Advantages And Disadvantages Of Living In Apartments And Villas

Today, villas are becoming very popular. As opposed to the space you get to enjoy in a villa, residing at an apartment can be very restrictive, most especially when you have kids. Property experts emphasized though that living in both have their own pros and cons. By being aware of these pieces of information, you can decide if buying a villa instead of staying at an apartment in a hotel is a smart decision or not.

Living In An Apartment

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Certainly, security is better if you choose to live in an apartment. A non-resident individual can’t just enter in an apartment building. Neighbors will also be very close to know it something bad is going on and can quickly call the police. When it comes to water, gas, and electricity, life will be a lot easier. These things will be provided by the building. Maintenance will also be stress-free due to the fact that the real estate owner is responsible for the building’s upkeep. In case there will be a park where your family and friends can spend quality time in, it is likewise the building owner’s responsibility to keep it clean and damage-free. Most importantly, you will get access to important facilities.

On the other hand, maintenance costs can be very expensive – this will depend on which building you bought the apartment in. Since you have nearby neighbors, your conversations may possibly be heard. But you can always make your apartment soundproof. You may also have a limited space. Moreover, expansion is not possible because if you purchase an apartment, the area you have invested in is fixed. Of course, you can’t just break down a wall if you want to make your area more spacious.

Buying A Villa

If you choose to buy a villa, you will get to enjoy freedom. You will not feel like you are a prisoner inside. This further means that your movement won’t be limited. In fact, you can expand if you really want to and decorate your room with whatever design you prefer. Moreover, you can have a garden in your yard. A garden will make your property more beautiful. If not, you can choose to install a swimming pool in your yard if it does not have one yet. Lastly, a villa will certainly make you appreciate what a real home feels like.

On the contrary, security is not tight if you live in a villa, most especially when you are away. Apart from that, you will also need to pay for facilities, and manage gas, electricity, and water by yourself. Most importantly, the location might be a bit hassle to you if you are working within the city.

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Are You Paying Too Little for a Home Inspection?

Choosing a home inspection company based upon the fee is the worst way to choose who will help you finalize your decision on buying a home. Home inspection is no longer some “Bubba” working solo out of his truck. It is a serious business and you need to choose a home inspection company wisely. A home inspector offering a low fee is a red flag to look into.

People who own and operate a home inspection company as a serious business offer many benefits and protections that less serious inspectors can offer.

Error and Omissions (E&O) insurance is a large expense for companies offering this. E&O is the insurance that comes into play if something expensive was missed during the home inspection and it needs repaired, such as a major foundation issue.

Other benefits and protections that can be offered for 90 days are: warranty on the mechanics such as furnace, etc, sewer line warranty, discovered mold, recall research on major appliances, and a termite protection plan. One of the newer protections for home buyers provided by top level home inspection companies is a 5 year roof leak protection plan.

These benefits and protections for home buyers do have costs that naturally are passed on in the cost of business. If a home inspector offers a fee that is low there is a very good chance that they do not provide E&O insurance or any of the other protections. Other protections that can be offered to a home buyer are: 90 day warranty, sewer line warranty, roof leak warranty, a radon plan, discount on a second inspection if a person does not buy the first place, a 200% money back guaranty, termite plan, check appliances for recalls, mold warranty, same day report delivery, pictures in the report for easy reading and provide ongoing consultation and home ownership materials for you.

Checking the company for the quality and quantity of reviews they have on places such as Listen360, Google and Yelp is also very valuable information. Having a large number of reviews that are consistently providing good to great comments is far more telling than the one positive or perhaps even the one negative.

Deciding who to use is an important decision and it should not be based upon finding the cheapest. Buying a home is not a cheap event. It is not the time to short change yourself and add risk to yourself by using a company that does not offer you the protections you and your family need. Be careful who you use and do not use the cheapest because they are cheap for reasons.

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Your Favorite Santa Barbara Moving Company In 2017 Readers Poll

Dear Friends,

I hope everyone is having a great summer thus far.

I am asking for your support in submitting your vote this year in the 2017 Readers Poll.  We are under the category of HOUSING > MOVING COMPANY.  Voting takes less than 5 minutes.

As you know, businesses today thrive as a result of the reviews they receive from customers.  So… I must step out of my comfort zone here to ask all you good folks to rate us on Google or YELP or Facebook, every rating helps!

Many of you have been fantastic in showing your support and it’s truly appreciated.

Consider Hazelwood Allied for your next move. Personal, Business, or otherwise. Our family has your family covered. Don’t take unnecessary risks by hiring a less experienced and professional company. Contact Hazelwood Allied for a free estimate or give us a call at 800.541.5958.


Casey McCann
Phone: (805) 963-4493

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Refrigerator Repair In Santa Barbara

Dear Friends,

Can you believe it’s fall already, and winter is just around the corner? This is the season for family gatherings and delicious meals.  Is your refrigerator ready for the relatives?  The refrigerator is one of the most important appliances in your home … because, food! It’s also the most hardworking—it’s the one appliance that never gets to rest.

Call Yost Appliance at 805-966-2846 or email

Below we’re sharing several tips on how to clean and maintain your refrigerators to keep it working properly.

Have a regular refrigerator cleaning schedule:  Every day, make sure to clean up spills and to throw out spoiled food. This way, you prevent the growth of mold. Every week, wipe doors, edges, and the top of the refrigerator. A clean exterior also helps keep your refrigerator energy efficient.   And at least twice a year, clean out the interior of your refrigerator. To do so, turn off the power and empty its contents. Take out the shelves and drawers. Martha Stewart recommends wiping the interiors with a baking soda solution. Make sure that shelves and drawers are at room temperature before you wash them with warm soapy water—dish soap is preferable. Rinse everything, then wipe them dry with a clean rag. Don’t forget to wipe food containers and cartons clean, too! Once done, return all contents back to the fridge.

Clean off condenser coils and cooler fan: Condenser coils and cooler fans keep your refrigerator’s interiors cool, cleaning them at least once a year will minimize refrigerator repair calls. To begin, make sure to unplug your refrigerator. You may need your refrigerator manufacturer’s manual to access your condenser coils and cooler fan. The idea is to get dirt, dust, and gunk off the coils, the fan, and the areas around them. There are special brushes for this task. Once done, vacuum and clean up all the dirt, then plug your refrigerator back. Easy-peasy.

Set the right temperature:  Keep the temperature in your refrigerator (below 40°F, ideally 35°F) and freezer (at 0°F) at a consistent temperature to ensure that food quality is properly preserved.

Make sure doors seal tightly:  When you take something out of the refrigerator, make sure that the doors properly close. If they don’t, this means that cool air is seeping out and may be affecting your energy costs. Regularly clean the gasket or seal with a vinegar and water solution. If the gasket no longer provides an air-tight seal, have a refrigerator repair service replace them.

Keep it full (but not crowded!):  This seems counter-intuitive, but an empty refrigerator is less energy efficient than a full one. That’s because when you open an empty fridge, there is likely more warm air to rush into it. If you don’t have food to keep, at least keep it full with bottles of water.  Be careful not to cover air vents!

You can read up on more refrigerator maintenance tips on our blog.

If you have specific questions about refrigerator maintenance or in need of a refrigerator repair service, call us at 805.966.2846 or email us at We’d love to help! Did we mention that we service and repair most frigerator brands?

As you know, businesses today thrive as a result of the reviews they receive from customers.  So… I must step out of my comfort zone here to ask all you good folks to rate us on Google or YELP or Facebook, every rating helps!

Many of you have been fantastic in showing your support and it’s truly appreciated.

Consider Yost Appliance for your next appliance repair.  Don’t take unnecessary risks by trying to do it yourself.  Contact us via our email form here or give us a call at 805-966-2846 or email


Burt and Donna Yost

p.s. As a resource to you, each month we will recommend local area partners that we feel may be of value to you.  Rosie’s Cleaning is a great local cleaning company worth considering for a little extra help with your holiday cleaning tasks.  If you are relocating over the holidays, and need the help of a professional movers, call Hazelwood Allied Moving and Storage, a reliable moving company in Santa Barbara.

About Yost Appliance, Inc.: Yost Appliance is the oldest appliance repair service company in Santa Barbara, CA. Its expert technicians provide 100% guaranteed satisfaction for Santa Barbara dishwasher repairsmall appliance repair servicewasher and dryer repair, and refrigerator repair. Visit the website at for information on appliance and stove repair in Santa Barbara. “Like” the Facebook page to receive Santa Barbara appliance maintenance tips. Call 805-966-2846 for an appliance repair appointment and mention the website to receive a special Internet discount.

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House Cleaning Special

Welcome to Fall Friends!

We’re very excited to usher in the Fall Season here at Rosie’s Cleaning Service.

The Fall season brings cooler weather, colorful falling leaves, and a sense of urgency for us to start preparing to hunker down for the upcoming colder days of winter as our internal seasonal timers are set to fall.

This month we are offering a Fall cleaning special which expires 10-27-17.  Get 6 Hours of Cleaning for only $250! ($300 Value!)  Call us to take advantage of the best Fall cleaning special in Santa Barbara!  >>>Email or call 805-698-3132

Let Rosie’s Cleaning Service help you prepare for fall.

Not sure where to begin with your fall cleaning? No worries. Take a look at these fall cleaning items that you may want to add to your Fall Cleaning Checklist.

  • Windows: Wash windows to remove left over summertime debris and dust that may be left over from falling leaves brushing up against your home or office windows.
  • Appliances: To keep your appliances running and in tip-top shape be sure to dust off any exposed parts of your small and large appliances. Refrigerators are a heavily used appliance, dust your condenser coils to assure a smooth operating experience.
  • Carpets and Rugs: Thoroughly vacuum and or shake carpets and rugs to remove left over summer debris like beach sand and leftover dirt from mud pies.
  • Smoke Detectors and Carbon Monoxide Detectors: Take the time to make sure that these items are in good working condition, dust free, and have good batteries for safety.

No time to take care of the items on your Fall Cleaning Checklist on your own?

Contact Rosie’s Cleaning Service today and request your free cleaning quote. We can help you take care of the tasks listed on your fall cleaning checklist in order to have your home shining like a brand new penny inside and out as we welcome the arrival our old friend: Fall.

We offer dependable, trustworthy, affordable, and reliable home and office cleaning in the Santa Barbara and surrounding areas.

Our dedicated team of cleaning service professionals and Ventura maids are ready to assist you with all of your cleaning needs for your home or business.

Our service hours are 8 am to 5 pm Monday through Saturday. Sunday services are available upon request with an additional fee.

We can offer you a regular cleaning plan to help you stay on top of your home, work, and life balance. Whether you need cleaning service weekly, bi-weekly, monthly, or daily, we provide customized cleaning solutions that are sure to meet your needs.

Rosie’s Cleaning Service has been offering superior cleaning services in the Santa Barbara, Goleta, Santa Ynez and surrounding areas since 1990. We’re also licensed, bonded, and insured which allows for us to consistently maintain our A+ Rating with the Better Business Bureau.

Give us a call today at: (805) 698-3132 to request a free cleaning quote or to make an appointment for services.


Rosie’s Cleaning Service

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About Rosie’s Cleaning Service: Rosie’s Cleaning Service has been the Santa Barbara cleaning experts since 1990. Services include residential cleaningcommercial cleaningafter party cleaningpost-construction clean-up service, and vacation rental clean-up service. Visit the website at to download a complimentary copy of the PDF, “The Top 10 Reasons Customers Choose Rosie’s Cleaning.” “Like” the Facebook page to receive Santa Barbara cleaning tips. Call 805-698-3132 for a quick quote on Santa Barbara maid service.

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What’s Bugging Your Home This July?

Dear Readers,

Do you have some “uninvited guests’ pestering your home this Independence Day? No worries! Brezden Pest Control is exactly what the doctor ordered. Call Brezden Pest Control today to get rid of those pesky critters bugging your home.

Brezden Pest Control has been operating in the San Luis Obispo area since 1980. We are a locally-owned family company that specializes in residential and commercial pest control services.

All of our services are 100% guaranteed. We offer complete pest control solutions that are available on a monthly, bi-monthly, or one-time basis. We also offer customized service scheduling options.

Not sure what kind of pests that you have bugging you? Visit our online Pest Library to view pictures and descriptions of common household critters that may be bugging you or someone that you know.

If you’re not sure what kind of bug is bugging you, give us a call so that we can visit your home or office to complete a pest control analysis and assessment to determine what kind of pest control issue you’re having and the best plan of action to rid you of that pesky problem.

To request a customized service estimate contact us online here.

Brezden Pest Control Service are available Monday through Friday. We also offer same-day and emergency weekend service.

Let us help you prepare to have your home bug free this Fourth of July and declare your Independence this year from pesky critters invading your home!

Visit our Testimonials page to see what other satisfied customers have to say about Brezden Pest Control Services.

Quick Pest Control Tips

Many common household pests can be discouraged from entering your space by using some common things that you may find in your home. Common solutions include:

  • Coffee Grounds to Repel Ants
  • Cloves, Clover, or Eucalyptus hanging from a ceiling helps to Repel Household Flies.
  • Use Boric Acid under sinks and wherever you may notice moisture to Repel Silverfish.

Using these tips together with Brezden Pest Control Services can help you assure that your home and office remain pest free this Fourth of July holiday and for the rest of the year.

Contact Us Today for a Free Pest Control Estimate to get started by calling: 1-800-464-9446 or you may complete your detailed pest control request online here.

As a courtesy to our new and prospective customers we are offering you a complimentary copy of 10 Reasons Why Customers Choose Brezden Pest Control to give you an idea of reasons why our customers continue to choose the Brez for their bug control needs.

John Brezden

About Brezden Pest Control: Brezden Pest Control provides rodent controlbird control,  ant control, and termite treatment services in the San Luis Obispo area. The company keeps homes and businesses pest-free with its commercial pest control and home pest control services.  “Like” the Facebook page to receive information on termite treatment. Call 1-800-464-9446 today for a local pest control estimate. Visit the website to download a copy of the “Top 10 Reasons Customers Choose Brezden Pest Control.”

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Send in the troops. Rosie’s Cleaning Service

Dear Friends,

Memorial Day marks the beginning of the summer season, and this year Rosie’s wants to make sure you don’t spend your whole summer indoors cleaning. Spend Memorial Day weekend with your friends and family, and leave the cleaning to Rosie’s. You work hard all day at your job, so why should you have to come home and work hard cleaning the house?

Rosie’s Cleaning Service

Rosie’s Cleaning believes your time at home should be spent relaxing and enjoying your home, and not spent fretting over cleaning chores. Rosie’s doesn’t just clean the surfaces of your home. We provide your home with a deep clean and help you keep your free time free. Here’s what you get with the Rosie’s Deep Clean Guarantee.

No Surface Left Unturned: We get it all. Dusting surfaces, mirrors, kitchen counters, windows, shelves, furniture, and everything else. We don’t just clean the surfaces. We disinfect them too, giving your family a clean house that will also keep them healthy.

Don’t Forget the Fabrics: Don’t know how to get those pesky stains out of fabric? Well we do.  Whether it’s removing stains or removing dirt out of fabrics, we go where the dirt goes. Hate having to mess with the laundry? We can take care of that for you too. From hard surfaces to soft fabrics, we know how to do it all.

Kitchens and Bathrooms: Probably the two places in your house that get dirty the quickest. That’s why Rosie’s leaves no corner untouched. Tub, toilet, mirror, sink and cabinets. We clean it all so you don’t have to.

Where You Walk: A big house means a long time spent running the vacuum, but the professionals at Rosie’s don’t just work hard, we work efficient. Our expert team knows how to get the job done correctly and quickly. Don’t spend all day running the vacuum. One quick phone call, and you’ll never have to worry about vacuuming again.

Clean Like You Read: And that means we start from the top and work our way down. Don’t spend all day vacuuming your house only to realize you still need to clean surfaces in half the house. Rosie’s always has a plan of attack, and when we are done, you’ll be left with singing our praise. We promise.


About Rosie’s Cleaning Service: Rosie’s Cleaning Service has been the Santa Barbara cleaning experts since 1990. Services include residential cleaningcommercial cleaningafter party cleaningpost-construction clean-up service, and vacation rental clean-up service. Visit the website at to download a complimentary copy of the PDF, “The Top 10 Reasons Customers Choose Rosie’s Cleaning.” “Like” the Facebook page to receive Santa Barbara cleaning tips. Call 805-698-3132 for a quick quote on Santa Barbara maid service.

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