Pest Control-Don’t Wait Until It’s Too Late!

Pest Control

You’re sitting in your favorite lounge chair in your new home. All of a sudden something creepy goes scurrying across your living room floor! This is not a spooky Halloween story, this is a serious matter that should be dealt with.

As the temperatures get lower you may start to see more unwanted pests in your home. When the weather gets cooler some bugs may be looking for ways into your home for warmth. Spiders and insects are called pests for a reason! Some can be hard to get rid of! Some can bite, some can get into your food, and others are just plain gross and terrifying for some of us. Here’s the best thing to do when you encounter a pest problem.

Compare pest companies in your area. There are many pest companies to choose from, between those that are known nationwide to other local companies as well. Asking neighbors and family is always a good idea when searching for a pest company. Some may be able to get you a discounted rate for referring you, or they may get some incentive for the referral.

These are the main things to consider when looking for a good company.

It’s always a great idea to check for reviews and feedback from those who have already used the pest company you may be looking in to. The best way to check is by searching online, and by finding the company’s social media sites too. By checking these sites you can read what others have to say about the companies. Knowing who you may be dealing with and how hopefully their services are is a plus!

As you narrow your list for pest companies, see what each company has to offer as far as pricing goes. Some companies give discounts to seniors and military. Some companies may only work with long term contracts, while others may offer more lenient pay plans. Always check for added fees, and no bug guarantees as well. Some companies offer a guarantee with their service, if bugs continue to come they will come back and spray again if needed.

Another important thing to watch for is environmental, pet and child safe sprays. If you have pets, children or grandchildren in the house you will want to make sure that it is safe for everyone. Some companies now offer “green” sprays which are non toxic and better for everyone and the environment.

It’s best to spray for insects before you notice them, and to continually spray to keep them out. If you wait until you see lots of insects it may take even longer to get them out of your home. You don’t want to end up temporarily homeless while trying to rid your home of pests.

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Important Things to Check When Buying a Home

Important Things to Check When Buying a Home

Buying a home is exciting…but it can be overwhelming as well! Through all the excitement and necessary steps towards closing on your new home, you may not be focusing on the little things. Some of these “little” things can cause big problems and cost big money.  Here’s some helpful tips to remember while you’re house hunting.

    • Turn On The Air Conditioner/Heater: As we all know Arizona gets hot! When the triple digits are upon us, you do not want to find out your A/C only blows hot air! Make sure to turn on the A/C to ensure it works properly and blows cold air. Make sure the heater blows warm air as well. Making sure your air conditioner and heater work sufficiently before closing, can save you thousands of dollars.
    • Open The Electrical Box: Locate the homes electrical panel, open it and inspect it for any loose wires. A good electrical box should be labeled properly with no disconnected or loose wires. If you notice loose, disconnected wires or a mess of wires you might find bigger problems. There could be an electrical short or a live wire somewhere within the home.
    • Check All Drains: Checking all drains to ensure there’s no severe blockage along your pipes is beneficial. Not only do little kids like testing out toilets, by seeing how many times their toy will go round before it disappears, trees and roots can cause big problems. Though plumbers are available, you can save yourself time and money by knowing they drain adequately. When checking the kitchen drain, check for a disposal and ensure it works as well.
    • Turn On Faucets: Faucets are not an expensive item to replace, but laying under a sink in a cabinet isn’t much fun! Checking that all faucets work properly saves time and your back!
    • Taste The Water: If you do not plan on adding a reverse osmosis, purifying or water filtering system, you will want to make sure that your water tastes good. Though your city might offer great water, your pipes may add a little extra flavor. If your water is not as refreshing as you hoped, at least you’ll know what added costs will be needed to get that thirst quenching water!
    • Flush The Toilets: Toilets that flush properly, are toilets that are doing their job right!
    • Open All The Windows: You’ll want to make sure the windows open properly and are not stuck or broken. Replacing windows is not cheap or fun!
    • Pull Back The Carpet: Find a corner and pull back a corner of carpet to inspect the floors underneath. Though mold and mildew isn’t a huge problem here in Arizona it’s still a good idea to check for it. You can also find out if hardwood floors are hidden under there.
    • Open Garage Doors: Garage repairs can cost only a few dollars to hundreds of dollars depending on what is wrong. Having to buy batteries for a remote is no big deal, having to spend hundreds for a full replacement is a big deal! Save yourself the trouble by making sure the home’s garage goes up and down with no issues.
    • Talk To Neighbors: It’s always a good idea to briefly meet with neighbors. Not only will you find out if your neighbor is a total grump, you can learn more about the home and area. Though your Realtor knows the area you’re looking at, finding out info about the home and area firsthand is always great idea.

Even though you will most likely want to make small cosmetic changes to your home, it’s always best avoiding costly repairs. By avoiding costly repairs, you’ll have more money in your pocket for that new chandelier that would be absolutely beautiful hanging in the entryway to your new home!

Have any tips you would like to share, please leave us a comment!

Home Maintenance from Summer to Winter

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While the days may be relatively warm and sunny right now, the transition to fall and winter will soon be upon us. Winter weather can be harsh, and it can also be destructive to your property. From the snow and ice to the frigid temperatures, winter can wreak havoc on a property.

One of the best steps that you can take now while the weather is warm is to restore your roof to prepare for the harsh winter ahead. This effort today will minimize damage that the home may endure throughout the cold months of the year. Here are some steps you can take to winterize your roof before the weather gets colder.

Steps to Take Now

As a homeowner, you can easily take a few steps today to prevent your home from being damaged in the winter months. From the ground level, inspect the home for signs of roof damage. You may notice a few shingles not laying flush on the roof, or you may see that some shingles are missing.

Repair work to the roof should be completed quickly. In addition, you can trim away tree limbs and branches that hang over the roof. These can become heavy with the weight of snow and ice, and they can break entirely or hang low to cause damage to the roof.

You also should clean out your gutters now. When gutters become clogged, they are ineffective at handling snow and ice melt. Cleaning your gutters every spring and fall will ensure they are prepared to handle inclement weather.

When to Call a Professional

Some work on a roof can easily be completed by a homeowner. However, roof work can also be dangerous or difficult. This may be due to the high height of the roof, the steep incline or even the type of work that needs to be completed.

When the work is dangerous or when you believe that you do not have the equipment or skills required to complete the work right, you should call a professional to your home to assist you. You’ll want to call an experienced roofer if you notice leaks or damaged gutters or soft its. These kinds of repairs are critical to properly winterizing your home, and letting a professional handle those means you get a high-quality job.

The integrity of your home’s roof will impact energy efficiency of your home’s heating and cooling system, its ability to resist water damage and pest infestation and more. Long before the first snow or ice arrives, it is important for homeowners to assess their roofs for damage and to make repairs as needed. Contact a roofing contractor for an inspection to ensure your roof is winter-ready.

For additional Information Call The Partners Team at 623-544-8577

 

 

Market Report For Sun City Arizona

Average price per square foot for Sun City AZ was $79, an increase of 3.9% compared to the same period last year. The Median Sales Price for Homes in Sun City AZ for May 14 to Aug 14 was $115,000 based on 456 home sales. Compared to the same period one year ago, the Median Home Sales Price increased 0%, or $0, and the number of home sales decreased 13%. There are currently 473 Resale and New Homes in Sun City, including 1 open house, as well as 196 homes in the pre-foreclosure, auction, or bank-owned stages of the foreclosure process. The average listing price for Homes for Sale in Sun City AZ was $150,579 for the month ending August 2014, which represents an increase of 2.7%, or $3,913.

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Sun City Festival is a Big Pickleball Community?

Want to hear a secret? The game of Pickleball has become increasingly popular recently amongst the baby boomer and actually is competing against golf as a favorite pastime here in Arizona. But did you know that Sun City Festival is a pickleball community? If fact, our lovely community even offers several pickleball clubs including the SCF Pickleball Club.

Festival has a top notch pickleball facilities, Sun City Festival was recently the host of the 2013 USAPA National Tournament as well as the five past national tournaments.

This sport of Pickleball  is not only gaining traction amongst the new baby boomers retiring, but younger generations are getting into is as well, making it a great activity to enjoy with the whole family. So if you’re looking to purchase a New Home for Sale in an Arizona Active Adult pickleball community, then you will definitely want to check out Sun City Festival Homes for Sale.

Click here to browse all homes for sale in Sun City Festival.

For more information on Sun City Festival Homes for Sale or amenities like pickleball, feel free to call Dian Barnes or Polly Brown at ReMax Professionals and ask for The Partners Team, 623-544-8577

Downside of Purchasing a Home With Cash & No Loan

Purchasing a Home with NO CASHOver the years, I have had many 2nd home buyers purchasing homes in55+ communities, Surprise and Peoria, Arizona such as Trilogy at Vistancia (see below),  Corte Bella, Sun City, Sun City West, Pebble Creek or Westbrook Village. Most pay cash for their homes. they usually have the means to do that. Closing costs are less and obviously they don’t have to pay interest. However there is a downside of purchasing a home with cash & no loan . If you think you might take a loan out on the home at some point AFTER you have purchased it, you might want to reconsider that cash transaction.

Should you pay cash for that 2nd home?Paying cash for a home seems like a huge advantage to qualifying for a mortgage and an appraisal.  However, for the fortunate few who don’t need a mortgage, there is a question they should answer before they make that decision: Do you think at any point in the future, you might put a mortgage on this property?

It’s important because paying cash for a home could affect the ability to deduct the interest if the homeowner should place a mortgage on the home at a later date.

Most homeowner’s know they can deduct the interest on up to $1,000,000 of acquisition debt on their principal residence but they may not understand the limitations of such debt.

Acquisition debt is the amount used to buy, build or improve a person’s principal residence.  The amount is not static but changes over time.  An amortized loan reduces the principal owed with each payment made and the acquisition debt is reduced accordingly.  If a person stays in a home long enough to retire the loan, the acquisition debt is reduced to zero.

Our current federal law allows a homeowner to deduct the interest on the acquisition debt plus the interest on up to an additional $100,000 home equity debt.  If a person pays cash for a home, the acquisition debt would be zero and the only interest deduction allowed would be for home equity debt.

If you answered yes or even maybe to the question, before you pay cash to buy your home, you should discuss your situation with your tax advisor.

New Land Opens Up, New Home Developed SOON near Luke Air Force Base

New House Plans in Glendale AZFor many years different political leaders have fought long and hard to keep from having any commercial or residential developments from encroaching on Luke Air Force Base in Glendale Arizona.

That’s been the past, now plans for a massive housing development roughly two miles east of the base is gaining momentum quickly and without opposition — not even from Luke.

Over a week ago the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors amended the commercial zoning on a 252-acre swath of land to allow for future development of up to 1,260 homes.

With the board’s approval, it now lays out the pathway for the Scottsdale Real Estate Investment company Marbella Homes Inc. to purchase the open property, which has now been in escrow since November — for about $11 million this fall..

Once the property closes, Marbella’s plans to sell off chunks of land, early next year, to home builders for a sizable profit.

With the new zoning in place, homes may now be built right up to the outside of Luke’s “high noise or accident potential zone,” an area surrounding the base where civilian development is highly restricted for noise and safety reasons.

There are further residential density guidelines in place within 10 miles of the base. At five homes per acre, Marbella’s project, called Marbella Ranch, doesn’t meet those density guidelines, but that’s OK with Luke.

Ask The Partners Team of Diane Barnes and Polly Brown for further details!

3 Simple Ways to Make Your Home More Inviting

Home Improvement ProjectsMany home owners putting up their home for sale on the market don’t have a lot of available cash to spruce it up. While staging houses is a definite plus, it can cost a fair amount of money, as do many of the other suggested “to-dos.” Here are a few inexpensive and easy ways to make your home look more inviting to buyers.

Put Up Your Personal Stuff

Not every buyer looking at a home for sale appreciates the fact that someone still lives there. Putting away the your personal things can help the buyers’ see themselves in the home.

You will want to put your pet’s things (toys, litter box, bowls) away and out of sight. The same goes for your medications, toothbrushes and toilet accessories.

Clean up your kids’ rooms and put away any toys around the house. Minimize or put away nick-knacks and personal pictures. Remember that you want the buyer to imagine themselves in the home.

Create More Space

Small, closed-in spaces are major turnoffs for buyers. Create the illusion of more space by putting up out-of-season clothes or clothes you don’t wear very often to make your closets look bigger. A good way to make your bedrooms look bigger is by taking one piece of furniture out of each bedroom.

Packing up the small appliances in your kitchen is a great way to make your counter tops seem larger. You can also take out all but four chairs in your dining room, as well as extra table leaves to give that illusion of space.

Touch On The Trends

Chances are that some of the buyers are paying attention to celebrity trends. Feng shui is a big one, and you can do your part with just a few touches like adding a fresh bowl of fruit to the kitchen. Put a comfortable couch or chair on the east side of your living room or den. Place a green welcome mat on your porch to symbolize opportunity. Go through your house and get rid of reds.

Whether you see or feel a difference doesn’t matter. Keep in mind that you’re trying to appeal to potential buyers of your home, not make the home more livable for you. If it helps, pretend that you’re the buyer, seeing the house for the first time.

If you’re trying to get your home ready to sell, I can help. Get in touch with me for more information.

3 DIY Kitchen Upgrades That Will Boost Your Home Selling Price

Home Improvement, DIY ProjectIf you’re looking to increase the appeal of you residence before putting it up for sale? Within a few hours and with a little elbow grease, perform some do-it-yourself (DIY) kitchen upgrades that are sure to pique the interest of would-be buyers.

Many people either have or are in the process of listing their home, so it makes perfect sense to do as much as possible to attract the interest of prospective purchasers.

You DON’T have to spend the proverbial arm and a leg to boost the selling price of a home. Here are three DIY kitchen upgrades that will help homeowners gain a competitive advantage in the real estate market and get attractive offers for their residence.

On-The-Cheap Cabinet Upgrades

For a DIY upgrade project that won’t cost much money and won’t take much time, homeowners should consider revamping their cabinetry, as long as the cabinets are structurally sound. After cleaning them and, if necessary, sanding down any rough spots, homeowners can apply a coat or two of paint and, after the paint dries, install new knobs or handles to finish off the project.

The end result will be a totally transformed kitchen that likely won’t require more than a can of paint, sandpaper, some cleaner and some knobs or handles.

Upgrade Your Counter-tops

It’s amazing how much of a difference an upgraded counter-top can make to the overall look of a kitchen. Homeowners who believe that a new counter-top would definitely transform their kitchen have a number of options at their disposal such as buying a new one, tiling over the existing one or repainting the existing one.

Often the easiest of the three options is repainting, since this simply involves sanding the surface, priming it, applying the paint and then applying numerous coats of polyurethane to safeguard the finish.

Transform Your Kitchen Back-splash

While a nice-looking kitchen backs-plash can be a plus for would-be home buyers, the fact of the matter is that an ugly backsplash will definitely turn off prospective purchasers.

A cheap and relatively quick way to give a backs-plash a new lease on life is to use so-called tile decals that, because of the adhesive they contain, can be pasted over top of existing backsplash tiles. There many different options in terms of styles, colors and concepts, so homeowners will be able to find the perfect option to make their backsplash look as good as new.

Preparing to list a home and get acceptable offers involves ensuring that your home will stack up nicely compared to other homes up for sale in the area. As it turns out, doing some quick and relatively simple kitchen upgrades will help to attract prospective buyers. Tips for performing any of these DIY upgrades can be found either at neighborhood big-box stores or online.

For more information on the real estate market or to get more information on any related topics, visit your real estate professional Diane Barnes and Polly Brown, The Partners Team www.TheParntersTeam.com

The Sun City Life Guide!

Sun City Magazine for The Partners Team Real Estate in Sun CityThe Partners Team would like to make sure that you all have access to The Sun City Life Community Guide! This magazine provides readers with information upon what’s happenings within America’s first retirement community here in Sun City!

This is an annual booklet that features things like:

  • A look at entertainment and things to do in Sun City and neighboring communities.
  • An extensive listing of clubs and organizations in Sun City.
  • A list of useful phone numbers to call local officials.
  • A directory of places to worship in the area.

Click HERE to see Magazine!