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

Summer: With its bright sun and hot temperatures, its many Southern Utah residents’ favorite time of year… but not for all! The end of summer brings cooler temperatures and beautiful fall colors. Before you get out your jacket and fully embrace the beginning of autumn, here are a few things you should be doing around your home to keep it in good shape. 

Check Your Alarms And Emergency Equipment

It’s important to make sure that everything around your home is ready before an emergency—not after! Take some time at the end of summer to go around your home and test all of your equipment.

It is recommended that you check your smoke alarm monthly. Doing so is quick and easy: All you have to do is press a button! You should also be changing the batteries…

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Are you looking to spice up your home this summer with some exciting new designs, furniture, or more? Maybe even to set it up nicely for selling? 

Well, whether it’s to take advantage of the market and sell or for your own pleasure, so you can enjoy your home as it’s meant to be enjoyed, we’ve come up with some of the most popular interior design trends for summer 2022. 

Whether that’s from the paint work, or the furniture itself, possibly even just some extra decor you wouldn’t expect, or unique finishes. 

We’ve decided on 4 essential interior designs trends to consider for summer 2022 that will revamp your home in ways you can’t even imagine. 

The Fresher, The Better

Consider the colors of your home now, the likelihood that the walls are…

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As the weather becomes even warmer, you’re finally looking to create the ultimate outdoor living space for your home. 

Creating an outdoor living space you can escape to as your own private oasis is truly an exciting thing to be able to do when you’re a homeowner, especially when you live somewhere as beautiful as Utah. 

From lighting to decor, the right furniture to even the more technical things such as how to keep those pesky bugs at bay when you’re trying to relax with a nice book by the pool, we’ve got you covered on some great ideas for creating the perfect outdoor living space. 

Following these simple steps to really spruce up the look of your outdoor living space will make all the difference in falling in love with your home all over…

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Are you ready to sell your house?

Do you want to sell quickly and move on to your next location? 

Then there are some things you should do to best prepare your home for sale.

Tips to Prepare Your Home for Sale

Buyers have plenty of options in the housing market today, so it's important to get your home in the best shape to make it more appealing.

You might think it's obvious to do a deep cleaning and get organized, but there's more to it than that. Use the following tips before putting your house on the market:

Declutter and depersonalize

Buyers need to be able to see themselves living in your home.

If they're faced with pictures of your family and prints of your last name on every wall, it will be far more difficult for them…

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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…

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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……

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