TOBY'S NEWS & TIPS
Simple Tips to Prevent Water Damage In Your Home
Water damage is one of a homeowner's greatest worries since it can result in mold and expensive repairs. The following tips can help you prevent potential sources of seepage in your home.
Don't plant next to your house. A flower or shrub border is lovely but watering those plants could damage your foundation. It's wiser to keep your flower beds a few feet away from the house or make sure they slope away from it.
Use gutters and downspouts to divert rain runoff away from your foundation. If you notice water pooling after a rain, that area needs gutters. Also, make sure you have sufficient gutters for your entire roof. Extend downspouts away from the house and, if possible, discharge underground with PVC pipe to drain into the street.
Check your roof regularly for loose shingles – especially after high wind or rainstorms. Inspect metal flashing for damage and make sure skylights are properly sealed. Check your attic for wet spots or any signs of mold, condensation, damage to insulation, or a rodent or insect infestation that could lead to weak areas and subsequent leaks.
Simple tips like these can create a happier, healthier and more valuable home.
Top Questions Home Sellers Have
I get a lot of questions regarding real estate, and below are some of the top questions I get from home sellers that I work with:
Does my home need to look like it's had a TV-style makeover, perfect in every way?
The better a home looks, the better it sells. Making certain repairs can help you find a buyer more quickly and negotiate the best price. But the prospect can be daunting, as some repairs and upgrades are much more important than others. Helping separate the "must-dos" from the "maybes" is one important service an agent provides. In Southern Arizona, the condition of the roof is always a hot item though not talked about much on HGTV - so, a pre-inspection is often recommended. Curb appeal and entry impact are others, but frankly, every house is different. I'm here to be objective and give you constructive advice to get your home ready for today's market.
How long will my home be on the market?
In Tucson, the current days-on-market average is 38 days, but over-priced homes extend that average. If your home shows well and is priced at value, you will be under contract much faster. Geography, local trends, the marketability, and price of your home all play a role. Higher-priced homes take longer to sell because the pool of qualified buyers is shallower. The more prep work you do before listing your home, the easier, and less disruptive, the "for sale" period will be. And the more likely you'll be to beat that time-on-market average. In this market, it isn't unusual for a value-priced home to sell in a matter of days. I use my experience & local market familiarity to compare your property to recent sales as well as active listings and take into account any special features that make your home unique when developing my pricing strategy. Unlike data algorithms, I can factor in upgrades, lot premiums, and showability - all to get you the maximum price with maximum convenience.
How will the right buyer find my home?
Every home is unique, and I work on applying the right targeted marketing strategy to get your home sold. First, I ask myself who is the most likely buyer for your property. Making room for an aging parent? First-time buyers? Move up? People with lots of toys with wheels? Then I zero in on that Buyer pool with my marketing. I do that by networking with other agents, locally and globally, pairing those efforts with a comprehensive set of marketing tools that give your property the most exposure to potential buyers. In today's market, that means a strong digital marketing strategy that lets buyers see you're listing anytime, anywhere, on any device. My marketing strategy gets the right exposure for your property, so we get your home sold.
Does Your Home Spark Joy?
Marie Kondo has started a cult. The Japanese tidying expert’s series first appeared on Netflix early this year and since then caused a whole following of people to look at everything in their home and ask if it “sparks joy.” Anything that fails the “joy sparking” test is thanked for its service and moved to the not-keeping pile. With spring cleaning time around the corner, it might be time to ask yourself what “sparks joy” for you and your family.
We all get into positions where we need to go through the clutter of our home, but what do you do with the clutter you don’t want to keep?
Tucson as a community is quite giving; in Groupon’s 2018 recap, Tucson ranked as the 6th Most Generous City in the United States. Therefore, it’s no wonder that we have so many great options when it comes to passing on our gently used stuff.
Donate books, CDs, or DVDs to the Pima County Public Library or Friends of the Pima County Public Library for their book sales. Bookman’s is another great place to rehome all your books, musical instruments, or gaming gear. They might even give you store credit for an item or two. The store will happily accept anything they don’t offer you credit for, to add to their collection of supplies that gets donated to local schools and book-oriented nonprofits.
For household goods and clothing you have several options – HabiStore, Big Brother Big Sisters of Tucson, Casa de los Niños, Goodwill of Southern Arizona, Humane Society of Southern Arizona Thrift Store, Salvation Army, White Elephant of Green Valley to name just a few. These stores, in particular, all help you greenly recycle clothing while supporting other causes with resale profits.
Some items in your house can even go to local schools, especially books, clothes, and craft supplies. A good place to start is checking to see if your local school or school district has a resource center for drop-offs.
You might consider RISE Equipment Recycling Center as a home for old electronics. The nonprofit refurbishes your working and nonworking electronics and sells them at discounted rates to other nonprofits. Cell phones, in particular, are happily accepted by the Emerge! Center Against Domestic Abuse to help those in domestic abuse situations.
Not everything in your home will be donation worthy, but it is important to recycle where we can. For anything else, just be sure to dispose of it responsibly. For larger items, the City of Tucson also offers “Brush and Bulky” days twice a year – visit tucsonaz.gov/es/brush-and-bulky to find out your neighborhood’s schedule.