Rolling Hills and Rolling Hills Estates January Home Sales

Rolling Hills and Rolling Hills Estates (RHE) are distinctly different cities. They are included together here more for convenience than any other reason. As it turns out, there was only one home sale that closed in Rolling Hills last month. The total for last year was only 18 and not one of those sales was in the month of January. In Rolling Hills Estates there were nine closings this past month compared to only two last year in January and three the year before. One of the biggest differences in the two cities can be seen in the selling prices of the homes. The median sales price in Rolling Hills in 2009 was well over $2,000,000, whereas in RHE, it was below $900,000. The median price in RHE last month exceeded last year’s average. A lack of sales in Rolling Hills makes a similar comparison nearly impossible. Of course, the number of closings last month is more a reflection of what was happening at the end of last year. With respect to this year’s selling activity, the number of new sales this past month for RHE was 10, which brought the number of total open escrows to 25. There were no new sales in the more expensive city and the number of active escrows there remains at four as of this writing. Three of these were added in the month of February.

The most expensive closing in RHE for the month was for a 4,500 sq. ft. home in the Palos Verdes Drive North area. It offers great views and plenty of land. The least expensive closing was just over $389,000 for a Peninsula Center one bedroom condo.

There are 15 homes actively listed on the market in Rolling Hills and 33 in RHE. This puts the inventory close to a year in the former city and about four months in the latter city when using the sales pace of 2009 for the two cities.

Why You Should Have a Roll Top Desk

A roll top desk is an increasingly popular piece of furniture that you will find in a lot of homes. The style is a classic and the convenience of the desk cannot be ignored because of its practical uses. In this article we will discuss why we have started seeing roll top desks in so many houses!

A desk with a top that can be rolled down can make a room look tidier! Have you ever entered a room and found that everywhere was clean in the room except for a messy desk? If you are doing work in your home office or are using a desk in any other room the desk will regularly get messy. All of the paper that can build up or text books, or even a computer, can make a desk look untidy and unorganized. A roll top desk will help you to conceal this atrocity. If you are the type that likes your desk messy because it makes it much easier for you to get work done then such a desk is exactly what you need. All that you need to do when you are not working is roll it down and it will all be concealed. A roll top computer desk is also a great idea if you are using a computer or a typewriter for your work. Imagine how nice and tidy everything will look once you hide the mess behind that top. This is a great way to have a messy desk without making the whole room look messy and unorganized. Of course, you can always clean the mess, but I know how hard that may be at times.

A roll top desk can help you keep things private. If you have kids we all know how curious they can be especially when you are doing work at home. Such a desk will ensure that your kids will not get into your work and knock it on the floor or worse spill something on it. If you have some special files and your kids are regularly in the room then a roll top desk can store them away safely. You can add a lock to the desk for added privacy. This will make sure that what is in the desk stays in the desk. And nobody can access it but you, the one who holds the key.

Roll top desks have grown to become a very popular style amongst their counterparts, because of all the advantages that they have. Besides concealing a messy work area, these desks can also be helpful in ensuring that your work will not get ruined by your kids. A roll top desk can be exactly what you need if you do work at home and you feel that your work is too important to be left out in the open.

Home Tool Kits: Tips for Organizing Home Tool Kits

Contractors, laborers, companies and handy men and women are always trying to find the best ways to organize their home tool kits. This seems like a problem that can easily be remedied with the purchase of hardware equipment, but the reality is far from the case. Rolling toolboxes have been known to raise efficiency in transporting equipment and getting the job done for many, and allows a traveling worker to keep his hardware organized.

Rolling tool kits are an option to the traditional home tool kit that merely sits upon any flat working surface. Rolling sets are manufactured with wheels that offer the contractor or tool owner an improved sense of mobility when traveling with their tools. Additionally, these tool kits have provisions in place to keep tool equipment organized while they’re being moved from work site to work site.

There are two main benefits to using a rolling cart or car as opposed to more stationary designs. First, the ability of the tool owner to organize and keep all of their equipment in one stationary area is, understandably, obvious. There is nothing that wastes time and creates frustration for a tool owner or a mechanic than being unable to locate his equipment in the same general area as the rest of his equipment.

This also allows you to develop a more defined organizational system for your personal tool equipment that can allow you to really become efficient and organized whether you’re using your tools at home or in a professional setting. This cuts labor costs on idle time spent by the customer as well as makes you look even more professional.

Second, a rolling organizer provides for greater mobility. Whether you’re working at home, or at a contract site, your rolling tool kit can be a mainstay that provides a convenient way to transport work materials from one setting to another. If you ask someone to pass you an item, but they’re unsure of what it is or what it looks like, you can easily have them roll the tool cart over as a whole.

Rolling tool carts also ease stress and fatigue. If someone is carrying a large, heavy tool kit or case, then they’re going to get tired of lugging that big, heavy thing around. Their arms might get tired and they’ll get lazy and might not take all the tools they need. All of the stress on the body from the crazy heavy tool kit that you’re carrying will be erased when you switch over to a rolling tool cart.

Another factor of rolling tool carts is that they come with small brakes that can be flipped down to keep the kit in place as necessary, therefore there’s limited risk of someone being unable to keep a rolling cart from standing still when necessary. Rolling tool kits can be found at Walmart or Target if not at your favorite local hardware store.

Make That Furniture Roll, Without Reinventing the Wheel

Chairs, tables, and other furniture can be much more useful when put on casters; they can even be safer on your floors. In this article we’ll discuss adding casters to a chair, a table, and a flat-bottomed piece of furniture, like a chest.

Wood Chairs with out casters generally need to use casters with a wood stem for easy insertion. The wood stem works simply, drill a hole 3/8″ in diameter, pound in the socket, then insert the caster. The secret to getting the casters in correctly is to keep your drill true. If you have access to a drill press, this is the simplest way to insure a clean, straight hole.

Wood Tables can be tackled the same way if they have small diameter legs. If, however, they have a leg that is quite large, you may want to consider using a top plate caster. A top plate caster attaches with four bolts or lag screws. These casters, generally speaking, are heavier duty and more durable than wood stem casters. When installing a plate caster, lay the caster on the surface you wish to attach it to, mark the center of the slotted holes, then drill. We’d tell you the bit size, but caster series differ on attaching bolt size, so check the documentation on our website for the attaching bolt size. Use lag screws to attach to a wood based table.

Also, on tables, you may want to consider getting brakes for your casters. There is noting more annoying than trying to eat, and having your food slowly slide away. We’d recommend using a face or total lock brake for this application. A face brake positively locks the wheel, where a total lock brake locks the wheel and the swivel section, making it immovable.

That cedar chest in your living room is heavy and a bear to move. You might want to add casters to that as well. Consider using a light duty plate caster, probably 3″ in diameter. Start by emptying the chest and flipping it over. With your casters in hand, lay them on each of the four corners. Be careful, casters mounted too closely to the edges, if they have a valence, will not swivel properly. Hold the top plate in position and make sure you have complete, un-interrupted rotation. Then mark and drill the holes. You’ll attach these using a bolt and nut, they don’t need to be too long, and make sure that you are using a carriage bolt, this way, you don’t damage your goods in the box. Bolt the casters on and, voila, you’re done.

Adding casters is simple when you ask the experts and Caster Specialists. Give us a call at 800-836-0630, we’ll help you keep your home rolling!