House Maintenance July 10, 2024

The Top 6 Spots Where Mold Makes its Home

Imagine walking into your home and taking a deep breath of fresh, clean air. It’s comforting, right? But what if that fresh air hides a silent invader that could harm your health and home? We’re talking about mold. For many homeowners, mold is a hidden menace lurking in places they least expect. This blog post will uncover the top six spots mold loves to hide in your home. We’ll provide practical tips on identifying and eliminating mold, ensuring your home remains a safe haven.

What is Mold?

Mold is a type of fungus that thrives in damp, warm environments. It reproduces through tiny spores that float through the air and can settle anywhere. While mold is essential in breaking down organic materials in nature, it becomes a problem when it starts growing indoors. Mold can cause various health issues, including allergies, respiratory problems, and skin irritations. Understanding mold and its behavior is the first step in preventing its growth in your home.

Why Mold Loves Homes

Mold finds homes irresistible due to abundant organic materials and moisture sources. It can grow on wood, paper, carpet, food, and insulation. Homes provide a perfect breeding ground for mold, especially in areas with poor ventilation. Additionally, everyday activities like cooking, bathing, and laundry contribute to higher moisture levels, making it easier for mold to thrive. By understanding why mold loves homes, you can take proactive steps to reduce its chances of settling in.

The Health Risks of Mold

Mold exposure can cause various health issues, particularly for individuals with allergies, asthma, or weakened immune systems. Common symptoms include sneezing, coughing, eye irritation, and skin rashes. In severe cases, mold exposure can lead to more serious respiratory problems and infections. Homeowners must know these risks and immediately act if they suspect mold growth. Protecting your health and the health of your loved ones should always be a top priority.

Identifying Mold in Your Home

Identifying mold early can save you from costly repairs and potential health hazards. Mold often appears as black, green, or white spots and can have a musty odor. It thrives in areas with high humidity, such as bathrooms, kitchens, basements, and attics. Regular inspections and being mindful of changes in your home’s appearance or smell can help you catch mold early. It’s always best to consult a professional for an accurate assessment if you need clarification on whether you’re dealing with mold.

To be a mold detective, you must know the top six spots mold makes its home. Check this list to see places you may have missed:

  1. The Bathroom. Yes, it’s the most common, but are you checking all the spots in the bathroom? Toilet seals, wet walls, shower curtains, and beneath sinks are well-known spots, but it’s the shower where things can get grimy. To keep mold from penetrating the tiles, you must ensure your caulking and grout are in good shape. Otherwise, water can seep in and make a new home for mold.
  2. The Kitchen. Monthly, check under the sink, behind the fridge, and around the dishwasher. A quiet leak in any of these areas will increase the odds of a mold problem.
  3. The Basement or Crawlspace. Darkness? Check. Proximity to the earth? Check. Are they hidden from view? You betcha. If basements flood or older homes have poor drainage and ventilation of the crawlspace, mold can take hold.
  4. The Windows. As temperatures fluctuate, condensation can build up here, and spores hanging around can gradually take hold and bloom into a black, spotty mess. This is especially true if the windows are shaded or routinely covered by curtains.
  5. The Drywall. Here’s a hidden killer in the mold battle. Water can promote mold growth when it gets into the materials that make up drywall. To cure this problem, you often have to remove considerable sections of drywall to identify and remove the mold. Your nose is your best guide here.
  6. The Carpet. Much like drywall, carpet can hold mold and need to be replaced. The underside of the carpet hides much of the visible mold, and the culprits contributing to the cause include flooding, moisture from concrete foundations, or spills.

I enjoy every aspect of helping individuals buy and sell homes, even if it is dealing with mold!  If you have questions or are ready to move, contact me at (928) 916-1921.

Trent Beaver
(928) 916-1921

Prescott June 11, 2024

Experience the Ultimate Camping Adventure: Top Items to Pack for Success

Camping is one of the most enriching ways to connect with nature, unwind from the daily grind, and create lasting memories. However, preparation is key to ensuring your adventure is not only enjoyable but also stress-free. In this guide, we’ll explore the best ways to maximize your camping experience by being well-prepared and packing the right essentials. Whether you’re a seasoned camper or a newbie on your first trip, these tips will set you up for success.

The Importance of Planning Ahead

Understanding the Camping Destination

Before embarking on your camping trip, research your destination thoroughly. Knowing the terrain, weather conditions, and available amenities will help you pack appropriately and anticipate potential challenges. For instance, some campgrounds offer facilities like restrooms and water sources, while others may require you to be entirely self-sufficient.

Securing Reservations Early

Popular camping spots can fill up quickly, especially during peak seasons. Secure your campsite reservation well in advance to guarantee your spot. This step not only ensures you have a place to stay but also allows you to select a site that meets your preferences (e.g., proximity to water, shade, etc.).

Top Things to Pack Camping

1. Cooking gear and food

Cooking up a delicious meal outdoors can be a highlight of your camping experience, but you need to pack your kitchen essentials. Some necessary items include a portable stove, fuel, pots, pans, utensils, and a cooler. Also, remember to pack enough food, snacks, and drinks to last the trip. TIP:  If you don’t have running water, fill a spray bottle with water and a squirt of dish soap to wash your dishes.

2. Lighting equipment

Once the sun goes down, you’ll need a reliable light source to help you navigate your campsite and avoid tripping over roots or rocks. Pack a lantern, headlamp, or flashlight, and bring extra batteries to keep your light sources up and running. TIP:

Charge a solar motion detector light during the day and place in front of your door; as you approach, the light will turn on.

3. First Aid Kit

Even if you’re not prone to accidents, a first aid kit is essential for emergencies. Your kit should include band-aids, antiseptic wipes, gauze, pain relievers, and prescription medications. Consider if it is allergy season and pack your allergy medicine, Aloe/After Sun if you are going to be in the sun, and muscle rub if you are going to be doing strenuous activities.

4. Maps and compass

While smartphones can provide GPS navigation, they are sometimes unreliable in remote locations. Before you hit the trails, grab a map and compass and learn how to use them.

5. Insect Repellent

Don’t let bugs ruin your camping trip. Insect repellent is a must to keep mosquitoes, ticks, and other biting insects at bay. Pack some anti-itch cream for any bites you may endure.

6. Portable Power Bank

Even if you’re camping to escape everyday life, you might still need to charge your phone or camera. Pack a portable power bank and ensure it is fully charged before leaving.

7. Entertainment options

While camping is all about enjoying nature, there will be times when you need to relax at your campsite. Pack books, games, a deck of cards, or a guitar to keep yourself entertained while you take a break.

Preparing for your camping trip with the right gear and equipment is essential to ensuring a successful, enjoyable experience. The list of items to pack for your camping trip may seem endless, but focusing on the above should set you on the right path. Remember, the key to a successful camping trip is preparation. With the right mindset and thorough planning, you can embrace the beauty of nature and enjoy every moment of your adventure. Happy camping!


Trent Beaver

(928) 916-1921

Remodeling Your HomeSelling Your Home May 13, 2024

Reality TV Home Makeover Myths

Real Estate Reality TV shows have been a staple on our TV screens for years. Have you ever been flipping through the channels, only to be glued to the couch in an HGTV binge session? We’ve all been there, watching entire seasons of shows like “Property Brothers,” “Fixer Upper,” and “Love It or List It,” all in one sitting. However, as much as we love these shows, several misconceptions and myths surround them. This blog post will debunk some common myths about real estate reality television shows.

Myth #1: The renovation is completed in a day or two.

While shows may showcase the renovation process in a short time frame, the actual renovation may take weeks, or even months, to complete. 

Myth #2: Everything is perfect after the renovation.

After watching a home makeover show, one may believe everything is perfect after the renovation. However, this is only sometimes the case. Sometimes, homeowners may find that the design or furniture showcased on the show may need to be more practical and functional in real life. Additionally, given the quick turnaround time for the renovation, quality may be compromised, leading to future issues.

Myth #3: Buyers look at 3 homes and decide to purchase one of them.

Some buyers may fall in love and buy the first home they see, but according to the National Association of Realtors, the average homebuyer tours 10 homes as a part of their search.  

Myth #4: The houses the buyers are touring are still for sale.

Everything is staged for TV. Many of the homes shown are already sold and are off the market. 

Myth #5: The buyers haven’t made a purchase decision yet.

Since the entire buying process cannot be shown in a 30-minute show, TV producers often choose buyers who are further along and have already selected a home to buy. 

Myth #6: If you list your home for sale, it will ALWAYS sell at the open house.

Of course, this would be great! Open houses are essential to guarantee the most exposure to buyers in your area, but they are only one piece of the overall marketing of your home. Keep in mind many houses are sold during regular showing appointments as well. 

Reality television shows have captivated audiences for years, but several myths need debunking. Having an experienced professional on your side while navigating the real estate market is the best way to guarantee you can make the home of your dreams an actual reality. 

Trent Beaver

(928) 916-1921


Buying a Home April 10, 2024

Tips for Finding the Right Real Estate Agent

The decision to buy a new home is a thrilling adventure filled with possibilities, but it can also be a complex process. Amidst market fluctuations, legalese, and the myriad of personal preferences that go into searching for the perfect abode, a trustworthy real estate agent can be your guiding star. But with so many agents, how do you find the one who will genuinely have your best interests at heart? This comprehensive guide will provide essential tips for homebuyers seeking the perfect real estate professional.

Tip 1: Understand the Agent’s Role

The role of a real estate agent is more than just to show you homes. They should act as your advisor, negotiator, community expert, and more.  

Tip 2: Local Expertise is Key

Location, location, location – it’s not just a cliché; it’s crucial. A good agent must intimately understand the neighborhoods you’re interested in. 

Tip 3: Licensing and Certifications Matter

Real estate laws and regulations can vary by state and are frequently modified. Proper licensing makes it essential for your agent to be up-to-date with current licensing and certifications. 

Tip 4: Look for Experience and Track Record

In a competitive market, experience is invaluable. An experienced agent can offer insights that a newcomer might be unable to access. Check their reviews for evidence of successful sales and satisfied clients.

Tip 5: Compatibility is Critical

Your real estate agent will be a close confidant during the home-buying process. It’s worth the time to find an agent with whom you feel comfortable.

Tip 6: Technology Savvy Agents Save Time

Technological tools can significantly enhance the house-hunting process. Ask potential agents about their strategies for using online listings, social media, and digital tools to find the best homes.

Tip 7: Marketing Skills and Reputation Make a Difference

Effective advertisement and a strong reputation in the community are signs of a serious professional. Agents with good marketing skills can reach a broader audience, potentially resulting in quicker sales.

Tip 8: Negotiating Expertise Can Save You Money

A large part of your agents’ work is behind the scenes, where their communication and negotiation skills are tested. Any reduction in the property’s price or furnished extras is money saved for you.

Tip 9: Transparency and Honesty Are Non-negotiable

Trust is paramount in this relationship. An honest agent will tell you not just what you want to hear but what you need to hear. They’ll be upfront about market conditions, your buying potential, and any issues with a property.

By heeding these tips, you can significantly increase your chances of finding a real estate agent who meets and exceeds your expectations. Remember, the right agent can transform the daunting task of buying a home into an experience you’ll cherish for years.

I would love to help you buy your next home! Contact me at (928) 916-1921.


Buying a HomeMortages Taxes Insurance March 7, 2024

Effect of High-Inflation on Housing

The news is full of stories about rising prices affecting your wallet. Naturally, if you’re considering purchasing a home this year, inflationary concerns like increasing consumer costs and supply chain “woes” make you wonder if you should wait to buy. Investopedia explains that prices rise across the board during high inflation. Understandably, the cost of homes isn’t resistant to this increase, but read on to learn why inflation shouldn’t stop you from buying a home in the future. 

Homeownership Offers Stability and Security

Home prices have been increasing for several years, and market analysts say they will continue to climb throughout the following year. Protecting yourself from the rising costs of food, shelter, entertainment, and other goods and services is essential as a buyer. The answer to hedge against inflation lies in housing.

Buying a home and securing a fixed-rate mortgage allows you to lock in your monthly mortgage payment for years. That means, as other prices rise, your fixed-rate mortgage monthly payment will be consistent and locked. With the bulk of your payment locked, you have the peace of mind that most of your housing costs, including the mortgage payment portion, are protected from inflation.

James Royal, Senior Wealth Management Reporter at Bankrate, says:

“A fixed-rate mortgage allows you to maintain the biggest portion of housing expenses at the same payment. Sure, property taxes will rise and other expenses may creep up, but your monthly housing payment remains the same.”

If you rent, your payments are not locked in, and your rent will likely increase. While inflation decreases the amount that your dollars can buy, low mortgage rates help balance the financial picture by boosting your purchasing power, enabling you to get more home for your money. Low interest rates keep your monthly payments down. (Mortgage Calculator)  

Bottom Line

The best hedge against high inflation is securing fixed housing. Ultimately, don’t let inflation scare you from buying a home this year. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact me. I would love to talk about strategy and real estate!

About Trent

Trent Beaver grew up in Parker, Arizona; a small-town along the Colorado river. Growing up in the small town atmosphere Trent soon learned two key traits growing up, honesty and loyalty. Trent Beaver observed first hand that for any long term success, these qualities are a priority. Trent uses these two attributes for the basis of his business as a REALTOR ®.

As a REALTOR ® Trent puts his client first by being a good listener, good communicator, and responding to your needs quickly. He upholds his core values and looks to be your lifetime REALTOR ® finding you the home or property that suits your needs best.

In 2006, Trent Beaver moved to Prescott to further his education. He soon graduated from Yavapai College with his Associates of Business and from Old Dominion University with his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. Upon purchasing a house with his wife, Jenni, who is a 3rd grade teacher in the Prescott School District, Trent Beaver soon realized his passion for real estate and began to fulfill the requirements to get his real estate license.

When Trent Beaver isn’t working at the BloomTree Realty Office, he enjoys traveling, Off-Road Racing, Golfing, and playing with his dogs: Scout and Piper.

Trent Beaver

(928) 916-1921

Prescott Arizona February 7, 2024

When It Is Cold Outside, Play Inside

Espire Sports Open in Prescott

When the weather is too cold to have fun outside, don’t worry, you can still play inside! Espire Sports is a one-of-a-kind indoor/outdoor sports complex in the Pine Ridge Mall (previously known as the Prescott Gateway Mall).

The former Sears building at Mall off Highway 69 now has an over 100,000 square feet sports complex complete with pickleball, sports, fitness, and wellness opportunities.

You can read more information on the facility, classes, and membership prices at The facility is truly a unique complex that will benefit people of all ages in the Prescott area.   

Types of Activities at Espire Sports

At Espire Sports, you will find Indoor pickleball, a multi-purpose sports court, yard games, arcade, bocce ball, cornhole, ping-pong, billiards, a fitness center with rooms for yoga, aerobics, or Pilates, golf simulators, a 9-hole putting green, pro-shop, cafe, and juice bar. There are also locker rooms with showers.

Pickle Ball Courts

The complex has 18 indoor and 12 outdoor pickleball courts with a pro-regulation outdoor acrylic surface where you can use any outdoor pickleball. The ceiling height is 20′, allowing players to execute the perfect lob.

What is Pickle Ball

According to, Pickleball was invented in 1965 on Bainbridge Island, a short ferry ride from Seattle, Washington. Three dads – Joel Pritchard, Bill Bell, and Barney McCallum — whose kids were bored with their usual summertime activities — are credited for creating a game. Pickleball has evolved from original handmade equipment and simple rules into a popular sport throughout the US and Canada. The game is also growing internationally, with many European and Asian countries adding courts.

Pickleball is a paddle sport that combines tennis, ping-pong, and badminton elements. It is played on a court that is roughly half the size of a tennis court. Players use “paddles” to strike the ball. The pickleball itself is similar to a wiffle ball.


Espire Sports has memberships for those who want to utilize the facility regularly and a drop-in day pass for those just coming short term to experience this incredible complex. Membership Information


Enjoy refreshments before and after play at the THIRD SHOT refreshments bar. The bar includes juice, smoothies, acai bowls, organic coffees, lite fare, and healthy snacks.

About Prescott, Arizona

In Prescott, Arizona, you will find countless activities, including horseback riding, golfing, kayaking, fishing, hiking, camping, mountain biking, local breweries, restaurants, and shopping. In addition to the hometown feel, these activities keep Prescott visitors, young and old, returning year after year.

Once the state’s territorial capital, Prescott, Arizona, is rich with history embodied in its world-famous Whiskey Row, the historic courthouse, and numerous historical landmarks. Whether you’re seeking to relax in a natural environment filled with beauty and wildlife or the history of “Everybody’s Hometown,” you will find something that will interest you. Visit the official Prescott, Arizona, website to learn more by clicking here.

Located in the Bradshaw Mountains, Prescott sits at an altitude of 5,400 feet. The average high temperature in the winter in Prescott is around 52 degrees and averages 89 in the summer. There are approximately 46,000 people in Prescott, but the surrounding “Quad-City” area of Dewey-Humboldt, Chino Valley, and Prescott Valley and the smaller towns of Mayer, Paulden, and Wilhoit, comprise around 119,000 people.

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Selling Your Home January 10, 2024

7 Embarrassing Home Staging Mistakes That Can Hurt Your Home’s Value

When you’re staging your home to sell, you want to do everything possible to make it look its best. But sometimes, good intentions can lead to embarrassing mistakes that could hurt your home’s value.

Here are seven of the most common home staging mistakes to avoid:

1. Personal Photos Mementos
You may love your family photos and cherished mementos, but potential buyers don’t want to see them. They want to imagine their own family in the home, not yours. So pack up those personal items before staging your home.

2. Too Much Furniture
Too much furniture in a room can make it feel small and cramped. Reduce your furniture to the essentials and arrange it to make the space feel open and inviting.

3. Poor Lighting
Good lighting is essential in any room, but it’s critical when staging a home for sale. Poor lighting can make a space feel dark and uninviting, so open up the curtains and turn on all the lights before potential buyers come through.

4. Messy Kitchens and Bathrooms
Your kitchen and bathroom are two of the most essential rooms in your home, so they must be spotless when you’re staging them. Clear off countertops, wash dishes, and declutter cabinets or drawers. In the bathroom, hide personal items and ensure clean and clear counters.

5. Unmade Beds
An unmade bed can make a bedroom look messy and uninviting. Be sure to straighten the sheets and plump the pillows before potential buyers arrive.

6. Pets and Pet Messes
Pets can be a turnoff for some potential buyers, so removing them from the home during showings is best. If that’s impossible, put away any pet toys, food, and water dishes. And always clean up any pet messes before potential buyers come through.

7. Personal Items in Plain Sight
You may think your home is clean, but if personal items like mail or bills are in plain sight, potential buyers will think you need to keep up with the housework. Be sure to put away any personal items before staging your home.

Avoiding these seven embarrassing mistakes will go a long way toward helping you stage your home successfully and sell it for the best price possible.

Call me, I can help you sell your home! 

Trent Beaver (928) 916-1921

Prescott Valley December 7, 2023

Check out Granville in Prescott Valley

Granville is a thriving community on Glassford Hills Road in Prescott Valley, Arizona. This growing community has large homesites and incredible amenities, including a fabulous clubhouse, meeting rooms, a complete gym, parks, tennis, basketball, pool and spa, and trails (the Iron King Trailhead is located in the subdivision). Granville is just a few miles from the new Yavapai Regional Medical Center East Campus, schools, shopping, and dining. 

You can find the Granville Elementary School located in Granville.  According to the school’s website, the Mission of the school: 

Every student will achieve their highest academic and personal pursuits through an educational program distinguished by:

  • a safe and nurturing environment focused on learning and the development of the whole child
  • a research-based and highly effective signature program supported by response to intervention strategies that meet the needs of all learners
  • an innovative approach to teaching and learning
  • a high-functioning team of committed people modeling great character and inspiring excellence the honoring of all voices of our community

>>View Homes For Sale in Granville<<

About Prescott Valley

Prescott Valley, Arizona, is a family-oriented community that sits at an elevation of 5,000 feet and is located 85 miles north of Phoenix.

Strong in economic development, the community attracts retailers and restaurants such as Kohl’s, Dick’s Sporting Goods, T.J. Maxx, Sprouts, Culvers, Chick-fil-A, Buffalo Wild Wings, and a host of independent food and shopping choices.

There is no shortage of places to spend your leisure time. Attractions such as Fain Park, Mountain Valley Splash Pool, and special events such as Prescott Valley Days, Balloon Glow, or the Christmas Valley of Lights will keep you entertained all year.

Families and retirees have chosen to buy homes and relocate to Prescott Valley because of its strong work ethic, quality educational system, family values, and great year-round weather. Can you tell that we love Prescott Valley?

About BloomTree Realty

When you hire a BHGRE Agent, you are not hiring just one agent; you are hiring a company with a committed group of professionals who support each other. You are hiring a dedicated leadership team committed to attracting and training the best agents and supporting the community in which we all live. 

About Trent

Trent Beaver grew up in Parker, Arizona; a small-town along the Colorado river. Growing up in the small town atmosphere Trent soon learned two key traits growing up, honesty and loyalty. Trent Beaver observed first hand that for any long term success, these qualities are a priority. Trent uses these two attributes for the basis of his business as a REALTOR ®.

As a REALTOR ® Trent puts his client first by being a good listener, good communicator, and responding to your needs quickly. He upholds his core values and looks to be your lifetime REALTOR ® finding you the home or property that suits your needs best.

In 2006, Trent Beaver moved to Prescott to further his education. He soon graduated from Yavapai College with his Associates of Business and from Old Dominion University with his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. Upon purchasing a house with his wife, Jenni, who is a 3rd grade teacher in the Prescott School District, Trent Beaver soon realized his passion for real estate and began to fulfill the requirements to get his real estate license.

When Trent Beaver isn’t working at the BloomTree Realty Office, he enjoys traveling, Off-Road Racing, Golfing, and playing with his dogs: Scout and Piper.

Trent Beaver

(928) 916-1921


Prescott November 16, 2023

Winter Activities To Do in Arizona

There’s no need to hibernate during the Winter in Arizona – in fact, there are tons of fun things to do! Below are our top five things to do in Arizona during the Winter:

Ski Arizona

Snowbowl Mountain is part San Francisco Peaks in Flagstaff, Arizona. The mountain is a dormant volcano and is a sacred site to 13 Native American tribes. The ski resort is located on the southeast side of the mountain. This area usually receives a significant amount of snowfall, making it a popular destination for winter sports enthusiasts. There are over 40 trails that range in difficulty from beginner to expert. There is also a terrain park for those who want to try their hand at some more challenging obstacles.

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Ice Skating in Prescott, Valley

One of the best places to enjoy a winter activity in Arizona is Prescott Valley. There, you can enjoy a leisurely ice skating session at the Prescott Valley Event Center. The center has a 200-foot by 85-foot rink that is open to the public. You can even bring your own skates if you prefer!

The Prescott Valley Event Center isn’t the only place to ice skate in Arizona, but it is one of the most popular. If you’re looking for a more adventurous skating experience, try out the ice rink at Flagstaff’s Thorpe Park. At nearly 12,000 square feet, this rink is the largest in Northern Arizona.

Ice skating is a fun way to stay active and enjoy the winter weather. There are several ice skating rinks in the Phoenix area, including AZ Ice Arcadia, AZ Ice Peoria, and Skate Westgate Outdoor Ice Rink.

Go Tubin’ in the Snow!

What a great way to spend a winter day, tubing down a snow-covered hill in Arizona! There are a few locations around the state where you can enjoy this fun activity.

One popular spot is Mount Lemmon Ski Valley near Tucson. In addition to tubing, you can also ski and snowboard here. The season usually runs from November through March.
Another great option is Sunrise Park Resort in Greer. This resort offers tubing, skiing, and snowboarding. It’s open from December through April.

In Flagstaff, you have the Flagstaff Snow Park, located in the Fort Tuthill County Park. The park offers multiple groomed snow tubing runs, unlimited commercial snow tube use, a groomed kiddie hill, outdoor fire pits, multiple food trucks, portable restrooms, and picnic tables. You need to purchase tickets in advance; no walk-up tickets are available. More information here.

Canyon Coaster Adventure Park in Williams, Arizona, has tubing!  From the Canyon Coaster Website: “Zip down our freshly packed snow slopes and ride back up the hill on one of our two conveyor lifts. With the help of our 4 state-of-the-art snowmakers, we guarantee snow from mid-November until Easter! Best of all you don’t need any special skills or equipment rentals to experience this fun family-friendly activity.”  More Information

Zoolights, Phoenix Zoo

Zoolights at the Phoenix Zoo features a dazzling display of more than a million lights that transform the zoo into a magical wonderland. There’s something for everyone to enjoy at this event, from children’s activities and live entertainment to delicious food and drinks.

Be sure to check out the new “Festival of Lights” show, which is a spectacular light show set to music. You’ll also want to see the zoo’s famous Christmas tree, which is festively decorated with more than 10,000 lights. Zoolights Information

Hiking Camelback Mountain, Phoenix, Arizona

Hiking Camelback Mountain is a popular winter activity in Arizona. The summit offers sweeping views of the Phoenix metropolitan area and the surrounding mountains. The trails are well-marked and range from easy to difficult, so there is a hike for everyone. Be sure to bring plenty of water and sunscreen, as it can be hot and sunny on the mountain. There are also a few restaurants and cafes at the base of the mountain, so you can refuel after your hike. Click here for more information on hiking Camelback Mountain.

Winter Sleigh Rides, Arizona

Flagstaff, a northern Arizona city of about 70,000 people, is a wintertime destination for skiers who are willing to brave the cold. There are a wide variety of activities suited for the colder months (November through March) in Northern Arizona. One activity taking place all Winter long is a sleigh ride! The sleigh ride at Historic Hitchin’ Post Stables is pulled by a team of horses and a guide will narrate a story while you travel through the Coconino National Forest.

Tickets for this ride should be booked well in advance as there are a limited number of seats. Be sure to dress warmly – temperatures can still get chilly at night!

These are just a few of the many fun things to do in Arizona during the Winter. Whether you’re looking for a family-friendly activity or something more adventurous, Arizona has something to offer everyone. So get out and enjoy all that our wonderful state has to offer.

Call Trent Beaver for your real estate needs!  Trent Beaver (928) 916-1921

Selling Your Home October 11, 2023

Helpful Open House Checklist

The run-up to an open house is as significant as the event itself.  Preparing yourself and others for the event is crucial to showcasing a property and building relationships with neighbors, future buyers, and people who may provide that essential referral. We have outlined some key steps you can take to ensure a successful open house.

TIP: Make a checklist of what must be done and set up alerts on your calendar to remind you to do the tasks on your checklist. 

1 week before: Create flyers with date, time, mortgage information, and contact info for the open house. Create a Facebook Event and invite friends, fans, and prospects.

6 days before: Call all your buyers to inform them about the open house. Hang 25 flyers and 25 door-knockers around the neighborhood.

5 days before: Check on the status of the flyers. If you run into people in the neighborhood while you’re there, introduce yourself and tell them about the open house.

2 days before: Be sure you’ve memorized the house and its details and know its floor plan well enough to give effective tours that showcase the property. Create an attractive sign-in sheet featuring your photo and contact info, and offer a line for their contact info (including email address) and space to share where they heard about the open house.

30 minutes before: Make sure the house is clean and smells clean (many home sprays are clean and pleasant; avoid overtly floral or scented scents, as many people are allergic or sensitive to strong scents). Place 4 directional signs with eye-catching accessories like balloons to grab people’s attention and pull traffic from main intersections. Set out light refreshments to create a hospitable atmosphere and leave a positive impression on buyers. Offer non-messy finger foods for guests to munch on while they explore each room in your home. Be sure to have plenty of cold drinks handy; water, lemonade, and iced tea are always popular options!

10 minutes before: Put at least two signs and 4 attention-getters out front, and an “Open” rider on the sign. Play background music, preferably something instrumental and subtle, at low volume.

Within 24-hours after: Follow up with all contacts by phone or email.

Need someone to help you with your open house? Get in touch!

Trent Beaver

(928) 916-1921