The Best Deals On Black Friday

Best Black Friday Deals

With Thanksgiving and Black Friday just days away and Christmas right around the corner, it’s time for you savvy shoppers to locate the best deals. Cross everything off your holiday list while saving time and money with the following best deals. canstockphoto31115582

 Best of Walmart

  • Playstation 4 Uncharted Bundle: $249
  • 55-inch Philips Smart 4k TV: $298
  • More than 200 DVDs: $1.96
  • More than 110 BluRays: $5.96
  • GoPro Hero Session Bundle: $179
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Best of Best Buy

  • Canon EOS Rebel T6 DSLR: $449.99
  • Apple MacBook Air: $799.99
  • Xbox One Battlefield Bundle: $299.99
  • 55-inch Samsung Smart 4k TV: $479.99
  • Beats by Dre: $149.99
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 Best of Target

  • Jetson V6 Hoverboard: $284.99
  • PS4 and Xbox One games: $29.99 and less
  • Razor A scooters: $18 each
  • Nikon D3400 DSLR bundle: $499.99
  • Plus 40 percent off towels and bedding!
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Best of Amazon

Avoid the lines and stress of leaving the house. Shop online this Black Friday with Amazon and check out their fabulous deals. Plus get a free 30-day Prime trail membership that includes free two-day shipping, access to movies/TV and more.

  • 55-inch LG 4K Smart TV: $398
  • Fire Tablet: $33.33
  • Amazon Echo: $139.99
  • Echo Dot: $39.99
  • Fire TV stick: $29.99
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Halloween Party Ideas

halloween-1751903_640It’s that time of year again and Halloween is just around the corner. You can spend hours hunting on Pinterest for the perfect party food, games and décor. Or you can just use the recipes, games and DIY décor ideas found here.


Food:

  • Yetti cupcakes are perfect for a monster themed party. In order to make these cute little cupcakes you will need googly eyes, vampire fangs, cupcake mix, frosting and coconut. You can find the full recipe and instructions here.
  • Mummy dogs put a twist on a childhood favorite: Pigs ‘N a Blanket. You simply cut crescent roll sough into thin strips and wrap the hot dogs like mummies. You can even leave a space for ketchup or mustard eyes and a mummy turban. Cut the hot dogs in half for a bite-sized Halloween treat.
  • Witches Wands are the perfect treat to snack on. They also give your party a little pizzazz. Start by dipping pretzel rods in melted chocolate. Then sprinkle on Halloween themed or colored sprinkles. Once dry, you can stick them in vase in some candy corn to prop them up.


Games:

  • Pass the pumpkin is the perfect game for little ones. You need several smaller sized pumpkins. Start by arranging the youngsters in a circle. Give out the pumpkins to all but one child. They pass the pumpkins around while listening to Halloween music. When the music stops, the child without a pumpkin is out. But they get to take a pumpkin with them. Which can then be carved or decorated for added fun. The last child left gets a prize.
  • The Mummy Wrap game combines great with the mummy dog snacks and monster theme. You will need rolls of toilet paper. Start by dividing your guests up into pairs. Give each pair a roll or two of toilet paper. One team member will wrap the other one up with the toilet paper. Then the wrapped one will wrap their partner. The first team to be fully wrapped or run out of toilet paper wins!
  • Pin the Tail on the Black Cat takes a Halloween twist on pin the tail on the donkey. Hang up a large picture of a balck cat. Give each guest a tail with a piece of sticky tape on it. One by one, the blindfolded guests take turns trying to get their tails closest to where they belong. The guest who gets the closest wins.

Décor:

  • Paper Skeletons provide the perfect Halloween feel without breaking the bank. You can make them as small or as large as you want. You will need paper, scissors and something to stick the parts together such as glue, tape or pins. You can find detailed instructions here.
  • Toilet paper roll bats turn those leftover rolls into spooky party favors and decorations. You will need toilet paper rolls, black paint, black construction paper, scissors, googly eyes and glue. Start by painting the rolls black and folding the ends in to look like a bat. Then cut out and glue on wings made from the construction paper. Finally, you are ready to glue on the eyes.  
  • Bloody Handprints spook even the bravest of guests. You will need red poster paint. Dip your hands in the paint and start leaving prints on the windows, mirrors and any other easily wiped surfaces in your house.

The Best Fall Pest Prevention Tips

apple-1122537_640As the weather gets colder this Fall, insects, rodents and other pesky, even damaging, nuisances start to make their way inside for the winter. Many homeowners can attest that it is a good idea to take preventative measures to keep pests from entering your home in the first place. Here are the best ways to pest proof your home before winter hits and the weather gets too cold.

  1. Locate Potential Pest Entrances

You will want to inspect the area below your siding. While checking the underside of the siding you can use masking tape to mark any gaps. Make sure to come back through and seal the gaps later.

  1. Seal Any and All Openings Around Your Home

Be extra careful when inspecting to ensure that you seal all openings around your home including:

  • Sealing the cracks and gaps around doors and windows
    You can use weather stripping, silicone caulk or acrylic latex caulk to seal off all of your windows and doors. Before sealing these areas, make sure to clean and remove any previously applied caulk to ensure that the new caulk adheres well.
  • Securing your dryer vent and other utility openings
    Common pest entry points include utility openings where wiring or pipes enter the foundation or siding of your home. You also will want to check and seal around gas meters and outdoor faucets. Ensure that the damper in your dryer vent isn’t stuck open or broken all together. Openings as small as 1/16 of an inch allow spiders to enter your home while only 1/4 of an inch is needed for mice.
  • Caulking all gaps between trim and siding
    You will want to use acrylic latex caulk to fill gaps between trim and siding. Keeping a wet cloth close by will help clean up stray caulk. Another helpful tip is to use a wet finger to smooth the bead of caulk as you are applying it.
  • Inspecting, cleaning and sealing off soffit gaps
    Start by pulling all nests from the gaps in your soffits. Then fill these openings with expanding foam. Once the foam hardens you can cut off the excess with a utility knife. This helps smooth the rough appearance of the foam.
  1. Examine window and door screens for rips and tears

Holes in your screens should be mended right away or replaced entirely. Large gaps allow flies and other large insects inside your home. However, some small insects can still fit through screens regardless of rips and tears. Keeping doors and windows closed and locked tight will be the best way to ensure that all pests stay outside.

  1. Install a Chimney Cap

Those who have chimneys will benefit by installing a chimney cap. The cap will keep out birds, bats and other wildlife that try to spend winter inside your home. Installing 1/4-inch wire mesh also will keep bats, squirrels and other rodents from entering your attic and the inside of your walls.

  1. Call your local pest control expert for persistent pests!

Some pests are pesky and persistent. If all of your pet proofing efforts fail, getting help from a local pest control expert or exterminator may be the best option for you.

9 Tips to Help You Move with Children

The decision has been made and it’s final: you’re moving. Not only are you moving, but you’re moving with your children. You will be balancing honoring the old home while welcoming the new house. These nine steps will help make the transition of the move as smooth as possible for the whole family.  tongues-1031219_640

Preparations before the move:

  • Family Meeting Time

One of the best ways to prep your children for a big move is to have a family discussion. Let them know why you are moving and that you are there to answer any questions they may have.

  • Purge Before You Pack

There is no time like the present to cut the clutter. You and the kids can go through your belongings and throw out old toys and worn or outgrown clothes. Not everything has to be tossed. There are items that you may not need any more that you can sell.

  • Have a Moving Sale

Once you have combed through every room, you might have a pile of fun stuff to sell at a moving sell. The kids can help with the organizing, inventorying and pricing. You can even take a family vote to decide how to spend the proceeds.

  • Check out the new Place with the Kids

Involve the children with scoping out the new house, neighborhood, community and town. Learning as much as possible before hand will help smooth the transition and get them excited for school, community and other social events and activities.

  • Get Them Excited

You can do this by first making sure that everyone has a job in the move whether it be helping pack, load, unload or unpack. Next have them make room plans. Start with their rooms and if their interested you can move on to shared spaces in the house.

  • Take Them for a Visit (if you’re not moving too far away)

Actually visiting and seeing the new place will get them even more pumped up. Plan to spend an afternoon touring the new neighborhood and doing a walk-through of the new house. You can visit the local public library and your kid’s new schools as well.

During the move:

  • Spread the move out over a few days

Moving everything in the house in one day makes for an exhausted and grumpy family. We suggest getting into your new house a few days early and moving room by room. This helps with the transition and avoids the need to navigate through a sea of boxes.

  • Enlist multiple babysitters, family and friends for help

Having help both during and after the move will be a life saver. Schedule play dates and other outings so that you can move fast as lightning while the kids are out. It’s always nice to have extra hands (and muscles) helping with the moving portion itself.

  • Have a See You Soon Party

For the kids, one of the most difficult parts about moving is saying good bye to the friends they have made. Throwing a “See You Soon” party lessens the anxiety by focusing less on saying goodbye and more on seeing your friends again. Make sure everyone exchanges contact information and lots of photos are taken during the party.

Home Buying Process

Buying a home is a big decision. One that no matter how much research you do, there are still so much you probably didn’t prepare for. As you move through the process of buying a home, the most important thing you can do for yourself is hire a real estate agent to help you navigate the process. In the end, you’ll be glad you did. window-1601423_640

To help you prepare for the home buying process, especially if this your first time, here are 5 important factors to be aware of.

Pre-approved. Before you begin your search for your dream home, take a moment to get pre-approved. This is important so you know how much you can afford and have realistic expectations going in. Too many times first time homebuyers skip this process and they start looking at homes that are way out of their price range, which can put throw them off once they see what they really can afford.

In addition to this, being pre-approved before talking with a real estate agent will help your agent support in your house hunt—and yes, you’re going to want to have an agent help you.

Search for dream home. The house hunt can be a frustrating experience or a wonderful experience, depending what you’re looking for and what the market is like. However, with a qualified agent helping you along the way, this will take a lot of the stress away. While looking for your dream home, remember to take some time to look at various homes to give you an idea on what you’d like. Also, don’t fall in love with just one home, in case someone makes an offer before you’ve had a chance to. During this process, your agent can help and answer all your questions about making counter-offer and negotiations.

Earnest money. This can be a surprise if you’re not prepared for it. When you make an offer on your dream home, putting down some earnest money to show the seller you’re serious. Depending on the situation, either the earnest will go towards your closing costs or will be returned to you. Again, your real estate agent and loan officer can answer your questions.

Inspections. Once the seller has accepted your offer, prepare for home inspections. Three of the more important ones are a meth test, mold test, and radon test. In addition to having these tests, hiring a professional inspector to inspect the property, both inside and out. This is important to know if there are any foundational and structural problems you should be aware of. If you find out these before the set deadlines, you can pull out of your offer which out losing your earnest money.

Loan Process. This is another in depth process you should be prepared for. Depending on the type of loan you’re applying for, your credit score, and other financial documents, this may be a long process as your lender determines if you qualify for a loan. Going into this process, make sure you have your last 2 years tax information, w-2s, paycheck stubs, and any other information your lender may need.

There is a lot that goes in the home buying process and at times you may feel like it will never end and you’ll never buy your home. However, the process is worth it because in the end you’ll have a home you love, will start building equity, and have pride in owning your very home.

Remember buying your first home? Tell us about your experience in the comments below.

A Comprehensive 3-Week Guide to Back-to-School

Can you hear the bells ringing? Another school year is almost upon us. Transitioning from a long summer break to back-to-school can be challenging. Plan to start three weeks before the first day of class. Avoid last-minute chaos by tackling one task at a time. This complete guide and a few supplies are all you need for getting back into the school routine. education-908512_640 (1)

3-weeks out:

  • Acquire school supply lists and start looking for the best deals. Check your local ads. Shop around online. Familiarize yourself with exactly what you need and how much it will all cost.
  • The same goes for school clothes. But first, check your children’s closets to see what you they have outgrown to get a better sense of what they will need for the upcoming year.
  • Check out the school’s website. The school district will post all necessary information like orientation dates to help parents and students get back in the swing of things.
  • Establish, review and revise your family’s emergency plan. Making sure your contacts are up to date. Double check to see if they are still willing to help in an emergency and even non-emergency situations like picking your children up from the bus stop if you’re running late.

2-weeks out:

  • Start practicing anything new with your children such as using a combination lock. Have your children write down their combination to start memorizing it for the upcoming year.
  • Take advantage of those deals you found and buy all of the school supplies and clothes your children will need. Don’t forget the shoes and gym clothes.
  • Make transportation arrangements for drop-off and pick-up including setting up after-school care if needed.
  • Plan and start practicing normal routines including enforcing bed times. The sooner you begin establishing a regular, study-friendly sleep schedule the better!

One week before school starts:

  • Plan and shop for next week’s lunches and snacks. You will be extra prepared, beat the rush and the store will have everything you need!
  • Wash all of the new clothes. Help and encourage your children in organizing a first-week wardrobe.
  • Ready all of the new supplies. Make sure everything has a place. The notebooks are in the back pack and the back pack is in its designated cubby.

Night Before:

  • Lay out the first day of school outfit, shoes and backpacks to ensure that first morning back goes as smoothly as you have been planning and working for the last two weeks.
  • Plan and prepare breakfast. The more you can get done in advance the easier the morning will be. Here are 16 yummy overnight crockpot breakfast recipes!
  • You will definitely want to charge your phone or camera for taking first-day pictures.
  • Perhaps the most important task is making sure everyone gets plenty of sleep!

Additional Considerations:

  • Gather contact information for all schools including administrators and your children’s teachers.
  • Fill out emergency contact sheets and other required forms including vaccination records.
  • If applicable, review the school dress code.
  • Mark all holidays, closures and school events on your calendar to get a jump start on being involved in the upcoming year.

Bonus:

All of Utah’s school supply lists can be found at this website!

Wyndell Pasch Named Among America’s Best Agent

America’s Best Agent Wyndell Pasch

Wyndell Pasch Sales Team Earned Ranking for 2015 Home Sales

 

Wyndell Home of The BestLayton, Utah, July 20th – Wyndell Pasch Sales Team with RE/MAX Metro is among the 2,691 RE/MAX agents and teams featured in the 2016 REAL Trends “America’s Best Real Estate Agents” survey. The agents included in the survey represent less than 1 percent of all real estate professionals in the United States.

Wyndell Pasch Sales Team has more than 11 years of experience in the Utah market. They have sold over 1075 homes and counting! When you buy or sell with The Wyndell Pasch Team you receive a free home warranty and use of their moving truck. Let them help you buy or sell your next home!

“America’s Best” is the industry’s largest ranking of agents based on homes sold in 2015. The survey is open to individual agents who closed at least 50 transaction sides or $20 million in sales volume and teams who had at least 75 sides or $30 million in volume. The fourth annual ranking groups agents by state and metro area. Both individual agents and teams are recognized for their number of transaction sides and/or sales volume.

RE/MAX agents accounted for 22 percent of the more than 12,000 participating agents who qualified for the survey. This year, RE/MAX had more agents named in the survey than any other brand.

Why You Need To Have A Inspection

Home InspectionAs you move through the process of buying a home, you’ve probably heard about getting a home inspection, but do you really need one? The answer is simple: absolutely. According to Alabama home inspector Bill Loden, President of the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI), having a home inspection is important before buying a home to verify there are no problems lurking in the walls, crawl space, attic, or with the foundation. If there is something wrong with the home, you can either walk away or negotiate with the seller to pay for the repairs.

While conducting your due diligence, make sure your inspector is licensed by the ASHI. While you’re having your home inspected, you should also consider having a meth, radon, and mold test done to ensure there are no other problems with the home. Home inspections average around $500 and take around 2-3 hours to complete, depending on the square footage and age of the home.

Your realtor can recommend some inspectors they know and have used in the past, but as you decide which inspection company to go with, be sure to ask:

  • How long have you been in business?
  • What are your qualifications, certifications, and training?
  • How many inspections have you done?

By asking these questions, you can avoid hiring the wrong inspection company and any other mistakes which can be costly.

Ready to make the move towards home ownership? Give us a call today and let us help you navigate the homebuying process. We are here to help and answer all your questions.

10 Must See National Parks to Cross Off Your Bucket List

Many reasons come to mind when thinking about visiting a national park including experiencing nature first-hand, convenience, health and most of all, affordability. Every park has a personality and if the fresh air isn’t enticing you yet, this list just might get you in the traveling mood!

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Zion, Utah

1. Zion National Park – Utah

Surround yourself with massive cream, pink and red sandstone cliffs that soar into the sky. With beauty too stunning for mere mortals, Zion’s unique variety of plants and wildlife enchants visitors as they absorb the rich history of the past while enjoying exhilarating present day adventures.

2. Yellowstone National Park – Wyoming

The world’s very first national park has been marveling visitors for more than 100 years. Colorful hot springs, waterfalls and geysers unfold the drama of the natural world at Yellowstone. With more than two million acres of protected wildlife and flourishing plant life, there is something for everyone to enjoy from hiking to roadside picnics.

3. Grand Canyon National Park – Arizona

Whether you are visiting the north, south or west rim, the Grand Canyon’s immense size, geological colors and erosional forms are sure to overwhelm your senses.  The 277-mile-long, 18-mile-wide and one-mile-deep canyon offers awe-inspiring views along with seemingly endless outdoor recreational opportunities.

4. Shenandoah National Park – Virginia

Cascading waterfalls, incredible views, quiet wooded hollows and 200,000 protected acres full of wildlife add to the beauty of the Shenandoah valley. Just 75 miles from the hustle and bustle of big city living in Washington D.C., this national park offers the perfect escape. Plan your visit and take a hike, meander along the skyline drive or have picnic with your family today.

5. Yosemite National Park – California

Known for its breathtaking waterfalls, giant sequoias and the remarkable El Capitan and Half Dome granite cliffs, Yosemite offers tranquility like no other. With 1,200 square miles of deep valleys, grand meadows, a vast wilderness and much more, this icon of America’s natural beauty attracts more than a million visitors and nature enthusiasts each year.

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Glacier, Montana

6. Glacier National Park – Montana    

Discover solitude and more with Glacier’s pristine forests, alpine meadows, rugged mountains and spectacular lakes. Hikers and adventurous visitors can enjoy more than 700 miles of trails through the wilderness along with historic chalets and rustic lodges.

7. Acadia National Park – Maine

This 49,000-acre slice of Maine was the first eastern national park. The rugged coast and awe-inspiring beauty has drawn people to the area for years. Acadia offers nature and adventure enthusiasts hiking and exploring opportunities surrounded by beautiful scenery along with diverse plant and animal life.

8. Great Smoky Mountains National Park – North Carolina, Tennessee

With more than 9 million visitors per year, the Great Smoky Mountains is America’s most visited national park. Known for its 4,000 species of plants and diverse variety of mammals, birds and other wildlife, the forest maintains the natural beauty of its ancient mountains and Southern Appalachian culture.

9. Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park – Hawai’i

This park displays the results of more than 70 million years of primordial forces that are ever changing our planet. Visit Hawai’i’s volcanoes to witness the power of an eruption and experience the heartbeat of a volcano.

10. Olympic National Park – Washington

With more than 70 miles of coastline, this park encompasses about a million acres of protected wilderness, wildlife, plant life and a variety of ecosystems. Come explore the glacier-capped mountains, old-growth temperate rain forests or the wild coast of the Olympic Peninsula.

5 Important Things To Do When You Move Into A New Home

canstockphoto4810008Getting ready to move to a new home? Here are 5 things to start doing now to make this transition to your new home a little easier.

  1. Pack smarter. As you begin to pack, organize your boxes in a way that not all your heavy items end up in one box. Take the time now to properly label your boxes so you can find things easily after the move. In addition to packing smarter, use this time to go through your stuff and throw out or give away the items you no longer want. There is no reason to bring things into your new home you don’t like, so take a moment now to declutter your space.
  1. Switch utilities. This may seem like a no-brainer, but it’s smart to set up a service switch once you have a closing date. Call the utility companies and let them know about the move. If you’re home has recently been built, arranging a maintenance call would be a smart move to reestablish service in case something unexpected comes up.
  1. Haul the basics. If possible, take basic supplies and other items over to your new place to help combat some of the chaos associated with the move. Set up the bathroom and have your pajamas accessible to help you feel a little more comfortable while you start to unpack.
  1. Goodbye blues. Moving is not easy, physically or emotionally. Help ease the sentimental pain of moving by thinking about all the fun things you’ll want to do in your new home. Use Pinterest and create boards for ideas on what you can do in your new space. Pull in the kids and have them help you decide what to do with their bedrooms. The more you can start making your new house a home.
  1. Meet your neighbors. Once you’ve moved in and had a chance to let things settle, introduce yourself to your neighbors. Make it fun by inviting people over for a laid back BBQ or drinks. This doesn’t have to be complicated, or overly planned, but building friendships with your neighbors is a great way to settle into your new neighborhood.

Have something to add to the article? Tell us about your last move and what you did to make things go smoothly.