Adding or Remodeling Your Arizona Pool? Discover a Few Important Tips to Help You on Your Journey.

The summer is nearing an end and soon the winter visitors will be bouncing back into the beautiful desert of Arizona. Whether you are thinking about turning your property into a vacation rental or simply thinking to turn it into your own winter oasis, let’s explore some of what you can do and the value you can add…..with a pool!

Whether you want to spruce up and redo an exciting pool, or you have the space in your backyard to add a pool or spa, fall is one of the best times in Arizona to embark on the pool journey.

Mark, with Pool Remodel Phoenix (www.poolremodelphoenix.org), a local Arizona pool builder, offers a few tips and things to consider when adding or redoing your pool.

To begin with, it is important to decide why you want to add or redo a pool.

Is it your primary residence that you are looking to enhance?

If so, Is it more for kids or adult leisure?

Do you want to increase the value of your property for resale purposes?

Are you looking to add value to a property that you plan to list on as a vacation rental?

Once those questions are addressed, you will have a better idea of what is available and what you would like according to your goals and budget.

5 tips to consider when adding a pool or giving your existing pool a facelift.

  • Keep it Cool! Arizona summers are HOT.  If you’ve lived in Arizona during a summer, you understand what hot means. In order to enjoy even getting into the pool, the decking around the pool. Kool deck, actually invented by a Tucson company, offers a great way to lower the surface temperatures of the existing ground, as well as withstand the intense Arizona sun. Opting for light colors, no matter what type of pool surface you opt for is also key.
  • Consider Safety– Water on a surface, especially specific ones like sleek surfaces, can get very slippery and create a surface that is not safe to walk on. Certain materials and surface textures offer a slip resistant space that brings a peace of mind, especially for children and the elderly. Whether you do it yourself or work with a professional contractor, there are several options and styles to choose from.

 

  1. Overlays- If you are resurfacing your pool area, overlays offer a cost effective way to change the look of existing concrete. There are several colors, materials, and overlay options to choose from. Overlays are quite a bit cheaper than complete re-dos, and are aesthetically pleasing.
  2. Durability- Wear and tear happens, from humans, chemicals and the environment. Opting for durability can and will save you money in the future. Pavers are a great example. They can withstand heat and elements, as well as easily be replaced without having to redo the whole deck or pool area. They also offer a more slip resistant surface.

Improving or adding to your property is always exciting. You are rewarded with a space to relax, enjoy and entertain, or a great return on investment. It is important that you explore your options to most out of your space and your dollar. If you are a do it yourselfer, read, ask questions, and research! If you contact a professional pool company, they offer samples, 3D renderings, as well as past work to give you an idea and visuals of the possibilities. Remodeling a pool or adding a new pool to your backyard is available for many different budgets, so have fun exploring!  

 

Make Your Property A Vacation Rental

So I’m sure you’ve heard about Airbnb and VRBO, and other vacation rental platforms out there. Maybe you’ve even thought to rent your home out to tourists and visitors to make a little extra cash.

Not a bad idea really. Choosing to list your home could be for a variety of reasons- you have a second property that is not fully being utilized, your kids have moved out and on to college and their rooms sit empty, you want to travel part of the year and not commit to renting your home out full time,  you have a great basement that would be an excellent source of revenue, or you live in a very desirable vacation location and are willing to find other accommodations for yourself to make a little money while someone else sleeps in your bed. It makes sense!

Now you’ve decided to rent your home or a room of your home out daily, weekly or even monthly.  How do you go about doing it to maximize the amount of money you make, but minimize the amount of money you spend?

Well today we offer a few home renovation tips and insights to get your home ready to list on your preferred vacation rental website.

You are basically creating a space for travelers and visitors to sleep and enjoy. When it comes down to it a little cosmetic makeover and furniture that will maximize the look and space of your property.

Furniture – Do away with old, outdated furniture, unless a good professional cleaning will do the trick. Opt for furniture and decor that accommodates the number of people able to comfortably stay, as well as an for an additional visit from a friend or two. Keep it classy, but simple.

Paint – A fresh coat of paint can dramatically increase the value of you space.

Outdoor Fun – If you have a yard or any area outdoors, include a barbeque and a couple of outdoor activities, such as corn hole, horseshoes, a mini basketball hoop (if you allow kids, this is great). Have a couple of chairs and flowers to make it feel warm. Very inexpensive way to up the value by having things to entertain you at the property.

Basement Remodel – You have an unused, possibly unfurnished basement that needs a little love and is a prime candidate for Airbnb……well get in reno mode. Basement renovations will not only add an additional space to generate income, but provide a higher sales value of your home should you sell it in the future.

Kitchen or Bathroom Remodel –  Kitchen and bathroom remodels are probably the two rooms that can bring you the largest return on investment. They can also be the two rooms that contribute to your loss on investment in not remodeling smartly. If these two rooms are extremely outdated and worn looking, renting or selling can make it a bit difficult. Keep in mind that simple renovations, such as paint, new sinks, new toilet and new hardware (faucets or knobs) can make a big difference without a big cost!

Landscape – Your property may be great but the landscaping is trashy and needs a little love. Many people choose rentals based on the outdoor area, especially if it is in a prime weather location. Keep it simple, but put a little love into the outdoors.

These are just a inexpensive ways to help you get more out of renting your home out as a vacation rental. Keep in mind what others are charging in your area and any features that are unique to your property. If you live by a beach, keep a little snorkel gear and chairs on hand at the property. This little touches and amenities will go a long way!

 

Five Tips for a smooth and hassle-free home addition.

Have you decided to add a new room to your home? That is a good idea since it will not only create more usable space in your home but also raise the value of your home. You need to remember that home addition may be tricky to plan. You therefore need to make informed decisions during the whole process to avoid getting into a mess. If you have no clue of what is expected of you during the process, you don’t need to worry since you’re at the right place. Here are some to help you prepare and achieve a home addition project efficiently.

Create a detailed budget

Proper planning is important when doing a home addition project. We both know that planning cuts across every project we undertake. When you get it right in the planning process, your project is more likely to be a success. Your plan should have the needs and priorities which you can easily achieve. Be sure to have a budget in mind for your home addition project. Since home additions are highly customizable, it may not be easy to give the exact cost. The cost is dependent on the size and needs of the project. Your budget should be flexible enough to cater for any additional costs that may not be avoidable during the process.

Hire the right professionals

A home addition project has different parts that require different professionals. Depending on the size of your addition, you may need an architect, a roofer, a painter, an electrician, a plumber, an HVAC Technician just to mention a few. Don’t make a mistake of doing it yourself. Professional expertise is very important when dealing with major home improvement projects. You will, therefore, definitely need different expertise during the process. Verify the reputation of the company you wish to work with and ensure they are both licensed and insured. Ensure you hire qualified professional for you to get quality service in return. Remember cheaper doesn’t always mean quality work.

Discuss your expectations

Your home should be exactly the way you envisioned your interior décor to look like after the home addition process. A reputable contractor will always have a concern about your expectations and help you turn them into reality. The contractor should also inform you of the starting date, the duration that the project will take and when workers will be in your home. This will help you prepare adequately for the construction.

Prepare the rest of your home

You should expect the mess that comes with a home addition. Depending on the size and type of home addition, much of your home and landscaping is likely to be affected by the construction. You should, therefore, remove valuable items and furniture from the construction area prior to the construction. Moreover, you also need to prepare for some disruption and noise.

Follow the progress

Once the project has started, you should be in touch with the construction manager so as to know the progress of the project. Let your concerns be known if anything is being done and it violates your agreement. Ensure you understand everything that is happening in your home.