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Buying a Home That’s More Than 20 Years Old? Watch Out for These
April 24, 2014, 8:35 pm
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5 Spring Home Maintenance Musts
April 24, 2014, 8:34 pm
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The Carozza Realty Group


Nothing renews that feeling of pride of ownership more than attending to annual home maintenance tasks (especially once they are completed and behind you). Now that spring has arrived, it’s time to investigate the condition of your home’s exterior — everything from the roof, gutters, siding, and foundation to the lawn, shrubs, trees and garden. The chore isn’t so bad, and with a plan — and the right tools — you can make short work of many of these common tasks:


Spring is a good time to see what damage winter storms, snow and ice may have done to the exterior of your home. Take this time to inspect the roof; you can do it easily and safely from the ground with a pair of binoculars. Look for loose, curled or missing shingles and any bent or damaged flashing around chimneys, skylights or points where the roof makes contact…

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How To Be Water Wise This Summer
April 17, 2014, 10:01 pm
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Page, Lobo, Costales & Preston

Save money on your water bill this summer.

Usually during the summer we like to enjoy the warm weather but it is important to be mindful of how much water we are using.

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Check out our helpful water saving tips we can all use around the house:

Check for any leaks – Small leaks from a faucet can waste more water (and money) than you think! Also a leaky toilet can waste a lot of water without you knowing. Most parts are inexpensive to fix and easy to install.

Use your water meter – You can check for leaks by reading the meter before and after a two hour period when no water is being used. If it doesn’t read exactly the same there is a leak.

Install water saving appliances – Low flow shower heads and low flow faucet aerators are easy to install and will save you a…

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Home Improvements That Offer The Most Bang For Your Buck
April 10, 2014, 6:49 pm
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Renae Walker ~ Realtor

By CNBC Kelli B. Grant 4/7/14

Cleaning up on spring home improvement projects requires more effort than many homeowners anticipate.

Remodeling tends to pick up as the weather improves, and this year is no exception. During the second half of 2013, the National Association of Home Builders’ Remodeling Market Index, which measures how busy contractors are, was at its highest level since the spring of 2004.

When the report was released in late January, remodelers were expecting an even busier spring, with more saying they had been called to bid on a job or were already committed to a project.

Which home improvement projects pay off?

Project Job Cost Resale Value Portion Recouped
Entry door replacement (steel) $1,162 $1,122 96.60%
Minor kitchen remodel $18,856 $15,585 82.70%
Window replacement (wood) $10,926 $8,662 79.30%
Basement remodel $62,834 $48,777 77.60%
Major kitchen remodel $54,909 $40,732 74.20%
Bathroom remodel $16,128 $11,688 72.50%
Roofing replacement

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Questar to install new gas pipes in downtown SLC
April 3, 2014, 10:06 pm
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SALT LAKE CITY — Questar Gas is about to begin a series of construction projects to improve its infrastructure in downtown Salt Lake City.

The first phase of the construction, weather permitting, will occur along the following streets between April and August:

  • 1000 East from 300 South to 800 South
  • 900 East from 300 South to 500 South
  • 300 South and 500 South from 900 East to 1000 East

The company will be replacing several thousand feet of aging natural gas pipelines with high-strength, non-corrosive plastic pipe.

“These improvements will enable Questar Gas to keep pace with growing customer demand for natural gas, maintain overall system integrity and continue providing safe and reliable service,” a statement from the company said.

The construction will force some temporary lane restrictions, especially at intersections, the statement said. Drivers are urged to seek alternate routes whenever possible.

Questar Gas does not anticipate any interruptions…

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