Thinking about putting your property on the market? In today’s real estate market, buyers are looking for move-in ready homes. For most people, a home is the biggest purchases they’ll ever make. That means they don’t want to spend a lot of money updating and fixing the property as well. “Staging” a home is easy, cost little to no money, and is one of the most effective things you can do to ensure that a buyer makes an offer. Before you put the “For Sale” sign in the front yard, here are a few simple tips to get it looking better than the competition.
Alyssa Kimble, a soon-to-be fourth-grader in White Plains, N.Y., says she uses the desk in her bedroom for “everything” — creating lesson plans for her make-believe school, writing stories and storing stuff.
Eli, a gorgeous 2-year-old, long-haired tuxedo cat is looking for a new home. He is a very calm and quite cat who likes to find a great perch from which he can watch the world go by. His favorite position is to be laying next to you to receive bully rubs and brushing. At the PetSmart cat center, he enjoys the attention of volunteers by sitting with them and occasionally playing with toys. When in the mood, he plays like a kitten. He is good with other quiet cats and maybe dogs.
Peyton, 1, is not only awesome because of his symmetrical face mask (orange muzzle with a white outline); but because of his incredible purrsonality — a purrfect mix between snuggly and silly. Peyton adores people and is only too happy to spend time with them. When he climbs into your lap, Peyton is most likely planning on being there for a long time. He loves chin and head rubs as well as belly rubs. Peyton likes being held and not only hopes for but has come to expect kisses while in this position. He is also quite conversational asking about your day and telling you about his.
Let’s face it: the best antidote for a sweltering summer day is a dive in the swimming pool. Metropolitan Phoenix boasts more than 400,000 swimming pools, proof that we love nothing more than a refreshing dip as the temperatures climb.
Fernando, a 2-year-old Poodle mix, may be a little guy but has a big brain. He already knows a few tricks and loves to play with toys and will cuddle with anyone. He does pretty well with other calm, polite dogs and might even do OK with cats. He is neutered and his adoption price is $175.
Maddie is a super sweet 3-year-old gal with a super strong purr motor. She greets you the minute you walk into the room with a rub along the leg and if you sit down, she’ll follow that up with a jump into your lap for some snuggle time.
Maverick, a 6-year-old Shih Tzu mix looks like a tough guy, but is actually just a shy guy looking for love. His life in a puppy mill before coming to Arizona Animal Welfare League & SPCA was not very nice, so he’s still trying to figure out how wonderful life and people can be. Maverick is learning to like affection, even though he flinches when people reach down to pet him. His favorite things are toys, especially squeaky toys. He should do well with most other dogs and maybe even cats.
Annalisa is a beautiful 1-year-old Sharpei with great markings and a great personality. This charming, sweet, affectionate girl loves attention from people, big and small, and is very willing to trade kisses for kisses. Annalisa enjoys snuggling with or napping next to you. She knows basic commands such as sit and takes treats very gently from your hand. She can also drink water straight from a bottle. Show Annalisa a toy box and she’ll get right to work carrying each toy into a different area of the house. Annalisa likes to fetch tennis balls, play with rope toys, and gnaw on bones. One of her favorite games is playing with a running water hose — she’ll jump into the spray, chase the water, and after the water is shut off, she’ll paw at the hose trying to get the water to reappear.
Brooke is a 1-year-old quiet, sweet, pretty little Calico with unique markings and big, beautiful golden eyes. She’s a little shy at first, but it doesn’t take her long to rub up against you to request petting and love. Brooke enjoys attention and has a purr that doesn’t quit. She loves to cuddle, especially if there is a warm lap involved. Brooke is a cuddly lap cat when you want one or a soothing presence sitting beside you while you read a good book, watch a favorite movie, or catch up with a loved one over the phone. Brooke loves to play with swizzle wands, feather wands, and a string wand toy that has a red ball attached to the end of it. She’s also a fan of toy mice and little stuffed pillows/toys that she can bat around the room. After playtime, if her person is not available for snuggling, Brooke enjoys getting cozy in a covered bed or hanging out on top of her favorite cat condo where she can observe everything going on around her. Brooke is fine with other friendly kitties. This precious girl may be small in stature, but she has a big purrsonality and a big heart. She will make a great addition to any family lucky enough to adopt her.
Old household items and clothing will be turned into an unforgettable camp experience for kids with cancer and their siblings as Arizona Camp Sunrise hosts a Weigh to Fundraise drive at Summit School of Ahwatukee on Saturday, May 31.
Ha Ha Kitty, a beautiful 2-year-old Calico is a very sweet and loving cat. As unique as her name, she is the perfect combination of affectionate and independent. Being a Calico with a very quiet, very well mannered, very unassuming personality, she is the essence of what cat lovers say about an adorable Calico cat. For entertainment, she loves to find the perfect spot where she can climb high and take long naps between surveys of her surroundings. When she is awake, she loves looking out the window in her cat room and playing with toys. Can you give her a second chance at a new life?
Lynne Avril packs every summer to spend it in Paris. She commutes to work in Ahwatukee wearing her pink flannel pajamas, feeling the cool cement floor on her bare feet as she patters from bed to studio. She may sit with the morning sunlight warming her back and continue until her eyes grow tired from the bright glare of the lamp perched on her desk. Maxie, her recently groomed puppy, is snuggled on the white leather chair nearby. White pieces of paper conceal most surfaces with countless sketches venturing to show a story written by another. She expresses her thoughts with black lines and passionately coloring outside of them, endearing characters evolve. A teetering stack of paper plates splotched with carefully chosen paint colors are her pallets and labeled with names like Amelia, Ruby, Nellie Sue or Sadie. Just a few steps down the narrow hallway her front bedroom displays her work. Tall bookcases hug the walls, parading the colorful books she brings to life.
Ollie is a beautiful boy, estimated to be about 4 years old. He’s got sparkling gold eyes and jet black fur. He is good with other cats, but isn’t too thrilled about dogs. Ollie is very a friendly and social guy. He enjoys being the center of attention and most of the time you can find him purring away. He enjoys playing with toys, but just as much enjoys snuggling up with his people. Ollie did have to undergo a dental due to a common tooth issue found in cats called “tooth resorption disease.” All but his front incisors and bottom canines had to be removed. He feels great now and more than ready to find his forever home.
This spunky 1-year-old kitty is full of purrsonality and energy, enjoying snuggle time just as much as playtime. Kyra gives enthusiastic head butts when requesting petting – she loves to be pet and to receive head, chin and ear rubs. This sweet girl is a lap cat who will sit in your lap until you can no longer feel your legs. You can regain the feeling in your legs by engaging Kyra in one of her favorite playtime activities – wand toys. Kyra loves to stalk, chase and pounce wand toys. Once you tire out, Kyra is happy to play with other friendly kitties and wow, does she love to play! Kyra is lightning fast as she chases after other kitties and she’s just as fast when they return the favor chasing her. Kyra will thrive in a home with people that enjoy playing with her and that enjoy having a lapful of cat. A home with another high energy, playful kitty friend or two to run around with is also high on Kyra’s wish list.
Owning a dog is a lot like playing golf. By this I mean there are rules and appropriate behaviors/etiquette that correspond to dog ownership. Dogs are natural followers and want to please. With the right leadership and guidance, you can establish an amazing bond with your dog. To find this connection, it’s necessary to establish a routine to let your dog know the rules.
The Ahwatukee Foothills News hosts a forum with the 9th Congressional District US House of Representatives candidate Andrew Walter.For more from this forum, see our playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL8ZTVzyUoWKlnx1J8_dcjjX94IwjMgeS5[Video: Vincent Cota/Ahwatukee Foothills News]