Have a Spare Moment? Here Are Some Easy Home Projects to Fill It

Spending the vast majority of your time at home lately certainly hasn’t been anyone’s idea of a good time. However, if home is where you still need to be most of the time, it pays to channel your time, money, and energy into making it a place that you love. Especially if you plan to sell your home in the near future. Looking for ideas? You’ll find them below.

Reimagine Your space

One of the very first things you can do to improve your living conditions is to look at your home for what it could be, not for what it is. Consider leveraging the expertise of an interior designer, which can help bring your vision for the perfect home to life. You may find that new furniture and accessories are all you need to give your living space a new life.

Update the Kitchen

A full-scale kitchen remodel is not a do-it-yourself endeavor. However, there are plenty of ways you can revitalize a tired kitchen without having a contractor on retainer. Simple steps, such as painting or adding a freestanding cabinet, can change its look and feel. The best part of these types of upgrades is that you can handle them in a single afternoon so you can enjoy your work the next day. You may also consider swapping out the hardware or coloring the tile grout to give your floors a new look without a high price tag.

Make Your Outdoor Space Fun

If you have kids, particularly very active ones, then you’ll benefit greatly from having an exceptional outdoor space. Depending on where you live, you may have room to do anything from building an in-ground trampoline to creating your children’s very own personal play yard. And although time-consuming, building an outdoor patio is not complicated, and you can get the job done in a long afternoon or two if you gather your materials and dive into the project.

Add Crown Molding the Easy Way

If you’ve ever tried to install crown molding, you already know that this takes skill. But, fortunately, there are now available many DIY options that don’t even require tools, although the peel-and-stick options may not be suitable for long-term use.

Install a Stair Runner

If your home has a staircase, you may have noticed that it’s a rather boring part of the decor. It does not have to be, however. Installing a stair runner is not difficult, and the Young House Love blog asserts that you can give your entire staircase a makeover in about 20 hours, which translates to around two or three days focused on the job.

Plant a Flower Garden

Looking back at the outdoors, a flower garden can add visual appeal and give you something to care for through the summer. Garden Design asserts that you must be familiar with your site, soil, flowers, and frost cycle before you begin. Keep in mind when designing your new garden that you do not have to stick with flowers of the same height and color, and you are only limited by your imagination and what will grow in your climate.

Need Motivation?

If you’re inclined to make updates but can’t seem to motivate yourself, considering a future sale could be the impetus you need to tackle the easier projects now. If you take a look at local listings, for example, you can see the average sale price (like $1.37M in Park City!), and the higher the price for comparable homes, the easier it could be to make a tidy profit. So don’t let a lack of motivation stop you from giving your home some extra TLC to boost a sale down the road.

Spending more time at home isn’t ideal, but renovating your space is. From kitchen updates and planting a flower garden to adding an in-ground trampoline and redesigning room by room, the above ideas can help you make your space a place you want to be. And put you on track for a quick sale when it’s time to move on.

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The Scoop with Team Schlopy – Episode 27

4888 East Meadows Drive, Park City – Offered at $1,850,000

Here is the perfect setting for privacy with canyon views. Enter through a gracious foyer that leads your guests to sophisticated living areas. A formal dining room with wood-burning fireplace opens to your covered porch for summertime enjoyment. Enjoy the privacy of backing up to open space; listen to the seasonal stream or explore the 2 miles of hiking and cross country skiing out your backyard. The remodeled kitchen is a recipe for success with a queen-sized stainless sink, induction stove and two ovens. This room was designed for people who like to cook and entertain at the same time. The main level master is situated for privacy with a walk-in closet and double vanity. Upstairs you will be greeted by an oversized family room complete with a second kitchen, quaint; slanty roofed bedroom and a bathroom. The well-planned storage of this home keeps everything handy but out of sight. Loaded with extras from the crawl space storage to the workshop in the three-car garage. View more info at search.teamschlopy.com/homedetails/42821789

The Scoop with Team Schlopy – Episode 26

3033 Lower Saddleback Road, Park City, UT 84098

Enjoy this spacious 4 bedroom, 3 1/2 bathroom townhome all year long with the endless opportunities around. Steps from the Canyon Link development are hiking and biking trails, minutes from the world-class ski resorts and 30 minutes from Salt Lake International Airport. Making this location one of the most unique. The spacious family room opens to a covered balcony. Perfect for indoor/outdoor living. The family room and kitchen combination is perfect for the cook who does not want to be separated from family and guests. The tranquil bedrooms offer a personal retreat for all who stay. Rest assured in the quiet seclusion of your back deck that opens up to open space.


March 2020 Insights from Team Schlopy

Trend or Fad? Knowing the Difference Could Save You Money

When updating your home (especially to put on the market), It’s a good idea to incorporate current trends into your renovations. There’s a fine line between trends and fads however, and the difference can affect your buyer pool.

Fads are characterized by an intense and widely shared enthusiasm for something, but they tend to fade in popularity quickly, and have little basis in practicality.

Looks nice! For now…

Trends have longer lifespans and are more sustainable as a market force. Trends indicate the general direction that something is developing over time. Often times, design trends can be predictable because they have a basis in practicality that justifies their popularity.

Fads can occasionally turn into trends, but it’s hard to know in which cases that will happen. If your goal is to attract a wide range of buyers to your home and sell quickly, it’s best to steer clear of design choices that are too new, too edgy, and too pricey. Let’s break down a few current fads for consideration.

Elk is In! “Thanks to Instagram and Pinterest, busy, bold wallpaper is back in a big way,” says HomeLight. “Online searches for ‘bold print wallpaper’ have increased by 401% in the past year.” While wallpaper can be great for adding a splash of individuality to your space, it’s just that — individual. To some, wallpaper adds visual clutter, and if buyers can’t picture themselves in that space, they’re going to be more focused on the potential headache of taking all of that wallpaper down. Neutral paint tones, on the other hand, tend to have widespread appeal and can be easily changed by potential buyers.

Kitchen finishes
Watch HGTV for more than a few minutes these days and you’ll probably see some fancy gold or brass finishes in the kitchen or bathrooms. We’re filing this under “fad.” Even though this type of finish has grown in popularity, you’re still unlikely to find them in the majority of homes—especially in more suburban areas. If you live in a hip city with a large, design-savvy millennial buyer base, choosing these trendy finishes could pay off. For everyone else, sticking to finishes with more widespread appeal is a smarter move.

In recent years, open kitchen shelving has become quite popular on design shows. When staged properly and done right, open shelving can look great, but in the frenzy of everyday life it lacks function and looks cluttered and unorganized.

Outside of finishes, it’s important to consider the main features of your bathroom. Large walk-in showers have become more popular, but they often require ditching the bathtub. Consider your potential buyer before making such a drastic change. While you personally might not take many baths, a tub is often a must for young families with small children.

The Scoop with Team Schlopy – Episode 24

In our new episode of The Scoop, Marny and Lana discuss the new state-of-the-art Salt Lake City International Airport which will be the first brand new airport built in its entirety this century. The first phase of the new airport will be finished fall of 2020 and will feature improved rental car facilities, landscaping, scenery, artwork and bathrooms.

The Scoop with Team Schlopy – Episode 23

In this episode of The Scoop, Lana Harris talks about the great food and culinary options in Heber/Midway, Utah including Snake Creek Grill, Midway Mercantile and the Back40. If you have any questions about living in the Heber Valley, please don’t hesitate to give Team Schlopy a call!

Park City shops and galleries for your retail fix

Park City’s Historic Main Street is filled with a mix of luxury lifestyle boutiques, artsy galleries, and specialty stores. Whether you intend to go on an all-day shopping spree or browse for accessories to complete your outfit, the shops at Park City have you covered.

Here’s a list of top shops and galleries to get your retail fix:

Mary Jane’s
613 Main Street, Park City, UT
Keep up with trends at Mary Jane’s, one of the most fashionable boutiques in Park City. Find great women’s shoes, apparel, and accessories from local and national designers. You’ll find top brands on their shelves.  The goal of Mary Jane’s is to make their customers look and feel their best. Most of their items have a chic yet laidback vibe perfect for casual wear.

Hilda Park City
541 Main Street, Park City
If it’s casual elegance you’re after, look no further than Hilda Park City. Featuring luxury clothing for men and women, the shop sources their merchandise from all over the world. While you’ll find big name brands on their racks, you’ll also come across pieces the most promising up and coming designers. Hilda Park City has been providing its clients with comfortable and stylish clothing since 1988.

Panache—Park City
738 Main Street Suite 2-102, Park City, UT
Panache offers contemporary women’s clothing for discriminating shoppers. High-end garments include everything from everyday wear to elegant cocktail attire from brand names like Nigel Preston, Diane Von Furstenberg, and Donna Karan. Names exclusive to Panache Park City are Lola Cruz, Herno, and L’Agence.

Park City Fine Arts
558 Main Street, Park City, UT
Park City Fine Arts highlights the best artists in the region. The gallery has a range of traditional paintings and contemporary sculpture to give collectors ample pieces to choose from. Most of the art is inspired by nature and takes their cue from western themes. If you need help picking out a piece, the Park City Fine Arts staff will be happy to help you expand your collection.

Art Works Gallery
461 Main Street, Park City, UT
This fine craft gallery features the best regional and national artists working in a variety of  media. Browse for fascinating finds, like art fashioned from hot glass, kaleidoscopes, clay, wood, jewelry, and much more.

Alaska Fur Gallery
537 Main Street, Park City
If you need something to warm you up in the cold Utah winters, Alaska Fur Gallery has got you covered. This enterprise has been in the business for three generations, with shops in Alaska and Wyoming, as well. They have a wide selection of fur outerwear for men and women, including vests, jackets, capes, shawls, and long coats. You’ll also find accessories like earmuffs. Their fur varies from beaver to mink, lynx to rabbit, and more. All their items are designed by top brands. You’re sure to feel toasty and fashionable after shopping here.

Explore everything Park City has to offer, including your real estate options in this incredible resort destination.  Get in touch with local real estate experts, Team Schlopy, the #1 Real Estate Team at Coldwell Banker. Call

 (435) 640-5660 or email info@teamschlopy.com to learn more.

The Report 2020 by Coldwell Banker Global Luxury

Published by the Coldwell Banker Global Luxury® program, The Report 2020 analyzes the latest trends and data provided by leading influencers from The Institute for Luxury Home Marketing, WealthEngine, Unique Homes and in-the-field real estate specialists.

In this edition, we again shine a light on the U.S. power markets. Change has been a significant theme for the high-end real estate sector — so we decided to look at the country’s luxury hotspots under a different lens this year. Rather than categorize markets as buyer’s or seller’s markets, we looked at top-performing markets like Malibu, Austin, and Arlington, Virginia, and identified five non-traditional luxury markets to watch like Boise, which are displaying strength thanks to growing numbers of affluent buyers who want more value for their money. Recognizing that modern affluent buyers are diverse and influenced by a variety of factors, we also examined 15 locales across five luxury market types: feeder, vertical, urban lifestyle, evolving and tourism. We also take the “global” in our name seriously, so we included buying and selling insights from Canada, Mexico, Europe, the Caribbean, and India. Understanding buyers is critical for anyone considering a high-end property sale, whether abroad or in the U.S. So in a Report “first,” we polled 22 Coldwell Banker Luxury Property Specialists around the world and took their pulse on changing buyer demographics and desirable home features, styles and property types. No surprise: Outdoor living spaces, home automation, open-concept floor plans, and new builds continue to dominate in desirability. There is a lot more to explore in this edition — our largest yet at 128 pages.

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The Scoop with Team Schlopy – Episode 22

In this episode of the Scoop, Chris and Lana discuss the latest happenings at Golden Eagle development in Hideout, Utah. Over 328 single-family homes will make up the Golden Eagle community. With a stunning gatehouse at the entrance and finely appointed amenities throughout, this is a wonderful spot for families to call home. Enjoy community gathering spaces both indoors and out, as well as open space and access to miles of trails. Learn more at GoldenEagleHideout.com.

How to reduce your carbon footprint while on a Ski Holiday

Living an environmentally conscious lifestyle can be problematic, especially when you’re on vacation. With so many things to do and places to see on your ski trip, it’s hard to keep your impact on the planet to a minimum.

To help you maintain your green lifestyle, here are some tips and tricks to reduce your carbon footprint during your ski holiday:

Cut back on air travel

Air travel accounts for 2.5% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions. You can reduce your carbon footprint by opting for other modes of transportation.

For those who live close to Park City, it’s best to travel by car or by train. Your travel time will certainly take longer compared to flying, so factor in lengthier transit times on your schedule.  Make sure there’s more than one passenger in the vehicle if you’re driving.

If you have to fly, remember that less is more 

If you have to go by plane, opt for direct flights.  Sit in economy because first-class offers more products and services that result in more waste. Also, pack less, so your stuff doesn’t add to the weight of the plane – the more weight the plane carries, the more fuel it consumes.

Choose green manufacturers 

When you’re shopping for your ski holiday, be mindful of the products you’re buying. Look for green manufacturers of ski gear. And, opt out of what’s trendy if you want to keep reusing your ski clothes and gear year after year. Better yet, repair winter coats you can still use.

Eat and drink local 

Reduce your carbon footprint by enjoying the local cuisine. Look for farm-to-table eateries or restaurants that use local, seasonal produce. Order a local beer instead of imported. Sample the area’s specialties.

Also, eat everything on your plate to prevent food waste. If you’re with your family or friends, make the experience more memorable by sharing food, especially if the portions offered are gargantuan. You’ll get a little bit of everything without  wasteful leftovers.

Your green habits don’t have to go on vacation, either

Just because you’re on vacation doesn’t mean you have to put your green habits on hold. Avoid buying single-use plastic bottles of water. Refill reusable water bottles instead. Purchase sunscreen in plastic-free tin containers. If you have one too many winter coats, donate to a shelter.  You can also book a ski lodge or resort with sustainable practices.

Follow the ski slope rules

Restricted areas on ski slopes are there to keep you safe and preserve the natural surroundings. When you see signs that warn you against entering a restricted area, stay out. Remember, an abundance of wildlife and plant life can be found in the mountains. Straying into restricted areas could disturb or damage natural habitats. In Park City, most wild animals are active during dawn and dusk so it’s best to keep out of the way during these times.

Looking for the best eco-friendly ski holiday destination? Check out Park City and your real estate options in the area. Call Team Schlopy, the #1 Real Estate Team at Coldwell Banker, at (435) 640-5660 or email info@teamschlopy.com today.


Things you should know before buying a home in a resort community

Park City, Utah is a true winter destination and the quintessential ski town. The city’s picturesque slopes, luxurious resorts, wide range of outdoor and indoor activities – not to mention a dose of Hollywood glamor during the yearly Sundance Film Festival – make it one of the most desirable places to live in the United States.

With so much on offer, it’s no surprise that people from all over the world are eager to be a part of Park City’s wonderful communities. As in any other place, however, many of the upsides come with potential downsides.

Before you start your search for the right Park City home for you, here are some things you need to know:

Know what to expect on- and off-season

Most resort communities like ski destinations or beaches are at their best during certain times of the year. The seasonal aspect of resort communities should be a major consideration when choosing your next home.

Winter is the peak season in Park City.  Ski resorts are at their busiest and activities like skiing, snowboarding, and snowshoeing are in full swing. However, unlike other resort cities, Park City is just as alluring off-season.

Summer activities in Park City include playing golf, fly-fishing, horseback riding, hot air ballooning, and mountain biking.  For those who want something more laidback, shops, museums, galleries, and shows are open year round.

Check out the amenities 

Resort communities usually have more shops, restaurants, and entertainment options compared to other towns. All are designed to please the influx of people during peak months.

Park City’s Historic Main Street is lined with a mix of luxury apparel boutiques and specialty shops. Enjoy a delicious meal or try some locally crafted wines and spirits at one of over 150 restaurants in the city.

Resort communities also attract more performers and artists during events and celebrations. The annual occasions in Park City include the Utah Symphony/Utah Opera Deer Valley Music Festival, the Big Stars, Bright Nights Concert Series, and the renowned Sundance Film Festival.

Factor in the cost of living 

As resort communities often sit on prime real estate because of their location and added amenities, expect to pay a little more for goods and services.  To get the best deals on homes for sale in resort communities like Park City, get in touch with real estate professionals specializing in the area.

Consider the investment opportunity

You can purchase a home in a resort community to rent out and diversify your assets. Park City, for example, is one of the best places to invest in real estate, especially when it comes to ski properties.

If you’re using the property part-time, you can also rent it out for a substantial amount during peak seasons while still reaping the benefits of your vacation home.

Want to know more about living in a resort community?  Contact Team Schlopy, the #1 Real Estate Team at Coldwell Banker, at 435) 640-5660 or info@teamschlopy.com.

Your Complete Guide to Creating a More Accessible Bedroom

Having a relaxing and calming bedroom can help you get better sleep at night and thrive throughout the day. If you are a homeowner who is living with a physical or mental disability, creating a stress-free sleep sanctuary in your bedroom can mean making modifications for improved safety and accessibility. Not sure where to start with these essential accessibility upgrades? This guide can help you build a better and more accessible bedroom with less effort.

Budgeting for Bedroom Accessibility Changes

Before you start planning for accessibility in your bedroom, you need to figure out how you will finance these remodeling projects. Thankfully, there are quite a few financial resources that can make accessibility modifications more affordable for homeowners who are living with disabilities. Here are just a few examples of ways you can finance your own accessibility upgrades.

Cash-Out Refinancing

If you have an existing mortgage on your home, you may be able to leverage it to cover the costs of accessibility modifications for your bedroom. A cash-out refinance can transfer your existing loan balance to a larger home loan, and these loans pay the difference out to qualifying homeowners. Before you consider this financing option for your home upgrades, think about whether you have enough equity built into your home and can afford higher monthly payments.

Home Improvement Loans 

Another option for financing accessibility projects is to take out a home improvement loan. These loans are offered as home equity loans or personal loans, and each type of home improvement loan comes with its own set of qualifications and specifications. So be sure to review the details of each loan offer so that you can determine which is right for you.

Low-Interest Credit Cards 

If you have a credit card with a low-interest rate, that could be a feasible way to cover the costs of home modifications. Low-interest credit cards with a high credit limit are the best option for paying for bedroom accessibility upgrades so that you can avoid negative impacts on your credit score by utilizing too much credit. If you cannot qualify for higher credit limits or want to avoid interest charges, you may be better off using your credit cards for low-cost home modifications.

Grants and Government Benefits 

Last but certainly not least, you may be able to use grants and benefits to avoid paying out of pocket for needed changes to your bedroom. Many federal and non-profit organizations provide financial assistance to help people who are living with disabilities make their homes more accessible. If you are a veteran, VA benefits can also help you budget for bedroom upgrades.

Planning for Bedroom Accessibility Modifications

With reliable funding sources lined up, you can start planning modifications to your bedroom. Just as with your budget, having the right resources and information can make this process less stressful, so here are some helpful resources to keep in mind when planning for modifications.

ADA-Compliant Contractors

When you need to make major changes to your home, you need reliable contractors who have the necessary experience to create helpful accessibility bedroom features. ADA contractors have demonstrated an understanding of ADA compliance requirements and have also had experience implementing ADA-approved accessibility changes within their clients’ homes.

Accessibility-Boosting Modifications 

As you plan for upgrades to your bedroom, it’s also helpful to know which accessibility changes tend to matter the most for people who are living with disabilities. Major changes that can enhance mobility include wider doorways and ceiling-mounted chairlifts, both of which are improvement projects that should be completed by an experienced and licensed contractor. Of course, there are some bedroom changes you may be able to make on your own. For example, you can upgrade your bedding to accommodate specific physical or cognitive disabilities.

You deserve to find peace and comfort through your home, but especially in your bedroom. So use this helpful accessibility guide to plan and pay for the bedroom changes that will help you feel more relaxed and less stressed in your home. Because the secret to a better night’s sleep often comes down to building and creating a better bedroom.


Park City, Utah’s outstanding bakeshops, coffee places, and delis

Whether you’re looking for the perfect cup of coffee paired with a delicious freshly baked pastry or a great place for a quick bite, Park City has something that will satisfy your cravings.

Check out the best bakeries, café, and eateries in town:

Windy Ridge Bakery
1255 Ironhorse Drive, Park City, UT
Windy Ridge Bakery is widely regarded as the finest bakery in the city. The array of artisan breads, French-inspired pastries, and incredible savory gourmet treats are more than enough reasons to warrant the accolade.

Every item in Windy Ridge Bakery’s extensive, seasonal menu is prepared fresh each day. Plus a daily changing menu begs repeat visits.

The bakery’s exceptionally talented chefs don’t just whip up divine-tasting confections, they make sure everything looks fantastic, as well. They want customers to eat just as hungrily with their eyes, as they do with their mouths.

Deer Valley Bakery
Snow Park Lodge, 2250 Deer Valley Drive South, Park City, UT
Velvety cakes, flakey pies and tarts, rich cheesecakes, and soft cookies are Deer Valley Bakery’s all-season desserts and pastries. They’re renowned among ski season regulars, but are just in demand with local residents.

Everything in the shop is made from scratch using only the finest ingredients. Long-time fans will recommend the Chocolate Snowball, Stein’s Marzipan Cake, or the Dulce de Leche Cake to first-timers.

Java Cow Café & Bakery
402 Main Street, Park City, UT
If you like deliciousness paired with kitschy décor and exceptional service, drop by Java Cow Café & Bakery.  This independently owned shop has been a prominent fixture in Park City’s Main Street since 2003.

Jumpstart your day with a cup of organic, mountain-grown roast and pair it with housemade eats like Liege-style made-to-order waffles; gluten-free turkey sausage, egg, and cheddar biscuits; sweet or savory crepes; or daily-made quiches. Java Cow Café & Bakery is also a great place for a quick and light lunch.

The bakery also has a range of other treats including traditional and vegan ice cream in seasonal flavors, as well as Italian biscotti and French macarons. Drop by on Fridays to pick up freshly baked challah bread after 1 p.m.

Atticus Coffee, Books & Teahouse
738 Main Street, Park City, UT
Atticus Coffee, Books & Teahouse has a classic teahouse vibe complete with tea trays and homemade scones and lemon curd. It’s also a place where coffeeholics, tea aficionados, and bibliophiles are encouraged to come together.

Check out their array of amazing brews (hot and cold) made from Millcreek Coffee Roaster beans, organic teas, and delicious breakfast and lunch fare. The shop’s collection of 11,000 books is your cue to linger as you enjoy your beverage and your salad, wrap, or sandwich.

Stoked Roasters
268 Main Street, Park City, UT
Kick off your day or get a midday pick-me-up at Stoke Roasters. Their premium coffee is made with high-quality green beans. Order a different Signature Series blend each time you drop by to sample all six on offer. They also have a selection of Single Origin roasts, Signature House Blend Espresso, and Single Origin Espresso.

Main St. Deli & Eatery
525 Main Street, Park City, UT
For over 30 years, Main St. Deli & Eatery has been a local favorite. This is the place to get your classic deli fix. Whether you want a delicious breakfast, gourmet sandwich, or hearty homemade soup, this go-to deli serves ‘em up.

Learn more about what else Park City has to offer. <link to Park City Community Page> For inquiries, contact Team Schlopy, the #1 Real Estate Team at Coldwell Banker. Call (435) 640-5660 or email  info@teamschlopy.com.

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