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How To Start Over From Scratch: Moving To Arizona

For years I've wanted to move from Cincinnati to anywhere warm. Cincinnati is an AWESOME city. The changes it has gone through in the past 5-10 years are gigantic. It's actually cool. I'm serious. But, the winters I just can't handle. So for years and years I tried to move but "couldn't".

SPOILER: One of my last renovations in Cincinnati

I was scared.

How could I start all over again?

I'd have no business connections. I'd have to know a new city and it's neighborhoods. I'd have to know what buyers were looking for in that part of the country, how much that would cost to do and how much a buyer would pay?

How long would it take to gather all of that information

How would I be able to replace all of "my people"?

Would I be successful?

Even though I had lived in Phoenix before, it was more than a decade ago as a college student at ASU. Aside from remembering the name of some streets and parts of town, I knew nothing of the real estate market. I got my Crossfit Level 1 Certification just in case. Maybe I could coach while I figured things out.

Turns out.... I was an idiot for doubting myself.

My first house in Phoenix.

Six months ago I landed in Phoenix and hit the ground running as if I'd been here all along. Last month marked my 10th year in business and I forgot about it because I was...

TOO BUSY WORKING.

Some of it seemed like luck. I met my contractor, Pace Morby, through Instagram. He is about to begin my third renovation here. But was it really luck? I had been chatting with him occasionally on Instagram posts for about a year. Networking from afar if you will. One of my agents, Michelle Houze was referred to me by a Cincinnati friend. Her and then another agent I met, Rachel Hugenschmidt, showed me the neighborhoods and what people were looking for in a home. Another contact I found at an AZREIA meeting I attended a couple winter's ago while vacationing here (nerd alert---> me, who does that on vacation?). He went to the University of Cincinnati back in the day. He'll be checking on one of my remaining Ohio homes when he attends a football game there soon. One of my favorite furniture dealers was found on Craigslist. Some people have reached out to me, while others I have hunted down. Things are weird, adventurous and random.

I love it.

My second renovation in Scottsdale.

There was no reason to be scared. The skills I learned over the past 10 years transferred. If you know how to learn, you can relearn. I didn't know anything about desert landscape, but I knew how to figure it out. I dove in. Head first. I went to nurseries. I learned names of cacti, how much palm trees cost and what an irrigation system costs. I asked my contractor 1.2 million questions, pinned ideas and studied comparable homes. I'm still asking a billion questions and learning on my own home.

Dragged some great staging stuff with me from Cincinnati like that vintage kimono. :)

The secret to starting over or learning new things is this....

Just do it.

Start.

GO.

If you're thinking about changing careers or locations, do it. If you want to flip houses, do it. Just learn. Learn more. And then learn even more.

Learn EVERYTHING.

Get a Designer's Perspective On How To Remodel Your Crappy Bathroom

Ok not just crappy bathrooms. Crappy kitchens, dining rooms, living rooms, garages and bedrooms, too. We love designing for our homes so much that we're now offering our design services to all of you! No matter your location We offer five levels of design help to meet your needs, whether you just need a fresh perspective or want us to tackle it all. 

style - $150

{inspiration} 

Sometimes you just need an outsiders opinion. You'll send us pictures of your space and answer a few questions to give us some direction. We'll provide a mood board with an explanation on how it all works together. Order 2 or 3 different designs and have your pick!  Once you're ready, you'll have the inspiration you need to start choosing the materials, artwork and furnishings you'll need to whip that room into shape.

Includes a mood board and step by step design roadmap.

style & strategy - $300 

{inspiration + details} 

For those needing a little more specificity. Includes the style package + a spreadsheet listing each item, links for where to find and purchase each item, cost breakdown and a total budget for the materials needed. 

blueprint  - $500

{inspiration + details + layout}

Changing the layout of a room is a whole different animal! This package is especially for kitchens or baths requiring a little rearranging. Includes the style and strategy packages as well as a new blueprint for your space.

consult - $300

{collaboration}

An in home consultation and collaboration. Give us the grand tour and we'll bounce some ideas around. With lots of renovations under our belt, we can point out possibilities you may not have considered or save you from costly renovation pitfalls. 

Available in Phoenix and surrounding areas until Thanksgiving 2014. 

Available in Greater Cincinnati area beginning December 9th.

renovate, decorate, organize - priced by project

{assurance}

Sit back and relax. We'll take care of everything including the design, contractors, materials, renovation, decorating, designing, storage, organizing or whatever your space needs. Whatever it takes to get your room or home shaped up, we'll take care of it.

This option is strictly offered in the Greater Cincinnati area beginning Spring 2015. Check with us for availability.