1320 W 168th Street # 6, Gardena 90247

LISTING PRICE: $375,000

In Escrow. Located just blocks from the up-and-coming Artesia Corridor, this lovely 2 bedroom, 3 bath home is conveniently located near shops, restaurants and eateries. The first level features an open concept living room with a cozy fireplace and leads into the kitchen, dining area and outdoor patio area. As you walk up the stairway to the second level, you will first notice the roomy hallway that leads to two complete master suites with balconies, bathrooms and walk-in closets. The second level also includes an extra spacious laundry area with lots of storage space. Additional features of this move-in-ready home are central air and heating and a spacious two-car garage that provides direct access to the home.

2 BEDROOMS
3 BATHS
1,200 SQ. FT
BUILT 1989

MLS#: SB17001515

Please call me if I can help you sell your home – Lucy Garber at (310) 293-4866.

The 7 Most-Needed Repair Tips Every Homeowner Should Know

Relax. Here’s how to make short work of every common repair annoyance.

These are the 7 most-needed repair tips every homeowner should know.

1. Fix a Leaky Toilet

Running toilets not only rob sleep, they waste water and jack up your bill. Here’s how to change a flapper — the usual suspect:

    1. Identify the correct flapper using model number of toilet.
    2. Turn off water valve (clockwise).
    3. Flush toilet to drain.
    4. Remove old flapper.
    5. Clip chain to lever.
    6. Attach new flapper to mount pegs and check chain length.
    7. Remove and adjust length to be allow about 1-3 links of slack, if needed. Reattach.
    8. Turn water valve back on (counterclockwise).
    9. Test and you’re good to go.

 

2. Repair Drywall Holes

The hardest part of drywall repair is making the patch flush with the existing wall. A “pumpkin patch” is an easy repair that cuts down on sanding.

3. Adjust Cabinet Doors

Changes in humidity can make cabinet doors rub, refuse to close, or just look cockeyed. Adjusting them is easy and generally requires only a screwdriver.

4. Open a Stuck Window

Windows stick when paint, dust, or moisture builds. Use a utility knife (or a pizza cutter) to remove old paint. Be careful not to gouge the wood sash. If high humidity is making windows hard to move, run a humidifier that sucks moisture out of air.

5. Stop a Leaking Faucet

A dripping faucet can waste 5 gallons of water per day. If you can’t replace the faulty part immediately, tie a string around the faucet and let it fall into the drain: Dripping water will silently flow down the string.

6. Silence Door Squeaks

Take the squeak out of doors by lubricating top and bottom hinges with a little WD-40 or white lithium grease. If you don’t have any on hand, olive oil is a quick but temporary fix.

7. Turn Off the Main Water Line

Don’t wait until water gushes into your house to search for the main water line. When things are calm and dry, locate and practice turning it on and off.

Written by Lisa Kaplan Gordon / Houselogic.com

Solar Christmas Lights: Should You Make the Switch?

LED vs solar-powered Christmas house lights

 

Solar Christmas lights don’t cost anything to operate, but are they better than plug-in LED strings?

In the last few years, energy-efficient LED holiday lights have largely replaced more wattage-thirsty incandescent strings, resulting in significant savings — LED lights use 50% less energy than their incandescent predecessors, and they last up to 10 times longer as well.

Now there’s a newish kid in the string-light neighborhood: LED solar Christmas lights promise grid-free festive lighting.

Powering Up Solar Christmas Lights

A string of solar Christmas lights uses a small solar panel for power; there are no extension cords that must be plugged into outlets. The panel — about the size of a hockey puck — powers rechargeable batteries that illuminate a 25- to 100-bulb string of LED lights.

Panels come with small stakes so you can put them in the ground, where they can take advantage of the sun. A fully-charged string of lights should glow for six to eight hours after the sun goes down.

Solar Lights vs. LED Plug-In Costs

Pricing for solar-powered and plug-in LED holiday lights runs neck and neck. Compare purchase prices:

  • A 100-light string of miniature solar-powered LED lights costs about $10 and up.
  • A 100-light string of miniature plug-in LED lights costs about $10 and up.

Compare costs to operate:

  • Operating a string of plug-in LED holiday lights for 300 hours — more than enough time for an entire holiday season — costs about 24 cents, using an average energy cost of 12 cents per kilowatt hour (kWh).
  • Solar-powered Christmas lights, of course, don’t cost anything to operate. That means you’re saving 24 cents per year in energy costs.

Advantages of Solar Lights

  • No extension cords
  • No need for exterior electrical outlets
  • Withstand cold temperatures and precipitation
  • Zero cost to operate
  • Light output comparable to plug-in lighting
  • Green option

Disadvantages of Solar Christmas Lights

  • May not operate under cloudy skies
  • Unproven longevity (too new on the market for results)

Article by Alyson McNutt English for HouseLogic | REALTOR

3 Days on the Market – 2645 S. Dolphin Street, San Pedro, CA 90731

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SOLD by Lucy Garber.  Custom 4 bedroom, 2 level, single family home with detached guest quarters and 3-car garage. Impeccable interior with classic architectural elements blends seamlessly with exterior living space. First level features living room with fireplace, formal dining room, family room and a beautiful kitchen which opens out to the landscaped patio. Grand staircase leads up to the master bedroom with his and her closets and bathroom. 3 additional bedrooms, full bath and laundry room complete the 2nd level. Sold at listed price of $1,090.000.

Please call me if I can help you sell your home – Lucy Garber at (310) 293-4866.