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Home Maintenance Checklist For Fall

Posted on 16 October 2018 | 11:25 am

  From pest control to filter changes, this fall checklist is a great reminder of important to-dos many homeowners forget about   BY KAREN KOSTIW   This fall home maintenance checklist will get you ready for the coming season so by the time winter rolls in, everyone will be able to spend a little more time in front of the fireplace with hot cocoa and a little less time wearing a tool belt.   1. Pest control Photo credit: Joshua Hoehne on Unsplash Keeping your property free of pests, including roaches, mice and bedbugs, is central to good health. Pests can contaminate food, worsen asthma and allergies and cause structural damage. To keep pests at bay, deprive them of food, water, shelter and means of mobility by sealing cracks and holes, fixing leaks, keeping dishes out of the sink, not leaving food (pet food included) overnight and removing garbage daily.   2. Smoke detector Photo credit: nikkytok / Shutterstock.com The National Fire Protection Association recommends installing smoke alarms inside each bedroom, outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home. Maintaining smoke detectors is as important as installing them. Vacuum the alarm to remove dust. Change batteries unless you have the long-life variety. Replace smoke alarms every decade as they have a 30-percent failure rate at that time per the National Fire Protection Association. Keep a record of installation and maintenance. Additionally, smoke alarms, sprinklers and extinguishers can help protect you and your home. You should review your homeowner’s or renter’s insurance policy annually. If you rent, your landlord’s insurance only covers the structure of the building, not your personal belongings. Therefore, ensure your valuables are protected from fire damage. 3. Carbon monoxide detector Carbon monoxide is a threat to your home that you cannot see, smell or taste, thus nicknamed the “Silent Killer.” Although carbon monoxide detectors are designed to be maintenance-free, dust, dirt and other foreign matters can accumulate inside the device’s sensing elements and change its sensitivity. Always follow the manufacturer’s specific recommended practices for maintenance and testing, and ensure it is equipped with an end-of-life alarm. Test the carbon monoxide detector at least once a month by pushing the “test” button on the device. 4. Countertops Photo credit: pics721 / Shutterstock.com For kitchen and bathroom granite, marble and natural stone countertops to maintain their luster and resist stains, they require maintenance. Professionals generally advise sealing darker product surfaces once a year since they are very dense and stains are nearly invisible. Lighter surfaces require more attention and should be sealed every three to six months, depending on frequency of use. It is important to clean any spills from liquids quickly as possible to avoid having them penetrate the surface. 5. Refrigerator deep cleaning Photo credit: Squared.one on Unsplash There appears to be a “National Day” for everything, and November 15 is National Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day. Start by throwing out the ice and cleaning the ice tray. Many refrigerators have water and air filters that should be changed at least every six months. If those filters are neglected, you’ll end up with contaminated drinking water. When you choose to clean the refrigerator, don’t neglect the outside of it — especially the cooling coils. Pull out the refrigerator and vacuum and mop the area. 6. Dishwasher Photo credit: Rikki Snyder © 2015 Houzz Yes, even the dishwasher needs maintenance. Take out the racks and clean them, ensuring that no food is stuck. Clear any debris around the spinner, gasket and holes, and then clean them thoroughly. Scrub clean the base and the edges, and bleach any areas that display mildew or mold. Your dishwasher may have a filter and should be cleaned every three to six months depending on usage, but refer to your specific model’s owner’s manual for guidance to ensure performance is not affected. 7. Stove, oven and range Photo credit: Montypeter / Shutterstock.com Cooking often leads to food debris and spillage, and a deep clean is necessary. Begin by pulling out the stove and clean the floor and wall areas. Ovens with a self-cleaning feature use a high temperature to burn off leftovers without the use of any chemical agents. Inspect and change range hood filters as needed. 8. Washing machine and clothes dryer Photo credit: rawpixel on Unsplash Always clear the lint filter between drying loads. The duct and cabinet should also be inspected, vacuumed and cleaned for lint build-up periodically. Once a month, wash the lint filter with warm, soapy water and let it fully air dry then wipe the drum and exterior with all-purpose spray. Detergent build up can occur inside the washer tub over time. GE Appliances recommends cleaning the washer tub once per month with one cup of bleach or white vinegar to keep the wash basket fresh and clean and free of mold or mildew odors. Use white vinegar and baking soda with an old tooth brush to clean around the edges so your machine sparkles. 9. Fireplaces Photo credit: kelsey roenau on Unsplash Prior to opening the flue and lighting a fire on a crisp evening, the Chimney Safety Institute of America recommends having your venting system inspected annually. The CSIA inspector will make sure your fireplace or stove is in good working order and provide you with a maintenance plan recommendation for your specific chimney and venting system type. 10. Heating, ventilation and air conditioning Inspect heating and cooling equipment annually or as recommended by the manufacturer. If you have a forced-air furnace, check your filters and replace them. Generally, you should change them about once every month or two, especially during periods of high usage or if you have pets. Have a professional check and clean your equipment once a year. Vacuum radiators, baseboards and air registers. Change all filters in your home, including air purifiers, air conditioners, dehumidifiers, gas furnace, the A/C system, etc. 11. Exterior of homes, gardens and roof decks Photo credit: Elena Elisseeva / Shutterstock.com Walk around and look for gaps and holes where pests, wildlife, rain and snow can easily penetrate, and seal them promptly. Shut off exterior faucets and store hoses. Pipes that are exposed to the elements require their own winter suit and should be insulated. 12. Conduct your own energy audit A professional energy audit is the best way to derive where your home is losing energy, however, you can conduct your own audit to spot improvements to save money. Check for drafts along the baseboard of the flooring, junctures of walls, ceilings, plumbing fixtures, electric outlets, lighting, windows, doors and where two different building materials meet. Energy for lighting accounts for approximately 10 percent of your electric bill, so replace insufficient bulbs with energy-saving ones. Always unplug devices when not in use to prevent phantom energy use. Now that you have tackled these maintenance items and increased the energy efficiency of your home in time for fall, you can rest assured you will have a beautiful time taking in the magnificent foliage as the days become shorter. If this list seems a bit overwhelming, just remind yourself and your clients to take it one day at a time, and before you (and they) know it, everything will be complete. Karen Kostiw is a licensed real estate salesperson at Warburg Realty in Tribeca, New York. Connect with her on LinkedIn. Article image credited to Fitschen on Pixabayhttps://www.inman.com/2018/10/10/share-a-fall-home-maintenance-checklist-for-homeowners/?utm_source=dailyheadlines&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=localnewsletter&utm_content=697067_textlink_4_ ...  more»

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Announces London Brokerage

Posted on 1 October 2018 | 11:32 am

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices announced expansion of its franchise network into the London market by signing an agreement with luxury estate agency Kay & Co. Starting November 2018, the agency will operate as Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Kay & Co. "London has been among our highest priorities as a key center for international business and an attractive market for global capital looking to invest in property," said Gino Blefari, president and CEO of the network. "We are thrilled to enter the market with Kay & Co, a brokerage known for exceptional leadership, knowledgeable, tenured agents and relentless client service. As important, the company's core values and growth aspirations match those of our own, steeped in trust, integrity, stability and longevity." Kay & Co, founded in 1982 by Chairman Samuel Bikhit, remains independently owned and operated. It serves London's upscale Mayfair, Hyde Park, Marylebone, Regent's Park, King's Cross, Bayswater, Paddington and West End districts. The estate agency was recently named "Smaller Managing Agent of the Year" at the prestigious ARMA ACE Awards, which recognize the U.K.'s leading residential asset managers and suppliers. It is also a perennial honoree of the British Property Awards, a recognition program that ultimately helps consumers choose estate agencies. "We are proud to bring the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices brand to London," said Bikhit. "We believe Londoners and our many American clients in the city will embrace the brand and understand its marketing appeal." Martin Bikhit, Kay & Co's managing director, added: “We are delighted to enter into this agreement with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices. London is a global hub that attracts people from around the world and as specialists in the central London property market we are confident that London will remain a desirable choice for many.” Click here for the full press release...  more»

October 2018 Events

Posted on 1 October 2018 | 10:48 am

OCTOBER EVENTS 3/3 - 10/21: Real Salt Lake, Sandy Sundays, 6/3 - 10/28: 9th West Farmer's Market, Salt Lake City Sundays, 6/3 - 10/28: Wheeler Farm Sunday Market, Salt Lake City Wednesdays, 6/6 - 10/10: Park City Farmers Market, Park City Fridays and Saturdays, 7/27 - 10/27: Murray Park Farmers Market, Murray Saturdays, 5/12 - 10/20 - Cache Valley Gardeners Market, Logan Saturdays, 6/2 - 10/27: Provo Farmers Market, Provo Saturdays, 6/6 - 10/20: Downtown Farmers Market at Pioneer Park, Salt Lake City Saturday and Sunday, 8/18 - 10/21: Oktoberfest, Snowbird 8/30 - 11/24: Utah Utes Football, Salt Lake City 9/1 - 11/24: BYU Cougar Football, Provo 9/14 - 10/30: Lagoon's Frightmares, Farmington 10/5 - 10/30: Thriller - Odyssey Dance Theatre, Traveling throughout Utah 9/28 - 10/14: 2018 Downtown Dine O'Round, Salt Lake City 10/1 - 10/14: Park City Dine About 2018, Park City 10/4 - 10/29: The Pumpkin Train, Heber City 10/6 - 11/3: Halloween Activities, Thanksgiving Point 10/16: Neil DeGrasse Tyson, Salt Lake City 10/17: Jimmy Buffett: Son of a Son of a Sailor Tour, Salt Lake City 10/19 - 4/29: Utah Jazz, Salt Lake City 10/21 - 4/7: Utah Grizzlies, West Valley City 10/20: Thomas Rhett Life Changes Tour 2018, Salt Lake City 10/29: Josh Groban with Idina Menzel, Salt Lake City 10/31: 2018 Halloween and Dog Parade, Park City   MORE OCTOBER EVENTS...  more»

What You Should Know BEFORE You Consider Solar Panels

Posted on 13 September 2018 | 9:35 am

  What You Should Know BEFORE You Consider Solar Panels   The idea of being “off-grid” or reducing one’s energy footprint is exciting to most homeowners. However, it’s easy to overlook some of the risks that today’s solar panels pose for homeowner and potential buyers. When considering solar panels, it’s important to weigh the pros and cons in order to make the best decision for your home.First and foremost, if your home falls into any one of the following categories, solar panels may not be the best investment.  If you plan to move soon. If your roof is not large enough or is not compatible with mounting solar panels. If your roof is in shade a large part of the day. If you are anticipating roof restoration or home expansion in the near future. If you already have a low energy bill.  If you plan to move soonAs a general rule of thumb, solar panels only begin to start “paying for themselves” after seven years. Therefore, if you are planning on selling or moving within that timeframe, solar panels may not make financial sense or be a worthy investment. In most cases where homeowners moved or sold within the first seven years after installing solar panels, the solar panel addition did not improve the value of the home enough to breakeven on the upfront costs. In some cases, the solar panels even hindered the sale due to the buyout costs at closing.Condition of the roofAnother factor in purchasing solar panels is the condition of the roof. In many cases solar panel companies may approve a roof for solar panels, however it is highly recommended that the roof is inspected and approved by an independent contractor. If the solar panels outlive the roof, they will likely cause additional costs for the removal and remounting of the panels when the roof is replaced.Financing with solar panelsWhen it comes to financing a home with an existing solar panels, there is an extensive checklist that any lender must review and approve before someone can buy your home or before you will be able to refinance. This includes a copy of the solar lease agreement as well as the power purchase agreement if the homeowner has contracted to sell some of their energy to the local power company. Additionally, the following items must be verified in the lease agreement and title report or the loan is ineligible for conventional financing. Any damage that results from installation, malfunction, defect, or the removal of the solar panels is the responsibility of the owner of the equipment (which is typically the solar leasing company not the homeowner).  The solar leasing company must agree to NOT be listed as insured by the property homeowner’s insurance policy. The lease payment must be considered in the homebuyer’s debt to income ratios, this means it will be harder to qualify for the home purchase with a solar system lease in place. The appraiser must confirm the property has access to an alternate source of electric power that meets the community standards. The solar lease must allow the new mortgage lender to have first lien position, effectively subordinating their lien priority to the new mortgage lender.  In the event of foreclosure, the lender has the discretion to terminate the lease/agreement and require the solar leasing company remove the equipment. In the event of foreclosure, the lender has the discretion to either take over the lease at the existing terms or enter into a new agreement with the leasing company under terms no less favorable than the prior owner. Receive multiple quotesIf, after considering the above, you decide solar panels are a good investment for your home, be certain to receive bids and quotes from multiple solar panel companies in your area. A report issued by the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory recommends that consumers compare as many solar options as possible to avoid paying inflated prices or getting into contracts with high fees and/or interest rates.Solar panels can be a great investment for your home, however it’s important to know the risks involved. For more information or with any questions contact your Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Utah Properties agent....  more»

September 2018 Events

Posted on 1 September 2018 | 9:34 am

SEPTEMBER EVENTS 3/3 - 10/21: Real Salt Lake, Sandy 4/1 - 9/3: Salt Lake Bees, Salt Lake City Sundays, 6/3 - 9/23: Park Silly Sunday Market, Park City Sundays, 6/3 - 10/28: 9th West Farmer's Market, Salt Lake City Sundays, 6/3 - 10/28: Wheeler Farm Sunday Market, Salt Lake City Wednesdays, 6/6 - 10/10: Park City Farmers Market, Park City Fridays and Saturdays, 7/27 - 10/27: Murray Park Farmers Market, Murray Saturdays, 5/12 - 10/20 - Cache Valley Gardeners Market, Logan Saturdays, 6/2 - 10/27: Provo Farmers Market, Provo Saturdays, 6/6 - 10/20: Downtown Farmers Market at Pioneer Park, Salt Lake City Saturdays​, 6/23 - 9/15: Ogden Farmers Market, Ogden 8/30 - 11/24: Utah Utes Football, Salt Lake City 8/31 - 9/1: 2018 Midway Swiss Days, Midway 8/31 - 9/3: Soldier Hollow Classic Sheepdog Championship & Festival, Midway 9/1 - 11/24: BYU Cougar Football, Provo 9/3: Deer Valley Concert Series - Jason Mraz, Park City 9/6 - 9/16: 2018 Utah State Fair, Salt Lake City 9/6 - 9/8: FanX® Salt Lake Comic Convention™, Salt Lake City 9/7: Maroon 5 Red Pill Blues Tour, Salt Lake City 9/7 - 9/16: Oliver, Park City 9/7: “Jurassic Park” in Concert with the Utah Symphony, Salt Lake City 9/8: 2018 Walk to End Alzheimer's, Park City 9/14: Florence and the Machine: The High As Hope Tour, West Valley City 9/15: 32nd Annual Festival of India, Salt Lake City 9/21: Luke Bryan - What Makes You Country Tour, West Valley City 9/21 - 10/7: Thriller - Odyssey Dance Theatre, Park City 9/22: Harvest Market, Sundance 9/27 - 9/30: Corteo Cirque du Soleil, West Valley City   MORE SEPTEMBER EVENTS...  more»

BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY HOMESERVICES UTAH PROPERTIES WELCOMES THE LANGE GROUP

Posted on 1 August 2018 | 9:26 am

Park City, Utah— July 30, 2018, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Utah Properties welcomes The Lange Group to the Park City office. Matt Mullin, Katy Patterson, and Will Lange of The Lange Group join Utah Properties from Summit Sotheby’s International Realty.  “We are proud to welcome The Lange Group back to the Utah Properties family.” said Steve Roney, CEO & Owner of Utah Properties. “As a top team in Park City with over 60 combined years of luxury, resort, and development real estate experience, we look forward to supporting The Lange Team and their clients through our brokerage.” About Matt MullinMatt Mullin began his real estate career in 2002 as a founder of Ironwood Resort Development, a boutique development firm specializing in luxury residential and resort properties in Colorado and Utah. Whether it is single family homes, condominiums, or vacant land, Mullin has been through it all as a buyer, seller, and real estate agent and prides himself in helping his clients make the right decision for their purchase or sale. About Katy PattersonKaty Patterson moved to park city in 2006 to join Ironwood Development team as their Owner Liaison. The opportunity to learn the real estate development business and work with discerning buyers allowed for a natural transition into real estate sales in 2009. In 2010 Patterson joined the Montage Deer Valley’s Residential Sales team where she contributed to approximately $160M in sales in four years.  Born and raised in Vail, CO Patterson has a healthy perspective on real estate in the ski industry, coupled with her experience and knowledge within these luxury segments she creates seamless transactions for her buyers and sellers. About Will LangeWill Lange has over 25 years of experience in the Park City real estate market and specializes in the group’s high-end ranch and luxury properties. A former officer in the United States Marine Corps, Lange led a strong career in sales management in New York City prior to recognizing the incredible opportunity provided in Park City. After buying a business in Salt Lake City over 30 years ago, Lange received his real estate license in 1992 and has since proven himself an outstanding agent. Lange is a former director (4 years) and past president of the Park City Board of Realtors. He is a recipient of the Park City Board of Realtors “Professional Achievement” Award over several years and has proudly achieved numerous “1 Salesperson Person” Awards. He is in the top 1 of agents worldwide. About Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Utah PropertiesBerkshire Hathaway HomeServices Utah Properties is an independently owned real estate brokerage dating back to 1976. With offices throughout northern Utah, the company has a long-standing track record of market dominance and dependability. Under the Berkshire Hathaway name, our agency holds the 1 position in Utah’s real estate marketplace and maintains a historic commitment to community-driven service. For more information, please visit their website at www.bhhsutah.com...  more»

August 2018 Events

Posted on 1 August 2018 | 9:25 am

AUGUST EVENTS 3/3 - 10/21: Real Salt Lake, Sandy 4/1 - 9/3: Salt Lake Bees, Salt Lake City 8/3 - 8/5: Park City Kimball Arts Festival, Park City 8/4: 2nd Annual Food Truck and Brewery Battle, Salt Lake City 8/4 - 8/11: Summit County Fair 2018, Coalville 8/6 - 8/12: Tour of Utah, All Over Utah 8/9: Deer Valley Music Festival 15th Anniversary Celebration at Blue Sky, Coalville 8/11: Chris Stapleton, West Valley City 8/8 - 8/11: 2018 Weber County Fair, Ogden 8/15: Zoo Brew, Salt Lake City 8/15: Yappy Hour, Salt Lake City 8/15 - 8/18: 2018 Utah County Fair, Spanish Fork 8/17 - 8/19: Ogden Valley Balloon & Artists Festival, Ogden 8/18: Mid Mountain Marathon, Park City 8/18 - 8/19: Utah Beer Festival 2018, Salt Lake City 8/18 - 10/14: 2018 Oktoberfest​, Snowbird 8/24 - 8/25: 2018 Utah Renaissance Faire, Thanksgiving Point 8/25: Made in Utah Festival 2018, Salt Lake City 8/30 - 11/24: Utah Utes Football, Salt Lake City 8/31 - 9/1: 2018 Midway Swiss Days, Midway 8/31 - 9/3: Soldier Hollow Classic Sheepdog Championship & Festival, Midway 9/1 - 11/24: BYU Cougar Football, Provo 9/3: Deer Valley Concert Series - Jason Mraz, Park City   MORE AUGUST EVENTS...  more»

BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY HOMESERVICES UTAH PROPERTIES WELCOMES STACY WISSMAN AND MAURA POWERS

Posted on 25 July 2018 | 7:52 am

BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY HOMESERVICES UTAH PROPERTIES WELCOMES STACY WISSMAN AND MAURA POWERS Salt Lake City, Utah— July 11, 2018, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Utah Properties welcomes Realtors® Stacy Wissman and Maura Powers to the Salt Lake City office. Wissman and Powers join Utah Properties from Summit Sotheby’s International Realty. “We are proud to welcome Stacy Wissman and Maura Powers to the Utah Properties family.” Said Steve Roney, CEO & Owner of Utah Properties. “As top agents in Salt Lake City and with 35+ years of combined experience, we look forward to excelling their business through our brokerage.” About Stacy WissmanStacy Wissman joins Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Utah Properties with over 15 successful years of real estate experience. At her former brokerage she consistently ranked as the top agent in the Salt Lake office and averaged $22 million in annual sales over the past three years. Wissman was born in Chicago, living in Santa Fe and Los Angeles before moving to Salt Lake City, where she has resided for over 20 years. She is the proud mother of Emma, who is soon heading to college, and Frannie, who is already an entrepreneur in the making at age seven. When she is not working tirelessly for her clients, you’ll find Wissman spending time with her family and traveling. Not afraid to get her hands dirty, Wissman is always in the process of putting her own personal touches on her home. About Maura PowersOriginally from the Chicago area, Maura Powers attended the University of Utah and graduated with a degree in Mathematics. Following graduation, Powers pursued her career in real estate, including experience in development planning, financial analysis of real estate loan portfolios, as well as leasing and sales of commercial properties. She then established herself as a residential real estate specialist in 1994.  Power's projects include single family homes, land and investment properties, and work on behalf of clients from Bountiful to Draper to Park City.  She calls the east bench of Salt Lake City her home and primary area of expertise. She is a member of both Salt Lake and Park City Boards of Realtors. Powers is an active member of her community serving on the executive committee of the Bonneville Hills Community Council.  She has served on the Education Committee of the Salt Lake Board of Realtors and is currently serving on the Grievance Committee of the Salt Lake Board of Realtors. Powers and her husband, Robert have raised their family in Salt Lake City. They have two daughters, both who have graduated from the University of Utah. They enjoy traveling, exploring the great outdoors together, and the arts. About Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Utah PropertiesBerkshire Hathaway HomeServices Utah Properties is an independently owned real estate brokerage dating back to 1976. With offices throughout northern Utah, the company has a long-standing track record of market dominance and dependability. Under the Berkshire Hathaway name, our agency holds the 1 position in Utah’s real estate marketplace and maintains a historic commitment to community-driven service. For more information, please visit their website at www.bhhsutah.com...  more»

Q2 2018 Wasatch Front Market Report

Posted on 17 July 2018 | 9:03 am

The 2018 Second Quarter Wasatch Front Market Overview is here. For the digital online version, go to https://joom.ag/7jUY...  more»

Q2 2018 Wasatch Back Market Report

Posted on 17 July 2018 | 8:57 am

  The 2018 Second Quarter Wasatch Back Market Overview is here. For the digital online version, go to https://joom.ag/ujUY...  more»

 
 
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