Thinking of Selling Your Home? Why You Need A Pro in Your Corner
With home prices on the rise and buyer demand strong, some sellers may be tempted to try and sell their homes on their own (FSBO) without using the services of a real estate professional.
Real estate agents are trained and experienced in negotiation and, in most cases, the seller is not. Sellers must realize that their ability to negotiate will determine whether or not they get the best deal for themselves and their families.
Here is a list of some of the people with whom the seller must be prepared to negotiate if they decide to FSBO:
The buyer who wants the best deal possible
The buyer’s agent who solely represents the best interest of the buyer
The buyer’s attorney (in some parts of the country)
The home inspection companies, which work for the buyer and will almost always find some problems with the house
The termite company if there are challenges
The buyer’s lender if the structure of the mortgage requires the sellers’ participation
The title company if there are challenges with certificates of occupancy (CO) or other permits
The town or municipality if you need to get the CO permits mentioned above
The buyer’s buyer in case there are challenges with the house your buyer is selling
Your bank in the case of a short sale
The percentage of sellers who have hired real estate agents to sell their homes has increased steadily over the last 20 years. Let’s get together and discuss all we can do to make the process easier for you.
Have you ever found a beautiful, old rug that was ready for a new life? I found the most gorgeous, tattered rug and I just new it would be amazing on a bench. Use this how-to to get the steps for how to upholster a bench with an old rug.
Before you get started, make sure you are working with a clean rug. It's much easier to clean a rug or piece of fabric when it's not upholstered. I did something crazy with my rug to clean it, see what I did HERE! It totally worked and I'll definitely be doing it again.
So, first things first. Gather your supplies.
I had a plain bench that needed love. You could use one that's similar or find one at your local thrift store. Or, maybe you have one already that needs some love.
Place the rug facedown and then place the bench on top of the rug. Put the bench on the rug where you want the design on the rug to be.
Give yourself a few inches of extra fabric when you cut, but start trimming so that you don't have as much fabric to deal with.
*See more pictures of these steps on my blog.
After you have cut the rug to size (with a few inches extra on all sides), grab your stapler. At this point, it's helpful to have heavy-duty staples and a few brads (that the stapler can shoot).
Start with staples in the stapler. Personally, I like to start in the middle of each side. I shoot a staple in on all four sides and then like to come back to each side and go out about 8 inches with staples.
At that point, I like to flip the bench over to check my pattern and make sure everything is looking good.
If it's looking good, keep stapling (puling the fabric tight but not too tight). Work until you get to the corners. Give yourself about 2" on both sides of each corner.
For the corners, you will do a bit of tucking in and then folding so that the crease is on the underside of the bench. I like to use the brads for the corners. I think they go in better than the staples.
Finish all four corners and you are finished. Flip the bench over and admire your handiwork.
I love how this bench turned out. It would look pretty good in all rooms of our house but looks great in our master bedroom. Hop over and see our Mid-Century Eclectic Master bedroom that was just revealed on my blog.
Happy Spring. If you or anyone you know are looking to move, don’t get discouraged with a minimal amount of listings on the MLS. There are plenty of new builds. HOWEVER, do not go unrepresented. You need your own representation. Call us we can go with you and negotiate for you. Please call or PM me if you are interested in a new build. If you should go alone on a whim, let them know you have a Realtor. Thank you for remembering us.
The Color Purple: National Tour Thu. 04/19 - Sun. 0/22, times vary ASU Gammage, Tempe "The Color Purple" is an inspiring family saga that tells the unforgettable story of a woman, who, through love, finds the strength to triumph over adversity and discover her unique voice in the world. $20-$150 more infomap
Whoopee Daze Fri. 04/20 - Sun. 04/22, times vary Veterans Park, Tolleson The City of Tolleson presents its annual Whoopee Daze festival. This event includes a parade, corn hole tournament, 16" softball tournament, carnival, live entertainment, and more. more infomap
10th Anniversary Decades Bash & Car Show Fri. 04/20, 6pm-8pm The Shops at Norterra, Phoenix The free activities will include a special decades themed car show on Main Street, a decades dance party and costume contest, a fun photo booth with props, live music, free food samples, plus giveaways, prizes and some big surprises. more infomap
Abilities United Music Festival Fri. 04/20 & Sat. 04/21, 6:30pm-9pm Theater Works at Peoria Center This event provides an opportunity for performers with intellectual disability to share their creative works and talent with their community. $15-$40 more infomap
Night Fri. 04/20, 6pm Scottsdale Stadium Enjoy stadium tours, food trucks, wine, and beer---then cap off the night with a movie on the field. more infomap
Annual SAC Spring Public Star Party Sat. 04/21, 6:30pm-9:30pm Thunderbird Conservation Park, Glendale See and learn about astronomical objects like the moon, planets, stars and galaxies. Volunteers will be on hand to answer any questions visitors might have. more infomap
Bubble Bash Sat. 04/21, 11am-1pm Desert Ridge Marketplace, Phoenix Create your masterpiece at the bubble art station, wave your bubble wand and find giant bubbles float throughout the air, enjoy discovery stations, live entertainment, giveaways and more. more infomap
12 Angry Jurors Sat. 04/21, 2pm Zao Theatre, Apache Junction Twelve Angry Jurors is a heightened courtroom thriller that puts you on the edge of your seat while powerfully exploring what it means to live in a democracy. $14-$22 more infomap
Moonlit Drive-In Movies This Spring Sat. 04/21, 6:30pm The Promenade, Scottsdale The Promenade hosts their annual Moonlit Drive-In Movie series this April. This weekends featured film is Cars 3. more infomap
Rachel Feinstein Sat. 04/21, 9:30pm Tempe Improv Rachel is a nationally touring comedian and actress, and has had three Comedy Central specials. $20 more infomap
Great Southwest Cajun Fest Sat, 04/21, 12pm-9pm Dr. AJ Chandler Park The Southwest Cajun Fest showcases the heart and soul of New Orleans paired with Arizona fusion and flavor for a full day packed with cultural festivities, food, and entertainment. $10-$65 more infomap
Renew Artisan Fair Sat. 04/21, 9am-1pm Red Mountain, Mesa Attendees will be able to find unique products and gifts created in Arizona, and meet the makers of them. Enjoy delicious food/coffee trucks, artisan ice cream, fun activities related to Earth Month, and more. more infoFBmap
SCA Earth Day in Phoenix Sat. 04/21,9am-12pm Papago Park, Phoenix Volunteers will help to preserve the native desert habitat by trimming back overgrown native trees and removing trash, plus painting and sanding historic ramadas. Please wear long pants and closed-toe shoes and bring a reusable water bottle to stay hydrated. more infomap
Earth Day Saxophone Concert – French Riviera Sax Orchestra Sun. 04/22, 11:30am Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park, Superior Live music outdoors is a peaceful way to enjoy the scenic gardens when Earth Day brings a unique sound to the Picnic Area: a group of musicians from France, performing saxophone arrangements. $5-$12.50 more infomap