Creating a Fire Evacuation Plan

With multiple fires currently burning in Arizona – and one pretty close to home just 16 miles South of Prescott near Crown King – we thought now would be a good time to talk about how you can implement a fire evacuation plan in your household.

Whether it’s a house fire, wildfire, or a fire from something else, it’s always good to be prepared and have a plan in place to execute in an emergency.

An evacuation plan is necessary for every home, especially if you live in an area where fires, earthquakes, hurricanes, flooding, and other disasters are a possibility. So, in case of a fire, what kind of evacuation plan should you have prepared and ready to use with your family members and pets? Below are just a few things to consider when creating your fire evacuation plan.

Have a Plan for Everyone: Consider the special needs of everyone in your household, including young children, pets, and elderly family members who may not be very mobile. Children don’t always wake when a smoke alarm sounds, so make sure someone is assigned to help them and choose a backup person in case the assigned person is away at the time of the fire.

For Pets: Assign pet evacuation to an adult. This allows the other parent/adult and the children to focus on their part of the evacuation plan, so there’s no confusion during a high-stress moment when time is of the essence. Keep evacuation maps and pet carriers readily accessible. If you need to evacuate, you should know exactly where every important item is. Include your pets in your home evacuation drills. Getting your dog out of a window may not be as simple as you think!

Have Multiple Exits: Visit each room of your house and find at least two ways out, including windows and doors. Make sure all escape routes open easily so you can get outside. Also, install emergency release devices on any security bars that are placed on doors or windows.

Choose a Meeting Spot: In the case of a house fire, decide on a meeting place outside, such as a neighbor’s house, mailbox or stop sign. It should be in the front of the house so emergency responders can see you when they arrive. Agree not to go back into the house after you leave. For wildfires, listen to emergency personnel on the scene on when and where to evacuate to.

Check Smoke Alarms: Check that smoke detectors are properly placed and working. The National Fire Protection Association recommends installing them in every sleeping room, outside each sleeping room and on every level of the home.

If You Can’t Get Out: If the planned exit routes are blocked and it’s not possible to leave the house, close all doors between you and the fire. Place a towel under the door and go to an exterior-facing window. Call the fire department to report your location.

Practice regularly: Practice and review the plan regularly (at least once a year) so that everyone knows the plan, and it stays fresh in their minds for if a fire were to occur. Consider having your children help create a fire evacuation plan too. Draw a map of the home and have children mark two exit routes and the locations of smoke detectors.

In Arizona, fires – especially wildfires – are common this time of year. It is imperative that you and your family have a plan and know what to do in an emergency situation such as this. Stay safe out there and create a fire evacuation plan. Even if it’s something you never end up needing to use, which we hope(!), at least you are prepared should it occur, rather than the alternative of a fire happening and not being prepared at all.

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.

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!

 

10 Best Things to Do in Prescott, Arizona!

It’s summertime, which for some means extra time to fill their days, or kids at home to keep occupied for the next two months. Here are the top ten best things to do in Prescott, Arizona according to AZCENTRAL.COM.

Watson Lake:

  • Boating, fishing, and kayaking on the water give you an up-front view of the gorgeous boulders that make up the Granite Dells.
  • Hike one of the many trails around Watson Lake, one of which makes a 4.8-mile loop around the lake and takes you all throughout the beautiful Granite Dells. The loop takes you behind the lakes damn, where water flows past you as you are ensconced by towering boulders.

Visit Downtown Prescott:

  • The famous Whiskey Row makes up one side of the courthouse which is centered in the historic downtown area. Named Whiskey Row for a reason, it is a stretch of fun bars and saloons to help liven up your weekends or go out for a mid-week drink with friends.
  • Visiting Downtown in the summer means there will be one of numerous art festivals occurring. There is some kind of event going on every weekend, which always gives you something to do!
  • Walk around the Courthouse and see the different statues and plaques to read, learning more about Prescott’s rich history
  • Wanting to come to Prescott when it’s a bit cooler? Visit at Christmas. The holiday decorations light up the square and are a glorious site to see.

Lynx Lake:

  • Lynx Lake is in the middle of the pines with beautiful viewing surrounding. Come spend the day and enjoy the warm weather as the sound of the breeze rustling through the pines helps you relax even more.
  • Hiking, boating, kayaking, camping, and fishing are just some of the fun activities to partake in at Lynx Lake.

Sharlot Hall Museum:

  • Sharlot Hall Museum is a museum that was built around the Territorial Governor’s mansion, a rustic log cabin from 1864 that still stands.
  • The museum hosts the Prescott Indian Art Market, the premier Native American art market in the Southwest.
  • Sharlot Hall, whom the museum was named after, was a respected poet, historian, and activist years before women had gained a right to vote. She successfully fought a measure that would have brought AZ and New Mexico into the union as one state.
  • She also preserved and restored the first Territorial Governor’s Mansion and stocked it with her extensive collection of artifacts. The mansion as well as buildings added around it to complete it as a museum, opened as a museum in 1928.
  • The living history program at Sharlot Hall Museum features staff and volunteers dressed in period appropriate clothes to help make your experience complete.
  • Other buildings that are included in the Sharlot Hall Museum are the Bashford House and Fort Misery. Slated for demolition, the Bashford House was transported to the grounds of Sharlot Hall Museum and restored in the 1970s. Fort Misery is the place where the town people met and decided to become a town, and to call it Prescott.

Phippen Museum:

  • An amazing art museum that showcases Western Art.

Smokie Museum:

  • The host of an annual Navajo rug auction full of amazing Native American rugs, and an event you do not want to miss.

Goldwater Lake:

  • Yet another lake in Prescott that offers boating, kayaking, fishing, and hiking. This lake also has a great playground for kids as well as multiple gazebos you can reserve with seating and grills for picnics.

Thumb Butte:

  • Hike the iconic peak or enjoy its views from all around town. You can even drive around the peak, going up Copper Basin, the road loops around the backside of Thumb Butte and shoots you out onto Thumb Butte Road (thought use caution and have a car that can handle bumpy roads).

Heritage Park Zoological Sanctuary:

  • With animals such as mountain lions, mule deer, wallabies, tarantulas, and more!
  • Their motto is “Conservation through Education” and they offer a home for animals that have no other.

Peavine Trail:

  • A converted railway bed, the Peavine trail begins south of Watson Lake and Leads into the Granite Dells.
  • Part of the Prescott Circle Trail, a 54-mile loop around Prescott that has been in the works for 25 years.
  • Watson lake and the Dells are visible from the Peavine Trail and the trail goes all around them.
  • The trail is good for biking, hiking, and walking since most of the actual trail is flat, with rockier inclines on the off-shooting trails.

We hope some of these activities will help keep you busy this summer! When in doubt, Prescott has a summer event going on downtown nearly every weekend and our town is infamous for its amazing trails and outdoor recreational activities. We’re sure you’ll be able to find something to do!