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Things to Do Around Prunedale California

Things to Do Around Prunedale CaliforniaPrunedale California is becoming more and more attractive to potential homebuyers wanting to live in the Salinas area. If you are considering a move to Prunedale you may be wondering what there is to do in and around Prunedale. Knowing what activities there are in an area helps a person decide if it might be a destination they would enjoy living in. Here are some great attractions around Prundale.

San Juan Batista

San Juan Batista is just 15 to 20 minutes north of Prunedale and just off the 101. This charming small town may run at a slower pace but it is not lacking in great things to do. There is the mission, the historic downtown hub, entertainment venues, and much more. It is a popular tourist spot, but also a great spot for "locals" to get to know local store owners and find a favorite charming restaurant or place to get away on a weekend. 

Slough Trail Cherry Blossom Park Loop 

The Sough Trail system in Watsonville is somewhat of a hidden gem in a bustling city. The trails wind through Watsonville and have many great spots to stop along the way like the Cherry Blossom Park. It is just a small pocket park less than an acre with a tot lot, which is a great place to take a break if you have family with you. Another fun stop is St. Patrick's Church, a beautiful historic building. 

Monterey Coastal Trail to Castroville

Prunedale is not a coastal town but is very close to the...

Dining in Santa Cruz- Great Santa Cruz Restaurants for Families

Dining in Santa Cruz- Great Santa Cruz Restaurants for FamiliesSanta Cruz is a treasure trove of so many things on the central coast of California. There is a reason it is a popular tourist destination in the summer months and that so many people consider moving here. There are endless activities both in the form of modern attractions and natural outdoor spaces. Educational opportunities abound. And of course dining. There is no shortage of places to find not just a good bite to eat but an amazing bite to eat. 

If you are someone with a family, especially with really young children, you are not just looking for a dining recommendation in Santa Cruz. You are looking for a specific dining recommendation, one that will please the most discerning of eaters. One that will work for several different preferences that can please not only those tough critical little ones but also a collection of adults who hope to get a few seconds to really enjoy something cooked by someone else for a change. 

If this is you, if you are looking for a Santa Cruz restaurant that is truly family-friendly and not just featuring tasty and trendy food, read along. This list of restaurants is one for families. Restaurants with food for those with a simpler pallet or with an atmosphere that doesn't mind a little bit of lively noise. 

Santa Cruz Restaurants that are Great for Families

Hulas Island Grill

There is nothing but chill vibes in the atmosphere of this island-themed restaurant. Walking in the door at Hulas Island Grill you instantly feel like you have escaped to Hawaii. It's fun for the whole family. Enjoy Pacific...

Can a Mortgage Calculator Help You Budget for a Santa Cruz Home?

Can a Mortgage Calculator Help You Budget for a Santa Cruz Home?Many people use online resources when purchasing a home in Santa Cruz. Some make use of online mortgage calculators to help them budget for a home purchase. A common question some have is if a mortgage calculator actually works. 

Mortgage calculators can be a useful tool when determining what you can afford to pay for your next Santa Cruz home, but as they are machines, they are not perfect, there are some limits to the help and insight they can offer. It is good to know what information a mortgage calculator can offer and where you want to make sure you look for expert clarification to solidify what a home could cost you. 

How Mortgage Calculators are Helpful

It is beneficial to plug preliminary information into a mortgage calculator to get a rough idea of how much a home could cost you and what your monthly mortgage payment could possibly be. Some lending websites will have more than one mortgage calculator tool. This can help you see different types of loans, what things might work out to be, and how they compare side by side. For example: comparing the aspects of a 30-year fixed rate and an adjustable-rate mortgage with the same loan amount, credit score, monthly income, etc. 

These calculator tools give a good insight into a fair expectation of what to expect when talking with a lender. A mortgage calculator can only go off the information given to them, however. There is no introspective insight and extra questions asked. There are many details that a mortgage calculator does not ask for that can make a significant impact on the ability to qualify for a mortgage and what the actual final cost...

Why Hidden Oaks in Scotts Valley is a Premier Community

Why Hidden Oaks in Scotts Valley is a Premier CommunitySanta Cruz County is one of the most desirable destinations to settle into in the state of California. There are so many amazing residential communities in Santa Cruz County and some of them are more highly sought after than others. One of the most highly sought-after residential communities in Santa Cruz County is Hidden Oaks in Scotts Valley. The Hidden Oaks community is currently one of the most googled subjects about the Santa Cruz area. Let's take a look into why Hidden Oaks is a premier community of Santa Cruz County.

About Hidden Oaks in Scotts Valley

Hidden Oaks is a condo community in Scotts Valley California and Santa Cruz County. It is located off of Bean Creek Drive close to the Scotts Valley Junior High School. This highly desirable condo community offers a central location and the feeling that you are living within the densely wooded area of Santa Cruz County. The community is very quiet and peaceful.

Individual units in the community offer floor plans that have two bedrooms and two bathroom layouts on one single level. Condo buildings are just two stories tall. Each unit has a concrete floor including upper units giving the best noise reduction sound quality in multi-family living. Lower condo units on the first floor feature a small fenced-in patio area and upper units include a deck. A popular feature of living on the second floor is the vaulted ceilings in every unit. Every home includes a one-car detached garage and one open parking space. Every unit ranges at around 1000 ft.² of...

What Makes Mariners Cove Condos so Desirable?

What Makes Mariners Cove Condos so Desirable?Santa Cruz is one of the most popular coastal cities to live in California. This is for good reason Santa Cruz is full of charm, diversity, opportunity, beautiful outdoor spaces, and of course the water. There are several desirable housing neighborhoods in the city of Santa Cruz. One of the most popular residential communities often in web browser searches is the Mariners Cove Condo Community. What is it about Mariners Cove that is so desirable? Why do so many people seek homes in Mariners Cove


The first and most obvious answer is that Mariners Cove is in an amazing location. Mariners Cove is in a walkable neighborhood with so much close by. Check out these nearby hotspots

Cowell Beach and the Municipal Wharf

Mariners Cove is not right on the water but still within a walkable distance to the shore. The closest beach to Mariners Cove is Cowell Beach right next to the Wharf. The Wharf is a long pier that juts out over the water full of the most amazing restaurants, a stage, and a great spot to just sit and watch the world go by. Which includes the waves, swimmers, surfers, boats, and sea lions. Restaurants on the Wharf offer the best views and great eats as well as a chance for a nightcap. Restaurants on the wharf include Splash, Stagnaro Brothers, Gilda's, and Firefish Grill.

Beach and Beach Boardwalk

Just a bit further down the shore only about a 15-minute walk from Mariners Cove is the...

Carmel Valley Ranch is a Great Staycation Destination

Carmel Valley Ranch is a Great Staycation DestinationIf you live in Santa Cruz or Monterey County and are looking for a great staycation idea, may I suggest the Carmell Valley Ranch. 

What is a Staycation?

The definition of staycation has changed and adjusted to mean slightly different things to different people. In general, it is the concept of staying at home or close to home instead of taking a trip to a faraway destination. It is like being a tourist in your own hometown.

Why Staycations are Growing in Popularity

Staycations have been growing in popularity as a way to get away in a shorter and easier timeframe. Some people have found that taking a staycation allows them to pack up on a Friday and trade all the stress of home for the weekend without spending paid vacation time. As more workers remain working remotely they find it easy to pack up and work from a fun location and then when work is over they can instantly enjoy some fun. Staycations are also a less expensive way to enjoy a break from the everyday hustle. 

Staying at the Carmel Valley Ranch

Located in the lesser-known town of Carmel Valley an inland neighbor of Carmel-by-the-Sea (Carmel) at the base of the Santa Lucia Mountains. The Carmel Valley Ranch is 500 acres of resort on the sunnier side of the Monterey Peninsula. It is consistently ranked as a top resort destination and it is right in the backyard of lucky homeowners in Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties. 

Carmel Valley Ranch is an all-suite...

How Many Beaches are In Santa Cruz?

How Many Beaches are In Santa Cruz? Santa Cruz is one of California's most popular beach towns. The coastal and central California location on the shores of Monterey Bay attracts many people who both fall in love and end up moving here or coming back repeatedly to visit. A frequently asked question of people considering a move or visit to Santa Cruz is, "How many beaches does Santa Cruz have? '

The Beaches of Santa Cruz (City)

There are three beaches within the City Limits of Santa Cruz and under the supervision/jurisdiction of the city government in Santa Cruz. More beaches in Santa Cruz are state-owned land. 

Main Beach

Located at 108 Beach St in Santa Cruz

Main Beach is rightly named because it is considered Santa Cruz's main iconic beach. It is the home of the world-famous Santa Cruz Boardwalk and amusement park. Some people refer to it as Boardwalk Beach. It is the most popular of beaches in the City for all of the amenities. the beach offers an expansive sandy area to lay out or leave your things to enjoy the water. Behind the beachy sand area is the famous amusement park, arcade, shops, extensive collection of great boardwalk eats, and a collection ...

A Homeowner's Guide to Changing Real Estate Agents

In the changing realm of estate choosing the right agent can truly impact your experience when buying or selling a house. What happens if your initial pick doesn't quite live up to your expectations? Transitioning to a real estate agent may seem like a task but it's a choice that can significantly influence how things turn out in the market. Whether you're unsatisfied, with the service level, communication gaps or just looking for a viewpoint here's how homeowners can smoothly navigate the process of changing real estate agents.

A Homeowner's Guide to Changing Real Estate Agents

A Homeowner's Guide to Changing Real Estate Agents

Evaluate Your Reasons

Before taking any steps it's important to assess why you're contemplating switching agents. Are you frustrated by the lack of progress in selling your home? Do you feel like your agent isn't attentive to your needs or offering support? Pinpointing these issues will help you express your concerns and make an informed decision going forward.

Talk to Your Current Agent

Communication plays a role in any professional relationship, including the one with your real estate agent. Arrange a meeting or phone call, with your agent to openly and honestly discuss your concerns. They might not be aware of your dissatisfaction. Could be willing to address the issues to enhance the situation.
Before deciding to change agents it's important to give them a chance to fix things.

Real Estate veteran Bill Gassett, owner of Maximum Real Estate Exposure, shared some terrific advice on changing agents.

"Very few real estate agents want to hear their clients are dissatisfied. Unfortunately, many...

Santa Cruz Surfing Culture

Santa Cruz Surfing CultureWhen relocating to Santa Cruz there are no doubt many questions on your mind about living in Santa Cruz, one commonly asked question is, "What is Santa Cruz known for?" Or "What makes Santa Cruz so popular?" Asking these questions helps a potential Santa Cruz homebuyer get to know the area and decide where they want to settle in or what they can expect when they get here. 

Santa Cruz is popular for many things, one of them is the surfing culture. It is said, with some dispute (not from us), that Santa Cruz is the first place in the United States to have a surfing culture. Legend tells a story of Hawaiian royalty bringing the sport to America first surfing the waters off the coast of Santa Cruz in the Monterey Bay and the sport took off in America from there. 

Santa Cruz has some of the most perfect surfing conditions in the world, and certainly in California. This is why the surf culture has long thrived in Santa Cruz County. The rocky coastline gives shelter from strong winds making the waves smooth and consistent all year. Santa Cruz offers big waves and small beach breaks, it is a place where surfers of all levels can enjoy the sport. Whether you are moving to Santa Cruz as an avid surfer or might be excited to try something new in a new home, you can do it in Santa Cruz. 

The Best Time to Get Out And Surf In Santa Cruz

As for the best time of day to surf in Santa Cruz, it is in the early morning and late afternoon when the winds are calmer. When talking about seasons, any time...

Where to Find Great Mexican Food in Santa Cruz

Where to Find Great Mexican Food in Santa CruzSanta Cruz is full of amazing restaurants offering countless types of cuisine and all dining atmospheres from drive-thrus to cafes, to fine dining establishments with dress codes. If you are a fan of Mexican food and are relocating or have just moved to Santa Cruz you may be wondering where Santa Cruz's best Mexican restaurants are. While the true best Mexican restaurant is all subject to personal preference, we can help steer you toward the most popular Mexican restaurants to help you find your favorite. 

Santa Cruz's Most Popular Mexican Restaurants

Taqueria Los Pericos

This just might be THE most popular Mexican restaurant in Santa Cruz. Located in downtown Santa Cruz just steps from the Santa Cruz Riverwalk. This is a top-rated Santa Cruz restaurant by tourists, but also by locals. When it is beloved by locals who come over and over again, you know it's good. The venue is smaller but features some great authentic Mexican favorites. 

Taqueria Los Pericos is popular and the limited space can make it feel a bit overcrowded at times. If you are not a fan of crowds grabbing some food to go is well worth the maze of people, trust me. The favorite entrees here include the breakfast burritos, chips and salsa, Fish Tacos, and Camarones al Mojo de Ajo. 

Taqueria Santa Cruz

 If you are looking for Mexican food favorites that give a comfort food vibe this is the place to go. Taqueria...

Santa Cruz Plans for Changes to Iconic West Cliff

Santa Cruz Plans for Changes to Iconic West CliffWest Cliff Drive is one of the most popular roads in Santa Cruz County. Over the last year, the city has been gathering feedback about plans for the road from people living in Santa Cruz. The city has just released a new potential plan for West Cliff Drive. 

About Santa Cruz's West Cliff Drive

West Cliff Drive spans 3 miles along the Pacific Ocean coast in Santa Cruz providing the most amazing views of Monterey Bay. The road begins at Santa Cruz municipal wharf and takes travelers past the Santa Cruz Dream Inn, West Cliff Inn, Sea and Sand, the Seaway Inn, and into a residential neighborhood. West Cliff is popular with a mix of bikers, runners, people walking their dogs, surfers headed to Steamer Lane, tourists, and motor vehicle drivers. It is the most beautiful drive in Santa Cruz. It is a popular spot to snap a selfie and take in the views of the wharf and the Boardwalk below. You can also watch the surfers at Cowell Beach. 

Some popular spots for walkers that utilize the trail along the side of West Cliff include the lighthouse point grassy area and the surfer statue near Steamer Lane. Steamer Lane is a world-renowned surf break and an amazing spot to watch the most talented surfers in the area. The Santa Cruz Surfing Museum is also within walking distance of the Mark Abbet Memorial Lighthouse and shares information about how surfing came to Santa Cruz by way of Hawaiian royalty. Santa Cruz is recognized as the birthplace of surfing in California. Mitchell's Cove and Offleash dog area is popular with locals it is also a great place to spectate whales and dolphins.

If you travel to the...

Why People Choose Santa Cruz

Why People Choose Santa CruzSanta Cruz is a premier destination in California. It draws several tourists every year for its location on Monterey Bay and its amazing temperate weather all year long. Santa Cruz is also a very popular city in California to move. For this reason, many people considering moving to Santa Cruz California, and one of the most asked questions in search engines is if Santa Cruz is a nice place to live. So let's answer this question.

Is Santa Cruz nice to live in?

According to the website Santa Cruz is regarded as one of the best places to live in the state of California. Let's take a look into all of the major pros and cons of living in Santa Cruz so that you can form your own opinion about one of our favorite places to live in California.

Pros of living in Santa Cruz

The Weather

The City of Santa Cruz has 250 days of sunshine per year on average, there could be more or less. The average amount of sunny days for the state of California is just 46 making this one of California's rays of sunshine. There is great weather all year in Santa Cruz. The temperature can drop to around 40° in fall but it is never too cold to enjoy the outdoors here. Being able to enjoy the outdoors earlier is one of the biggest perks of Santa Cruz.

The Landscape

Speaking of enjoying the outdoors there are several ways to enjoy the outdoors in Santa Cruz. Santa Cruz has it all when it comes to enjoying nature. There are mountains, there are towering forests, and then of course there are the most amazing beach...

Celebrating St. Patrick's Day in Santa Cruz

Celebrating St. Patrick's Day in Santa CruzSanta Cruz is one of the most special places to live on the coast of California. There's just so much that is unique and special about Santa Cruz and one of the most unique things is celebrating the holidays. If you have just moved to Santa Cruz or are considering a move you may be wondering how to celebrate upcoming holidays in the area. If you are lost as to where to go for Saint Patrick's Day in Santa Cruz let us share with you some upcoming St. Patrick's Day events in the area.

St. Patrick's Day Celebrations in Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz/Monterey Bay KOA Saint Patrick's Celebration

If you love camping you can celebrate this fun holiday weekend at the KOA campground in Watsonville. Get out all of your green things and all of your camping gear. The campsite hosts a family costume contest, a fun run, shamrock tie-dye crafting, beers and bratz, a bike parade, train rides, and much more. It is a very fun family celebration that begins on March 15 and lasts the entire Saint Patrick's weekend through Saint Patrick's Day on March 17.

Santa Cruz Shamrock Stroll

Search for gold through Santa Cruz on March 16 beginning at 1 PM. This is another bar crawl event put on by Check-in is from 1 to 4 PM and you will need to purchase a ticket to receive a wristband as your magical pass for a day of fun surprises. Enjoy a collection of St. Patrick's Day-themed drinks...

Where to Enjoy the Performing Arts in Santa Cruz

Where to Enjoy the Performing Arts in Santa CruzIf you are new to Santa Cruz or are considering a move to the Santa Cruz area you are probably looking to learn more about Santa Cruz to help you settle in and feel at home. Once you find what you love to do in Santa Cruz we believe you will quickly fall in love with the area and begin to make it your home. If you love the performing arts let us help you get acquainted with the many different opportunities to catch a live performance in Santa Cruz County.

Performing Arts Venues in Santa Cruz County

Santa Cruz

Barn Theater at UC Santa Cruz

The first theater on the campus of the University of California Santa Cruz. The theater was once an actual working barn located on the Cowell Ranch in 1968. It is a 140-seat theater. Today it is a home stage for the student-run Barnstorm Production Company. Find out more about upcoming performances on the Barnstorm Theater Company website. 

Kuumba Jazz Center in Downtown

If you are a fan of live jazz music you need to check out the Kuumba Jazz Center. It has been a hub of live music in Santa Cruz since 1975. The venue holds over 130 concerts a year. They also offer educational opportunities to learn jazz skills. Check out the performance lineup on their website. 

Rio Theater in Midtown

Rio started as a premier venue to watch movies. Today it is a venue that offers a mix of performing arts and movies. Experience...

What is the Best Food at Santa Cruz Boardwalk?

What is the Best Food at Santa Cruz Boardwalk?The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk is the most recognized landmark in the city of Santa Cruz California. With time those who live here may consider it only a spot to keep tourists happy but several local people love a good stroll around the boardwalk on any day to take in the views of the ocean and people watch. It might be a place that tourists are drawn to but it is also home to substantial Santa Cruz history and nostalgic culture that Santa Cruz brings to the world.

If you are just moving to Santa Cruz you are probably excited to check out the boardwalk and might be interested in learning a little bit about what there is to do there. You may decide you want to visit it on an afternoon with your family and might like some insider tips on the best food to fuel your crowd as you soak up the sunshine, salt air, and classic nostalgic Santa Cruz scenery. It can be tough when you have your family in tow or even if you are just overly hungry yourself to go wandering down the boardwalk aimlessly looking for something at amusement park prices that won't be disappointing to eat. So here's a guide to help you out and choose some of the best dishes that won't disappoint when you visit the boardwalk.

Santa Cruz Boardwalk's best food

The Açai Bowls and Crepes at Crouzon Crepes

If you are looking for something fresh and light on a hot day the acai bowls at Cruzin' Crepes are incredibly popular. They provide something refreshing on a hot day but also something that is actually nutrient-packed and good for you. Who would have ever thought you could get actual healthy food at an amusement...

Reasons to Choose a Condo Instead of a House in Santa Cruz

Reasons to Choose a Condo Instead of a House in Santa CruzThe city of Santa Cruz has many amazing condo properties. If you are trying to decide between purchasing a condo or a single-family home in Santa Cruz here are a few reasons why you might lean more toward purchasing the condo.


If you are hoping to live right inside the Santa Cruz city limits then finding a condo may be just a little bit easier than a single-family property. Often in convenient walkable locations, there are more multifamily properties as compared to single-family properties. If you have not ruled out a condo and you want a walkable home then you may have an easier time finding a condo.

Price tag

Condo properties often come with a lower price tag as compared to a single-family home. Some would say this is because the square footage is much smaller than what is available on a single-family property. But you may be surprised to find that some condos have as much square footage as a single-family home. While larger condos do come at a steeper price higher than the more abundant smaller ones it is a possibility to find a condo with a very roomy floor plan.


A condo property is like a step between renting and single-family living. Owning a home puts a lot of responsibility on the owner's plate to make sure the property is running well, safe, and retains its good condition. Every single aspect of the property is the responsibility of the homeowner to maintain. This along with the price tag of a single-family home is a big extra cost and a large time requirement.

With a condo property, you are solely responsible for the property within the four walls after...

Reasons to Move to Capitola and Enjoy it All Year

Reasons to Move to Capitola and Enjoy it All YearCapitola California is most famously known for the waterfront Capitola Village. It is a popular spot with tourists and is very beloved by residents. It is a unique spot in Santa Cruz County that offers something special all year long. The summer and the winter seasons are very different but each holds its unique appeal. Let us describe what each season is like in Capitola and why it is a great place to settle into year-round. 

Capitola Winters

Since it is still technically winter, though Spring is on the horizon, let us start with what winter is like in the beautiful small town of Capitola. 

The hustle and bustle of summer tourists and beachfront activities begin to slow and quiet after Labor Day every year in Capitola. Capitola becomes a charming laid-back beach town. Though the weather is cooler and the activities are not as frequent, the weather is still enjoyable and the sunsets, even though they come earlier are just as breathtaking. 

September and October free up the popular beaches and allow those who live here year-round to enjoy the sand and surf with a little more elbow room. It's like that feeling of your family coming for a visit. You love it and it is full of laughter and energy and fun times, but when they go back home, you can get back to a more relaxed way of living on a daily basis and enjoying your favorite space on more relaxed terms. 

The "off-season" allows for shorter wait times to get into the most iconic Capitola restaurants on any day of your choosing. The parking is easier to find. You get...

Reasons to Live Outside of Downtown Santa Cruz

Downtown Santa Cruz is easily one of the most popular areas to settle in the city for its Walkability within one of Central Coastal California's most loved cities. Santa Cruz is dynamicReasons to Live Outside of Downtown Santa Cruz and upbeat with countless things to do from amazing restaurants to great entertainment and all different kinds of shopping. It is easy to be at the beach one minute and in a museum, the next, or experience locally made ice cream and walk just a few blocks away to get the best cup of coffee you have ever tasted.

But Santa Cruz is also known as an area with highly desirable real estate that comes with an expected increase in the market value of homes. Though it is a dream to live right in downtown Santa Cruz and be right in all of the action, there are some great affordable neighborhoods just outside of downtown that you could fall in love with just as easily if you are searching for a home at a lower price point. There are many reasons to consider neighborhoods just beyond the downtown Santa Cruz limits.

Quieter neighborhoods

One of the biggest benefits of choosing to live outside of downtown Santa Cruz is that it affords you a quieter atmosphere as compared to living within the downtown limits. Santa Cruz is a vibrant fun city but it is also a busy bustling city and with this comes the noise of the hustle and bustle. This is why more and more young families moving to Santa Cruz have found that neighborhoods just outside of downtown or even a bit further removed are ideal for everyday enjoyment.

The busyness of downtown especially during tourist season can become overwhelming and can take a toll on other aspects of life beyond peace and quiet, such as safety. Surrounding...

Things to Consider if Your Santa Cruz Home Isn't Selling

Things to Consider if Your Santa Cruz Home Isn't SellingIf you have listed your Santa Cruz home for sale and the home listing has expired it is understandable that you may be frustrated, disappointed, or confused as to why your home isn't selling. Especially during a seller's market with low inventory. Here are some questions to ask about your home selling experience to help you decide what actions to take next with your Santa Cruz home.

Was the Home marketed well?

A first impression in many scenarios is incredibly important and the first impression of your home to buyers matters significantly. You want to make sure that your home is ready to show at its best and that it has been presented to as many Santa Cruz homebuyers as possible. It is hard for buyers to be interested in a home and make an offer on it if they are not aware is for sale or if there's something about it that seems offputting in listing photos.

When a home is for sale you want to do your best to make it stand out and have it catch the eye of a buyer. But you can't catch a buyer's eye if a buyer isn't seeing the home. You want to make sure you are hiring the right local professional help that will get the word out that your home is available for sale and you want to get your home freshened up and ready to show at its best.

A great real estate agent will help you to prepare your home to be seen both inside and out and will help you to make the online listing look enticing and place it where it is easily seen to attract a buyer's eye and attract as many buyers as possible.

Is the home priced well?

One of the biggest setbacks to selling a home within a fair amount of time is making sure that the home is listed...

Recycling Materials From DIY Projects in Your Santa Cruz Home

Recycling Materials From DIY Projects in Your Santa Cruz HomeAs you make improvements around your Santa Cruz home you may find that there are extra materials left over from those projects. Sometimes you will want to retain some extra materials in case you need to repair but in some cases, you may not need as much material as is left over.

What can you do with these leftover materials? Some may fit into the garbage, some may not, and some may be allowed to go into your regular garbage but some may require special actions to unload the product. Here are some helpful tips for getting rid of scraps from home improvements in your Santa Cruz home.

Wood Scraps

Several different projects require the use of wood and the scraps can pile up quickly as often projects using wood materials require cutting wood down into custom shapes and sizes to fit your project. If you don't have a use for them and they are taking up a lot of space you can unload wood scraps in many different ways.

For larger pieces that might be reused for other projects, you could consider selling them on social media and other reselling groups such as Offer Up. You could also consider donating scraps to salvage yards and charities like Habitat for Humanity. You can also offer the scraps for free on a social media site or in a buy-nothing group. If a wood scrap is small enough it can be added to a compost pile.


Tile is a great material to retain scraps for repairs in your home. If you have a significant amount of tile scraps or have removed tile from an old project you may consider offering...

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