12 Affordable Ways to Increase the Value of Your Home


Realtor Showing Hispanic Couple Around New Home

When it comes time to put your home on the market, you want it to stick out above the thousands of other homes for sale in Utah. Knowing where to start on improving the value of your home can be an overwhelming thought for anyone. Often people focus on the end result, the bigger picture, the cost, and are unsure on how to get the ball rolling. However, when you focus on one step at a time, you’ll see that upgrading your home isn’t nearly as daunting as you may think, and making your home shiny and new doesn’t have to come with a sizable dent in your wallet.
Here are 12 affordable ways to add value to your home and give it the ultimate buyer’s appeal:
#1 – Talk to a Professional
A professional opinion is free, and a REALTOR® can give you suggestions on where to start and what will be the most effective. Easy and small improvements are often overlooked without a professional eye. They can also suggest a staging professional who can help with things such as paint color or furniture placement.
#2 – Talk to a Home Inspector
You may not be aware of problems within the home that, if left unchecked could become expensive to fix. Having a professional give your home a “checkup” can keep small things from becoming expensive problems.
#3 – New Coat of Paint
A gallon of paint, on average, will cost around $25, so this is an easy way to freshen up the home. Keep it simple and stick with neutral colors. You may love that aqua-green wall in your kitchen, but it could be unappealing and distracting to someone else.
#4Be Aware of Energy Costs
Talk to your local utility company for a free energy audit in order to learn about the efficiency of your home’s energy. The more energy efficient your home is the more money you save, and lower bills is always attractive to someone in the market of buying a home.
#5 – Landscape
Having plants outside of your home gives it “curb appeal.” Think low maintenance, which means the plants should require little water and be native to where you live.
Planting a tree or multiple trees is another way to add value to your landscape. Not only do they add beauty and curb appeal but, when properly placed, they will provide shade which lowers energy cost during the hot summer months.
#6 – Where the Green Grass Grows
Patchy, overgrown, or dead grass will lower the value of your home. A potential buyer will look at the big picture, which includes the amount of work they may have to put into having a green lawn. Take the time to eliminate that worry from their buying process and make sure your lawn is in tip-top shape.
#7 – Keep It Clean
Cleanliness counts. This is one of the easiest ways to add value to your home. A top-to-bottom scrubbing will make your home sparkle. Hiring professionals may be the best choice for this situation, nooks and crannies can often get overlooked when you do it on your own.
#8 – Know Your Space
The size and space of your home is essential and even though you can’t physically change the square footage, you can visually make it appear larger, more open, and spacious. Clear out all the clutter, keep your furniture to a neat and tidy minimum, and open window blinds to let sunlight in. Having large mirrors on walls will also make a room appear larger than it actually is.
#9 – Bathrooms Matter
Even small updates to a bathroom will make a big difference, such as replacing old wallpaper, a fresh coat of paint, and updating lighting fixtures. These are simple ways to improve your home without breaking the bank. However, the return on full bathroom remodels is big. By replacing old plumbing, such as the sink and toilet, or replacing old tile, you give your bathroom a cost-effective modern appeal.
#10 – Replace Old Carpet
That old shag carpet may have been all the rage in the 70’s, but it will most definitely bring down the value of a home today. If replacing the carpet is not in your budget, take the time to deep clean the existing carpet. Visually this will be more appealing to a potential buyer.
#11 – Showcase Your Backyard
Everyone loves a summer barbeque, so having a place for patio furniture shows that your home is the perfect place for hosting cookouts. Having space to entertain friends and family will add a lot of value to your home.
#12 – Add Storage
A buyer will pay close attention to amount of storage a home provides. We all have stuff and knowing that there is a place to store it all is an intriguing selling point for any home. Upgrading and installing cabinets, either inside the home or the garage, allows a buyer to get a feel for how they will fit their “everything” into the space.
Adding value to your home can be as simple as a fresh coat of paint or as elaborate as a full remodel, but knowing these few tips will help you make your home attractive and competitive in the buyers’ market. The better the appeal, the better the price. Remember… you don’t have to break the bank. Keep it simple, look at each detail as a potential buyer, and the value of your house will rise.

Five Easy Ways to Get Your Home Ready to Sell


Home For Sale Real Estate Sign in Front of Beautiful New House.

You want to put your home on the market and sell it fast–and you’re ready to get started. This may be the best time to take a step back and look at your home. Is it ready to sell? Will it sell quickly and for the price you’d like? If the answer to either of these questions is “not sure”, you may want to do a few quick easy fixes to prepare.

Home For Sale Real Estate Sign in Front of Beautiful New House.

Here are top 5 things that will help prep your home and get it ready to sell.
#1 Clean
While you’re staging, be sure to take down your family photos. Buyer’s want to picture their family living in the home so this allows them to do so without being distracted.

Take the time to deep clean your entire home. Get the areas that you’ve forgotten about or just told yourself that you’d get to them later. Not only will this help make it look great, but also a good clean will help with any smells that could make a buyer want to walk out the door.
#2 Repair

Go through and fix those leaky faucets or patch up the holes in the walls. Little repairs around the home can save a lot of headache during the selling process.
#3 Increase Curb Appeal

Newly painted exterior of a North American home during summertime with green grass and flower beds

First impressions are everything. Most people will make a judgment about a house within 7-10 second upon arriving on the property. Wow them by trimming, adding color, and cleaning up the yard.
#4 Consider Staging

Staging a home can be one of the most important things you can do. 90% of listings are found on the internet, so good staging will set yours apart even before showing. Make the rooms bright but neutral. This allows a buyer to visualize his or her own palette and furniture in the space.
#5 De-Personalize Your Decor

While you’re staging, be sure to take down your family photos. Buyer’s want to picture their family living in the home so this allows them to do so without being distracted.

Fall Home Maintenance


As the cold weather months are approaching, you’re probably thinking of all the fall and winter fun you are going to have. Pumpkin carving, trick-or-treating, and leaf pile jumping. While you’re soaking in these moments, don’t forget about your home.

Before the snow settles in there are a few things you’ll want to check off your list to make sure you aren’t out in the blizzard making these fixes.

1. Rain Gutters

Be sure to clean your gutters of leaves and dirt, which can cause water buildup and damage to your roof.

2. Windows and Doors

Drafty doors and windows can let cold air in and raise your utility bills. Check for any drafts and apply weather stripping where needed.

3. Furnace

Change out your air filters and if needed, get any maintenance taken care of. Making sure that everything is running in tip top shape will increase your home’s heating efficiency.

4. Insulation

Insulation is a very cost-effective way to lower your heating bills. You can get a home energy audit to find out where you need additional insulation. Check with your utility company for deals on insulation upgrades. In many areas, your utility company will cover the cost.

5. Roofing

Check for any damaged shingles, flashing around the seams, and remove any branches that hang over your home.


Halloween in Salt Lake County – 2016


The Halloween season is upon us and there are many things to do!
We’ve created a list of events coming up in the Salt Lake area that you won’t want to miss out on. So get the family together, spruce up your costumes, and go out for some fun!

Hogle Zoo – Salt Lake City
SIX NIGHTS ONLY! October 19, 20, 21, 22
Ride the ‘not-so-spooky’ train – at night!
See the graveyard, the land of spiders, the pirates’ lair, and more!
mermaids at Rocky Shores
A labyrinth-themed maze with puppets. and more!
Heber Valley Railroad
October 21, 24, 28
90 minute, Halloween Train. Dress up! Departing at 7pm, you’ll be entertained by costumed characters, sing-a-long to seasonal favorites, and other fun. Includes a delicious pumpkin cookie and other surprises. You can also take home a pumpkin from the pumpkin patch.
Gardner Village WITCHFEST
West Jordan
Open until October 31
Witch displays, food, music, scavenger huts, Witchapalooza, and more!
Garden After Dark
Salt Lake City
Thursday, Friday & Saturday nights, October 20-22 & 27-29
With crafts, activities, light displays, and more, this is a fun-filled evening you won’t want to miss! Join us for Garden After Dark, an indoor/outdoor, costume and kid-friendly experience in the Garden to celebrate Halloween.
Trick or Treat Street
Olympic Oval
October 21
FREE ADMISSION. Indoor trick or treating at the Olympic Oval. Kids under 12 can skate for free.
Ginormous Pumpkin Regatta 2016
October 22
Watch these giant pumpkins race across the lake!
Derricott Dark Realm
West Valley City
October 28, 29, 31
FREE. Spooky haunted house, food drive, and even a no scare line for the little kids. Free hot chocolate at the end!
Trick or Treat Street
Soda Row – Daybreak
October 29, 2016
Costume parade, tricks, treats, and more!
Pumpkin Plunge
South Jordan Fitness and Aquatic Center
October 29
Swim in a spooky colored pool, enjoy swimming with creepy things and pick out a pumpkin from the pool pumpkin patch.

Cross E Ranch
Salt Lake City
Open until October 29
Salt Lake families will fall in love with the 14-acre corn maze at Cross E Ranch. There’s plenty to entertain the whole family with hayrides, animals, mini train rides, slides and a movie on the barn.
Boo at the Zoo
Hogle Zoo – Salt Lake City
October 29
Come dressed up and ready to trick or treat for kids 12 and under.
Trick or Treat at Scheels
October 31
Trick or Treat safely at Scheels, fun activities, crafts, and a free ride on the ferris wheel!
Park City Halloween on Main Street
Park City
October 31
Trick or treat from 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Dress up your pooch and stroll down to lower Main Street at 5:30 p.m. to see the famous Dog Parade!

While you’re at it, don’t forget to pick up your pumpkins at these great Pumpkin Patches!


Halloween Utah County – 2016


The Halloween season is upon us and there are many things to do!
We’ve created a list of events coming up in the Utah County area that you won’t want to miss out on. So get the family together, spruce up your costumes, and go out for some fun!

Halloween Lift Rides
October 20-31
Just like the Full Moon Lift ride, but a little spookier! Fun games, hot chocolate, & snacks are for sale, as well as blankets for those that forget. On weather permitting nights, a complimentary movie plays at the base.
Cornbelly’s Corn Maze
Thanksgiving Point
Open until October 29
Kid friendly and scary corn mazes, cow train, slides, zipline, pumpkins, corn cannons, pig races, and much more!
Halloween Carnival
October 29
Come in costume to the Recreation Center for a chance to wander the Wonderland Cake Walk, take a shot at Angry Birds, create some autumn crafts, and dozens of other activities. Entertainment, crafts, and character meet-and-greets will give every member of the family something to enjoy.
Older and scarier events for kids ages 10+
Pumpkin Carving Contest
Central Utah Gardens – Orem
October 28
Carved, painted, and decorated pumpkins can be dropped off from Noon – 6:00 pm
The pumpkins will be displayed at the pumpkin walk the following day.
Cash prizes will be awarded to contest winners.
Pumpkin Walk
Central Utah Gardens – Orem
October 29
Free admission. Come walk through the gardens and enjoy the fall colors as well as the pumpkin entries from the pumpkin carving contest. Fun activities for all members of the family. Free gift for each person wearing a costume. Puking Pumpkin demonstrations throughout the day.
Sundance Halloween Zipline
October 23-31
Includes Demo and Outlaw spans, plus a Halloween Lift Ride.
Hee Haw Farms
Open until November 5
Hee Haw Farms is the place to pick out the perfect pumpkin for your porch. Children of every age will enjoy the corn maze, silo slide, hayrides, petting farm and more great activities.
Halloween Cruise Down the Provo River
October 1-31
Get ready for an epic experience your kids will never forget with a Halloween cruise down the Provo River. Delight in jack-o-lanterns reflecting off the water and a spooky story, but beware of pirates, matey. Kids will love this fun event, with some candy handed out by a special visitor.

While you’re at it, don’t forget to pick up your pumpkins at these great Pumpkin Patches!


Halloween in Davis and Weber County – 2016


The Halloween season is upon us and there are many things to do!
We’ve created a list of events coming up in the Davis and Weber County areas that you won’t want to miss out on. So get the family together, spruce up your costumes, and go out for some fun!

Scary Hill
Open until October 29
Enjoy Halloween fun such as tractor rides, corn mazes, bounce houses, and more.
Lagoon – Farmington
Open until October 30
Come one, come all! Frightmares has something for everyone. With over seven haunted attractions, Halloween-themed entertainment and all of your favorite foods, rides and games.
Haunted Kays Cross
Open until October 31
Bring family and friends to this one of a kind haunted forest.
Black Island Farms
Open Until October 31
Bring your family to the farm this fall. Come hungry and enjoy farm-fresh goodies from the market! Visit the Corn Maze, Hayride, and Nightmare Acres, the Haunted Barn if you dare!
The Corn Maize
West Haven
Corn Maze, Haunted Trail, Pumpkin Patch, Paintball, and Family Activities.
Haunted Hollow
Open until October 31
Utah’s longest haunted attraction is located deep inside a dark wooded hallow with 13 acres of haunted trails shadowed by 100-foot trees.

While you’re at it, don’t forget to pick up your pumpkins at these great Pumpkin Patches!