Where to Volunteer In Salt Lake

Volunteering warms the soul and fills hearts with love and gratitude. Helping others in need is a great way to give back to your community and make a difference in the lives of others.

Whether caring for homeless pets is your calling, or feeding the hungry, there is an organization excited to have you on board.

Here are a few to look into depending on your interests.

Best Friends Animal Society– Best Friends runs the nations’ largest no-kill sanctuary and is focused on ending the killing of dogs and cats in America’s shelters.

Strut Your Mutt happens October 12th. Save the lives of homeless pets by participating in this annual event.

https://bestfriends.org/about-best-friends

The Road Home-Assisting individuals and families who are experiencing homelessness through an emergency shelter, case managements and housing programs. Volunteer opportunities include front desk and kids book club. Groups also welcome.

https://www.theroadhome.org/volunteer/

Volunteers of America– They offer many programs like, Homeless adult and youth services, substance abuse treatment, mental health, detoxification and youth mentoring ages 12-18. Volunteers are needed in a variety of programs.

https://www.voaut.org/volunteer

Catholic Community Services-There are several programs within CCS to serve. They provide legal representation to immigrants and refugees who are seeing to legalize their immigration status. Provide meals to the homeless through the St. Vincent de Paul Dining Hall seven days a week. And work with refugees on a resettlement and foster care.

https://ccsutah.org/

The Good Samaritan Program- This program provides a sack lunch for anyone who comes to their door seven days a week. Food is donated and volunteers assemble and hand out lunches.

https://utcotm.org/gsp-good-samaritan-program

Circle Salt Lake– Harbor Seafood and Steak Co. has generously signed up to donate the dinner for Circles Salt Lake twice a month. They are in need of at least four volunteers to go prep food at 9 am on Thursday mornings.  With four people slicing and dicing this should take two hours. Prepared food goes to feed people at both Circles Salt Lake and the Road Home.

Food prep done at Harbor Seafood and Steak

2302 E Parleys Way

Find dates here: https://www.facebook.com/events/623161178203885/

Checklist for Sellers

We take a holistic approach with our clients and consider every detail of buying or selling a home and how it will affect our client’s lives. Buying and selling homes tends to be one of the largest financial transactions of a person’s life. Finances aside, choosing to sell or purchase a home affects a person’s health and lifestyle as well.

 

Here is a checklist for selling your home we think you may find helpful:

 

  1. Pricing your home to sell. Home sale prices directly correlate with days on the market in our current market conditions.
    When a home is on the market for more than 30-60 days (generally in the $500,000 and below range), buyers perceive that there is a problem with your home and your offers will tend to get lower and lower with time.
  2. Home Inspection Issues. We can identify potential inspection issues for you when walking through your home and
    consult with you on repairs so that your sale will not fall through based on inspections. You might also consider getting a pre-listing home inspection to avoid complications during your sale as there are things we will not be able to see.
  3. Home Warranty Coverage. Some homeowners get frustrated by a home warranty because they assume they can hire anyone they want to make a repair and that if something is broken or old they can simply have the item replaced by the warranty policy. Home warranties offer important protection from unexpected repair bills, but they won’t usually be enough to replace an item that has worn out, had pre-existing problems, or were improperly maintained.

4. Seller Disclosures. These disclosures provide a wide range of information. Overall the basic premise of the disclosure is to have the seller explain any known material or legal defects with the property. Some of the items to expect in the disclosures are the seller’s knowledge of any zoning or legal violations on the property, legal actions affecting the property, location within a Greenbelt, damage to the roof, past-due utility payments (ones that affect title), problems with culinary water, damaged sewer or septic tanks, damaged heating and cooling devices, etc.

A. Fraud. In Utah, lying on a seller’s disclosure in a way that induces a homebuyer to purchase your home is fraud. For instance, if you were to say that you’ve never repaired leaks in the basement, but in fact have patched an area that’s now hidden by boxes, that would be a lie. Don’t do it. Fill out the seller’s disclosures, and fill them out honestly.

B.  Fradulent Nondisclosure. Fraudulent nondisclosure involves failing to disclose a material defect. For example, if you

were to incorrectly claim that you never noticed any leakage in the basement at all, that would be a nondisclosure.

7. Staging.Before listing your home it is important to have your home looking its best. Staged homes sell an average of 17% faster than homes that are not. There are many statistics to be found from many sources but staged homes also appear to sell for 1-5% more than a home that is not staged. We work with many different staging companies so we can tailor staging services to each unique home’s needs.

8. Marketing. We achieve high list-to-sale ratios and very low days on market in contrast with other brokers. We excel in evaluating homes, making them better with staging, advising of needed repairs and setting the right price to get the best outcome for our sellers. We set realistic expectations based on anticipating repairs needed after a buyer’s home inspection, preventing most of the typical drama that comes up during a sales transaction.

9. Showings. Sellers should be aware that same-day and even last-minute requests for showings are common, so a seller with a ‘24 hour notice to show’ stipulation often cuts himself out of a good chunk of the buying market. The only standard lag time that should be necessary is when you must give ample notice to a tenant. In Utah the standard is 24 hours notice. Once a house gets tagged as difficult to show by agents, you won’t receive as many calls to show it.

Home Buyer Checklist

Our mission is to guide home buyers and sellers through one of the biggest financial decisions of their lives. We strive to make buying and selling homes a smooth process where our clients feel empowered with information and shielded from complications.

We hope this checklist helps you through the process of buying a home.

 

1. Get Pre-approved for a mortgage loan and establish a budget. This important step will illuminate any disappoints by avoiding looking at homes outside of your budget or what your qualify for.

 

2. Identify what type of property you would like to buy (condo, townhouse, single family home, duplex etc.)

3. Identify what locations are acceptable for your new home. Consider public transit, schools, grocery stores, shopping etc.

4. See prospective homes with your agent. This can be daunting but so much fun!

5. Write an offer on a home and get it accepted! Keep in mind sometimes negotiations will need to take place.

6. Once you have an accepted offer, follow your agents instructions for providing earnest money, ordering a home inspection and starting the loan origination process with your lender.

7. After inspections are complete and the appraisal is completed, usually the transaction will go through so it is time to start packing and planning your move.

8. Contact movers 1-2 weeks ahead of time as a minimum to be sure your timeline can bet met. And start packing!

9. Less than one week before closing you will need to set up utilities to be inyour name, homeowner’s insurance to start. We will provide you with the contact info for your utility providers.

10. On the day of closing or day prior to closing, you will need to wire your down payment and closing costs to the title company for closing. After your loan funds and the deed records, you are the new owner of your home! Your agent will arrange to get keys to you so you can take possession.

Best Things to do in the fall in Utah

Fall in Utah is simply breathtaking. There are so many fun things to do in the fall, with the color changes and the chill in the air, you will want to experience all the wonder mother nature has in store, as well as take in a few fun fall inspired events this time of year.

 

Here are few or our favorites:

Take a drive:

 

Alpine Loop- is own of the most picturesque drives in Utah. The loop connects American Fork Canyon and Provo Canyon and will provide you with an abundance of color.

 

Big Cottonwood Canyon- Another scenic byway that will take you a journey of fall color changes.

 

Sundance- take a left after the tunnel as you drive from Provo to Heber. There are signs along the way.

Fall Hikes:

 

Please check links for difficulty levels.

 

Bell Canyon Reservoir– pick this hike up right in Sandy and don’t stop until you get to the lake. The colors are amazing in the fall.

 

Stair Gulch– In Big Cottonwood Canyon, the colors line the trail as you climb up the gulch.

 

Trail to Desolation Lake – behold the honey gold aspens and the pretty lake just up yonder. The hike is not a short one, so it is also a great workout.

 

For the kids

 

Gardner Village Witches– Few things say fall like the Witch display at Gardner Village. This event really is fun for all ages but younger kids really get a kick out of seeing all the creative witch displays around the village. And it is free to roam around.

 

Boo Lights– Hogle Zoo does an amazing job of creating Halloween themed light displays throughout the zoo. From a graveyard to the land of spiders, kids will enjoy all the sights…and sounds.

 

The Crazy Corn Maze- Just like the name implies, be prepared to enter a corn maze of fun with many twists and turns over 8 acres of corn.

Stress Management for Home Buyers

Everything about moving can be stressful. We have a few tips to help you manage stress during the process. From the selling or buying of a home to the packing and unpacking, there are moments of excitement and moments of anxiety so having your ducks in a row so to speak will help make the later moments minimal.

Start Small– this will allow you to see progress along the way and hopefully keep you motivated without the tasks seeming to daunting. Whether that is packing up all the bathroom drawers only leaving items that you may need up until moving day, to picking a section of basement or garage to make some headway.

 

Allow for plenty of time– trying to rush through the moving process will do nothing but put added stress on the situation. Pre-planning for moving trucks etc., will help you also feel more prepared. Try not to leave anything to the last minute.

Try to stay organized– sorting and labeling boxes is the key to having a less stressful unpacking experience. This includes keeping all documents you may need in an easy to access place. Upfront planning is essential to coordinating all the ‘moving’ parts.

 

Hire professional movers-if you can fit it into your budget, having professionals come and pack the truck, haul the items, and unpack the truck in your new space is a lot less work for you. In addition, it will not only save your back from heavy lifting but will give you peace of mind knowing all your stuff is in one place.

Ask for help– if you need it, ask! Family and friends are a great resource if you are feeling overwhelmed by the move. Having an extra set of hands or two, can help tremendously.

 

Meet your new neighbors– who knows, they may even be nice enough to come help you unpack.

 

Rest– be sure to rest when you need too. Try and get as much sleep as possible and drink plenty of fluids. This will help you both mentally and physically.