Is Your Home Ready for Winter?? Here are 5 must-do’s for every home owner!

Modern new home covered in fresh winter snow.

While most of us can’t do anything about the short days and colder temperatures, we can  make sure our homes are warm and comfortable. By doing these few simple tasks, not only can we keep our homes warm, but we can also save a few extra bucks for the holidays.

The Roof

Now is the time to take a look at your roof. Shingles can look like they’re in good condition from the ground, but they can be cracked, curled and wind damaged when you take a closer look. And when there is a problem, there is no way to fix it in the winter. That foot of snow will find its way through your damaged roof and into your attic causing mold and mildew.

Rain Gutters

Many of us don’t realize just how important our rain gutters are!! If your rain gutters are clogged with leaves they cannot properly drain, which means in the middle of winter you have a giant ice cube hanging above your head just waiting for the perfect moment to fall. Also, when your gutters are unable to drain, water drains where it shouldn’t! Now you have water draining in your window wells and down the inside of your walls! To prevent all of this, double check your gutters and make sure they are properly draining.


Nobody loves being cuddled on the couch and feeling a draft of cold air flowing through your home! This happens when the weather stripping and door sweeps are worn.  Before it gets too cold, be sure to check doors and windows to make sure these are still in good condition. If they aren’t, do not wait until you’re doing this project with the door open in 15-degree weather.

Hose Bib

One thing is pretty much certain: If you leave your hose on the hose bib all winter, you’re pipes will freeze and then break in the spring. When that valve is turned next March you’ll find your basement will be filled with water. To avoid a basement swimming pool make sure there are no hoses attached to any of your hose bibs. Also, make sure the hose bib is securely attached to your home so you can’t pull the hose out of the house.


Most people ignore their heating and cooling systems until they go out. In order to keep you safe, you need to get your furnace serviced regularly. Make sure you have a good filter and that it is properly installed so it doesn’t lean, fall or lift improperly when the air flow happens.

If you have a swamp cooler, get rid of it; central air is better in every single way. Until then, make sure the pan and all the lines are drained and the supply line is disconnected. Next, make sure unit is protected against drafting cold air into your home and the power is off. Wouldn’t hurt to take the motor out and bring it in, as well.


Homes Priced to SELL!

HOT HOT HOT! These homes are priced to sell!

43 S 750 E American Fork, UT 84003                                                               $239,900 


This is the ultimate location for maintenance free living in American Fork! This home has a great floor plan. Buyers will love the open feel in this home with its vaulted ceilings, loft, and natural light. Come take a swim in the pool as well. The home has been well maintained and is in great shape. Call today for a showing!

3314 E South Ridge Road #12 Eagle Mountain, UT 84005                                $119,000 


This is a very charming top-floor condo in Willow Springs. What’s not to love about a condo with vaulted ceilings and a patio with a great view? This is the best location in the complex in regards to finding the right balance of peace and quiet and ease of access. Condo has full access to clubhouse, pool, and playground.

1333 S 830 W Payson, UT 84651                                                                  $218,000 


This is an incredible house! Super cute rambler priced to sell. It’s hard to find a clean home in Payson with this type of square footage for the price. You will love the friendly neighborhood, but also appreciate the spacious, fenced backyard with a vegetable garden. Come take a look!

1823 E 1130 S Spanish Fork, UT 84660                                                              $262,500 


This home has ALL the upgrades. Sellers have spent a lot of money on this one. Very clean house, great floor plan—you will love the feel of this home! Call for a showing.

To schedule a showing call/text Paige at

Dan Kennedy Team & Keller Williams Realty

What’s Hot on Utah Home Hub

A trend we’re absolutely loving right now, is marble kitchen countertops with hardwood flooring! We love showing homes with this look to our clients, and watching them swoon when they walk into the kitchen!

Why we love it…

Both marble and wood are natural materials, which adds personality and natural beauty to any space. Marble gives a bright white, formal look, and it contrasts beautifully with warm, cozy hardwood. Both materials will also last for generations!

Here is a perfect example of this hot current trend…

Marble Counters/Dark Wood

A few of our favorite homes listed in Utah that have this gorgeous look are listed below…

To find out more about these homes, click on the link above each picture, or go to our website:

1. Sandy Kitchen Oasis

Sandy Marble Kitchen

2. PC Elegance

Park City marble counter

3. South Jordan Dream

South Jordan Marble Kitchen

Check out the views on this home in Elk Ridge!

Property Details
– Category: Homes For Sale
– 4414 Sq. Ft.
– 0.39 Acres
– Built in 1996
– 6 Bedrooms
– 5 Bathrooms
– Central Air Cooling
– Forced Air Heating
– 2 Car Garage

General Description

Be the King Of The Hill in the beautiful rambler sitting atop one of Elk Ridge’s most desirable neighborhoods. You’ll never get
tired of the amazing views from this house, especially the views you get while sitting on the back deck. This home has a fully
functioning mother-in-law apartment with a walkout basement. Come take a look!

For more pictures and info about this listing or to view ALL UTAH LISTINGS for FREE visit WWW.UTAHHOMEHUB.COM

To schedule a showing call/text Paige at

Dan Kennedy Team & Keller Williams Realty

Home for sale in Spanish Fork

Property Details

– 2083 Sq. Ft.
– 0.14 Acres
– Built in 2006
– 4 Bedrooms
– 2.00 Bathrooms
– Central Air Cooling
– Forced Air Heating

General Description
New carpet was installed on June 3rd!
Call today for a private tour.For more pictures and info about this listing or to view ALL UTAH LISTINGS for FREE visit WWW.UTAHHOMEHUB.COM

To schedule a showing call/text Paige at

Dan Kennedy Team & Keller Williams Realty

Best Cities in America to live!

Best Cities in America to live!

Note that, 2 of the top 20 are within Utah, and covered by the Dan Kennedy Real Estate Team.


Tampa, Florida
Tampa has all of Florida’s natural advantages – warmth, the bay, the river – but is less tourist-filled than Orlando or Miami, meaning it can focus more of its efforts on creating livable places for its residents. The city’s museums, attractions, and a thriving restaurant scene round out good schools and a great hospital system.


North Carolina
With excellent schools and plenty of higher education options, quality health care with award-winning hospitals and a downtown that is moving forward, Greensboro easily ranks among 2014 Best Places to Live by And residents also pride themselves on being wonderful hosts to major events that place in the city every year.


Like a well-thought out plan, everything has worked together to make Overland Park one of the 2014 Best Places to Live by In fact, smart planning by city leaders has given Overland Park an ideal balance of residential, office and retail. With excellent schools, many amenities and infectious civic pride, Overland Park continues to improve.


Spectacular scenery and outdoor recreation barely scratch the surface of Provo’s many brag-worthy high points. There’s also a diverse and growing arts and culture scene, great shopping and dining in a revitalized downtown, best-in-class education from preschool through college, affordable housing, and the region’s best health-care facilities.

While Santa Clara draws the world’s most innovative thinkers to its creative energy and well-paid tech careers of the Silicon Valley, few want to leave after experiencing the city’s 300-plus days of annual sunshine, cultural diversity, appreciation for history, and excellent public amenities and services.

  15  Salem

Residents in Oregon’s capital city of Salem may be only an hour from the Cascade mountains to the east, coastal beaches to the west and Portland to the north, but the Cherry City’s own natural and cultural amenities, excellent health care and schools earned it a “cherry” ranking on our list of best places to live.


 Ann Arbor is a quintessential Big Ten college town with all the expected university hype, but it’s also the center of its own growing metropolitan area with great schools, medical facilities, culture, amenities and proximity to a whole lot more.


Bellevue, Wash., has a thriving downtown area and 100 parks.
Bellevue‘s natural beauty is hard to miss. But this park-like city is about more than the Cascade Mountains and surrounding lakes. Nationally recognized schools and a host of arts and farm festivals feed mind and body, while the city’s rich cultural diversity fuels the spirit.



 Boise, Idaho Skyline

With the Rocky Mountains close at hand, plus top-notch health care to keep families moving, Boise is an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise. But there’s also a home for cerebral types in the “City of Trees,” thanks to unique museums and a strong university.



The band R.E.M. sang, “Don’t go back to Rockville,” but the smart residents never left this Best Place to Live in the first place. The surrounding public sector jobs keep the economy on an even keel and attracts high-skilled, highly paid residents who enjoy the small-town life while often working in nearby Silver Spring, Baltimore and Washington D.C.


Reno, Nevada
The dry heat in Reno isn’t as hot as other parts of the state, and the Sierra Nevada mountains are just waiting to be climbed. Quick commutes, natural amenities, culture and casinos make Reno a great place to live. The affordable and plentiful hotels can accommodate visitors who want to visit this great city.


Eugene, Oregon
A truly year-round climate makes outdoor recreation in Eugene possible through four temperate seasons. It’s no wonder Eugene has one of the highest scores for amenities. This leads to low traffic congestion because people bike and walk to work, farmers markets, dining and nightlife. Spending time in the area gets residents engaged in the community and its continual improvement.


Livability in Salt Lake City is tied to the working community, which maintains its qualities through strong support of locally owned businesses – many of which grow out of the University of Utah. The city’s beautiful setting, strong community and emphasis on family living make it a great place to live and work.


Rochester, Minnesota
Rochester is home of the Mayo Clinic and much more. In recent years, the population has grown, diversified and added younger residents causing the downtown to perk up, creating a more livable space for residents and visitors to gather and enjoy. And of course having one of the world’s most well-known hospitals means quality health care is just around the corner.


Miami Beach, Florida
Miami Beach packs a lot of amenities into a tiny stretch of oceanfront, just seven miles long and one mile wide, including museums, art deco buildings, shopping and cuisine. Oh, and let’s not forget the beach. It all adds up to a city striving to be more livable for the diverse communities that call it home.


Madison, Wisconsin
Madison, WI Skyline
Madison is a frequent fixture on our Top 10 lists, including ranking as one of the best college towns, so it’s no surprise to see it score well as one of our Top 100 Best Places to Live. It’s a state capitol, it’s home to a Big Ten university, and ranks highly for education, amenities, health care, and social and civic capital.


Durham, North Carolina
It’s hard to separate Durham from its anchor, Duke University. But the city’s history goes back through tobacco production, textiles and agriculture. Durham has embraced its roots as it has remade itself as a research and technology hub – with great food – in the last half century.


Berkeley is evolving its hippie past, allowing for denser development but keeping its focus on local businesses and culture. The town, home to the popular University of California campus, is reinvesting in a livable, energetic downtown area filled with great places to eat and shop.


Boulder, Colorado

Boulder has incomparable outdoor offerings like the Rocky Mountain foothills, the Flatirons, and its rivers and bike trails. But there’s plenty for residents and visitors to do indoors as well with shopping at the Pearl Street Mall and downtown eateries and brew pubs.


Palo Alto, CaliforniaStanford's campus, open to all
 Take mild weather, a thriving economy, great cultural and natural amenities; add in not one, but two downtowns surrounded by housing; and finally, drop in one of the highest-ranked universities in the world, and you’ll find yourself in Palo Alto,
all information taken from’s 2014 Best Place to Live.