8 Ways to get your Home Summer-ready!

Lailan Ghafur
Getting your home summer-ready doesn’t just mean dusting off the BBQ and pulling out the lawn chairs: It also means lightening and brightening up your home and getting it ready for the heat! Below are 8 ways to embrace the summer warmth in your home both inside and out
1. Bring the Outside In: Summer is a great time to add more greenery to your interior spaces. An easy way to achieve this, is by creating a small potted-herb garden or by adding hanging macrame planters, which are super on-trend for this summer. Adding foliage to your interior decor doesn’t have to be difficult, small touches like these can dramatically brighten up a space. If you are feeling handy, try a hanging garden wall that will add a contemporary feel to your outdoor space.
2. Change up your Bed Linens: Switch out your flannel bed sheets and opt for lighter fabrics such as cotton or linen to add a summery feel to your bedrooms.
3. Lighten up: Add bright colors in the way of vibrant art pieces or fresh-picked flowers.  Remove dark draperies that can make a space feel dark and heavy. Consider trading out your winter curtains for sheer fabrics that will let some light in and keep the heat out.
4. Turn-up your outdoor Space: Turn your deck or patio into an oasis that you and your family will love to lounge in. You can start by adding small decorative touches like outdoor pillows, linens or by simply putting up some string lights. If you have a little wiggle-room in your budget, incorporate a chiminea or fire pit for those crisp summer nights. These touches will help you keep warm and most importantly, will allow you to create lasting memories with your loved ones!
5. Embrace the summer scents: Incorporating summer scents is a really easy way to make your home feel summery! That can be done by changing out old candles and replacing them with lighter and fresher scents, such as lime, lavender, gardenia, or even coconut. Scents aren’t just limited to candles; you can add fresh flowers to your kitchen or bedroom, or add scented soaps to your bathrooms.
6. Clear your home of clutter: Put away knickknacks or extra clutter, to help give your home a lighter feeling. Store extra rugs or throws, as these items can make your home feel warmer, especially during the peak summer days. By making simple changes, you can help liven up your living space in a big way.
7. Wash away the Winter: You’ll say goodbye to winter dinginess and hello to the summer sun by washing your windows.With the sun at full strength, you’ll be dying to show off your newly washed windows.
8. Prepare for mosquitoes and critters: Experts say we should all be prepared for an extra “buggy” spring and summer. The big rains this past winter has fueled plant growth we’ve not seen in San Diego since 2005. That means a bumper crop of mosquitoes and other critters that can invade our yards. In addition to keeping an eye out for any standing water in the yard, did you know there are several plants and flowers that naturally deter mosquitoes? It’s true and here are just a few:
  • Marigolds: distinct aroma is a natural insect repellent
  • Basil: strong scent naturally deters mosquitoes and other insects
  • Lavender: in both living and dry form, actively repels mosquitoes
  • Peppermint:  smell helps drive away mosquitoes. It can also be crushed for use as an effective mosquito bite relief treatment
  • Rosemary:  has a long history of use as a mosquito repellent

Enjoy your home and the weather this spring and summer! Let us know if we can help in any way to change any aspects to your property!


NCPG Recognized as Top Property Management Company 2017

June 6, 2017

For the fourth year running, North County Property Group was recently recognized by the San Diego Business Journal as one of San Diego County’s Top Residential Property Management Companies (San Diego Business Journal, Vol. 38, No. 19, May 2017). The San Diego Business Journal ranks property management companies annually determined by the total number of units/properties under management, the company’s growth rate compared to the previous year, and value of the overall portfolio managed based on $/millions.

Top Residential Property Management Company 2017Fastest Growing Company in San Diego North County

According the rankings, North County Property Group is the fastest growing property management company in San Diego North County with a 34% year-over-year growth rate (2017 compared to 2016). Along with our rapid growth has been a large growth in our staff to bring in additional talent in the areas of property management, marketing, and accounting.

Ranked #1 for Highest Average Property Values

North County Property Group is also #1 in for having the highest average property values. The average market value of homes in our portfolio is an impressive $1.25 million per home.  This average value level is more than two times higher than the next ranked competitor.

Our consistent double digit growth rate along with maintaining our position in the high-end residential market is shows our commitment to earning the trust and confidence of clients who own exquisite homes. While there are many reasons to hire property management, you can be assured that North County Property group is among the most professional, ethical, and efficient property management companies in North County. Call us today to learn more!

Located in Del Mar, California, North County Property Group provides real estate sales & leasing,  property management, and vacation rental services in the various communities throughout the greater North County San Diego area (click here to see communities served). 

For more information about North County Property Group, visit http://www.ncpropertygroup.com, or contact the company at 445 Marine View Ave, Suite 240, Del Mar, CA 92014, USA; Tel: 858.792.5797; Fax: 619.878.6640; E-mail: info@ncpropertygroup.com to learn how we’re redefining real estate sales and leasing, property management, and vacation rentals in North County San Diego.

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Post-Drought Yard Maintenance Tips

May 23, 2017

by Lailan Ghafur

Although the drought has been declared officially over by Governor Brown, he believes we should make drought-proof living a lifestyle, not a temporary measure, he wants “to maintain water conservation as a way of life” . That way, we are preventing further catastrophes and preserving water for generations to come. Follow the following tips to keep your yard looking great, while being water-conscious at the same time!  

  • Plant Perennials–  They give you the same color payoff as flowers but require less water!
  • Opt for Ornamental Grasses–  Ornamental grasses are a great drought-proof option and need very little watering. Some great ornamental grass         options are: Blue Oatgrass, Purple Fountaingrass, and Pampas Grass.
  • Decorate your yard with gorgeous Succulents– Adding succulents to your yard add color and texture. They are a great way to add some flare to your garden while remaining water-conscious. 
  • Swap out grass for gravel or stones– This a low maintenance option that requires no water and gives your yard a contemporary look. 
  • Embrace the Turf-  Grass is the most high-maintenance item in your yard; in addition to being a water-guzzler, it requires a lot of upkeep such as fertilizing, aeration, seeding, etc. By choosing artificial turfs you bypass all the maintenance associated with natural grass, while reaping the same benefits. 
  • Harvest Rainwater from gutters-  It is as simple as it sounds. Just harvest rain water into a tank and later use this water for all your gardening needs! 

Keeping in mind these tips, there are still permanent restrictions on wasteful water practices such as:

  • Hosing off sidewalks, driveway and other hardscapes;
  • Washing cars with hoses that aren’t equipped with a shut-off nozzle;
  • Using water features that use non-recirculated water.
  • Watering lawns in ways that cause runoff, or with in 48 hours of measurable rain.

New Rentals Listings From North County Property Group!

Spring is finally here! Time for BBQs, picnics, and of course the beach. If you, like most of us, can’t stay away from the beach, you should take a look at one of our new listings in Solana Beach! If the beach is not your scene, we have multiple properties located through out North County. Scroll through to check them out and if your interest is piqued, feel free to give us a call at 858-792-5797 to schedule a viewing.

Solana Beach Ocean Front – Rarely Available!

Executive Caliber Encinitas Home – Spectacular View!

Stunning Elfin Forest Ranch Style Home – Horse Property