Hurry and help support our friends John Gray and the Lily Panda Project!

The MK Remodeling & Design family needs your help to support a great cause.

One of our good friends from our Arizona State days and a former client, John Gray, needs our help raising money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) Man and Woman of the Year fundraising campaign — a 10-week competition to raise the most money for blood cancer research, support, and advocacy. 

John’s daughter, Lily, aka Lily Panda, is a three-year-old warrior fighting acute lymphoblastic leukemia, a cancer of the blood. You can learn more about her journey in the video above or at this link right here:

John’s goal is to raise more than $150,000, an amount that will connect Lily’s name to a pediatric cancer research project. But time is running out!

We have until 11:59 a.m. TODAY to make a donation and help reach that goal at John’s Man of the Year Fundraising page right here:

If a silent auction is more your speed, you are in luck because we have something special for you.

Here is a link to our silent auction item, a $5,000 kitchen remodeling package from MK Remodeling & Design, which is good for a free cabinet design consultation, up to $2,500 in SOLLiD Cabinetry for the kitchen, and up to $2,500 toward installation:

If you are more of a social butterfly, or you are trying to hit the trifecta of links, you can register and buy tickets for Saturday’s Man & Woman of the Year Grand Finale 2018, and hopefully see John accept his Man of the Year Award:

Thanks so much for your consideration!

Guest post: Now’s the best time to sell your house in Phoenix (so get those remodeling projects started)

Not only are there tried and true methods to prepare your house to sell, there’s also a best time to do it. Even with warmth and sunshine throughout the year, there is still a best time to sell your house in Phoenix.

Not to create suspense any longer, numbers from 2014-2017 show that June is the prime time for your house sale to close, which means listing in April. You can expect the highest price and the shortest amount of time on the market. The month of May was not far behind (listing in March), and generally, April through early autumn is the better part of the year to sell.

Statistics, though, depend on the sample, and if you focus only on 2017, you discover that November is the best month for closing, for both price and speed of sale. A bit of a surprise, but one that could be affected by anything from weather outside Arizona to instate employment shifts. It goes to show that data isn’t always the whole picture you need.

The house sale also depends on its individual features and the trends in your local real estate market, and trends can vary from place to place, despite what the data indicates. A good agent with experience in your area market can work with your needs and priorities to help you choose the best time to sell.

Agents also have good advice about preparing a home for sale, which pays off. A minimally furnished house free of clutter, deep-cleaned and staged well, might spend up to 60% less time on the market, and can even get higher offers from impressed buyers. Let your agent guide you on necessary repairs or upgrades/remodeling you should do. Get your agent’s advice and seal of approval on:

  • The outdoor curb appeal, where your house makes its first impression. Landscaping should be well-groomed and attractively planted. The walkway needs to be fresh and inviting, up to and including the front door!
  • The stylishly neutral, upgraded look of your rooms, from entryway to bedrooms and beyond. Any remodeling needs to be finished before the house is listed, so, for example, if you’re aiming at a June sale that will list in April, use the earlier part of the year to get the required remodeling done that will bring you return on investment.

With the right timing, the right preparation on the house, and the right agent, you should be on your way to a successful house sale.


About the author: This post was provided by our friends at HomeLight. HomeLight uses actual sales data and client reviews to find the best real estate agent for you. We’re a small team of talented people in San Francisco and Phoenix, excited to change the face of real estate.

MK Remodeling & Design named one of best bathroom remodelers in Phoenix by Home Builder Digest


We are so excited to announce that we’ve been named one of the best bathroom remodeling contractors in Phoenix by Home Builder Digest!

We take enormous pride in our work and are thrilled to earn high marks from others.

Read all about the award here! Happy Monday to us!

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