Monthly Archives: April 2015

Oro Valley Real Estate Overpriced Listings

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Oro Valley Real Estate. Selling Your Oro Valley or Tucson Home. What is it Worth?
Pricing is a very important step to selling your Northwest Tucson and Oro Valley Homes both quickly and for the most amount of money. Knowing what data to compile and analyze while relating it to your specific neighborhood and house can be very complicated. You probably have folks around you who have shared with you the good and bad about selling a home, what they were able to sell their home for and what your neighbor…s have their homes on the market for. Don’t be confused and dazed by all this information!
I use a unique combination of a competitive market analysis plus I have access to detailed statistical market trend analysis from the Our Research Center to ensure you have the most comprehensive pricing strategy available.
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Oro Valley Real Estate Summer Tips

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Oro Valley Real Estate SUMMER HEAT Saving Tips Ian Taylor 520-400-9494

Here are 10 tips—most costing less than $25—that will keep you comfortable and cut the typical $1,000 cooling bill by as much as half. What’s needed to get the temperature to drop? Only a little time and a few changes in your routine. The Right Setting  Typical air-conditioning settings for a programmable thermostat at different times of day: •6 a.m. to 9 a.m. = 75 degrees •9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. = 80 degrees •5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. = 75 degrees •11 p.m. to 6 a.m. = 80 degrees Set the Dial Higher  If you have central air, set your thermostat above 78 degrees (all temperatures cited here are in degrees Fahrenheit). You’ll save 5 to 8 percent on cooling costs with each degree above that mark. For a typical household, setting the thermostat at 80 degrees saves 10 to 15 percent; raising it to 85 degrees will save 35 to 55 percent. When you leave home for more than one hour, set the thermostat to 85 or 90 degrees. Reset it upon your return, and the room will cool down in only 15 minutes. The system will use less energy during the cool-down period than if you had left it running at a lower setting while you were out. Cost: $0 Benefit: 15 to 20 percent or more off your cooling bill Use a Fan  A fan, which costs two to five cents per hour to operate, will make a room feel 4 to 6 degrees cooler. Also, a fan works well in tandem with an air conditioner because the dehumidifying action of the air conditioner provides drier air that the fan can then move around. In frequently used rooms, install a ceiling fan (set it to spin counterclockwise in summer). You’ll save the most money by running the fan only when you’re in the room. A motion-detector switch (around $20), which turns the fan on when you enter a room and off when the room is empty, is a good addition. However, if you have pets that move in and out of the room, make sure the switch can be turned off manually. Otherwise, your pets can cause the fan to run while you’re away.  If nighttime temperatures drop into the 70s where you live, you might want to purchase a whole-house fan, which runs $300 to $600 installed. This type of unit goes in an upstairs ceiling, ideally in a central hall. When run at night with the windows open, the fan will pull cool air into the house as it vents hot air out through the attic. Most models are designed to slip in between joists for easy installation. Whole-house fans, which draw only as much power as a couple of light bulbs, are usually outfitted with a variable-speed switch and/or timer. If you install one, be sure to get an insulated box to cover the portal in winter. Cost: Ceiling fans range from $30 to $200. Floor fans cost around $20, and whole-house fans run from $300 to $600. Benefit: Ceiling fans can decrease your cooling bill by up to 15 percent, while a whole-house fan can slash it by 50 percent. Use Sunblockers  As much as 20 percent of summer heat enters your home as sunlight shining through windows. To cut “solar gain,” add curtains or blinds to rooms that get direct sun and draw them in daylight hours. With the shades drawn, a well-insulated house will gain only 1 degree per hour when outdoor temperatures are above 85 degrees. Pay special attention to west-facing rooms late in the day. Shades and blinds to consider include roller shades (the least expensive option), venetian-type micro-blinds, reflective curtains and insulated curtains (the most expensive, at $100 per window). Two exterior options are to install awnings or plant shade trees. Cost: $8 to $100 per window Benefit: Up to 20 percent off your cooling bill Get Cooler Lights  Incandescent bulbs don’t contribute as much heat as un-shaded windows, but they do add heat to a house and can raise the perceived temperature, sending you to the thermostat to seek relief. To reduce this hot-light effect and save lighting costs year-round, replace incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescents. They use about 75 percent less energy and emit 90 percent less heat. Cost: $12 to $25 per bulb Benefit: Up to 5 percent off your cooling bill plus electricity savings

Oro Valley Real Estate Pool Maintenance

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Oro Valley Real Estate Swimming Pool Tips It’s that time of year again – time to get the pool in shape for the summer season! Below are some quick tips to help ensure that your swim season gets off to a great start. Look around and check for signs of leaks in the plumbing, wetness around the pump motor or on the concrete pad. Also make sure you have good circulation of water in your pump basket – it should be filled with water. Then, test your wa…ter for the level of total dissolved solids (TDS), such as calcium, in the water to determine whether you need to drain and refill your pool. Arizona’s water is so “hard” (laden with calcium and minerals) that the buildup can prevent your pool chemicals from doing their job. In some cases, the TDS levels are so high that a pool needs draining and refilling with clean water that will respond to the chemicals in appropriate amounts. Pools usually need to be drained every three to five years, as TDS levels get high over time. If your pool is salt-chlorinated, check salt levels and clean the cells regularly, especially if the salt system stops producing when the weather cools off (most stop automatically at about 55 degrees). Raise the chlorine level above 5.0. The shock will oxidize “dead” material that the chlorine has killed, such as bacteria, algae and skin cells. Once you have checked your pool for leaks and have the chemicals in order, it’s just as important to maintain its upkeep. If you don’t have a pool service, devote time every week to a thorough cleaning of the pool, which involves netting out the debris, vacuuming, brushing the pool down, emptying the skimmer and pump baskets, and chemically treating the water. A great helper is an automatic pool cleaner. Most likely your pool pump runs all year, so maintenance on it should be ongoing. Inspect the strainer basket regularly for cracks, which can let debris pass through. It is also important to maintain the chemical balance in addition to cleaning filters every few months depending on the filter size and environmental surroundings. Finally, have the tile cleaned of the heavy calcium build up every few years. Algae sometimes grows underneath the scale and can cause problems in the pool. The best thing to do to solve the majority of problems are: – Keep fresh water in the pool    – Make sure filters are clean   – Make sure there is good water circulation in the pool   – Chemicals are balanced   – Run the filter for a long period of time in higher speed if you have a variable or dual speed motor.

Oro Valley Real Estate Home Staging


When showing your property, you only get one chance to make a good impression.

Here are some suggestions to increase the desirability of your property to potential buyers, and help you sell at the best price, in the least amount of time.

Curb Appeal Is Essential – A buyer’s first impression is formed by viewing the outside of your property. Trim plants and trees, weed your front back and side yards, use leaf blowers to remove leaves, pods, plant debris. Inspect the exterior of your property, including shutters and windows. Steel or aluminum siding should be clean. If the house needs painting, buyers will notice, and may consider it a major objection to purchasing your property. Pay close attention to the front door – it should sparkle. Polish the doorknob, clean the glass and replace worn screens.

Neatness Counts – A sparkling clean home greatly enhances its appeal to buyers. Scrub each room from top to bottom covering every nook and cranny. The entryway, kitchen and bathrooms are key areas, and should be given special attention. Shampoo the carpeting if it hasn’t been done recently. If your carpet is old or matted it will be a detriment to selling the property. Consider replacing it or removing it if there is hardwood underneath.

Eliminate Clutter – Closets, cupboards and other storage areas should be neat and uncluttered. Box everything you do not use regularly and donate it, sell it, throw it away or store it. Look at each room in the house with “less is best” as your objective. Remove unneeded furniture to make each room appear more spacious. Kitchen counter-tops should be clear of everything except what you use daily.

If it’s Broken, Fix it – Repairs such as loose door knob, broken dishwasher, dripping faucet and squeaky or sticking doors all detract from a property’s value. An afternoon spent making needed repairs now can eliminate buyers’ objections later. Hire a professional, if needed.

Small Additions Make a Big Impression – With minimal expense, you can improve the appearance of any room. Consider replacing worn area rugs and throw pillows. New towels can freshen a tired kitchen or bath. Flowers add warmth and charm to any location. Identify the things you can do to make areas more pleasing to a buyer.

It’s a Team Effort – Enlist the help of all household members to get the house ready – and keep it ready – for prospective buyers. A few minutes spent tidying up each morning can make the difference for a showing in the afternoon!

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