Tips For Maintaining Your New Home

Regular maintenance schedule: Yard work, window washing, dusting and vacuuming…make a list of weekly chores and stick to it!

Inspect the exterior annually: If for some reason you notice a cracked window or a broken door, you can have a chance to fix it before it gets worse.

Protect entryways: Prevent dirt and mud from being tracked inside. If you don’t have a mudroom, place welcome mats in front of your door and mats for shoes inside.

Change your filters: HVAC & refrigerator filters should be changed on a regular basis. Mark a day on your calendar every couple of months for your filter change.

Train pets: Providing toys and entertainment for your pets helps to ensure that boredom does not set in, resulting in damage to your home. Clean up any accidents that happen right away.

Protect against fire hazards: Replace smoke and carbon monoxide detector batteries when you change your clocks forward or back.

Moving Out Checklist

Moving out of your home is a stressful event, but organizing and preparing before you get started can take some of the edge off. Here’s a few key points to reference when it’s time for your big move.

  • Go through your home and decide what you’re keeping/getting rid of.
  • Schedule a cleaning day.
  • Do some research and find a reliable moving company.
  • Measure doorways and stairways to make sure all your furniture will fit.
  • Purchase duct tape, bubble wrap, permanent markers and anything else that will help with the packing process.
  • Label boxes to keep an inventory of your belongings.
  • Back up your computer files (better safe than sorry).
  • Request time off of work for moving day.
  • Pack an overnight bag with essential items (daily toiletries, comfortable clothes) so that you won’t need to rush to unpack the second you step foot in your new home.

We know that this is only a short list, but it should help you get your head in the game and get ready for the big day!

What is home equity?

I’m sure you’ve heard that home ownership builds wealth. Have you ever wondered what exactly home equity is and how it can enhance your total assets? Here’s a quick explanation to help you out.

Home equity is the current market value of your home, minus what you owe. When doing out the math, you’re looking for a positive number. Quite simply, home equity is how much you truly own of your home. Your properties equity increases as you make payments against the mortgage balance, and/or as the property value appreciates: when your home gains value because of improvement projects or a healthy real estate market. Building home equity is a long-term proposition, but the end result is so worth it.

Signs You’re Ready To Build A New Home

You’ve thought about it. Then thought about it some more. And thought about it some more. You know what you want and what you don’t want. You have ideas in your head and written down on little notepads throughout your home. You know that this is the right move and you’re ready to take the next step into custom building your home.

You’re financially stable. You’re secure in your job. You have some money saved. You’ve done the math. If the numbers look right, you’re ready to rock and roll.

You’ve outgrown your current living space. When you first started living in your current home, it made sense at the time. Whether your family has grown or you just feel like you need a little more room, you know that you have outgrown your current living situation and it’s time to upgrade.

You know what your life will look like in 10-20 years. When building/renovating your home, you should know that you plan to live there for at least the next five years. If you know this and you’re ready for it, building a new home or renovating/upgrading your current home makes total sense.

You have a builder in mind. The builder you choose will affect your overall experience, so make sure it’s someone you trust. And if you can’t think of anyone, might we make a suggestion?

Call us at Snell Construction and let’s build you a forever home that is perfectly suited for your every need for the years to come.

Throw The Perfect House Warming Party

You’re all moved in to your new custom built home. Your state of the art kitchen is waiting to be put to use, and your living area is the perfect place to sit around and chat for hours with family and friends. What better way to show off your new home than to have a house warming party?

Make sure your home is ready for guests. Try to unpack any and all cardboard boxes and make your home feel comfy, cozy and welcoming. If you can’t get all your boxes unpacked, it’s fine. It adds to the “just moved in” charm. Add some decorations such as table cloths, hanging lights, candles and pictures. Put some music on in the background to make sure your guests are entertained. If you feel up to it, cook your first grand meal in your new kitchen! If not, try to cater some food from a local restaurant so you have more time to relax and hangout. And don’t forget to give your guests what they came for: a grand tour! Show off your new house and most importantly, have fun!