Staging Your Home in the Northwest Valley

dining room photoHere are some general tips that anyone can implement when listing their home for sale.  First, walk through each room in your home and look for any personal items that may distract a potential buyer from looking at the actual features of your home.  For example, do you have sports team items or personal collections displayed in your rooms?  Are there family photos displayed around the rooms in your home?   While these items may be things you cherish, they are distracting to buyers and may cause difficulty for a buyer to imagine themselves living in your home.

Next, walk through each room in your home and focus on the floors.  Can a potential buyer see the flooring in each room, or do area rugs cover a large amount of your tile or hardwood?  Area rugs can be an asset if the room is very large, and you’re trying to accent groupings of furniture, but these situations are rare.  Alternatively, if you have carpet, is your carpet clean and in good condition?  Does it smell clean and fresh?  If it doesn’t, a potential buyer will often deduct what they’d otherwise be willing to spend on purchasing your home.

Third, how is the lighting in each room of your home?  Are any of your lamps and fixtures missing lightbulbs?  Are all of your window treatments updated and clean?  If so, are they opened to increase the natural light in your rooms?  Finally, are your windows sparkling clean?

Finally, are all of the countertops in your bathroom and kitchen clear of clutter or personal items?  Have you removed all personal hygiene items from your bathroom counters and showers?  To show off the beautiful features of your home and the spaciousness of these important spaces, eliminating any and all non-essential items from these areas is an easy task to check off the list when staging your home for sale.

All of these steps are general ways to increase the ability of buyers to notice and appreciate all of the features in your home.   However, your home will have specific needs in this regard, and I will help you to address these items in preparation for listing your home for sale.

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Northwest Valley Public Parks and Preserves

walking pathThe family friendly Northwest Valley has several beautiful public parks and preserves for everyone to enjoy.  Having a multitude of popular parks is a fantastic amenity for both buyers and sellers of homes as they provide opportunities for fitness activities, sports and play.

Farther north is the Deem Hills Community Park, located at 51st Avenue and Deem Hills Parkway (just north of Happy Valley Road).  This 40-acre park features amenities such as a playground for children age 2-5, ramadas, a walking path, restrooms, a lighted basketball court and 2 lighted soccer fields.  The Deems Hills Recreation Area is nearby, located at 39th Avenue and Pinnacle Vista.  This beautiful preservce includes 8 ½ miles of hiking trails and a picnic ramada.

To the south is Adobe Mountain Park, 35th Avenue and Deer Valley Road, is a 5-acre park with amenities such as two ramadas, a children’s playground, a ball field and a large open space area.  The park includes area lighting, making this a good choice for a night-time destination.

Further west is the Palo Verde Park, located at 26200 N. 73rd Drive.  Amenities in this 4-acre park include 2 shaded playgrounds, a walking path, 2 half court basketball courts, ramadas as well as a scenic overlook.     Heading south can be found two parks in Fletcher Heights.  Fletcher Heights North Park, located at 7877 W. Hillcrest Boulevard, is another 4-acre park with 2 lighted basketball courts, a shaded playground, a .30 miles walking path and picnic ramadas.  Fletcher Heights Park to the south, located at 8135 W. Lone Cactus Drive, is a 7.5-acre park with 4 picnic ramadas, 2 lighted tennis courts and 3 lighted basketball courts.  This park also features a shaded playground and restrooms.

To the east of these parks is the wonderful Thunderbird Conservation Park, a 1,185-acre park located in the Hedgpeth Hills.  This park features 15 miles of multi-use trails, perfect for hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking and jogging.  Picnicking and bird watching are other popular activities in this park.