The Holm Group https://www.theholmgroupaz.com Scottsdale And Phoenix Real Estate Tue, 19 Mar 2019 03:14:54 +0000 en-US hourly 1 5 Home Security Features to Make Your Home More Attractive https://www.theholmgroupaz.com/5-home-security-features-to-make-your-home-more-attractive Mon, 18 Mar 2019 16:13:04 +0000 https://www.theholmgroupaz.com/?p=39639 Image provided by Integrated Home Potential homebuyers value few things more than the security of the house, and that’s why thoughtful upgrades that bolster home security can not only increase the value of your home but potentially make it sell faster. Proper security and privacy can help negate the effects of nosy neighbors and less-than-ideal […]

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Potential homebuyers value few things more than the security of the house, and that’s why thoughtful upgrades that bolster home security can not only increase the value of your home but potentially make it sell faster. Proper security and privacy can help negate the effects of nosy neighbors and less-than-ideal neighborhood conditions. People with children looking to buy a new home almost certainly want a home that feels safe and secure.

 From smart technology to old-school security systems and low-budget solutions like strategic landscaping, here are some ways to make your for-sale home more attractive.

 

Smart Total Home Security System

 When it comes to boosting the value of your home with security upgrades, bigger and more comprehensive is often better. Total home security systems have come a long way in the past couple of decades, and the best new smart varieties not only provide 24/7 monitoring and alarm capabilities, but they also allow you to arm and disarm and view live (and recorded) video directly from your mobile device. Many home security systems even allow you to link them to other smart home devices such as light bulbs and garage locks.

 

Locks, Lights, and Cameras

 You can choose to secure your home with modern tech or the old-fashioned way. Both could make your home more attractive to potential buyers, but smart features may help a little more. The best smart locks offer a variety of entry methods and feature codes, biometrics, or Bluetooth functions that can be configured remotely on the fly. Smart lighting and cameras are also good, but if you want to save money, some simple outdoor floodlights (there are budget-friendly lights for less than $10) will do the trick.

 

Plant-Based Security

 Not every piece of home security has to be smart — in fact, it doesn’t even have to be electronic. While home security elements can boost the value of your home and possibly make it sell faster, something else may be even better at that: landscaping. Combine the two and you have a real winner. Privacy or security hedging — adding shrubs, trees, or bigger plants around the perimeter of your home — is a solid idea. The cost to hire landscapers for your yard or garden in Scottsdale is $2,141 – $6,429. This means that this security feature could be even more cost-effective than smart tech.

 

A Good Old-Fashioned Gate

 Here’s something that may come as a surprise: “Adding a gate to the front of your property is about more than mere aesthetics — believe it or not, simply adding a gate can boost your home’s value by as much as $50,000 or more,” according to Realty Times.

 Gates add curb appeal, privacy, a layer of safety for kids and pets, and yes — mega home security. If you’re looking to make your home really appealing, install a gate that has an automatic function. While manual gates are okay, they won’t add as much value to your home.

 

Some Timer-Related Trickery

 Every homeowner wants to appear to be at home when they’re away. It’s one of the best deterrents to burglars and other potential miscreants. It’s pretty easy to use modern light timers to create this illusion, and it ends up being a fairly inexpensive way to add just one more layer of extra security to your property.

 Being able to tout upgraded security measures in a home listing can draw more eyes to your home. Depending on the added security features, they may even be able to make up for some drawbacks. Even if there are no real security concerns in your neighborhood, having new security features in your home will signal to any potential homebuyer that they are buying a modern, updated home that the previous owners (you) truly cared about.

 

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How to Design a Minimalist Home Office https://www.theholmgroupaz.com/how-to-design-a-minimalist-home-office Mon, 18 Mar 2019 02:37:20 +0000 https://www.theholmgroupaz.com/?p=39633 Every good entrepreneur will tell you that the best way to turn your investment into profit is not to waste money on side projects but to focus on the main goals defined in the business plan. If focus is the keyword in the world of business, then design, and office design in particular, is no […]

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How to Design a Minimalist Home Office

Every good entrepreneur will tell you that the best way to turn your investment into profit is not to waste money on side projects but to focus on the main goals defined in the business plan. If focus is the keyword in the world of business, then design, and office design in particular, is no different. You need a home office that is designed, decorated, and furnished in such a manner that all the details scream out: work atmosphere! This will act as a counterweight to the dormant and torpid atmosphere inside the home

The best design solution for a home office is minimalism. Its main postulate guarantees that the office will feature only items that are necessary for work and important for you personally, as everything else, including clutter, will have to leave the space of the home office. By being able to focus on the tasks ahead, you will be able to increase productivity over time, so (re)designing a minimalist home office might be the best thing you lately did to improve your business operations.

Clearing the walls

The biggest surfaces inside your house are by far the walls. All that empty space seems alluring to hang different things from them, ranging from diplomas all the way to pictures of your family. We are not stating that these objects do not belong in a home office, quite the contrary, as an image of the loved ones can be a great motivator. However, they do not belong on the wall, as this area is probably already full of post-it notes related to work that are disrupting the homely ambient.

Such vertical chaos, to put it like that, has no place in a home office, so the first step in ushering in minimalist design is to clear the walls. Personal images will have to be placed on the desk or in another room in the house, while everything related to work that needs to be on display should be put on a notice board.

A paperless office space

It should be clear to everyone by now how detrimental for the environment overuse of paper is. This means that you should immediately stop printing e-mails and other documents that already exist in the electronic form. You can even organize a digitalization of old files that can all be scanned, thus becoming easily searchable. In essence, the less paper you have lying around the desk, the better. Since it is only possible to decrease their numbers but not get rid of the paper format altogether, we recommend placing an inbox on the desk and practicing tidiness so no sheet of paper ends up outside the designated area. Any old filing cabinets should be moved downstairs to the basement or to some other location, like storage depo, where they will not get into the way.

A coffee machine for your pleasure

If you thought that a minimalist design only meant throwing stuff out, you were wrong. In minimalism, functionality is the most important goal to achieve but that does not mean that you cannot afford something luxurious here and there. Investing in yourself is extremely important since a smile on your face is priceless early in the morning when you see a hot cup of coffee on the desk. In terms of design, “watering holes,” such as water coolers and coffee machines, act as social hubs in large companies but you can turn your coffee machine into a private oasis of relaxation. In other words, there is no way that Italian designed office coffee machines could not find its way into your kitchen, just a few steps away from the home office. Their sexy outlines and the colors black and silver go well with any design and complement the machines’ main function of making coffee to help you get through another day of working around the clock.

Decluttering the desk

Like we stated in the introduction, decluttering the home office and the entire house is an integral part of minimalist design suited for home office space. However, one area in particular is prone to clutter, so you should start combating this pesky piling up of stuff at the core of the problem. The immediate desk area is highly susceptible to clutter. The desktop is usually full of things you don’t need, so try to understand that a computer monitor, a family picture, and an inbox are more than enough for this location. Everything else should go in drawers which main function is exactly that: keeping possible clutter out of sight. It is, therefore, useful to keep one drawer, possibly the bottom one, empty at all times, so you can chuck all the clutter in it at the end of a long day spent working since you probably lack the time for a proper clean-up.

As you have seen from these guidelines, minimalism will improve both the design of the home office as well as boost your level of satisfaction. If you are organized, focused, and generally happy with your home office, you can do more work for a shorter amount of time.

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Simple Ways to Make Your Living Room Look Glamorous https://www.theholmgroupaz.com/simple-ways-to-make-your-living-room-look-glamorous Wed, 06 Mar 2019 19:38:04 +0000 https://www.theholmgroupaz.com/?p=39586   Our home is not only our sanctuary it is our statement as well. Thru the decoration of our home, we make a statement about how we feel about the world that surrounds us and our role in it. It is a showcase of our personality and our taste. Glamour in our home can be […]

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Simple Ways to Make Your Living Room Look Glamorous

 

Our home is not only our sanctuary it is our statement as well. Thru the decoration of our home, we make a statement about how we feel about the world that surrounds us and our role in it. It is a showcase of our personality and our taste. Glamour in our home can be a display of great taste, courage to follow our dreams, beauty we want to be surrounded with and comfort we want to be pampered in.

1.Colours

When we want to add glamour in our living room, we should start by choosing the right colours. You can’t go wrong here. Any combination of colours is allowed, it depends on your boldness and preferences. One thing is important to remember, and that is that a combination of three colours should be applied in a 60-30-10% ratio. 60 % is the colour that will take over the role of main colour, and two of the other colours are there to stress out the glam of the main colour. Try to combine colours on the paper first, just to see how good they will go together. Main colour should be calm, natural colour like beige, light pink, cream, so it will not distract attention from details that will glam up your room, especially ones that will go to your walls. Second and third colour must be complementary with the first colour and make a bold statement in coloured details, such as window trim and niche. Remember your walls a stage for other items and details that will glam up your room.

2. Furniture

Choosing the right furniture is what it is all about. Consoled tables, sculptured furniture, sofas, chairs, commodes, they are all important parts of glam up your living room. Sculptured furniture like peacock chairs or a nailed trim, rolled arms, rich fabric sofa are a must have. You can also go for bold but exquisite furniture like Relax For Life massage chairs that will not only add to glam of your living room but will also help you feel wonderful after using it. Mirror consoled tables are also a must-have. This can be a piece of furniture with a mirror surface that will both catch the light and add to the sparkle of your room. Don’t forget that glam style is all about sparkle, layers and balance, so try not to overdo it.

3. Decorations

Decorations are key to a successful glamorizing. Decorations are what make more statement than anything else. A woven thing that hangs from your wall (dream catcher, macramé hanging or luxurious rug hanging) is essential. It will stress out the colour of your walls and will be an important eye-catcher in your room. Mercury glass candles, vintage table lamps, glamorous chandeliers as a source of light that will reflect in mirrored furniture. Piles and piles of colourful pillows that sit on sofas and chairs, bring colour and glam to the room. Vases filled with fresh and colourful flowers sitting on coffee tables and lamp stands. Interesting shaped wall mirrors decorated with crystals and golden details. You can never go wrong with such details. These details can stress the furniture they are on or can be an eye catcher detail for something else you want to stress out.

4. Fabrics

Not only the look but the quality of fabrics is what matters. Glamorous materials like silk, plush, velvet are what should be used for details and furniture as well. Faux fur is very usable to glam up the room if it is placed on sofas and chairs as addition to pillows. Animal print is also desirable, whether it is zebra, leopard or tiger pattern. Some pieces of furniture can be coated with animal print materials, but it is better to have a pillow or blanket with that pattern. Metal is a material that is a must-have here.  Metal sculptures, table surfaces, commodes, bar tables, all that can be made from metal and reflect light and sparkle around the room. Try to get items with history, as that will add to glam for sure.

5. Rugs

Rugs are often forgotten as items that can add to the glam. Choosing the right rug or carpet can bring that extra something to everything else. If you opted for calm and neutral colours with just a few stressed items, a rug in some bold pattern or bright colour can be the right decision. If you decided to make details like eye-catching items, then a rug with calming effects pattern or neutral, calming colour can be the right choice. You can match it to the colour of your walls or with the colour of a piece of furniture. There is a lot you can do with it.

Adding glam to your living room may turn out to be a fun and pleasant experience. You can let your imagination run free and be as bold as you wish. This style can handle it.

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Interpreting Your Credit Score https://www.theholmgroupaz.com/interpreting-your-credit-score Tue, 05 Mar 2019 19:27:32 +0000 https://www.theholmgroupaz.com/?p=39577 Image Provided By Credit.com A credit repair company in dallas says, Knowing where you stand financially is key when making future credit based decisions. If your credit score is low, you’ll need to start making necessary repairs before you try to apply for any future credit. If your credit score is in good standing, you’ll […]

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Interpreting Your Credit Score

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A credit repair company in dallas says, Knowing where you stand financially is key when making future credit based decisions. If your credit score is low, you’ll need to start making necessary repairs before you try to apply for any future credit. If your credit score is in good standing, you’ll need to keep best practices in mind to keep your score in top shape.

 So what makes a good credit score? Often that depends on the type of credit line you’re looking to obtain in the future. Generally speaking, however, the higher your score, the lower your interest rate, and the better the terms of any future loan will be no matter if you’re borrowing for a house, an automobile, or a revolving line of credit.

 The lower your credit rating sinks, the higher the interest rate will be for any future loans. And, if your credit score plummets, getting qualified for any loan at all may be very difficult to do. Knowing your credit score and taking all possible steps you can to help it climb is the best medicine for faltering credit.

 

Ratings Explained

There are two kinds of rating systems: FICO and VantageScore. For all intents and purposes, the two systems are very similar in their scoring algorithm. All scores fall within a range of 300 to 850. Any score above 750 is considered EXCELLENT. Scores between 680 and 749 are labeled GOOD. Interest rates start to climb with any score that falls below the GOOD threshold. If your score is 620 to 679 your score is considered FAIR. And 580 to 619 is BAD. Believe it or not there is a label for anything under 580: POOR.

750 to 850       EXCELLENT

680 to 749       GOOD

620 to 679       FAIR

580 to 619       BAD

300 to 580       POOR

 

Looking For A Mortgage?

Interest rates for home mortgages are highly dependent on the current state of the housing market and the prime interest rate set by the federal reserve. Generally speaking though, if you have a credit score of 720 or higher you should qualify for an interest rate of around 4% or lower for a 30 year fixed mortgage. Which is always good to improve your credit score any chance you get.

 

Looking For An Auto Loan?

Auto loan interest rates can fluctuate widely depending on the deal of the day and your credit score. Before you shop for cars, take a good look at your credit score, and shop around for auto loan financing through your bank or other banks before walking into the dealership. New car loans tend to fetch lower interest rates than used car loans for people in good credit standing.

 

Looking For A Business Loan?

If you’re starting a new business, a lending institution will assess your personal credit rating to determine if you qualify, and assess terms of a potential business loan. For some kinds of business loans, such as equipment loans, qualifying may be a little easier since there is collateral involved.

For established businesses, institutions use a business based algorithm to assign you a business credit score of somewhere between 0 to 100 for future lending decisions.

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The Most Commonly Desired Amenities For Homebuyers https://www.theholmgroupaz.com/the-most-commonly-desired-amenities-for-homebuyers Mon, 04 Mar 2019 19:10:09 +0000 https://www.theholmgroupaz.com/?p=39492 The Most Commonly Desired Amenities For Homebuyers Photo Provided By: home-design.com   When you start your search for a new home, it’s likely you have an idea of the number of bedrooms and bathrooms you need. You probably have a whole list of other amenities that you would like to have, such as a front […]

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The Most Commonly Desired Amenities For Homebuyers

The Most Commonly Desired Amenities For Homebuyers

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When you start your search for a new home, it’s likely you have an idea of the number of bedrooms and bathrooms you need. You probably have a whole list of other amenities that you would like to have, such as a front porch or back patio. Today, we’re going to look at some of the most common amenities that homebuyers look for in a potential home purchase.

 

Stainless Steel Appliances

One of the first rooms that you really look at while doing a showing is the kitchen. If you’ve ever heard a person say the phrase ‘a kitchen sells a home’, the person knows what they’re talking about. Since you’ll likely be preparing many of your meals in the kitchen, you want one that is clean and easy to use. Stainless steel appliances are a great asset to any kitchen as they go with any style design. Whether it’s modern or rustic, stainless steel just fits in. Most homeowners at least want a stainless steel fridge and stove. A stainless steel microwave and dishwasher just put the icing on the cake.

 

Spacious Bathroom

In many older styles homes, the bathroom is that cramped room at the end of the hallway that you can barely fit one person in, let alone two. Having a spacious bathroom with room to breath is on the top of many homebuyer’s must-haves. A larger-sized bathtub, split vanity, and oversized mirrors can help sell any home. Add in some brushed nickel faucets and showerheads and you could sell any home. Again, the nickel in the bathroom provides a feeling of cleanliness which we all want to have.

 

Outside Landscaping

There’s been a growing trend in the outdoor landscaping sector with homeowners. They like to illuminate their homes in the evening hours with accented lighting and greenery that looks inviting. Most homebuyers want a landscape that is already perfected to make a home look spectacular. It’s called curb appeal and it really does sell homes. It’s important to pay attention as a homebuyer to the types of flowers and shrubs that are planted on the property. Different plants require different levels of maintenance. If you aren’t really a green thumb, homes that have plants that require minimal landscaping may be best for you.

 

High-Tech Gadgets

As we have our smartphones getting smarter, we want our homes to be getting techier. Smart homes are the newest craze for many homebuyers due to the convenience that they offer. Having tech like an automatic door opener that syncs with your smartphone can make getting locked out of your home no longer a problem. Having voice recognition to change the thermostat or dim the lights is a must for new-aged homebuyers. There are endless gadgets that can be included in new smart homes. Making a list of what you particularly want in a home can help to make your next purchase easier to find.

 

Outdoor Space

More and more homeowners are making their buying decisions based on the outdoor areas of homes than ever before. Homebuyers want a spacious area that is surrounded by nature and provides the perfect space for some outdoor living activities. Whether it’s inviting neighbors over for some backyard barbeque or putting in a hobby shed for crafting, having outdoor space is a must. Homebuyers with kids or ones planning on having kids in the near future are more likely to want a large yard as well.

 

Back Patio or Porch  

As you’ve just learned, outdoor space is a must. Part of that outdoor space is a porch or patio that allows for a sectioned off portion of your yard for entertaining purposes. Those small side porches won’t do any longer for the homebuyers of today. Rather, they want to have larger porches or patios that allow for excess room. Porches that have built-in outdoor kitchens and bars are always a desired amenity.

 

Home Gym

As the world gets busier, we find it harder to meet our commitments. Traveling to the gym each day can start to go to the wayside when it comes to keeping up with your other priorities. Having a home gym can make life so much easier. You can cut the travel costs and time to your local gym. Plus, you’ll never have to wait to use the equipment. Homebuyers are finding it more and more convenient to have a home gym and are actively searching for homes that have them.

 

A Garage

Yep, that’s right. Homebuyers are still looking for that convenient thing called a garage where they can store their car in the wintertime. In most cases, they end up storing items but the idea is what sells the home. Having a garage or carport can do wonders for the sale value of a home. As a homebuyer, you should look for homes that have this amenity as it cannot only help to keep your car out of the elements, but it can provide great excess storage room for your items.

 

As you can see, there are many amenities that are topping the must-have list of potential homebuyers. As a homebuyer, it’s a good idea to include items from this list that you like to your search criteria. As a home seller, this can give you some great insight into what upgrades to do to your home before putting it on the market to ensure you get the highest price possible in your local area.

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8 Simple and Affordable Steps to Improve the Appearance of Your Kitchen https://www.theholmgroupaz.com/8-simple-and-affordable-steps-to-improve-the-appearance-of-your-kitchen Sun, 03 Mar 2019 17:57:39 +0000 https://www.theholmgroupaz.com/?p=39471 8 Simple and Affordable Steps to Improve the Appearance of Your Kitchen Like many people, you may be interested in improving the look and feel of your kitchen. Despite your desire you may not have a tremendous amount of money of much time to enhance the appearance of your kitchen. With that in mind there […]

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8 Simple and Affordable Steps to Improve the Appearance of Your Kitchen

8 Simple and Affordable Steps to Improve the Appearance of Your Kitchen

Like many people, you may be interested in improving the look and feel of your kitchen. Despite your desire you may not have a tremendous amount of money of much time to enhance the appearance of your kitchen. With that in mind there are eight relatively simple and affordable steps you can to markedly improve the look of your kitchen.

Paint the Cabinets

The cabinets in your kitchen are a focal point of the room, if not the focal point. If you are looking for an affordable and efficient way in which you can enhance the look of your kitchen you can paint the cabinets. The main concern associated with painting the cabinets is color choice. The one point to bear in mind is that you select a paint color for the cabinets that harmonizes with other major features in the room, specifically the appliances, countertops, and flooring.

Replace the Hardware

Another very easy and affordable step you can take to enhance the appearance of your kitchen to change out the hardware on your cabinets and drawers. In this day and age, you will be able to find a truly extensive selection of hardware options when it comes to drawer pulls and cabinet handles. In addition to a great many style options you will be able to find kitchen hardware in a wide range or prices. In other words, you not only will be able to find kitchen hardware that meet your taste but also that fit your budget.

Remove Dated Cabinet Doors

If you are concerned that painting your cabinet doors may not be enough of an improvement, if your doors are particularly dated or worn, consider removing and replacing them all together. If removing and replacing appears to make the most sense, consider glass doors for your new look. There are a multitude of style options available to you when it comes to glass cabinet doors. You even have options when it comes to the glass itself. For example, you can go the clear or frosted glass route, depending on your desires. You might also want to consider leaving one, two, or several of the cabinets door-less for a more open look in your kitchen.

Go Bold with Wall Accents

If your kitchen is like that of most people it has a relatively neutral color scheme. Neutral colors has been somewhat the order of the day when it comes to kitchens in recent years. A strategy you can employ to significantly enhance the look of your kitchen is to more boldly accent at least none of the walls in the room. You can accomplish going bold by selecting more vibrant paint floor for the wall. You can also make a splash with an accent wall by selecting bolder decorations to hang on the wall.

Create a Tech Center

Another step you should consider to not only up the look of your kitchen but make it more functional is to create a tech center in it. Perhaps you can carve out a nook in the kitchen at which you can place a stylish, smaller desk or table. You can situate different tech devices and products at the center. Because a kitchen typically is one of the most widely used spaces in a residence, a tech center of this nature will we a welcome addition to family members and visitors alike. The kitchen will become an even more versatile space with the addition of a tech center.

Make the Backslash Pop

Time and again people who are interested in improving the appearance of their kitchens overlook the backsplash. A backsplash typically is installed around the sink, the stovetop, as well as surrounding areas in a kitchen. Even though a backsplash is overlooked oftentimes, it truly has the potential to be a masterful focal point in your kitchen. There are almost no limitations as to what you can do to restyle the backsplash. For example, you can redo your backsplash with traditional types of tile or you can take a fresher approach using something like a glass tile option.

Change the Window Treatments

Another easy and affordable approach you can take to enhancing the appearance of your kitchen is simply changing out the window treatments. As with some of the other suggestions presented, you have significant budgetary options when it comes to window treatments. You can select them in a variety of different price ranges. In addition, there literally are no real limitations when seeking and selecting window treatments for your kitchen.

Install New Faucets

Another prime focal point in your kitchen is your sink. Yet another easy to undertake and budget-conscious approach you can take is to new faucets and sink hardware in your kitchen. With this one easy alteration you really can change the look of your kitchen in a fairly significant manner. Faucet and sink hardware comes in a myriad of styles and a broad price range. In basic terms, there really is something for everyone when it comes to making this type of alteration to your kitchen sink.

The suggestions presented to you here are all alterations that can be undertaken as do-it-yourself projects. These are projects that do not require a significant amount of experience in home improvement endeavors. In the alternative, if you don’t feel comfortable going the do-it-yourself route, you can hire a professional to undertake these improvement projects without breaking the bank in the process.

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Gorgeous Kitchen Trends to Consider for 2019 https://www.theholmgroupaz.com/gorgeous-kitchen-trends-to-consider-for-2019 Sun, 03 Mar 2019 17:52:54 +0000 https://www.theholmgroupaz.com/?p=39467 Gorgeous Kitchen Trends to Consider for 2019 There will be no shortage of intriguing kitchen design trends in 2019. Top interior kitchen designers are using a number of ideas from unique concealed appliances and cabinetry, pops of vivid color into an otherwise light or neutral space, vintage statements merged with industrial modern designs and new […]

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Gorgeous Kitchen Trends to Consider for 2019

Gorgeous Kitchen Trends to Consider for 2019

There will be no shortage of intriguing kitchen design trends in 2019. Top interior kitchen designers are using a number of ideas from unique concealed appliances and cabinetry, pops of vivid color into an otherwise light or neutral space, vintage statements merged with industrial modern designs and new ways with absolutely stunning natural raw materials such as nature inspired stone, sensational authentic woods and artsy textured rattan, jute and wicker.

 Look for interesting pendant lighting, more contrast textured layers and exciting new backsplash options. Brass and pewter faucets, open airy shelving and creative color patterns in unexpected places are all hot designer trends for kitchens this year.

 

Upgrading All White Kitchen Ideas

Last year’s all white kitchen decor is old news. Designers everywhere are taking this contemporary and minimalist style to new heights by incorporating some depth with strategic layering updates. Think glorious mirrored taller backsplashes, lovely grey-blue marble counter surfaces, pops of bright color on bar stools or kitchen chairs, jeweled hued pendant drop lighting fixtures and open shelves with accent textures, colors and other clever visual tones.

 

Merge Vintage Features with Modern Contemporary Design Themes

The purpose of this fantastic new kitchen design trend is to incorporate the timeless look and feel of vintage textures and style with sleeker modern kitchen designs. Consider beautifully handcrafted natural-hued rattan wrapped bar or island chairs, thicker slabs of gorgeous natural stone surfaces and eclectic vintage lighting fixtures paired with increased natural lighting effects from skylights, interesting window shapes and layered lighting techniques.

This look is far from the messy and busyness of vintage styles in years past. The trend is all about flavoring an otherwise monochrome color look with depth generating vintage pieces, old-fashioned yet still relevant textures and bursts of eclectic throw-back focal accents that will instantly update a modern space perfectly.

 

Refreshed Design Tips for Everything Including the Kitchen Sink

Along with vintage inspired kitchen design trends, there are some wonderful refreshed design picks that focus on the kitchen sink area that all homeowners should seriously consider. Try installing an impressive farm-styled island sink fashioned from lustrous and durable pewter and gunmetal materials. This style is not as dramatic and overdone like matte sink and appliance finishes, and this trend is ideal for any kitchen design that needs just a hint of added texture and depth.

For the bolder homeowners among us, shiny brass fixtures and facets are all the rage. This opulent look is perfect for adding a bit of sass into an otherwise stately or high-end interior design style. Island sinks continue to be a statement focal point that will likely remain relevant for a long time.

Before investing in a better grade kitchen sink, homeowners should consult with a qualified plumber before installing a sensational easy-to-clean-and-maintain island or traditional placed sink selection like the practical Lustertone Iconix sink or other model. This can help ensure that your kitchen plumbing is up to standards before adding a sink, faucet or other water feature.

 

Reasons to Use More Authentic Wood Materials in Your New Kitchen Design

Nature-inspired interior design styles will never go out of style. This is a timeless trend that gives any interior space a peaceful atmosphere that is also incredibly beautiful and stylish. More interior designers are still using a lot of authentic wood materials even in the kitchen and dining spaces this season.

Look for lighter hued wood cabinets, layered wooden surfaces with natural stone and copper or brass accents. Designers are also embracing fabulous natural hardwood flooring options to open up the space giving it an open and spacious feel that still feels warm and comfortable.

 

New Color Choices for Brightening Up Your Kitchen Spaces

Adding a trendy color into your kitchen design is one of the easiest and fastest ways to brighten up your dark or gloomy kitchen spaces without costing a fortune. The new hues this season are vivid colored cabinets like deep royal blue, somewhat muted green or blue tones or washed gray-blue shades.

Also very popular this year, hunter green is a color that kitchen designers are fully embracing in 2019. This shade looks phenomenal with wooden and copper or brass fixtures and white creamy counter surfaces or displayed china.

Pair these mood brightening colors with attractive tiled or marbled look backsplashes with muted metallic tones of gold, brass or silver pewter depending on whether the kitchen has cool or warm tones.

 

What’s New in Kitchen Appliances This Year?

There are some great new appliance trends hot on the market that includes whimsical blue and white Scandinavian patterns for ranges, bold brick-red appliances, matte black kitchen appliance and feature finishes and other luxe color and finish selections.

It is increasingly popular to display custom built or designed kitchen appliances like espresso makers that turn on with Wifi, brilliant wine fridges and cafe styled stocked bar nooks. This year, kitchen design trends with appliances is either showcased high-end luxury appliances or totally hidden-from-sight appliances that are seamlessly integrated into the whole kitchen design.

 

Some Final Thoughts On Current Kitchen Designer Trends

This year, everyone can find examples of their favorite kitchen styles that are trending today with top interior designers. Look for timeless and effortless style options that will remain relevant through the years. All of the kitchen looks this season are clutter free, and yet these design themes still retain that welcoming and warm homey charm that most individuals are searching for.

There are some remarkable new flooring options that are being used in kitchen and dining room spaces that also help to integrate a more open floor plan.

The installment of statement lighting fixtures is one of the key pieces in incorporating different design styles, and homeowners will find a wealth of simply stunning lighting options.

The kitchen is truly the heartbeat of the entire home, and choosing an appropriate design for this space is likely the most important for homeowner and family satisfaction.

 

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Things to do in Scottsdale After Dark  https://www.theholmgroupaz.com/things-to-do-in-scottsdale-after-dark Wed, 27 Feb 2019 17:05:59 +0000 https://www.theholmgroupaz.com/?p=39444 Things to do in Scottsdale After Dark  Popular American author and blogger Rachel Wolchin was quoted as saying: “If we were meant to stay in one place, we’d have roots instead of feet…”  Relocating may seem somewhat daunting, especially if you are not familiar with the countless amazing amenities that quietly await you.  Scottsdale is known […]

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Things to do in Scottsdale After Dark 

Things to do in Scottsdale After Dark 

Popular American author and blogger Rachel Wolchin was quoted as saying: “If we were meant to stay in one place, we’d have roots instead of feet…”  Relocating may seem somewhat daunting, especially if you are not familiar with the countless amazing amenities that quietly await you.  Scottsdale is known for its bustling nightlife and offers locals and visitors alike a plethora of eclectic and exciting things to do after dark. If you are a newcomer Scottsdale, you might feel overwhelmed by all the choices at your disposal with regards to everything from fine dining and casual eating to having a few drinks at a pub or dancing a night away at one of the trendy clubs in the city. Luckily a few basic tips pointing you in the direction of the hippest spots in town are all you need to eat, drink, and party like a true Scottsdale native.

Feast on fabulous cuisine 

As a newcomer to town, you need to be warned that the restaurant scene in Scottsdale is often the envy of much larger cities which may result in an inevitable, newfound desire to over-indulge in exquisite cuisine. Even residents who have lived in the area for years are constantly discovering new trendy eateries to treat their taste buds at. The Old Town district in the city, in particular, is home to a large number of award-winning restaurants that will appease even the fussiest of diners. If you are a fan of contemporary Latin American cuisine, The Mission may be right up your alley. Alternatively, head on to FnB to indulge in lip-smacking dishes prepared from only the freshest seasonal ingredients sourced from local suppliers.

Dance the night away

If you are looking to party the night away at an upmarket club, look no further than the Old Town Entertainment District that is reminiscent of a mini Las Vegas with its bright lights, pulsing music, and overall festive ambiance. If you want to experience the best Arizona has to offer on the club front, head on over to hotspots such as Riot House, El Hefe, Dierks Bentley, and Dakota where you can enjoy great music and the best Scottsdale Bottle Service in the entire city. The best thing about the entertainment area is the fact that the establishments are situated so closely together, making it ideal for a bout of unadulterated club hopping.

Enjoy a relaxing drink

If the mere thought of dancing the night away at a packed nightclub makes you break out in an ice-cold sweat, you might want to consider settling for a few drinks at a local pub instead. If you are a whiskey bar type of person, you are bound to feel right at home at Three Wisemen that is known for its chilled vibes, scrumptious pub grub and icy cold drinks. Not every night-out in Scottsdale has to be lavish. A casual night of bar hopping can be just as enjoyable, especially if you pay a visit to well-known establishments such as the Rusty Spur,The Grapevine, and the Sip Coffee & Beer House.

Scottsdale is filled with promise and hope for newcomers and long-time residents alike. Not only is the scenery spectacular and the people friendly, but the nightlife can also compete with that of any of the biggest cities in the country.

 

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What’s the Best Time of Year to Move into a New Condo https://www.theholmgroupaz.com/whats-the-best-time-of-year-to-move-into-a-new-condo Wed, 20 Feb 2019 21:32:06 +0000 https://www.theholmgroupaz.com/?p=39412 What’s the Best Time of Year to Move into a New Condo Photo of Kierland Optima which has both lease options and for sale opportunities available.   Long distance moving companies are saying, when you embark on the condo hunting process, there’s bound to be a whirlwind of thoughts and questions racing through your mind […]

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What’s the Best Time of Year to Move into a New Condo

What's the Best Time of Year to Move into a New Condo

Photo of Kierland Optima which has both lease options and for sale opportunities available.

 

Long distance moving companies are saying, when you embark on the condo hunting process, there’s bound to be a whirlwind of thoughts and questions racing through your mind – from your budget and locations you find preferable to furnishings, amenities, and the general layout of the condo. What you’re probably not thinking about, is the best and worst times of the year for making the big move. Believe it or not, incorporating seasonal factors into the equation is incredibly important, as the housing market can fluctuate anywhere between 2% to 5% over the course of the year.

 

The Best Time to Move in

Believe it or not, the best time to move into your condo is during the colder months of the year. You wouldn’t think that and of course, frigid temperatures certainly aren’t a source of motivation for going through the physical process of moving. But, by searching during the winter, you are giving yourself the chance of nabbing a place with a lower monthly price tag.

You’ll be moving during a time when a majority of people are preoccupied with school-related responsibilities or are consumed by holiday fever, which translates into fewer people looking for a new place during this time of year. Realtors often expect and account for the slower season during winter months and will lower prices to attract renters to their properties.

Of course, there are downsides to this strategy. You will be searching during a time when the marketplace is a fraction of its normal size, meaning fewer options to consider when conducting your condo search. You also have to take into account that if you are moving to a densely populated area, such as Manhattan, NY, people are moving year-round, so you may be unlikely to get as much of a deal as you would outside of a place like New York City. Which, kudos if you can afford a place there!

 

The Worst Time to Move In

As you may have already figured out, if winter is the best time of year to score a new pad, that means summer wins the prize for being the worst time of year to make your move. Let’s start off by saying, who wants to, in the middle of pool parties and barbeques, go through the stress of condo hunting and then have to deal with the physical ordeal of actually moving in? All around, it doesn’t sound like a good time to move out of your current living situation.

Still, many people look to move during the summer, due to nicer weather and for many, having an easier schedule now that their children are out of school for the summer. So, there’s going to be a lot more people out there wanting to do the same thing you are, which means realtors can jack up their prices as there’s less pressure surrounding turnover.

Now, the advantage to condo hunting during the summer, as opposed to the winter, is that you will have a larger number of places to look for. Which, is good. People like variety. They want a choice. So, if you’re budgeting correctly, it’s possible to get a good deal even when you’re shopping during the summer. Just be mindful and plan accordingly and compare the markets.

There are pluses and minuses to moving at any time of year. And let’s be honest: moving is stressful. But there are plenty of resources at your disposal to help make your move as seamless as possible when the time does arrive.

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Best Date Ideas in Scottsdale https://www.theholmgroupaz.com/best-date-ideas-in-scottsdale Mon, 04 Feb 2019 16:35:03 +0000 https://www.theholmgroupaz.com/?p=39331 Best Date Ideas in Scottsdale Known for both its vibrant nightlife and sweeping desert vistas, Scottsdale offers up lots of great opportunities for a  romantic evening with your significant other. From shopping to dining, hiking and art watching, there possibilities are endless in this active town. If you’re looking for something exciting this Valentine’s Day […]

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Best Date Ideas in Scottsdale

Best Date Ideas in Scottsdale

Known for both its vibrant nightlife and sweeping desert vistas, Scottsdale offers up lots of great opportunities for a  romantic evening with your significant other. From shopping to dining, hiking and art watching, there possibilities are endless in this active town. If you’re looking for something exciting this Valentine’s Day in Scottsdale, check out this list of some of the most popular activities in town.

Partake in a wine tasting at Su Vino Winery

Su Vino, an outpost of a Texas winery, offers tastings of their house-produced wines. The tastings include appetizers. Su Vino Winery is located on East Main Street near the Historical Museum and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Scottsdale.

Tour a distillery and taste the spirits at Adventurous Stills

Is your date more into spirits than wine? Take him or her to Adventurous Stills on East 5th Street in Tempe for a tour and spirit sampling. Adventurous Stills is known for its relaxed atmosphere and helpful staff.

Couples Dance Lessons at the Fred Astaire Dance Studios

Has your partner always wanted to learn to dance? Or do they know how and wish you did? Sign up for couples dance lessons at The Fred Astaire Dance Studios on East Via Linda. After the lesson, stop next door at Piccolo Family Italian Ice for cocktails and a snack.

Take a hot air balloon ride and watch the sunrise over the desert

Begin your date early in the morning by taking a hot air balloon ride over the desert. There are a few companies offering excursions. Check out Hot Air Expeditions and Arizona Hot Air Balloon Rides (both in Phoenix) for some great deals.

Visit the Desert Botanical Garden

For a truly romantic outing near Scottsdale, head south to the Desert Botanical Garden on North Galvin Parkway. After meandering along the trails, enjoy an early dinner at Gertrude’s, a farm and pasture to plate restaurant within the gardens. Once the sun sets, head into the Electric Desert Show, an immersive light and sound experience where the cacti and the desert itself are living canvases.

Watch a movie at the IPic Theatres

Sometimes nothing beats a good old-fashioned movie date night. Take your partner to IPic Theatres on North Scottsdale Road for movie viewing on couches complete with a full-service menu.

Visit Butterfly Wonderland

Butterfly Wonderland in Scottsdale is the largest in the United States. Walk among thousands of free roaming butterflies, as well as reptiles, fish, and bees. After soaking up all the beauty you can handle, check out one of Scottsdale’s amazing restaurants for dinner. Try the three-course meal at Nellie Cashman’s on East Greenway Parkway. This hotel eatery serves traditional Arizona “mining camp” meals made from local ingredients. Not sure what a “mining camp” meal is? Think prime cuts of beef from Arizona cattle and handcrafted cocktails.

Relax and Let Go At New Serenity Spa

Nothing says “I love you” like a relaxing massage in Scottsdale with your significant other. Let loose and allow the cleansing powers of special facials, skin treatments, and massages at New Serenity Spa on Hayden Road help bring you two closer than ever before.

Dine at Hearth ’61, the restaurant at Mountain Shadows Resort

Enjoy a lovely dinner at Hearth ’61 on East Lincoln Drive. The menu features such things as oysters of the day, duck confit, Moroccan spiced rack of lamb, and line caught swordfish. They also offer a roast of the day and full bar service. Make a little vacation of it and book one of the rooms or suites for the night (or two).

No matter what style of date you have in mind, Scottsdale has just the thing.

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Recommended Tips for Selling Your Home that Can Increase Asking Price Possibilities https://www.theholmgroupaz.com/recommended-tips-for-selling-your-home-that-can-increase-asking-price-possibilities Sun, 03 Feb 2019 20:26:00 +0000 https://www.theholmgroupaz.com/?p=39314 Recommended Tips for Selling Your Home that Can Increase Asking Price Possibilities   When selling a home, the homeowner will want to sell it at a profitable price. Many inexperienced homeowners attempting their first home sale often make some common mistakes that could cost in the way of lowered buyer offers. If the person truly […]

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Recommended Tips for Selling Your Home that Can Increase Asking Price Possibilities

Recommended Tips for Selling Your Home that Can Increase Asking Price Possibilities 

When selling a home, the homeowner will want to sell it at a profitable price. Many inexperienced homeowners attempting their first home sale often make some common mistakes that could cost in the way of lowered buyer offers. If the person truly needs to sell their home by a certain date, this could force the owner to accept far less for their home than they should have if only they had followed some simple pre-sale recommendations. These are expert tips from top real estate agents knowledgeable about residential home sales and all of that process.

 

Clean the Home Thoroughly from Top to Bottom & More

 Trying to sell a home that is obviously dirty and un-cared for can dramatically lower buyer interest right from the start. The golden rule when selling a home is to present a clean and tidy environment that is free from clutter or overly slanted towards a particular design style. If your current wallpaper in the dining room is exceptionally busy or too bold, consider replacing with a more neutral pattern and color scheme.

 Before even planning your first open house, take the time to ensure that the home is thoroughly cleaned from top to bottom and then some. Gather the entire family to help with this typically huge task, or consider hiring a professional house cleaning service to perform some of the hard work. These experts will have the manpower, proper cleaning equipment and supplies and can likely get the job done far faster than going it alone.

 

Repair Obviously Broken or Older Home Eyesores

 If you have long desired to fix that cracked window in your kitchen, or yearn to replace that ancient and problematic plumbing system, now would be the ideal time to finally get it done. Even if these eyesores are routinely small and don’t really bother the family very much, a prospective buyer will be looking at these undesirable spots with their antennas up regarding the condition of the overall house. Homeowners should repair broken fences and fix the broken garage door to better their chances of a serious buyer offer.

 

Try to Remove as Much Personal Junk & Extra Possessions Before Open House

 Having to stumble over kids toys, teens sports equipment or your man’s tools can make anyone feel less interested in really seeing the rest of the home. Most people will have a hard time envisioning what your home’s interior spaces could be for their family when they are bombarded with your family’s personal style selections. Most real estate experts recommend presenting a more neutral design tone and color palette. Painting walls, finishing the floor, completing the basement room and installing new kitchen cabinets are all things to do that could raise the selling potential of your home substantially.

 

Learn How to Properly Stage a Home for Successful Sales

 Most of us have probably seen how television professional home experts stage a home to show the prospective buyers. While a very obvious personal style displayed could negatively impact someone’s first impressions, so too do too cold and impersonal indoor spaces. It is important to learn how to properly stage a home for a successful sale.

 Another option is to get in touch with a local company that offers these services. While this could be a little expensive, the end results could more than make up those initial pre-sale costs. These professional real estate home staging professionals will have the necessary accent touches that can seal a successful open house buyer offer. Taking the time to get your home into its best shape and condition possible should be every homeowner’s goal to improve the odds of a profitable sale.

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Start Selling Your Home From the Outside In https://www.theholmgroupaz.com/39307-2 Sat, 02 Feb 2019 21:53:18 +0000 https://www.theholmgroupaz.com/?p=39307 Start Selling Your Home From the Outside In   The decision to sell your home has likely been thought about for awhile. Likewise, prospective home buyers are often on the lookout for a new home by driving around the residential neighborhoods where they desire to someday buy their next home. There are a lot of […]

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Start Selling Your Home From the Outside In

Start Selling Your Home From the Outside In

 

The decision to sell your home has likely been thought about for awhile. Likewise, prospective home buyers are often on the lookout for a new home by driving around the residential neighborhoods where they desire to someday buy their next home. There are a lot of details that go into a successful home sale process. Many know that the home interior should be in tip-top shape to encourage more buyer interest that can raise the offers prospective buyers are willing to make to land a deal on your home. Whoever said not to judge a book by its cover was most likely not in the real estate business.

 

Start Selling Your Home from the Outside In

If you think about it, a person interested in your home will have to drive up to your property at some point. Ask yourself, what will new prospective home buyers see when they look at my outside landscapes? If honest, a homeowner can get an excellent idea on what to change outside to entice prospective home buyers to want to come inside to check out your home’s interior.

First, make sure that your yard looks as best as it can. Simply keeping the hedges trimmed, the grass cut and the trees pruned back can all move others to admire your outdoor areas as much as your family does. Remember, those prospective home buyers will get their very first impression of your home without having to leave their car. If your yard is a total disaster with kid’s toys, old cars and lawn or garden supplies strewn haphazardly about, it’s time to call for a family cleaning day to pick up the mess.

 

Add or Improve Your Possible Outdoor Entertainment Spots to Encourage Interest

Getting your outdoor deck, balcony or patio into tip-top shape can literally help to sell your home faster. The idea is to get visitors that are seeing your home for the first time to begin to really imagine themselves living there in the near future. This doesn’t have to be a costly and huge remodel job, rather it can be just a freshening up of sorts to showcase your home’s backyard treasures.

If your deck is in sad disrepair, take the time to re-stain or paint the decking floor planks and railings to give the area a lived-in and cozy atmosphere where guests will long to be after they leave your open house. To encourage this type of thought process, get into the mind of the prospective buyer and encourage these individuals to sit down for a spell to admire your garden, landscape details or relax as they feel the warm sun on their face.

 

Consider Installing New Windows with Energy-Efficient Properties

Those homeowners who have never upgraded their older home’s ancient style of windows should seriously consider making this investment before they attempt to sell their home. Having to replace a lot of windows is often a real deal breaker for some prospective individuals in the market for a new home. Installing these windows that feature better insulation design and boast energy-saving properties can make a profound impact on those home buyer possibilities. If your home’s windows are relatively new, be sure to clean all of your windows before hosting an open house.

 

Showcase Your Home’s Unique Outside Amenities to Spark Interest

It does make a huge difference to take the necessary steps to fully showcase your home’s unique outside amenities. These can include a custom home pool and/or deck, a lovely garden in full bloom, a pretty gazebo or a comfortable and beautiful backyard patio that sports impressive added bonuses like waterfalls, goldfish ponds or warming fire pits or other incredible water and fire features.

This is the time to create some magic in your backyard or front lawn spaces by installing mood setting outdoor lighting features and fixtures. Having an evening open house that can show off your stunning outdoor amenities to perfection might be just the touch to land higher purchase offers. Some more great and recommended improvements when trying to sell your home include:

 

  • Repaving or Finishing a Driveway or Garage Floor
  • Repairing Walkway Paths & Outdoor Furniture
  • Adding More Security Features Outside and Inside
  • Replanting your Grass or Replacing Lawn Grass with Artificial Turf or Fill with Gravel or Mulch
  • Add or Fix Older Outdoor Patio Furniture or Recover the Cushions for a Bright New Appearance
  • Keep Clutter Hidden Away or Discard Prior to Open House
  • Do Some Work to Improve Your Gorgeous Wrap-Around Porch, Light Up the Gazebo or Clean the Pool
  • Replace Older Roofs with Newer Model
  • Add Siding to an Older Home


Install Magnificent New Entryway Doors to Increase Exterior Beauty

 

Installing brand now and magnificent entryway doors is one easy way to increase the beauty of your home’s specific exterior. If your home in the Southwest is more of a Spanish architectural style, consider hanging absolutely stunning Moroccan or other Spanish inspired doors of gleaming mahogany, teak wood or knotty alder that are ideal for Arizona homes.

Follow these simple methods of generating more buyer interest in your home’s specific desirable features when thinking of selling your home sometime soon. Adding some curb appeal only helps highlight your home’s exclusive outdoor spaces that could be the added touch needed to win over an interested buyer.

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