7 Tips for Easy Spring Cleaning

Spring is in the air. That means it’s time to dust off your broom and mop and start Spring cleaning at your Southern Utah Home for Sale. However, Spring cleaning doesn’t mean you have to spend long hours laboring in each room until your new home is spotless. Here are a few tips from Ence Homes for keeping the cleaning simple, easy, and stress-free. Share your best Spring cleaning tips with us on Facebook.

  1. First make a list. What areas of your new home need cleaning? Then, prioritize your list. What needs to be done first? Once you have your list and your priorities straight, you can tackle your cleaning in a more organized fashion.
  1. Break your Spring Cleaning list up into chunks. Spend no more than 15-30 minutes per day cleaning. This will help keep you from feeling overwhelmed and taking on more cleaning than you are up for at your Southern Utah home for sale.
  2. Start cleaning one room at a time. It’s easier to tick projects off your list if you start in one room and break up the projects into sections. You will also feel more accomplished and motivated once you have finished cleaning one room.
  3. Start your list by de-cluttering each room. It’s difficult to clean behind furniture or other hard to reach places if there is too much stuff in the way. Once you have cleaned away the clutter, you can really clean your living spaces.
  4. When organizing your clutter, try the three pile system. Make a pile for things that you need, one for things that you don’t need but really want, and a discard pile. Place damaged, broken, or items you never use in the discard pile and then donate or throw them out when you are finished organizing.
  5. Try using green cleaning products at your Southern Utah home for sale. Instead of using harsh chemicals to clean your home, try using products that are less harmful to the environment. You will feel better about cleaning once you try them.
  6. Make cleaning fun. Listen to music or books on tape while you clean. Don’t forget to dance around and sing into your pretend microphone while you do. It’s okay to have fun while you are cleaning, especially since it will feel less like chores and work.

St. George Parade of Homes

The 22nd Annual St. George Parade of Homes took place last month for ten days. Running from February 17th-16th, this  southern utah home builders Association and Zions Bank co-sponsored event showcased twenty-eight homes. This was the largest number of homes ever displayed in the history of the twenty-two year event.This annual event was an opportunity for Southern Utah residents and visitors to preview what’s new in home building and connect with contractors, subcontractors, material suppliers and interior decorators.

Attendees were able to gain insight on the latest innovations while getting ideas for decorating their home and landscaping during the self-guided tour. Those who turned out had a chance to enter free giveaways for a chance to win amazing prizes.

One of the twenty-eight homes showcased included one of our homes. The Southwestern-Tuscan style, Arroyo Roja, was the Ence Home 2012 St. George Parade of Homes featured during the event. It’s a 2,228 square feet and is comprised of four bedrooms and three bathrooms.

A banquet kicked of the St. George Parade of Homes at the Dixie Center on Thursday, February 16th to honor the achievements of those involved in making this event happen. Featured was guest entertainer, Jason Hewlett. This great impersonator and entertainer performed hits by Michael Jackson, Nat King Cole, U2, Cat Stevens, Ricky Martin and Alvin & The Chipmunks.

Though you missed this year’s event and great entertainment from Jason Hewlett, be sure to stay tuned for details on next year’s St. George Parade of Homes.

Top 10 Reasons to Build an Ence Home

Here are the top 10 reasons you should build an Ence Home.

  1. Experience – Jay and Quentin Ence founded Ence Homes with a dream of building quality new homes. Since their founding in 1957, the Ence family has been creating quality homes for sale in St. George, UT andMesquite,NV. We pride ourselves on being family oriented, honest and possessing great value.
  1. Quality construction – Ence Homes takes satisfaction in quality construction of your home from the materials used to construct your home to the subcontractors hired to help build them to ensure your home lasts a lifetime.
  1. Choices – Ence Homes offers a wide range of choices with their floor plans to suit the needs of your family from their custom homes to move-in ready home.
  1. Open communication – Communication is essential to any relationship. With Ence Homes you’ll know what’s happening throughout every step of the way.
  1. Customer service – We’ll listen to our customers throughout the home building process to ensure building an Ence Homes will leave you with the home of your dreams the exact way you envisioned it. We serve to please our customers from conception to completion of your home and beyond.
  1. Warranty – Committed to our customers, each home also comes with a 10-year warranty.
  1. Energy efficient – From water-efficient, energy-efficient, resource-efficient to indoor air quality features, Ence Homes are Green Homes. Your homes for sale in St. George, UT is at least 20% more energy efficient than those built to the 2004 International Residential Code.
  1. Innovation – Ence Homes has always been a trendsetter and were amongst the first homebuilders nationwide to build their homes to the standards set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) ENERGY STAR program.
  1. Customer satisfaction – Ence Homes customers are satisfied with the process of building their home and the results of their beautiful homes for sale in St. George, UT and Mesquite, NV. Click here to view testimonials from customers.
  1. Awards – Ence Homes is a recognized leader in homebuilding and has been winning awards for over a decade. In recent years, Ence Homes has been awarded: the 2011 winner of the ENERGY STAR Leadership in Housing Awards, 2010 recipient of the Builder Member of the Year and 2009 Builder’s Magazine Biggest Builder award and ENEREGY STAR Sustained Excellence Award.

St. George Parade of Homes Feb. 17-26

The southern utah home builders Association and Zions Bank present the 22nd Annual St. George Area Parade of Homes.

This event runs from February 17-26, 2012 and showcases 28 unique homes throughout Southern Utah. The St. George Parade of Homes is the perfect place to see the latest in home building, excellent craftsmanship and to gain interior design, home décor and landscaping ideas. Homes are open from 10 am to 7 pm daily except for February 26th when they close at 5 pm.

The St. George Parade of Homes features the Ence Home, the Arroyo Rojo. Priced at $389,900, this Southwest-Tuscan style four bedroom, 3 bathrooms is located in Northridge and is a spacious 2,228 square feet. With thePineValleyMountains in the background, this roomy layout is open, contemporary and very family friendly.

Tickets are on sale online and at RedCliffsMall, Lin’s Markets. They go on sale for February 16th for $12.50 a piece with a $1.25 online convenience fee. Parking has been made easy with the St. George Shuttle. You can reserve your shuttle pass by calling 855-757-7433 or by visiting www.stgshuttle.com for $25 per ticket and be dropped off right in front.

Come out to the St. George Parade of Homes and enter the free giveaway. You’ll have a chance to win Coral Cliffs movie passes, Riverwalk Grill gift card, a 55’ LG flay Screen TV or a one-week stay atThompsonMansion. All you have to do is visit a minimum of 14 homes, have your ticket marked off and bring you used tickets to Boulevard Home Furnishings.

Gadgets that will Help Keep Your New Home Clean

Ence Homes suggests you check out these four gadgets if you’re looking to keep your new home in Mesquite, NV clean.Whether you’re washing your hands or preparing your meats the One-Touch Kitchen Faucet is the ideal gadget for your kitchen. A single touch to anyplace on the faucet turns it on. What’s also great about this gadget is that you can help cut down on the spread of germs like salmonella.

In addition to the One-Touch Kitchen Faucet, the Smash Can is another great gadget to add your kitchen. It’s definitely not your ordinary step trashcan because the lid’s built-in device crushes the trash down without you having to touch the garbage with your hands or feet. Though the sticker price is expensive at $129 for the Reduce brand, you’ll cut back on trash bags, saving you more money in the long run.

Cleaning your liter box has gotten easier with the Littermaid Self-Cleaning Litter Box. You’ll no longer have to worry about cleaning the kitty litter yourself. This self-cleaning device has a sensor that knows when your cat is in the gadget and scoops away the waste into a sealed containment unit after your cat leaves. Prices range from $130 to $200 for the different models and would be a great gadget for your cats to use in your new home in Mesquite, NV.

An UV Sanitizer device lives up to its name and will help keep you and your home disinfected. The ultraviolet rays sterilizes products like cell phones, toothbrushes and toilet seats.

We at Ence Homes hope these gadgets will bring you one step closer to keeping your new home in Mesquite, NV clean.

Energy Saving Tips for Winter Months

Here are ten energy saving tips that you can use during these winter months at your St. George new home.

  • Maintain your heating system by cleaning it and getting it inspected yearly. You should also clean or change your furnace filters once a month. Doing these things help your units run more efficiently and can help save you money on your heating bill.
  • Set your thermostat to 68 degrees when you are at your Ence Homes and to about 60 degrees when you’re sleeping or gone for the day. Wear a sweater or use throw blankets to keep warm as well.
  • Allow the sunshine to radiate your St. George new home by opening your curtains and shades. Remember to close them at night to keep the heat in.
  • Position your furniture and drapes away from your vents so your rooms are being heated to the fullest.
  • Turn off the bath fan to make certain the heat doesn’t get sucked out of your residence after you’ve taking a bath or a shower.
  • Install in a low-flow showerhead to save your heated water. You may also want to cut back on your shower time.
  • Turn down your water heater to 120 degrees to save money on your energy bill.
  • Plug your electronics into a power strip and turn the switch off on your power strip when those electronics aren’t in use.
  • Install motion sensors, dimmers and automatic times in your home to help conserve energy.
  • Close the doors in your home to ensure you aren’t heating unoccupied rooms.

Hopefully by following these energy saving tips you’ll be able to save money, stay warm and enjoy the winter months at your St. George new home.


New Year Must Haves for Your New Home

Congratulations! You’ve purchased a new home for the New Year. As you settle into your house there are some items you should have for your new home in St. George house. Ence Homes suggests these must-haves for your home.

New room – Since you’re in a new home you may want to finally designate that study, home gym, doll room or man cave you’ve always wanted.

Gadgets – Consider buying a new TV just in time for the Super Bowl and basketball season or installing a sound system to hear music throughout your new home in St. George home. A gaming console is great for fun times and a way to spend quality time with your friends and family. A digital camera is a way to capture precious moments and events. You may even be able to find some great steal on the items you didn’t get during the holidays.

Furniture – Another must-have for your new home is new furniture. After all, it should be out with the old and in with the new. You don’t have to purchase new furniture for you’re your entire home. A brand new bedroom set, dining room table or living room set just may do.

Accessories – Spruce up your new home in St. George home with some accessories. Art, vases, candles, rugs, houseplants are great items to add pizzazz and complement your new furniture and home décor.

Garden – Just because it’s wintertime doesn’t mean you can’t garden. You can plant your favorite wintertime plants, fruits and vegetables in the ground or in containers.

Welcome to the Ence Homes community and we wish you the best gathering those must-haves for your new home.

Now is a Great Time To Buy

With a population of 138,492, picturesque views, walking trails, pools, plenty of golfing, low crime rates, an excellent school district and just a thirty-minute drive to the Zion National Park, St. George, UT is a fabulous place to live and raise a family. Over the next two years, the housing market is expected to turn around for your home in St. George, UT neighborhoods. This projected bounce back makes now a great time to buy a home.Now is the ideal time to purchase or custom make a home because as the market recovers, there’s an anticipation of a rise in property value. Prices of your home in St. George, UT are expected to increase 7.9% from the second quarter of 2011 to the second quarter of 2012. Right now mortgage rates are also seeing historic lows. This is great news for prospective Ence Homes customers of the St. George, UT neighborhoods who are looking for a reason to buy. Buying a home is also more economically beneficial than renting and the unemployment rate is currently at 9.6%, which dropped from the 10.6% it was back in January 2010

The housing market recovery means excellent opportunities for you and your family by buying home in St. George, UT. Consult the Ence Homes to schedule a tour of one of their move-in ready homes or to build your home