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Deer Valley Specialist Real Estate Tip: Home Staging - Keep It Fresh

By Diana
Oct 24, 2016

The goal of home staging is to make your home shine. After paring down to just the essentials, the next staging step is to give your home a light makeover to make it look — and feel — neat, fresh and pleasant.

Buyers don’t expect everything to be new, but they don’t want to be turned off by worn items or unpleasant odors. A good rule of thumb to go by: If it looks old, worn or dirty, then clean or replace it. A clean, fresh-smelling, attractive home tends to sell. Read on for some budget-friendly ways to refresh each room in your home.

Start With the Living Room

As one of the most frequently used rooms, the living room can get a worn, lived-in look pretty fast. Fortunately, it’s also one of the simplest rooms to improve.

First, give your living room a fresh coat of paint — and while you’re at it, paint every room in the home. In the living room, go for a color that is somewhat neutral, like a gray or a bone, that works with your pared-down decor.

Second, consider buying new throw pillows to jazz up that worn sofa. Go for a refreshing, trendy color or something with texture, such as a metallic linen, to bring subtle style to the room.

Next, turn a critical eye to your rug. If it looks dirty or faded, think about replacing it with an inexpensive and neutral jute or sisal rug. The simplicity and texture of these natural fibers always make a room feel cleaner and more serene. Jute and sisal are go-tos for most home stagers because they don’t cost a fortune and do hold up well under heavy foot traffic from an open house.

Another rule that applies to almost every room is replacing any outdated light fixtures. Look to swap them with simple, neutral and stylish options that can handle high-wattage bulbs.

Finally, replace your knickknacks and accessories with a vase of fresh flowers. Use a medium or small vase so as not to distract from the rest of the room. Simple arrangements like a vase of white tulips or a cluster of peonies make a room fresh and lovely.

Move On to the Kitchen

Kitchens and bathrooms are crucial to the sale — specifically, the sale price — of a home. The more buyers feel they will need to spend on a kitchen renovation, the less they will want to offer for your house. That equation doesn’t mean that you should renovate your entire kitchen. You can make updates that cost far less than a total overhaul.

First, scrutinize your kitchen cabinets. Do they seem dirty or shabby? If so, instead of replacing them, consider the less expensive alternative of painting them. Whether you have them painted white, gray or navy, the new look can give your kitchen renewed life.

Next, whether or not you repaint your cabinets, inspect their hardware. You may want to replace these pieces with more modern or on-trend alternatives. Polished chrome, industrial iron and brushed brass are just some of the stylish options available today.

As in the other rooms of the house, give walls a fresh coat of paint and replace any dirty, broken or dated light fixtures with clean, updated versions.

Freshen Up the Bathroom

As in the kitchen, you may want to replace any dated or worn fixtures in your bathroom — whether faucets or drawer pulls. Polished chrome is a good choice because it always looks sparkling and new. Brushed brass brings a trendy, elegant look.

Next, go shopping for fluffy white towels to put on your shiny new towel bar. Even if your existing towels are nice and white, purchase new ones for staging. Your towels, though probably lovely, are nonetheless used, and will continue to be used as your house is shown. Buyers don’t want to see anything personal.

Speaking of the tub and shower, instead of replacing the tub, go for the much more cost-efficient option of having it professionally reglazed. This is essentially repainting the tub, making it look and feel new. Similarly, have the tile regrouted or pressure-washed. Your bathtub and shower will shine.

Finally, place something in your bathroom that smells fresh. Whether it’s a new bar of soap, a vase of fresh flowers or a reed diffuser, use something that will have a lingering pleasant scent.

Make Your Bedroom Oh So Calm

white bedroomThe bedroom is one of the most personal spaces in the house. But for selling, we don’t want it to feel so personal. An overall guide to staging your bedroom is to think of it as a stylish and serene hotel room that anyone would feel comfortable in. When your potential buyers walk into your bedroom, you don’t want them to think of you, smell anything personal about you or see your personal items left behind.

A good first step in depersonalizing your room is to replace your bedding with crisp white linens. If all white isn’t possible, look for neutrals that give the same effect. You want your bed to look inviting, fresh and comfortable. Opt for a decorative throw pillow to give a hint of color.

When possible, hang a mirror above the bed or at some other focal point of the room, such as the wall facing the bed. This can help open up the room and reflect whatever natural light you have.

Follow the same steps in the bedroom as in the living room when it comes to the rug: If your bedroom rug looks worn or dated, replace it with sisal or jute. If your bedroom carpeting needs covering up, try placing a thin dhurrie or knit rug atop it. A rug pad can help these types of rugs stay put on top of carpet.

Finally, add a small vase of flowers to a bedside table. This little touch will contribute a pleasant detail to your hotel-like oasis.

*Excerpts of this blog were taken from

Park City Weekend Events Oct. 21-23

By Diana
Oct 20, 2016

Here are just a few of the fun things happening this weekend in Park City, Utah:

warrenmillerWarren Miller Movie - The premier of Warren Miller's new winter sports films are always a big deal here in Park City! This Friday and Saturday Warren's 67th winter sports film, "Here, There & Everywhere," will have its Park City premiere.  Showtimes are 8pm on Friday and 6pm and 9pm on Saturday at the Eccles Center for Performing Arts.  Tickets are $22.


Gary Lewis & The Playboys - The Egyptian Theatre at 328 Main Street, will present Gary Lewis & The Playboys, best known for their hits: "This Diamond Ring," Everybody Loves a Clown," and more! They have been performing around the world for over 50 years.  They will perform Friday and Saturday at 8pm.  Tickets are $35-$55.

Habitat for Humanity's Overall Ball - Habitat for Humanity of Summit and Wasatch Counties will host its sixth annual Overall Ball at Park City Mountain's Legacy Lodge on Saturday night. Tickets include a VIP reception, live/silent auctions, opportunity drawing, signature cocktails, hors d’oeuvre, sit-down dinner, activities and live music/dancing. Get your tickets today for the best 'dress-down' gala in town and support Habitat for Humanities' community-based housing programs. Must be 21+ to attend.  Tickets are $135 per person of $270 for a couple.  For information regarding Tickets please contact Maryanne by calling 435.658.1400 or by email at

Fox School of Wine - This Saturday the Fox School of Wine will hold it's class from 6-7pm at the Silver Baron Lodge.  During the class you get to sample five wines chosen to reflect the topic on the week.  Cost is $29 per person.  Go to to sign up.

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

Park City Is Readers' Choice For One of the Best Small Cities in U.S.

By Diana
Oct 18, 2016

The annual Condé Nast Traveler Reader Awards are out and Park City was voted as one of the Best Small Cities in the U.S!  More than 100,000 votes were cast and 15 small cities (under 150,000 population) made the cut, Park City ranked #6!  The magazine notes that even though Park City is best known for its' winter season, it shines in all 4 seasons with the over 400 miles of hiking and biking trails.

What a tribute to Park City to be voted by readers not just editors or "experts" as one of best cities in the U.S.  We have to agree 100%!  Contact us to find out more about buying or selling property here in Park City.  Click the link below to see the full article in Condé Nast Traveler.

Park City Is One of Best Small Cities

Park City at night

Season Pass Options For All 14 Utah Ski Resorts

By Diana
Oct 17, 2016

We got quite a bit a snow last night on the tops of our Wasatch Mountains, which makes us feel the urge to pass on the breakdown of all the Utah resort passes.  Last week we told you all about getting a Deer Valley Season Pass but there are many other options including getting a Gold, Silver, or Yeti Pass which allows you to visit all of Utah's incredible resorts.

So, don't wait any longer and get all the info in one place by clicking the link below! Ski Utah!

Guide to getting season pass at all 14 Utah Ski Resorts

gold pass

Deer Valley Resort - Buy Your Passes Before Oct. 31!

By Diana
Oct 13, 2016

The deadline to get a discount on Deer Valley Resort Season Passes is fast approaching, to save some money you must purchase it by October 31.   Here are the rates for the Season Passes at Deer Valley:

Season Pass Options Through 10/31/16 After 10/31/16
Adult One (24–64 years) $2,185 $2,555
Adult Two* (24–64 years) $1,800 $2,125
Super Senior (72+ years) $1,020 $1,140
Senior (65-71 years) $1,115 $1,255
Young Adult (18-23 years) $1,365 $1,500
Teen (13-17 years) $935 $1,130
Child (5-12 years) $560 $650
Tot (1-4 years)** $150 $175
Midweek Adult (18-64 years)***  $1,140 $1,200
Midweek Senior (65+ years) ***  $1,020 $1,140
Military****  $1,150 $1,150
Adult Two is available when purchased with an Adult One or Senior Pass for a spouse only. Please note: spouses qualify as per the IRS tax regulations. **The Tot Season Pass is free with purchase of an Adult One Season Pass. ***Midweek Season Passes are not valid during the December holiday period of 12/26/2016 - 1/1/2017. ****Current U.S. Military ID must be presented at the time the pass is issued.

There are no deadlines to obtain the Locals Only passes, you must present proof of Utah residency to obtain these passes:

Adult 10 Pass (18+ years) $780 ($78 per day)
Adult 5 Pass (18+ years) $410 ($82 per day)
Teen 10 Pass (13–17 years) $670 ($67 per day)
Teen  5 Pass (13–17 years) $340 ($68 per day)
Child 10 Pass (12 and under) $470 ($47 per day)
Child 5 Pass (12 and under) $250 ($50 per day)
Adult Midweek 10 Pass (18+ years) $670 ($67 per day)
Adult Midweek 5 Pass (18+ years) $350 ($70 per day)

A 20% discount lunch card is available exclusively to 2016-2017 Deer Valley Locals Only and Season Pass holders. Use it during the season at the Snow Park Restaurant between the hours of 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.  For full information please go here: Deer Valley Season Passes and Locals Pass

Deer Valley Real Estate Best Buy Of The Week: Glenfiddich In Lower Deer Valley

By Diana
Oct 12, 2016

Our Deer Valley real estate best buy this week is a condo in Lower Deer Valley just listed this week!  It is located in Glenfiddich a small community of condos  just 2 minutes from Deer Valley Resort and 5 minutes from Main Street Park City.  This Glenfiddich condo has amazing views of Deer Valley and Park City Mountain from the open great room, kitchen, and south facing deck with hot tub!  All on one level this Deer Valley condo for sale is the essence of easy living.

This three bedroom Deer Valley condo has had all the bathrooms remodeled, new stainless steel appliances, newly finished outdoor deck, and radiant floor heat.  Plus, the convenience of a one car garage and just steps to the free Deer Valley ski shuttle!  This is a great price for a three bedroom remodeled condo with views in Deer Valley.  Please contact us today to learn more.  Click the link below to see the price and more photos:

Glenfiddich Condo In Deer Valley

*Photo courtesy of Summit Sotheby's Park City

glenfiddich Great views from the deck!

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Working In Park City

By Diana
Oct 11, 2016

Park City is a great place to live and do work. People love the mountain life where the mentality is ‘work hard, play hard.’ Here in PC, work-life balance isn’t a goal, it’s a given.

Most Parkites engage in some version of the following scenario: bike up a mountain before heading in for a morning product development meeting; then get in a gym session at lunch. There is a feeling of both accomplishment and empowerment that easily transitions from the play side of life to the work side of life, and those feelings enable business-people to feel like they can conquer the challenges that may lie ahead.

A huge advantage that local businesses have is a close proximity to the ‘silicon slopes’ of Salt Lake City, a hub of technological innovation. Another great advantage of Salt Lake City is the convenient airport access that allows truly global businesses and businessmen to live and work in Park City. Multiple global, multi-million dollar companies are based in Park City, and they use the surrounding areas for the benefits of their business and their employees.

Perhaps Park City’s most attractive feature for local businesses, the Park City Angels invest millions of dollars into startups with promising futures based in and around the local area. Founded in 2008, the Angels have around fifty members who have sixty-five active projects, and they have invested fifty-five million dollars since their founding. Whether you are interested in joining the Angels or need help from the Angels to launch your company, the local business landscape is great for everyone.


Park City's Fall Into Fashion Is Thursday!

By Diana
Oct 10, 2016

Park City's Fall Into Fashion is in it's third year and the fun is all happening this Thursday the 13th! More than a dozen stores along Main Street will be offering sales and giveaways as an incentive for Park City local and tourists to visit the Old Town area.  The event goes from 5pm to 9pm with an after party at Handle where there will be food, drinks, and announcement of winners from the giveaways at the stores.

So grab your friends and make it a night out supporting Park City local businesses and get some cool loot along the way!

FAll into fashion

Park City Real Estate Best Buy Of The Week: End Unit At Cedar Ridge

By Diana
Oct 06, 2016

The Park City real estate best buy this week is located in the popular Cedar Ridge subdivision of Pinebrook.  Cedar Ridge is close to the shops and restaurants in Quarry Village as well as near the free Park City bus stop.  Interstate 80 is just a short drive away making it easy to go right into Park City or down to Salt Lake.

This recently listed Cedar Ridge townhome stands out due to its location.  It is at the end of the street with nobody to the west.  So, you get privacy and views.  It is also the lowest priced Cedar Ridge currently on the market, but has better views and light then the others!  You enter into the large great room which is open to the kitchen and dining area. There is a deck off the great room to enjoy the views.  Upstairs is a private master suite with large master bath and a HUGE master closet.  Downstairs is a family room with a sliding glass door to a covered patio and backyard.  Then two additional bedrooms and a bathroom.  There is also a roomy two car garage.

You can't find much in Park City for this great price, so contact us today to learn more about this Cedar Ridge home or real estate in Park City.  Click the link below to see more photos and price.

Cedar Ridge Best Buy

*Photo courtesy of BHHS-Utah Properties

cedar ridge


High West Distillery Sales For 160 Million!

By Diana
Oct 05, 2016

High West Distillery is being sold for 160 Million to Constellation Brands, a Victor, New York-based Fortune 500 beverage company.  The transaction will close toward the end of October and includes all of High West's operations and portfolio of whiskeys and limited edition spirits.  High West’s employees will join Constellation Brands and will continue making the whiskey.

To learn more see this article in the Park Record: High West Sales For 160 Million


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