Preparing to Move Out of Your Parents Home

suitcase-468445_640When moving out of your parents home, millennials seem to need a little more help. According to a new report from the U.S. Census Bureau data showed that young adults, those between the ages of 18 to 34, opted to live in their family homes, at least temporarily.

For the millennials ready to make the move and leave the nest, here are a 2 suggestions:

Play pretend. Before moving out, experts recommend building good habits of bill paying. If your parents are kind enough to let you live in the home rent free, or giving you a hefty discount, you can create a pretend budget to give you an idea of what you’ll be spending on rent, groceries, transportation, etc. By taking the time to do this, you will build a safety net for any emergencies.

Set a deadline. Once you’ve made the decision to move out, make it official by setting a deadline and letting your family know. As your countdown goes down, start scouting for a home or apartment a few months in advance to know which areas you can best afford.

4 Sounds You Don’t Want to Hear from Your Home

Strange sounds from your home is not new. Every now and again, your home will make sounds but there are some sounds you never want to hear from your home. If you hear these 4 sounds, you should get a professional out to take a look:washing-machine-280752_640

  1.  Screeching dryer. A screeching noise coming from your dryer, may confirm a belt issue. If you recently purchased your washer and dryer, the shipping bolts may have been left behind. Remove them and see if that stops the screeching. 
  1. Squealing air conditioner. Changing your filter on a regular basis is important to keep your machine unclogged from dirt and dust. The vibration of air conditioners can also loosen parts which can lead to problems in the long run. If you hear strange sounds, call a local professional.
  1. Scratching from gutters. People often mistake this sound for a bird on their gutter; however, this is not always the case. The sound of scratching may be a sign you have rodents in your walls.
  1. Hissing sounds and gas smells.  If you have a hissing sound, you may also smell gas, that could be a gas leak. Leave the house immediately and don’t touch any light switch or anything electric. Retreat as far as way as possible from your home, without starting your car, and warn your neighbors to leave too. Once you are a safe distance away, call 911.

For a full list of sounds you should never hear from your home, read the full article at House Beautiful.

Create Your Dream Backyard

I don’t know about you, but I love this time of year. The warm weather, all the fun outdoor activities, and spending time outside in the garden. This is a great time to get creative with your backyard design and find inspiration through your hobbiesoutside-254716_640

Add some beauty to your yard by choosing complimentary colors to enhance your garden and offer contrast. White and grey are two excellent colors to compare with teal blues. rich reds, or golden yellows.

Another great feature to add to your home for some ambiance is to add an outdoor fire pit or movie theatre to your yard.

Do you love water? Incorporate fountains and other water pieces into your garden space. The sound of a trickling fountain can add a soothing atmosphere to your backyard. There are many different types of water features you can put in your yard from ponds to a dry fountain.

In the end, the key to building your dream backyard is find inspiration from the things you love. Find more inspiration from some of your favorite magazines, Pinterest, and even from around your neighborhood. There are so many great ideas out there, you are bound to feel inspired.

Family Friendly Hikes in Utah

Do you and your family love to hike? There are some great hikes in Utah worth exploring with your family and friends.Small hiking group

The Grotto Falls is a popular destination for many. Cross a rushing river via narrow tree trunks and a thundering waterfall to feel like a kid again. This hike is about a one-mile round trip and is worth the entire trip (be sure to do the entire hike to see the secret gem at the end). Learn more about the trail here.

If you have a child obsessed with dinosaurs then the Silver Reef Trail is the one for you. Located at the Red Cliffs Recreation Area near Leeds, Utah, this dinosaur-track trail will take you around swimming holes, small waterfalls, and so much more! Not only is this a great place to hike but also is a great camping destination. Learn more here.

The Cecret Lake is another popular destination. Known for it’s gorgeous water and wildflowers, this 1.5-mile hike is great for all ages. You are sure to fall in love with the majestic mountains around Little Cottonwood Canyon. Find out more about this hike, here.

With any hike, you should always tell someone where you are going. Check the weather before heading out and take these other precautions.

To learn about more hikes around the Utah area, check out Wander Rookie. Tell us about your favorite hikes around the area and share your stories with us on Facebook.

Ogden Concert Series

smallguitarAre you looking for something fun to do this weekend? There are so many fun things to do in Ogden, the real question is: what are you going to do first?

Start your day off right with some yoga. There are various classes going around Ogden that can help you find your center and get you ready to face the day. Afterwards, stop by local favorite, The Stump, for some fresh spring water.

The Ogden Nature Center has a lot of great events taking place over the summer. One of their more popular events is the summer concert series. Lacey Jones and the Spirits will be performing June 5, 2015 at 7 pm. Pack a picnic and drinks and come join the fun.

Love music? Ogden’s Twilight Series starts on June 4th and runs every Thursday night. Get your tickets today and come enjoy some great music.

Family Fun in SLC

bdc8ebfa-2202-4128-8df2-bc65f585cc1cAre you looking for something fun to do this weekend with the family? Salt Lake City has a lot of great museums, shops, and restaurants worth checking out.

The National History Museum of Utah is one of my favorite places to visit. Right now they have the extreme mammal exhibit with animals with giant fangs and claws, running now until July 2015. Don’t miss it and bring the kids!

If you want to spend time outside, the Red Butte Garden is a great place to not only walk the stunning gardens but take in their outdoor concerts and other special events. There are some really great performers coming to Red Butte Garden this year so don’t miss out and get your tickets today.

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Perks of Spring Cleaning

Spring is officially here and with the warmer weather, for many, now is the time to get a start on their spring cleaning. Although not many are excited of the idea of spring cleaning–sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do–there are a lot of benefits to cleaning out your home and getting things organized. small faucet

How are your new years resolutions coming along? For those who put on their 2015 goals to get their homes in order, there is still time to accomplish all those things you wanted to get done. Use this time to get all those things patched up, thrown out, and repainted.

While you are cleaning your home from top to bottom, you are getting a great exercise in and without the hassle of going to the gym. Put on some great music and you can make your workout even better.

You know that pile of dust and all those dust bunnies behind the fridge? Just think how great you will feel when all that is gone. Although it won’t last forever, you will feel great when you’re done and can look around at your sparkling home.

Do you have any spring cleaning tips you want to share? Feel free to tell us about them on our Facebook page.


How to Downsize and Stay Sane

Not everyone wants to move into the biggest house on the block or are tired of maintaining a large home. Whatever your reason, how do you decide if downsizing is the right choice for you?

There are a lot of things to weigh when you begin to consider downsizing. If you are like most people, you have a lot of furniture, mementos, and clutter you’ve collected over the years, downsizing may not be the right decision. If you are overwhelmed with stuff, trying to put all of that in a smaller home could add to your stress and frustration.SmHuts

To get a better sense of the pros and cons of downsizing, talk to people who’ve downsized before. What was their experience like? What were some of the challenges they faced? Would they do it again? Through your conversations you can gain more clarity and decide if you should downsize.

When you have a better idea of what would be your best option, you find move forward with certainty and find ways to reduce any additional stress in your life.

Check Your Heating System

light-bulb-3229-830x550The cold weather is upon us and it more important than ever that you keep up with the maintenance of your heating system. This season, keep your system working efficiently by following this simple tips:

Change your heater’s air filter monthly and remove dust from your vents to keep your system working better. While you are changing your filter take time to check the blower belt and oil the blower motor in accordance to your owner’s manual.

If your heater is old, you may want to seriously consider replacing it with a more modern gas furnace which can make your heating system more efficient and save you money.

Check to ensure your vents are open and are not blocked by furniture or other items. By keeping your vents clear of debris you will have better circulation around your home.

Take some time to remove flammable objects from around your furnace and water heaters.


Removing Your Popcorn Ceiling

One of the worse trends from the 1970s was popcorn ceilings. Many homebuyers are finding their homes sporting the outdated look, but getting rid of the popcorn decor is not always the easiest. However, don’t fret! Here are some simple tips to help you get rid of the dreaded popcorn ceiling.

First, prepare the room. Seal off the room with plastic sheets from floor to ceiling to keep the debris from spreading through your home. Also include a fan in the window for ventilation.

Spray the ceiling down with an adhesive bond to make the removal easier. Wait 10-15 minutes before scraping.

Another note, cover electrical sockets and turn off the electricity in the room before starting your project.

What are some home projects you are working on right now? Have you removed popcorn ceiling? What are some of your tips?