Downsizing with DIGGS in Glendale, CA

Are you looking to downsize from your home in the Glendale, CA area and don’t know where to start? DIGGS recently hosted a Downsizing workshop. We covered a lot of topics related to downsizing from the financial considerations you will have to make when selling your home (taxes, capital gains, buying […] Read more »

Google Home vs. Alexa

In the battle of smart speakers, the heavyweight match is Google Home vs. Alexa. The two companies are constantly firing new features at us, despite us using the same features over and over. Seems like Google Homes and Alexas have found their way into every house.  Since their release in […] Read more »

5 Tips for Saving Money during the Heatwave

Yes, it’s that time of the year again. Just when we think we can start wearing sweaters and scarves, and drinking hot coco in front of the fireplace, Southern California’s infamous autumn heatwave strikes once again. For one week, the heat locks us inside our homes and prevents us from […] Read more »

Decluttering? 5 places to sell your stuff that aren’t Craigslist

For most of us, decluttering is a constant challenge—and if you’re downsizing to smaller digs, it can be completely overwhelming. One way many people make the process less painful is by selling their castoffs—because parting with old possessions doesn’t feel half as bad with a little extra money in your […] Read more »

Firescaping: Landscaping for fire safety

Live in a wildfire prone area? If you’re in California like us the answer is probably yes. You may know that the materials your home is made out of can contribute to your home’s level of vulnerability to wildfire, but did you also know your landscaping can play a role […] Read more »

Don’t do these 7 things if you want a clean house

We are always looking for easy tricks to have a clean house. Nobody wants to welcome guests to a messy, unkempt house. It’s embarrassing-rubbing your foot over dust spots that show in the sun, and kicking objects under the couch in an attempt to disguise the clutter your house has […] Read more »

Easy ways to save money on air conditioning this summer

Air conditioning is cool (pun totally intended) but it takes a lot of energy to run, and that energy isn’t cheap. Do you open up your bills from the electric company with dread every summer? We have a few tips on ways to save some money on your electric bill […] Read more »

Top Destinations For Glendale CA Homeowners

Our friends are moving. They are leaving their cramped and dated two bedroom townhouse and moving to a 10 year old home with 3600 square foot of living space, and a third of an acre of blissful, peaceful, land. The previous owner even threw in the riding lawnmower. The kicker? […] Read more »

Downsize AND Keep Your Current Property Taxes!

Last year I sold my big home on the hill- the one with the pool, the view, the splashy kitchen and the endless stairs and moved to a lovely one story ranch with a teensy tiny yard. The property tax on my old diggs was sweet and I was prepared […] Read more »

Everything you need to know about proposition 60

For California residents over the age of 55, Proposition 60 and 90 have made downsizing easier by reducing property taxes when you buy a new home. In California when you buy a new home your new property is subject to reappraisal and therefore a new base tax value. Since real […] Read more »

4 tips to cut clutter

A Simplified Approach to Cutting Clutter

Decluttering and simplifying your life is a lovely idea, but the practicalities are a royal pain in the you-know-what. Some of you have read Marie Kondos’ book about the Magic of Tidying, but some of you have not stopped laughing long enough to toss anything away. You hold up an object, […] Read more »

7 Spring cleaning tips that will save you money

If your idea of a good time is to do anything but clean and organize your house, we are with you. The day to day stuff like dishes and laundry (ugh, laundry!) can feel like enough of a chore, and now we are suggesting you add to your to-do list. […] Read more »