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Don’t Cut Corners Because It’s Not Your “Forever Home”

by Karen Picarello

 

Your home may not be the one that you intend on growing old in, but that is no reason to cut corners because it’s not your “forever home.” It may mean that you don’t put in gold-plated fixtures, but it is not reason not to do repairs correctly.

5 Reason Not to Cut Corners in Your “Not-Forever Home”

1. You don’t know how long you’ll be there:

Just because you plan on moving does not mean it’s going to happen. Things change. Sometimes you end up staying…with your shoddy work and all. Fix it when it needs to be fixed, and fix it right. Nobody deserves to pay for you cutting corners, not even you.

2. Cutting corners can cause more damage:

If you don’t fix it right, it may end up causing way more damage than it would have if you fixed it right in the first place. This is especially true with leaks that get mostly repaired or temporarily repaired. A little water is no big deal, but a little water over time can cause huge damage in the form of rot.

Even buying a very cheap faucet can lead to breakages that cause leaks. If you aren’t planning on spending a while there, maybe a high-end faucet isn’t necessary. However, a cheap faucet will not go unnoticed by the savvy home buyer.

3. The home will be inspected:

If you are a DIYer, you probably try to do thing in a way that would be up to code. However, if you a corner cutter, your inspector will not like it. Try not to delay your home sale with a failed inspection.

4. Could end up costing more:

Did we mention that cutting corners causes more damage? This may be the cause of extra costs. Costs can also increase if you have to have a certified plumber, electrician, or contractor come in and repair your half-hearted “fixes.”

5. Pride:

Lastly, you should have a little pride in your work, especially when it involves a home. There are families who will live in the home after you assuming no catastrophic damages occur. Don’t give them extra problems by not keeping the home up to the right standards. You should want to live in a home with proper repairs, and you should want your home to be handed over to a new owner in good condition. It’s about self-respect.

Hopefully these 5 reasons are good enough to keep your work on the up-and-up. Poorly executed work has no place in home ownership.

Sell Your Home with a Quality Roof

by Karen Picarello

When selling your home, you must put yourself in the shoes of buyers and what they are worrying about when they look at it. Yes, they are worried. It is a home that has had wear and tear, and proper upkeep cannot be guaranteed…for the most part.

One of the main characteristics of your home that will considered when it comes to upkeep is the roof, and the condition and type of roof can be a factor that promotes or prevents a sale.

3 Types of Roofs Common to Arizona Homes:

1. Tiles:

When a person thinks of Arizona neighborhoods, the red tiled roofs are a hallmark that will come to mind. They are symbolic of the Southwest, and they stand out without being too trendy or eclectic. While tiles can be brittle when faced with blunt-force impact such as hail, they are rot- and insect-resistant. They can also withstand severe heat and cold, which is perfect for the Arizona desert. Tile roofs on average last over 50 years, and many lasts over 100 years.

Selling a home with a tile roof is great as long as the roof is intact. Damaged tiles that are not repaired quickly can equate to a huge cost for future homeowners. Otherwise, it is a great investment and makes buyers feel like they are getting a solidly constructed home at the very least.

2. Foam:

The flat-roofed stucco is also iconic Arizona, and the latest way to roof this type of home is in foam. The old bitumen roofs had seams, but foam roofs are seamless. They require maintenance, but they can last longer than the old-style roofs (which lasted about 20 years) if properly maintained. Another advantage of foam roofs is insulation and weight. The weight is minimal, and the insulation is great.

Selling a home with a foam roof is a step above a home with a bitumen roof, but it will cost more to have it installed if you already have the older style.

3. Asphalt or Fiberglass Shingles:

Fiberglass shingles are thinner and have a higher fire rating than asphalt but both include some asphalt. This type of roof is standard across the country, and the life of the roof is long. However, proper maintenance is again key to gaining buyer confidence, and the number of layers on the roof will give buyers a sense of how long the roof has to go before a complete reroofing.

The key to selling a home in Arizona is looking at maintenance and making sure your home is up to par with the requirements for your type of roof. Also, if you have a quality tile roof, for instance, it can be a great selling point.

Secure Homes are Worth More in Market

by Karen Picarello

An often-overlooked aspect of home improvement is creating improvements that make a house safer. There are two main ways to increase the value of your home in this way, and I’ll talk briefly about both, as well as a few strategies to employ when looking to help your house sell.

First up is the fact that security improvements can be done quickly and relatively cheaply. One of the most common options when looking to increase house security is the addition of external lighting. Whether they be motion sensitive or on a timer, external lighting can greatly help the safety of a house. Depending on your wiring, you may even have the infrastructure already in place to install these. They are fast, but they are a huge bonus to potential buyers in today’s market.

A more expensive but potentially more effective method to increase security is the replacement of old doors and windows. Modern windows are safer, more likely to lock securely, and present more of a barrier to a determined intruder. Additionally, you can upgrade and replace old locks in various areas of the house. A popular choice nowadays is the inclusion of “smart” or internet connected technology. However, the idea of someone hacking your front door can be scary to some buyers, so don’t get too ahead of yourself connecting all of your security to the internet. These types of physical improvements to the properties safety are great things to mention to a potential buyer.

If you are looking to go a little further, there is the option to include security cameras. A buyer who worries of home invasion might jump at the chance to feel secure and protected. Not only will they know that they can see what is going on outside, a camera is a very visible deterrent to any type of illegal activity. And your neighbors will like it too: as crime in a neighborhood decreases, the value of the houses rise.

Speaking of neighbors, there are ways to make your home value rise in the long term as well. While the previously mentioned improvements are fast and personal ways to make your house more secure, things like a neighborhood watch program can also help to discourage crime. And as noted above, any steps that you take to decrease crime in your neighborhood as a whole will affect all the properties positively. Nothing like increasing safety while simultaneously having your house appreciate in value. 

Ready, Set, Sell!

by Karen Picarello


 

~~Scottsdale home improvement ideas usually are reserved for homeowners who want to make their homes bigger, more attractive or more modern. However, many home improvement steps can be taken to prepare your home when it comes time to sell. If you’ve made the decision to sell your home, it’s not just a good idea – sometimes it’s a necessity – to make your home as attractive and presentable as possible for prospective buyers. Here’s how.

Be Ready to Hit the Market Running Listing your home for sale isn’t a decision to be made lightly. In addition, putting your home on the market before you’re ready or it’s ready can severely hamper your ability to sell it for its full value. Make sure you prepare your home for the real estate marketplace. Follow these Scottsdale home improvement ideas and make the best impression you can for potential buyers to sell your home quickly and for the best price.

Scottsdale home improvement ideas include de-cluttering the house in preparation for selling it.

Clean and Declutter Your Home While it may sound cliche’ to some, we can’t emphasize enough how important it is to make sure your home is clean and free from unsightly clutter. Follow these steps and you’ll be glad you did when you receive an offer that’s at or near your full asking price.
•Remove as much clutter as possible before you start to clean. There's no better time to get rid of unwanted items and things you’re just tired of staring at each day (we’re talking about objects, not family members!) You can donate unneeded items to a local charity, or have a yard sale if you have larger items. In addition, recycling companies are usually more than happy to come pick up large metal items – often at no charge.
 
•Give your house a good deep-cleaning. While this step will take the largest investment of time, it will also yield the best results. Try to involve the entire family and assign everybody a task or two. Make sure you give necessary attention to the bathrooms and kitchen – lots of women who will ultimately make the decision on the house purchase will be looking them over closely. Lastly, clean the inside and the outside of your home’s windows. You’ll be surprised how it will make your home sparkle – and buyers will notice!
 
•Take the time to organize your closets, cabinets and drawers. Don't just stuff them with things you want to get out of the way. You’ll be surprised at how many prospective buyers will open cabinets and closets so they can get an idea of the amount of storage space they contain. Clean, organized cabinets, drawers and closets will give the buyers the impression that you take care of the home – which may translate into a feeling that the rest of the home and its systems are well-maintained, too.

Make Do-it-Yourself Repairs One of the next Scottsdale home improvement ideas – and possibly one of the least expensive – is to perform various repairs to your home you can take care of all by yourself with a little time and know-how.
•Fix leaky faucets and running toilets
•Replace the caulking around showers, tubs and sinks
•Repair or replace grout, if necessary
•Repair cracks, stains, or nail holes in walls and repaint them in a neutral color
•Fix cracked, broken or discolored windows
•Replace or repair damaged or missing window screens
•Replace burned-out light bulbs or fluorescent tubes

Improve Your Home’s Curb Appeal The old adage, “You never get a second chance to make a good first impression” is never truer than when you’re showing your home to prospective purchasers. If they don’t like what they see in exterior photos online or in person, chances are they may not look further. And, if your home’s curb appeal is just “average,” most buyers may adopt the feeling the rest of the home is “average,” as well. You want to “wow” your buyers. Make them love what they see on the outside and they will look forward to seeing the rest of the house. Consider these “spruce-up” tips for your home’s outside, too.
•Trim the bushes, shrubs and trees in your yard
•Fix broken downspouts and gutters
•Apply new mulch as needed to give your planted areas a fresh, clean look
•Clean and repair concrete or stone areas such as driveways and walkways. Pay close attention to oil stains and weeds or grass growing through the cracks.
•Add some flowers to give your lawn and garden a little more color. Add a new doormat to your doorstep or front porch area. Ensure that the house numbers are clean and easy to see.

As you can see, with a relatively small amount of time, attention and expense to your home, these and a few of your own Scottsdale home improvement ideas will help you give it a renewed appearance – making it more attractive inside and out to prospective home shoppers.

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