Your Front Door Gives a First Impression

door to front of the house

Does your front door welcome visitors?

The first impression when someone comes to your home is the front door. Keep your entry area clean and in good condition.
Make a statement with the paint of your front door. Red, dark green or black are gold colors that stand out. Give your door a fresh coat of paint as needed depending on sun exposure.

Keep the door clean. Depending on the exposure to weather, I suggest cleaning your front door every other week. When you keep up with the dust, you can just wipe the door with a dry cloth. For a deeper clean, use a mixture of warm water and white vinegar or mild dish-washing liquid (only use 1 teaspoon to a gallon of water and be sure to rinse well).

Freshen up the hardware on your door. There are some cleaning products out there such as Maas metal cleaner. If you have glass or ceramic door knobs, just using rubbing alcohol.

Add color by the front door by including a couple of pots with large green evergreens and annuals around the base of the plant. Don’t clutter your front door by having multiple pots of plants. Less is more.

What does your front door look like right now?

Home Tip: Organic Pest Control

How do you know what pest control sprays to purchase? Are they safe?

In this video, Allen Smith shows you step by step how to make an organic pest control spray to keep these pesky pets away from your home.

Start with 2 quarts of water and begin to boil
1 yellow onion,chopped
2 jalapeno pepper, chopped
1 tbsp. cayenne pepper

Simmer for 20 minutes

Take cheesecloth and strain all the pulp out.

Pour liquid into a spray bottle.

Spray outside and get rid of those pesky varmits!

Do you have a special tip you would like to share here? Please contact Pam McCoy, 916.865.8759

Coldwell Banker Real Estate | 2270 Douglas Boulevard, Suite 120 | Roseville, Ca 95661

Make a Bench for your Home

I love it when I find a new blog or Youtube channel that I can learn something from. Today during my computer time, I discovered an Alaskan Mom who enjoys doing carpentry. Anna built this bench in a short amount of time. I love the idea of making something for my home. Are you inspired? Which room in your home could use this handy bench?

Have you made anything recently for your home? I would love for you to share it here.

Home How To Tip: Make a Bathroom Safe for Children

Your children are precious. It is important to always think about their safety.

Tips to keep your children safe in the bathroom:

  • Hot water should not be set higher then 120 degrees
  • When running bath water, add cold water first then add hot water
  • Remember…children can drown in 1″ of water
  • Never leave a child alone…not even for a moment
  • Keep a child lock on the bathroom door
  • Put lock on toilet
  • Keep all medications, vitamins and household cleaners locked in high shelf
  • Cover all unused outlets
  • Keep curling irons and hairdryers out of reach of children
    • Keeping our children safe is one of the most important thing we can do in our home.

      Making a house a home,

      Pam McCoy, Realtor

Have You Considered Installing a Solar System in Your Home?

Have you considered installing a solar system for your home?

Utility companies charge for electricity in kilowats used and often bill as a tier rate. Meaning the more electricity you use, the more expensive the electricity is. Solar power can help reduce the amount of kilowats used hence lower your electrical utility bills substantially.

A new system can cost from $10,000 to $50,000 to install depending on the size of the panels and the performance level. Keep in mind when selecting a system the performance level. There can be a big difference between the different performance levels. You may gain 12% efficiency going up to the next performance level which over all can save you more money.

Solar panels last for approximately 30 years. It is important to understand the equipment rankings and quality.

Check with the Federal Government for tax benefits, there may be up to 30% in tax benefits available.

Your Folsom and Granite Bay Real Estate agent,
Pam McCoy

Home How to Tip: Make a Bedroom Safe for Children

Is your home child proofed?

Tips to keep your child’s bedroom safe.

  • Install smoke detector and replace battery yearly.
  • Install a carbon monoxide detector and replace battery yearly.
  • Put all medicines up high in a locked container.
  • Put window stops in all upper floor windows.
  • Be sure to have emergency release devices on all windows.
  • Keep furniture away from windows.
  • Install cordless window coverings.
  • Do not place cribs by windows.
  • Secure bookcases to the wall.
  • Cover all electrical outlets.
  • Do not use space heaters.

For more information on window cover safety, go to

Keeping our children safe is one of the most important thing we can do in our home.

Making a house a home,

Pam McCoy