Winter is coming (SOON!) to Anthem!

 

Sure, it got up to 75°F today, and our nightly lows are hovering between 50°F and 60°F, but trust me. Winter will be here before you know it. That doesn't mean snow shovels, ice boots, and sidewalk salt in our neck of the woods, but it does mean that there are some basic preparations you should make to ensure Jack Frost doesn't cause you any real hassles. Technically, we're on "frost watch" until March 19th of next year, so to be safe, don't be tempted to undo your winterization until we're past that date.

 

Insulated Pipes in Anthem

1) Insulate All Exposed Plumbing Fixtures

Anyone (and I do mean anyone) who's lived in Anthem for more than one winter has experienced a busted anti-siphon valve. It's not the end of the world, since most landscape maintenance and plumbing companies can repair it rather quickly, but it is a certain pain-in-the-backside. And, it costs anywhere from $125 to $250 to replace. So, instead of dealing with that whole mess, just call your landscape maintenance contact or plumber and ask them to make sure they insulate your outdoor plumbing fixtures next time they're out. Don't forget to cover your front and back hosebibs and exposed irrigation pipes too. It shouldn't cost more than $50 for materials and installation, and your pipes will be protected for at least a few winters. Feel free to reach out to us if you need a referral to someone who can do this for you. Or, you can go the DIY route and buy the proper insulators at Lowe's or Home Depot. Either way, make sure your pipes are covered before we get our typical couple of weeks worth of sub-freezing nightly low temps.

If you're planning to get away for an extended vacation during the coldest time of the year, you might want to get in touch with a local plumber who can complete a whole-home winterization for you. This involves flushing your home's lines and adding a little anti-freeze where necessary to ensure you don't come home to a busted water main (or worse). This service is very affordable, and is a great solution so you can keep your peace of mind while away. Once again, you can find DIY instructions online or call us for the contact info for a local plumber who can do this for you.

It's also a great idea to disconnect and drain any landscape hoses you have now so they won't burst.

 

Winterize Citrus Trees in Anthem

2) Wrap Frost-Sensitive Plants

These can include various palm trees, citrus trees, succulents, and ornamentals. You might notice burlap covering some of your neighbors trees or shrubs, and it's a great idea to make sure you don't lose precious freeze-intolerant foliage during a winter cold spell. You can find instructions to do this all over Pinterest and other sites, and it's really simple to do. We recommend using a breathable woven landscape fabric (sold on Amazon as big bags or in large flat sheets) instead of burlap since it's easier to store and reuse for many years. It's always better to be safe than sorry, so if in doubt, just wrap it. If you need a large tree wrapped, say a 15-foot-tall queen palm, then you might want to hire a landscape maintenance crew to handle this for you. Again, we're happy to provide a referral if you need it. You can also stop into a nearby nursery to check with them about winterizing your plants.

If you have plants in containers on your porch or patio, you might want to move them closer to your home or even inside for the winter months. Super-chilled winds can be extremely damaging to tender greenery, so having them closer to the home will alleviate much of the havoc that winds can wreak. Depending upon the type of plant, you might also want to move a potted plant indoors for some or all of the winter. We do this with some small avocado trees since they're very sensitive to cold. Just be sure to place them in the coolest, sunniest spot in your home. Most "outdoor" plants don't take kindly to being stuck in front of an HVAC vent since the regular hot, dry air dehydrates and overheats them. Another option is to move them into a garage. We do this with our medium-sized lemon and lime trees typically for a few of the coldest weeks of the winter just to make sure they're not left out in the cold. If you don't have any large windows in your garage, you'll need to open the garage door pretty much every day to make sure they get some sunlight.

 

3) Get a Furnace Check-Up

It's always a good idea to have your furnace and HVAC system looked at before it gets too cold. Once the temps really drop, most HVAC repair companies start getting flooded with calls, so this way you can beat the rush and know your system's in good shape for the winter. We know of a handful of companies that offer a quick system check for $100 to $200, so it's not going to cost you an arm or a leg. This is also a good time to have your home's duct system cleaned. Since we tend to spend more time indoors during the winter months, and cold and flu bugs and viruses abound, having clean ducts can minimize your exposure to toxins, allergens, and dust throughout the coming months. Whether you get your ducts cleaned or not, make sure your HVAC filters are replaced or cleaned once a month. Let us know if you need a referral, or contact your regular HVAC repair company to see if they offer a one-time or annual service like this. It's also helpful to do the same thing in April or May every year before you need your A/C.

 

4) Change Your Thermostat(s) Settings

This tips one of the easiest and least expensive (it's free!) on our list. And it can save you tons of money. First, make sure your thermostats are all set to a minimum indoor temperature of 60°F or 65°F. If you go on vacation during Thanksgiving, Christmas, or New Years, you can safely leave your thermostats set at this temp while you're gone. Anything below this temperature could cause some odd expansion-contraction issues with the materials used to build your home. Next, program your thermostats to heat your home only when (or an hour or so before) someone is home. Since most days are nice and sunny even in the middle of winter, we set our furnace to turn on around 5:00pm, and heat through the early morning hours. The rest of the time, it's just not necessary to keep our home toasty warm.

 

5) Light Your Pilot

If your Anthem home has a fireplace or fire pit, it's most assuredly a gas appliance. And since it's a good idea to have any unused gas lines closed during the warmer months when these appliances aren't being used, your pilot light is probably out. Each appliance model operates differently, but it shouldn't be difficult to determine where your pilot light ignition switch is located. If you have trouble, try searching the brand of your fireplace online for instructions. Once lit, make sure to adjust the gas feed so that it's not too low for the pilot to stay lit, and not too high for your liking. Then, let that baby crackle to your heart's content.

 

6) Caulk & Strip

After a few winter-summer cycles in Anthem, most homes begin to develop small air leaks in various places. Now is the perfect time to make any repairs to those leaks you can find. If you suspect an air leak, but can't determine its exact source, try taking a lit candle to the area and waiting for the flame to flicker. That'll show you where the culprit is hiding. Many of these leaks can be sealed with location-specific caulk (ie: use an all-weather caulk for outdoor applications, etc.), but check around all doors for misplaced weather stripping. These may take some time to seek out and repair, but the materials are dirt-cheap, and if you've ever sat in front of a drafty window, you know these small repairs are totally worth-it!

 

7) Reset Your Irrigation Timer

The Henderson Water District utility imposes a 1-day-per-week watering schedule for the months of November, December, January, and February every year. You'll want to verify this in your monthly statement, but most Anthem homes are located in watering group E, for weekly watering on Fridays only. The fines are pretty hefty for violations, so ask your landscape maintenance crew to adjust this for you or run through your timer yourself. On top of that, you might want to set your timer to water in the mid- or late-morning hours so that the morning sun will prevent ice from forming on your grass and plants (not to mention the adjacent patio, sidewalk, or driveway). Nothing wakes you up early in the morning like slipping on a strip of invisible ice!

 

8) Bundle Up Your Pool

If you don't plan on using your pool in the winter months, there are a few things you can do to protect it when it's cold out. Most pool maintenance companies will do all of these things automatically, but it never hurts to ask just to be sure. First, your filter timer needs an adjustment. Growing up in Henderson, I leared the hard way that this had to be done. My family's pool actually froze one winter for a few days during an especially cold spell. The top was crusted with about a 3/4-inch-thick sheet of ice. Not good! If you run your pump during the coldest hours of the early morning (say, sometime between 3am and 6am), this should prevent a surface freeze. Next, you might want to adjust your chemicals since fewer microbes and bacteria can survive in colder water temperatures. You shouldn't need as much acid as you do in the summer and shoulder months, so why waste the time and money? Finally, you might want to look into a pool cover for a few reasons. Safety is one reason. The water temperature gets pretty low in the winter months unless heated, so if someone accidentally falls in, there's a strong risk of hypothermia. Cleanliness is another reason. Much of our deciduous trees begin to shed their leaves in early November in Anthem, but some leaves continue to fall well into January. To help keep the filter and the cleaner clear of leaves and debris, a cover is a great solution.

 

9) Cover and/or Move Outdoor Furniture

Given that Anthem is built into the McCullough Mountain range foothills, we have our fair share of wind with which to deal. Even heavy outdoor furniture can get tossed around during exceptional wind storms. So, it's not a bad idea to move all unattached furniture (this includes stand-alone BBQs and fire pits, too!) to a more protected spot: in the garage, under a patio cover, or along the wall of your home. That way, your investment is protected and every piece will be ready to set out when the weather warms in the spring.

 

10) Clean Out Rain Gutters and Downspouts

Most Anthem homes have partial gutters installed, but are often overlooked since we get rain so infrequently. If your gutters are backed up and the flat roof on your patio cover gets soaked in the summer months, that excess moisture will evaporate in a hurry. But, not so in the winter months. Make sure you don't increase your risk for mold and mildew by doing a quick check and clear of your gutters and downspouts. Leaves are often a main culprit, but birds like to nest in them as well. Regardless of what's stuffing them, clear it out and make sure your home's rain drainage system can work properly.

 

11) Stock Up Your Emergency Kit

Boy Scouts know it: Always be prepared. It never hurts to have a short, but valuable list of supplies in case of an emergency during our coldest time of the year. Here's a sample list of such supplies, that you can amend as you see fit. Keep these supplies on-hand in a place that's easy for anyone in the family to access, if need be:

  • Portable generator with fresh fuel
  • Bottled water
  • Flashlights with extra batteries
  • A complete first-aid kit
  • A can opener
  • Some non-perishable food items
  • A radio with extra batteries
  • Candles
  • 2 lighters or a stock of matches
  • Blankets
  • Rope or para-cord
  • One large and one small knife
  • Basic tools (screwdrivers, hammer, etc.)
  • A survival whistle

 

Now, get back outside and enjoy our mid-70° highs!

Happy 1st Day of Fall in Anthem!

 

Break out the pumpkin spice candles…the hot apple cider…the adorable boots and coats…It's FALL!!

 

But don't tell that to our local meteorologists!

 

With a high temp of 97° F today, it still feels like the latter weeks of Summer. And while 97° F is misrable in some parts of the world, we are blessed to have a balmy feel in Anthem. Accoring to Weather (dot) com, our current temp is 95° F, but only feels like 90° F. We'll take it! And, even better news, it looks like we've bid farewell to our triple-digit temps until next June. So, you can bet we'll be enjoying this weather while we can…and will be missing it in only a few months. You might see us out playing tennis at the Anthem Country Clubhouse, or walking our dogs through the miles of natural trails in Anthem, or at local farmer's markets on Thursday nights and Friday mornings to pick up some fresh grub. Hope to see you there!

 

Weather in Anthem - Happy Fall

NevadaAnthem.com is averaging more than 1,000 unique visitors every week who are looking for Anthem homes for sale. The growth rate of people from around the world who go to NevadaAnthem.com to find Anthem homes for sale has been astronomical. A recent study found that more than 90% of all home buyers begin there search for a new home online. NevadaAnthem.com has focused on targeting buyers for Anthem homes for sale from around the country and the world. The results have been paying off for Anthem residents.

“NevadaAnthem.com specifically targets and represent high end Anthem home buyers from around the world, nobody does the laser focused marketing specifically for Anthem home buyers and sellers that NevadaAnthem.com does. That is why we have seen such growth in our online presence.” Said Linne Depasquale, an Anthem real estate expert.

“We spend more money marketing Anthem homes for sale than any other real estate firm in the world, and the results have been great for Anthem home owners” Stated Linne. As an Anthem real estate expert and born and raised Henderson Nevada resident, Linne has room to brag. She is an expert in luxury Anthem homes for sale and is a graduate of the University of Nevada Las Vegas. With over 10 years of experience in Anthem Nevada real estate, Linne has award winning experience. Hollywood celebrities, musicians, professional athletes and Las Vegas strip performers rank among her client list.

According to Linne “In Anthem Country Club, prices are up 40% since 2012, but Anthem Country Club homes for sale are staying on the market twice as long and half as many are selling for that higher price. This means that Anthem Country Club homes for sale are selling at their highest prices in years, however it looks like the demand has lightened. These statistics tell me that we are at the top of the market in Anthem Country Club. It is a great time to be a seller of an Anthem Country Club home because you are selling at the top end of the market right now. ”

If you would like to learn more or have questions about selling or buying an Anthem home for sale, you can contact Linne now at Info@NevadaAnthem.com.

New Homes for Sale in Henderson Nevada

Is New for You?

Everyone loves a brand new model home: perfect decor, fabulous finishes, lush landscaping. What’s not to love? Well, it’s no secret that a brand new build will cost more than an already-occupied home, apples-to-apples. So, with the added cost for current layouts, up-to-date appointments, and shiny new everything, the real question remains: Are new homes in Henderson Nevada for you?

As part of our “Is New for You?” series, this post covers a hot topic (pun intended). One factor to consider when comparing new to not-new is energy efficiency. In the Anthem area, where summer highs average above 105°F, we are all too familiar with energy efficiency and hearty electric bills (granted, we make up for it in the winter, with our mild temperatures and mostly natural gas-fueled furnaces). But, is there a difference between dual-pane low-e windows installed in 2001 versus dual-pane low-e windows installed in 2014? Can you actually feel the difference between a home with a radiant barrier installed versus one without? Does a higher SEER rating on one A/C unit really amount to much energy saved? Well, yes: According to the 2009 American Housing Survey, all homeowners spent an average of $0.78 per square foot per year on electricity. So, a 2,000 square foot home costs an average of $1,560 per year to heat, cool. By comparison, brand new homes in the same study averaged $0.65 per square foot per year on electricity. Meaning, that same 2,000 square foot house – if brand new – will cost an average of $1,300 per year to heat, cool; a difference of more than 17% per year when you consider that the “all homeowners” average included the new homes data.

So, we know that on average new homes in Henderson Nevada will have lower utility bills than an older one, but are you saving enough?

Remember that many more factors should be used to determine a home’s true energy efficiency – electricity is merely one piece of the puzzle. We’ll explore other energy factors in later posts in our “Is New for You?” series. Stay tuned!

Winter in Anthem?

Well, technically not…yet. Winter officially begins on December 21st, two and a half weeks from today. But don’t tell that to Mother Nature! In Anthem, we are typically spoiled throughout fall, with low humidity, infrequent rain, plenty of sunshine, and 70- to 80-degree highs. But, as my memory filters through my 30+ years of experience in southern Nevada, this rarely lasts up to (let alone, past!) Thanksgiving. And yet, the high on Sunday was 72 degrees! Do not misunderstand; We are N-O-T complaining! In fact, we’re in Heaven about it. After all, it’s quite rare to be able to go to the park in a tee shirt and jeans in December. But, we Anthem-ians will take every last bit of it.

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Now, the festive pyracantha throughout Anthem have a different opinion. One of our favorite signs of winter is the profuse bloom of fire-engine berries throughout the neighborhoods of Anthem every late-November / early-December. The lush, waxy evergreen shrub that flowers every spring actually produces these beautiful scarlet clusters. And due to their resemblance to holly berries, we’ve always started hearing Silver Bells when they begin to bloom throughout our Anthem community. And, despite our unseasonably warm days and nights of recent weeks, we noticed our beloved red berries springing up everywhere over the past week or so. They are just so gorgeous, we had to stop and take some photos the other day. Enjoy!

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Christmas Berries in Anthem
Pyracantha in Bloom throughout Anthem
Holly Berries in Anthem

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COMING SOON! Brand New Homes to The Club at Madeira Canyon!

To be blunt, Anthem real estate makes us happy. We can’t explain it, but we know first-hand that many of our neighbors and clients (secretly) feel the same way. So, to feed our addiction (maybe yours, too!), we wanted to post today that there will be NEW HOMES and NEW MODELS at The Club at Madeira Canyon coming very soon! All the details are still being worked out, but this much we know:

  • They’ll be built behind the guard gate at The Club at Madeira Canyon, so access to the fabulous clubhouse will be included for every new owner.
  • VIEWS will be plentiful!
  • Homes will range between 3,600 and 4,200 square feet, so these are going to be spacious, family homes.
  • A minimum of 4 bedrooms is included with each plan, so a family of any size will have elbow-room to spare.
  • Pricing is set to start in the low-$400s, so they will likely include mostly luxury finishes (ie: slab granite countertops, custom hardwood cabinetry, energy-saving features, etc.).

Keep in mind that these will be some of the last available new construction homes in Anthem ever to be built. There isn’t much land left, so if you’re set on buying a new (brand new!) home in Anthem, then you should definitely give these some thought. We should have more information about these sure-to-be-beautiful homes shortly, and will add the info to our The Club at Madeira Canyon page when we do. To sign up for email updates on this community, Contact Us and be sure to mention that this is the community you like in the “Note/Inquiry” section.

New Homes at The Club at Madeira Canyon Great Room

Kitchen of New Homes at The Club at Madeira Canyon

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Giving Thanks

We can almost smell the turkey roasting and the cornbread baking, so Thanksgiving is nearly here. Fantastic turkey is one thing many Anthem-ians will be grateful for tomorrow, but we here at NevadaAnthem.com wish our family, friends, and neighbors a different type of gratitude. We are so blessed to have each of you in our lives, present and future. And we hope you have something so intangible for which to be thankful tomorrow and every day. If so, please say a prayer or wish for those who are not so blessed, in hopes that their Thanksgiving holiday will be much better this time next year.

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And, for those of you out braving the crowds for Black Friday, be sure to eat your turkey early in the day! With its healthy dose of tryptophan (the hormone that makes us all sleepy after stuffing our birds and then ourselves), you’ll want to nap early so you can be up early for all the best sales. Be safe, and go stimulate the local economy!

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The Day After Black Friday

Shop Anthem Small BusinessesIf awakening at 1:15am to rush to the big-box electronics store down the street isn’t your thing, we understand. Perfectly. For those of us who enjoy slumber, especially when it becomes scarce during the holidays, there is a solution! Every year, the day after Black Friday is known as Small Business Saturday. We, here at NevadaAnthem.com, are in fact a small business. So, if you want to buy or sell a house or get a tenant for your home in/around Anthem, then definitely get in touch with us this Saturday. Hehe…

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But, we are not the only Henderson-based small business, and certainly not the only Las Vegas valley-based small business. In Anthem alone, there are hundreds. We recommend Bread & Butter bakery for brunch or coffee, and its sister (brother?) shop, Meat and 3 for lunch or dinner, both on south Eastern at Sunridge Heights. Lemontree Home Decor has fantastic furnishings to get your home in the holiday spirit. And, if you’ve been putting off a haircut in all your Thanksgiving fanfare, be sure to swing by the Anthem Hills Barber Shop. So, get a jump-start on your holiday shopping by shopping local this Saturday, and support your family, friends, and neighbors at the same time. On behalf of all small business owners, we say “thanks!”

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Sun City Anthem – November 2012 Spirit Newsletter Released

Sun City Anthem NewsletterCheck out the November 2012 edition of the Sun City Anthem Spirit Newsletter, available { HERE }. As is typical, this indispensable magazine-style newsletter contains too many updates to even begin to list here. Enjoy!

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Happy Nevada Day!

Nevada Day in AnthemNot many states can claim a lineage so honorable as Nevada’s. Of course, we’re biased, but how many other states can claim that they were born during the Civil War in order to preserve our great Union and abolish slavery? Only one: West Virginia. It’s pretty awe-inspiring when you really think about it. And, since NevadaAnthem.com has its fair share of native Nevadans, we wanted to point that out to all of our welcomed transplants.

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If we’re being honest, though, there is one more awesome claim-to-fame about Nevada Day: it always falls on Halloween! So, to all you Gardnerville Gouls and Virginia City Vampires, be sure to have a fabulous Hallowee…er, Nevada Day!

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