Ideas to Free Up Your Kitchen Space

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Cleaver Kitchen Hacks

You probably don’t need a scientific study to tell you that the kitchen is one of the most used spaces in a family home. It serves as a hub for food, a communal space for gathering, and often a message center for family traffic. Some consider it the “brain” of the home. While giant master bedrooms might sound nice, a kitchen with abundant space can be surprisingly satisfying!

Unfortunately, many homes have kitchens which are small or overrun by clutter. The mess can be a major barrier to enjoying the space, and without some systems in place to keep it organized, the kitchen can be rendered almost useless for many of the enjoyable aspects of cooking and entertaining. So, what’s the solution? Does opening up your kitchen require a total renovation? Not necessarily. Below are six clever kitchen hacks to open up your usable space.

Hack #1: Hang it high. Long-handled pots, pans, and other utensils can be easily accessed with an appropriately-installed ceiling rack. Use your longest-handled pan as a guide and install a rack high enough above your head.

Hack #2: Play all the angles. Corners are often wasted space, consumed by knife blocks that are mostly wood beasts. You might install corner shelving, or even place a magnetic knife strip near a convenient corner.

Hack #3: Shelve it for later. Counters and cabinets don’t have to do all of the storage work. Nesting shelving in windows or even on surrounding back splashes and walls can be a great solution.

Hack #4: Save the sink space. Seldom are you using the sink while you’re prepping veggies, so why not get a large cutting board and lay it across the surface? This way, you turn a sink into a temporary counter.

Hack #5: See the studs. Open up a wall or two in your kitchen to access the recessed space between studs. Subdividing this space with shelves or hanging hooks can be a space saver. Properly finished, it doesn’t have to look like an eyesore!

Hack #6: Jar it up! Take a mason jar lit and screw it to the underside of an existing shelf or overhang. Now, put items in the mason jar and screw the jar into the lid. Bingo! New hanging storage.

Of course, if no amount of clever hacks will open up your kitchen, it may be time to upgrade. I can put together a list of local homes with killer kitchens for you. Just get in touch!   Contact John Gorden or give him a call at 928-308-0101 for more information.  John is your partner in the home buying and selling process.  He is a specialist in identifying which area of town and what community best suits your budget and lifestyle.

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Do I Need a Real Estate Agent to Buy from a Builder?

Buying from a Builder

Q: Do I need to hire a real estate agent to represent me when I buy a new home from a builder?

A: Legally, no. But if you don’t, you might be missing out on some tangible benefits that impact your wallet and how much you get for your money.

There are many reasons why an agent is a sound investment during the purchase process with a builder. While some of them can be quite complex (and go beyond the scope of this blog post), here are a few highlights: Continue reading “Do I Need a Real Estate Agent to Buy from a Builder?”

What you need to know before you buy a home

Purchasing a home

Tips For First Time Home Buyers

Okay, first-time buyers… it’s time to turn your dream into reality. Your very own home. I’m sure you have questions. In fact, I’m sure your questions are like most first-time buyers. Which is why I’ve put together this basic answer guide for the most common questions home buyers have.

1. What kind of credit score do I need to have?
Generally, 630 or above is what you’ll want to have. The better your score, the better the terms will be on your loan. Some lenders may give you wiggle room on this, but it all depends on the circumstances. A loan professional can help you navigate this as you go. Continue reading “What you need to know before you buy a home”

Prescott Declared Among ‘happiest and healthiest’ U.S. Communities

Prescott ArizonaPrescott, Arizona, has made the headlines again.  The most recent accolade came from Time Magazine.  The national publication has granted Prescott, Arizona, as one of the “happiest and healthiest cities in America”.  This is prestigious title follows another recent honor made by the Sunset Magazine, who declared Prescott as the “best place to live in the Southwest”.

To determine the “happiest and healthiest” place to live, there were 189 cities identified and over 350,000 people were surveyed.  Researchers based their rankings on the physical, emotional, financial, community, and social health of the communities.  Prescott landed impressively at number 13 out of 189.  In addition, Prescott, also known as “Everybody’s Hometown”, was the only Arizona city that landed in the top 20.

“Happiest and Healthiest” and “best place to live in the Southwest” are both titles that are well deserved.  Prescott’s friendly community and near perfect climate makes it a great place to raise a family as well as a perfect place to retire.

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For information on all that Prescott has to offer, give John Gorden with BloomTree Realty a call at 928-308-0101.  John has specialized knowledge of the diverse communities in the greater Prescott area which has lead him to develop a comprehensive tour of Prescott Subdivision and Neighborhoods that suit your Lifestyle and Budget

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Can I determine how much my home is worth from an internet website?

Purchasing a homeThe answer to this frequently asked questions is NO! Anyone who has bought a home, sold a home, or just looked at homes, has heard of websites such as Zillow and Trulia. These are also commonly referred to as third party real estate websites. Third party real estate websites are not local to every real estate market.

These third party real estate websites provide estimates of home values for practically any home in the United States. How is it possible that a third party website that is headquartered in California or Florida can provide an accurate home value for a home located in Rochester, NY? These third party websites such as Zillow and Trulia, use computer generated home values based on calculations and formulas.

These websites providing inaccurate estimates (or “Zestimates”) can create a false sense of hope and lead to frustration. A home seller who is told their home is worth $20,000 less than the online estimate is going to be understandably upset. It’s critical that when selling a home, the value is determined by a top Realtor in your local area, not an internet website!

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