Home Maintenance and Improvement Tips

Tips on maintaining and improving your home in St. George.

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Getting a professional inspection done when buying a home in St George, UT is just common sense. There may be a couple of items missed during the inspection that you should be aware of. 

These two items are:

  1. The age of the the hot water heater.

  2. The age of the heat pump or air conditioning unit. A working heat pump or air conditioner is super important in the hot St George summer months. Summer is almost always the time when they’ll die.

Of course these two items will be covered by your home warranty, but if one of these systems goes out you will be annoyingly inconvenienced for a while. Plus, you will have to “arm wrestle” the home warranty company to do expensive repairs (which they hate doing).

So, if your home inspector doesn’t

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Are you thinking about buying a second home in The Ledges of St George community to use as a vacation rental home? There are several things to consider.

The first thing you should keep in mind is that vacation rental income often only supplements the carrying cost of a property - it doesn’t always translate to a profit once other expenses are paid.

For example, if your Ledges vacation rental is rented 30% of the time (optimistic), and you are getting $250/night, your rental would be bringing in about $3,750/month. Sounds good, huh? But not so fast. Property management fees can be as high as 50% of the gross rental income for nightly rentals (i.e. the Ledges of St George).  From this example, you would net $1,875 after management fees.

Now,

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Even after your real estate agent helped you find your dream home, there are a few things you might want to improve such as a new deck, a larger kitchen, an updated heating system, or a new roof. For many, simply paying for an improvement isn’t possible, but that doesn’t mean your home improvement dreams can’t become a reality. There are a few options for financing your improvements.

Refinance Your Mortgage

This can be a simple way to pay for a big improvement, especially if your mortgage isn’t favorable to you in the first place. You do need to be careful if you take this route. You don’t want to refinance an improvement that will not last as long as the loan. Using the loan to replace a roof that will last a couple decades may be worth it.

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For many fall is when life gets a little crazier after a relaxing summer—school starts, schedules get busier, and the holidays inch closer. As life gets crazier, doing a beginning of fall clean of the house will help you keep your days organized. Here are a few things you should do both outside and inside the house at the beginning of fall.

Outside

-Wash your exterior windows—this can be done with a squeegee or a hose.

-Clean your patio furniture—even though you will still get plenty of use out of these in the fall, it is still a good time to clean them after being used all summer.

-Inspect your windows and doors—make sure they are all closing and sealed properly.

Inside

-Organize the closets—with a more hectic life, there is less

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On a recent trip to my parents, my mom discussed changing the carpet in the bedrooms of their new (to them) home. The carpets had been in the house for ten years and smell like the previous owner's dog. She knows she needs and wants to replace them, but can’t decide on the right carpet. It’s an expensive and long-term decision so you want to make sure you make the right choice. Here are a few things we learned when researching carpet.

Start with the Padding

The padding isn’t something you initially think about when choosing carpet because it isn’t visible, but it makes a bid different to the feel of your carpet. Padding helps hide imperfections on the floor and adds extra cushion. It may be tempting to skimp on the padding, but a good padding

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The area your washing machine and dryer are located can be the least favorite part of the house. It is often a mess, filled with junk, and in many cases an impractical space—laundry rooms in garages, unfinished basements, or small spaces off the kitchen. Having a well-designed laundry room can bring organization to your home and make the never ending process of laundry more enjoyable. Below are a few things to consider if you are finally creating your perfect laundry room.

Make a Place for Everything

While in the design stage, think of everything you could possibly store in your laundry room and give it a home. Make sure there is a place to hang laundry, store folded laundry, and store any laundry supplies such as soap, ironing boards, etc… It’s

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Whenever I move it takes me months to finally hang pictures on the wall. I’m always nervous I’ll hang them in the wrong place or hang them the wrong way. I know I shouldn’t be intimidated by something that isn’t permanent, so I did some research on how to hang a picture correctly the first time.

Find the Place to Hang It

It’s hard to tell if the placement of a picture looks good from up close. Have someone hold the picture where you want it so you can step back and look at it from different angles. You can tell the person to move it around on different parts of the wall until you are satisfied with the location. A few things you should keep in mind is lighting and wall studs. Pictures might look very different depending on the time of day, so if

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Most people realize that owning a home is an investment, but less realize it is an investment that you can keep adding to. Home upkeep and renovations can add serious value to your real estate when it comes time to sell. Below are a few investments you can start making in your home.

Basement Remodel

Most basements, especially in older homes, come unfinished. Finishing the basement can greatly add to the amount of living space in your home—all without actually adding onto your home. Adding an entertainment room is a popular option right now that will also add fun to your home.

One thing you may want to look out for when remodeling a basement is flooding issues. Getting an expert to check it out before you begin construction can save you from

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It can be hard to tear kids away from their technology during the summer. Making the backyard a place they want to spend time can help get them up and outdoors all summer long. Here are a few fun home improvement tips the whole family can enjoy.

Fire Pit

A fire pit is a perfect way to get the family to gather together outside. You can use it to grill marshmallows with the kids or tell ghost stories until the late hours of the night. In addition to the fun it provides for the family, it is a great addition for entertaining guests year round in St George.

Sand Box

Adding a sandbox to your backyard can be as easy or elaborate as you want to make it. It can be as simple as building a base out of two-by-fours and filling it with sand. More

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As we approach summer, it's important to consider landscaping for the heat. The hot, dry climate creates a unique situation for growing vegetation and creating a welcoming yard. Use these tips to grow your St. George garden.

Choose the right plants

Research what plants will work well in the summer heat. Buy seeds that are meant for the desert and plants that can withstand the climate. Plant flowers that are native to the area like autumn sage and columbine. Different types of cacti can also add the look and charm you want. Use this article to help you pick some vegetation for your yard.

Treat the soil

Desert soil is tough and sandy. If you want to plant a vegetable garden or or other vegetation, you’ll need to lay down the proper soil.

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