Five Fun Ways to Spend the First Night in a New House with Your Kids

April 9th, 2018

If you, like many parent homeowners, have just bought a new house to raise your kids in, no one is more excited than the children themselves. Moving to a new place is always a big experience for children, especially if they’re old enough to understand home ownership and the implications, like no more landlords, and the freedom to modify the house however you want. Even if you managed to hold together things like bedtime, teeth brushing and good behavior throughout the move, that first night surrounded by boxes in a brand new house is often more excitement than most kids can handle. Most likely, they’re bouncing off the walls, eager to unpack boxes, explore the house, and in general chattering up a storm. Let’s face it, tonight isn’t going to be a normal routine night for any of you, so you might as well make it special. Read More >

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How to Prepare Your New Home for the Family Pets

April 2nd, 2018

If you have just bought a brand new home or are thinking about doing so, there is one concern every homeowner needs to think long and hard about: Pet ownership. For those of you who already have a pet or have had a pet in the past, you probably already know about more than a few of the common concerns. Accidents and claw marks on the nice floors, fur in the carpets and dander in the air ducts are all serious considerations, especially when you’re planning on protecting the value of a new home. Fortunately, homes were built to last and with only a few preventative and maintenance steps, you can ensure you, your family and your animal companions can all live comfortably together in the new place. All you need is a little forward thinking.

1) Choose a Safe Place for Food Bowls
For well-trained pets that already know how to behave in a home, the messiest part of pet ownership is often the area where you place the food and water bowls. Without hands, dogs and cats can’t pick up their food one bite at a time or sip their water. Food bits and droplets almost always hit the floor, sometimes together creating moist disintegrating food puddles. We can all agree you don’t want this to happen on carpet or wood floors. Choose a tiled or linoleum area for the food and water bowls, preferably in an out of the way place in the kitchen where messes are easy to clean up. Read More >

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10 Things Most Homeowners Forget When Shopping for a New Home

March 26th, 2018

So you’ve just bought a brand new home, or are at least thinking pretty seriously about it. Most people, when buying a new place, are either moving from a rental situation or selling an older, smaller home and moving up to something better. That said, the one thing you can be sure of about a brand new home is that you have to bring everything with you. There will not be a stick of furniture, an abandoned curtain rod or a secret stash of left-behind sponges. For this reason, it’s important not just to move your current things in, but to make a shopping list of things you’ll need to fully furnish the home. Read More >

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Five Things You Don’t Have to Worry About with a Brand New Home

March 19th, 2018

As someone currently looking for a home, no doubt you’ve done just a little bit of internet research on what you should look into and the steps you should take. Time and time again, you’re going to come across dire warnings to do your “due diligence” and investigate a house thoroughly even after you fall in love with everything on the surface. However, beyond the basic inspection and appraisal required by most mortgage lenders, these warnings only apply to homes that have had previous owners and have seen a lot of “mileage.” When you’re considering a brand new home freshly completed by professional homebuilders, these warnings don’t apply. In fact, there are a lot of things you don’t have to worry about when buying a brand new home. Here are our favorite five: Read More >

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The Top 10 Smart Home Devices for Your New House (Part 2)

March 12th, 2018

Welcome back to the second half of our two-part article about a smart home. Smart homes are by far one of the best things to happen for residential technology since the Roomba, and you can use them to make your brand new home even more inviting. Last time we talked about the introduction of the smart home along with a few useful devices that homeowners love like color-changing smart lights, smart thermostats, video doorbells and the incredibly powerful combination of smart security assets. Today, we’re picking up where we left off at smart outlets and power strips. Read More >

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The Top 10 Smart Home Devices for Your New House (Part 1)

March 5th, 2018

Buying a new home is an exciting experience, full of promise and possibilities. Walking through the empty rooms, you can imagine the many possible courses your life could take in your new home and, of course, the hundreds of ways you could decorate, innovate and make the place your own. One of the most popular modern upgrades to any home, allowing for ultimate personalization, is the smart home trend. Through the combination of AI intuition, an online dashboard and voice controls, you can gain immediate power over almost every electronic device in your new home from the ceiling lights to the coffee machine. Whether you’re kitting out your brand new home with smart home features right now or still researching exactly which components will work best with the location and your lifestyle, if you want the full Smart Home experience, consider the following ten most popular and convenient Smart Home devices on the market. Read More >

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Orange County Residents Owning Homes Hits a Nine-Year High

February 26th, 2018

Good news for Orange and Los Angeles counties: Home ownership has reached a nine-year high. The not-so-good news: The area still ranks near the bottom among the 75 largest metropolitan areas in the United States when it comes to home ownership, according to U.S. Census data, as recently reported by the Orange County Register. Here are the details: Read More >

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How Filling Your Fridge Can Save Energy and Trips to the Grocery Store

February 19th, 2018

The refrigerator is by far one of the largest power consumers in your new home, often second only to the HVAC system with either the AC or furnace running at full blast. If you monitor the power from a smart outlet, you can watch the fridge cycle as it spins up to add more cold and spins down to sit at rest. You can watch the refrigerator use up energy, but reducing that cost is an entirely other matter and most people wouldn’t even know where to start. Take a moment to think about it, do you actually know or understand how the refrigerator keeps everything so cold on the inside? Read More >

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What to Do When Your New House Isn’t Ready By Moving Day

February 12th, 2018

Moving is a complicated process and every circumstance is different. One of the biggest challenges for anyone moving is time coordination, ensuring both that your current home is emptied before your final deadline and that the next place is available by the time the moving trucks arrive. However, it doesn’t always work out that smoothly. For renters, the lease on your first place may expire before the lease on your next place begins and for those who are buying and selling homes, timing the closing on both a sale and a purchase at the same time is practically acrobatics. There are even situations where you might have a complex job relocation process further complicating the move.

So what do you do if you have to move out of one place before your new house is ready to move into? Fortunately, your movers will usually have you covered. Read More >

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Eight Tips on Saving Up for Your First Home (Part 2)

February 5th, 2018

Welcome back to the second half of this two-part article about saving up for your first home. There are many different techniques people use, but the most important thing to remember is to actually save money and make your plans. Last time we talked about managing your own expectations, setting your price range, making your savings accounts and the right mindset for your house hunting. If you missed the first half, read it here. For everyone who’s already caught up, let’s pick back up where we left off at point five:

5) Don’t Choose a House Right Away

The homes available the day you start saving are most likely not going to still be available when you are finally ready to make a down payment and cover all the title transfer, conveyancer and closing costs. Read More >

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