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Below you will find a number of articles that we have written over the past few years for your review. In addition to these articles please feel free to go to our blog page as you will find additional articles and up to date community information there as well.
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Between gorgeous scenery and a bustling cultural center, living in Scottsdale is perfect for anyone looking for the finer things in life. From neighborhoods near the downtown entertainment district to homes in some of the top gated communities, there’s no shortage of luxury home options for future homeowners.
Whether you’re selling your home or you just want to improve the appearance and available space of your garage, a luxury garage is a must. Check out these tips on how to update your storage for cars into the most luxurious spot in your entire home.
Although many tend to see the garage as an extension of a storage closet, this space has a ton of potential for gathering friends on cool nights, displaying your most cherished items, or even as an entrance to wow guests. And the best way to prep this space in your home is through a hardy cleaning session.
Start with organization. Take stock of all the items you have in your home, and decide what is truly necessary to keep. Gather empty bins, crates, boxes, and bags to sort your items and consider renting a storage unit off of your property.
Next, deep clean. Get all of the nooks and crannies that don’t typically get cleaned in a normal weekly walkthrough. This is also a great opportunity to spray for desert pests. If you’re having trouble completing this stage, you may want to also consider hiring a professional cleaning service.
Once the garage is cleaned and organized, the next step is to select an interior design plan. Color schemes, matching bins, and even decorations don’t only live in the house. The garage is an extension of your home and should be dressed like one.
Decide on what theme matches your style. Do you want a minimalist, futuristic garage with flat black and whites? Is the garage an homage to your classic car collection, and craves lots of chrome? Of course, you can always go with a classic man-cave.
From wooden wall mounts to new cabinetry, adding some color and sleekness can go a long way. Talk to your interior designer who helped decorate the inside of your home and find out if garages are also a part of their specialty.
After the design, amenities are what truly make a garage feel upscale. Add in some extra perks like:
- underfloor heating
- in-floor drain
- heightened security
- extra ampage for higher electricity needs
Cushioned benches, sleek countertops, a full sink, and a kegarator can turn any garage into a high-class playhouse. Do some digging on what some of the more popular add-ons for garages are that match your theme.
Attractive flooring can go a long way in a garage. And even better, most garage flooring companies offer state-of-the-art, durable materials, such as polymer tiles. There are also coating types that reflect the light and provide an unbeatable glow.
Interlocking tiles give garages a more sophisticated look. From marble or retro finishes, each tile types adds to the feel of your garage, and can really make an interior design.
Setting up the lighting in your garage space will make a huge difference in the mood of a garage. Recessed lightings can give a modern glow or a spotlighted appearance, perfect for showing off your stored toys and your wall mounts.
TVs, speakers, and a seating area can turn a garage from a loading area to a comfortable hang out spot. Again, think back to the theme of your design when deciding on the right lighting, colors, and even temperature to match what mood you’re going for.
It only takes a few updates to make your boring garage into a luxurious addition to your home. And if you’re not the fixer upper type, contact your local Scottsdale realtor to find a new home complete with luxury garage. h
Top Five Tips For Finding A Great Buyer’s Agent
When you set out to start your new home search, it’s likely you’re going to enlist the help of a skillful buyer’s agent. Your agent will be able to assist you in finding a lender, identifying homes that fit your budget and desires, lead you through the home buying process, and answer any questions you may have along the way. You want to think of your buyer’s agent as your coach to lead you to a good home purchase. Here are some of our best tips for finding a great buyer’s agent for your next purchase.
Get Recommendations And Check Reviews
One of the best ways to find a great buyer’s agent is to simply ask those around you who they’ve used for their home purchases in the past. Friends, family, neighbors, and coworkers can all be a great source of recommendations. If people you know have enjoyed working with the agent in the past, they’ll likely be more than happy to share their experience with you. If you don’t know anyone who has used an agent to purchase a home, it’s a good idea to check online review sites to see who is highly recommended in your area.
Check Their History
Sites like Realtor.com and Zillow.com and Theholmgroupaz.com will showcase buyer’s agents in your area. These agents will typically have ratings on these sites and you can see how many homes they’ve helped to buy in the last month, two months, or six months. Identifying an agent that have assisted many buyers in the past few months is a must. This will ensure they’re active in the local real estate market and will go out of their way to help you find a reasonable deal. Those highly active are the proactive sort of agents that will be good at negotiations and working with clients.
Verify Their License
At this point, you should have a narrowed down list of potential buyer’s agents to talk with. You should do your preliminary research of checking to ensure each potential agent has their license to practice real estate transactions. This can be accomplished by looking at the state database for realtors in your area. In addition, you’ll be able to see if there have been any disciplinary actions against any of the realtors on your list. Think of this step as just insurance to make sure you’re going to hire an agent that is legal in their practices.
It’s time to talk to the real estate agent’s that you still have on your list. Whether that’s two or five, it doesn’t matter. You just want to get a feel for how the agent acts and treats their customers. You’ll be able to tell within the first few minutes of meeting a potential agent whether or not you’ll feel comfortable working with them. Ideally, you want an agent that is able to take your desires into consideration and provide you with potential listings that match what you’re looking for. If you sit down with an agent and feel uncomfortable or they try to change your desires of what you’re looking for in a home, then simply don’t proceed any further with them.
Don’t Be Afraid To Switch
Depending on the local practices in your area, real estate agents may ask you to sign a buyer’s agent agreement. This will lock you in with them for a specific amount of time. This means that you can’t use another real estate agent to purchase a home in the area stated in the contract for the duration of the contract or the buyer’s agent is entitled to the commission from the sale. This can be stressful for any new home buyer as you don’t want to be locked in with an agent that you’ve never worked with before. It’s okay to decline signing the agent agreement. If the agent refuses to work with you after you tell them you’re declining to sign, simply find another agent.
Don’t be afraid to switch agents in the home buying process if you find that your agent isn’t performing to the standard you believe they should be. It’s not uncommon for buyer’s agents to lose interest in a client after a couple months of not finding them the right home. It’s okay to look at multiple homes and not offer on them if you’re truly not interested in the home. A good buyer’s agent knows that a home purchase is a big decision and there’s no reason you should settle for anything less than you want to have.
As you follow the five tips above, you’ll find out that identifying the right buyer’s agent for your needs takes a little bit of time. It pays to invest your own time in finding the right buyer’s agent that makes you feel comfortable during the home buying process. You want an agent that will give you the freedom to picture your future in a home you love. As you walk around a potential purchase, you want to be comfortable enough to walk through each room and freely think about without being pestered by your agent about when the roof was just replaced. A good buyer’s agent knows when it’s time to talk about the down and dirty of the property, like when the last water heater was replaced, and when it’s time to let you take in the view of each room in a home.
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8 Significant Landscaping Errors
If you’ve spent a bit of time contemplating landscaping at your residence, you probably started to amass a list of “things you should do” tips. While it’s all well and good to have recommendations about what you should consider doing when it comes to landscaping at your home, keep in mind that is only part of the story. You must have a decent understanding of what not to do when it comes to landscaping at your home. There are eight significant landscaping mistakes that you definitely will want to avoid
Mistake #1: Do Nothing at All
If you’ve recently moved into a residence that has little in the way of landscaping, or if you’ve lived in a home for a longer period of time and have done nothing in the way of landscaping, that can prove to be a mistake. A major error when it comes to residential landscaping is to do nothing at all.
The reality is that by taking the time to do at least some landscaping at your residence, you make your home more livable for you and your family. In addition, if you are like most people in Southern California, your home is your most significant investment. Thus, you will want to take appropriate steps that enhance the value of your home. One of these is steps is to landscape properly your property.
Curb appeal is an important element of enhancing and sustaining the value of a home. A key element of curb appeal is undertaking proper landscaping of the property. A smartly landscaped property will not only attract potential buyers if the day comes that you put your home on the market, but it is likely to be a tangible enhancement of the residence’s market value.
Mistake #2: Landscape without a Plan
Another commonplace mistake associated with landscaping at a residence is to blindly forge ahead without a well thought out plan. In other words, don’t immediately dive into planting until you have prepared a comprehensive landscaping plan for your property. Among other things, by taking this course you ensure that you end up in a position at which properly selected plants are placed in optimal locations on your property.
Mistake #3: Failing to Regularly Tend to Weeds
You may spend a significant amount of time planning and then planting your landscape. However, if you are like a considerable segment of the population, once you finish that endeavor, you become unfocused when it comes to tending to weeds. No, pulling and eradicating weeds is an unpleasant task. However, if it is not done, the overall appearance of your landscaping will be impacted negatively in a short period of time. Over time, weeds not properly addressed can end up choking off and killing the plants you’ve planted at your home.
Mistake #4: Permitting Garden Unfriendly Critters to Run Wild
There are certain wild critters that can live in harmony with your landscape. Whether a little animal can exist in harmony with your landscape depends largely on what type of plants you’ve placed on your property.
A mistake oftentimes made by a homeowner is the failure to control critter or animal access to a landscaped area. This doesn’t mean you have to kill intruders. It does mean that you have to take reasonable steps to prevent entry to a landscaped area. In some cases, the appropriate action plan can be the installation of a proper type of .
Mistake #5: Overdoing It with Evergreens
Time and again homeowners go mad what it comes to planting evergreens. Yes, evergreens make a lush presentation and they are relatively easy to cultivate and maintain. With that said, going overboard with evergreens is a real mistake. An idyllic landscape nearly always is one that has variety in its presentation.
Mistake #6: Overgrown Hedges
Some homeowners think overgrown hedges radiate a “natural look.” While that is technically true, overgrown hedges in a residential setting are likely to look sloppy. Hedges that grow in an unattended fashion will obscure other positive aspects of your home. In addition, hedges gone wild draw the focus way from other plants you’ve incorporated into your overall landscape at your home.
Mistake #7: Too Much of a Good Thing is Too Much
Yet another recurring landscaping error is what might best be called over-landscaping. In other words, a homeowner crams far too much in the way of plants, vegetation, and flowers into a landscaped space. Just because a certain bush adds a marvelous touch to a landscape doesn’t mean that 10 of them will improve a landscape ten-fold. Moderation in landscaping is crucial. In addition, maintaining moderation underscores the importance of planning before planting.
Mistake #8: Failing to Know When to Hire a Professional
You may be able to tend to any number of landscaping efforts on your own. However, noting that, if you are like many people, there may be elements of your desired landscaping plan that are best left in the hands of a professional. In short, you will want to avoid the relatively frequent landscaping error of not knowing when the time has arrived to hire a landscaping professional.
By being conscious of these more common and significant landscaping errors you will place yourself in the best possible position to create a beautiful exterior space at your residence. You will created a vibrant landscape that you will enjoy, that will garner praise from the neighbors, and that will enhance the curb appeals and even the market value of your home.
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