The often-quoted first principle of the physicians’ Hippocratic Oath, “first, do no harm,” constitutes a ‘safety first’ message meant to curb over-enthusiastic docs from prescribing a cure that’s worse than the disease.

For local homeowners who are preparing their Costa Mesa homes for sale, if there were a Homeowners’ Oath, the same proscription could apply. That was the essence of Ana Durrani’s essay on last week’s’s ‘Home Improvement’ page: “Avoid These 6 Common Mistakes That Make a Room Feel Smaller.
Durrani’s rules are worth quoting:

  1. Color. Painting walls a dark color. Too often, the impulse to create a ‘cozy’ space can be more claustrophobic than cozy.
  2. Furniture. Bulky pieces may look stylish but, in truth, can seem to bring the walls uncomfortably close.
  3. Wall clutter. The ‘gallery look’ that seems to shrink a room.
  4. Multiple colors and patterns. Just as Costa Mesa homeowners should avoid the “house of beige” dullness, overdoing variety can make any space seem cluttered (thus constricted).
  5. Rugs. “Loud-patterned” (or just too many) rugs create a too-busy, overfilled space.
  6. Tile. Combining too many tile patterns can not only visually constrict a space but can actually be dizzying!

Avoiding such common miscues are among those that anyone prepping their Costa Mesa house for sale can use as general guidelines—with the caveat that every property can benefit from exceptions when unique circumstances are present. The best advice is formulated on scene, at the property—especially when offered by real estate professionals who are constantly observing what’s moving best this season—someone like yours truly!

We are built on a philosophy of Heritage & Hustle. The L3 is a full service real estate agency with a regional office located in the heart of #CostaMesa, offering a wide-array of custom services to meet their clients’ needs with roots in the community since 1976.  It’s L3 mission is to provide trusted, convenient, responsive service to ensure clients enjoy their real estate experience. The L3 was originally formed to offer personal, concierge-level service as an alternative to the large, nationally based real estate companies. From its small beginnings of only two employees, The L3 has grown to a full staff of 25 serving over 300 clients a year. The L3 is not limited to serving just its clients; it is also committed to serving the community. Not only has The L3 donated hundreds of hours to many area charities, they have also received the prestige of being named one of the #toprealestatecompaniesinCostaMesa  If you’re interested in #buyingorsellinginOrangeCounty, turn to the experts. Turn to The L3 and let them help you make your real estate buying or selling dreams come true. For more information or to get started on finding or selling your home contact The L3 today at 714-444-4663 or email us at



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