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

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Exciting News in St. George: Part 1

Did you know that St. George, Utah is one of the fastest growing cities in the U.S? It’s constantly expanding with new updates and additions. There are some exciting new restaurants and eateries that are coming to town. Check out the list!

Pica Rica BBQ

Pica Rica BBQ opens April 20, 2023! It is located Downtown where 25 Main was on Main St. This restaurant combines the delicious tastes of American and Mexican barbeque. Here you can taste the savory and smoky flavors of brisket, ribs, pork and more. This dynamic Americanana barbeque spot should hopefully be open sometime in the next month!

Food Truck Park

If you’re a fan of food trucks you’re in luck because the Bluff St. food truck park is getting 2…

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Sometimes you just need to get away—especially for the holidays! There’s truly nothing like a long vacation. No matter where it is you’re going, however, you can make sure that you have a great trip by coming back to a home that’s nice and welcoming… and it all starts right now. 

Before you leave, here’s our comprehensive home checklist to ensure your trip back to Southern Utah is stress-free. 

Throw Out Perishables

Forgetting to do this will have major consequences! Before you leave for your holiday, take a look through your refrigerator and take note of all the items that will spoil soon—or before you come back! Usually this means fruit and vegetables, but be aware of any meats and dairy products also. Opening your fridge after a long vacation…

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So Halloween is just around the corner, the kids are getting excited, picking out costumes and pointing out all the homes on the street with spooky decorations for the upcoming trick-or-treating fun. 

Naturally, you would like to come up with some decorations for the home to liven up the spooky season and be the talk of the block when all of the kids pass by. 

The question may be how to do so without necessarily going all out or breaking the bank - but rather coming up with some more simple home decorating ideas that will make the impact you want. 

We've come up with a list of four both easy and simple spooky home decor ideas that the kids will love, but will also be affordable and not too out of the way difficult to achieve. 

The Front Porch…

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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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