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Spring Cleaning Hacks To Get Your New Home In Shape For Summer

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: April 18, 2019

 

 

Ah, it’s that time of year again, when everything seems to jump back to life. If you are one of the millions of Americans who bought a new home last year, you’ll want to know our top secret tips for getting your newly bought home in tip-top shape for the summer.

 

Sealing Your Granite Counter tops

 

Start off with cleaning all items off your granite counter tops and wiping down  with a damp rag to remove any dust off of the surface. Next, take an granite sealer (these can be picked up at your local grocery or hardware stores) and begin by spraying each granite surface with the sealer. Follow instructions on the back of the bottle, and wipe off sealer after recommended time. Next, allow time for the granite sealer to dry on the surface (once again time is denoted on the back of your sealer). Granite is a porous material and is recommended to be sealed either by yourself or by a professional at least every 6 months to 2 years.

 

Keep Track Of Your Time

 

Using an egg timer or your phone to keep track of how long you clean is a simple and easy way to keep you on track. Cleaning can be monotonous and your mind may wander to less productive things. Cleaning in short intervals can help you get more done in less time. Another positive effect of this practice is that you can find out how long your cleaning tasks take to complete and use those completion times as a guide to scheduling your cleaning in the future.

 

Put Wax On Your Stovetop

 

Yes, you can actually wax your stovetop! It will not only make it sparkle but also make spills much easier to clean up.

 

Give Your Microwave Some TLC

 

Before you scrub down your microwave, put in a container with a mixture of water and white vinegar and microwave on high for a few minutes. This steaming will loosen dirt and grime and make cleaning much easier.

 

Wash Your Windows On A Cloudy Day

 

Putting any kind of chemical cleaner on your windows during a sunny day can make the spray dry and leave a bad residue. Cleaning your windows on a cloudy day will enable you to completely clean your windows with no residue.

 

Redirect Your Future Clutter

 

By making a space specifically for clutter (a sectioned off place inside of a closet is perfect) you can avoid all of your hard work cleaning going to waste. Empty bins, clothing hooks, etc. can also help to curb the chaos that life brings.

 

Use Fabric Sheets Instead of Expensive Electrostatic Dusters

Fabric sheets can be an inexpensive alternative to those special electrostatic dusters (you know the one). We like to use ones that have already been through the dryer, as they don’t have conditioners in them and seem to pick up dust a little better.

 

Use Lazy Susans To Avoid Spills In The Refrigerator

 

Use a lazy susan to optimize storage space and keep spills to a minimum.

 

Save Your Single Socks

 

Socks are one of the best household tools for cleaning in tough-to-reach places and dusting due to their ability to hold static electricity (like the fabric sheets).

 

Don’t Forget To Clean Your Shower Head

 

Take a plastic bag filled with white vinegar and put it around your shower head. Use a rubber band to secure the bag and leave it overnight. The acidic nature of the vinegar will help break up hard water gunk and other residue and help keep your shower water flowing well.

 

Use Baking Soda To Make Cleaning Your Oven Easier

 

All you need to make an otherwise daunting task a little easier is to add equal parts water and baking soda together to form a cleaning paste. Spread this paste all over your oven (avoiding heating elements) and let it sit overnight. Come back and wipe everything clean the next day. If you have any leftover baking soda, just spritz some vinegar over the area and it will foam up, making it easier to find.

 

Using simple cleaning hacks like these will help your new home feel like new again.

 

 

Potential Savings From Using A New Home Builder

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: March 13, 2019

When choosing between buying a used home, using an independent home builder, and using a new home building company, there are a few considerations to be made, especially when it comes to getting the job done right for minimal investment. That being said, there’s a strong case to be made for using an established and experienced home building company like Legacy Home Builders instead of buying a used home or risking it on a smaller builder.

 

Saving Money

 

When you think of “savings” the first thing that you probably think about is money. Saving money with a coupon at the grocery store is okay, but when it comes to buying a home, the savings or lack thereof can be significant. First thing’s first, when it comes to buying a used home, the biggest risk that most buyers take is in the form of hidden costs.

 

Hidden costs can come in many forms. Some of these can include foundation repairs, septic tank repairs, roofing and siding repairs, asbestos removal (depending on how old the house is), and HVAC/Electrical/Water Heater repairs. Some of these hidden costs can be as much as $16,000 by themselves if you aren’t careful or are inexperienced with what to look for when buying a house. Because of these risks, if you are not an experienced and/or professional home buyer who can spot these errors, it is highly advised that you go with building a new home, preferably with an established and experienced new home building company.

 

“But why is using an established home building company better than just hiring a contractor?”, you may ask. While some individual contractors can be reliable and experience, many of them are neither. A quick Google search or chat with someone in the home building business will probably give you horror stories about private contractors that finish past schedule, over-budget, or not at all… While all private contractors have a nice pitch, it’s ultimately a gamble on whether or not they can deliver. While you may get a better short-term price, is it really worth the risk?

 

Saving Time

 

One of the main advantages of buying a new home is that it’s essentially a turn-key deal. When the home is finished, you take care of the relevant paperwork, get the key, and you’re ready to decorate! When buying a used home, especially in the case of a “fixer-upper”, you’ll need to dedicate time and money to make that used home work for you. Given the fact that the average American has nine unfinished projects in their home at any given time, fixing up your newly-bought used home could take a lot more time than you think. The average home project can last for months or even years, which is a huge time investment, assuming that you get the time necessary to complete it at all.

 

Using an independent contractor can also cost you a lot more time than if you had used an established home building company. Much like the monetary risks that prospective home buyers take when using a private contractor for building a home, there are money time-based risks that apply. Because of the inherently questionable reliability of a private contractor, there may be project delays, delays as a result of poorly done work that has to be redone, etc. This can all add up to months of extra time that you have to wait to live in your dream home.

 

Don’t risk your time or money by choosing to buy a used home or go with an independent contractor. If value and getting what you pay for on time matter to you, contact Legacy Homes today.