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!

Reinvent Your Home with Creative Window Treatments That Will Totally Change Everything….

Window Treatments that will helpthe Value of the Home
There are a number of ways that you can improve the look and style of a room without having to spend an arm and a leg. Of course, painting and stenciling are the most affordable ways to bring new life and unique detail to an old room.

But if you’re intent on taking it to the next level, look no further than your windows.

Your options are nearly unlimited when it comes to sprucing up your windows – and the great news is that with a little creativity, you can use many products that are relatively inexpensive to buy.

Creativity doesn’t cost a thing, so check out these design ideas to get those creative juices flowing. You may be surprised to discover that many possible window treatments are already sitting in your attic or garage.

Bringing The Outside In

If you’re a scavenger and regular Sunday garage sale goer, you may discover the perfect piece of outer decor that can transition nicely into the interior. Consider a wood awning effect by using shingles or reclaimed wood for a rustic appearance.

Another trend that designers are seeing this year is in the use of stained glass or reclaimed woodcarvings that have been saved from demolition. Having a hand-carved feature is going to cost quite a bit to get custom made. However, many old doors and shutters can provide the same look without the need to have them custom built.

Creative Paint Projects For Fresh And Original Windows

When it comes to customizing your one-of-a-kind look, a painting project is a great way to create something original. You can get fabric-specific paints, as well as functional white or cream linens, for a minor sum. There are also services that can even print a design or picture directly onto your fabric for a unique and professional creation.

To create an immediate tie-in to a color scheme or accent color, consider painting the trim and wood slats of the window. This is an excellent and cost effective way to bring attention to your design features but also help to anchor a color within a room.

Cornice Boards Can Add A Finishing Touch

In the past, cornice boards were used to add weight and height to a window treatment. These days, they can also add architectural detail to spice up a room that appears flat and boxy. The great thing about cornice boards is that they can be individualized to suit the design and color scheme of the room: either with a solid paint job, or with monograms or stenciled images.

Thanks to the unique designs that you can create with these window treatments, you’ll never again have that “pre-packaged” look for your windows. As your lifestyle changes, a fresh coat of paint will rejuvenate the look and can quickly be adapted to match the new color palettes of future trends.

Reinventing windows is a great way to aid in a home staging project in order to prepare and beautify a home for sale. For more tips on updating your home’s look, call your trusted real estate professional today for answers and advice.

Getting Full Asking Price When Selling Your Home

first-Time-Home-BuyersSelling your home is a complex process and there are a lot of factors that you will need to consider. Your goal will be to sell your home in a timely manner, while getting the highest price you can.

However, many properties sell at a discount because the buyer is able to negotiate a lower price on the property.

Although it is impossible to guarantee that you will receive your full asking price when you sell your home, there are things that you can do to increase the likelihood of this happening. You will need to have a strategy that attracts highly motivated buyers and improves competition.

Here Are Some Tips To Keep In Mind That Will Help You To Get The Full Asking Price When You Are Selling Your Home:

  • First of all, make sure that you have a reasonable asking price to start with. Research your local real estate market and find out what other buyers paid for homes comparable to yours.
  • Hire a home inspector to perform a full inspection of your home, so that you can fix any problems. If you can show the buyer the repair receipts and inspection report, you will be in a better position to ask for full price.
  • First impressions are very important and can improve a buyer’s perception of your home’s value. Make sure that your property has plenty of curb appeal and feels welcoming.
  • De-clutter and clean your home – this makes it appear more spacious and luxurious and will make a buyer willing to pay more.
  • Ask your real estate agent to create a flyer that compares your home’s price to other similar listings in the area – showing that your home is a great deal. This will convince buyers that your asking price is already discounted.
  • Schedule your property tours as close together as possible. This can mean that you get multiple offers at around the same time, which will encourage the buyer who is eager to seal the deal to pay full price.
  • If you have any rooms with bright colors that might not appeal to the average buyer, give them a quick makeover with neutral tones. These are safe colors that will increase the odds that your home will sell.
  • If you have the budget to renovate one of the rooms in your home, it should be the kitchen or the bathroom. Studies have shown that renovations and upgrades in those two rooms have the most impact on the potential selling price of the home.

With these tips, you should be more likely to achieve the full asking price when you are selling your home. For more tips, contact your trusted real estate professionals at The Partners Team at 623-544-8577

Tips fop Selling you Home in 2014

Pebblecreek-Homes-for-SaleMany people think that selling a home after the holidays and during the Winter season is a bad idea. Most people are not in the home buying mood, because they are thinking about the holidays.

Also, buyers will think that you are desperate and they will give you offers that are less than list price.

Advantages Of Selling Your Home Now

However, there are some advantages to selling your home over the holidays and into the new year. There will be less homes on the market, so there won’t be as much competition.

Also, buyers will likely be on their holidays from work, so they will have much more time to view properties and look around at homes.

Another factor is mood – buyers will generally be feeling more cheery and relaxed over the holidays, which will result in them being more likely to make the decision to buy a home.

A home can have a really romantic and cosy feeling during the winter season, which could make a buyer fall in love with it.

When You Are Selling Your Home During The Winter Season, Here Are Some Tips To Keep In Mind:

  • Choose a good real estate agent who will be able to communicate with you well and find the right buyers for your house.
  • Price the house realistically. This time of year, it helps to be competitive. You might even get buyers competing, which will push the price up as they bid against each other.
  • Make sure that you have all of the paperwork in order, including an energy performance certificate, fittings and fixtures list and much more.
  • Give your home a little makeover so that it gives a great first impression. Touch up the paintwork, rearrange the furniture and remove clutter.
  • Giving a sense of airy lightness is important, especially in the winter months. Make sure that your windows let in plenty of natural light.
  • Be flexible. You might need to be able to accommodate last minute viewings or viewings at strange times, so keep your schedule open.
  • Serve seasonal drinks and snacks at your open house, such as mulled wine, eggnog and cookies, to put your buyers in a good mood.
  • Have your moving company chosen and ready to go in advance, in case there is the possibility of a quick sale.

These are just a few tips to keep in mind for selling your home over the holidays. For more helpful tips, contact your trusted real estate professional.