Create Great Fall Curb Appeal

The exterior of your home entices people to want to see what’s inside and is the first impression others have toward it. Here are some easy and relatively cost effective ways to create great fall curb appeal for your St. George, UT homes for sale.

Just because it’s fall doesn’t mean you shouldn’t care for your lawn. Rake up any leaves that have fallen and dig up those unwanted weeds. Your grass should remain cut short to avoid having your lawn mat down during these months. Consider planting fall flowers to add color to the front of your house, planting a tree or new bed near your driveway or on the sides of your George, UT homes for sale.

Take a good look at the exterior of your home to see if anything needs to be renovated, repaired or replaced. Installing outdoor lighting gives your home more curb appeal and provides you and your visitor’s added safety. Think about changing the trim, painting the outside of your home a different color or adding another coat of paint for protection. Putting a colorful wreath on your front door can give it the pop it needs to stand out while adding sculptures, wind chimes or a water fountain can provide your home with some extra pizzazz.

There are plenty of holidays to celebrate during the autumn months that give you more reasons to decorate. Be tasteful with your selections and simply chose decorations that accentuate your St. George, UT homes for sale rather than overdoing the holiday décor.

Following these tips by Ence Homes will help you create great fall curb appeal and maintain an aesthetically pleasing home.


Easy Ways to Organize your Laundry Room

Below you will find easy ways to organize your laundry room. Following these suggestions can help you keep in order one of the most important rooms in your Ence Homes.Creating a laundry schedule is an easy way to keep your new home in St. George, UT laundry room organized. Setting up a schedule and system is solely up to you and should be conducive to your needs. You’re schedule could consist of designating certain days to wash your different types of clothes.

All of your family could help out during laundry time by having assigned responsibilities. For example, Mom does the washing, Dad folds and the kids could put away the laundry in the respective areas. If everyone in your new home in St. George, UT does their own laundry then assigning specific laundry days for each person may be better for your family.

Consider having a multi-bin laundry hamper in your laundry room in addition to having a laundry basket in each room. Labeling the bins for your linens and towels as well as the different colors: whites, darks and bright colors are an efficient and effective way to sort the different laundry wash loads in your household. You may even want to assign a place for the clothes needing to be dry cleaned.

Storing your laundry and cleaning supplies on shelves or in an over the wall rack unit in your new home in St. George, UT is another easy way to keep your laundry room organized. Space will be saved and you’ll also be aware of what supplies need to be replenished.

Fall Home Maintenance Tips

With football season in full force, the days getting shorter, temperatures cooling down and leaves changing colors that only means one thing, fall is right around the corner. On September 23rd autumn begins. As you prepare for the change in season, Halloween, Thanksgiving and other happenings during the next few months, Ence Homes suggests you keep these fall home maintenance tips for both inside and outside you new home in Mesquite, NV.

1. Do a full cleaning sweep of your fireplace. It’s recommended that you bring in a professional to inspect your fireplace and chimney if you plan on using it a lot.

2. Examine your gutters for debris. Getting rid of anything that doesn’t belong will help with water drainage and limit any standing water that can possibly freeze.

3. Check your roof out to make sure nothing is damaged and if there are any damages get them repaired.

4. Store your temperature susceptible materials, like your patio furniture, in a safe place.

5. Remove your garden hoses from outdoor spouts and drain it thoroughly as well as your outdoor faucets.

6. Test your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors throughout your new home in Mesquite, NV and replace the batteries if necessary.

7. Dust the ceiling fans in your home. You’ll want to reverse the ceiling fans to have the warm air pushed down from the ceiling. This may help you save money on your heating bill.

8. Hire a HVAC technician to check out your heating system.

9. Look around your house for damaged window screens, broken or cracked glass and
air leaks that may be around your doors or windows.

10. Though it’s not springtime, do a fall cleaning of your new home in Mesquite, NV and don’t forget to remove hair from your shower, bathtubs and sink drains.

Following these fall home maintenance tips will help maintain your home throughout the fall and prepare it for the winter.


Easy centerpieces for dinner parties

As you plan out your dinner party menu and outfit, don’t forget to add a center piece for décor. Your centerpieces can be determined by the occasion of your dinner party, the type of food you are serving and even the holiday or season. Ence Homes offers these ideas for easy centerpieces for dinner parties at your new homes in Mesquite, NV.Edible delights – there’s nothing better than edible treats. Fill several bowls with fruit, candy, nuts or even appetizers that your dinner party guests can snack on while waiting for dinner to be served. Put some balloons and bows around the bowls to add some pizzazz.

Fall colors – spread a fall themed table cloth or table runner onto your dining room table or other tables in your home.  Accentuate it with seasonal flowers, pumpkins, carrots, oranges and other types of fall vegetables and fruits in a vase or bowl. You can even add some colorful leaves from your new homes in Mesquite, NV yard around the table.

Seaside heights – if seafood’s on the menu then why not accompany it with an ocean inspired center piece? To bring the sea to your new homes in Mesquite, NV dinner table fill several vases with white sand, seashells and candles.

Tips to Make Moving to your New Home Easier

Moving is a fun and exciting time. But as you prepare to move into your St. George, UT new homes sale there are many things to keep in mind to make your move a smooth and easy process. Ence Homes suggests the following tips to make moving to your new home easier. 

Plan – have a strategy for moving into your new home. Create a checklist to stay organized, pack one room at a time and pack non-essential items first. Hold onto your receipts, keep track of your spending and inventory. Decide where you’re going to place your furniture before hand to situate yourself quicker. You should categorize your boxes with colored stickers or mark them specifically to know what’s in the boxes and where they are going.

 Kicking Kitchen – your St. George, UT new homes sale kitchen will be the heart of your home. Unpacking your kitchen and setting this room up first and making it functional  

Luggage – utilize your suitcases and duffle bags by filling them up with your linens, clothes and bath towels and kitchen towels. You’ll be able to easily spot these items in your new home versus packing them in boxes.

Out With the Old – there is no need to take excess papers and or belongings with you. Go through any clothes you may no longer wear or want and any items you no longer use or need and get ride of them. Check to see if you can donate, recycle, throw away or have a yard sale so you’re not bringing them into your new home. 

Safe Keeping – it’s important to keep your important documents and equipment like birth certificates, jewelry, financial records, school records, prescriptions and other items together and in a safe and easy place to find. Transport these items yourself to your St. George, UT new homes sale.


In the Know – Notify all appropriate companies and people of your move including your credit card companies, employers, bank, post office, utility companies and friends of your change of address.

Energy Star Rating

Ence Homes recently received the 2011 ENERGY STAR Leadership in Housing Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). In order to qualify for an ENERGY STAR rating, a home must meet energy efficiency standards set by the EPA. And though Ence Homes is pleased about receiving this award, we’re even happier for what it means for our Mesquite, NV homes for sale homebuyers.

 Money Saver  – Money will be saved by purchasing an ENERGY STAR qualified home. All together, Ence Homes customers will save $44,700 per year on utility bills. You’ll be able to put aside money for gadgets, trinkets, birthdays, gatherings, backyard barbecues or family vacations. 

Soothing Quiet – Your home is your haven and at your Mesquite, NV homes for sale you’ll be able to get plenty of rest, relaxation and comfort. As an Ence Homes homebuyer, your home will feature energy saving efficient insulation systems and high performance windows that reduce noise, tight construction and ducts, properly-sized and installed efficient heating and cooling equipment that will keep your home warm during the winter months and cool during the summer.

Not only will you get all the features of a new home but ENERGY STAR qualified homes offer useful energy-saving features that have third-party verification of energy performance. As you consider buying a Mesquite, NV homes for sale, remember all the wonderful features that will benefit your home and your pockets while contributing to the environment by avoiding greenhouse gas emissions.

First Time Home Buyer Tips

Buying your first home is an exciting process. But as you’re eager to purchase your first St. George, UT homes for sale there are many things to consider. The more information you have before setting out on this journey, the more prepared you’ll be. Here are some first time home buyer tips for purchasing your Ence Homes.

Do your homework – Having a handle on your finances is the first step to purchasing your home. Knowing your credit score, how much you have for a down payment, how much you can afford, household expenses, the different loan programs available and what you qualify for is essential.

Kind of place – When deciding to purchase your first home, it’s important to determine the type of home you want and the community you’d like to live in. Ence Homes has several St. George, UT homes for sale communities that offer spectacular move in ready homes or custom home building options and features that only you know is best for you and your family. Consulting an Ence Homes representative can provide you with the necessary feedback needed to make an informed decision.

Openness – Knowing what you want is important but when viewing the various St. George, UT homes for sale options, it’s important to keep an open mind. Remember, when it comes to the move in ready home options nothing is set in stone. You can always change the color of the walls to match the color scheme you want.

Learn – It’s important to have fun but also to learn during this process. Learn all you can about your future Ence Homes neighborhood, the schools and the town. Picture yourself having family gatherings, barbecues and other memorable occasions. Don’t be afraid to talk to your potential neighbors to get a feel of what it’s like to live in the community. You may even meet some friends to invite to your house warming party in your first ever St. George, UT homes for sale neighborhood


Sun Safety Tips for Outdoor Fun

Whether you’re barbecuing, attending a family reunion, at an amusement park, pool, beach, or outside of your homes for sale Mesquite, NV, there’s nothing like having fun in the sun. While you’re enjoying outdoor fun it’s important to keep safe from the sun. Ence Homes offers these six sun safety tips for outdoor fun.Sunscreen – Sunscreen’s a necessity year round if you’re on land, in the water and for all pigmentations.  Select a sunscreen with a SPF (sun protection factor) of 30+. Stick to sunscreens that contain zinc, titanium, Mexoryl SX and avodenzone because they help protect the skin and never purchase ones containing insect repellent. Apply sunscreen after applying skincare products. Put it on at least 30 minutes before heading out in the sun and reapply it every few hours even if it’s waterproof.

Plan and play around the sun – Avoid direct sun contact during the sun’s peak hours between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm. Concrete around pools, water and sand reflect the sun’s rays and can reach shaded areas. Find or create a shaded area on your homes for sale Mesquite, NV property or wherever you’re at if you must be outdoors no matter the time of day.

Infants – Infants skin is thin and their melanin’s still developing causing them to burn easily. Don’t apply sunscreen to a baby under six months but try to find a shaded area or clothe them in protective wear if the sun is unavoidable.

Clothing – Wear long sleeved shirts and pants and wide-brimmed hats even if you’re outdoors playing at home.

Sunglasses – Sunglasses aren’t just for making a fashion statement but also for protecting your eyes from the suns UV radiation. Wearing shades is key even if you’re just outside in your homes for sale Mesquite, NV yard. Purchase sunglasses that have total UV protection and avoid toy sunglasses because they don’t protect your eyes fully but just shade them.

Medications – Some medications intensify sensitivity to the sun. Check your prescriptions or consult your doctor to see it’s safe or if you have to avoid being out in the sun.

Ways to Spruce Up Your Patio or Deck

The St. George, UT home builders, Ence Homes design team created a wonderful home. As summer nears you’ll find yourself spending more time outside. Create an outdoor living space that’s trendy, reflects your personality and you’ll actually use. Sprucing up your patio or deck doesn’t have to be expensive. It can be a fun activity that brings the beauty outside to match the beauty inside of your Ence Homes. Here are several ways to spruce up your patio or deck. 

Clean up – as simple as it sounds removing anything you don’t intend on using is a way to spruce up your patio or deck. Once you’ve cleaned it up sweep and dust the area.

Tablecloths – throwing a tablecloth on your table could help disguise an old or rundown table, be good for parties and also bring a nice element to your outdoor living space.

Buy new furniture– purchasing new stylish furniture can liven up your patio or deck. Coordinate your furniture sets color scheme and style to match what the St. George, UT home builders created for you. You can add pillows and some appliances to make your outdoors living space functional like the indoors.

Free standing fountain – a free standing fountain can bring tranquility to your patio or deck and be a great place to relax and unwind.

Add lighting – lighting’s a simple and cheap way to add spunk to your patio or deck. You can use solar lights or candles. Put candles in ordinary dirking glasses to place on your table. For atmosphere, use the outlets installed by the St. George, UT home builders in your covered patio to hang up Christmas lights, Chinese balls, Chinese lanterns or rope lights.

Rugs – rugs just aren’t for the interior of your home. Outdoor rugs enhance your exterior and should be an extension of your interior by adding warmth and color to the exterior. They’re sturdy and designed to endure the elements.

Plants – planting seeds and watching them bloom add life. You can create a project with your family by watering, fertilizing, trimming and removing the weeds from the containers.


Grilling Tips to Celebrate National Barbecue Month

The weather is warming up, outdoor cooking season is upon us and Memorial Day is quickly approaching. May is National Barbecue Month. Before you fire up the grill at your new homes in St. George, UT it’s important to brush up on your grilling skills. Ence Homes offers your grilling tips to celebrate National Barbecue Month.

Keep it clean – clean your grill before each use to ensure your food doesn’t get stuck on the grates and that there aren’t any unwanted flavors or debris on your food.

Grill placement – position your grill on stable ground, at least three feet away from your home and away from any overhangs or flowers. Test the direction of the wind to avoid smoke getting into your eyes or from blowing into your home.

Preheat the grill – preheat your grill at least 15 to 20 minutes prior to barbecuing.

Keep things close – to keep an eye on the grill and to avoid so you’re not running back inside your new homes in St. George, UT have everything you need to grill nearby including your food, cooking utensils and anything else needed to cook. Use long-handled utensils to avoid burning yourself.

Safe Grilling – keep a fire extinguisher handy and baking soda nearby to control any grease fires.

Thaw your meats– never put cold foods on your grill. Don’t thaw your foods at room temperature but defrost in your fridge or in a microwave and remember to cook immediately.

Soak your bamboo – your bamboo skewers must be soaked for 30 minutes before placing them on the grill. You can elect to use metal skewers to avoid soaking, especially if you don’t have the time or are forgetful.

Cook meat thoroughly – grill on both sides by turning your fish, beef and poultry at least once for even cooking.

Cleanliness – to avoid cross contamination always use clean plates and utensils to transfer raw and cooked foods. Keep your works surfaces clean and wash your hands frequently.

Following these tips will allow you to enjoy National Barbecue Month and the rest of your summertime barbecue festivities at your new homes in St. George, UT with your family and friends.