Tips & Tricks & Handy Advice

Scam alert for buyers

Sep 17th, 2013 | By
Scam alert for buyers

It is becoming common for Buyers of real property to receive a letter after closing, advising them to get a copy of their deed for their protection at a cost of approximately $85.00. This is an unnecessary expense. Many homeowners who have refinanced their homes have also received this scam letter. A copy of your […]



How to Decorate a Recessed Niche

Mar 13th, 2013 | By
How to Decorate a Recessed Niche

Many home builders in our area are adding recessed niches in living rooms, entry ways and dining rooms. The niches add depth and architectural intrigue to rooms, but they can be a challenge to decorate. Don’t be intimidated! You can decorate your niche to add a unique punch of style to your home. My #1 […]



Are You Throwing Money Out the Window?

Dec 8th, 2012 | By

Over this last year, I have helped many buyers make the transition from renting to owning their home. With  record low interest rates and relatively low list prices, most renters are finding that their mortgage payments are actually lower than their lease       payments were! In spite of this, some renters are still on the fence. […]



5 Low-Cost Kitchen Upgrades

Jun 22nd, 2012 | By
5 Low-Cost Kitchen Upgrades

Kitchens are one of the rooms buyers scrutinize most closely when they’re shopping for a home. A kitchen that appears to be outdated in comparison to other homes in the community can turn off buyers. While you don’t want to invest a large amount of money in your home if you’re planning to sell it, […]



Fixing a Jammed Garbage Disposal

Jan 19th, 2012 | By
Fixing a Jammed Garbage Disposal

If your garbage disposal is making a humming noise, but won’t grind, then it is jammed. Sometimes a garbage disposal will jamb because you try to grind too much of a good thing, or the wrong thing altogether –  Celery, plastic flatware, potato peels, corn-husks, pork chop gristle, and even the occasional children’s toy can […]



No More Frozen Pipes!

Nov 15th, 2011 | By
No More Frozen Pipes!

Now is the time to wrap your exterior pipes to prevent the burst pipes that so many in Sahuarita experienced last winter. If you are new to the area, you need to be aware that our temperatures often dip below freezing in the winter months.



Time to Test Your GFCI Outlets

Sep 27th, 2011 | By
Time to Test Your GFCI Outlets

Home inspectors frequently discover that GFCI outlets aren’t functioning. Since most people only have home inspections when they are buying or selling homes, you should plan to test them yourself at least a few times a year…



DIY Home Security – 5 Steps

Jul 16th, 2011 | By
DIY Home Security – 5 Steps

Burglars want an easy target. Here are 5 easy steps to conducting a do-it-yourself home security check. The first place to start is by walking around your house to assess what needs to be done to reduce the risk of a break-in.



12 Tips for Hiring a Remodeling Contractor

May 16th, 2011 | By
12 Tips for Hiring a Remodeling Contractor

If you’re planning to do renovations or remodeling, follow these 12 tips provided for you by the NAR…



Is your dog ready for Rattlesnake Season?

Mar 27th, 2011 | By
Is your dog ready for Rattlesnake Season?

As our temperatures warm up, rattlesnakes start to come out of hibernation. You really need to consider this..