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DIY or Not: A Guide to Home Repairs

May 24, 2023
As a homeowner, there are likely countless home repairs you need to attend to. From fixing a leaky faucet to repairing a damaged drywall, it can be difficult to know whether you should attempt these repairs on your own or hire a professional. Below, we'll provide you with a helpful guide so you can determine whether or not to DIY certain home repairs.Time and EffortThe first factor you should consider is the time and effort it will take to complete the repair. While DIY repairs may save you money, they can be extremely time-consuming and require a lot of effort– especially if you’re unsure what you’re doing. You may find yourself down a YouTube rabbit hole when a professional could do the same job with little effort or time needed. So, if you're short on time or have limited skills, it may be more practical to hire a professional.Skill LevelAnother essential factor to consider is your skill level. Some home repairs require specialized skills and knowledge that you may not possess. Attempting these repairs on your own can lead to further damage or personal injury. As much as you may want to DIY a project, it’s important to be honest about your abilities and don't hesitate to call a professional when necessary.CostOne of the primary reasons homeowners attempt DIY repairs is to save money. However, it's essential to weigh the cost of the repair against the cost of hiring a professional. In some cases, hiring a professional may be more cost-effective in the long run, particularly if you're not confident in your abilities.SafetySafety should always be a priority when it comes to home repairs. Some repairs, such as electrical or plumbing, can be dangerous if not done correctly. If you're unsure about your safety or the safety of your family, it's best to hire a professional. Better safe than sorry!ComplexityThe complexity of the repair is another crucial factor to consider. Some repairs may seem simple on the surface, but they may actually require specialized tools or knowledge. Before you know it, you may be spending money and time on extras that you never accounted for. Assess the complexity of the repair before you decide to DIY or hire a professional.Based on these factors, here are some DIY repairs you can consider and others that may warrant the help of a professional: Repairs you can attempt to DIY:Minor plumbing repairs, such as fixing a leaky faucet or replacing a toilet flapperPainting and minor drywall repairs, such as patching small holesInstalling light fixtures, ceiling fans, and other small electrical projectsInstalling shelving, window treatments, and other basic carpentry projectsCleaning gutters and replacing damaged gutter partsBasic landscaping tasks, such as mowing the lawn and trimming bushesRepairs you may want to hire a professional for:Major plumbing repairs, such as replacing pipes or water heatersElectrical repairs that involve rewiring, adding circuits, or working with the electrical panelRoof repairs or replacementsStructural repairs, such as foundation or framing workHVAC repairs and installationsLarge-scale landscaping or tree removalAnything involving working at heights or in dangerous conditions, such as on a roof or with heavy machineryRemember, if you are unsure about the complexity or safety of a repair, it is always better to err on the side of caution and hire a professional. A DIY repair that goes wrong can end up costing you more time and money in the long run, and can even be dangerous. Always consider your skill level, time, effort, cost, safety, and complexity of the repair. By doing so, you'll be able to make an informed decision that's right for you and your home!
DIY or Not: A Guide to Home Repairs

Building Dreams, Faster: The Impact of Improved New Home Construction Timelines

May 16, 2023
Building a new home can be an exciting but stressful process. One of the biggest factors that can cause stress for new homebuyers is the timeline for construction. Over the past few years, builders have faced challenges in getting construction materials and dealing with labor shortages for qualified trades. This pushed construction timelines out, making it a longer overall process for homebuyers wanting to build a new home. The good news is that new home construction timelines are improving, and this has had a significant impact on the home-buying experience. Here are some of the ways that faster construction timelines are making it easier for people to build their dream homes.Reduced StressOne of the most significant benefits of faster construction timelines is the reduced stress it has on homebuyers. Long construction timelines can lead to anxiety and uncertainty for homebuyers who are eager to move into their new homes. Faster timelines mean the wait time is significantly reduced, and homebuyers can enjoy their new homes sooner.Faster Move-In TimeWhen your home is built faster, you can move in sooner. This means that you can start enjoying your new home and getting settled into your new community sooner. It can also help you avoid having to pay for temporary housing or storage, which can be expensive.Increased AvailabilityFinally, faster construction timelines mean that more homes are available for purchase. With shorter construction times, contractors can complete more projects, increasing the availability of new homes for sale. This can make it easier for homebuyers to find a home that meets their needs and budget.With improvements in technology and building methods, it is clear that the future of home construction is bright, and homebuyers can look forward to building their dream homes more quickly and easily than ever before.
Building Dreams, Faster: The Impact of Improved New Home Construction Timelines

Join us for the Discovery Event!

May 4, 2023
We have more communities, more available homes, more floor plans, and more options than ever before. Wait – did I mention our community and home-specific incentives and promotions? We also have those! It can seem overwhelming but don’t worry, we can help you sort through it all. You might ask us where to start. Well, do you want to do your own research on our website? Or would you rather speak with an expert who can help you narrow your search in minutes? If you would rather ask an expert, you have four ways to contact Becca and Danielle. These exceptional people are our New Home Specialists, and they take that title seriously! 1.      You can text. Becca and Danielle can receive texts at any of our published phone numbers. Text them for a quick answer. They do sleep, so don’t worry if they don’t respond right away late at night! They will get back to you. 2.      You can fill out a form and start an email correspondence. Becca and Danielle will get back to you via email. If you give us your phone number, they will call you back as well. 3.      You can call us. Becca and Danielle answer our phones and are here to help you. They can quickly access all our available homes, floor plans to build and they know what goes where! 4.      You can chat with us on the website. We’re unique in our approach to chats. We never want our friends to interact with a bot, so we have live chats. This means that our chat is not always active. It is only turned on when a live person can monitor it. If you see Becca or Danielle’s photo on the chat, then they are the person you will be interacting with! Want to do your own research? We have lots of resources for you to find your dream home on our website. You can start by doing a map search of our communities, you can view all of our available homes or you can choose your favorite floor plan first. Here’s a quick guide to each. From our main page on mobile, just scroll a little and you will see the map view showing all the areas we build in. Just above that are drop downs where you can select from the city you want, the price range, the size of the home, the number of bedrooms, or the date available for our homes under construction. We’ve made it easy for you to quickly find what you need. If you would rather start by searching all our floor plans or by community name, click the three lines at the top right to pull down the menu. Then click on find a home to view your options. The communities selection will give you a list of community names in alphabetical order alongside a map pinpointing each community. Floor Plans is a good place to start If you know that you have specific size and bedroom requirements You can quickly scroll through the cards that let you know what the square footage is along with bedrooms and bathrooms. When you click on a floor plan you can quickly see how many communities it is built in and scroll down to the bottom to find that plan under construction. You will be able to tell immediately how soon that home will be complete and what the price is. If you would rather build it from scratch, scroll down to the bottom of the page to find homes under construction using that floor plan. When time is of the essence you can start by clicking the search homes button on the main page! Whatever order you would like to undertake your home search, we are here to help you at every stage. For more in-depth details about our specific incentives and promotions, Becca and Danielle are the best resource and are ready to connect with you!
Join us for the Discovery Event!

Choosing the Perfect Homesite: Key Considerations for Homebuyers

May 2, 2023
When it comes to building your dream home, choosing the perfect homesite is one of the most important decisions you will make. The right location can make all the difference in the world when it comes to creating a space that is both comfortable and functional for you and your family. But with so many factors to consider, how can you ensure that you are selecting the best homesite for your new home? Here are some key considerations for homebuyers when choosing the perfect homesite.LocationLocation is perhaps the most important factor to consider when selecting a homesite. You want to choose a location convenient for your daily commute, close to schools and other amenities, and in a neighborhood that aligns with your lifestyle. Additionally, consider the proximity to things like shopping centers, parks, and entertainment options. Or perhaps you want to be away from all of the hustle and bustle in a more quiet area. Location is key when selecting a home.Lot Size and ShapeAnother critical consideration when choosing a homesite is the lot size and shape. Consider the size of the lot and how it will accommodate your dream home, landscaping, and other outdoor living areas. Additionally, think about the shape of the lot and how it will affect your home's layout. Do you want a large yard or a smaller space that will require less upkeep? Do you want the room to expand in the future or not? These are all considerations to make.Views and OrientationWhen selecting a homesite, think about the views and orientation of the lot. Do you want a site with a scenic view, or do you prefer a more secluded setting? Additionally, think about the lot's orientation and how it will affect natural light and energy efficiency.Choosing the perfect homesite is a critical decision that requires careful consideration and planning. By considering these key factors, you can select a homesite that will meet your family's needs and provide the perfect foundation for building your dream home. Remember, selecting the right homesite is the first step towards creating a space that you will love and enjoy for years to come.
Choosing the Perfect Homesite: Key Considerations for Homebuyers
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