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Top 5 Apps to Take the Stress Out of the Home-Selling Process

by Judi Monday, Your Green Valley AZ Expert

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By Keith Loria

Another Sold By Judi MondayWith hundreds of new apps being introduced on a consistent basis, it’s often difficult to stay on top of the latest and greatest to ensure you’re getting the most out of your mobile device. While there have always been great apps available for house hunters, more recently, some wonderful apps for sellers have come to fruition.

Here are five apps that will make your life easier if you’re in the process of selling your home.

1. Handyman Calculator. Before putting your home on the market, you’re most likely going to want to fix up a few things around the house, and this app is the perfect tool to make sure your home improvement is done right. Whether you’re repainting the walls, retiling the bathroom or hanging photos, this app will help you figure out the proper measurements and material you’ll need to get the job done. Not only will the Handyman Calculator calculate the proper square footage of a project, it will get you one step closer to becoming a home repair expert.

2. DecorPad. If you’re looking to catch the eye of a potential buyer, this interior design app is the way to go. Browse photos from top designers to inspire your own home decorating and create a look even a stager would be jealous of. DecorPad can be used for any room in the house, and also offers a “steals and deals” section where sellers can find furniture and other home décor on sale.

Breathe2Relax 3. Breathe2Relax. Selling a home can be a stressful time with house hunters coming and going, bids falling through or just the agonizing waiting that often accompanies the process. Breathe2Relax is the perfect stress management tool, providing numerous ideas on how to relax. Breathing exercises have been documented to decrease the body’s stress response, and help with mood stabilization, anger control, and anxiety management—all things that can come into play during a home sale.

4. Remember The Milk. The list of things you need to accomplish when selling a house is myriad. There’s decluttering, making small repairs, doing paint touchups, tending to the yard and making sure the house is always presentable. Staying organized can be tough, but thanks to this handy app, you can create lists and schedules that will get everyone in your family on the same page so everyone knows what their responsibilities are. Users can set tasks, organize them into lists, and get reminders via email and text when something is due.

5. iMoving. This innovative app will help a seller through the moving process once a bid is finally accepted and it’s time to move out. Not only can the app gauge how much stuff you have in each room, it can also provide tips on the best way to pack. This handy app offers a room by room guide so you don’t forget anything in your packing details, and it can also calculate the approximate price it’ll cost to move by providing estimates in weight and cubic feet. It’s the perfect way to make moving hassle-free.

If you are thinking about selling your Green Valley AZ home give me a call, I'd love to hang an Another SOLD By Judi in front of YOUR house. Click here to find out how much your Green Valley, AZ house is worth.

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Five Myths of Spring Cleaning

by Judi Monday, Your Green Valley AZ Expert

Spring Blooms In The Desert

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Spring has definitely sprung with the lovely sonoran desert in full bloom.  With its arrival, many of us begin the annual chore of a deep spring cleaning.  Go easy on yourself with these 5 easy cleaning tips.  

 "A little effort up front can make everything you do feel effortless," said Patrick Coleman, spokesman for Hoover vacuums. "It's not about finding short cuts. It's about finding easier ways to do the job right."

Here are five myths, and the best ways to actually tackle the challenges.

Cleaning Every Spring is Enough - When it comes to your hardwood floors, putting off cleaning until spring may mean you have to replace them more often. Walking on dirt and debris can wear down the floors over time. So while it may be tempting to just sweep unless there's a spill, it's best to clean the floors at least once a week.

Do this instead: You don't need to scrub on your hands and knees every week. Let a machine do it for you. The Hoover FloorMate Deluxe has a set of brushes that spin while they gently wash and scrub hard floors. You'll be surprised how much less you'll mind cleaning the floor.

Vinegar is a Miracle Cleaner - Natural cleaning can be a more environmentally friendly way to tackle the mess, but you need to make the right choice for the right job. Vinegar will do a great job on glass, plastic and ceramic. However, it can actually damage porous surfaces like the grout between tiles or stone.

Do this instead: Mix 1/4 cup of rubbing alcohol, 3 drops of dish detergent and 1 cup of water. Make it smell divine with essential oils.

More Dirt = More Soap Needed - When something is absolutely filthy, it's natural to grab the soap and go to town. But that can actually make it dirtier. While soap is helpful in removing dirt and grime, if you don't get it all rinsed and removed, the residue acts like a magnet for more dirt.

Do this instead: Use less than you think you need. You can always add more if needed.

Newspapers Can Replace Paper Towels - You can certainly save money and a tree or two by reusing newspapers instead of buying paper towels to clean windows and other surfaces. But the ink on newsprint can smear—so you need a backup plan.

Do this instead: Keep a few extra towels or torn garments for when the newspaper is not cutting it.

Hairspray Is the Best Way to Get Out Ink Stains - Yes, hairspray does work. But why add glue and other chemicals to the mess?

Do this instead: The alcohol in hairspray is what's actually doing the heavy lifting. So go straight to the source and use alcohol to lightly blot out the stain.

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Give Your Home A Facelift The Easy Way

by Judi Monday, Your Green Valley AZ Expert

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Redecorating a room can be stressful but it doesn't have to be.  If you have a room that needs to be "freshened" watch this video for some fast and easy tips on how to tackle it in a stress free way. 

If you are thinking about listing your Green Valley, AZ home and want an honest assessment of what you need to do to get top dollar for your house, give me a call at 520-241-7780.

Most Cost Effective Home Upgrades

by Judi Monday, Your Green Valley AZ Expert

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Are you thinking about a home make-over?  There are 3 rooms that will give you the biggest bank for your buck:  bathroom, kitchen AND a sleek, modern make-over for the living room (or any other room of the house).  The best news?  They don't have to be costly to deliver a high return. 

If you are thinking about listing your Green Valley, AZ home and want an honest assessment of what you need to do to get top dollar for your house, give me a call at 520-241-7780. 

Navajo National Monument In Arizona

by Judi Monday, Your Green Valley AZ Expert

Arizona's Centennial Celebration

#4 of 100 Things To See & Do In Arizona

 

Navajo National Monument

 

 

 

Navajo National Monument features three of the most intact cliff dwellings of the ancestral people (Hisatsinom).  The Navajo people who live here today call these ancient ones, Anasazi.  The dwellings are nestled in the cliffs high on the Shonto plateau, overlooking the Tsegi Canyon system in the Navajo Nation in Northern Arizona.  

These ruins are villages left behind in 1300 by prehistoric pueblo Indians--the Kayenta Anazi.  Built and occupied for only 50 years, the ruins represent the final settlement farmers who adapted to the area's scarce rainfall to grow crops, build houses and raise families, then mysteriously moved on. 

As you'll see by the video below, the half day round trip hike with a Ranger to this well preserved village from the 13th century is both scenic and educational. 

The Navajo National Monument, located west of Kayenta, Arizona features a visitor center with a museum, two short self-guided mesa top trails. two small campgrounds and a picnic area.  Rangers guide visitors on free tours of the Keet Seel (Kitsʼiil) and Betatakin (Bitátʼahkin) cliff dwellings. The Inscription House site (Tsʼah Biiʼ Kin), further west, is currently closed to public access.

Before planning your visit to the monument, check here for operating hours and seasons.

              JUDI MONDAY, CRS         

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Jerome Arizona

by Judi Monday, Your Green Valley AZ Expert

Arizona's Centennial Celebration

#2 of 100 Things To See & Do In Arizona

Jerome is a funky and friendly town that was precariously built on the side and top of Cleopatra Hill (5,200 feet) during the copper boom in territorial days.  Today this quaint town, known as America's Most Vertical City,  is a great place to shop, relax and enjoy life at a different beat. 

Tourists flock to this photographer's paradise to soak up the historical vide of this once thriving mining camp.  Now Jerome is an artists colony that boasts a population of 450 "counterculture" individuals, each with "unique" visions that are on display in the community's 40 galleries and studios.

Make a night of it with a stay at the Jerome Grand Hotel, which was built as a Miner's Hospital in the roaring 20s.  As the highest public building in the entire Verde Valley, you'll enjoy breathtaking views and perhaps a few unexpected "ghostly" visitors.  The hotel was featured on the Zak Bagans Paranormal Challenge where paranormal investigators compete against each other to find the most compelling evidence.  

You'll definitely want to add this modern day ghost town to your list of things to see and do in Arizona. 

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Antelope Canyon

by Judi Monday, Your Green Valley AZ Expert

Arizona's Centennial Celebration

#1 of 100 Things To See & Do In Arizona

In the land of the Navajo Nation near Page, Arizona is a place called Antelope Canyon.  In this spiritual sanctuary ethereal light rains upon mystical shapes and patterns in natural shades that only Mother earth could create to such splendid perfection.  

Antelope Canyon is located about 3 miles Southeast of Page, and has two separate slot canyon sections, referred to individually as Upper Antelope Canyon or The Crack and Lower Antelope Canyon or the Corkscrew.   The Upper Canyon is called:  Tsé bighánílíní, "the place where water runs through rocks" by the Navajo.   Lower Antelope Canyon, called called Hazdistazí, or "spiral rock arches" by the Navajo, is located a short distance away.

 There is no better way than to revel in this natural wonder than through a personal Native American experience.  You'll hear  wonderful Native American stories from Chief Tsosie and his guides, with authentic Native American music resonating throughout the canyon. 

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What Your Walls Are Saying To Buyers

by Judi Monday, Your Green Valley AZ Expert

You’ve put your Green Valley Arizona house on the market and inside are walls drenched in your favorite paint colors.  According to Debbie Zimmer, color expert at the Paint Quality Institute in Philadelphia, “paint color is so powerful that if can influence not just our state of mind but even our physiology”. 

Curious what your walls are saying to your potential buyers?  They are definitely speaking volumes and here’s what they have to say (see italicized):

Judi Monday, CRS, Your Green Valley AZ ExpertRED:  Muy caliente…am I too hot for you to handle?  Give me a chance and I’ll put the zing back into your life by fueling your passion and desire.   Red will actually make the heart beat faster as it is the color of excitement and energy.  Remember a little red can go a LONG way.  According to Zimmer it is the perfect color for dining rooms and adult bedrooms.

PURPLE:  Would you feel differently about me if I told you that my royal presence increases your brain power?  According to Zimmer purple has a proven ability to stimulate brain activity.  Purple is one of those colors that should be used sparingly to avoid over-stimulation and, according to Zimmerman, it is a color that is probably most appropriate for a girl’s room.  In other words, if used throughout a home it could be too much of a good thing and won’t appeal to most buyers. 

BLUE:  You look calmer already.  I’ll make you feel so comfortable that you’ll want to close your eyes as I use my considerable power to lull you to sleep. Blue has been shown to slow pulse rate and lower body temperature making it great for bedrooms. 

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GREEN:  You obviously like what you see and the reason you do is because I have the remarkable ability to renew your spirit. By far one of the more popular colors (probably because of the way Spring makes us feel when the “green” returns to our environment,), Zimmer says green represents renewal, youth and vigor.

 

Yellow:  Yippee, I’ll keep you smiling Mr. & Mrs. Buyer.Green Valley AZ Real Estate  According to Zimmerman, yellow is a great interior color as it imparts happiness and optimism. Studies have shown that the brain actually releases more serotonin when the eye takes in yellow thereby creating positive psychological vibes.

Green Valley AZ Real EstateOrange:  Ta da, you can’t take your eyes off of me and what’s more, you love the extra bounce that I put into your step. More attention getting than yellow, orange has an energy and warmth.  The shade of orange is important because the vivid tones may appear raw and flamboyant while the muddy shades are useful in many rooms, says Zimmerman.

How can you make sure your walls are giving your Buyers the message you want?  Take a cue from the pros and use the color wheel when selecting paint colors.

And how about those non-colors?  Black can be a great accent color for it imparts elegance, formality and sophistication.  A little goes a long way and too much of it can be downright depressing so use it sparingly.  

White, on the other hand, has a feeling of peace, simplicity and spaciousness.  It can provide a crisp finish to almost any paint job by adding sharp contrast to the wall color.  Best of all, it can give the illusion that the space it bigger than its physical dimensions…and when selling a home that is a very good attribute as “space sells”. 

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