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Creating a Ventura Home School Space for Your Child to Thrive

The 2020 school year for Ventura Unified School District students officially begins tomorrow, August 18th. But instead of in-classroom teaching, it starts off (for now) with remote learning. The district provides two separate home schooling options: Weave and Homestead. Whichever way parents decide to go, your child needs a dedicated Ventura home school space from which to operate. Here are a few tips to help your child thrive during their remote learning experience.

The new VUSD school year starts remotely on Aug 18th, 2020. Find out how to create a dedicated Ventura home school space that allows your child to thrive.

Creating a Ventura Home School Space

Defined School Zone(s)

Search Ventura County homes for saleJust like a home office, a defined Ventura home school space allows students to focus on the task at hand much better than the dining room table. If one room of your house cannot be designated as a school zone, set one up in your child’s bedroom. Section off a portion of the room for a desk with shelving or organizational units to create a classroom at home. Customize it specifically to fit your child’s aesthetic as well as their needs. Add special touches to make it feel like their own space while still avoiding distractions.

Change Up the Scenery

No one likes to look at the same thing over and over. Break up the monotony by allowing backyard class time. Add a few shelves in the family room to put up books for reading time. Place soft beanbag chairs or big pillows near this space for kids to lounge in comfort while reading. Turn part of the living room, kitchen, or playroom into an artist’s studio. For households with more than one child in school, rotate these spaces among the kids. Get creative to avoid boredom.

Get Organized

It’s uber-important to stay organized, especially when keeping track of assignments for more than one child. Binders and baskets help keep each child on track in your Ventura home school space. Let your child customize their own binder or basket to differentiate from each other. It also encourages them to check each often to make sure they stay on task and don’t “forget” anything. Keep all binders and/or baskets in one central location so that they are both easy to find and keep track of.

Stock Up on Supplies

Finally, keep you school supplies stocked up. Make room in your pantry, office, or other area in your Ventura home to stock pencils, pens, paper, etc. Then, when your child needs it, they can just go to your “school supplies closet” to retrieve it. Keep an eye out for sales on supplies at local markets so you can stock up for less.

Dave & Pat Zumbrun, your Ventura County real estate specialists

Kitchen Remodel Ideas for the Ventura Home Seller

Every day, we seem to hear something new about COVID-19. Currently, all city-sponsored events involving more than 250 people gathered at one place at one time are put on indefinite hold. Ventura USD schools are shut down until April 10th. Some restaurants and other businesses find themselves closing due to lack of business or as a precautionary measure. While the March 21st Mermaid Meet & Greet appears to still be taking place, the parade has been canceled. (To keep up with current COVID-19 info, check-in on the City’s website daily. If you find yourself at home for an extended period of time and want to get your property ready to sell, it might be worth your while to consider putting some of these kitchen remodel ideas to good use.

If you find yourself practicing social distancing in the upcoming weeks & need to get your Ventura home ready to sell, consider implementing some of these kitchen remodel ideas.

Kitchen Remodel Ideas

Cabinet Color Change

Search Ventura County homes for saleOne of the kitchen remodel ideas to start off with (also one of the easiest) is to paint your cabinets blue. Worry about too drastic of a change? Think about only painting uppers or lowers in a classic blue. Then, use a neutral color for the others. Since you only use a gallon or two for this, make sure it’s a high-quality paint.

Devil’s in the Details

After painting the cabinets, what about the hardware? Adding pulls or knobs to cabinet doors and drawers makes a world of difference in the total look of the kitchen. Chrome, gold, and even white hardware show well against a blue background. White countertops complement blue cabinetry as well. Whether you use quartz, granite or soapstone, a lighter color countertop always pairs well with darker tones.

Bamboo Flooring

Both eco-friendly as aesthetically pleasing, bamboo flooring offers another nice complement to the dark blue cabinets and lighter hardware/countertops. Today’s buyers also want to see eco-conscious choices around the house. So, this is a good one of the kitchen remodel ideas to implement while you practice social distancing.

Greenery

Maybe not a “remodel” idea, but adding greenery to your kitchen enhances its appeal. A small herb garden in the window. Some pretty flowering plants on the counters. Maybe a pilea cadierei for a nice year-round green color. You’d be surprised what how far a few plants go to warm up your kitchen’s interior.

Dave & Pat Zumbrun, your Ventura County real estate specialists

Ventura Solar Workshop

As Californians, we’re all too familiar with the term “rolling blackouts”. These occur when our power grids become overworked. Earlier this year, PG&E announced that they believed their equipment caused the 2018 Camp Fire. A combination of dry vegetation, lack of precipitation, and the Santa Ana winds spurred the Woolsey Fire on. To deter possible fire outbreaks, PG&E plans to implement rolling blackouts. Other utilities may follow suit. If you don’t want to be caught without power, consider solar power. Attend a Ventura solar workshop to find out more about it.

Never worry about rolling blackouts again. Attend the free Ventura Solar Workshop on July 11th to find out about installing solar panels and storage equipment at your home.

What: Ventura Solar Workshop
Where: Ventura City Hall, Community Meeting Room (501 Police St)
When: Thursday, July 11th, 5:30 pm
Admission: FREE
Contact: Community Environmental Council (805) 963-0583 x101

Ventura Solar Workshop

Search Ventura County homes for saleJust last week, the City and the CEC (Community Environmental Council) hosted their very first Ventura solar workshop. They scheduled their second (and last) one for next month. This free workshop provides education on how solar power works for residences. They also make it much more affordable for people to install solar panels on their homes through the Solarize Ventura 2019 program.

Solarize Ventura 2019 gives Ventura area residents both education on and storage equipment for solar power when they decide to sign up for the program. Current solar users receive newer storage equipment as well through the program. This equipment allows a place for unused solar power gathered throughout the day to be stored up for use at night. When residents access that power instead of the more expensive electrical power from the city’s power grid, it lessens the strain on the grid. Additionally, it lowers your electrical bill and reduces the chances of equipment failure that may cause future fires.

For those residents still rebuilding after the 2017 Thomas Fire, the Solarize Ventura 2019 program easily integrates into new construction plans. It also works on recently completed construction. No matter how far along you are in the rebuilding process, officials would love for victims of the Thomas Fire to attend their Ventura solar workshop to learn all about the solar power and equipment available to them.

You don’t need a reservation to attend the workshop. Simply show up at City Hall on July 11th. They plan on holding the meeting in the Community Meeting Room at 5:30 pm. For more information about the program itself, contact Lars Davenport, Environmental Specialist at (805) 652-4595. He’ll be happy to tell you all about it.

Dave & Pat Zumbrun, your Ventura County real estate specialists

Five Remodeling Projects Ventura County Homeowners Should Consider

Five Remodeling Projects Ventura County Homeowners Should ConsiderRemodeling can be a scary word.  Especially when you consider the time and effort behind it.  However, homebuyers are looking for a Ventura home that is up to date and ready to move in.  Not all remodeling projects need to cost an arm and a leg or take a huge chunk of time to do.  Here are five remodeling projects Ventura County homeowners should consider:

Remodeling Project #1 – Adding a Wood Deck Exterior living spaces are a huge draw for Ventura County homeowners, especially in our beautiful Southern California weather.  Making your backyard a more welcome place to relax and entertain will increase the value of your home and make buyers sit up and take notice.  It can be completed over the course of a weekend, too.

Remodeling Project #2 – Kitchen Facelift The kitchen remains the heart of the household for most Ventura homes and continues to be one of the largest selling points.  The complete gutting and rebuilding that was the norm in the past has given way to a simple facelift.  Sanding and refinishing or painting good cabinets, adding a colorful backsplash, changing the flooring and adding or changing cabinet and drawer hardware can make a huge difference without busting your budget.  A fresh coat of paint can completely change the look of your kitchen and only costs $15-$17 per gallon.  Update your old appliances with newer, more energy-efficient Energy Star appliances. You can get a rebate from Energy Star, save money while using the appliances (by using less energy) and increase the appeal and value of your home when it comes time to sell it.

Remodeling Project #3 – Room Addition Now, before you say “What? That’ll cost way too much money!”, you need to know that I am talking about using your current space to create more usable living area.  While it’s true that constructing a completely new addition to the exterior of your home can take time to pull permits, frame, plumb and build, many Ventura homeowners are converting current attic space into a beautiful master bedroom suite.  Basements can be changed from a simple storage area into a wonderful family/bonus room or extra bedroom space as well.  Since the new room has already been included in the original construction of your Ventura County home, you don’t need to get plans approved or pull permits.  This saves you time and money and increases the usable living area of your home without increasing your property taxes.

Remodeling Project #4 – Replacing the Entry Door Something you may not consider when thinking about remodeling your Ventura home is the front door.  But, reports show that replacing your current entry door with a new steel door brings you the best return on your investment.  This is also another project that is relatively inexpensive and can be completed in a weekend.

Remodeling Project #5 – Upgrading Your Garage Door Another top return on investment is replacing or upgrading your garage door.  Installing a motor to a current garage door that is in good condition will be greatly appreciated when it comes time to sell.  If your garage door is warped or simply worn out, replace it with a windowed, sectional door for a more aesthetically appealing garage door.

These are just five remodeling projects Ventura County homeowners should consider.  They will increase the value of your home without breaking the bank and be more appealing to buyers when it comes time to sell your Ventura home.

Dave and Pat Zumbrun, Your Ventura County real estate specialists

Originally posted on our Ventura County real estate blog here: http://activerain.com/blogsview/2436874/five-remodeling-projects-ventura-county-homeowners-should-consider.

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