Kanab among three Utah towns competing for ‘Prettiest Painted Places in America’
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Thanks to a national competition to find the “Prettiest Painted Places in America,” people across the country are discovering what Utah residents have long known: the Beehive State has some of the most beautiful towns to be found anywhere.

Sponsored by the Paint Quality Institute, the “Prettiest Painted Places” competition has drawn three entries from Utah: Kanab, Midway and Park City.  

Over the next few weeks, the three Utah communities will vie with nearly 200 nominees from other states for regional and national honors, as judges with expertise in color selection, exterior painting, and home improvement review the entries, conduct additional research and make selected site visits. Finalists will be announced in late September, and the nation’s 12 “Prettiest Painted Places” will be revealed in mid-October.

“We feel there is no better way to demonstrate the importance of exterior paint color than to focus on these beautiful real-world communities that take so much pride in their appearance,” said Debbie Zimmer, color expert at the Paint Quality Institute.

“The places involved in our competition are a tremendous inspiration to us all, and by giving them recognition, we hope to instill in the public a better appreciation for the role exterior paint can play in protecting and enhancing the appearance of any home or building,” she said.

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Boost your home’s value: four projects with the most bang for your buck
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(ARA) – No matter if the housing market is up or down, you always want to ensure home remodeling projects are wise investments. Luckily, according to Remodeling magazine’s Cost vs. Value Report 2011-2012, there are several home improvement projects that will provide significant enjoyment to you now – and could recoup a majority of your dollars whenever you decide to sell.

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According to the report, a midrange bathroom remodel ($ 16,000) can recoup up to 62 percent of the investment when it’s time to sell … and in the meantime, add significant enjoyment with a new, relaxing retreat.

To start, determine which updates matter most and how much assistance you’ll need for each. Complex projects, such as structural, electrical or plumbing changes or installing countertops or flooring, may be best left to the professionals. However, to stretch your budget for the most impact, there are many updates you can tackle yourself.

Painting is an easy and ideal do-it-yourself task that can make a large impact with minimal cost.  Similarly, installing new faucets, accessories and showerheads can be simple – even for a novice. Manufacturers, such as Moen, offer a variety of…………… continues on The Alestle

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