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5 Reasons to Fall in Love with a New Home

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: February 28, 2018

In the month of February we celebrated, and showed our appreciation for the people we love. Love is timeless. Love is ageless. Love is blind. Those may be clichés but they’re also true, and are some of the reasons why love for others is so powerful.

 

Unfortunately, the same can’t be said about your love for your home. That is something that can—and probably will—change with time. As your house grows older, as its maintenance issues multiply, as its upkeep gets more and more expensive, your eyes may start to wander. You may find yourself admiring your friend’s brand new build a bit more than you think is right. But this isn’t anything to feel guilty about! It’s a natural and healthy instinct to desire a home that brand new and shiny—without creaky floors, peeling paint, and cold drafts.

These feeling just mean it’s time to build your own home. Here are our top five reasons why it’s time to fall in a love with a brand new home:

 

 

  1. Energy and Efficiency

This beauty knows how to keep things warm. A newly built, modern home is going to be more energy efficient than your old one. It may be built with double or triple pane windows, or special insulating coatings, as well as with high quality insulated doors. And they will likely have more a more efficient heater than your old home, making it toastier throughout the winter, as well as less expensive to keep it that way.

 

 

  1. Brand new and under warranty
    A used home likely has old and well-worn appliances and materials that will probably need to be replaced soon. Your newly built home on the other hand is filled with appliances and materials that have never even been used before. You now don’t have to worry about much it will cost to replace a roof, dishwasher, countertops or a water heater. The ones you have should offer you years of comfort and enjoyment before needing to be repaired or replaced. And should you have any problems, you can rest assured knowing they are still under warranty.

 

 

  1. Newer is Safer
    Technological advances have made homes not just more comfortable and energy efficient but safer too. From state-of-the-art circuit breakers to electric garage door openers with infrared beams that stop the doors if something—or someone—comes too near. Advanced home security systems, furnaces and air conditioners with non-toxic coolants, advanced ventilation and filtration systems, building materials and paint that are free from harmful chemicals like lead and asbestos. All of these things that make your home a safe and healthy place come standard on brand new home builds, but may cost a pretty penny to incorporate into an older home.

 

  1. Your Needs. Your Style.
    When you build your own home you don’t have to try to reshape anyone else’s tastes to better suit yours. Why settle for someone else’s idea of style when you can build a new home in a style that is uniquely yours? You’ll enjoy your home more when it’s filled with your own choice of appliances, flooring, kitchen fixtures, lighting. And the layout and design will be all yours too. Maybe the previous owners of that old house you looked at had a good reason for putting the master bedroom in the basement and the kitchen on the second floor. But their needs are different than yours. In your new home you can include that luxurious spa-like bathroom in the master suite and add that private patio. It’s all you.

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  1. That Shiny, New Feeling
    A newly built home just feels better. When you walk into your home each day and know that it is yours, that it was built just for you, you’ll be struck by an intangible but undeniable sense of well-being and belonging. You’ll also feel happier because you won’t have to deal with the stress that comes with constantly maintaining, repairing, and replacing old components of your home. And the money you save from not having maintenance costs will contribute to your financial well-being too.

 

Feel free to tell your aging house that you’re trading it in for a brand new, never-lived-in model. Give yourself the opportunity to fall in love again—with your home!

How to Protect Your Home in Cold Weather

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: January 24, 2018

Alabama winters are notoriously unpredictable.  You may enjoy walking your dog while wearing shorts on a balmy Saturday, and have to shovel snow off your driveway on Monday. While the sudden dramatic drops in temperature can be discombobulating, they can actually be harmful to your home—and to yourself–if you haven’t taken proper precautions. Here are a few of the necessary steps you should take every winter to protect your home and yourself.

 

  1. Prevent a Pipe Nightmare

 

We all know someone whose pipes have burst on a harsh winter day—and hopefully that someone wasn’t ourselves! When water freezes inside a pipe it expands and can cause the pipe to crack and burst. It’s a disaster! To prevent this from happening to you, always leave faucets dripping in freezing weather. This minimizes the risk that stationary water will freeze inside the pipe. However, this practice is not a foolproof way to prevent bursting—especially as the temperature drops lower and lower. Some more reliable preventative measures include draining water from any outdoor faucets and sprinkler systems, disconnecting outdoor hoses, and insulating pipes that run through any unheated areas of your home like the attic, basement or garage.

 

  1. Insulate

 

It probably seems obvious that well insulated windows and doors are essential to maintaining the warm temperature inside your home. Unfortunately, because Alabama is in the deep south, new homes are not always built with winter-proof windows and doors. Remedy this problem by putting caulk in any gaps around windows and install weather stripping around doors if necessary. These are relatively easy and inexpensive ways to keep your home toasty and can help you save money on heating costs too. If your home is older, or if you want to be extra vigilant in insulating it from extreme outdoor temperatures, you may even consider upgrading to double- or even triple-pane windows and insulated doors and garage doors to increase the energy efficiency of your home.

 

  1. Stay Warm

 

If you’ve ever experienced a freezing winter day with no heat in your home, you probably took every precaution possible to make sure it NEVER happened again. For those who have managed to avoid it so far, here’s how to make sure you avoid that situation for good.

 

Before it even gets cold, you should change your furnace filter. They get dirty quicker than you’d think—and ever quicker if you have furry family members! Dirty filters can cause your heater to work less efficiently—so you’re not staying as warm, and you’re probably paying more too. Plan to change out your filter every two to four months to make sure your heater functions optimally.

 

  1. Keep it Burning

 

If you’re lucky enough to have a fireplace in your home, it can be a wonderful way to keep your home cozy and toasty through the winter. But before you light that first fire of the season, it’s important to check your chimney to make sure it is clear of debris (and possibly little critters!) Debris in your chimney can catch fire, so making sure it’s clear is an absolute necessity. And don’t forget to place a screen around your fire while it’s burning to protect your home from a possible fire or other damage that can be caused by escaping sparks and embers.

 

You’ll also want to keep the flue closed all the way when you’re not using the fireplace to keep your home’s warm air from escaping out the chimney. For extra insulation, install glass fireplace doors to keep closed while your fireplace is not in use. These measures will keep your home warmer and your heating bill lower. You should never be able to feel any cold air coming down the chimney or through the fireplace!

 

 

We hope that this advice will help you keep your home cozy—and your electric bill manageable—through the coldest days of the winter. Check back often for more home maintenance tips throughout the year.

 

 

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