Christmas Fun at Downtown Summerlin

Ah, Christmas in Summerlin.  An incredible experience for the entire family and Downtown Summerlin is the place you can find it. 

This year all the wonderful parts of the holidays are back in Downtown Summerlin, along with 2 new ones.

There is the popular outdoor ice-skating rink on the lawn named the “Rock Rink”, which is an 8,000 square foot real-ice skating rink located near The Pavilion. Skate rentals start at $16 and all ages are welcome. Hours vary, and appointments are required, so check the website for details https://summerlin.com/event/rock-rink/

Plus Downtown Summerlin’s festive holiday train runs from November 19-January 7. Rides are $4 per person (adults and kids).

The Holiday Parade returns after a one-year hiatus.  You can see the parade every Friday and Saturday evening at 6 p.m. from November 19 through December 18. This free event runs along Park Centre Drive and includes a new Nutcracker-inspired float this year. The parade is complete with lively holiday music, snow, dancers and of course, The most famous jolly man, Santa.

Of course, there is Santa Claus’ Chalet, again this year, located in the Macy’s Promenade. It’s open daily through December 24 for photos with people, and Santa offers photos with pets on Tuesdays through December 21 between 7 and 9 p.m. Kids can drop off letters to Santa and for every letter received, Downtown Summerlin will donate $1 to Goodie Two Shoes.

This year, one of the added attractions — at Las Vegas Ballpark, visit Enchant, a Christmas light maze and village that brings its world of festive wonder to Las Vegas for the first time from now until January 2.

Enchant Christmas isn’t just a magical event, it’s a magical opportunity. To rejoice in the merry, and celebrate in the bright…And to do it all with friends and family by your side.  In the Village there are mouth-watering treats to be purchased as well as gifts for your loved ones. Visit EnchantChristmas.com for details – purchase your tickets online for this delightful and captivating event.

Another new addition this year, is Lights for Flights — a fun activation featuring six giant lighted words spread throughout Downtown Summerlin: LOVE, JOY, HOPE, PEACE, SOAR and MIRACLE.

For more information on Downtown Summerlin’s holiday events, visit www.summerlin.com. Maybe I’ll see you there!

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Patio Heaters Are Great to Warm Up the Winter

I think we can all agree that having a patio gives you a great place to hang out and enjoy the outdoors while you’re at home. Then the winter months come ( luckily in Las Vegas not for long), dropping temperatures that often makes your patio all but uninhabitable. Cooler weather doesn’t have to be the end of your time enjoying your patio,  there are many options available that can extend your time, including patio heaters.

Patio heaters are different from other outdoor heating options like fire pits. Since they are designed to spread heat out over a larger area, a patio heater could be the ideal solution to keep your patio area usable for the winter months in Southern Nevada. If you think that one of these heaters might be the perfect addition to your outdoor space, here are a few things to consider to help make sure that you pick the perfect one.

How Patio Heaters Work

Patio heaters are designed to radiate heat outward, spreading heat over a larger area than you’d cover with a fire pit or other heat source that doesn’t have a cap or other barrier preventing heat from escaping upward. The amount of heat coverage provided by these heaters are different depending on the type of heater, its size, and where it’s located on your patio. Some patio heaters include chimneys or other exhaust pipes to vent potentially harmful gases generated as their fuel burns, preventing those gases from being diverted outward by the same caps that redirect the heat.

The type of heater really depends on your needs.  You can find small patio heaters that can sit on top of a table or other surface, as well as larger free-standing units that sit on the patio floor itself. Most heaters include controls similar to what you see on indoor heaters, allowing you to change the amount of heat produced. This lets you adjust your heater for use when you just need to knock off a little chill or when you need to produce more heat on colder nights.

Patio Heater Types

There are a variety of types of patio heaters; the most common varieties are electric, propane, natural gas, and wood-burning heaters. Here is a little information on each type:

Electric heaters are similar to some of the space heaters you might have used indoors, offering benefits such as portability and heat production without creating fuel exhaust. Unfortunately, these heaters are not as energy efficient as other types, and often do not produce as much heat.

Propane heaters connect to the same kind of tank like you would use with a propane grill. They produce more heat than many electric heaters and are still relatively portable, though they should not be used in covered or enclosed areas.

Natural gas heaters are the most energy-efficient and convenient patio heaters, connecting to your home’s existing natural gas line so that you don’t have to swap out tanks or perform other maintenance. These heaters are not portable at all, and need to be professionally installed to ensure that there are no gas leaks.

Wood-burning heaters are the cheapest patio heaters to operate, but they also require more cleaning and maintenance. They also require more work to light and put out and can be fire hazards if left unattended.

Choosing a Patio Heater

Picking the right heater for your patio area depends a lot on how your patio is laid out and whether portability and maintenance are major concerns for you. Electric and propane heaters are best for those who want to be able to move their heater around easily, and wood-burning heaters are a good option for those who want a heater that operates cheaply and don’t mind emptying out ash and coals to keep the heater clean.

Natural gas heaters are the best options for homes where there’s already a gas line installed, and you don’t mind having a permanent heating option in place. They do require professional installation.  If you need to find a professional installer, please contact me, Your Realtor for Life, and I will recommend a reputable firm.

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How To Know if You Need a Handyperson or a Specialist

Everything in your home that has been getting on your nerves from that squeaky door to the leaky faucet, and you’ have decided to get all these little annoyances fixed all at once. Hiring a handyperson service is a great way to cross everything off this to-do list in a hurry.

Even if you have a reliable handyperson on speed-dial, you might not be sure if you should hire them or a licensed trade specialist for the work. How can you tell the difference?  You also should you find out if your handy person is licensed or unlicensed.  An unlicensed handyman can only do up to $500 worth of repairs total including parts and labor.

First you should ask your handyperson if they’re capable of handling all the items on your list.  An honest pro should be able to give a clear answer. You can also research local regulations and find out what needs a license. Several cities have their licensing requirements online, or staff who will be happy to answer specific questions.

Licensing requirements vary significantly by state, but generally speaking, small jobs like fixing leaky faucets or replacing a light switch don’t require a license. However, anything that gets into the guts of the pipes or wiring most likely needs a license.

Large jobs that involve multiple workers and/or significant investment, such as a remodel or addition, usually require a licensed general contractor to oversee.

The following are types of jobs you can usually hire a handyperson to take care of:

— Replacing small electrical components, such as thermostats, light switches and outlets

— Repairing drywall

— Fixing leaks

— Hanging shelving

— Hanging doors

— Repairing woodwork

— Replacing window glass

— Wiring home theater components

And here is a list of examples some jobs that commonly require a licensed specialist:

— Adding a stairway

— Installing a new roof

— Installing a fireplace or wood stove

— Building a raised deck

— Installing or replacing certain plumbing fixtures such as water heaters

— Major remodeling

— Putting in new windows

— Building a retaining wall to block soil or erosion

— Any work requiring the repair or modification of the existing electrical, plumbing or gas systems

These are a few additional tips:

Some handy services do carry specialty licensing or have particular trades on staff, so don’t hesitate to ask if they have a plumber or electrician available for licensed work!

Whether you hire a handy service or specialty contractor, make sure they carry liability insurance and acquire whatever permits are required for the job.

Most handy service companies charge by the hour, and often their jobs take much less time than that. To get the most out of your handyperson’s time, prepare a list in advance of all the small jobs you’d like them to cover in one visit. The person you hire to fix some drywall and mount a TV might also be able to repair a leak or hang a light fixture while they’re already at your house. They’ll get more done for you and will appreciate your respect for their time.

Make sure you know ahead of time who’ll be responsible for supplying materials. If you have specific materials you’d like to be used for your project, you’ll save time by purchasing them in advance and not have to be charged for the handyperson’s time to pick them up.

As your Realtor for life, you can always call me if you need help with getting a handyperson or finding a licensed contractor for bigger jobs.

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Two Plays for the end of the Year at the Little Theatre

I am so thrilled that community theatre has come back to Las Vegas.  It was certainly missed.  There are two shows coming to the Las Vegas Little Theatre; one in November and one in December. The following is information about how to get tickets for these performances

info@LVLT.org    or call 702-363-7996.  The theatre is located at 3920 Schiff Drive, Las Vegas, NV 89103

There will also be a roster of shows for 2022.  I’ll be sure to keep you posted when each show will be performed.

Dino, Judy, Frank & Babs A Tribute November 6 – 21, 2021

Produced in association with Jade Production  Starring Jay Joseph & Joy Demain in a musical tribute to the greats singing all of your favorites!  This production features a live band onstage. 

Dean Martin, Judy Garland, Frank Sinatra and Barbra Streisand features some of your favorite songs made popular by these ICONIC Super Stars. Memories trickle through the music and help us remember The Way We Were, magically, as if touched by Witchcraft. After all, Everybody Loves Somebody Sometime and Happy Days remembered just make us Smile and send us Somewhere Over the Rainbow. Feeling Good we’ll be In the Mood for Love. And Love Will Keep Us Warm, sharing Friendship, always knowing they each did it their own My Way.

Live performances:

Friday, Nov 5, 12 & 19 @ 8pm

Saturday, Nov 13 @ 2pm

Saturday, Nov 6, 13 & 20 @ 8pm and
Sunday, Nov 7, 14 & 21 @ 2pm

All Seats $30


Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol by Tom Mula December 3-19, 2021

An interesting twist on the classic Dicken’s tale told from the perspective of Scrooge’s business partner Jacob Marley.   This fun and innovative production is sure to put you in the holiday spirit. 

“Scrooge? I have to redeem old Scrooge? The one man I knew who was worse than I was? Impossible!”

So begins the real story behind Dickens’ A Christmas Carol—the story of Jacob Marley’s heroic behind-the-scenes efforts to save old Scrooge’s soul—and in the process, save his own. Aided by a Bogle, a malicious little hell-sprite with an agenda of his own, their hilarious journey takes them from the Jaws of Death to the Mouth of Hell—and beyond! This irreverent, funny, and ultimately, deeply moving story retells Dickens’ classic with warmth and infectious zest. This thrilling performance is sure to become a holiday classic for generations to come!

Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol played for two seasons at Chicago’s Goodman Theatre. The show was nominated for four Joseph Jefferson Awards, and received an After Dark Award and the Goodman School of Drama’s Cunningham Prize for Playwriting. The play has since been performed to rave reviews and standing ovations in theatres across the country, including: Cincinnati Shakespeare, American Stage Festival, Delaware Rep, Bristol Riverside Theatre, Stages Repertory in Houston, North Coast Rep, Third Avenue Playhouse, Sage Theatre Group, and the 1894 Opera House. For seven seasons, it has been broadcast nationally on NPR.

Live performances:

Friday, Dec 3, 10 & 17 @ 8pm

Saturday, Dec 11 @ 2pm

Saturday, Dec 4, 11 & 18 @ 8pm and
Sunday, Dec 5, 12 & 19 @ 2pm

All Seats $30. 

Maybe I’ll see you there?

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Want to spruce up the look of your bathroom? Try a New Faucet

I spoke with a few friends and my immediate family members and one of the things that everyone agreed upon – bathrooms are one of the most important rooms in the house.  Unfortunately they tend to get a bit less attention than other rooms when it comes to how they look.

If you find yourself worrying that you have a less-than-beautiful bathroom, you’re in luck; the bathroom is one of the rooms in your home where a simple change can make a big difference in the overall look. In fact, something as simple as changing your faucet can have a major impact on how you and your guests view your bathroom.  Naturally , it’s important that you choose the right faucet. Remember your aim is to make a positive change to the look of your bathroom. If you’re not sure what sort of faucet to purchase that will make a positive impact on your bathroom, here are a couple of things to keep in mind while you’re shopping.

Faucet Style Considerations

Before going faucet shopping, take a few photos of the bathroom.  Pictures of towel racks, wall colors, and other features of your bathroom to help with your comparison of what style faucet will work with the already established look in this room.

The major thing to consider when choosing a new faucet for your bathroom is the style of the faucet. You might think that one faucet is pretty much the same as any other, however there are a wide range of styles to choose from.

When shopping for a new faucet, think about the color of the faucet, the finish, and even the shape that would work best in your bathroom. Many bathroom faucets are silver or chrome in color, but there are a wide range of metallic shades available and quite a few that offer splashes of other colors as well. Some faucets are taller than others, and some are very blocky and square while others are rounded and smooth..

Faucet Functionality

Functionality is often overlooked when shopping for a new faucet.  Many people just buy a faucet that functions the same as their previous one. There are several different functional options available in bathroom faucets, and they can impact the overall look of your bathroom as well. Some faucets have a single handle while others have separate handles for hot and cold water. Some have water-saving features, some are designed to mount through a single hole, and some mount to the wall or are otherwise specialized for standing vessel sinks. Each of these different types brings with it specific quirks of installation.

Some faucets may take functionality changes even further than this. You may consider touch-sensitive faucets that you can turn on and off with a tap of your hand, or faucets that have attached soap dispensers built directly into the sink counter. Other functional features may be available as well, and they will affect not only how you use the faucet but also how it looks as well.

Installing a New Faucet

Once you’ve picked out a faucet, installing it can be a decent DIY project for the weekend. In most cases, faucet installation is fairly straightforward; you remove the old faucet, put the new faucet in its place, then tighten the mounting hardware and reattach the water lines.

If you’re making significant changes to the style of faucet in your bathroom or adding new features like a built-in soap dispenser or handles that are separate from the main faucet body, there might be a bit more work involved.  You may need someone to drill a new hole in the counter or make other changes in the way that your faucet mounts to the sink. You also just may want to make sure that everything’s installed properly to avoid leaks. Don’t be afraid to call in a the right tradesman. Reach out to me, Jeff Howard, your Realtor for life.  I have a list of great people you can contact that will make sure the job is done right.

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Ethel M Chocolates Factory & Cactus Garden

The Cactus Garden is open again!  Ethel M Chocolates’ breathtaking Botanical Cactus Garden is Nevada’s largest and one of the world’s most prolific collections of its kind. Based on the English landscape model of naturalistic design, the Ethel M Botanical Cactus Garden features three acres of drought-tolerant ornamental, cacti, and other succulents.

Did you know that over 300 species of plants can be found on the grounds? Half are cacti and succulents largely native to the American Southwest, and the rest are desert trees and shrubs from the Southwestern United States, Australia, and South America. All of these plants were chosen both for the beauty of their floral displays and their ability to adapt to the climate of Southern Nevada.

Ethel M store, factory and gardens are located at 2 Cactus Garden Drive, Henderson, Nevada 89014.  The telephone number is 702-435-2608.  The hours are:
Sunday-Thursday from 9am–6pm
Friday and Saturday from 9am-7pm

Besides the glorious Cactus Garden, you should also visit Ethel M Chocolates factory and have a self-guided tour of the chocolate viewing aisle and see how they make their amazing chocolates. Self-guided tour and Cactus Garden are free and open year-round!

And one of my family’s favorite holiday treats starts November 5.

Go see the holiday lights from 5pm until 10 each night thru January 2.  Stroll through the three-acre cactus garden with over a million lights twinkling & making spirits bright.  I heard you can even have your photo taken with Santa!  (Walk ins are ok, but having a specific reservation eliminates standing in line to see if you can get in.)

And don’t skip a premium Holiday Chocolate tasting experience.  Sip one of the world’s best hot chocolates on (what we consider) a cold winter evening! Plus, you can buy candy boxes for friends and family!

In lieu of collecting toy and food donations this year, a $5 non-refundable donation will be required per group of 6 people when making a garden reservation. The $5 fee will be donated to Three Square Food Bank and HELP of Southern Nevada.

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Halloween Is Celebrated the Whole Month Of October

I love Halloween and kids seem to love it too, so Downtown Summerlin kicks of October with the Parade of Mischief presented by SelectHealth® starting October 1, 2021, through October 30, 2021, Every Friday and Saturday| at 7:00 PM on Park Centre Drive.  The parade fills the streets of Downtown Summerlin with mischievous mayhem featuring dancing zombies, ghosts, witches, wizards, and more!

Pumpkin patches are also one of the highlights of October and Halloween. Bring the kids to pick the perfect pumpkin for a jack-o-lantern and have fun climbing the hay bales. Good luck finding your way through a corn maze. (But don’t worry, there are maps if you need.)  You will be able to get some cute family pictures that the kids will look at and smile. So enjoy the festivities and attraction of the fall festivals that usually are at the  pumpkin patches.  Here are some favorites:

Halloween Towis one of the most popular Halloween events in Las Vegas and has been celebrated for over 20 years. Halloween Town is hosted in three different locations. The original is located at Boca Park, but you can also visit Rainbow & W. Warm Springs, Silverado Ranch and Las Vega Blvd. There are over 30 vintage-themed rides that will pull you back to the 50s. Glides down the giant inflatable slide or explore Las Vegas’s largest pumpkin patch.

Admission here is free, but you will need to purchase tickets or a wristband for your children to go on the rides. (you might as well get the wristband as kids always want to go on rides more than once.)

Gilcrease Orchard is a U-Pick orchard. This fruitful farm in the middle of the desert is thanks to the great care and long family history. This means you can pick the best-looking pumpkin right off the vine for an unbeatable price.

Be sure to download the orchard’s app to help navigate through the farm and pumpkin patches. Once you’ve chosen your perfect Halloween carving pumpkin, you can grab their famous apple cider and donuts for the road.

Moapa Valley Maze and Pumpkin Patch. This patch is an hour out from the iconic strip of Las Vegas; however, it is definitely worth the drive. When you visit Moapa Valley you can expect to have more than your share of fall fun with the family. From a corn maze and petting zoo to pig races, giant Jenga, peddle carts, a zip line and, of course, a pumpkin patch. Entry to the corn maze is $12 and at night it becomes haunted for adults to enjoy.

The Las Vegas Farms hold the annual Farm Fall Harvest Festival that is a blast for all ages. The fun festival consists of a cow train, pony rides, corn mazes and more. At the farm’s pumpkin patch, you can find a selection of squashes and pumpkins. You will be greeted by egg-laying hens and can also purchase a range of homemade, artisan breads, jams and jellies.  You can expect to pay $8 per adult and $4 per child for entrance to this farm.

Staheli Family Farm has a stunning pumpkin patch as well as a corn maze, giant chair, zip line and pig races. You can spend the whole day exploring and making memories at all the attractions.  In the evening, adults can come back for the Field of Screams and Zombie Rampage for a bit of a scare and start their Halloween night. This farm has been in the family for six generations and has just celebrated 20 years of festival fun.

Horses 4 Heroes Ranch – This lovely ranch has a pumpkin patch of already gathered pumpkins for you to seek through and pick your favorite. Here, they host a fall festival to raise money for the Horses 4 Heroes’  fund. There are child-sized hay bale mazes, horse-drawn rides, tractor rides and a trick-or-treat event for kids to take part in. The Horses 4 Heroes Ranch is open from the 3rd to the end of October, giving you plenty of time to join the fun fall madness.

This should give you plenty to choose from.

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The Smith Center Has Reopened!!

Myron Martin, president and CEO of The Smith Center, had his big day on Sept. 14, 2021 it marked the reopening of the city’s center of cultural and performing arts that has been shuttered since March 2020 by the pandemic.

The Smith Center’s ghost light that sits in the center of the stage when the venue is not in use, has been glowing for more than 600 days.  Martin stated “It’s not something we ever contemplated, so to replace the ghost light with the bright lights of in-person performances is exhilarating for so many reasons.”

Not only is Martin excited to welcome patrons of the arts back to The Smith Center, he is beyond thrilled to once again embrace the Center’s family members – staff, employees and volunteers who each contribute to the venue’s success and execution of its many productions. 

Slated for the month of October are two noteworthy Broadway hits Cats with performancesTuesday, Oct. 12 – Sunday, Oct. 17, 2021 and An Officer and a Gentleman Tuesday, Oct. 26 – Sunday, Oct. 31, 2021

Rediscover CATS—the beloved musical with breathtaking music—including one of the most treasured songs in musical theater, “Memory.” Featuring new sound design, direction and choreography for a new generation — experience CATS for the first time as it begins a new life, or let it thrill you all over again!

Based on the Oscar-winning film starring Richard Gere, AN OFFICER AND A GENTLEMAN is a breathtaking production that celebrates triumph over adversity and includes one of the most iconic and romantic endings ever portrayed on screen. Features the Grammy Award-winning, #1 hit single “Up Where We Belong.” 

The one silver lining of the pandemic is all the new development at Symphony Park that is adding new vibrancy to the area.  Two new apartment communities, along with additional parking have come to completion over the past year. “It’s fun to watch nearby residents stroll through the neighborhood. With plans for future restaurants including Vic’s that will open in 2022, Symphony Park is truly taking shape as city leaders envisioned. “Performing arts centers have long been regarded as catalysts for development and The Smith Center is no exception,” said Martin.

The Smith Center, which already has a full schedule of planned performances this fall, including Broadway touring shows, the Las Vegas Philharmonic, Nevada Ballet Theatre and more, has also adopted a vaccine mandate for both guests and staff.  Martin, who sits on a number of industry committees, including the Broadway League and the top 30 performing arts centers in North America, has participated in weekly calls over the past 18 months with a range of experts, including epidemiologists from Harvard, ventilation and touchless system specialists and other leaders from throughout the entertainment world.

For a full schedule of presentation at the Smith Center click here https://thesmithcenter.com/tickets/

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Experts Offer Tips to Make Your Home More Secure

In Southern Nevada, as well as most cities across the country, the news headlines covering rising crime rates are increasing.  With that said homeowners and renters alike, may wonder how to effectively improve the security of their home. If you have been lucky enough to never have been burglarized, then I truly hope you never feel the sheer violation I felt years ago.

The good news is that there are a number of things you can do to keep your home safe and make it less desirable for any would-be intruder without breaking the bank. As sad as it is to say, we are never going to stop burglaries, so your job is to make your house look like more work than your neighbor’s… it sounds kind of crummy to put it that way, but if they look at your house and look at the one next door, well, which would you rather they chose? Here, experts share some simple, inexpensive home security tips that don’t take a lot of effort or money to implement.

Start With Doors And Windows

Advancing the security of your home starts with fortifying your front door. We all have heard about the importance of having a quality deadbolt lock.  However there’s a little more to understand when it comes to the quality of the entire door lock components.

The point of failure for a lock is usually the strike plate or the small piece of metal screwed into the door frame where the actual bolt of your deadbolt lodges into. You want to invest in a stronger strike plate that requires four or six screws to anchor it. Then, buy 3-inch screws to anchor the plate.  This advice comes from Chris McGoey, a Southern California crime expert witness who has analyzed thousands of crime scenes for homeowners and businesses.

“Those 3-inch wood screws can make all the difference in the world,” he said.

An even stronger solution, which costs more money is to have a security door installed. That is one of the things I have done, (with my HOA’s blessing of course).

Mike Johnston, chief security adviser for Boss Security Screens, a Las Vegas Valley-based window covering manufacturer, stated “Fortifying windows is important, too. Johnston is also a former Henderson Police Department captain.

Johnston encourages homeowners to also place a wood or metal bar in all sliding glass doors and windows. If you have a bigger budget, security window coverings are a deterrent as well.  “The No. 1 thing is that you don’t want to make it easy for anyone to enter the home,” Johnston emphasized.

Adjust Your Landscaping

Johnston is certified in Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design by the National Institute of Crime Prevention. CPTED was created to make crime prevention part of the landscape design process. One of the key elements of CPTED is what Johnston calls the “2-foot, 6-foot rule,” meaning shrubs should be no taller than 2 feet off the ground and tree canopies should not hang lower than 6 feet.

Dan Kopec,  an associate professor in UNLV’s School of Architecture, added Thorny bushes like roses near pathways can also be a deterrent. Larger rocks in desert landscaping, while they add thermal gain, are difficult to run across and are a good security choice.

Assess What Passersby See

McGoey says it’s important not to leave visual enticements for anyone casing the area. This can be as simple as leaving your garage door open for long periods of time during the day. In these cases, the door from the garage into the home is usually unlocked as well, and if not, they may just walk up brazenly and take items from the garage. I know we all like a nice breeze during those 2-3 weeks of spring and fall that we get every year in the Las Vegas valley, however, even open windows on the front of the home can be an enticement.

Giving the appearance of activity at your home can deter an intruder. When you’re home, having blinds open so that people can see you moving around inside during the day is good practice, Kopec noted.

Security Plans & Technology

Once you’ve secured access points, some homeowners create an overall security plan for the home. That can include making sure the home is well-lit, alternating lighting schedules, installing security doorbells that let you see and talk to your guest from your phone, and even adding a whole home camera system and/or a home alarm service.

It’s important to view these strategies as “layers” that complement one another, said Johnston, and even the best technology only serves you well if you use it properly and maintain it. A maintenance plan can include:

Regularly trimming trees and shrubs to make sure your home is visible from the street.

Regularly testing alarm systems and technology components.

Having a system of checks in place when you leave the home for windows, doors and systems.

And if all of that unfortunately fails, McGoey also notes that in the event of a burglary you can more easily and accurately identify stolen items, if you have taken photos/videos of items and kept them, along with receipts, in one place (ideally, electronically, such as on a smart phone, hard drive or cloud storage).

Choose to have an amazing day….Jeff

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Fall Landscaping

Here we are in September when the days are gradually getting shorter and the nights grow a little cooler.  This is a good time to start thinking about how you want to handle your fall landscaping.

Maybe you’ve never really put much thought into what your fall landscaping will look like; after all, many people see fall as a time to start prepping for winter and let the look of their landscaping kind of fall by the wayside until spring. Las Vegas does not have too many below freezing nights and with a little bit of TLC, though, you can transform your landscaping and create a striking contrast between spring and fall without having to break the bank or spend all your time working in the yard.

One easy way to do this is to add some new plants to your landscape as the season change approaches. There are a wide range of autumn-hardy plants in both flowering and ornamental varieties, so you should be able to find some options that you like regardless of your preferences.

Flowering Plants

While many people think of flowers as a big part of spring, there are a number of flowering plants that absolutely flourish during the autumn. Many of these flowering plants are available in a wide range of colors, and some are even perennial, so you’ll get to enjoy them year after year. Here are just a few of the fall flowers you might add to your landscaping:

  1. Autumn Crocus
  2. Blue Mist Shrub
  3. Shasta Daisy
  4. Aster
  5. Chrysanthemum

There may be other options that are available here locally in addition to this list above, so be sure to check with your local nurseries to see if they have any recommendations for autumn-blooming flowers.

Ornamental Plants

Flowers are always a welcome addition to landscaping, but there’s something to be said for colorful and hardy ornamental plants as well. Some of these do well throughout the fall and even into the chill of winter, making them favorites when it comes to building up landscaping that will survive colder nights and chilly winter winds. While this is far from an exhaustive list, here are a few ornamental plants that you might consider for your fall landscaping revamp:

  1. Chinese Lantern
  2. Cotoneaster
  3. Ornamental Kale
  4. Purple Fountain Grass
  5. Winterberry Holly

Many plants that work well as ornamental pieces in the fall will also produce beautiful flowers in the spring or early summer, making them staples of your landscaping year-round. In most cases they can be planted either directly in the soil or in containers for an additionally striking look. As with flowering plants, be sure to check to see if there are additional options that do well in Southern Nevada.

Landscaping Revamp

In addition to changing out the flowers in your yard, the fall can be a great time to make other changes to your landscaping as well. Everything from adding garden paths to installing outdoor lighting or planting and removing trees can be done as part of an autumn revamp to your overall landscaping. This can be done alongside floral and ornamental planting to get the most out of your autumn, and by starting in late summer or early fall you can be sure that everything is in good shape before freezing temperatures or other problems arrive.

If you think that a larger landscaping remodel sounds like a great idea alongside some fall planting, and you don’t care to do it yourself, you can just call me – Jeff Howard, your realtor for life, and I can recommend some landscapers to you.

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