A (second) home, sweet home: What to look for when buying a home in St. George

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(Photo courtesy Perry Homes)

(Photo courtesy Perry Homes)

One challenge with visiting St. George in February is finding a quality place to stay for a reasonable price. Between the Parade of Homes, golf trips and youth sports tournaments, rooms fill fast. (We see you nodding your head!)

For many who spend a lot of time down south — or who are looking to take advantage of that demand — buying a second property in St. George makes sense. Here are three things to look for when buying a second home in red rock country.

1. Plenty of space.

When someone gets a place in southern Utah, friends and relatives are sure to follow.

“Make sure you have enough bathrooms and bedrooms because people will want to join you,” says Greg Sant, southern Utah division manager for Perry Homes.

Also, make sure there is gathering space available so there’s room for the Thanksgiving meal.

2. Maintenance-free living.

By its nature, a second home isn’t a primary residence. Homeowners will spend a lot of time away from the property. Making sure it will be maintained is crucial.

“Look for an HOA that cares for the property when you are gone,” Greg says. “If not, find another way to make the property maintenance-free.”

3. The right spot.

Southern Utah has a diverse landscape and population breakdown. Find a location that appeals to your lifestyle. For some, an older home in the heart of St. George — maybe by the LDS Church’s historic temple — is perfect. Wait, but what about a new home on a golf course? It might take a few visits to find the right place for your second home, sweet home.

Get some ideas on things to do in St. George here.

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Greg Bennett

Greg Bennett is an editor and writer with Bennett Communications. His primary responsibilities are with Utah Valley Magazine and the company's custom publications division. He's the father of four children and has been married to his wife, Adria, for 19 years. Contact Greg at greg.utahvalley360@gmail.com.

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