San Gabriel Valley Real Estate

From East to West Reeds Are The Best!

Homeowner Newsletter – August

Rich Reed
Broker Associate/Realtor/CNE
626 538 5116
Long Dragon Realty
From East to West Reeds Are The Best!
Long Dragon Realty Group, Inc

2633 S Baldwin Ave

Arcadia, CA 91007

Monthly Pro Tip: Paint Washes

One trend we see today in furniture and decorating is paint washes. Paint wash is a paint that will add color to your wood without covering the texture and grains in your wood. To create your own paint wash, all you need to do is dilute your paint down with water. The more water you add, the more the grain of your wood will show through. Start by adding 1 part water to 2 parts paint and test on a piece of wood. This will allow the grain to very slightly come through. If you want more grain to show, add equal parts of water to paint. To create more of a colored stain look, use 2 parts water to 1 part paint. Always be sure to test this on an area that won’t show, or on a test piece of wood before using it on your project.

Green Cleaning

As a homeowner, you want your home to look its best. Some products used to clean your home could be doing more harm than good. Cleaning products can contain harsh chemicals that can cause skin irritation, difficulty breathing, or damage to the environment. Green cleaning is using products that don’t endanger you, your family, or the environment. Here are some ways to “think green” and use products that you might already have on hand:


  • Using a vinegar and water solution can clean and freshen many surfaces around the home, including walls, kitchen and bathroom cupboards and windows.
  • Baking soda can be used to help clean areas such as bathtubs that you don’t want to scratch with harsh products.
  • You can also use baking soda to adsorb odors around the home, including inside refrigerators and closets.
  • Lemon juice is great at dissolving soap scum and hard water deposits. When mixed with a vinegar/water cleaning mixture, it also helps tone down the vinegar smell.
  • Cornstarch and baking soda can be used to deodorize your carpet. Sprinkle on your carpets, wait about 30 minutes, then vacuum.

Organize Your Papers

Are you tired of shifting bills and junk mail from kitchen counter to the office desk in your home? Take control in the fight against paper clutter with these smart tips:

In and Out Boxes: Organize your papers with an in and out tray. Birthday cards, permission slips, or items to look at later, will have a direction in your trays.

File it: Do you have a filing cabinet in your home? If not, set one up to keep track of important documents. Be sure to organize the file cabinet when you set it up to make it easier to find what you’re looking for later.

Wall files: Try installing hanging magazine holders to organize your mail and other papers quickly. Having a wire file visible may help keep important papers on your mind.

Organization on the go: Use a portable coupon and receipt organizer and keep it where you’ll remember to take it when running errands. The holder’s small size can make it easy to keep in the glove compartment of your car or your purse.

Outdoor Lighting

Adding outdoor lighting to your house can add appeal, as well as safety, to your home. You can dramatically change the landscape of your home with a lighting plan that accents the features of your house.

Start by walking your yard and paths around your home to find ideas of where lighting would be beneficial. Above doorways and along dark sides of your home can benefit from lighting and discourage crime, making your neighborhood a safer place. Walk through your neighborhood and take note of what type of lighting you are drawn to that your neighbors have on their homes.

When creating your plan, pick a focal point such as the main entrance or large trees. Focus a light on your house numbers or go online to find numbers that are already backlit. Make your lighting system low maintenance by connecting your lights to an indoor switch or set up on a timer. Use these tips to start a rough sketch of your lighting plan today.

Spicy Deviled Eggs


6 hard-boiled egg
1/3 cup creme fraiche
1/4 cup crumbled cooked bacon
1 teaspoon Sriracha (hot Asian chili sauce)
1 tablespoon chopped cilantro
1/2 teaspoon dijon mustard
1/4 teaspoon lime zest
1 teaspoon lime juice and salt


Mash 6 hard-boiled egg yolks, creme fraiche, crumbled cooked bacon, Sriracha, cilantro, dijon mustard, lime zest, lime juice and salt. Spoon mixture into the egg whites; top with more lime zest.

Recipe courtesy Michael Symon for Food Network Magazine

Click here to read more.


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Rich & Annie Reed
Long Dragon Realty
CalBRE# 01906230 & 01894384



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