Moving is stressful. As if buying and selling a home and packing boxes weren’t enough, you have all those little details to worry about. You’ve got to make sure your electricity, gas, cable, phone, and other services are transferred on the right day and ready to use. You also need to notify people of your new address — and it seems like someone or something is always forgotten.
What Are You Forgetting?
To help you stay organized during this hectic time, here is a list of suggested agencies to notify of your change of address, so you can keep life moving forward in your new home.
- The Post Office — This one is important because they can forward your mail for 1 year after you move. They won’t catch everything though, so it’s important to let everyone else know, too.
- Your Bank — Make sure important mail gets into your hands and nobody else’s. You may also want to have new checks printed with your new address.
- Credit Card Companies — Again, make sure statements and other correspondence doesn’t keep going to your old home.
- Schools — If you or your kids are in school, make sure they know where you’re moving to.
- Family and Friends — You wouldn’t want to miss out on Christmas or birthday cards, now would you?
- Utility Companies — Make sure they continue your service at your new address. Depending on how far you are moving, you may have different utility companies in your new home.
- Church Organizations — Some churches will automatically transfer your records to your new location.
- Driver License Agency — If you don’t have your current address associated with your driver’s license, you could find an unfortunate domino effect when using it for identification under other circumstances (applying for some types of government-issued permits, for example).
- Your Current and Previous Employer — Your company will send tax forms and may send benefits information and more. They’ll need your current address. If you worked anywhere else in the last two years, let your previous employer know as well so they can send your W-2’s to the right address.
- Doctors and Dentists — You know those handy reminder cards? Much better if you actually receive them.
- Insurance Companies — Auto insurance, health insurance, and obviously homeowner’s insurance.
- Magazine Subscriptions — If you want to keep getting your Better Homes & Gardens, make sure they’ve got your current address.
- Your Alma-Mater — If you’re interested in class gatherings, make sure your Alma mater or reunion planners have your current address on file.
As you know, moving to a new home is crazy and stressful enough without missing out on important mail once you’re settled. Take an afternoon and submit all these address change notifications. Most of them can probably be done online. Good luck and let us know if we missed anything!
Consider reviewing the Stress Free Moving Checklist from E.E. Ward for other items to need on your list to make moving stress free.
From the Desk of Brad Jensen
Park City Utah | Real Estate Newsletter | March 2017
Dear Park City,
March is here and so is spring fever. The skiing is still excellent but the weather is getting warm and the days are getting longer. We have had an excellent snow year and the reservoirs should fill up quickly, hopefully not too quickly.
Demand for real estate has been steadily increasing over the past three years. Now it seems that it is going to be very strong for the rest of this year. New homes are in high demand vacant lots are hard to come by. In the past 6 months to date, there have been 119 closed sales for vacant lots and there are currently 47 pending contracts in the Park City area. That includes all of Park City, all of the Snyderville Basin and all of the Jordanelle area. There are currently 341 lots actively listed for sale in these areas.
Within the Park City limits there are only 45 lots actively listed with an average price of $1,589,000. If you exclude the Colony and Promontory, the rest of the Snyderville Basin has only 75 lots actively listed with an average price of $901,000. Of the 341 active listings overall, 85 of them are in Promontory alone with an average price of $608,000. The Colony has 24 lots currently listed with an average price of $2,198,000.
The Jordanelle area includes Tuhaye, Victory Ranch and Deer Vista as well as other neighborhoods. Tuhaye and Victory Ranch each have private golf courses along with other amenities and of course Victory Ranch has the Provo River private fishing waters. Between these two communities there are currently 39 active vacant lot listings with an average price of $584K. There are currently 28 active listings in Deer Vista with an average price of $396K.
Based simply on the fact that there are very few building lots left in Park City and the Snyderville Basin, the Jordanelle area is where the action will be for the next 5 to 10 years. With anticipation for the Mayflower community and the proposed expansion of the Deer Valley resort the west side of the Jordanelle will feel the greatest impact. See Wasatch County Growth Projections Here. Deer Vista, Tuhaye and Victory Ranch will all see a lot of growth on the east and south sides of the valley.
I hope that this information is helpful. If you have questions or if I can ever be of service please reach out to me. I am always happy to hear from you.
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by Summit Sotheby’s International Realty
Summit Sotheby’s International Realty is the local real estate provider that offers unrivaled access to qualified people and distinctive properties around the world. When you list your property with Brad Jensen and Summit Sotheby’s International Realty, you get a true international brand that can offer you the best exposure, whether online or in print. View our Property Selling Services brochure below to learn about our many competitive advantages.
The Art of Giving
Summit Sotheby’s International Realty’s sales associates donated $70,000 in 2016 to local Summit, Wasatch & Salt Lake County non-profits via its philanthropic 501(c)3 group called “Summit Sotheby’s International Realty Cares”.
When you work with Brad Jensen and Summit Sotheby’s International Realty, you are supporting non-profit organizations in communities where we do business. Our approach is simple, at the close of every escrow, Brad Jensen and real estate brokerage firm voluntarily donate a portion of their repsective earnings to our 501(c)3 non-profit organization we refer to as “Summit Sotheby’s Cares.” At the end of the year, we identify non-profit organizations who are making a difference and then do our part in donating funds to help them further accomplish their goals.
The Park City Foundation
Forever Young Foundation
Park City Education Foundation
Planned Parenthood Association
Mountain Town Music
Mountain Trails Foundation
PC Foundation, directed to
Blue Angels Foundation
UtahPresents, University of Utah
Nuzzles & Co., Pet Rescue & Adoption
Summit Land Conservancy
Huntsman Cancer Center
Paws for Life Utah
Park City Lacrosse Organization
Utah Symphony & Opera
Park City High School
Utah Open Lands/Bonanza Flats
Holy Cross Ministries
National Ability Center
2017 Housing Forecast
In February Dr. Yun presented his 2017 Economic Forecast and Current Housing Statistics to the Park City and Salt Lake Board of Realtors. I invite you to look at the presentation from Lawrence Yun Here. Please feel free to reach out to me to discuss further.
2307 Morning Star Dr, Park City – 5 Beds | 4.5 Baths | 5,459 SF
You must see this stunning family home on a quiet cul-de-sac in highly sought-after Thaynes Canyon neighborhood, within minutes to everything Park City has to offer. Recently remodeled with fit and finish in the highest quality design and workmanship. Enjoy gourmet kitchen with Wolf and Sub Zero appliances, stunning master suite with a spa-like master bath, soft contemporary styling with natural stone and top quality fixtures. Easy flowing entertaining floorplan with spacious indoor/outdoor living spaces. Located above the 6th green of the iconic Park City Golf Course, in the winter you can cross country ski right out the back door, in the summer you can walk to golf or dinner at the highly rated Silver Star Café or Ruth’s Chris. Immerse yourself in this extraordinary mountain setting nestled amongst a grove of mature trees and a year-round stream.
10680 N Summit View Drive – 6 Beds | 9 Baths | 11,803 SF
Your mom has done a lot for you growing up (and sometimes “a lot” is more like “everything”). She’s always been there to take care of you, protect you, and make you feel loved. So when Mother’s Day rolls around, why not plan ahead and do something extra special for her? Mother’s Day is the best time to show her how much you appreciate all she has done. After all, she’s the best mom in the world, isn’t she?
Moms Deserve the Best
Nothing shows Mom your appreciation quite as much as spending time with her. While you’re at it, why not treat her to a special meal? In the Park City area, there are several restaurants offering 2-for-1 or other special Mother’s Day offers and events. Check these out — Mother’s Day is May 14th! You’ll likely want to call or book online well in advance for reservations.
- Stein Eriksen Lodge
This award-winning Park City restaurant serves up its well-known brunch every Sunday, but Mother’s Day brunch is made extra special with additional menu offerings. You’ll find delicious items like strawberry-pineapple pancakes, smoked salmon eggs Benedict, saffron and lemon poached mussels, and several gourmet desserts.
- Squatter’s Roadhouse Grill
If you’re looking for something a little more casual, Squatters is offering $2 Midday Mary’s, nooners, and mimosas. They are also serving their regular Sunday brunch and full menu.
- Wasatch Brew Pub
Park City residents know Wasatch Brew Pub for its delicious food and award-winning brews. For Mother’s Day, they offer $2 mimosa plus brunch, including traditional fare such as eggs Benedict, omelets, and more.
- J&G Grill at The Regis
As one of Deer Valley’s best restaurants, J&G Grill is offering a brunch buffet for Mother’s Day from 10am-3pm. Reserve your time before everything is booked.
If you want to venture into Holladay, Franck’s casual fine dining is located close to the freeway exit at Knudsen’s Corner. They’re offering a special 4-course Mother’s Day menu, but you’ll need to reserve a time slot now, because they go fast.
Visiting and living in Park City, you have easy access to world-class dining opportunities every day of the year. But for Mother’s Day, many of our restaurants really go all out to make the day special. You should show mom how much you love her every day; but on Mother’s Day, give her a dining experience she’ll always remember.
We love living in Park City, Utah! Which is why we got into the business of helping other adventure seekers, coffee lovers, mountain explorers, ski bums, and more find a place to call their own here as well. Park City literally has everything you could have ever wanted in a lush ski town including great shopping, excellent food, inspiring scenery, and more. The list really goes on and on. Come visit us and you’ll see what you’re talking about. Everyone that comes here hates to say good bye. Let us help you find permanent residence in our little heaven on earth – or at least a second home so you can visit throughout the year!
10 Reasons To Buy Real Estate In Park City Utah
1. Luxurious Amenities
We’re home to gorgeous 5 star resorts, restaurants, spas, nightclubs, pubs, and more. Our luxury housing market is one of the top not only in the nation but in the world. From high aspiring entrepreneurs and successful business owners to professional athletes, artists, and entertainment moguls – Park City really knows how to draw a crowd.
Our climate boasts all four seasons in the best way possible. Spring time and fall go by quickly but are a sure sight for sore eyes. The colors of the blossoms in spring and the changing leaves in fall are picturesque. Of course our winters are chock full of fluffy, dry snow mixed with sunny blue skies, allowing for pristine skiing conditions. Summertime is warm and inviting – the ski resorts change from downhill skiing to downhill mountain biking, cyclists flock to the passes, rock climbers, fishermen, and boaters galore flock to the open air. We can’t say enough about our impeccable weather conditions.
3. Mountain Life
Park City offers some of the best mountain life in the world. Utah’s high elevation and dry climate produces the best, dry, fluffy snow all season long. With a number of resorts, great groomed runs, adventurous back country, and technical terrain parks, we’re home to some of the best skiers and snowboarders in the world. No wonder we’ve hosted the winter games, numerous professional events, and have the best resorts and accommodations to supplement our skiing lifestyle.
4. Open Space Mixed With Town Amenities
Nowhere in the world will you find such a wide variety of country life mixed with city lovers. Real estate in the area allows for acres of land between homes all the way down to condominiums and city style lofts. You can have total space and utter freedom from your neighbors or you can live on top of the local nightlife if you choose. Your options are unlimited – as well as your amenities.
5. The Largest Ski Resorts In North America
Park City Utah is home to Park City Mountain Resort, Canyons Village (now apart of Park City Mountain Resort), and Deer Valley Ski Resort. Once host to the Olympic games, these resorts are no stranger to lots of visitors, modern amenities, luxurious resorts, family vacationers, and professional events alike. The resorts offer season and day passes, lessons, rentals, restaurants, music events, festivals, and more. There is an endless supply of adventure and entertainment at our Park City Utah ski resorts.
6. Great Schools
The public school system is great. They’re highly ranked for academics as well as athletics. The district offers after school programs, programs to challenge students who excel in academics, as well as tailored help to students who need a more customized curriculum. If you’re looking for private schools, you have a number of options to choose from. From preschool and Montessori to intermediate ed, there are options for all. You can even give your kids an added boost of athleticism at the Winter Sports School in Park City.
7. Utah Olympic Park
Park City was host to the 2002 Olympic Winter Games and for the event created the Olympic Park. Only 25 miles east of Salt Lake City, events like the bobsleigh, the luge, the ski jump, half pipe for snowboarding, downhill skiing, and much more were held here. You can relive the legacy at the Olympic Park where events are still held today. The goal of the Olympic Park in Park City is to further encourage and develop snow sports! They host camps for kids and other events throughout the year.
8. Small Town Community
Park City packs a large punch when it comes to art, culture, music, sports, and business. But when you take a closer look, it’s a very tightly knit community. We love our local business’ servicing the Park City area’s needs for dog walking, carpet cleaning, and anything else you can think of. We also take great pride in the historical aspect of our city with a unified idea of preservation and restoration. All that move to the area love the sense of inclusion that accompanies a small town feel.
9. Close Proximity To Salt Lake City
Salt Lake City is a short drive away – 25 miles to be more precise. This gives you access to even more when it comes to shopping, services, food, schooling, and entertainment. Not to mention, it’s a short drive to the Salt Lake International Airport.
10. Cultural Diversity
Living in Park City Utah also offers another important aspect to any community: cultural diversity. People from all over the world travel to experience our ski resorts which has a large influence on the city as a whole. We’re lucky to learn about all walks of life here, to integrate our neighborhoods with more acceptance, culture, traditions, and points of view.
Visit Park City – even better, move to Park City! We love it and know that you will too because it really is the best city on earth. As you look for a neighborhood, home, lot, or even a large chunk of land, consider us a helping hand. With 20+ years of experience in Park City, we’re your best source of information on current real estate trends and opportunities.
There are clean houses and there are show quality clean homes. The key difference lies in the amount of clutter the house has. When your home is being shown for sale, prospective buyers need to be able to imagine themselves and their belongings in your space. To reach this goal, you might need to dig deep and unearth your minimalist side.
Common Clutter Areas To Fix Up Before A Home Showing
Potential home buyers will be poking into all the areas a normal guest wouldn’t, so there is no hiding the kitchen junk drawer any more. Worse still, you are likely inured to the clutter in some areas of your house and may not think to de-clutter these spaces. So with this in mind, we’ve compiled a list of 6 places that usually are problem areas when it comes to showing your home.
1. Office space
Whether just a desk or a whole room devoted to your work-away-from-work, there is usually a certain amount of things laying around. While a clean desk may or may not improve your productivity, for home-showings sake you’re best to remove paperweights, extra pens, and even your family photos.
Make sure your paperwork is filed away before before prospective buyers walk through your home. If you need certain personal items out for inspiration while you work, be sure to clear out a spot in your desk drawers for their safe keeping during a showing.
Aside from making sure clothes are hung properly, or that the spare linen is folded correctly, you may not have given much thought to what your closets looks like. Do you have to carefully maneuver clothing off a jammed packed rod? Is the linen closet in order? Home buyers are looking for a space to grow in; if it seems like you can hardly fit your space, they may get the impression they won’t fit in your home either.
There are a few simple courses of action you can take to combat overfilled closets. You can donate the household goods and clothing you no longer use to your local thrift shop or charity.
Or, if you have clothes for all seasons in your closet, pack away the clothes you won’t be using any time soon. Same goes for seasonal linen. If you pack these items into containers and store them out of site, it can have two desired effects: One, your closets are neater and emptier; two, you can showcase a neat utilization of a hard-to-use space.
A clean and clutter-free bathroom can leave a lasting impression of overall home cleanliness on a potential buyer.
Along with hiring a professional cleaner to get all the hard to reach corners, you will want to store away your personal items. Hair brushes, makeup and other products should be stored either in the bathroom drawers or under the sink.
To keep these items from jumbling together in the drawers (which potential buyers will likely open), you will want to invest in drawer organizers. Buyers then can see how you’ve utilized the space and get more ideas of how their own items will fit.
The counter tops are sparkling, but how are areas above and below their surfaces?
First, take a critical look at the outer surfaces of your cupboards and appliances. If there are magnets and papers pinned to the refrigerator or anywhere else in the kitchen, you’ll want to clear them away. Busy spaces make a place look smaller, and you never want to give the impression that the kitchen is cramped.
How do the insides of your cupboards look? If there are large and irregularly used appliances in them – like a fondue pot or griddle – remove them and place them in a container for storage out of sight. Cupboards can become a jumble of pot lids and souvenir cups, so be discerning when choosing to keep, organize or store your kitchenware.
Overall, you want as much clear counter space as possible. So if you have plants or other decorations, remove as many of them as possible so the potential buyer can see exactly how much space they are working with.
For more ideas on what to do with your kitchen, check out our earlier blog post: How To Set Up The Perfect Kitchen For Better Return On Your Park City Real Estate.
A garage can be a potential workshop, storage space, or where people actually want to park their cars. So that buyers can envision their ideal use of the space, you want your garage as empty as possible.
If this was your main storage area, you may want to rent a storage space. A little under stairs closet can hold items that need to be used but remain unseen. But after a point, if you can fill it beyond halfway, you’ll need to store the rest of your things in a rental facility.
6. Outside of house
Your front lawn is the first and last thing a buyer will see of your home. As seasons change and the snow pack melts, a landscaping team is a great investment to your outdoor property. They can clear away dead foliage and prep your landscaping for the spring and summer months. With a professional team regularly maintaining your lawn, you’ll never have to worry about a last minute showing coming to your home.
To get more information on how to boost your curb appeal, read 5 Tips for Anyone Wanting to Add Curb Appeal to Their Home.
With a bit of work, you can have your home ready to show whenever the realtor drops by and even get a head start on your upcoming move by packing away things you can live without for a short time. For more tips on how you can better show your home, contact Jensen and Company.
Not only will a reading nook increase the value of your home, it will increase the health of your mind, comfort of your body, and quiet in your space. Every member of the family will find a reason to hold up in the reading nook and you may just find yourself fighting for your own time in there. Especially if you make it dreamy, comfortable, and useful.
When brainstorming a sacred space of your very own, consider the following:
- Paint colors
- Throw pillows
- Fuzzy blankets
- Organized shelving
- Electronic charging stations
- Speakers for audio books or soft music
- Natural oil diffusers
- Table space for your cup of coffee
- A Keurig for brewing a single cup of coffee as you read and relax
Now as you look through these different reading nook ideas we’ve compiled, pay attention to what really excites you and make a list of the different aspects you’ll want to include in your own little quiet place.
1. The Minimalist’s Reading Nook
2. The Urban Dwelling Reading Nook
3. The Grand Oak Reading Nook
4. Special Space Reading Nook
5. Comfy Cottage Reading Nook
6. The Clean Lines Reading Nook
7. Kids Cove Reading Nook
8. A Whole-In-The-Wall Reading Nook
9. The Accented Space Reading Nook
10. The Napping Nook
You can visit our blog or scroll through our pinterest boards for more home renovation inspiration. Call us at (435)901-8333 or visit us online. We can help you with your Park City real estate ventures.
In both winter and summer, Park City, Utah offers some incredible recreation. It’s no wonder it’s a top destination for vacation homes in Utah. There’s skiing, hiking, snowmobiling, parks, and so much more.
For many travelers, it’s not a vacation without their beloved dog. If you’re wondering what you can do with your dog while you’re staying in Park City or simply new to town, this guide can offer some direction.
There are some beautiful options in Park City, including:
- Quinn’s Junction Dog Park (at the Park City Sports Complex)
- Trailside Dog Park
- Snyderville Basin Dog Parks
- Willow Creek Dog Pond
- Park City Dog Park at the Recreation Complex Millrace Park Dog Park
Off Leash Areas
In 2016, the Park City Council approved an amendment to the animal control code that offered several off-lease areas for dog owners. These parks are available for any dog owners looking to let their dogs roam free and play with other dogs visiting the city. Here’s a list of parks open for off-leash roaming:
- Library Field
- Round Valley
- Gilmore Way
- 1255 Park Avenue
Just remember the proper etiquette and expectations for allowing dogs off leash. If your dog isn’t well trained and causes problems with other dogs or their owners, you’ll be liable for any issues that come as a result.
Dog-Friendly Hiking Trails
If you love hiking with Fido, any of the following hiking trails will be ideal for you and your furry best friend:
- Willow Creek Trail
- Lost Prospector Trail
- Round Valley Trailhead
- Historic Union Pacific Rail Trail State Park
- Trailside Park
- McLeod Creek Trail
Carefully note the leash laws that may or may not apply to these hiking trails.
After a trot through the mud and snow, we have plenty of groomers to take care of your pup. Grooming facilities in Park City include:
If you find you’re in need of pet health care while in Park City, some of the top rated vet clinics include:
- Park City Animal Clinic and Veterinarian Hospital
- Silver Creek Animal Clinic
- Powder Paws Veterinary Clinic
- White Pine Veterinary Clinic
- Pinebrook Animal Hospital
Any of these options will have your dog looking and feeling much better upon visiting.
Food and Supplies
If you only want the best for your pet, look into the local pet stores, including:
Local Adoption Centers
Visit Nuzzle & Co. if you’re looking to adopt a pet in Park City. If you don’t find the friend you’re looking for, Salt Lake City is just 30 minutes away with plenty of adoption centers to visit.
Dog Sitting and Walking Services
Unfortunately, you can’t take your dog everywhere with you. Additionally, you may not have the time to give him the walk he deserves. To resolve this issue, let one of Park City’s dog walking and sitting services help you out.
Websites For More Local Pet Owner Information
As you can see, there’s plenty for you and your dogs to do in Park City. If you’re looking for a great vacation home or your next permanent home in Park City , Jensen and Company can help! Contact us for our realty services today!
Having kids is an adventure, but finding things to do can be a chore. The younger they are the more difficult it can be to find something stimulating and appropriate for their age range. But in Park City there is plenty to do.
This is your insider’s guide to kid activities that will keep your little ones happy, occupied, and learning.
Park City Jane’s List
First of all, this list is a must-have for any parents in the Park City area. It is an all in one, growing resource that lists everything that has to do with kids in Park City, Utah. Need a nanny or occasional babysitter? Looking for a fun family activity? Searching for an after school program while you are at work for your older kiddos?
It is amazing how many of us don’t know what is in our own neighborhoods. With Nextdoor, you can put in your address and find out everything that is going on around you. Park City has their own special area with local businesses, events, and even communication between neighbors.
Park City Moms
This is a fun and friendly page on Facebook for mom’s in the Park City area. Discuss relevant tips and tricks, events, and groups. Find friends and set up play dates. It is a great website to visit to connect with other moms in the area.
Park City Library Events
Your local library holds a number of both regular and special events for families. These include story times for preschoolers, playtime for toddlers, and baby and me classes that help you and your baby interact with other families. They also hold regular events for older children and teens, which can give them some great opportunities to make new friends.
Want to stay in for the day? Give your child of preschool age something fun and educational to do. Preschool Pioneer provides activities, videos and more.
Mommy and Me Yoga
Stay healthy with your kids in tow! PC Marc offers free Mommy and Me Yoga classes every Monday at 9:30 AM. If you want a way to get out of the house, stay fit and have fun, this is the perfect opportunity to do so. Make sure to call ahead!
Find out more about the many offerings for families in Park City by visiting Jensen and Company.