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Inexpensive Ways to Increase Your Home’s Resale Value

When you’re looking to sell or refinance your home, it’s important to consider your home value and take as many measures as you can to make sure that you set yourself up for success as much as possible.

There are many ways that you can increase your home value without breaking the bank. Below, The Fay Group goes over a few of the most inexpensive ways to make your home stand out without having to do a costly remodel.

There are many ways that you can increase your home value without breaking the bank. Below, The Fay Group goes over a few of the most inexpensive ways to make your home stand out without having to do a costly remodel.

Clean and Declutter

One of the cheapest ways to increase the value of your home is to give it a nice deep cleaning and decluttering. You can do this one of two ways: with good old-fashioned elbow grease or by hiring professional help.

If you’re working on a budget, it’s a good idea to set aside a weekend to get the job done solo. You can enlist family members and friends for help. All you have to do is spring for some cleaning products. Of course, on the other hand, if you hire professional help you will cut down on time and labor on your end, but you can expect to pay the going rate for cleaning services in your area.

Just by cleaning and decluttering your home, you can increase your home value by 3-5%, according to sources like Forbes.

Powerwash It

Two ways to give your home a visual makeover include putting a fresh coat of paint on the interior and exterior as well as giving your home and driveway a good pressure washing. You will want to do the pressure washing on the exterior of your home first to remove debris, stains, and additional build-up.

Try pressure washing:
  • fencing
  • driveway
  • patio
  • deck
  • walkways

If you’re looking to hire someone to power wash parts of your property, the price of different elements will differ. A house typically costs $220-$380, while smaller aspects cost less. While hiring a professional would save you time, you could avoid all extra costs by renting a power washer from your local hardware store for a pay per hour, which usually costs a lot less.

Paint It

You can address any exterior paint fading or chipping by repainting the exterior of your home. When you paint the interior, try to go for a neutral color so that it doesn’t end up being too jarring to a potential buyer if you’re looking to sell.

If you DIY your paint job, you can expect to pay from $200 for the interior and  upwards. Exterior painting will end up costing closer to $1,000-$2,000. Pressure washing is fairly inexpensive- $200-$500 should do the trick. You have the option to either rent equipment and get the job done yourself or hire a professional service, which will come at a higher rate.

Boost Curb Appeal

Real estate people love using the term “curb appeal”, which is how your home looks to someone walking or driving by. You can make your home stand out a little more by touching up any worn-out landscaping, pruning bushes, trimming trees, re-mulching, or even mowing the lawn.

Other inexpensive ways to increase the value of your home include:
  • changing out hardware and light fixtures
  • adding green energy solutions to your home
  • upgrading certain appliances
  • adding crown molding

Once you get done sprucing up your home and you’re ready to sell, contact Elise Fay Group today.

We specialize in helping our clients get the most out of selling and purchasing their homes in the Pheonix-Metro area and surrounding communities. We’re excited to help you get the most out of your investment, no matter where you stand. 

Tips for When it’s Time to Move

When it comes time to move you might be faced with more than a few decisions and actionable items to handle, all while adjusting to a new environment.

Whether you’re moving across town, across the country, or even to an international location, it’s important to have all of your ducks in a row. Below, Elise Fay Group goes over a few tips that will help make your big move less stressful.

Remember to Plan Ahead

Planning is your best bet to make it through your moving day with your sanity intact. First, make sure that your utilities are shut off at the place you are moving from and turned on at the place you are moving to. You don’t want to jump the gun and find out the hard way how much you need services like electricity, water, and even the internet. When you get all this set up ahead of time you will save yourself a tremendous amount of discomfort.

Plan ahead when it comes to getting help with moving your belongings as well. Rent any sort of van or truck ahead of time and make sure not to wait until the last minute. Rental companies are notoriously swamped toward the end of the month because, guess what, other people out there happen to be moving as well.

If you can plan your move during the week instead of the weekend you will beat the rush and have some breathing room when it comes to relocation. Taking a little bit of time off of work will make sure that your schedule isn’t slammed as well. Make this process as easy on yourself as humanly possible.

Do Your Research

Make sure to look into whichever moving services you plan to use. You don’t want to hire a company that has a bad track record when it comes to customer service. Take a look at review sites and consumer reports to double-check and make sure that your moving company isn’t going to damage your belongings.

While it’s important to save as many dollars as you can, make sure that you’re not skimping on the quality side – you will end up paying for any half-measures you end up taking.

Invest in Moving Materials

It might be tempting to fly by the seat of your pants when it comes to moving, but it’s a good idea to stock up on moving supplies that will make your experience less difficult. Make sure you have boxes, packing tape, bubble wrap, a dolly, tie-downs, and markers to label your boxes.

Moving materials will help protect your items and help you organize your move. However, make sure that you only purchase what you need to stick to your budget.


Contact Elise Fay Group Today

If you’re planning your next move and looking to buy or sell your home, we can help. We’ve been the area’s top realtors since the mid-1990s. We live and work in the North Glendale area and possess unparalleled experience selling homes in Glendale, Peoria, N. Phoenix, Desert Ridge, Surprise, Buckeye, Goodyear, and our surrounding communities. Get in touch today if you’re looking to buy or sell a home with style.

What to Expect During a Home Inspection

One of the necessary parts of buying or selling a home is getting a proper home inspection, which helps secure the sale and gives both parties peace of mind.

I’ll put it this way: without a home inspection, buyers can easily overlook or miss key issues with the house. There can be foundational problems, plumbing issues, and even electrical issues that both the buyer and seller might not know about.

A home inspection is a necessary measure to take for many reasons. But what should you expect when getting a home inspection?

What is a Home Inspection Exactly?

Only a qualified home inspector can give a proper home inspection. The inspector visually examines a house to document the home’s current condition — both the home’s structure and its systems.

The most common scenario for a home inspector to come into play is after a buyer has their offer accepted, at which point they will bring in an inspector. However, it is not uncommon for sellers to be proactive and get a home inspection before listing a home to be as transparent as possible.

What Does a Home Inspector Look For?

Generally, a home inspector will cover primarily visible areas, which includes:

  • Walls, Floors, and Ceilings
  • Windows and Doors
  • Visible Areas of the Foundation
  • Heating and Cooling Systems
  • Electric System
  • Plumbing
  • Roofing
  • Any Attic or Basement Space

Some areas of the home will end up being inaccessible to a home inspector and might require an additional, more specialized inspector. Such nooks and crannies of the house might include sewers and plumbing intricacies, electrical intricacies, material inspection (asbestos, radon, or pest), pools, HVAC systems and sometimes fireplaces.

If you are unsure about any area of the home that wasn’t inspected by a standard home inspection, you are always free to contact additional specialists. You can always supplement your home inspection process until you are satisfied with the result.

How Much Does a Home Inspection Cost?

If you do a quick Google search, you will find that a home inspection in the Phoenix, AZ area can range anywhere from $250-$350. Larger properties or properties with pools or additional special inspections needed (such as septic inspections) will increase the cost of an inspection.

It doesn’t matter if you’re buying or selling, it’s important to have the right people in your corner, just like you want to hire the right home inspector. With over 12 years of experience in real estate, I am proud to be a part of The Sibbach Team, where we pride ourselves on being a market leader. Contact me today for a superior client home buying or selling experience; Elise Fay at 602-329-7782.

Featured Home in Silverton

This highly sought after floor plan in located in the desirable Peoria community of Silverton boasts 4 beds, 2.5 baths and a dedicated den/office space. This is a split floor plan with plenty of entertainment space. As you enter you are in awe of the wide open floor plan, formal living and dining space with great views of the rear yard. Main living areas have 18” tile throughout. The fabulous eat-in-kitchen has an oversized island with an extended bay of cabinets and granite counters which overlooks the family room with gas fireplace. Backyard features a covered patio has a pebble tec play pool and pergola with built-in BBQ area and bar. Side yard has a 10” RV gate with plenty of room to park some toys, etc. This home has been very well maintained and OH do not forget the 3 car garage.

8738 W RUNION Drive, Peoria, AZ 85382

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Featured Home in Goodyear’s Palm Valley

Stunning TW Lewis home in Palm Valley. 4 bedrooms, 3.5 baths split floor plan rarely comes up in this beautiful Gated Community. Lovely front gated courtyard is warm and inviting with stone accents. 4th Bedroom is ensuite making this a perfect guest suite. Custom knotty Alder cabinetry is highlighted in this gourmet kitchen, stainless steel appliances, and large Island overlooking the spacious family room. Oh and the dual sided gas fireplace between kitchen and living room is fantastic! This open floor plan flows into the rear yard. Beautifully landscaped, extended patio and pergola, sparkling play pool round out this amazing rear yard. So much to see. How can we forget the 3 car extended length garage! See it today.

15793 W BONITOS Drive, Goodyear, AZ 85395

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Featured Home in The Meadows

Stunning Maracay home on a premium lot in the heart of The Meadows in north Peoria. This popular Parker model single level home has many of the beautiful on-trend features you would come to expect in this new community. This community is closed out, take the chance now to own the most coveted model in Meadows. Premium lot with front yard views of a gorgeous park and no neighbors behind! Courtyard entry with beautiful custom iron doors provide additional privacy. Plank tiled floors in all main living areas, Gourmet kitchen with tiled backsplash, Upgraded with Oversized Kitchen Island, Granite Counters, Wall ovens, Gas Stove top, Pot filler and all the amazing storage and cabinet space! Disappearing wall of windows in Kitchen/Great Room brings the outdoors inside for a truly open feeling.

9311 W COUNTRY CLUB Trail, Peoria, AZ 85383

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Gorgeous Peoria Arizona Remodel!

PRESS PLAY to take a SNEAK PEAK tour of this stunning remodel Coming Soon For Sale in North Peoria! This single level, 2700 sqft home features a pool, Sport Court and sits on an over 1/3 acre cul-de-sac lot. The open concept floor plan has 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, plus a den.

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Lovingly Cared For Glendale Home

Welcome to your new home. This home has been lovingly cared for-for many years-it just needs a little bit of love. The home has newer dual pane windows, newer sliding door. AC unit just a few years old and appliances have also been updated. Lots of great storage, inside laundry room, 2 beds, 2 baths with lots of living/family room space. Oversized 2 car carport and RV Gate. The yard is spacious with an extended covered patio and a storage shed. This home has so much potential, don’t miss out on this one as it will go quickly.

6433 W SUNNYSLOPE Lane, Glendale, AZ 85302

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Featured Home in Mesa

This stunning Blandford home in Reserve at Mountain Bridge is sure to exceed all of your expectations. This home has all of its bedrooms en suite. As you walk thru the gated courtyard entry you are met with grandeur. The curved ceilings are detailed in custom wood trim. The Interior courtyard is lush and tropical with above-ground heated spa and wired for movie nights. Lots of tile throughout showcases the open feel and flow of the home. A large formal living area leads to the spectacular gourmet kitchen. A Viking 6 burner gas stove, SubZero fridge, and walk-in pantry are just supporting cast to the grandeur of the kitchen island, perfect for dining or serving. Don’t miss the gorgeous backyard with a fabulous heated saltwater pool, plus beautiful views of Usery Park and the Superstition Mountains.

2341 N 87TH Place, Mesa, AZ 85207

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Featured Home in Peoria

This month’s featured home is a beautifully remodeled house with attention to detail at every level. This floorplan offers wide open space for entertaining or just watching TV by the fireplace. Brand new roof installed in February. Upon entering thru the double doors you will notice the space is open with lots of natural light. New Luxury Vinyl Tile flooring throughout. Master bathroom redesigned with a beautifully tiled walk-in shower, large bench, and new temperature setting controls. From the paint, cabinetry, updated baths, new fixtures you will find luxury all around. All appliances included–note the full-sized freezer in the laundry room–that stays too! The backyard has an extended patio perfect for entertaining-landscape irrigation has also been updated. Don’t miss this one!

9113 W ORAIBI Drive, Peoria, AZ 85382

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