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
  • Get the full ad here.

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
  • Get the full ad here.

 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!
  • Get the full ad here.

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
  • Get the full ad here.

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.

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!

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 Things To Do In Salt Lake In March

March is here—can you believe a new month is already here? Now that the weather is warming up, now is the time to enjoy the outdoors and events taking place (before the cold comes back). This month, grab your friends and family and check out these 5 fun events taking place in Salt Lake City.girls-438152_640

  • Irish Rising! St Patrick’s Day Parade: March 12, 2016
    • Come join the festivities and enjoy a fun day of Irish culture and arts in this fun St. Patrick’s day parade. The parade starts at 10 AM so grab the kiddies and come on out. 
  • Peery’s Egyptian Theater Presents Celtic Celebration: March 12, 2016
    • Enjoy a night of Celtic dance inspired from Irish and Scottish culture.
    • Tickets are $12 and doors open at 6:30 PM.
  • Kissin’ the Blarney Stone: March 16, 2016
    • Celebrate your Irish heritage (or lack thereof) with real Irish slang, treats and fun along with author Jordan McCollum. rapid! 
  • Ogden’s Dinosaur Park Egg Hunt: March 26, 2016
    • We’ll have treats, crafts, paleontology presentations, train rides, and more! 
  •  Colorfest Afterparty: March 26, 2016

What fun events are you planning on attending this month? Tell us about them below in the comments below.

3 Important Things To Remember When Moving Into Your New Home

picture-763262_640This is an exciting time! You’ve bought your dream home and are ready to move into your new home. However, in the excitement of the moment, it’s easy to get wrap up in the decor, binge watch your favorite home improvement show, go crazy on Pinterest, and fill every corner of your new home with your personal items.

Before you get too eager about furnishing your home, here are 3 mistakes many new homeowners make.

  1. Buying everything at once. In the excitement of the moment and your eagerness to get your home decorated, it can be easy to go out and buy all sorts of furniture for your home. This can lead you to wasting a lot of money and leave you with little space.

Instead, grab a pen and paper and map out the room. Decide which items you’d like in what rooms, take measurements to know which pieces will fit in the room, and explore the possibilities of what you can do in each room to make them comfortable and unique to your style.

  1. Cramming rooms with so much stuff. When you go into decorating your home with no plan, it’s easy to get overwhelmed and cram too much stuff into the space. Use this time to strategize and place the pieces in a way that creates an openness which is both inviting and cozy.

This is also the perfect moment for throwing out pieces that you longer love or fit within your home. Choose fun pieces of furniture that fit into the room and match your style.

  1. Trusting your eye over a tape measure. Measuring your space in important to ensure each item fits perfectly in your home. Too many times people run into the mistake of not properly measuring their space and end up with items that are either too big or too small for the space.

While taking some time to measure the space and furniture, remember to also measure the doorways. When bringing furniture in and out of your home, many times the doorways are forgotten and people run into problems getting their furniture to fit through.

Do you have some tips for staging a room? Have something to share about your last move into your home? Share your insights with us in the comments or on Facebook.

5 Tips for Staging Your Home to Sell


stilllifeAre you getting ready to sell your home? When it comes to selling your home quickly, you want to make sure it
stands out to potential buyers. Not only do you want the curb appeal to stand out, but you want to create a space that is inviting and something they can picture themselves living in.

  1. Clear off countertops. Remove all the clutter from your countertops (kitchen and bathrooms) to make the home more inviting to potential buyers. People want to picture themselves living in the home and the kitchen is a key location where people hangout. Make this space as organized, clean, and spacious as possible for buyers to get a good idea of the area.
  1. Minimize art and decorations. As you stage your home to sell, incorporate more abstract art or landscapes in your home. Something that gives each room a little color yet doesn’t overwhelm and isn’t too specific.
  1. Declutter and depersonalize. Like the art and decorations, this is the time you want potential buyers to visualize themselves in the home. Remove any objects or items that are uniquely you, clearing any books and family pictures that can pull buyers out of seeing themselves living in the home.
  1. Turn on the lights. If your home doesn’t have enough light it can look drab and turn potential buyers away. Add a lamp or other lighting piece in the corners of the room to make it more cozy. Your real estate agent can help you decide which areas of your home would benefit from some extra light.
  1. Keep furniture proportional to the room. Don’t overcrowd your rooms with large furniture which can distract from the overall design of the room. Instead arrange furniture in a way that complements and fits the room.

Selling your home can be stressful, so do what you can to make the home stand out to potential home buyers. Your real estate agent can help, answer all your questions, and offer suggestions to help your home sell quicker.

The Richest and Best Cities to Live In Utah

When it comes to buying a home, location can be a huge factor. You not only want to find an area near your job, great schools, and the right price. You also want to consider which area best fits your lifestyle, the culture of the area, and other things. While you weigh the various factors, here are some fun and informative facts about Utah. house-753270_640

The 5 Richest Cities in Utah

  1. Granite
  2. Summit Park
  3. South Snyderville Basin
  4. Olympus Cove
  5. Alta

The 5 Best Cities in Utah

  1. Holladay
  2. Washington City
  3. Centerville (tie)
  4. Syracuse (tie)
  5. Bountiful
  6. North Salt Lake

As you explore the various areas in Utah you’d like to live. remember to choose a place that will make you happy. There are so many excellent places in Utah—some that aren’t even on the list—that make a great place to live.

Whether you want to live in one of the richest cities in Utah or are curious about which cities are the best, we will help you find your dream home.

How To Drive In The Snow

Driving in the snow can be a challenge, even for the experienced driver. However, if you’re new to Utah, or driving in snow, the idea can be a little intimidating. This winter season, help make your commute and other driving times less stressful with these tips. driving-38346_640

In snow, drive slowly. The fact of the matter is snow slows everything down and takes a little longer. Accelerating, stopping, and turning all happen as quickly as on dry pavement. By giving yourself extra time you not only reduce your stress level and give yourself time to get where you’re going.

Before the snow starts flying, take a moment to have your brakes checked and make sure you understand your brakes. Whether you have antilock brakes or not, the best way to stop while driving in snow is threshold braking. To do this, keep your heel on the floor and, using the ball of your foot, apply firm pressure to the brake pedal. If you hit ice or a slick spot, pump your brakes.

When driving, accelerate and decelerate slowly. If you accelerate slowly, you give your tires a chance to gain traction and avoid skidding. Take time to slow down too. Since you never know what you’re going hit (ice is nearly impossible to see).

Don’t power up hills. If you apply extra gas while going up a snow-covered hill, all you’ll do is get your wheels spinning. Instead, try to get a little inertia going before going up a hill and let it carry you to the top. When you reach the crest of the hill, reduce your speed and allow your car to proceed down the hill as slowly as possible.

This year, stay safe by being aware your surrounding and knowing these little tips for driving in the snow. Did we miss something? Share your snow driving tips and tricks with us below or on Facebook.