Spring Checklist for Homeowners

Spring Checklist for Homeowners

We make it easy to build your dream home, but it’s up to you to maintain it and keep it in great shape for years to come. With spring just around the corner, it’s a good idea to get your home ready for the warmer weather and rain to come. Since spring can be a stormy season in many areas, a little maintenance can be especially important. 

Your home has unique needs, but this list of common spring maintenance tasks can get you off to a good start. 

Foundation check

You’ll want to check your foundation after the last freeze of the season. Walk around your home and look for cracks and changes in your foundation. Small cracks become big cracks, so if you notice something, keep a close eye on it. Any significant change warrants the attention of a professional. The sooner you intervene, the more affordable the repair will be.  

Clear debris

Fall and winter can be messy when it comes to debris around your home. This includes dead leaves and branches on the ground and unhealthy branches near your home. You’ll want to remove fallen items so that they don’t trap moisture near your foundation. Unhealthy branches should be removed before a spring storm brings them down on your house. 

Clean gutters

Gutters help to usher water away from your home, where it can do a great amount of damage. To work properly, they must be clean and in good shape. You’ll want to check the downspouts as well to make sure they take all water away from your foundation. 

Roof check

Roofs have it pretty hard in the winter, especially if there has been snow and ice. You’ll want to make sure there is no damage before spring rains come. Look for signs of loose tiles and leaks to keep all those showers on the outside, where they can’t damage your property.

Wood check

Inspect all outside wood trim, posts, shutters, and any other wood element, such as decks. You’re looking for cracks, weak spots that indicate rot, or unsealed areas. It’s also a good time to look for bug infestations that can become a large problem when warmer weather hits. If you see any problems, then call a professional as soon as possible.

Your home may have additional areas to inspect and maintain, like a fireplace that needs a little post-heating care. Just make sure you’re keeping track of issues you find, and that you call a professional to handle anything you can’t do yourself. This can not only save you money, but it can also help protect your home so you can enjoy it for years to come.

Things That Change When You Own Versus Rent

Things That Change When You Own Versus Rent

For many people, owning a home is a lifelong dream. If you’re a renter who’s considering making the leap, then you may be curious about how it’s different from renting. The following list helps you prepare for some of the changes so you know what to expect and can make the right decision for you and your family.

Maintenance becomes a priority

When you rent a home, your responsibilities regarding home maintenance is fairly low. You have to change the HVAC filters and take care of the lawn. Essentially, your goal is to take care of the home by making sure you don’t do any damage. When you are a homeowner, however, you have to do much more than change filters and mow. In the winter you have to get things ready for harsh conditions, and any damage that may occur during severe weather. In the spring you have to make sure you’re ready for rains and the potential damage that water can cause roofs and foundations.

Renovating becomes a possibility

As a renter, you have to live with your home exactly the way it is, for good and bad. You can’t do anything other than move if you need more room, more cabinet space, or want carpet instead of tile. If you’re a homeowner, then you suddenly have options. You can change just about anything you want about your home, from adding more room to remodeling your entire interior completely. Of course, you also have to consider resale value resulting from any changes you make.

Insurance needs change

Most renters carry basic renter’s insurance to cover their possessions in case of theft, fire, or other covered loss. Sometimes renters may carry liability insurance as well. As a homeowner, however, you have to consider all sorts of issues related to loss, from floods and fires to burglaries and tornadoes. Additionally, many homeowners carry liability insurance to cover them in case someone injures themselves on their property. To make sure you have enough coverage, it is smart to talk to an insurance professional.

Rebates, tax credits, and more

Homeowners have tools available to them that can help them improve and update their home. There are rebate programs that help people install solar panels and home improvements. There are also some tax credits that homeowners can use to reduce their tax liability. These are only available to homeowners, making owning a home an attractive option.

While owning a home does come with more responsibilities, it’s a worthwhile endeavor, especially if you’re prepared for it. This list isn’t all inclusive, but it can help you see what you’re getting into when you take on the American dream of home ownership.

Things to Do Before Building Your Custom Home

Things to Do Before Building Your Custom Home

Building your dream home is an amazing achievement and something to be proud of, truly! But before you get to throw a housewarming party, there’s much work to do and decisions to be made. The decision-making process alone can be overwhelming, so we put together a list of things you may want to start thinking about to help you prepare for the decisions ahead.

Location 

This is an obvious initial decision that deserves plenty of attention. Since you’ll live in your home for years, you’ll want to make sure that it’s in a convenient location. But you should also consider choosing a desirable location that will improve your resale value as well. 

Orientation

Do you want to see the sunset from your dinner table? Would you like to spend mornings on your deck enjoying the sunrise? You’ll want to consider the orientation of your home based on how you like to live, so think a bit about how you like to use your space. It’s the small things that make a house a home! 

Size and flexibility

Your home should meet your needs today as well as years from today. To ensure this you should think about your life in the upcoming years. If you plan on growing your family, you’ll want room to accommodate that. If your kids will be leaving the nest soon, then make sure the space will not be overwhelming.

Space and use

Do you need a large garage? Is it important for you to have space for hobbies or a kid’s playroom? Your home should reflect how you plan to live, giving you options to express yourself and live the way you want. Thinking about this before you build will help you be even happier in your home.

Building a home is a lifelong dream for many people, but it can be stressful. By considering how you use your home, and what your life will look like years down the road, you’ll be happier with the decisions you make. And of course, if you need guidance, your home builder will be able to provide a wealth of information and help you make the best decisions for your unique situation. 

Home Decorating Tips for the Holidays

Home Decorating Tips for the Holidays

The Ozarks are beautiful all year long, but things really shine during the end of the year. From the amazing fall scenery to holiday decorations, it’s truly a great place to call home. If you’re like many homeowners, then you enjoy enhancing your home’s decor to match the season. There are some easy ways to decorate your home without breaking the bank this holiday season.

  1. Candles: Fall- and holiday-scented candles are an easy and fast way to fill your home with the holiday spirit. You can pick them up just about anywhere and switch out scents to match your mood or the occasion.

  2. Lighting: Inexpensive string lights quickly transform your home’s atmosphere. These can be used anywhere you want to add a bit of ambience, including your outdoor living space.

  3. Wreaths and centerpieces:  Natural wreaths and centerpieces instantly make your home more festive. You can add holiday ornaments and ribbons to switch your look from “fall” to “holiday.”

  4. Throws and pillows: Bringing fall and holiday colors into your home is easy if you pepper in some seasonal throws and pillows. This also makes your home feel extra cozy in the winter.

  5. Gourds, leaves, and pinecones: Seasonal displays of gourds and pinecones add natural charm to your home’s decor. You can place them around tables, countertops, coffee tables, and near the entrance of your home, including your front porch.

Last but not least, put your Christmas tree and decorations up! If you have a large space, then consider adding a second tree, or a smaller accent tree. This is the quickest way to make your home festive!