Prescott's Best Homes Real Estate Blog

Aug. 17, 2021

Water Leaks Cost a Bundle!

Water leaks run up water bill

Identifying Common Water Leaks

Did you know it's not uncommon for more than 20% of homes to have one unidentified water leak? Small leaks that go unidentified can significantly impact your water bill over time. 

Track Your Water Bill

Look back on your water bill history over the past months or even years, and look for spikes. Seasonal reasons may cause higher water use, such as the summer, because of lawn and garden watering, but look for any other unexpected increases in water usage. Something as seemingly insignificant as a running toilet can become a significant contributor, especially if it's running 24/7. If your water bill spikes, start hunting.

Address The Leaks

  • Listen for the running toilet: Is your toilet constantly running? Check your guest bathroom. Flush the toilet and time how long it takes to stop. Does it take minutes? If yes, you may have a problem. Open the toilet tank and look at the water level. If the water level is more than 1-inch above the tube, the flapper isn't getting a good seal, and a repair is in order. You can also test for slow leaks into the bowl by dropping some food coloring into the tank. Drop it in and wait 15 - 20 minutes without flushing. If the color appears in the bowl, you have an issue, and a repair is needed.

If you're still having difficulty identifying the issue, a YouTube Channel named 'DIY on the House' offers multiple videos on identifying and fixing common toilet leaks. First, you can view their video '8 Common Toilet Leaks, How to Find Where Your Toilet is Leaking.'

  • Inspect shower heads: Replacing O-rings, soaking the showerhead in vinegar to remove minerals, or simply replacing the head completely can stop showerheads from spaying water in unintentional directions. 
  • Inspect Faucets: Look at the source pipes of the faucets. Likely, you will discover the leak when the water is running. Therefore, after turning on the faucet, search for dampness in those darkened places. Plugging these leaks can also prevent mold buildup.
  • Tune up your irrigation system: Irrigation systems can be the most subtle leaks of all. Busted sprinkler heads or constantly leaking supply lines boost your water bill. When the system is running, look for spraying valves and find ways to eliminate overspray onto concrete. A rain sensor is also a great way to ensure you're not watering your lawn while it's raining.
  • Frozen Pipes: In the winter, water freezing in pipes causes the pipes to expand and burst. A simple way to prevent this is by removing and disconnecting all hoses from hose bibs. 

Need to get in touch with a plumber or handyman? A good source to find companies in your area to help you get taken care of is Angie's List and Nextdoor. Once you are taken care of, I can help you list and sell your home!  Give John Gorden a call today (928) 308-0101!


Posted in Selling Your Home
July 20, 2021

Growing Prescott Valley Community

Homes for sale in Legend Hills

Impressive Prescott Valley Community

The Legend Hills community is located at the base of Mingus Mountain overlooking Prescott and Prescott Valley, Arizona. The growing community is easy to find, take 89A North and just past mile marker 331 and use the turn lane to make a left onto Legend Hills Road.

As of November 2020, there are 625.95 acres of land in Legend Hills, 373.16 improved parcel owners, 272.79 unimproved parcel owners, and 151 custom homes. (Source

Legend Hills of Prescott Valley, Arizona, is an impressive community with 2-acre minimums and immaculate homes. Legend hills offer high-quality contemporary and ranch custom homes. Many of the homes in Legend Hills feature foam insulation in the ceiling and blown insulation in the walls making the homes very energy efficient. Other custom features include central vacuum, custom kitchens, granite countertops throughout, tile and hardwood flooring, wood-beamed ceilings, and tile showers.  You can find paver brick driveways and patios, beautiful stonework, crushed granite, and individual gates to your home on the exterior of the houses. Legend Hills also provides plenty of space for an oversized RV garage, allowing you to safely store your RV and toys.  This popular community is a horse-friendly subdivision, with plenty of land for a barn or stable. 

Enjoy stunning views of Mingus Mountain, Granite Mountain and Bradshaw Mountain from inside your home or from the comfort of a covered patio.

Information regarding the Legend Hills community association can be found at  You can watch past meetings on Zoom.  Zoom meeting recordings:

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Posted in Buying a Home
June 15, 2021

Thriving Prescott Valley Community


About Granville, Prescott Valley


Granville is a thriving community on Glassford Hills Road in Prescott Valley, Arizona. This growing community has large homesites and incredible amenities, including a fabulous clubhouse, meeting rooms, total gym, parks, tennis, basketball, pool and spa, and trails. Granville is just a couple of miles from the new Yavapai Regional Medical Center East Campus, schools, shopping, and dining. The Granville Elementary School is located in Granville. Hikers are in luck; the Iron King Trailhead is located in this popular subdivision.

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Posted in Buying a Home
May 13, 2021

Luxury Living in Prescott


If you are considering moving to Prescott, there is a strong probability that someone has mentioned that you should check out the Williamson Valley corridor.  They are correct!  The Williamson Valley corridor is on the west side of Prescott and runs north along Williamson Valley Road.  There are several communities in this area that have plenty to offer.

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April 14, 2021

Prescott Airport Opens New Terminal

Prescott Airport New Terminal Open


There is yet another reason to fall in love with Prescott, Arizona.   The Prescott Airport just received a significant upgrade and expansion.

Prescott Regional Airport’s New Passenger Terminal is Officially Open for Business

The Prescott Regional Airport, located at 6500 Mac Curdy Dr, Prescott, recently opened a new terminal.  The new 18,000 square-foot terminal will provide better passenger queuing space, more airline operating space, updated security processing for faster and more efficient screening, better facilities, and more.

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Posted in Prescott News
March 10, 2021

Don’t Move Stuff You Don’t Want: Sell It!


Are you getting ready to move to the Prescott Area? Welcome to "Everybody's Hometown!" We are excited to have you! You have picked a gorgeous town. Prescott truly has something for everyone. There are plenty of things to do in the area, making it the perfect community for people of all ages. Prescott is rated as one of the best places to retire, but our town is equally as family-friendly (and dog-friendly too!). The Prescott population is growing; however, it still offers the small-town feel the city has to offer and gives residents the best of both worlds. 


As you are packing to move, we have a secret for you . . . move less stuff!

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Feb. 15, 2021

Adding a bathroom? Keep these tips in mind.


Have you been living in a single-bathroom home? Is the time here to consider adding an extra full-bathroom or “water closet” to your existing layout? First, know that of all the renovations you can make to a single-bathroom home, adding an extra bathroom is one of the soundest investments you can make. With rare exceptions, the money you put into a second bathroom should pay handsomely when you list your house in the future. The bathroom is one of the most-used rooms in your home, and it can have a profound impact on how prospective buyers see your home in the future.

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Posted in Home Maintenance
Jan. 25, 2021

Ask Your Agent the Right Questions

The odds are the day will come when you need to speak to a real estate agent to help you sell your home. When that day comes, you want to be sure you have the knowledge you need to choose someone who has the background and skills to represent your interests, meet your needs, and make the process a positive experience.

Buyer's Agents vs. Seller's Agents

First, you'll want to work with an agent who represents sellers as the majority of their business. It is common for real estate agents to find their niche or specialty. They typically become agents who list homes and are a 'Seller's Agent' or find homes for their clients and are 'Buyer's Agent.'  You'll find that many agents have experience on both the buying and selling side of the situation, but when you are selling a home, it is optimal to work with an agent who has dedicated most of their time working with sellers.

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Dec. 16, 2020

Activities to Do in Prescott with Kids


One of my favorite things about being a realtor is becoming a resource of information to our clients. We often get asked, ‘What is there to do in Prescott?’. Luckily, the answer is that there are many things to do in Prescott, even for the kids.


There are valid reasons that Prescott, Arizona, is dubbed as “Everyone’s Hometown.” With Prescott’s perfect climate and four distinct but gentle seasons, everyone gets to have fun!

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Posted in Prescott, AZ
Nov. 17, 2020

Supersizing Small Living Spaces

Has your home started to feel a little small for your family? It happens to the best of us. Our 'stuff' gradually end up monopolizing our free space, and the house which felt "just right" a few years ago can suddenly feel as tiny as a shoe closet.


Fortunately, there are some simple tricks you can try to supersize your small space. Most of these tricks are a matter of changing perspective rather than opening up square footage. Before you try them, consider a real effort to declutter first. After you declutter, have fun and use the tactics listed below to maximize your living space.

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Posted in Home Maintenance