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Posted: Friday, June 21, 2013 11:47 am

Right now Ahwatukee has a sellers market, according to real estate professionals, but to make sure your home sells quickly there are some quick tips that don’t take a lot of money.

The biggest thing is cleaning and organizing your home, said Suzie Stewart, real estate agent with Realty Executives of Ahwatukee. Cleaning includes ridding your home of any personal touches in photos or excessive furniture. Stewart recommends getting a storage unit for all those items and not trying to hide them elsewhere in the house.

“You’ll get your money back when you get a storage unit,” she said. “Women like the kitchen and men like the garage. If you walk into that garage and it’s cluttered you can see what they did.”

Paint and lighting are quick fixes that can really transform and update a space. Stewart recommends a nice khaki color since it typically goes with any décor, and new lights from any home improvement store.

“A lot of homes in Ahwatukee still have the original builder’s lights,” Stewart said. “Lighting changes all the time and it isn’t real expensive. You can go to Home Depot or Lowe’s and get nice lighting for not a lot of money. Or you can just buy some canister lighting and plug it in behind plants or the couch. Put it on the floor, the lighting shines upward on the walls and creates a different lighting effect and softens the room. That’s very inexpensive. When you show your house you want to leave that light on.”

A nice smell around the house can also make a good impression. Plug-in air fresheners around the house can have a calming effect.

For a final touch, Stewart recommends adding a pop of color with flowers. Potted flowers at the door step or on the patio and fresh bouquets inside the house can make it beautiful.

While an upgraded kitchen and spacious rooms will really sell a house there are inexpensive ways to make your home look great, Stewart said. When the home is clean and looks fresh and inviting a buyer may overlook some undesirable qualities.

“It’s really all about what they see when they come into the home,” Stewart said. “They may not like that it’s close to a busy road, but if the inside is beautiful it could change their mind.”

• Contact writer: (480) 898-7914 or ahurtado@ahwatukee.com.

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Maysa Fini, director of A Step Ahead Preschool, poses with students on Wednesday, Aug. 20.

Since 1998, A Step Ahead Preschool in Ahwatukee has been teaching its students through Montessori and traditional teaching methods.

The school houses nearly 60 students from 4-week-olds to 5-year-olds.

Director Maysa Fini said the school focuses on giving its students Montessori and traditional learning experiences to help them transition into the school system.

“Almost all of our graduates end up going to a public school, and the public school is not Montessori,” she said. “For us, we have a mix of both, some Montessori and some school-readiness activities, so when they go to kindergarten, they’re ahead.”

According to the school’s website, A Step Ahead’s draws students from Ahwatukee, Maricopa, Chandler and Tempe.

For additional information about A Step Ahead Preschool, visit www.astepaheadpreschool.com.

• Compiled by Daniel Ochoa.

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