Staging Tips to Sell Your Home Faster in Oro Valley

Selling your home? A few simple, affordable staging tips

Remember the last time you walked through a furniture showroom?

 You probably noticed that the sofa, chairs, tables and other furnishings were arranged - or staged - to make them look more appealing.

You might have seen an attractive lamp on a sofa end table, or an appetizing bowl of fruit on a dining room buffet.


When preparing your home for sale, you should do much the same thing. Stage each room to make it look its best. Studies prove this will help sell your home faster and for a better price.

In fact, there are professional stagers who provide consulting and installation for home staging. As your real estate agent, I can also provide you with practical ideas to get your home prepared for sale.

  • Create a spacious environment:
    Make each room look as large/spacious as possible. If you need to rent a storage space or friend’s extra room for a month or two, it’s well worth it.Put some items, and even some furniture, into storage.

  • Toaster, coffee makers, phone chargers are all handy, but clutter:
    Remove unnecessary items from countertops, tables and shelves.

  • Stand back and look at your shelves:
    Keep decorative objects on shelves, tables and even sofas, in odd number groupings. According to Barb Schwartz, the originator of staging, this combination works best. For example, have three pillows on a sofa, not two or four; have a cluster of small vases (3).

  • Update the older items:
    Make tired piece of furniture look stylish by adding a throw cover.

  • Add life:
    Just about any living space is enhanced by adding flowers or a flowering plant.

  • Get out the good stuff:
    Have the table set with your best china. It creates a vision for the buyer to want to move in and sit down for dinner with friends and family!

  • Bathroom quick fix:
    Consider replacing the sink, faucets and toilet to make an older bathroom look updated and a bit shinier, cleaner. It’s relatively quick and inexpensive and can be done in a weekend.

Professional stagers look at your home through the eyes of the buyer. Be critical of your own home. Is it cluttered? Are a few items tired looking/outdated? Does the bathroom need some new towels and maybe new faucets?

These are all easy and quick fixes to really add value to your home…and help it sell!


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Oro Valley Home Prices - What's My Home Worth?

Oro Valley Home Pricing Expertise: What’s the home really worth?

Oro Valley home prices vary based on several factors, but the four most important features that impact Oro Valley, AZ and NW Tucson home values are:

Catalina Mountain Views:

Those gorgeous mountain views! Oro Valley homes with unobstructed Catalina Mountain Views bring in a large pricing premium. Many Oro Valley home buyers will not consider buying a home without mountain views.


Buyers love privacy or the ability to be on a golf course in Oro Valley. Homes on acreage or homes that back to open space or the golf course have an added sense of privacy and usually sell for a premium.

Upgrades, Remodeling & Age of the Home:

Many Oro Valley homes were built in the late 1980's & early 1990's (Oro Valley was founded in 1974).

However, “updating” and “remodeling” are two different terms. While many sellers claim a home is remodeled or updated and move-in ready, buyers often find the updates were over a decade ago and still feel the home may be less-than-ideal as far as current updates.

Typically, a home needs updating every 15 - 20 years to stay current with the latest in home features, fixtures & finishes that buyers are looking for when they search for their new home. When and how well a home has been maintained & updated over time plays a big factor in its overall value.

Outdoor Living Space:

We love our outdoor time here in Oro Valley! Most people move to Oro Valley to enjoy our amazing weather and they spend a lot of time outside, especially as the harsh weather takes over the more northern climates.

Therefore, the homes’ outdoor living space is as important as the home’s interior. Homes with extended and covered patios, outdoor fireplaces, ramadas, pools and professional landscaping add tremendous value to an Oro Valley home.Ready to see what homes are on the market in ORO VALLEY?

Before you make an offer on an Oro Valley home, I will prepare a comprehensive home sales analysis for you using the above-listed criteria, as well as recently sold homes, so you are fully educated on Oro Valley home values. Being a fully educated buyer in the Oro Valley real estate market, you  can feel comfortable with a new home purchase.

Professional Negotiations.

This is where working with me will truly set the experience apart from other agents. I really negotiate and “work the deal” on your behalf so you can be sure you’ve gotten the very best for your money – or conversely, as a seller, you will know I’m on top or the contract to be sure your home sale gets the highest possible price.

Let me be your trusted advocate, a skill that only comes with a high level of expertise and professionalism.

Oro Valley Home Inspections & Repair Requests.

In Arizona, the standard home inspection period is 10 days. During this time,  the buyer may inspect the home for possible defects. I will be present at your inspection, and strongly recommend that a home be inspected by:

Certified Home Inspector. This is well-spent money. Have a  comprehensive inspection of the home and its mechanical systems.

Licensed Termite & Pest Professional. We get lots of critters here in Southern Arizona. Be sure your home is free of termites and pack rats.

Licensed Roofer. Roof leaks are a major contributor to unseen home damage and mold issues. Be sure the roof on your new home is in sound condition before the final purchase.

Generally, the inspection will reveal a few issues – many times they are easily handled; sometimes they can be more difficult. A key part of the home purchase process is negotiating the repair request after all the home inspections are complete.

The inspection of the home will reveal at least a few issues that are not obvious to the buyer, even on a well-maintained home.

Together, we will go through the report item by item to determine which items are important to you and represent your best interests during this process.

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Oro Valley Homes For Sale with Guest House

Thinking of buying a home with a guest house in Tucson or Oro Valley?

For some, the thought of having family (parents, in-laws, adult kids) move in with them is the precursor to nightmares. Consider adding two or more people into the space you already occupy; there’s usually no way for everyone to feel comfortable or have their truly own space. Even a short visit from friends or relatives can leave craving your own space again.

Fortunately, there’s an easy real estate property solution for that: Buy a home with a guest house or guest quarters (commonly known as a Mother-in-Law suite).

It’s not a new concept, but one that is growing. Whatever you call it, an in-law suite, guest house or attached apartment, it can be the perfect solution to adding family…without the headaches.

[See What Buyers are Looking for in their Oro Valley home purchase]

According Pew Research Center, a record number of people in the U.S. (60.6 million people, - 19% of the population) are living with two plus adult generations under the same roof, as of 2014, based on U.S. Census Bureau data.

Between 1950 - 1980, the population living in a multigenerational household dropped from 21% to 12%. But the number of multigenerational households has been growing since the early 1980s.

Generally, this has been a traditionally accepted situation in many cultures. But it’s not just racial or ethnic minorities bringing U.S. families together. A rise of this came during the Great Recession as people struggled to afford housing and foreclosures forced extended families under one roof. Asian, black, Hispanic and white identifying (in the U.S.) all saw increases in generational family living between 2009 – 2014. It’s a growing trend.

Whatever the reason, many people are seeing multigenerational housing as a smart move. Even if your family members don’t live with you yet – or you’re not sure you want them to – taking advantage of the growing list of options for multigenerational housing might be smart investment.

More Availability

As the growing share of U.S. residents living in multigenerational households reveals, the demand for housing options is rising to accomodate expanded family.

Builders are experience growing demand for this option. If you’re considering having more family members under one roof in the next few years – especially if you’re having a home custom built – it may be worth adding a guest house or a suite with its own entrance, so those family members can remain close by, but maintain their own independence.

[Read: Buying a home with an outdoor fireplace in Oro Valley]

Supreme Guest Space

Don’t need a space for family members quite yet? Use it as the ultimate guest quarters or personal space and decorate it to your current needs – whether that’s a secluded home office or a gathering area for entertaining.

The guest suite concept even translates to luxury condo communities. In some, buyers are able to add a separate guest suite onto their condo home purchase.

A Perfect Income Opportunity

Yes, guest houses are often rented for out-of-town travelers looking for something more than just a hotel room.

If adding extra living space to your home has you seeing dollar signs, there is the real potential of making the additional space into an income property by renting it out to long-term tenants, or even listing it on short-term rental sites like Airbnb and VRBO.

Be forewarned: Adding space with the intention of making an income may be prohibited in your area. Check you zoning laws carefully first. Many homeowner’s associations also frown on the practice.

If you can proceed, be sure you understand that certain kitchen appliances can mean the difference between a guest suite and a separate home – this may also violate residential zoning. As a result, many in-law or guest suites are outfitted with kitchenettes, including only a sink, small refrigerator and microwave vs. a stove or anything resembling a full kitchen.

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EXAMPLES of HOMES on the market with a guest house in ORO VALLEY


3002 W Gymkhana Way

Tucson, AZ 85742 • #21827362



14588 N Quiet Rain Drive

Oro Valley, AZ 85755 • #21831610



25 W Lambert Lane

Tucson, AZ 85737 • #21831626



12234 N Echo Valley Drive

Oro Valley, AZ 85755 • #21824085



11439 N Moon Ranch Place

Marana, AZ 85658 • #21831913

New Listing


596 W Sendero Claro

Oro Valley, AZ 85737 • #21824291


Selling Your Home in Oro Valley - Starbucks and Agent Gender Matters

Does your Real Estate Agent’s Gender Matter - Starbucks and Your Home

In many cities, including Oro Valley and Tucson, there are a few things about home sales that don’t change. Whether buying or selling a house, it turns out some of the very best tips -- ones that can translate into big bucks – and (surprisingly) perhaps using a male agent will get you more money.


Best Month to Sell Your Home

*             Thinking of selling? March is the most profitable month. According to, properties listed then sold faster and fetched 2 percent higher than average during the month of March.

 Real Estate Agents and Gender - Does it matter?

*             Your real estate agent's gender matters. Women tend to be more willing to negotiate a deal and will often close deals faster, research suggests, but for less money. Buyers and sellers take note: If you can hold out, men -- stubborn devils that they are – can often be better at getting the original asking price or getting buyers a better overall contract deal. (Need a great agent negotiator in Oro Valley?)


How Should You Update? New Roof vs. New Kitchen

*             A new roof or a new kitchen? Which brings in more money – guaranteed? A new roof is a sure-fire way to boost a home's resale value. Forget kitchen remodeling. You could remodel your dream kitchen only to find out most buyers don’t share your taste and by-pass your home. A roof is a roof, and most buyers will love the fact that large item is already updated. They are more willing to update inside.


Replacing an unsightly roof with a new one -- better for that all-important "curb appeal" -- was one of the very few projects singled out in Remodeling magazine's annual Cost vs. Value Report (2015).


In fact, (sellers, pay close attention to the psychology here) if your current roof really is bad, buyers will often be in the mindset to find numerous other things they dislike about your home.

 What does Starbucks have to do with how much your home may be worth?

*             The Starbucks Effect is real: Funny but true, according to Zillow, it was discovered that homes within a quarter mile of a Starbucks had appreciated 31 percent more over the last 17 years nationwide. It was 96 percent vs. 65 percent – quite a bump! (Get a FREE Starbucks card in Oro Valley - Win it here)


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Tips for a Faster Home Sale

My Best Tips for Selling Your Home:

1.     Boost curb appeal. 


Grab them from the outside. Most people interested your home will do a drive-by preview first, often deciding if it is even worth a look inside. Make sure your home is ready to lure in potential buyers with these tips:

·         Power wash siding and walkways – clean away debris

·         Hang easy-to-read house numbers – update them – it’s quick and easy

·         Plant blooming flowers and fresh greenery – always a good sign of happy life

·         Mow lawn, and reseed or add fresh sod as needed – a tended yard = a tended house

·         Wash front windows – dirty windows are a turn-off

·         Repaint or stain the porch floor as needed – a weekend job can pay off big

2. Welcome visitors with an inviting front door area 
Even if only a tiny area, create a "welcome home" feeling with a clean doormat, blooming potted plants and -- if you have the space -- one or two pieces of porch furniture.

Keep the lights on at night. Some buyers may choose to scope out the property at various times of day (a noise check) and in case potential buyers drive by, illuminating the front walk with solar lights is a nice extra touch, especially if you will be showing the house during the evening.

3. Sparkling clean is a must. 
From shining floors and gleaming windows to clean counters and scrubbed grout, every surface should be gone over before listing your home for sale. This will help your home put its best foot forward. You may want to hire pros to do some of the really tough stuff, especially if you have a large house. Be ready to do the work or invest in professional and don’t skip it as this step is key!

4. Clear away all clutter. 
If you are serious about selling, all clutter must go. Period. It's not easy, and it may even require getting offsite storage (or a friend’s garage) temporarily, but it is well worth the trouble. Buyers like a clean, cleared area and rooms where they can imagine their own furniture and belongings.

But it's my style! 
Clear away your love of rock and roll and vintage rock memorabilia (or whatever it is you’ve got going on in your home).  Although you love it, potentials buyers might not and for the sake of appealing to the most number of people, keep the space neutral. You may think it’s boring, but it will sell your home faster.

5. Balance clean and lived-in.
Clearing clutter is one thing; removing all traces of human life is another. To make your home look homey and inviting, add a few well-placed touches like  vases of cut flowers, a basket of fresh lemons on the kitchen counter or a couple of pots of flowers/plants.

6. The dining room is a room, too. 
Often overlooked when decorating the home, this room can be a key seller for your home. Between dinners, a large dining table can look bare and uninviting, so styling can increase the appeal. A small series of vases with a few candles or a nice large bowl of fresh fruit make it look inviting.

7. Look down.
What do you think of your floors?
At the bare minimum, give all floors a thorough cleaning (and steam clean carpets), but consider having wood floors refinished if needed. If you can get away with a few, well-placed area rugs, do so, but don’t cover any large areas of concern. Buyers need to know what they are buying. This is how to sell your house fast.

 8. Rearrange your furniture. 
In the living room, symmetrical arrangements usually work well. Pull your furniture off the walls and use pairs (of sofas, chairs, lamps) to create an inviting conversation area.

9. Choose sophisticated neutral colors. 
Purple walls may be your thing, but many buyers will quickly calculate how much work and money is going to be needed to repaint. Keep your home as neutral as possible. Some colors can work nicely. Rich midtone neutrals like mocha and "greige" create a sophisticated room.

10. Create a gender-neutral master bedroom.
Even if it means buying a new set of sheets and bedspread. Appeal to everyone with a clean, tailored master bedroom. Remove personal items and clutter. Hang a tasteful artwork or print and a fluffy blanket folded at the foot of the bed create a room buyers will want to own.

Need tips for selling your home in the Oro Valley real estate market? Call me at 520-870-5114 and I’ll be happy to go over your home and what’s need to sell it quickly for top price!

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How to Buy Your First Home in Oro Valley, AZ

Buyers often choose a favorite neighborhood without any idea of how much the homes cost in that area.

Just watch any home buying show, and first-time buyers (especially) will venture into area, choose the homes they love and then be shell-shocked when the find out the prices.

Mind adjustments happen quickly!


Finding a house that isn’t so perfect is common. Often repairs, updates and even structural fixes need to occur. These can all be things buyers don’t plan on when figuring the cost of home ownership.

A good agent will help buyers identify all of these things BEFORE they even write an offer.

Other things buyers can do to get ready for the biggest purchase in their lives:


1. Get pre-approved before starting the house hunt, so you know your price range.


2. Some  use conventional financing with private mortgage insurance, which allows them to put down 5 percent instead of 20 percent. The mortgage payment is higher, but still within a monthly budget.


3. A lower down payment makes it possible to buy a expensive home.


4. Putting less money down also allows them to keep cash for the renovations.

Oro Valley Real Estate - Homes with Outdoor Fireplace - Fire Pits

Get outside when the weather turns gorgeous in Southern Arizona!

Just because the temps are cooler doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy being outdoors in Oro Valley. Consider fire pits and outdoor fireplaces; they are a great way to enjoy the beauty of the cooler season.

Fall is such a beautiful blend of warm and cool and firepits enable you to enjoy the season fully. They make it easy to balance between theheat of summer and the (possibly coming) bitter cold of winter. Whether entertaining family and friends or just enjoying the peace serenity of your own backyard, these fire pits and outdoor fireplaces can keep you warm and toasty.

Sunken pits, moveable fire pits and small outdoor fireplaces are also popular. 

Other types of outdoor fireplaces include:

A stone fire pit can often be an attractive architectural detail added to a home.

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Having chairs and seating is key!

Patio set with fire pit - lounging around a deck fire pit, outdoor fire table. Enjoy the weather by taking the party outside.


If you want a larger, more permanent source of outdoor heat, consider building a fireplace to create warmth and beauty. Whereas fire pits have a low profile, fireplaces can be built to any height. As a result, they can provide privacy and add detail to the exterior of your home.

Some consumers opt for a ventless fireplace. Ventless fireplaces use alcohol-based cartridges composed of a clean-burning mixture of alcohol and water. Ventless give you the crackle of real fire without the smoke and hassle of building one.

Fire Safety

While enjoying the beauty of a fire pit or fireplace, don’t forget to exercise caution. 

Keep your children and pets away from the fire. This is a good rule of thumb for any open flame or heating source in your home to protect your children and pets from burns or greater accidents caused by a fire. Generally, about three feet is a safe distance to keep between the fire and all family members.

Avoid burning anything damp, which will create smoke. To avoid excess smoke inhalation while sitting around a fire, burn only dry material and use vents to direct the smoke upwards, not outwards. Smoke can cause irritation to eyes and throat.

Buyers love to have an outside area -  buy home outdoor fireplace, fire pit, gas fire pit, outdoor fire pit, fire pit table, outdoor fireplace, propane fire pit (no smoke)

Other options include: fire table, portable fire pit, outdoor gas fire pit, backyard fire pit, natural gas fire pit, gas fire pit table

Cozy Outdoor Fireplaces often have a propane fire pit table, garden fire pit, outside fireplace, or even a cheap fire pit.

Outdoor fireplace ideas for your Oro Valley Tucson home include:

  • metal fire pit

  • fire bowl

  • outdoor propane fire pit

  • small fire pit

  • outside fire pit

  • steel fire pit

  • fire pit bowl

  • fire pit ring

  • patio gas

  • bonfire pit

  • propane fire table

Safety First with Fire Pits

Never leave a fire unattended in your outdoor fireplace. Supervision is key - at all times!

Do not use an outdoor fireplace or fire pit that has experienced significant rust or damage. 

Keep several buckets of water or sand or a fire extinguisher nearby in case of an emergency. A fire entinguisher will also work. Be sure it is in working order and you know how to use it...before starting a fire.

Buying a Home with a Large Year in Tucson and Oro Valley Homes

If you have a large vacant area in your yard, consider adding a large fire pit, overisized gas fire table or portable propane fire pit or even a full-sized patio fireplace.

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Oro Valley - Tucson Moving Resource

Moving in Tucson, Oro Valley, AZ - New Business Makes it Easier to Move

Moving to Tucson or Oro Valley?

Most movers are packing the “old standby” cardboard boxes to move and haul items to the sunny Southwest.

But this, as with many things, is changing and a new business to Tucson is hoping to discourage using cardboard boxes by using a new reusable option instead.

A new business in Tucson can help those moving around the city by offering reusable moving boxes. This business is now open in Tucson.

BungoBox Arizona delivers and picks up plastic reusable boxes for packing and moving to both residential and commercial customers.

No more trolling the back of stores to find boxes or buying boxes at the hardware store (pricey!!) or borrowing boxes from friends.

Use and return. How ingenious is that?

Founded in Florida, the dealership agreement is similar to a franchise but more flexible in letting the owners tailor the business to the local market.

The new Tucson location is1,400 square feet of space at 3893 N. Oracle Road.
The mostly warehouse space will be used to store the boxes and sanitize them after use.
The boxes come in various sizes, including some on wheels, and can be rented by the week. Costs range from $56 a week for boxes and labels to pack a space up to 500 square feet to $168.50 for enough boxes to pack a space of up to 2,000 square feet.

While this isn’t a brand new trend, as there are reusable boxes on amazon and other online retailers, what makes this special is that you can use the boxes and return them. No more storing numerous boxes in your garage or trying to break them down to store them—a rough job!

A few things to know about this reusable box company:

Are boxes cleaned between uses? According to their website:
Yes! Between each rental the boxes are cleaned in a two-step process. First, we remove any loose debris by blowing the boxes out with high pressure compressed air. Next, the boxes are thoroughly hand cleaned and sanitized after each use using eco-friendly biodegradeable cleaners.

Does BungoBox service long distance or out of area moves?
Currently we only provide FREE delivery to the Tucson and Oro Valley areas. We can deliver to Sahuarita/Green Valley, Vail, Three Points, and other areas in Arizona for a custom delivery charge. Please contact us at 520.441.4020 for a quote.

How do I pay?
We accept Visa, Master Card, American Express, Discover and PayPal. Full payment is required prior to delivery of your BungoBoxes.

How much does it cost?
A 3-bedroom house supply of reusable boxes starts at $154; a 2-bedroom apartment set starts at$116.00. You can rent them for multiple weeks.

Those who are moving around Tucson, Oro Valley, Marana, Green Valley.

A few advantages:
These boxes are stackable and won’t crush like traditional cardboard boxes.The are convenient to use. The company is deliver and pick them up when you are done with them.They are sustainable. No more waste with cardboard that breaks down and are only good for a few uses.
More protective of contents. It goes without saying that a hard-side plastic box will protect your fine china better than cardboard!

To learn more, visit for more information.

Moving to Oro Valley? Let me help you find the best home for your family.

Rodger P. Garner, HomeSmart Advantage GroupCall me for a list of properties on the market right now in your price range: 520-870-5114