to think a deserving family is cooking on our old Weber grill but the likelihood it is an entrepreneur. Probably re-homing items for a fee, would be my guess. Flipping trash. But maybe not. And in any case, what difference does it make? The point is I saved myself from having to rent a dumpster.

However, maybe you do not live in a neighborhood where you can stick an old sofa in the street and watch it vanish before your eyes. If so, then this service might be for you. Or, maybe you have stuff nobody wants like cement blocks or construction debris. It serves a definite market that needs trash hauling. Not surprising, our small dumpster junk removal in Sacramento is a service offered by Waste Management.

Questions? Let’s start with the basics. The small dumpster junk removal bag is called a Bagster. Pretty clever name for it, don’t you agree? How much trash does it hold? About 3 cubic yards, and you can get rid of just about anything. There is a limit on construction waste material that is heavy, but you can read all the fine print at Waste Management.

First you buy the bag itself, which is $29.95, if you purchase the Bagster at Amazon. There are other retailers but why not just go to Amazon? Unlike Home Depot, which supports the MAGA regime. I will never shop at Home Depot again and only patronize Lowes today. In fact, I hired Lowes as general contractor for our whole house remodel in Kona, Hawaii. So kiss those dollars goodbye, Home Depot. But I digress. The point is first get the bag and then set up collection through Waste Management.

As long as you set up your collection service online, the fee is $179 for the first bag and the company offers a discounted price for additional bags. The small dumpster junk removal in Sacramento is not available in every city or area. For example, you can’t use this program in West Sacramento. But most of the main areas in Sacramento are covered, including Fair Oaks and Carmichael.

Hope you have found this information helpful and a good solution for getting rid of smaller containers of trash. I’ll be sure to share this with my sellers because every home could use a bit less clutter before selling.

Elizabeth Weintraub

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