Staging Your Home Will Not Hide All Flaws

staging your homeStaging your Home before listing it will  show your home at its best  when  you sell your home, you want it look as good as possible.  This means de-cluttering your home, re-arranging furniture, and de-personalizing each room.

A staged home is more appealing to buyers and helps to highlight your home’s positive features. However, staging is not meant to cover major flaws in your home. Some things just have to be repaired.

Staging Your Home will not Hide Roof Problems

It doesn’t matter how pretty your home is, your buyer is going to expect you to fix roof problems or adjust your price to cover them. Your roof is one of the most important parts of your home.

Staging Your Home will not Hide Cracked Tile

Of course, you can use throw rugs to cover cracks in your tile, but chances are your buyers are going to look under them. Then they may think you are trying to hide a serious problem like a shifting foundation. Save yourself the headache and have your floors fixed.

Staging Your Home will not Hide Broken Windows

You have to expect your buyers to walk around your home checking out the views from the windows. They’re going to notice any cracks. If you have the budget, consider upgrading your windows and making your home more marketable. At the very least, you should have the glass replaced.

Staging Your Home will not Hide Torn Screens

If you have torn screens, your buyers may think you don’t take care of your property. Yet, screens are fairly easy to fix on your own. With the right supplies from your local hardware store, you can have new, sleek screens in less than a day.

As your agent, Debra Obrock will make sure your home is ready to sell fast and t top dollar. Call Debra today: 480 688-2000

There’s Always Something To Be Thankful For…

Savoring The Good Things In LifeThere’s always something to be thankful for….

With Thanksgiving being tomorrow, I find myself thinking about everything I have to be thankful for. For instance, I’ve been a real estate agent for some time, which is a position that I enjoy and love.

What Am I Grateful For?

I’m also grateful to be able to share the knowledge that I’ve learned throughout the years with my clients and those of you who read my blog. It’s a wonderful and rare thing to do something that you love for a living.

Most of us are so busy reaching our goals, making plans for the future, pushing and struggling to rise to wherever we feel our position in life should be, that we very rarely take the time to look back at where we started.

While it’s always a good idea to have goals, to visualize and work towards them, if you never take the time to appreciate what you’ve done then it becomes a constant, maddening race to the finish line. Intangible things, such as happiness and satisfaction, fall by the wayside, considered unimportant in the grand scheme of things.

What Do I Savor?

With Thanksgiving drawing closer, this real estate agent invites you to think about what you have to be thankful for. Whether big or small, you’ll find yourself savoring all the good things in your life.

So what are some of the things that you’re grateful for? It doesn’t have to be a big thing to be appreciated. Was the sky particularly beautiful today?

Maybe you caught the bus on time, or you’re throwing the family Thanksgiving dinner this year and everyone is coming. If it brightens your life, brings a smile to your face, lightens your mood or warms your heart, be thankful for the experience.

Enjoy each moment as if it were your last, sipping from the cup of gratitude and appreciation; you may find that your heart is constantly filled with happiness.

Curb Appeal Can Help Sell Your Home

Curb Appeal SellsNever underestimate the impact of curb appeal when selling your home.  When it comes to selling your home, curb appeal refers to the “first impression” that your house gives when a buyer approaches it from the driveway or the street.

How does your home look to a potential buyer from the outside? Does your house look attractive and inviting, or does it appear to be rundown a preview of what to expect on the inside of the home as well?

First impressions are important and even if the inside of the home is perfect, curb appeal can affect a buyer’s perception.

If you are trying to sell your property, you have probably mowed the front lawn and even planted flowers, replaced dying cactus, fixed the irrigation system in order to improve your curb appeal. However don’t overlook….

Common Curb Appeal Mistakes


Please No Lawn Statues or Lawn Ornaments

You might think that your little Garden Gnome is just so cute, but your potential buyers don’t necessarily have the same taste and you might want to hide them away for a while when your home goes on the market.

Dark Pathways

Your potential buyers might want to visit your home in the evening, so make sure you invest in some outdoor lighting to guide their way to your front door. The Desert skies ordinances against lighting in some North Scottsdale communities can make for poorly lit front walkways.  You will not make a good first impression if your potential buyer is missing their step while navigating your flagstone pathway at night with no light to guide the way.

Dying Flowers & Cacti

Adding flowers and desert landscaping to your front yard can improve your curb appeal, until the seasons change and they begin to go brown and whither. Do your best to keep up with the garden maintenance throughout the year so that everything still looks fresh.

Children’s Toys

If you have little ones, your yard is probably filled with discarded Frisbees, tricycles, skipping ropes, sidewalk chalk and other toys. Before showing your home, make sure that all of these are tidied away.

Your potential buyers might not have children and might not be fond of them, so they want to be able to see what the backyard will look like when it is not covered in brightly colored plastic.

These are just a few of the curb appeal mistakes to avoid, so that your home looks as appealing as possible.

Home staging is not just for the inside of the home, begin with your home’s curb appeal.

If you’d like to work with a Realtor who oversees
EVERY portion of the real estate transaction
give Debra Obrock a call: (480) 688-2000 or send her an Email

Save Money On Your Electric Bill During Summer Heat

In door heating thermostat set at a room temperature and moneySummer Heat in Arizona always brings with it a hard choice: Do you turn down the thermostat to stay cool and resign yourself to high power bills? Or, do you sweat it out to save some money?

If you’ve been struggling with this dilemma, don’t fret.

With a programmable thermostat, you can save money on your electric bill.  They are easy to install and can save you over $100 a year.

The key is that they have different temperature settings for certain times of the day. The latest models can be self-installed, are easy to program and can be controlled over the Internet.

Save Energy

This is obviously the biggest perk. Not only are you helping the environment, you’re also helping your monthly budget.

You can preset the thermostat to adjust the temperature when you’re away from the house, so you’re using less energy. Then it can kick back on just before you arrive home.

Save Money

You’ll immediately see a difference in your utility bills when you set your programmable thermostat to turn off for eight-hour periods while you’re at work. Every little bit counts!

Save Yourself The Frustration

If you’re going to be home early from work or are arriving back from a week long vacation, don’t worry about coming home to a sweltering sauna of a house.

Most modern thermostats allow you to access their controls online through a computer, or even your smart phone. With the touch of a button, you’ll arrive to a perfectly comfortable home.

Save Even More

Below are a few tips to keep bills down and your thermostat running efficiently.

  • Make sure you place the thermostat away from air vents, open doorways and windows with direct sunlight.
  • Try to set temperatures for longer increments, such as when you’re at work or while you’re asleep.
  • Every time you hit the buttons you’re using more energy.
  • If your thermostat runs on batteries, change them once a year.

Don’t waste any more energy! Make the investment in a programmable thermostat and start saving this summer. The convenience and lower utility bills will make you glad you did.