Spring Home Maintenance Checklist
January 21, 2015
The construction drawings for your home are the road map that spells out every detail of your home and how it should be built. This is what the builder and subcontractor will use throughout the process of building your home. Ask your builder what all the symbols mean, so you can visualize what your space will look like. Study the floor plan and think about how you will use each room and what modifications you might want done during construction. This will save you time and money if you have to change something while your home is still under construction.
Switches & Electrical Outlets
Take note of where the electrical outlets and light switches will be located in your home. Think about outlets for your Christmas tree, small appliances, and wall-mounted flat-screen TV. Do you hate digging your hairdryer out of the drawer to plug it in everyday? Add an outlet to the bathroom drawer so you never have to unplug it. Opt for 4-plug outlets instead of 2; in areas you tend to accumulate electrical devices.
Outside Outlets & Faucets
Think about what outlets and faucets you will need outside. Do you want an outlet for Christmas lights in the eave of your house to eliminate the eyesore of an extension cord? Do you grill out a lot? Consider a natural gas line on the deck to avoid having to replace the propane tank every time it runs out. Discuss options with your builder to make sure the outside setup of your house will work well with your lifestyle.
Ample storage is necessary, but also pay attention to where to place your storage space. Do you want a closet in the foyer? It’s a wise choice when living in a colder climate where coats are worn about half the year, especially if you entertain in your home. Also, consider opting for built-in shelves and storage. Not only are Built-in shelves functional, but also make a home look and feel more custom.
Lighting not only adds to the atmosphere of a home, but it can help make important tasks, such as cooking or shaving, easier. The key rooms to light are bathrooms and kitchens. In the bathroom opt for both overhead and task lighting, such as ceiling fixtures coupled with sconces. Under cabinet lighting in the kitchen can help tremendously when you’re cooking, while giving the room added ambience when entertaining guests. Consider rooms in your house where you tend to do detailed tasks and add lighting to these areas.
With so many decisions to make when building a new home, it’s easy to overlook the small but important details, yet sometimes the smallest details end up being the most useful to you.
Bet you didn’t know that the holidays are one of the best times of year to shop for a new home!
No Santa isn’t likely to put one in your stocking, and you won’t get any Black Friday deals, but it’s a great time to choose your much coveted home.
There are a number of factors that figure in to holiday home shopping both for the seller and the buyer. If you are looking during the holidays, you probably have an immediate need for a new home. When it comes to new homes, often builders are looking to close as many homes by the end of the year.
When you shop for a new home during the holidays you are also less likely to lose your favorite home site or available home to the next person who walks through the model doors. This doesn’t mean it still can’t happen, but there are fewer serious buyers out during the holidays.
If you find something you like, you are likely to see your mortgage approval move quicker and more smoothly this time of year. Because there is less volume it could mean faster approvals.
So if you are still trying to figure out what to get the family for the holidays…think about a new home!