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12 Helpful Tips to Get Your Home Ready for Fall

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: September 13, 2018

It’s almost that time of year again! The leaves start changing, the temperature begins to drop, and homeowners prepare for the months ahead. Whatever your opinion is of the Fall season, now is a great time to start getting your home ready! Below, we will explore some methods of preparation that will have your home in tip top condition for taking on Fall.

  • Weather Strip Windows And Doors

The windows and doors in your home can prove to be major sources of heat loss in the colder months. In order to conserve as much heat as possible, use weather stripping on your windows and doors.

  • Stockpile Cold Weather Supplies

You should stock a variety of cold weather supplies such as blankets, long sleeve clothing, firewood, and emergency items (in areas where blizzards and heavy snow are common).

  • Clean Your Fireplace

Get your fireplace ready to go by inspecting and cleaning out any soot and other debris.

  • Inspect Your Homes Air Ventilation

Go around your home and inspect air vents to be sure that heat can efficiently circulate and keep you warm. Sometimes furniture or dust buildup can impair airflow.

  • Check Out Nearby Trees

If you live in an area with a risk of freezing rain or heavy snowing, it’s a good idea to inspect the trees around your house in order to identify trees or limbs that could potentially collect ice or snow and fall onto your home.

  • Keep Your Outdoor Plumbing Dry

To avoid damage from frozen pipes or other kinds of plumbing, homeowner in areas where freezing is common should be sure to completely drain all outdoor pipes.

  • Repair Cracks in Concrete and Asphalt

If left unrepaired, small cracks and other abrasions in concrete and asphalt can fill with water which then freezes and expands. Over time, this can cause major damage to masonry around your home. Use caulk or another treatment to make sure that cracks don’t lead to a bigger problem over the season.

  • Clean Your Gutters

This job is unpopular with many homeowners, but it is essential to preventing bigger problems down the road. While you’re up there, inspect the top of your home such as the chimney and shingles to make sure that you can repair anything that needs it.

  • Clean Outdoor Furniture and Tools

It’s always good to get a head start on cleaning outdoor furniture and other items that you will be storing over the colder months. Pool chairs, swings, gardening tools, etc. are all items that you’ll want to consider getting ready to store.

  • Get Your Furnace Checked

It’s worth it to get your furnace professionally inspected and/or serviced to avoid any chilly nights.

  • Winterize Air Conditioning

If you are in an area where you will not need air conditioning through the colder months, you may want to cover your central air conditioning unit. If you have a windows unit, you’ll want to secure it from air leaks.

  • Check Water Drainage

Water drainage around your home needs to be free and clear of debris to ensure that you won’t have to deal with flooding and/or freezing later on.

 

All things considered, there are several things that homeowners can do to prepare for Fall. Follow this guide, and you should be well on your way to getting the most that you can out of the season.

OR

You can just invest in a new home and avoid many of these! New homes built today have much higher standards and we strive for the highest of standards. Unfortunately, we have not invented self-cleaning gutters or chimneys, so you may need to take care of that (we’ll let you know when we do!)

Contact us today to learn more about our neighborhoods and home plans and prepare for your next winter in a new home.

 

Homebuilding Team or Independent Contractor?

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: August 20, 2018

 When first looking at building a new home, many of us are unfamiliar with the complexity of the finished product. Unseen costs, delay of schedule, and other intricacies can turn what should be a pleasant and enchanting life event a nightmare. Because of these potential pitfalls, it is essential to be careful when selecting the builder of your new home.

The vast majority of new homes are built by one of two different entities: homebuilding teams and independent contractors. While both homebuilding teams and independent contractors have many advantages and disadvantages, we will be looking at four reasons why you should use a homebuilding team instead of an independent contractor.

 

Cost

One of the most apparent advantages of using a homebuilding team in the short term is the overall costs associated with production of the home. When you use a homebuilding team, you are tapping into a systematic approach to homebuilding. Homebuilding teams such as Legacy Homes have a shared collection of experience and expertise that translates to savings in many aspects of the home production process. From sourcing materials to hiring dependable labor, homebuilding teams like Legacy Homes save you money on many of the finer points in the building process. When added up, these small individual savings can mean significant savings in the final product.

In the long term, homebuilding teams such as Legacy Homes can also save you a significant amount of time and money in repairs and other expenses related to low quality work. When you hire a homebuilding team, you buy confidence in the team’s ability to get the job done right. When hiring an independent contractor of questionable experience and standards, the likelihood of your home being well put together can be a tossup. Afterword expenses such as a poorly designed plumbing system, house settling, and flooding due to improper drainage can all run up a bill.

 

Features

Another great benefit of using a homebuilding team instead of an independent contractor comes from the brand-specific features that many teams provide. Specialized home designs, multi-point construction systems, and energy-efficient technologies are just a few features that set professional homebuilding teams apart from independent contractors. These features add value to the product of construction and that value translates to your wallet and overall satisfaction with the home over time.

 

Reliability

Support and the ability to follow up with promises made to the customer are what professional homebuilding teams are known for. Given the option between a homebuilding team with a long track record of reliability and an independent contractor who may or may not deliver on time, it will likely be to your benefit to go with proven reliability. Being kept up to date on construction milestones and completing construction on time reliably are where homebuilding teams often set themselves apart from independent contractors.

Customer service is another area where a homebuilding team can really stand out in terms of reliability. A team of individuals can logistically be ready to engage in dialogue on a much wider margin of time than a single independent contractor. Individual contractors, especially those who works multiple projects at a time, generally have much less time to interface with clients than teams do.

All things considered, there are many advantages to hiring a homebuilding team instead of an independent contractor for your next home. Scale is an important factor when it comes to the subjects discussed. Whether it’s overall cost, features, or reliability, using a homebuilding team can pay you back in dividends.

 

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