Winter Preparation Tips



Winter is  coming and will be here officially December 21, 2017 and before you know it, the winter storms will be in full force.  So, as we head into the winter months it is important to make sure to check items are in working order in and around your property.  Below are some key items we think you should make sure to check before the storms begin.


  1. Turn your sprinklers off
  2. Aerate lawn, re-seed lawn if needed
  3. Remove any attached hoses to prevent cracking
  4. Check gutters-if full contact your property management company
  5. Wrap exterior pipes to keep them from bursting
  6. Learn how to shut off water valves

   Interior of House

  1. Run your heater to ensure there are no issues.
  2. Test smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors.
  3. Change your Heating and Air Filter.
  4. Check weatherstripping around windows and doors.
  5. Make sure fans are switched to the reverse or clockwise position, which will blow warm air down to the floor for enhanced energy efficiency and comfort


Other winter preparedness tips

In addition to checking around your house, it is also a good time to check your car.  Maintenance in order to avoid accidents due to rain or snow may be needed and the following items will help  you stay safe due the storm if you need to drive.

  1. Make sure to check your brakes, transmission and tires
  2. Test that your battery and ignition system are in top condition and that battery terminals are clean
  3. Inspect radiator coolant and sturdiness of hoses and belts
  4. Check your anti-freeze and thermostat to avoid freezing
  5. Check your windshield wipers and deicing washer fluid
  6. Inspect your headlights, tail and brake lights, blinkers and emergency flasher make sure they are working correctly
  7. Check your exhaust system, heater and defroster
  8. Check fuel and air filters
  9. Make sure your oil and power steering fluids are full
  10. Properly lubricate door locks that may be prone to freezing


5 Fall Flowers you need to enjoy this Season…..

5 Fall Flowers You Need to Enjoy This Season

Learn how to plant and care for 5 popular autumn blooms to add seasonal color to your garden. For more Home advice, visit P&G everyday today!

Mention flowers and most people imagine springtime blooms. But fall is a wonderful time to plant and enjoy flowers, too. As summer coming to an end, we share our top picks for adding a pop of rich autumn color to your garden.

At garden centers you’ll find these perennials plants, nicknamed “mums,” in yellow, orange, white, shades of red and pink-purple. If you purchase potted mums, remove fading and spent flowers (also known as deadheading) to stimulate new growth and keep the plant compact and bushy.

Tip: When putting away fall décor, transplant mums to your garden or a bigger flowerpot. They’re hardy and will come back in the spring. Once established, they’re also somewhat drought tolerant.

These fall perennials are a great garden staple, especially for landscape borders. They’re popular for their beautiful, almost daisy-like shape and blue, pink, mauve or white colors.

New England asters – the variety you’ll find at most nurseries – feature masses of small pink or purplish flowers with yellow centers. Left unattended, they’ll grow anywhere from 2 to 6 feet tall and are better used as background plants. However, if you pinch them back midsummer before buds form, they’ll stay more compact.

Check your local garden center for compact and dwarf varieties, but keep in mind that they tend to attract fewer butterflies.

These elegant flowering vines are garden standouts. Some varieties produce flowers that measure 10 inches in diameter, while others feature masses of smaller – but still impressive – flowers. Colors range from white to pink to dark purple. They thrive best when the roots are shaded and the tops receive sun, plus they’re hardy and disease-resistant.

Plant new vines in the fall to give roots time to get established during the cold dormant months.

These flowers could win an award for most underrated performer – when everything else is going dormant, heleniums will bloom. Most grow best in rich soil and full sun with regular watering, but they’re surprisingly heat tolerant. Best of all, you can find them in ideal fall colors: burnt orange and coppery red. They make great cuttings for vases.

Browse catalogs or online nurseries if you can’t find heleniums locally.

This hardy plant is both drought and heat resistant. Some varieties, like Purple Emperor and Autumn Charm sedum, bloom in the fall in gorgeous scarlet, orange, pink or white hues. Sedum works well as a low-maintenance ground cover, and is also beautiful in container gardens.

Labor Day Weekend….



Our office will be closed Monday September 4, 2017 in observance of the Labor Day Weekend.


Along with Family and Friend BBQ’s there are many other things to do around our area, below are just a few fun activities for Labor Day Weekend:


Sacramento Gold Rush Days in Old Town Sacramento

Take a tour of what was, what has been and what always will be, as the Downtown Sacramento Partnership at Old Sacramento takes you back in time. Gold Rush Days is a collection of olde time musicians, street performers and celebrities celebrate Sacto’s rich (no pun intended) history. Included are a film festival and a convention all dedicated to the wild west. September 2nd through the 4th. (credit CBS13)


Chalk it Up Festival

Each Labor Day Weekend, Fremont Park in downtown Sacramento turns into an explosion of chalk art masterpieces, live music, public art, and community engagement. Since 1991, the Chalk It Up! Festival has turned into a hugely popular regional event that brings over 60,000 people to Fremont Park over the three-day weekend.


The Sacramento River Cats vs. El Paso

September 1-4, 2017

Root, root, root for the home team as the Sacramento River Cats face off against El Paso. Labor Day Weekend marks the last games of the season, so make sure to send our team off in style. There are four chances to catch a game over the weekend (Friday and Saturday at 7:05 pm, Sunday at 5:05 pm, or Monday at 1:05 pm), so buy some peanuts and cracker jacks and get ready for the show!




School’s in Session…Back to School tips.

Here are some great tips for Back to School……..


Here are their tips for getting the school year off to an A-plus start: (VIA website:

  • Offer kids a choice. “Anytime kids have a choice, it’s freeing,” said Lori Levin, an assistant professor of curriculum and instruction. “Providing choices, such as what to wear and whether to bring a lunch or eat in the school cafeteria, helps students feel a sense of ownership in the process of preparing for school.”
  • Make sure they’re rested. Kids in full-day kindergarten may be tired and fussy for the first few weeks. Put them to bed 15 minutes earlier each night until they get to the best bedtime, and use blackout shades if needed. Children in elementary school should sleep 10 to 11 hours a day.
  • Bank on breakfast. Prepare a healthy breakfast or provide high-protein granola bars to eat in the morning. “It doesn’t have to be elaborate, but they do need to have something in their tummies before they head off to school for hours of learning,” Levin said.
  • Focus on connection. “Studies show that the No. 1 thing that helps kids be resilient through middle school is knowing they have one adult in their life, whether it’s a parent, teacher, coach or clergy member, who they can rely on,” Levin said.
  • Share your own experiences. Talk to your kids about your own experiences in school — and listen to theirs. “Listening attentively and without judgment is so important,” Levin said.
  • Consider your own expectations. “Studies of feedback from high schoolers show they are under tremendous pressure, which they put on themselves and feel from parents to get good grades, be in a sport and get into a great college,” Levin said. “Having reasonable expectations is important. So many teens try to do it all and get overwhelmed. Having some down time without technology is really important.”

8 Essential Back-to-School Tips for Parents

Set up a bedtime and wake-up routine in advance. If possible, it’s best to establish bedtimes and wake-up times two weeks in advance of the start of school. By the time the first school bell rings, kids will already be on the right sleeping schedule and it will be one less worry for your family.

Get to know new teachers. There will be open houses, orientations, and other meet-and-greet options at the beginning of the school year, but none will give you the chance to spend some quality time getting to know your kids’ teachers. Try to find a few minutes before or after school to connect one-on-one with the teachers. At the very least, send an introductory email that includes how you can help during the school year, however big or small.Plan healthy lunches and snacks. The better you plan out the meals in your home, the healthier choices you will make for your kids. When you pack protein-rich snacks and lunches, balanced with fruits, vegetables, and other wholesome items, you ensure that your children will have the energy and brainpower to make it through their school days.

Organize clothing. Of course you will need to donate or otherwise get rid of the clothing that your kids have outgrown, but you should also take the time to carefully organize what is left. From there, decide what items you may need more of before school begins.

Set up a staging area. Find a central spot to store everything related to school, including backpacks, upcoming outfits, and a dry erase calendar with family schedules. Try to keep this area free of clutter and other non-school items so that you can find what you need, when you need it—and quickly. Have the kids help you stock it with school-related items and keep it clean and functional. Find some inspiration here.

Update medical records. Most schools will let you know if your shot records are out of date, but why not go beyond that? Make sure teachers and administrators have a complete list of any medical concerns regarding your kids, including allergies. You will also want to be sure that all emergency contacts are up to date.

Talk to your kids about bullying. Research shows that one in three kids experience bullying at some point in their school career—and in the increasingly digital world, the consequences can be extreme. Make sure your kids understand the right way to treat their peers, and when to speak up if they see someone else being bullied. Also make sure they know when to come to you if they feel they are being bullied.

Ask your kids about their concerns. The start of school is exciting, but can also bring some anxiety—especially when it comes to the unknown. Take a few minutes to ask your kids what they are most looking forward to during the school year, and what things may be worrying them. By giving them a forum to express their concerns, you can help them work through any worries in advance of school starting and clear up any issues that could lead to a bumpy start to the year.

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A Beginner’s Guide to Choosing Flower Bulbs

By Steve Asbell on 11 Feb 2016 via Zillow

Daydreaming about planting your summer garden? Selecting the right bulbs now is the first step.

With all the choices in catalogs and on websites, ordering bulbs, corms, rhizomes and tubers can seem a bit daunting. You have to pay attention to the planting time, height, bulb size, and bloom time, not to mention how they’ll be used in your garden. But don’t be discouraged. Use this short guide to simplify your shopping experience and maximize your yard’s potential.

When to order

Plant daylily bulbs now to see explosions of color in your garden this summer.

It’s winter and you’re itching to order those daffodils and crocuses. I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but you’ll have to wait until fall to plant those so they’ll receive the chilling hours they need and can become established over winter. You might get a fizzle of flowers if you plant them too late, but the plants will probably fizzle out, too.

Now is really the time to order summer-blooming bulbs like Agapanthus, gingers, caladiums, and daylilies. Because many summer-blooming bulbs hail from the subtropics and are tender to frosts and freezes, they will likely ship after the last-frost date.

Order and plant fall-blooming bulbs in late summer so they’ll emerge from summer dormancy and bloom in a few weeks. You can place your bulb order now, and they’ll usually ship as soon as it’s appropriate.

What to order

Consider these factors when choosing bulbs to order.

  • Timing. Rather than just ordering what looks good at the time, brainstorm for ways to get the biggest bang for your buck. Choose bulbs with different bloom times so you get a procession of color through the season, or even all year.
  • Height. Have you ever had to stand behind someone tall in a group photo? Well, that’s what happens if you inadvertently plant short blooms behind taller ones. Pay close attention to the heights of each bulb you order, and make a note of those heights when you plant.
  • Color. You don’t need a degree in color theory to design a coordinated flowerbed, but it helps to keep it simple. Work with your home or garden’s existing color scheme, or have a little fun by adding a new color to the mix. After all, even if the colors clash, the offending blooms won’t last long, and you can always plant them elsewhere later.
  • Drainage. Choose bulbs that are appropriate to your garden and your region. Most bulbs don’t like wet, poorly draining soil, but if you don’t have a free-draining spot, grow moisture-loving bulbs like Louisiana irises and Hedychium gingers.
  • Light. Most bulbs like plenty of sun, and they’re good for massed plantings in unmown fields or for naturalizing under deciduous trees where they still receive plenty of light from winter through blooming. Shade-loving bulbs such as toad lilies, squills, snowdrops and gingers are the perfect match for the space beneath shade trees where nothing else seems to grow.
  • Temperature. Since most spring-blooming bulbs require plenty of chilling hours, gardeners in Zones 8-11 should only grow bulbs that have either low-chill requirements or hail from subtropical or Mediterranean climates. Otherwise they can be a disappointing experience.
  • Type. Variety may be the spice of life, but avoid the mistake of ordering a “box of chocolates.” In other words, rather than picking one of each bulb, plant many bulbs of only a few types, and use them to create natural-looking drifts and clumps. Don’t line up a bunch of different bulbs like soldiers in your flower beds.
  • Size. Bulbs are graded by size. Large bulbs bloom best, so plant these where you need impact sooner as opposed to later. However, big bulbs are also pricy. Smaller bulbs are more economical, not only for their price, but because they multiply and become established over time. Plant small bulbs if you plan on naturalizing them or leaving them in the same place. Medium-sized bulbs offer the best of both worlds.

Where to shop

A box of diseased and dying bulbs can spell disaster, so it really pays to choose a reputable dealer. Brent and Becky’s, Plant Delights and Annie’s Annuals are only a few of the good vendors out there.

Pay close attention to customer reviews and ratings before making a purchase. If you’re buying bulbs in a store, avoid any dried out, mushy or damaged bulbs.

Inspecting your purchase

Inspect your bulbs as soon as they arrive, and plant as soon as it’s appropriate. Healthy bulbs should feel firm and heavy, and show no damage.

If you receive anything mushy, smelly, dried out or otherwise questionable, contact the vendor immediately and request replacements.

Spring Forward……8 things to do when it is Daylight Savings time.

Daylight Savings is on March 12, 2017 at 2:00 a.m. Be sure to set your clocks before you go to bed Saturday night. It is also a good time to do the following items:

  • Reverse the direction on your ceiling fan.  In the Spring, fan blades should rotate counter-clockwise to help cool down the rooms.  In the Fall, switch the direction to clockwise which helps pull down the warm air that gets trapped near the ceiling.  Both of these measures help save cost on heating and cooling.
  • Flip and rotate your mattress to help promote even wear and tear.  Unless you have a no flip mattress.  Then just rotate it.
  • Replace the filters in your heater and air conditioner. This should actually be done several times a year to ensure they run as efficiently as possible.
  • Go through your medicine cabinet and first aid kit, discard any expired or discolored products.  In addition dispose of any prescription medication that has expired or no longer needed.  You can search on for how to safely dispose of medications.
  • Go through your pantry and dispose of any expired or stale/opened foods.
  • Daylight Savings Time is also a good time to start rotating your wardrobe.  Wash your winter clothes and inspect them for damage and wear and tear.  If you have clothes you know longer wear put them aside either for a garage sale or donate them.  Finally, pack away clothes for winter and start washing and inspecting your Spring and Summer wardrobe.
  • Check Car Fluids, it is a good time to replenish fluids like window washer fluid, anti- freeze etc.
  • Set new 6 month goals.

Happy Spring!!!!


It seems as the rain just keeps coming. Below are some good tips and links to make it through the rest of the storm season.

Advice from our maintenance department  for our tenants:

  • Fences – If you notice that your fence is leaning, please prop it and call Cornette Maintenance at 916-597-2010 to advise of the situation.
  • Roof leaks – If a water bubble appears on your ceiling, gently poke it with a sharp knife.  Be sure to have a bucket handy to catch any leaking water.  After the water has stopped dripping, place the bucket under the drip to catch further potential water drainage and contact Cornette Maintenance..
  • Trees – If small branches snap off in the wind, cut them and put them in your green waste can.  If the branches are too big, please call Cornette Maintenance so a work order can be dispatched for you.

PLEASE BE PATIENT!  When heavy wind and rain is present, all vendors are restricted from being able to perform their normal requirements in a timely manner.  – Nancy Drikas | Maintenance Coordinator @ Cornette Property Management


If you are not one of our renters and the above items happen to you, be sure to contact your owner or your property management company.

Other Tips:

  • Stock up on non-perishable foods just in case the power goes out.
  • Make sure all flashlights are charged or have new batteries in them. (CANDLES ARE HAZARDOUS)
  • Make sure you have plenty of blankets.
  • Prepare a simple emergency kit: a flashlight, battery-operated clock, extra batteries, manual can opener, supply of bottled water.

If your house or yard is prone to flooding check out local sandbag locations :

Sacramento County:

Placer County:

Citrus Heights

Happy New Year! Good time for change.

We are settling into the New Year and for a lot of people that means new goals, new starts. The 2 biggest to do items on most peoples list: Setting Goals and Getting Organized…


“Organizing is what you do before you do something, so that when you do it, it is not all mixed up” – A. A. Milne

“For every minute spent in organizing, an hour is earned”.-Benjmin Franklin


Did you know that January/February are considered national organization months?

Why should we organize?    You will have more balance in your life, you will be more productive, it can help you save money, helps manage time, it will reduce clutter and can help you prioritize.

Many of the stores offer sales on organizational tools bins, baskets, etc.  Check your local Targets, Walmart, IKEA, even the Dollars stores.  Always check the clearance aisle or end caps, sometimes you can get great deals on items that can be used. Also, check Pinterest,  and  You tube for organizing hacks . Below  are some links for tips, tools.






“You need a plan to build a house. To build a life, it is even more important to have a plan or goal.” Zig Ziglar

“Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible.”  Tony Robbins

“Goals enable you to do more for yourself and others, too.”-Zig Ziglar


Remember keep your goals S.M.A.R.T:






Why set goals?

Why set goals? Many of us spend countless hours to thinking about our present life and future. Almost everyone wishes to change our lives. Whether it is family life, friendship, career or finances. We all want to change something. The first step is to set goals.

There are many reasons for why set goals. Below are a few:

  1. You take control of your life- A goal is like a map for life. It gives you direction and helps you choose where to go in life.  When you have achieved the goal, you improve your life and become a better version of yourself.
  2. Allows you to focus on important things-Goals help us to sort out what is important and what isn’t.  Only focus on the things that you want to achieve and spend precious time on them.
  3.  Good decisions-Goals help you identify and establish your priorities and make the right choices based on the long-term view of what is most important to you.
  4. You can finish the task efficiently-You will focus and concentrate your time and energy on the task. Keep away all the distractions and this make you efficiently.
  5. Self-confidence –When you set a goal and measure the achievement, you are able to see what you have done and what you are capable of. This process of achieving goals gives you the confidence and a belief in yourself.
  6. You will make progress-After you have achieved one goal, you will try to achieve higher goals. You will see big progress you have made, when you look back.
  7. Puts you closer to success- Goals are the starting point of success. A good start makes half the success.




Happy Holidays from our office….

As this year draws to a close we would like to wish you and your families a very Happy New Year and Merry Christmas. We thank you for your continued business and we hope this Holiday Season is a great one.


During this Holiday Season our offices will be closed Saturday, December 23, 2016 to  Tuesday, December 27, 2016 and Saturday December 31st to Tuesday January 3, 2017. We will resume our normal hours and showing schedule Tuesday December 27, 2016 and January 3, 2017.

Beware Scams…

scam-warning  It seems that around this time of year and through out the year there are many different scams, but recently we have received numerous calls regarding people claiming to be sent out from our company. If any person comes to your house claiming to be a vendor, DO NOT LET THEM IN!!  If we are sending a vendor to your property, they will always call you to schedule a date and time and let you know their company name and what they’re coming for.  If people are coming to your house unannounced, they are most likely up to no good and should not be trusted.  You may call our Maintenance Coordinator, Nancy directly at 916-597-2010 to confirm any suspicions you may have.

In General if people are asking for any personal information unless you are confident that they are who they say they are do not give out any information that would be considered private and confidential such as Social Security Numbers, Drivers License Numbers or Bank information, always ask for Identification, keep your doors locked, do not allow anyone in your house until you have verified credentials.