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Halloween Trick or Treating in the Prescott Area

by Joe Karcie

Halloween is just around the corner! It's time to dress up your little ones as ghosts or goblins, princesses or witches, superheroes or monsters! Be sure to mark your calendar with the Trick-Or-Treating hours for the Quad Cities!

The Great Prescott Pumpkin Patch event will happen on Saturday, October 27th at Mile High Middle School in downtown Prescott from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.  There is a $5 entry fee, safe candy, scream and costume contests, pumpkin carving station, carnival games, crafts, and food vendors.  Bring the whole family and enjoy this day time event put on by Prescott Events. 

On Tuesday, October 30th from 10:00 am to 10:30 am, head to the Prescott Public Library (215 East Goodwin Street) for Trick-or-Treat for Little Ones.  Come to enjoy stories and songs followed by trick-or-treating inside the library. Costumes are encouraged! For children, ages 0-5.  Then on Halloween Day, October 31st, come back to the library for Halloween Wheel O' Treats and Costume Parade from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm show off your Halloween costume in a library parade, then spin the wheel for a special treat!
 
Check out the Safe Trick-or-Treat at the Prescott Valley Event Center (3201 North Main Street) from 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm on Halloween October 31st. This FREE event providing a safe place for kids in the community to trick or treat
 
The Heritage Park Zoological Sanctuary (1403 Heritage Park Road) in Prescott hosts their annual Boo at the Zoo on Wednesday, October 31st. Show up in your costume from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm and enjoy trick or treating at different stations around the park and bring a flashlight to see all the nocturnal animals. Admission to this event is $4 for members and $6 for non-members.
 
On October 31st head over to Chino Valley for Trick or Treating in Memory Park (1020 Palomino Road). This FREE annual event will take place from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Stock up on candy and allergy-free treats along with countless other activities, such as live entertainment, a Halloween maze, and scary stories. 


 
It's important to make sure that everyone stays safe this Halloween! Follow these safety tips during trick-or-treating:
 
•    All trick-or-treaters should walk in groups and not alone.
•    Young children should always be accompanied by their parents or another adult.
•    If you are going to be out after dark, make sure that everyone is visible in your group. Be sure to carry a flashlight. Wear light-colored costumes or add reflective tape generously to costumes.
•    Costumes should fit properly to avoid any tripping hazards. Costumes should also not restrict vision.
•    Only walk while trick-or-treating. Stay on sidewalks whenever possible and only cross streets at designated crosswalks or intersections. Leave bicycles or skateboards at home.
•    Review with your children the importance of watching for traffic. If you are a motorist on Halloween night, be on the lookout for children.

Have a Fun and Treat Filled Halloween!

 

Joe Karcie - RE/MAX Mountain Properties

731 W Gurley Street

Prescott, AZ 86305

(928) 776-7701

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Tips for a Quicker and Simpler Sale of Your Home

Tips For a Quicker and Simpler Sale of Your Home

by Joe Karcie

Fall is here, and the temperatures are starting to cool down.  Just like the temperature the inventory levels tend to start dropping in the fall.  Here’s what home sellers need to do to maximize their chances of a quick sale this fall.

No Clutter! Throw out old newspapers, magazines and organize the mail that has been stacking up. Pack away most of your small items like figurines and other trinkets. Even take some time to spruce up the garage.   

Storage Unit   Sometimes renting a storage unit could be the answer.  Buyers like to visualize their items in the house and that’s hard to do when the home is full of clutter.  If you chose a portable unit, it will be all ready to transport to you new home, making moving a bit easier.

Brighten it Up   Wash your windows and screens. This lets more light into the interior plus dirty windows are a turn off.   Also, replace any burnt-out bulbs, you want the home to feel light and bright. Turn all the lights on before buyers come to view the home.

Keep Everything Extra Clean   A sparkling clean house makes a great first impression and tells buyers that the home has been well cared for. Look for small things like fingerprints and dirt around light switch plates and door handles.

Make Minor Repairs   Everything you don’t repair now will most likely show up on the home inspection and could create a bad impression. Small problems such as sticky doors, torn screens, cracked caulking, cracked receptacle covers or a dripping faucet may seem trivial, but they'll give some buyers the impression that the house isn't well maintained.

Bump Up the Curb Appeal   Even in fall and winter months this is important. Rake up the leaves, trim the bushes, and sweep the walkways.  Add a nice welcome mat to the front entry and place some potted flowers near the entryway to cheer things up and get the buyers attention, check with the local nursery to see what’s in season.

Get Rid of Smells   Have the carpets and rugs professionally cleaned, and wash the drapes to eliminate cooking odors, smoke, and pet smells. Open the windows, let the house breathe. The number one turn off to a potential buyer is an unpleasant odor.

I realize every home is different and has its unique attributes.  I am always happy to discuss the best ways to maximize the potential value of your home.  Please feel free to reach out to me anytime.

Joe Karcie - RE/MAX Mountain Properties

731 W Gurley Street

Prescott, AZ 86305

(928) 776-7701

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Remove Road Blocks to Help Sell Your Home

by Joe Karcie

Every seller has a common goal in mind: sell the home quickly and for the most money. Yet when it comes time to sell the home not every seller is prepared. Many forget or don’t know how to remove road blocks that can stall the sales process or kill it completely. If you’re getting ready to list your home for sale, pay close attention: what you do before you list it can help or hurt the process.


Remove or limit the areas where your home is lacking. Study your neighborhood and the homes that are for sale. If your home is consistently coming up short in comparison, maybe it’s not landscaped enough, or it hasn’t had any upgrades in 20 years. Maybe it’s time for some renovations or, at the very least, repairs to clean it up.

Get your home “show ready” so that it isn’t lacking or appearing deficient compared to other homes in your neighborhood. Placing a home on the market that isn’t ready can cause the home to receive very little foot traffic and very little buyer interest.

Remove YOU from the home. Yes, it’s tricky to remove your personality from the home, especially when you’re still living it. But it could be necessary. This doesn’t just mean taking down personal photos and putting away private items like medicines. This means that if you’ve turned a room into a particular “you” room - your style, your personality, and your unique use of the room – consider re-doing the room to make it more neutral, versatile, and appealing to buyers. For instance, if one of the bedrooms in a two-bedroom house was converted into a meditation room, it’s wise, when listing the home for sale, to show it with both rooms as bedrooms rather than one bedroom and one room that is uniquely decorated for a specific use other than sleeping. Talk to an agent, see what they recommend before you invest too much time taking “you” out the home. Buyers can sometimes imagine how else they’d use a room but if it looks like too much work to make changes, they’ll keep hunting for a house that is better suited to their needs.

Remove strong odors from your home. Of course, I’m talking about foul smelling odors but sometimes too much of a good thing can also be a turn off. Gather up pet toys, pet beds, pet food, and make sure the house is pristine. If you’re using fragrances in your home from sprays, candles, potpourri or even real flowers, make sure that the odor isn’t overwhelming. Subtle is good... overbearing can make people think you’re trying to cover up something bad in the home.

Ultimately, the goal is to make the home have mass appeal with as few road blocks as possible to sell it. Think like a buyer and see your home the way you’ll be looking at your own next home purchase. Then maybe you’ll understand the importance of making some changes before you list your home for sale. I’d be more than happy to discuss this further or answer any questions you may have about real estate.

Joe Karcie - RE/MAX Mountain Properties

731 W Gurley Street

Prescott, AZ 86305

(928) 776-7701

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Joe Karcie
RE/MAX Mountain Properties
731 West Gurley St.
Prescott AZ 86305
928-776-7701
Fax: 928-441-9331