When deciding to sell your home, it’s difficult to know what pre-sale improvements are both low-cost and will increase overall value. Choosing the right colors to paint your home can have a dramatic effect when making a sale. Be sure to consider the interior and exterior walls, the kitchen aesthetic, and the front door. If your home needs an overall paint refresh, consider hiring professional house painters to do the job. Either way, we rounded up the 2019 expected trend forecast for paint colors that will add a little joie de vivre to your both expectant buyers and your bank account.
Make a powerful impact on your curb appeal and showcase a modern trend that can mean big bucks by painting your front door a variant of black. A Zillow study showed that homes with this unexpected color can sell for up to $6,000 over a seller’s expected ask. Easily one of the easiest paint-jobs a homeowner can make, this striking detail can be achieved for under $300. Be sure to use acrylic latex paint, as interior paint won’t last under the duress of mother nature.
A cheerful yellow-toned home used to be the go-to for a home on the market, but in 2019, we’re seeing that this age-old trope is gathering dust and losing sellers over $3000. To reach your house’s full potential, opt for a serene light-blue, a romantic neutral taupe, or a sturdy looking grey; we recommend Benjamin Moore Elephant Tusk (OC-8). Be sure to take your location into consideration before doing the dirty work, as extroverted homes in neutral neighborhoods can dissuade a potential buyer.
Resist the urge to play it safe; although neutrals like white and beige are nearly never wrong, there’s been an increasing demand for playful pops of color sprinkled throughout prospective homes. Pinkish hues with warm tan undertones make for a lovely accent wall in a cozy living room, whereas soft periwinkle blues add serenity to an otherwise basic bathroom. Have a bit of fun and expand your imagination, but don’t forget to keep the design cohesive throughout the house when painting and staging your home. For first time sellers unsure of where to start, Lowe’s paint visualizer offers a virtual home ready for your experimentation without dropping a dime or lifting a finger.
Known as the heart of the home, a kitchen that wows is sure to make a lasting impact on potential buyers. Trend forecasts for 2019 are placing their bets on blue to increase home value. Before settling on a shade that works for your home, be sure to anticipate things like natural light, especially before choosing a darker hue that could leave your kitchen lurking in the shadows. Alternatively, a tuxedo kitchen - a two-color combination of upper and lower cabinets- could add a value of over $1,500. Opt for a color combo of lighter upper cabinets with a contrasting black or navy to the bottom for a sleek modern finish. Avoid a brick red aesthetic; Zillow says that this mistake can cost you over $2,000.
Sprucing up your home with a fresh coat of paint is often the most efficient way to increase property value on a budget. A timeless exterior and modern door will transform a buyer’s viewing experience. Additionally, a well thought out interior will ease buyers’ minds so as not to worry that the property is used up or run down. Keep our list of helpful tips in mind when heading to your local hardware store, or visit Sherwin Williams Colormax Forecast for an exciting look at the blossoming trends for 2019.
Phoenix weather fluctuates greatly through the seasons. The Valley boasts unarguably perfect temperatures during the winter months. While most people know that summers here are hot, there are a few other things you should know about Phoenix weather:
1. It’s not just hot
Phoenix is known for its scorching summer heat. That said, Valley residents will proudly tell you that it’s “not that bad.” In fact, there are truly only two or three weeks of unbearable summer heat that cause you to be locked inside your Phoenix home.
July and August usually bring the hottest temperatures. These months also bring a variety of different weather patterns as well. From humidity to the wind, Phoenix is certainly not just hot.
2. It rains more than you might expect
On that note, it’s important to consider that Phoenix actually a rainy season. It’s actually known as the “monsoon,” but these summer storms usually bring a significant amount of moisture. Officially, the monsoon runs from mid-June to September, but the majority of the monsoon storms fall in late July and August.
With the monsoon comes humidity, rainfall, winds and dust storms called “haboobs.” If you’re not from here or if you just moved to Phoenix, it’s important to be informed about the dangers that come with this season.
3. It can be dangerous
By no means do we want to scare you off from finding your dream home. There are very few places in the country with flawless year-round weather. That said, you should understand what summer and monsoon seasons bring for Phoenix residents.
The heat in Phoenix can be extremely dangerous. In the few weeks that temperature reaches above 110 degrees, the weather service will issue “excessive heat warnings.” During this time, it’s important to keep your family (pets included) indoors. The ground can be scorchingly hot (yes, we have fried an egg on the sidewalk), which means that your pup’s paws can easily be burned and blistered. If it’s over 75 degrees outside, it’s too hot to leave pets and kids in the car. The heat can become deadly within minutes. Use this guide to determine how hot your car might get.
4. Your home needs special care during changing seasons
After summer comes to an end, it’s time to give you Phoenix home the TLC it desperately needs. With scorching heat and blowing dust, it’s inevitable that your space will need some upkeep. Here a few projects you should do during the fall in Phoenix:
- Wash your windows. Dust sticks on to your exterior glass windows during the summer. Give your home the shine it needs and hire a window and house cleaner.
- Seed your grass. We have two seasons for grass here, meaning that as temperatures cool, it’s time to seed your grass. A popular choice for the winter time is called Rye grass.
- Prune your trees. Certain types of trees need special care during the fall. Oleanders are a popular plant in the Phoenix area. Make sure you wear gloves when pruning these plants, as they are quite poisonous.
- Get rid of junk. When the summer sun is bearing down, it’s much easier to collect items than to be organized. When the temperature cools off, collect all your unneeded supplies and foliage and hire a junk removal service to remove it all.
It’s safe to say that most people love their pets so much that they are considered a part of the family. They make us laugh, show us unconditional love, and make every single day just a little bit brighter. This role is even more important if your pet is a certified ESA.
Although it may seem at times that your ESA is taking care of you, it’s important to remember that they need to be taken care of too, both at home and on the road. Whether you take your pet on a short trip to the pet store or on a several hour road trip, there are some things you should consider before even leaving your house. And while no one wants to leave their pet alone in the car, sometimes it happens - and when it comes down to it it’s best to be prepared and know the repercussions.
There are a number of concerns related to leaving pets in cars. The most common mistake made is keeping pets alone in the car when it’s too hot or too cold outside. It’s important to note that the temperature outside rarely reflects the same temperature inside the vehicle. For example, if it is 70 degrees outside, the temperature inside the car can reach up to 115 degrees Fahrenheit. Can you imagine how hot it can get if it’s 90 or 100 degrees outside, parked directly facing the sun? Not to mention the increased danger of having leather seats.
To avoid this scenario, the safest bet is to leave your pet at home if you plan on running multiple errands. If leaving them alone - or driving around alone - is unavoidable, park the car in the shade with a water bowl for your pet to drink from. Try to only stay gone for a few moments, and if possible, leave the car running or have another passenger stay behind to watch your pet until you get back.
Another safety concern that many don’t consider is other people. Passionate animal lovers often misunderstand situations and are likely to take preventative action to “save” your pet. This could mean calling the police. Or, even worse, it could result in broken car windows, angry crowds, and dealing with petnappers intent on “rescuing” your furry friend. This is especially awful if you drive a luxury vehicle and you don't want to find a smashed window.
On the other end of the spectrum, strangers pose as a threat to your pet’s wellbeing when they misunderstand body language. Although your pet must be recognized as an appropriate breed to become a certified ESA, pets are still animals, and may be unpredictable when approached by a stranger. Leaving your pet in the car with the window down may encourage animal lovers to come and reach into your car to pet your ESA, which may elicit your pet to act defensively. This is why it’s best to travel with a buddy so someone can be with the animal at all times and not risk an unpredictable event.
Just like any passenger in a car, a pet needs to be comfortable during a car trip. That means having enough space for them to stand up and turn around to see out windows. If you think that sitting in the exact same spot for hours on end is not your idea of a good time, chances are your pet feels the same. Cars with third row seating are sometimes the best for having more than one pet in the car.And, of course, the type of animal your ESA is will affect what size of car you should consider having. Chihuahuas will need a lot less space that a golden retriever, and a cat in a cage will need even less.
If the trip is short and your pet is accustomed to being in the car, you most likely won’t need a crate. However, if they tend to be antsy or roam around a lot (like cats), it’s best to get a crate that’s big enough for them to travel in. Place a cushy pet bed on the bottom of the crate for extra padding, and maybe even their favorite toy to keep them occupied. However, it is important to remember that a pet should never be left alone in a crate in the car. There is not enough ventilation being in two boxes at once, and they may suffer from heat stroke or lack of oxygen.
Summers can get extremely hot depending on where you live as well. A good tip for the hot months is to give your pet a short haircut to get rid of any excess hair to reduce the chance of overheating.
When humans travel by car, we often listen to music, chat with a passenger, or simply focus on driving. For an animal, being in a car can be uneventful and dull. Your dog may enjoy car rides a lot more than your cat, but having other things to keep them entertained will be much appreciated.
Take open windows for example. We’ve all seen the happy pups with their heads hanging out of the window as we pull up to a stop light. Sometime just having a little tim to breath fresh air and bark at the next car over can be the joy of a lifetime.
Cats, however, may not enjoy the rushing air hanging out of a window. Consider bringing along a toy or some catnip for them to enjoy. They’ll have even more fun if a car passenger (not the driver!) plays with them during the drive.This will keep their brain working and keep them occupied while you drive for a longer period of time.
Longer car rides with pets should also mean more breaks. Plan to stop in areas that they can also get out and roam around a little. Consider trying out a cat leash, and always make sure your pets have proper identification in case they get separated.
Making your pets feel safe and comfortable is just as important as leaving a human passenger behind. Also keep in mind that in many states it is illegal. If an animal is unattended in a vehicle that endangers their health or well being due to heat, cold, lack of ventilation, lack of food or water - it could lead to suffering, disability, or even death.
However, if the weather is cool enough and you take all the safety, comfort, and entertainment precautions, you and your ESA will have a wonderful time in the car together. There’s no reason to go anywhere alone - as long as you come prepared.
Making the decision to be greener in your home is not only great for the climate but has recently become more economically viable for most. Most green appliances or energy efficient updates to the home are no longer out of reach for middle class Americans; as the technology driving these items has improved the costs of these items have become much more affordable and accessible to the public. The public’s acceptance of climate change has grown substantially in the past ten years, and it’s no longer strange to be concerned about your own carbon footprint if for no other reason than saving money. The goal of this post is to help the average home owner find ways to lower their impact on the environment and in turn safe some green as well. Here are some tips to greenify your home:
Sealing your windows: When you have small gaps or other ways your air can leak out of your home, you waste a lot of your heating and cooling energy. Use silicone caulk to seal the cracks in your drywall and consider shrink wrapping your windows during the winter. It’s a small change but it can make a big difference in your heating and cooling efficiency. All it takes to seal your windows is an in expensive kit from your local hardware store, a hair dryer and about 15 mins of your time.
Cold Water Washing: Washing your clothes in cold water saves a dramatic amount of energy, considering water heating is typically the second highest energy expense in your home. Cold water washing also benefits the colors of your clothes and can make your clothes last longer than washing in hot water.
Changing Your Light Bulbs: Replacing your incandescent bulbs with LED’s or CFL bulbs can save a significant amount of energy. CFL’s use about 70% less energy than traditional incandescent bulbs and last much longer. Contact your local energy company to see if they have a program for free energy efficient bulbs, many often do and that can help offset the costs.
Programmable Thermostat: Using a programmable thermostat optimizes the heating and cooling operations within your home by only running your HVAC system when necessary. Since heating and cooling are typically the biggest energy user, a programmable thermostat can make a significant impact right away. New models have WIFI capability and can be controlled from your mobile phone. Very convenient for those you who may be on the go a lot and might forget to set your thermostat.
Repair Leaky Faucets: Leaky taps can waste 140 gallons of water per week. Most faucet repair is simple and can be done in the matter of 10-20 minutes with a few tools and YouTube. Leaky faucets can usually be fixed by replacing the seat washer, here is a resource that goes into common leaky faucet repairs by faucet type. Another common faucet problem is that the faucet aerator gets clogged and needs to be empty. Cleaning the aerator can fix faucets with suddenly decreased water pressure. Not only will you save some money in water costs, but you’ll learn a valuable skill as well!
Install A Low-Flow Shower Head: Water costs a lot and using a shower head that isn’t low flow wastes valuable water which is expensive and unnecessary. Modern low-flow shower head models can achieve higher water pressure than those of old, so fear not if you like a powerful shower!
Install a Low-Flow Toilet: Water consumption via your toilet adds up quickly. Because this part of your plumbing system is used so frequently, having a toilet that unnecessarily wastes water can cost you a lot of money in water consumption. Newer low-flow toilet models are very good at removing waste and save a lot of water in the process.
Attic Insulation: By adding insulation to your attic, you drastically improve the efficiency of your heating and cooling systems. It’s also one of the highest return on investment home improvement projects a homeowner can take on, so if you have some extra money consider putting this at the top of your list.
Replacing Old Appliances: Older appliances have been significantly out paced by modern technology when it comes to energy efficiency. When your older appliances start to give you trouble, consider upgrading to an Energy Star certified model. If possible, upgrade them one by one that way you can offset the initial costs with time in between.
So, there you have it, a few ways you as a homeowner can greenify your home. While this post is in no means fully comprehensive, it will give you a great start to lower your impact on both the environment and your wallet. From there you can move on to optimizing more areas of your home and further reducing your energy consumption!
Driving in snowy and icy conditions can be downright dangerous if you have not done it before. There are plenty of factors that combine to make driving on a slippery surface much different than a normal road. For that reason, it is best to do your research and be prepared before heading out on the winter roads. Here are a few top tips for safe winter driving:
First and foremost, you must make sure that your vehicle is ready to be driven in winter conditions. Having the essentials such as a car accident kit, first aid kit, a snow shovel, and a ice scraper can really get you out of sticky situations. The tires are also really important to get checked before the first snow. It is best to switch to snow tires or run all-season tires for best control on slippery surfaces.
Another good decision is to get a car with all-wheel-drive or four-wheel-drive. These vehicles offer the best traction on slippery surfaces because all four wheels are being powered by the engine. Colorado’s most popular car brand is Subaru simply because of their cars’ ability to handle in snowy and harsh conditions.
You can always prepare yourself before you drive by turning on the weather channel and planning what drives you have during the week. Aim to drive only if you have to and do your research before. If you check your local news, you can also see if traffic is already severely backed up. It is a good idea to leave long before you need to be somewhere. Rushing leads to accidents.
Winter driving can be stressful, but as long as you have time and patience, things will go smoothly. First, you need to recognize that your car is heavy, so any sudden stops are going to cause you to slide. The same goes for any sudden accelerations.
Your best bet is to ever-so-lightly accelerate and brake to control the movement of the tires. This is nearly impossible if you are going fast, so take a nice pace that you feel comfortable with. If you are holding up traffic, just turn on your hazard lights and go to the slow lane. People should get the hint and move around you.
The normal distance for following another car on dry pavement is one car length for every 10 miles per hour. When you’re driving in snowy conditions, it is best to double that metric. So every 10 miles per hour, you should be 2 car lengths back. This will give you plenty of reaction time if the car in front of you starts to spin out. Not everyone has a four-wheel drive car. Make sure that if you drive a sedan, to take extra precautions.
This is somewhat of a no-brainer, but your seatbelt should always be on when you get in the car. This could potentially save your life if there is any trouble on the road. Also, you can do yourself a favor and warm up the car before you start driving. This will be one less distraction and put you in slightly more comfort when driving in a stressful situation.
Driving in the snow can seem like a daunting task. As long as you take all of the necessary precautions, you will keep yourself and others safe. Just keep in mind only to drive if you absolutely have to. When you do, make sure you have had great rest the night prior and have all of your senses dialed to 10. Remember these simple steps and you should be able to traverse the snowy roads like a professional. Good luck this winter!
Natural beauty and gorgeous weather make Phoenix one of the finest places to live and visit in the Southwest. The fifth largest city in America, Phoenix has become to be known as the Silicon Desert for its tech industry growth over the past twenty years. The city is the perfect home base for day trips to the Grand Canyon, Tombstone, and the Painted Desert and also offers a range of things to do for families.
Many people visit Phoenix for amazing hotels and golfing, but the city is also a hub of fantastic food and drinks. Like much of the southwest, the earliest restaurants in Phoenix were steakhouses, but now the city boasts an array of amazing cuisines from Mexican to sushi, Southern comfort to Italian, and everything in between.
Whether you’re looking for great bar-b-q and steaks or cheap tacos and a sweet treat, dive into delicious and decadent dishes in the Valley of the Sun.
Meat lovers rejoice at Arizona’s original steakhouse, The Stockyards. A Phoenix institution, the restaurant was founded in 1947 and continues to offer some of the heartiest steak and prime rib in the Southwest with an emphasis on local ingredients and flavors.
If you’re on the hunt for great Mexican food in a beautiful space, make sure to stop by Centrico for breakfast, lunch or dinner. A relatively new restaurant on the Phoenix foodie scene, diners rave about their salsa, fish tacos and extensive tequila list.
If you’re looking for a chic wine bar to impress your friends or business colleagues, look no further than Postino. With a rotating bottle list and bruschetta boards to share, the Italian cafe delivers on its mission to leave you feeling “dang good.”
A casual sushi restaurant with affordable grab-and-go boxes for lunch, Harumi Sushi is a favorite of visitors and locals alike. Fast service and high-quality food mean that even when its busy, Harumi is well worth a visit. It's not often you can order something silly like the Sex and the City Roll for laughs and still be wowed by the great taste.
Another exemplar of the dedicated beef culture of the city, The Stand offers some of the best burgers and milkshakes in town with a farm-to-table approach sure to impress even the most die-hard foodies. After you’ve inhaled your delicious double patty burger, try to save some room for the indulgent Salted Dulce De Leche milkshake.
If you’re feeling homesick and searching for a slice of the south during your stay in Phoenix, Beckett’s Table has you covered. Comfort food never looked or tasted so good as Chef Justin Beckett whips up incredible seasonal foods sure to taste just like home.
Formerly known as Bobby McGee’s, Bobby Q has been serving up great steaks and bar-b-q since 2005. The original location in Phoenix is a family favorite that also offers take-out and catering. Come and get your brisket fix with a side of cornbread or go to Whole Hog Heaven, a feast fit to share including ribs, two types of meat and three sides.
If you like your food and drinks with a side of corn hole, shuffleboard and ping pong, visit The Yard. Enjoy great cocktails, beer and wine selection in the former garage and motorcycle dealership retrofitted into a restaurant cluster that includes eateries like Culinary Dropout and more.
Spoil yourself with the finest Italian food, wines, and hospitality at Tutti Santi by Nina. Since 1996 Italian specialty chef Nina Vincenti has opened four locations of her signature restaurant across Arizona and continued to create dishes renowned for their flavorful sauces and fresh, local ingredients. Stop in for Reverse Happy Hour from 9:00 to 11:00 pm on Fridays to enjoy live jazz, great drinks, and out-of-this-world food.
Authentic wood-fired pizzas and homemade mozzarella cheese made Pizzeria Bianco an instant hit when it opened in 1987. More than 20 years later, the restaurant boasts a second location offering the same great food that made it a Phoenix mainstay. The short, rotating menu usually consists of two appetizers, three salads, and six pizzas. But what the restaurant lacks in options, it makes up for in quality.
With a familiar, comfortable bar, beautiful garden terrace and sociable dining room, Binkley’s Restaurant takes the experience of eating as seriously as the taste. The seasonal menu is created daily by head chef Amy Binkley, who sometimes offers to bring guests into the kitchen to learn more about their meals as he prepares them. For a slow, picturesque journey into the way food should be experienced, Binkley’s is unparalleled across the city.
Phoenix is a city of great natural beauty that ripples into many different aspects of their welcoming, lavish food culture. No matter what your taste, there’s something for everyone to rave about in the Valley of the Sun.
Owning a home means owning homeowner problems, including the most infamous of homeowner problems: plumbing. If you’re worried that you’ll sink way too much money than necessary into your real estate investment (à la the poorly received 1986 movie, The Money Pit), follow along with this guide and we’ll help you make sure you don’t flush away thousands on home maintenance.
The first thing every homeowner should know when it comes to plumbing is what they’re able to repair on their own and what repairs they’ll need to call in backup for. Simple fixes include things like turning off the main water valve, turning off a water heater, fixing leaky pipes, stopping toilets from running, cleaning a shower head, unclogging a toilet, and fixing dripping faucets. You can easily learn these simple fixes from blogs and books, but when it comes to things like pipe blockages and burst pipes, you’ll want to immediately contact an expert to mitigate water damage, reduce the risk of personal injury, and avoid major property damages.
To supplement your budding plumbing knowledge, you’re also need some tools, like a plunger, a roll of duct tape, a pipe wrench, an auger, a snake, and an adjustable wrench. These can be purchased at any local hardware store. You should also pick up a maintenance book for those simple fixes.
Homeowners should also know where certain things are in their home, like water valves, cut-off valves, and the water heater. If a pipe springs a leak, knowing where to go to shut off the water could easily save you hundreds, or even thousands, of dollars in water damage repairs. The same is true for gas system valves. The main water shutoff valve is usually in a warmer place, like a basement, attached to an exterior wall, or inside an underground box. If you can’t find the valves on your own, your local utility company might be able to help you out in find where they are. The water supply valves for toilets, sinks, and applications are much easier to spot, and are usually within a few feet of their distributor. But just because they’re easy to find doesn’t mean it’s safe to put cleaning supplies, plants, or furniture to cover them up. In the event of an emergency, you’ll need immediate access to them.
Accessing pipes also means maintaining the environment around pipes to ensure nothing corrosive is affecting them. Climate issues, like an unexpected hard freeze, can also cause issues. If you’re not home, make sure a trusted neighbor or family member is able to check on your pipes for you. You can also prevent pipe freezes by properly insulating your pipes, especially in crawl spaces, attics, and wherever your pipes are exposed.
Water heaters are a particularly troublesome staple of the home. While with regular maintenance and a good brand, water heaters have a lifespan of around 8 to 12 years, the location, design, quality of installation, and water quality will all impact the longevity of your unit. You should also know whether your water heater is electric or gas, in case you need to describe your issues over the phone with a plumber. Fixing or replacing a water heater can be a fairly expensive proposition, so it really helps to do regular maintenance on them, from checking the pressure valve and flushing the tank, to knowing how to light the pilot or connecting it to electric power.
If you’re in need of service manual resource for your water heater, you’re in luck: follow along here for handbooks on miscellaneous models for both commercial and residential uses.
Don't stress about these project when you think about buying a new home. Your experienced real estate agent will ensure you find your dream home and that inspections go well. Are you ready to start the search for Phoenix real estate? Contact us today!