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Las Vegas Car Washes

Friday, August 5th, 2011

They are just about as numerous as Starbucks in Las Vegas. You can find one on every other corner. Whether the hand wash, automatic wash or self-serve wash, there’s no shortage of options for washing your car.

For many Las Vegas real estate homeowners, washing your car in the driveway is frowned upon and in many instances against HOA rules. During the summer and other parts of the year washing your car could also result in a fine from the Southern Nevada Water Authority. Many cities simply don’t allow it because it contaminates the storm drain system. The solution? The car wash.

People had been hand washing their cars for years until 1914 when the Automatic Laundry (automatic car wash) opened up for business. Washing cars has never been the same and the car wash business is a lucrative one. The idea was immediately appealing. For a couple bucks and a few minutes of time, the car can now be spotless.

Which one to choose? If you have time, the hand car wash is always the best option. With the automatic wash, there’s always the questions of how harsh are the bristles on the brushes, how old are the brushes, how often are they cleaned or changed and the ever so curious what was washed off the car before. The high-powered sprayers can take off antennae, bumper stickers, magnets and other decals too (just something to think about). There’s always the option of the self-serve car wash where you wash your own car on-site in order to avoid those fines from the Water Authority or your HOA.

Two of our favorites in town? Terrible Herbst (the only green car wash in Las Vegas) and Fabulous Freddy’s. Check ‘em out.



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Las Vegas: Is it really a dirty city?

Monday, July 11th, 2011

Question: Is Las Vegas really a dirty city?

Just last month, Yahoo! Travel published an article documenting America’s top 10 dirtiest cities. Guess who made the list? You got it. The city of Las Vegas came in at lucky number seven (oh the irony). It fell two notches from from spot number five in 2010’s poll but it’s an improvement. The break down as to why Las Vegas made the list wasn’t very detailed other than the fact that Vegas is the number one party town in America. How does that translate into dirty? Are we dirty as in hygiene or dirty as in morals? Hmmmmm.

One interesting tidbit mentioned in this article was that Sin City was number 1 for the most luxurious hotels. Again, I’m not sure how you can have the most luxurious hotels in the country and yet still be on the dirtiest cities list. These luxury hotels make certain that their immediate surroundings are pristine. Have you seen the Wynn’s landscape lately? What about the Bellagio? The incredible dancing fountain viewing area is always kept crystal clean.

If you head into some of the dirtier parts of town,  I am still not sure that Las Vegas should have made the list. Nearly every city in the county has dirty parts of town. Now if they’re referring to dust and dirt from all the construction, then maybe I can see it. Dust and dirt coat vehicles all year round.

Answer: No. I think Las Vegas just got a bad wrap on this one.



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The Lowest Gas Prices in Las Vegas

Friday, July 1st, 2011

It’s the start of Fourth of July weekend and for many that means traveling. Las Vegas families are often headed out of town for a little vacation while others have family that are headed to Vegas for a little vacation. For Las Vegas real estate residents, the door swings back and forth quite frequently around here.

Gas prices in Las Vegas are currently around $3.25 which is about a quarter below the national average today. Not bad. And, it is even cheaper than it was over Memorial Day but still up a dollar a gallon from last year. While Memorial Day is a more highly traveled holiday, the gas prices will help keep tourism afloat, at least for now.

If you are traveling this holiday weekend, there are a variety of ways to save on gas from Perks at the Pump offered by various grocery chains to cash back credit cards from various gas stations. Learning how to save can be tricky, but it is possible.

One website I have found helpful in finding the lowest Las Vegas gas prices around is vegasgasprices.com. Residents throughout the Valley watch gas prices and when they spot one that is a good deal they share it. The price per gallon is reported and then posted on the website for public access. Not only do they post the lowest but the highest price per gallon as well for those who would like to know if they’ve been hoodwinked.

Participants who report local gas prices are eligible for prizes and fuel points, another way to save a little bit at the pump.

Check it out: vegasgasprices.com



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Las Vegas Roadwork and Road Closures

Monday, June 20th, 2011

Since the initiation of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act in 2009, Las Vegas road construction, road closures and traffic jams seem to be on the rise. I suppose if you talk to anyone in any city right now, they might have a similar story.

According to recovery.gov, “Construction and repair of roads and bridges as well as scientific research and the expansion of broadband and wireless service are also included among the many projects that the Recovery Act will fund.” And yes, that is what is happening. Repairs, expansions and many projects are in progress.

Don’t get me wrong, creating new jobs for a bleak economy is applause worthy. Driving on smooth blacktop is enjoyable. Choosing from four lanes on the interstate is heavenly and riding my bike on a sidewalk that is completely finished from Point A to Point B is grand. However, these things are all byproducts of completed projects and many of the projects that were funded by Recovery Act money in the Las Vegas real estate area are incomplete. Because many of them were started AT THE SAME TIME, they are all still under construction. Finding the fastest alternate routes is now a personal strength of mine.

Luckily, the City of Las Vegas has a resource for residents and visitors. lasvegasnevada.gov has the latest information on roadwork and closures. Simply click on “Check Status of” under the “I Want To” section on the left hand side. The page details the street, location, start date and end date as well as the problem that is being addressed. It’s a good place to start before planning your trip across town.



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Las Vegas Trash: Throwing Away Money

Monday, May 9th, 2011

The City of Las Vegas announced in April 2011 that they have been overcharging their customers for over a year and a half to the total tune of $355,000. Most customers didn’t even notice the slight increase. They were literally throwing their money away.

What happened? In 2009 when the city was nearly broke (as if things have changed that much), the city manager decided to raise garbage collection fees for a short period of time. After three months, city council was to revisit this temporary increase and then vote to reduce the heightened fee. As so many other things took precedent in those meetings, this little fee was overlooked.

Due to the oversight, one would think the money would be returned to the customers in a form of a credit. Since the city is still broke, returning the money would only result in the hike of another monthly fee for some other utility so no credit will be issued.

Republic Services is the solid waste contractor for the City of Las Vegas (and all of Southern Nevada for that matter). All Las Vegas real estate residents are required to pay Republic Services directly for weekly trash pick-up services. Trash service is mandatory.

Republic Services does include recycling in the monthly service fee. For more information on Las Vegas garbage collection services please visit them at www.republicservicesvegas.com.



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