New nest

I'd love to help you find your "new nest" as well as share tips on updating it, decorating it, filling it with good food, etc.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Let's Get Caught Up!

I regularly read some fantastic tidbits of information related to our "homes" - many of which I want to share: exterior maintenance, trees and shrubs which flower or grow tall quickly, home maintenance, credit repair, how to pay off a mortgage sooner, staging your home, decluttering, finding peace at home, making warm, welcoming spaces without breaking a budget, (or breaking one if you want to!), etc.

My goal is to share something each week, Tidbit Tuesday, in honor of the alliteratory titles that we see constantly in this era of mass communications & catchy titles. If there is a topic you are interested in, please comment here. I'll track down the most interesting, most accurate information and gather it all here.

And if you'd like to create or share a Tidbit, please feel free to email me your article, photos, or experiences and I'll post them here!

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

What is Earnest Money?

Earnest money is due shortly after a Buyer's offer on a home is accepted. There are some important questions to answer regarding "earnest money" --

How much do I have to put down?

When is it due?

Why do I have to put it down?
Is it refundable?
What if I change my mind (have concerns from the inspection), etc?

Where is it kept?

Who will protect it?
Can I get any of it back if I cancel?

Check out this video to find out the answers to these questions. As a buyer, you need to know all the ins and outs of earnest money--since it's your first investment in your new home.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Gated community in the Herriman hills

Model Home Monday:

Hey, happy Monday! I visited with my friend and fellow realtor, Gina Allen, at the newest Holmes Homes community. Holmes builds all over the valley, but this community is unique: it's gated, surrounded by mountain views and valley lights at night. Currently, Holmes is finishing basements of the ramblers--including in the price. Yep, true story. Come check them out!

What I love most are the views, the spacious floor plans, and the fact that you would live above the inversion, have incredible views of the Wasatch front of well as a community pool, parks and trails. The privacy of a gated community is attractive, too. I work and live close by and would love to introduce you to Gina. Let me know when you'd like to go see these homes!

Monday, March 5, 2018

Meet J Craft Homes: Custom Builder in Utah

Model Home Monday:

This is one of my favorite custom builders in Utah. Why? Listen in.

I personally love their extremely spacious floor plans, custom finishes, huge ramblers (I'm a fan of ramblers) and attention to detail. They will allow you to create the floor plan of your choice using one of their many (I'm talking, many) floor plan designs. They are always featured in the Parade of Homes, but they do have an open model home in South Jordan that you can go visit. Currently, they are working on a gorgeous townhome project in St. George! I'm totally up for owning in the sunny spot of our great state. Contact me if you'd like to get more information! And meet my tallest friend, Lory, who works with J Craft in South Jordan. 

Monday, February 26, 2018

Brighton Homes: Will customize at terrific prices!

Model Home Monday Tour:

This fantastic builder has ventured down from Davis & Weber counties to the Salt Lake valley. I have always loved their exquisite layouts which feature large great rooms, walk in pantries (heaven for many of us) and 2nd story gathering rooms/lofts. Brighton Homes will build at a fabulous price ($300s to $400s depending on size, upgrades and lot). You can check them out here:

If you live north of Salt Lake City, please check them out! In the SLC area, they are building in Herriman near the high school and will be building in West (west) Jordan in 2018. If you want to customize some spaces, or have a mudroom, move the pantry, or create your own look and feel, in most cases, they can and will do it! I'd love to show you this builder, anytime! Call me 801-696-6900!

Monday, April 11, 2016

Herriman, UT (my home town) will definitely be on the map in a major way very soon! Salt Lake Community College is building a large campus in Herriman and now, REAL Soccer Salt Lake has announced that they will also be building the biggest, state-of-the-art, energy-efficient Soccer Training Facility in Herriman. City council member, Nicole Martin, accurately shared, "It is rare yet incredible that a successful entity such as RSL shares our city's vision for creating a family-friendly, world-class destination, and now we become essentially a 'soccer-topia' to hone athletic and academi skills for decades to come."

Additionally, a new 90-acre STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) Charter School will be attached to the soccer complex develped by Utah State University. With multiple soccer fields inside and outside, some turf and some grass, this facility will the largest of it's kind in the United States. A non-profit called "RSL Youth Academy Foundation" plans on creating "regional training centers" throughout Utah, scheduled to open in North Logan, Odgen and West Valley City, to be followed by facilities opening in Orem and St. George down the road.

Click below for the full article and 2 featured videos with details about the complex scheduled to open next year, 2017!

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Early Spring Maintenance Tips

Check for loose or leaky gutters. Improper drainage can lead to water in the basement or crawl space. Make sure downspouts drain away from the foundation and are clear and free of debris.

Low areas in the yard or next to the foundation should be filled with compacted soil. Spring rains can cause yard flooding, which can lead to foundation flooding and damage. Also, when water pools in these low areas in summer, it creates a breeding ground for insects.

Use a screwdriver to probe the wood trim around windows, doors, railings and decks. Make repairs now before the spring rains do more damage to the exposed wood.

From the ground, examine roof shingles to see if any were lost or damaged during winter. If your home has an older roof covering, you may want to start a budget for replacement. The summer sun can really damage roof shingles. Shingles that are cracked, buckled or loose or are missing granules need to be replaced. Flashing around plumbing vents, skylights and chimneys need to be checked and repaired by a qualified roofer.

Examine the exterior of the chimney for signs of damage. Have the flue cleaned and inspected by a certified chimney sweep.

Inspect concrete slabs for signs of cracks or movement. All exterior slabs except pool decks should drain away from the home's foundation. Fill cracks with a concrete crack filler or silicone caulk. When weather permits, power-wash and then seal the concrete.

Remove firewood stored near the home. Firewood should be stored at least 18 inches off the ground at least 2 feet from the structure.

Check outside hose faucets for freeze damage. Turn the water on and place your thumb or finger over the opening. If you can stop the flow of water, it is likely the pipe inside the home is damaged and will need to be replaced. While you're at it, check the garden hose for dry rot.

Have a qualified heating and cooling contractor clean and service the outside unit of the air conditioning system. Clean coils operate more efficiently, and an annual service call will keep the system working at peak performance levels. Change interior filters on a regular basis.

Check your gas- and battery-powered lawn equipment to make sure it is ready for summer use. Clean equipment and sharp cutting blades will make yardwork easier.