2019 Fourth Quarter Market Analysis

The following analysis of select counties of the Utah real estate market is provided by Windermere Real Estate Chief Economist Matthew Gardner. We hope that this information may assist you with making better-informed real estate decisions. For further information about the housing market in your area, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

ECONOMIC OVERVIEW

Utah’s non-agricultural employment growth continues to impress. The addition of 49,500 jobs over the past 12 months represents a solid growth rate of 2.8%. We did see some fairly modest slowing in employment gains earlier in the year, but this appears to have been reversed. My current forecast is for the state to continue to grow its job base, though I anticipate modest slowing in the number of new jobs. With around 41,700 new positions added, we will see employment grow 2.6% in 2020. In November, the state unemployment rate was 2.4%, down from 3.2% a year ago.

HOME SALES

  • 8,768 homes sold in the final quarter of 2019, representing a solid increase of 7% compared to the same period in 2018, but 17% fewer homes traded hands compared to the third quarter of 2019.
  • Total sales activity rose in all but the very small Morgan County. Year-over-year, sales rose by double digits in three counties, with impressive increases in Wasatch, Summit, and Utah counties.
  • The number of homes for sale in the final quarter of the year was 14.4% lower than in the same period a year ago and 21.3% lower than the third quarter of 2019. Regular readers may remember that listing activity had been rising, but I am afraid those days are behind us.
  • Pending sales in the fourth quarter were up 10.7% compared to a year ago but were 24.3% lower than in the third quarter, suggesting that closings in the first quarter of 2020 may drop from current levels.

 

 

HOME PRICES

  • The average home price in the region continued to rise in the fourth quarter, with a year-over-year increase of 9.5% to an average of $403,186. Home prices were 0.4% higher than in the third quarter of 2019.
  • All counties contained in this report saw price increases compared to the same period a year ago, with impressive gains across the board.
  • Appreciation was strongest in Wasatch County, where prices were up 11.7% to $681,300.
  • Home prices continue to appreciate at significant rates. I hope to see some slowing in price growth as we move through 2020, but this will only happen if the supply of homes for sale grows significantly.

 

DAYS ON MARKET

  • The average number of days it took to sell a home in the counties covered by this report rose four days compared to a year ago.
  • Matching the third quarter, homes sold fastest in Davis, Salt Lake, and Weber counties, and slowest in the expensive Summit County. All counties except Summit saw days-on-market rise compared to the fourth quarter of 2018.
  • During the fourth quarter of the year, it took an average of 57 days to sell a home in the region, up from 45 days in third quarter.
  • The modest increase in market time is not a concern as there still appears to be significant demand for housing.

 

 

CONCLUSIONS


This speedometer reflects the state of the region’s real estate market using housing inventory, price gains, home sales, interest rates, and larger economic factors.

For the final quarter of 2019, I have moved the needle just a little more in favor of sellers. Inventory levels remain low, even in the face of modestly increasing market time. Prices and closed sales are higher, and these things certainly favor sellers.

ABOUT MATTHEW GARDNER


As Chief Economist for Windermere Real Estate, Matthew Gardner is responsible for analyzing and interpreting economic data and its impact on the real estate market on both a local and national level. Matthew has over 30 years of professional experience both in the U.S. and U.K.

In addition to his day-to-day responsibilities, Matthew sits on the Washington State Governors Council of Economic Advisors; chairs the Board of Trustees at the Washington Center for Real Estate Research at the University of Washington; and is an Advisory Board Member at the Runstad Center for Real Estate Studies at the University of Washington where he also lectures in real estate economics.

Posted on January 28, 2020 at 10:18 pm
Abbey Drummond | Category: Uncategorized

How to Know if it’s Time to Downgrade

Choosing less space often has to do with a desire to live a life that’s simpler. Whether you’re retiring, want an eco-friendly, low-maintenance lifestyle or your children have moved away, downsizing might be the best option for you. Here are the advantages and disadvantages to consider before making the move and questions to begin asking yourself now.

 

Advantages

  • Increased cash flow.
    • Spend less on your mortgage payment and you are likely to have more money leftover for other needs or desires.
  • More time.
    • Cut down on time spent on household chores such as cleaning and vacuuming which will leave you with more hours in the day to do something more enjoyable.
  • Lower utility bills.
    • Costs less to heat and air condition a small home.
    • Less square footage decreases the amount of energy expended.
    • Reducing energy is better for the environment and it helps keep your home green.
  • Reduced consumption.
    • You would likely buy less since you won’t necessarily have the room for it.
  • Minimized stress.
    • Homeowners who have successfully downsized often feel happier because they are no longer overwhelmed by the demands of a larger home.
    • Less responsibility, less housework to do, increased cash flow and flexibility equals reduced stress.

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Disadvantages

  • Fewer belongings.
    • Moving into a smaller space would mean you would need to give away or donate furniture, books, kitchen supplies, etc.
  • No room for guests.
    • Hosting holiday dinners might be out of the question for a smaller home.
  • Space restrictions.
    • Less space means you could feel cramped.
  • Lifestyle changes.
    • For long-term homeowners, downsizing means changing a lifestyle.

 

What to consider before downsizing

These questions are important to ask yourself because for some people, downsizing may not be the best option for them.

  1. Does size matter to me?
    1. Think about how much your identity is wrapped in your house.
    2. Is it important for you to have a guest room or a second bathroom?
  2. Will I miss some important things about a more spacious home?
    1. Will moving into a smaller home feel like a step backward?
  3. How will other life events affect my living in a smaller home?
    1. Consider possible scenarios you may not expect such as adult children moving back home or if you plan to add a child.

 

The Cost to You

  1. How much will it cost to replace the furniture?
    1. When you move into a smaller home this means you might have to downsize your furniture to make room.
  2. How much will it cost to get rid of the stuff I don’t need or won’t fit?
    1. It’s important to have a plan for how you’re going to sell or give away the things you don’t need.
    2. Consider things like family heirlooms. What are you going to do with all your antiques or treasures that your smaller home may not be able to accommodate?
  3. How much will I get when I sell my current home, and will it help cover the cost of buying my new home?

 

If you know downsizing is the right option for you, you’re probably asking yourself, “Should I sell first and then buy or buy first and then sell?”. When you’re ready to discuss your options, call me!

Originally posted on the Windermere Blog, in Buying and Selling by Meaghan McGlynn

Posted on January 28, 2020 at 10:15 pm
Abbey Drummond | Category: Uncategorized

Sundance in the City (Salt Lake City, that is.)

Sundance in the City (Salt Lake City, that is.)

As I mentioned in a previous post, Sundance Film Festival will be starting in a little less than a week. We couldn’t be more excited! We’ve already given you the ins and outs of how to catch the festival in Park City, so now we’d like to tell you about where you can catch the events on this side of the mountains.

But first a little information about tickets…

Tickets

One of the most important things to remember is that each city in the Sundance event schedule is separated by a 30- to 75-minute drive, so you will want to make sure you select screening tickets in the city where you plan on spending most of your time.

Tickets went on sale for Sundance members on  January 16th, for locals. Tickets will be available until they’re completely sold out. The non-local public can purchase tickets starting today, January 21st, so if you’re planning on attending from out of state, you’ll want to make sure to be online right at 10am (MST) to ensure you can grab your seats.

The Salt Lake City theaters that will be hosting premiers and showings are as follows:

Broadway Centre Cinema
Grand Theatre
Rose Wagner Center
Salt Lake City Library Theatre
Tower Theatre

You can view the full event schedule here. And, if you’re trying to up your chances of catching sight of one of your Hollywood favorites, we loved this article that tells you exactly who is in which film.

Sundance Windermere Real Estate Utah

Making Your Experience Amazing:

The great news is that parking in SLC is different a lot more ample than in Park City! If you’re local, or planning on spending your time exclusively at screenings in SLC, there are more than enough places to choose from as far as parking goes. If you are spending the day up in Park City, we would highly recommend taking an Uber up, and using PC’s great public transportation to get around town! (No need to pay for more meters than you need to.)

One of the other great advantages to enjoying the festival in Salt Lake are the festival lounges! This year Utah Business reports that there will be 3 Festival Lounges:

“The Queer Lounge, adding new music choices and drag performances, joins the always-popular Festival Lounges at Copper Common downtown and East Liberty Tap House in Sugar House, where local musicians are performing live nightly at 7 and 10 p.m. from Friday, Jan. 24, through Saturday, Feb. 1. A full entertainment schedule follows.

Helping locals and visitors alike get their Sundance Film Festival groove on in Utah’s capital city during the 10-day event, the Sundance Film Festival Lounges are an ideal place to continue the conversation after taking in this year’s roster of amazing film offerings. The Lounges are a great, affordable and convenient way to experience the magic of the Festival as there are no entrance fees and they’re open to the public, but seating is limited. All Festival Lounges are ideal locations to discuss film, art, theater and cultural pursuits both pre- and post-screenings.”

If you end up having any downtime between events, you can also feel free to swing by our Redman office! We’ve got a gorgeous gallery featuring the works of Michael Nikola on the 6th and 7th floors, and our agents and staff are more than happy to point you to more points of interest in the city.

Sundance Windermere Utah

For any of your other event related questions, be sure to check out the Sundance website, and be sure to check out the festival map that includes more details on each venue, theatre, and even shuttle routes.

To get notified about traffic incidents, road closures, weather conditions, and other emergencies, you can sign up for a joint Emergency Alert Program between the Sundance Film Festival and Park City. All you have to do is text FILMFEST to 888777 to start receiving alerts during the Sundance Film Festival. (Standard text messaging rates apply.)

Posted on January 21, 2020 at 6:33 pm
Abbey Drummond | Category: Uncategorized

Sundancing Like the Locals – Park City

Sundancing Like the Locals – Park City

If you’ve been keeping up with the Park City events calendar, you know that one of the biggest and brightest events of the year is just around the corner: the Sundance Film Festival. Starting January 23rd and running until February 2nd, Sundance is a celebration of cinematography, and also happens to be the largest independent film festival in the United States.

Sundance describes itself in this way:

“Our 10-day Festival welcomes more than 124,000 attendees and spreads out across three locations: Park CitySalt Lake City, and the Sundance Mountain Resort near Provo.”

Whether you’re a veteran attendee, or you’re looking forward to your first time at a Sundance screening, we’ve put together this helpful guide to make sure you can make it to the films you want to see in the most convenient, comfortable way.

Tickets

One of the most important things to remember is that each city in the Sundance event schedule is separated by a 30- to 75-minute drive, so you will want to make sure you select screening tickets in the city where you plan on spending most of your time.

Tickets went on sale January 16th, for locals. Tickets will be available until they’re completely sold out. The non-local public can purchase tickets starting today, January 21st, so if you’re planning on attending from out of state, you’ll want to make sure to be online right at 10am (MST) to ensure you can grab your seats.

The Park City theaters that will be hosting premiers and showings are as follows:

Eccles Theatre
Egyptian Theatre
Prospector Square Theatre
The MARC Theatre
The Ray Theatre

Making Your Experience Amazing:

Pro-tip #1: Don’t drive. While Park City is charming, beautiful, elegant, and a natural wonderland, it’s not known exactly for its parking availability. (Ironic for a place called “Park” City, right?) In reality, parking during Sundance is a nightmare. We suggest you come via carpool, Uber or take advantage of the free PC Public transportation.

Pro-tip #2: Dress for the occasion. Park City is a very walkable town, and since we’ve already discussed the need for ride sharing, you’ll need to bring proper footwear (i.e. insulated and waterproof snow boots). Sorels are the preferred brand of Park City, and they even have a whole line dedicated to the city! That’s just one option, if you’re in need of something with great traction but that is still very cute.

Pro-tip #3: Have a plan. If you already have tickets, YAY YOU!! We talked about ticket sales above, but you’ll want to keep in mind the distances between cities if you’re looking to catch a certain film in a certain place. And, if you’re trying to up your chances of catching sight of one of your Hollywood favorites, we loved this article that tells you exactly who is in which film.

For any of your other event related questions, be sure to check out the Sundance website, and be sure to check out the festival map that includes more details on each venue, theatre, and even shuttle routes.

We hope you have a fantastic time at Sundance! If you’ve got any down time between events, make sure to visit us at our Silver Star office (hello, free silver mine tour?)

Park City Office Windermere Utah

Posted on January 21, 2020 at 6:32 pm
Abbey Drummond | Category: Uncategorized

Welcome, Woodward Park City!

If you’ve been anticipating this year’s ski season, and are up-to-date on the happenings in Park City, you’re probably aware of the newest action-sports resort that opened just a week ago. But if you’re not au courant, fear not. It’s our pleasure to introduce you to Woodward: a world-class, year-round action sports resort that’s changing the game of all-season recreation.

Woodward may be a tenderfoot on the Utah resort scene, but its offerings are nothing short of thrilling. The grand opening took place on December 14th, and world-famous athletes such as skateboarder Tony Hawk and Olympic gymnast Shawn Johnson were in attendance for the celebration! Woodward has both internal and external facilities, visitors and guests have their choice of drop-in sessions, all-access passes, day sessions, lift tickets, lessons, summer day camps, monthly memberships and special events. As stated on the Woodward website, “there is always a way to play for kids, and kids at heart.”

Rendering of Woodward Park City campus on Rasmussen Rd

In a press release regarding the start of ski season, Park City Magazine gave us this tantalizing description of everything to look forward to:

On tap for the new 125-acre Woodward Park City, woodwardparcity.com: tubing, skiing, snowboarding, BMX, cheer, trampolines, ramps, parkour, digital media, and more. The campus’s model is a progressive one, which caters to all levels of athletes. For example, terrain park newbies can get a taste of the action on the Start Park and eventually work their way up to a 22-foot halfpipe. And for those who lament Gorgoza’s passing, there will be 10 (or more) tubing lanes. A 66,000-square-foot indoor facility with all the full-throttle accoutrements of action sports (think trampolines, foam pits, spring floor, skateboard/BMX-like concrete park features …) accompanies the extensive, outdoor amenities. Daily lift tickets to Woodward will cost $50; and a month-long, all-access membership is $100.
Posted on December 20, 2019 at 6:10 pm
Abbey Drummond | Category: Uncategorized

Ultimate Utah Ski Guide!

Ski season in Utah is an experience unlike any other. The planners of the 2002 Winter Olympics knew it, and we at Windermere Utah know it, too. And, when it comes to choosing where you want to go for your winter adventures, avid skiers, mountain enthusiasts, and snowboarders aren’t without options. I put together this helpful guide for you to use while planning your next Utah winter escape.

Salt Lake City – Packed with culture and access to easy international travel, enjoying Salt Lake’s host of resort areas means you really can have it all.

Snowbird
Skiable Acres: 2,500
Opening Day: November 29th
Terrain Distribution: Green- 8%, Blue- 22%, Black/Double Black- 70%

Known for it’s fantastic off-piste terrain, Snowbird offers you premier powder, and an apres experience that you can savor well into the evening hours. Snowbird also has an extra long season, and accommodates all levels, so whether you’re looking to take the kids on their first bunny slope, or are in the mood for some pro-level heli skiing, Snowbird is a fabulous choice. Be sure to check out their website to find their list of events.

Alta
Skiable Acres: 2,614
Opening Day: November 29th
Terrain Distribution: Green- 15%, Blue- 30%, Black/Double Black- 55%

Latin for “elevated,” Alta’s steep slopes and varied terrain lets you explore all that the mountain has to offer. Recently voted as having some of the best extreme terrain, you’ll find three things in Alta: fresh powder, incredible vistas and pure adrenaline. As the first ski area of Utah to install a lift (1938) Alta is rife with historic significance and keeps you close to Salt Lake’s downtown district, so even while you’re off the slopes, the adventures don’t stop. But, don’t forget, Alta is for skiers only. Take a look at their website here.

Windermere Utah Ski Guide

Brighton
Skiable Acres: 1,050
Opening Day: November 19th
Terrain Distribution: Green- 21%, Blue- 39%, Black/Double Black- 40%

Kids 10 and under are allowed to ski for FREE making Brighton a family favorite. The slopes of Brighton welcome guests with ample powder and short lift lines. Known for being well-rounded in all areas – terrain and hospitality – this resort area has been a SLC staple since the 1930’s. While resort areas like Alta are known for being ski-only, Brighton attracts many snowboarders and backcountry enthusiasts. You can renew and purchase your Brighton passes online at their website.

Solitude
Skiable Acres: 1,200
Opening Day: November 29th
Terrain Distribution: Green- 10%, Blue- 40%, Black/Double Black- 50%

If you’re looking for premier powder but don’t want the crowds, Solitude is aptly named for exactly what it offers. 77 named runs give skiers of every level the variety you want, and with tons of lodging options in a village-like setting, everything you need is right on hand. For the full Solitude experience, be sure to check out their most well-known trails: Dynamite, Honeycomb Canyon, and Challenger. You can learn more about Solitude on their website.

Layton – Tucked along the Wasatch Front, Layton has three fantastic ski resorts that keep you close to home while on the slopes.

Snowbasin
Skiable Acres: 3,000
Opening Day: November 30th
Terrain Distribution: Green- 10%, Blue- 50%, Black/Double Black- 40%

Best-in-class advanced piste terrain is calling, as well as endless adventures off the beaten path, and you’ll find it all at Snowbasin! This is one of the sites that hosted the 2002 Winter Olympics, so if you’re in the mood for some history and luxury treatment, you’ll want to check out all of the amenities Snowbasin Resort offers.

Windermere Utah Ski Guide

Powder Mountain
Skiable Acres: 8,464
Opening Day: December 1st
Terrain Distribution: Green- 25%, Blue- 40%, Black/Double Black- 35%

Slack country, off-piste, and tree skiing – for the winter enthusiast, anything and everything can be found on Powder Mountain.  Because Powder Mountain also takes great strides towards preserving its natural surroundings, ticket sales are limited. This means that your experience is not only so much more exclusive, but it also means shorter lift lines, and lighter crowds on your favorite runs. Take advantage of this incredible resort by checking out their website.

Nordic Valley Resort
Opening Day: December 7th
Skiable Acres: 140
Terrain Distribution: Green- 35%, Blue- 45%, Black/Double Black- 20%

For the winter sportsman on a budget, Nordic Valley offers you a value that can’t be beat. It’s also incredibly community oriented, with after school programs and nightly specials that ensure easy and affordable access to incredible slopes for participants of all ages and levels. Take a look at their season pass page to get great offers on what you love to do most.

Park City – The place where mountain lifestyle meets luxury accommodations. The only time you’ll lift a finger is to raise the lift rail. 

Park City Mountain Resort
Skiable Acres: 7,300
Opening Day: November 22nd
Terrain Distribution: Green- 8%, Blue- 42%, Black/Double Black- 50%

For the first time visitor, as well as the regulars, you can expect great things from Park City’s Mountain Resort. Their elevated learning areas, enhanced snowmaking and grooming, and reimagined on-mountain dining experiences are all new for the 2019-20 winter season. Check everything they have to offer here.

Luxury Ski-In/ Ski-Out Neighborhood- The Colony at White Pine Canyon
Windermere Utah Ski Guide

Deer Valley
Skiable Acres: 2,026
Opening Day: December 7th
Terrain Distribution: Green- 24%, Blue- 40%, Black/Double Black- 36%

Last, but certainly not least on our list, is the immaculate Deer Valley Resort. Ski in/ski out takes on a life of its own in this luxurious mountain setting. Their daytime restaurants has garnered attention from the most selective winter sport lovers, and their lift infrastructure gives you a streamlined experience. While it is classified as “skier only,” the resort itself offers amenities and views beyond belief. Take a look for yourself, here.

Luxury Ski-In/ Ski-Out Neighborhood- Red Cloud at Empire Pass

Sundance
Skiable Acres: 450
Opening Day: December 6th
Terrain Distribution: Green- 35%, Blue- 45%, Black/Double Black- 20%

Although it’s a relatively small resort in comparison to Deer Valley and Park City, this resort has the most gorgeous views of Mount Timpanogos! Great ski pass prices, few lifts, and rarely any lines!

I hope this list is helpful to you, and I’d love to know – is there anything I missed? If you’ve got a favorite winter getaway, tell me about it in the comments! I wish you a healthy, active and enjoyable ski season.

Posted on November 21, 2019 at 10:55 pm
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Introducing the Q3 Gardner Report: Trends of the Utah Real Estate Market

Q3 Gardner Report: Utah Real Estate Market Trends

The following analysis of select counties of the Utah real estate market is provided by Windermere Real Estate Chief Economist Matthew Gardner. We hope that this information may assist you with making better-informed real estate decisions. For further information about the housing market in your area, please don’t hesitate to contact your Windermere Agent.

Economic Overview

Utah’s non-agricultural employment rose by 42,100 jobs over the past 12 months, representing a solid growth rate of 2.8%. For perspective, the U.S growth rate is 1.4%. Year to date, Utah has added an average of 3,350 jobs per month, which is down from 4,200 per month last year. I expect we will continue to see modest slowing in employment gains as we move forward given the maturity of the economic cycle. Although the trend is slowing, I anticipate the state will see job growth around 2.8% in  2019. My early forecast for 2020 suggests that Utah will see employment growth of 2.6%.

In August, the state unemployment rate was 2.8%, below the 3.1% level of a year ago.

 

Home Sales

  • In the third quarter of 2019, 10,562 homes sold, representing a solid increase of 8.2% compared to the same period in 2018 and 4.3% higher than in the second quarter of this year.
  • Total sales activity rose in all but the very small Morgan County. Year-over-year, sales rose by double digits in three counties, with impressive increases in Summit and Utah counties.
  • The number of homes for sale in the third quarter was only 2.6% higher than in the same period a year ago but was 11% higher than the second quarter of this year. There continues to be significantly more choice in the market, which is good news for home buyers.
  • Pending sales in the third quarter were up 13% compared to a year ago, but were 7% lower than in the second quarter, suggesting that closings in the final quarter of this year may drop from current levels.

 

 

Home Prices

  • The average home price in the region continued to rise in the third quarter, with a year-over-year increase of 9% to an average of $401,638. Sale prices were 2.5% higher than in the second quarter of this year.
  • All but Wasatch County saw price increases compared to the same period a year ago. The contraction of price in Summit County was significant, but, because it is a small and very expensive area, I am not overly concerned this represents a pervasive trend.
  • Appreciation was again strongest in Weber County, where sale prices were up by 13.7% to $298,333. As the most affordable market in the area, this is not surprising.
  • The takeaway here is that home prices continue to appreciate at significant rates. I still expect to see some moderation in price growth as we move through the year and into 2020, but Utah will clearly continue to outperform the nation as a whole.

 

 

Days on Market

  • The average number of days it took to sell a home in the counties covered by this report rose eight days compared to the third quarter of 2018.
  • Homes sold fastest in Davis, Salt Lake, and Weber counties, and slowest in the expensive Summit County. All counties saw days-on-market rise compared to the third quarter of 2018.
  • During the third quarter of this year, it took an average of 45 days to sell a home in the region, down from 53 days in the second quarter.
  • The Utah economy is still outperforming almost all other states and this will continue to drive housing demand.

 

 

Conclusions

This speedometer reflects the state of the region’s real estate market using housing inventory, price gains, home sales, interest rates, and larger economic factors.

For the third quarter of 2019, I have moved the needle a little more in favor of sellers. Although the area has seen a modest increase in the number of homes for sale and days-on-market, prices, pending sales, and closed sales are higher, which certainly favors sellers.

 

 

About Matthew Gardner

As Chief Economist for Windermere Real Estate, Matthew Gardner is responsible for analyzing and interpreting economic data and its impact on the real estate market on both a local and national level. Matthew has over 30 years of professional experience both in the U.S. and U.K.

In addition to his day-to-day responsibilities, Matthew sits on the Washington State Governors Council of Economic Advisors; chairs the Board of Trustees at the Washington Center for Real Estate Research at the University of Washington; and is an Advisory Board Member at the Runstad Center for Real Estate Studies at the University of Washington where he also lectures in real estate economics.

Posted on November 7, 2019 at 5:28 pm
Abbey Drummond | Category: Uncategorized

Prepare Your Home for Winter

As the days shorten, you can mitigate many mid-winter headaches with some preemptive prep. Proper weatherizing can help protect your home from preventable damage, save money on energy costs, and, most importantly, keep you and your loved ones safe and warm throughout the winter season. Here is a useful checklist to manage your weatherization project. Setting aside some time on a couple of weekend days should be more than enough to knock this out:

 

Cracks & Leaks

Examine your entire house for any cracks and leaks, from your roof to your baseboards, to your basement and foundation. With unpredictable winter weather, these cracks and leaks are how the outside gets in, causing cold drafts and water damage.

Luckily, most cracks don’t require a professional to handle it. Depending on your house type and age, it’s likely you’ll be able to do it yourself with supplies from your local hardware store.

 

Windows & Doors:

Gaps and breaks in windows and doors is another way to let the winter in your home, and they can let heat escape, raising your heat bill throughout the season.

Make sure seals are tight and no leaks exist. If you have storm windows, make sure you put them on before the cold season begins. Additionally, add weather-strips and or a door sweep to prevent drafts and keep the heat in.

 

Rain Gutters: 

Clean your rain gutters of any debris. In colder climates, the buildup will cause gutters to freeze with ice, crack and then leak.

Once you have removed the residue from the drains, test them by running hose water to make sure cracks and leaks have not already formed. Even in warmer locales, the buildup can put undue stress on your roof and home.

 

Pipes: 

Protecting your pipes from freezing should be your number one priority this winter. A burst pipe can quickly become a disaster in any home.

Remember to turn off your exterior water source and take in your hose. Internally, wrapping your pipes is a recommended precaution to take.

 

Heating System:

Annual checks are vital in avoiding dangers such as house fires. Replace filters if you use a furnace and clear out any vents and ducts that carry heat through them. If you have baseboard heat, wipe them of dust and remove any debris that might catch fire.

 

Fireplace & Wood Burning Stoves:

Make sure to have chimneys and air vents cleaned early in the season if you are planning on warming your home with a wood-burning source. When your fireplace is not in use make sure to close the damper, some resources estimate an open damper can increase energy consumption by as much as 30%, increasing your bill about $200.

 

Sprinkler Irrigation System:

As temperatures start to drop, it’s time to shut down your lawn irrigation systems and prepare for winter’s bitter cold. Sprinkler pipes and other components are at risk of freezing and breaking when temperatures drop below 32 degrees Fahrenheit.

 

Outside: 

Bring your patio furniture inside or cover it for the winter. Don’t forget other, smaller items such as your tools, including the hose and planting pots. Clear out any piles around the side of your house, checking for cracks and holes in your home and foundation as you go so to avoid providing shelter for unwelcome guests over the cold season.

If your property has large trees check for loose branches and call someone to trim back any limbs that may fall in your yard, on your roof or even damage a window.

 

Emergency Kit: 

Lastly, make sure your emergency kit is up to date with provisions, batteries, fresh water, food for animals, entertainment for kids – especially if you live in an area prone to power outages.

For a more complete emergency preparedness guide, visit https://www.ready.gov/winter-weather.

Posted on October 21, 2019 at 5:15 pm
Abbey Drummond | Category: Uncategorized

Guide to the Sundance Film Festival

The annual trek to Park City, Utah has already begun for the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, which runs Jan. 19 until Jan. 29. If you’re planning to partake in the festivities, this guide will help you get around and enjoy the 10 creative, inspiring, hectic, and fun days.

If you were like a lot of the people here in Utah and missed your opportunity to buy the local’s passes, you still have your chance at buying a few tickets that haven’t sold out. You can find a list of the showings here.

 

Parties & Events

We all know that with the Sundance Film Festival comes the party scene of Hollywood. If you’re interested in getting in on the drinks, celebrity sitings, and food, then here are a few of the most anticipated events:

Thursday, Jan. 19

Après Ski Festival Kick-off Rooftop Party – 4 to 8 p.m.

The lodge is open to members as well as other invited press and industry execs for a fun Apres Ski party at the Main Street lodge.

An Artist at the Table – 8 p.m.

The annual benefit kicks off the first day of the festival with the director, Jeff Orlowski, set as the keynote speaker. The private cocktail reception and dinner follow the premiere of 45th Vice President Al Gore‘s “An Inconvenient Sequel” at the Eccles Theatre.

Friday, Jan. 20

Tao Park City – 11 p.m. to 4 a.m.

The stars bring a little Hollywood with them with the annual Tao Park City nightclub pop-up. A surprise performance or two also keeps the early morning party going at this star-studded club scene.

Saturday, Jan. 21

The IndieWire Filmmaker Party Presented By Coca-Cola And Regal Films – 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Mix and mingle with Coca-Cola, Regal, Red and film industry execs and editors at Indiewire over a bottle of Coke!

“Mudbound” After-Party – 9 p.m. to midnight

Macro and Zeal toast to the film’s Sundance arrival with stars from the film Mary J. Blige, Carey Mulligan, Jason Clarke and Garrett Hedlund at the Stella Artois Filmmaker Lounge.

Sunday, Jan. 22

A Cocktail Evening To Champion Change – 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Geena Davis and the Bentonville Film Festival host a panel discussing women and diverse voices in media with industry notables, including Jill Soloway and Michaela Watkins, at Rock & Reilly’s.

Monday, Jan. 23

“Brigsby Bear” Cocktail Reception – 5:30 p.m.

Filmmaker Dave McCary and stars Mark Hamill, Claire Danes, Andy Samberg, Greg Kinnear, Jane Adams, Matt Walsh, and Kyle Mooney kick off the night with a reception in celebration of their film at the Kia Supper Suite.

Wednesday, Jan. 25

BMI’s 15th annual Snowball – 8 p.m.

A lineup of BMI singers and songwriters headline the annual gala at Festival Base Camp. Talent includes Angela McCluskey, Rachel Crow, the Hearings and more.

 

Music Lineup

If the wild events of Sundance don’t entice you to join, perhaps one of these great bands will. Head on over to Main St. for some dinner then get your dancing shoes on for the shows at any of these Utah venues.

 

As always, Sundance is more than just a Hollywood away from home. It’s a time where creative artists come together and produce magic. There are films of all genres, parties of different kinds, and people from all over the world. Turn a film into a date night and remember, you don’t need to go to Main Street to participate. The festivities are happening in Park City, Salt Lake City, Sundance and Provo.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted on January 19, 2017 at 8:53 pm
Abbey Drummond | Category: Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , ,