Tasks To Complete Before Moving Into Your New Home

Moving into a new home is an exciting time! You look through the pictures of your soon to be new home over and over again, daydreaming about decor and paint schemes, planning out all you want to do. Maybe you even get to do things such as buy new furniture, put in new floors, or do some immediate updating to a few rooms.

But, before you get into the fun stuff, there are some basics things you should consider doing first before you start moving into the home and fully making it your own.

Change the locks

Even if you’re promised that new locks have been installed in your home, you can never be too careful. It’s worth the money to have the peace of mind that comes with knowing that no one else has the keys to your home. Changing the locks can be a DIY project, or you can call in a locksmith for a little extra money if it’s something you just don’t have the time to do yourself.

Steam clean the carpets

If you aren’t replacing the carpets, it might be a good idea to get a fresh start with your floors and have them cleaned before you start decorating. The previous owners may have had pets, young children, or just some plain old clumsiness. The point is, you can never be certain, and wouldn’t you rather KNOW the carpets are clean of as much dander, hair, and dirt they possibly can be? Take the time to steam clean the carpets so that your floors are free of stains and allergens. It’s pretty easy and affordable to rent a steam cleaner—your local grocery store may have them available – or there is most likely a professional carpet cleaning company in your area.

Call an exterminator

If you didn’t get a Pest Inspection prior to move-in, you probably haven’t spent enough time in or around the house to get a view of any pests or rodent issues there may be. Pest and rodents are fairly common in Prescott, Arizona, but that doesn’t mean you have to live with them in your house! Call an exterminator to take care of any mice, insects, and other critters that may be lurking about.

Clean out the kitchen

If the previous occupants wanted to skimp on some of their cleaning duties when they moved out, the kitchen is where they probably cut corners. Think about it, in your own home, how often did you really wipe down the inside of cabinets or clean out the refrigerator? Things like this as well as things like cleaning out the oven and cleaning in the nooks and crannies underneath the appliances are projects that maybe make your yearly spring-cleaning list, but generally aren’t a part of your general weekly house cleaning. Take the time to clean these things before you move in. It’s a lot easier to do them right off the bat than to say “I’ll do that later” and then the project becomes twice as time consuming because you have to empty cabinets and pull everything out of your fridge, etc.

 

These are just a few things that – after years of experience in the Real Estate business – we’ve learned make your new move in that much smoother! After these tasks are complete, paint and decorate to your hearts content!

 

Arizona’s Real Estate Market Statistics

In case you are curious how the current real estate market is doing in Arizona, check out these charts published by ARMLS (Arizona Regional Multiple Listing Service) in May. ARMLS is the home listing service that services the Phoenix Metro area, so these numbers may vary from Prescott’s own statistics, but our market is doing just as well as theirs, if not better.

Tom Ruff from ARMLS, whom posted the article, stated, ” After a close fact-check of homes reported sold by ARMLS, May was a record-setting month. New all-time records were established  for both sales volume and total dollar volumes, as well as the most homes sold and for the most money. Total dollar volume was $3,593,145,906. The monthly median sales price also set a record high reaching $278,000. After a slow start, 2019 is purring.”

Ruff goes on to say that with statistics like these that have continued to rise over the last several years, people inevitably begin to talk of another real estate “bubble.” However, Ruff, along with many others in the real estate industry, aren’t very worried about that. Current underwriting standards and the elimination of crazy money are two of the main reasons for this.

People aren’t worried because the differences from then to now in these two things are significant. Standards for lending are much more strict and the dollar amount on homes still has yet to reach what it was back before the burst. Due to better lending protocol alone, a huge bubble pop like last time is fairly unlikely.

Hopefully knowing that makes us all rest a little more easily and not fear that a few years after purchasing a home we’ll be looking at catastrophic amounts of foreclosures, short sales, and bankruptcies.

 

Listing Feature – 1579 Eagle Mountain Drive

Curious about what makes this home so special? Everything!

Upon the tile entry, you will be drawn into the great room featuring a high vaulted ceiling and gas fireplace with stacked-stone surround. This is the perfect space for sitting and relaxing with your family around the fireplace or as you watch TV.

The spacious kitchen features plenty of cabinet and storage space and is open to both the formal and informal dining areas. This way whomever is cooking can still be involved in the parties going on around them.

Relax in the master suite that offers a spacious room, vaulted ceiling, a separate French door exit out onto the deck, a walk-in closet, and master bath with double vanities and dressing table.

Two more large bedrooms, a full bathroom with dual sinks and linen closet, a powder room, and the laundry room are also on the main level.

The lower level has a game/family room with a wet bar, which could be perfect for multi-generational living. It also has a lot of storage space, a full bathroom, and the 4th bedroom with walls lined with windows.

The deck comes out from the living room and overlooks the lush green view of the back yard.

An oasis in itself, the yard features a pond and water feature, mature trees, turf grass areas, and paver patios that are also accessible from the lower level living.

If that weren’t enough, the home also includes a three-car garage, plus separate side parking for a small RV.

This is a house you are going to want to see in person! For a showing appointment, call our office today at 928-771-1111.

Prescott Events July 5-7!

We hope everyone had a fun and festive fourth of July holiday! While the fireworks at Watson were a huge hit, the weekend isn’t over! Here is a list of even more events happening around the Prescott area to keep your celebration going and give you things to do this weekend.

Frontier Rodeo Days Craft Fair

This will be happening from today, Friday July 5th at 9AM (for those of you lucky enough not to have to work today) to Sunday July 7th at 5PM. It will take place in the downtown area and will be like many of the fairs we have over the summer where all of downtown Prescott is booths for buying things, good food, and the good company of those you keep. Come enjoy the beautiful weather and artistic wonder Prescott has to offer.

Prescott Frontier Days Rodeo Dance

Having kicked off last night at 8PM, the Rodeo Dance is a staple of the fourth of July holiday here in Prescott. It starts every night at 8PM, ending at 1PM, and ends Saturday night. Drinks, dancing, community, and fun, you’re sure to have a blast at this Rodeo week celebration.

2019 Prescott Frontier Rodeo

Haven’t had a chance to make it out to the World’s Oldest Rodeo yet? Well, do not fear! The Rodeo is going on through Sunday evening and you still have the times listed below to make it out and partake in one of Prescott’s most cherished events. Don your boots and grab some of the delicious food served as you cheer on the competitors and have fun with your friends and family.

Friday, July 5, 2019  –  7:30 PM to 10:00 PM

Saturday, July 6, 2019  –  1:30 PM to 4:00 PM

Saturday, July 6, 2019  –  7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

Sunday, July 7, 2019  –  1:30 PM to 4:00 PM

2019 Prescott Frontier Days Rodeo Parade

Tomorrow starting at 9AM and ending at 12PM, we have Prescott’s Rodeo Parade! If you know Prescott, you know we have a parade just about every major holiday, but if we are being honest, we wouldn’t have it any other way! We love our small town with its traditions and parades, and our all-out celebrations of treasured holidays. So, bring a blanket or chair, and come to downtown to watch and celebrate this beloved holiday. Make sure you wear comfy and breathable clothes, and put on some sunblock or bring an umbrella, because the temperature will be 84 degrees by 9AM and by the time noon rolls around it’ll be 93!

 

4th of July in Prescott, Arizona!

The fourth of July celebration in our small town of Prescott, Arizona is arguably one of the biggest celebrations of the year!

With the Rodeo going on all week long, having already started Monday July 1st, there is literally something to do to celebrate every day of the week!

Below is a list of this weeks fourth of July festivities to help you and your family celebrate this American holiday.

Prescott Frontier Rodeo (“World’s Oldest Rodeo”):

When: July 1-7, 2019

Come and enjoy the World’s Oldest Rodeo with plenty of performances to choose from! There is delicious fried food for eating, vendors, and fun times for all!

Performance #1 – Monday, July 1, 2019 – 7:30 PM

Performance #2 – Tuesday, July 2, 2019 – 7:30 PM

Performance #3 – Wednesday, July 3, 2019 – 7:30 PM

Performance #4 – Thursday, July 4, 2019 – 1:30 PM

Performance #5 – Friday, July 5, 2019 – 7:30 PM

Performance #6 – Saturday, July 6, 2019 – 1:30 PM

Performance #7 – Saturday, July 6, 2019 – 7:30 PM

Performance #8 – Sunday, July 7, 2019 – 1:30 PM

4th of July Fireworks Celebration:

When: July 4th from 1pm to 9pm.

This year, despite the fire ban Prescott is currently in, the fireworks show will be held at Watson Lake (which will hopefully help minimize fire risks having the fireworks take place over the lake itself).

This event will begin at 1pm with fireworks expected to begin around 9pm. In true Prescott fashion, when we celebrate, we celebrate big!

Here are important event details:

  • There will be a variety of family-friendly activities, including live music, water slides, inflatables, games and activities, plus a beer garden (21 and over). There will also be food vendors with a variety of options available. The 108th US Army Band will be performing during the Fireworks celebration.
  • $5 general admission fee (Children under 5 are free).
  • $20 unlimited inflatables pass (general admission included).
  • Gates will open at 12:30 p.m.
  • Parking: Parking at Watson Lake is limited, and first come, first served, for a $10 fee. Ample handicap accessible spaces are available at the Watson Lake area, also for $10 fee. o Free
  • State Route 89 will be closed between the Willow Lake Road roundabout, and Prescott Lakes Parkway, starting at 2 p.m., until following the fireworks show. The road will reopen as soon as the area is safe for traffic. parking is available at Pioneer Park, with free shuttles running to the event, between 2 p.m. until 11:45 p.m.
  • Watson Lake is closed for the entire day, due to preparations for the event.
  • We ask that visitors kindly observe the following restrictions: No coolers, no canopies, no backpacks, no outside liquids, no outside food or drink, no BBQs, no animals, no firearms, no outside fireworks. Blankets encouraged. All bags are subject to search.

For more information about the Fireworks, and other events in Prescott, go to visit-prescott.com, or prescottevents.net, or call Recreation Services at 928-777-1122.

Prescott Frontier Days Rodeo Parade:

When: Saturday, July 6th from 9am to 12 pm.

It’s not a real Prescott holiday celebration if there isn’t a parade to go along with it. This parade, of course, takes place in downtown Prescott and is to celebrate the fourth of July holiday. Come out with your family and friends to enjoy the Independence Day parade, have good food and drinks around downtown, and appreciate one of our quaint little town’s oldest traditions.

Home Chores for the Summer

With the warmer weather comes more opportunities to do the outdoor chores you haven’t been able to do, or haven’t needed to do, because of winter. Whether it be you doing the chores yourself, or maybe taking advantage Summer vacation and assigning your kids more household chores, here are some summer chore ideas to keep your whole family busy and get the house in tip-top shape and ready to be used:

Mow the lawn:  Since you laid down your summer grass seed a few months ago (right?), it’s time to mow it and enjoy the fruits of your labor. Get that grass cut and take a blanket out on the lawn for a picnic with the family, or to lay in the sun and read a book. Don’t forget to make sure it’s getting adequate watering, though hopefully monsoons will hit soon and do that job for you!

Trim the yard plants: This is one chore that – done properly – can really make a difference in the appearance of both your front and back yard. Whether you just want your home to have a clean-cut look, or you’re throwing a backyard BBQ, trimming the bushes and trees in your yards make your house look amazing and show that you take pride in taking care of your home. This is also very beneficial for your plants, as it gets rid of dead or excess branches, and helps them to grow healthier.

Do some landscaping projects: Always wanted to add a gardening bead for flowers or fruits, or vegetables? Why not this summer? Or maybe you’d like to make an easy path to and from somewhere? Some large pavers surrounded by mulch is an easy and cheap way to accomplish this clean look. Another idea would be building your very own firepit to enjoy the summer night skies and family time over s’mores. There are dozens of tutorials online of how to do this well and how to do this on a budget!

Pull some weeds: This one seems like a no-brainer considering the weeds are EVERYWHERE, but it is also a chore that easily gets put off for “next weekend” almost every weekend. If you aren’t careful though, those weeds will seed and spread, making next years weeds even worse! So, put on your gloves and grab your hula hoe, and go get those weeds! This simple chore will make your home look so much better and well cared for!

Wash the car: Now that we’re in that middle season between winter rains and monsoons, it’s a good idea to get your car washed. Get off the dirt and grime from weather and use, and get your car looking shiny and new. There are plenty of car wash business in the Prescott and Prescott Valley area if you just don’t have the time, or you could do this yourself or with the kids as a fun way to cool off while also accomplishing some work.

Clean outdoor items: This could include outdoor furniture like benches, tables, or hammocks, or maybe toys you’ll be using this summer such as boats, ATVs, or campers. Either way, we’re sure they could use a good spruce up after a long winter of not being used. Dusting, getting rid of cobwebs, and just a general overall cleaning are probably in order here. This will make that outdoor furniture ready to use and enjoy in the warm weather and will also make you ready to take those summer vacations or day trips where you’ll be using your recreational toys.

Spraying the house for bugs: This chore is probably best left to the adults rather than the kids, but if you live in Arizona, you know it is a must! Now is the time where all those not so missed creepy crawlies start making their long legged and winged return. Spiders such as wolf, daddy long leg, and even black widows can be common. Aunts, centipedes, and scorpions also make the list of bugs trying to call your home their home. Spray both the inside and outside of your home, getting every edge, door jam, windowsill, and point of access you can think. Of course, the bugs will be inevitable, but this will drastically reduce the amount of them you see in your house.

Mouse traps: Lastly, don’t forget to set up your mouse traps (gasp!). Yes, we have mice here in Prescott, Arizona. Field mice, pack rats, and more… you better get used to it if you plan to stay here. For the occasional mouse, setting up a few traps should do the trick, however, if you are having a real problem with them, it might be a good idea to call the exterminator. Make sure to be checking those traps and replacing them as needed.

Making Your Bedroom Feel Luxurious on a Budget!

For most of us, our bedroom is little more than a place to sleep and hold our belongings. However, just because it has always been that way doesn’t mean that it has to stay that way. You don’t have to settle for drab and dreary when what you really want is a bedroom that feels welcoming and relaxing the moment you walk into it. You don’t have to settle for a bedroom that’s just for sleeping when it can be so easy to jazz it up and make it your own!

One home trend that we’ve seen to be gaining some steam these days is converting your current bedroom into a luxury suite, or something comparable, no matter its size. If you want to live like royalty rather than just feel like you’re renting a cheap room for the night, then you’ll want to follow these tips.

 

Compartmentalize Your Activities

Organizing your bedroom and getting rid of the clutter will not only make it a more relaxing place to be, but it will also make it feel larger and will open up more space for new additions to make it more functional. These things could include adding a gorgeous desk for doing work or perhaps craft projects. Or, maybe you could even add a TV area for entertainment, providing a good way for you to use your bedroom for rest and relaxation.

 

Make it Chic

Choose a color palette that is both luxurious and classy. Silver and gold can seem tacky, so choose muted shades that complement each other. These types of color schemes are shown to make one feel more calm and relaxed, not to mention they go with just about anything and make it far easier to design your ideal space.

Another chic addition you could do that would make a statement is getting a brilliant and commanding headboard. This can instantly upgrade the look of your room without any other changes and also become a beautiful focal point in your room. Little tweaks and additions like these come at minimal cost with a great reward.

 

Light it Properly

Make sure that you have the right light to show off your designs. If you don’t have many windows, you’ll want to use more brilliant lightening to make up for the lack of light. However, if it’s too washed out or yellow, then it will look drab and run down. Switch to brilliant LEDs and see the difference.

 

Choose Your Accents Wisely

We already mentioned a headboard, but some elegant drapes can also make your room feel more royal. Hang them high and wide to make your windows appear grander. Being strategic with your furniture accessories is key for keeping you under budget, helping you avoid doing too much with the space, and putting minimal effort into the project while still seeing a huge difference.

Are you ready to make your bedroom more luxurious? If you tweak just the few small things mentioned above, you’ll be impressed by the results. The feeling of decadence and truly making a space your own will make you more confident in your surroundings, and also help you to fully relax in your very own bedroom.

Must Have Household Tools

When you own your home, things will inevitably break and get messy. Unless you want to spend your money on visits from a licensed contractor or a neighborhood handyman, you’re going to need to learn how to fix some of these household breaks yourself. Now, some may actually be severe enough that calling a licensed professional is your best and only option. However, some fixes are easily learned and performed on your own given you own the right tools. Luckily, you don’t need an arsenal of tools to handle most home maintenance fixes. These five tools will cover most of your basic projects.

Cordless drill: A cordless drill is a must-have for installing cabinets, drawer pulls, hinges, picture frames, shelves and hooks, and more. Whether it’s for do-it-yourself projects or repairs, you’ll use your cordless drill just about every month. It makes installations and removals so much easier than if you just had a handheld screw driver (which may not even be sufficient enough for some of the projects you need to do). Don’t forget to purchase the proper screws for this either, or perhaps even some drywall anchors as well depending on where you want things hung up.

Drain cleaners: Shower and bathroom sink drains are very susceptible to clogs because of the daily buildup of human hair, use with animals, food, and so much more. You can use chemical clog removers like Drano, but not only do they not seem to work well on more difficult clogs, they’re expensive and can leave a lingering chemical scent that is unpleasant. Instead, buy some plastic drain cleaners that can reach into the drain to pull out the clog of hair and gunk. You can purchase them on Amazon or at a local hardware store for a low price. If your sinks are prone to larger clogs, then it might be worth investing in a “drain snake” that is more powerful at unclogging sinks and drains.

Shop-vac: No matter how careful you are, spills and accidents will happen and there are some tasks that just can’t be handled with paper towels or a standard vacuum, like pet messes or broken glass. A shop-vac can handle your large spills, or huge breaks with ease, and make your clean-up that much cleaner and safer.

Loppers: Even the minimum amount of care for your landscaping will require some kind of loppers to remove damaged branches, vines, thick weeds, and any other unruly plants in your yard. Whether you only need a pair of small sheers, or large powerful ones to cut off whole branches, these will definitely get put to use come springtime when everything is blooming and you need to trim things up a bit. You’d be surprised how affordable these can be, and also how useful!

Flashlight: When something happens that makes it so you need to get into that crawlspace, or that attic area, you’re going to want something a little more powerful than your iPhone flashlight. Or, perhaps there is a huge storm at night and the power goes out. You’re going to want a few flashlights on hand in case you need to navigate through your home,

Clorox Wipes: These are SO handy to keep around and have easy access to. Need to quickly clean the house for last minute company, use these. Need to wipe up a spill real quick, use these. They are so helpful and convenient, and will get used on nearly a daily basis!

 

Is it Time to Upsize Your Home?

As we and our families grow throughout the years, unfortunately, our homes don’t tend to grow with us. A house that may have initially worked fine for a single person, a young couple’s starter home, or perhaps even a family with a newborn, can quickly become too small as your family grows. Add in pets, more children, multiple generations living under roof, and before you know it, you are all on top of one another with no space to breath.

BUYING A NEW HOME VS. ADDING ON TO YOUR HOME

For those who really love their homes (the style, the location, the layout, etc), simply remodeling and adding to their home is the best option. That way they get to remain in their beloved home while making it even more their own and making it something that suites all their needs. However, not everyone can afford this option as it can be costly, and there may also be things about your property that would prohibit such a project such as the size of your land or any HOA’s that may be in place. This is when moving to a bigger home becomes the best solution, and really only, solution.

WHERE DO YOU NEED MORE SPACE?

The first and most practical thought when considering upsizing your home is to simply consider square footage, bedrooms, and bathrooms. This seems logical right? Well, maybe it is when considering your immediate needs, but it may not be the best approach in the long run. It’s important to take a more critical approach when looking at new homes and to consider how each space will actually be used. If you have younger children (or possibly more on the way), then focusing on bedrooms and bathrooms makes sense. But if your children are closer to heading off to college or starting their own families, it may be better to prioritize group spaces like the kitchen, dining room, living room, and outdoor space. This will pay off during times when you are having big group gatherings, parties, and things of the like. It might also be a good idea to consider holidays or summer vacations, when everyone is coming to visit. If this will happen often or your family is close and you will be having to accommodate a lot of people, you may need more rooms AND bigger group spaces.

MOVING OUTWARD

If you need more space but can’t necessarily afford a more expensive home – or maybe you just don’t want one (an affordable mortgage is so nice!) – something to consider might be moving out of town. Depending on where you live, you can probably get a lot more house for your money if you move a little further from a city center. This might be hard to think about – leaving the walkability and short commutes of a dense neighborhood or condo, and the “city life” you love – but this is where knowing what you truly need comes in again. What is more important to you: living in the city with walking distance to stores and short commutes, or having a bigger home that can accommodate your family, allow you to host Holidays, and give you space to throw barbecues and birthday parties? Neither answer is wrong, it all just depends on what is most important to you and your living needs. If the latter situation has become priority, sacrificing city life and getting a more spacious home in the suburbs makes the most sense.

Whether you’re looking to possibly sell your home and move on to something bigger, want some referrals of good contractors, or just need some advice on what the best option for your family might be, give us a call at 928-771-1111. We would love to connect with you and help in any way we can!