Archive for March 29, 2017

Making the Right Decision on Custom Homes

a woman imagining her kitchen in future custom homesWhen you decide on custom homes, you’re given the chance to pick and choose every detail. Choice equals options. It also means that you have to keep many things in mind. Getting to choose almost every aspect of your home’s design takes time, but some rooms should take more time than others. Palo Verde Homes can help you decide on the details. 

Where to Begin

On one hand, deciding on room size and closet space should not take too much time. On the other hand, deciding on living room feature might. For your first custom home experience, it is best to begin with the kitchen and bathrooms. These two rooms will usually take longest to decide on, and will need more time than other parts of the house. The team at Palo Verde Homes is ready to help make your dream home a reality!

The Kitchen in Custom Homes

The first room to think about in your future custom home is the kitchen. Whether or not you spend a good amount of time in the kitchen, it is the room with the most mileage. Kitchens are usually built as the focal point of a home. You will want to take your time deciding on the layout of the kitchen. Sleep on it and compare the top two design side by side if possible. After you have the layout, the next thing you should decide is the color scheme. Decide on the countertops and cabinets first and make sure they match! After you have those features picked, you can then move onto handles and sink features. Depending on the type of customs homes you go with, there may already be some options available to you. Lastly, pick out the appliances and their colors.

The Bathroom in Custom Homes

The next room to think about is the bathroom. Like the kitchen, begin with the layout. This will include shower and tub design along with the sink and toilet design. You want to pick something you are very comfortable with. Do not just go with what looks pretty, but rather what you can use every day. It helps to think about who will likely use this bathroom and for what. If you are looking for the master bath, go with something both you and your spouse feel comfortable with. When looking at the other bathrooms, think about use before beauty.

Choose Palo Verde Homes, Today!

Custom Homes are great for the choice they offer. Custom homes can be difficult because of the choices they offer. To make it a bit easier for yourself, start with the kitchen and bathrooms. Palo Verde Homes can help you customize the kitchen and bathroom of their custom homes. Contact us today!

 

Questions to Ask Builders You Want to Hire

a home built by custom home buildersWhen looking for builders to work on a home building project, it can be hard to decide on who you’ll hire. You may have found some builders with good recommendations and reviews but now that you must pick one, what do you ask? There are several things to ask, but two big things to check are the building company’s licenses and their experience. Depending on the answers you receive to these questions, you can make a better decision. Rest assured in knowing the experienced team at Palo Verde Homes is ready to serve you!

Why Licenses Matter

The first thing to ask any builder is if they have all their licenses up to date. They must work with the city in regards to home building and other land work. In order to do this legal, your building team requires the appropriate licenses. Another word for licenses is permit and without building permits, you may find that the home you wanted won’t be possible to build. You may also realize that the building team will not be able to put up a fence you wanted, for example. 

When a building team does not have the correct permits, you may find yourself in a difficult legal situation. Permits are only given to plans that pass all safety and zoning codes. This is why you are not allowed to build without them. In a way, it is an extra check on the safety of the builders too.

The Importance of Experience

Before hiring any builders, you want to know and verify their experience. In order to do this, you must first find out how long your potential team has been working in your specific area. This is important because each area has different land needs. What works for one area may not work for another. You will want to have a home building team that has at least five or more years’ experience building.

In addition, you will want a building team that has at least three of those years working in the area. After you have gotten answers that satisfy these requirements, you will want to verify the info. You can do this by doing a quick Google search. If you cannot find your potential builder, or the info you find does not match, then you should choose another, more reliable team. This is where Palo Verde Homes comes into play!

Choose Palo Verde Homes, Today!

Trying to choose builders can be stressful. Whether you are struggling to find builders or pick from several recommendations, asking the right questions always helps. Palo Verde Homes is made up of quality builders who are ready to work for you. We have the necessary licenses, permits, and experience in the Southwest. If you want to avoid the stress and have the smoothest home building process, don’t hesitate and contact Palo Verde Homes today!

 

5 Things to Consider When Designing Floor Plans

a custom home that used custom floor plans to be builtDesigning a custom home is a creative and exciting process, and space planning is an important first step. Because the floor plan is the foundation for every aesthetic detail of a home, homeowners should take great care to design custom floor plans that match their needs and personalities. Palo Verde Homes is ready to help you achieve your dream home.

Designing Custom Floor Plans

Wall trim and fabric colors can be changed in the future, but the layout of a home is slightly more permanent. As new homeowners consider various options for custom floor plans, there are at least five factors they should take into account.

Lifestyle

An active family with toddlers and a dog is likely to require a different house layout than a newly married couple that loves to host parties. While the first family may want the kids’ bedrooms next to the master bedroom, for example, the newlywed couple may prioritize an entertainment den that can fit a home theater. Of all of the factors to consider when selecting floor plans, lifestyle is probably the most important.

Space Needs

When it comes to successfully designing a custom home, space planning is the name of the game. Consider your space needs by asking questions like the following: How much space do you need in your kitchen? Do you want your kitchen to be openly connected to the dining room? How much public space do you want in your home, and how much should be walled off?

Traffic Flow

When designing the layout of your home, try to imagine yourself moving through it. When you carry in groceries from the garage, what is the path to the kitchen? Or when you have to do a few loads of laundry, how far away will you have to walk to get to the kitchen? It is far too easy to forget to consider paths of travel, but having direct pathways and visual connections from space to space will majorly increase the comfort level in your home.

Maximizing Assets

Does your property face a lake? Is there a park nearby? Where does the sun rise in relation to your front door? By organizing your home’s layout to maximize the assets, you will ensure you get the best views and the most pleasant lighting.

Closets and Storage

Depending on how many things you plan to store (think wrapping paper, linens, luggage, etc.) you may want to consider adding in extra storage space. Many people choose to put walk-in closets in their homes, and several people opt for a closet by the entry way to store their guest’s coats.

Bring Questions to the Experts

If homeowners have questions during the design process, they can get help from the custom builders they are partnering with. Our design team at Palo Verde Homes has experience with several different types of home layouts, and we can offer advice and tips for how to make everything flow. If you have any questions about custom floor plans or want to begin the building process, contact us today!

 

Selling New Properties for Profit

a realtor holding a digital representation of new properties in hit outstretched handMany new properties listed on the market are great opportunities to make money. All you need to do is buy smart and sell smart. Palo Verde Homes has many new properties that can help you make a profit. Before getting into the business of real estate, you will want to consider certain things when buying, selling, and looking for new properties.

What to Think about When Buying

Before purchasing any new properties you want to consider the following. First, does the cost of the property match or exceed its sell value.  You can figure this by looking at several factors. To begin, look at the property taxes of the area. Remember that you will be responsible for these taxes until the house is ready to be sold. Then look at the location appeal. Is the house in an area that is desirable? This will help you estimate how long it will be on the market. After this, you want to examine how much money you will have to invest in the home. For example, if the house is fifty thousand, and you know it will take twenty thousand to fix it. Then the sell cost will go up. If the house must sell at hundred thousand to make a profit, check the area for the going rate. If the fixing cost is too high, you may want to look into another property.

What to Think About When Selling

When selling any new properties, make sure you only talk to people who have been approved. If you are trying to make some kind of profit, it makes no sense to talk to unapproved people. Pre-approved means that the person has an approved loan from the bank. Without this, most people would not be able to make a bid on the house. Not only will it be a waste of time, but it may take your house off the market. This delay will only cost you money.

New Properties to Look For?

The best type of new properties to look for are ones with low cost. This means thinking of the price of the house and the cost of renovation together. Then comparing it to selling cost.  Doing this will help improve your profit margin. If you thought of this before buying, then your profit margin can be very high. Also, make sure you list the house at the appropriate amount. Rising the price above value does not mean you will make more money. In fact it may cause the property to stay on the market longer. This will just end up costing you more money.

Choose Palo Verde Homes, Today!

Investing in real estate is always a good idea. The trick is to be smart about it. Palo Verde Homes has new properties that are of good quality. They are built well and can garner high re-sell value. When you invest in any new properties, you want to make sure that you will get a good return. This is possible when you measure cost against profit.

 

Questions to Ask Builders You Want to Hire

a custom built palo verde home built by professional buildersWhen looking for builders to work on a project, it can be hard to decide who to hire. You may have found some builders who have good reviews and recommendations. But now that you must pick one, what do you ask? Palo Verde Homes has an experienced team that is ready to serve you. There are several things to ask, but two big things to check are the company’s licenses and their experience. Depending on the answers, you’ll be able to make make the best decision possible.

Check their Builders Licenses

The first thing to ask any builder is if they have all their licenses up to date. They must work with the city in regards to home building and other land work. A license to work is very important for a building company to have. Now, let’s talk about permits. Without building permits, you find that the addition you added to your house is not legal, or that the fence you wanted up cannot be there, or that the lawn improvement you made could not have so many feet of concrete, for example.

If the builder doesn not have the correct permits, you may find yourself in a difficult legal situation. Permits are only given to plans that pass all safety and zoning codes. This is why you are not allowed to build without them. In a way, it is an extra check on the safety of those building the home too.

Experience in the Field

Before hiring your team, you need to know and verify their past experience. The way to do this is to first ask how long they have been working. Make sure that you follow that up with how long they have worked in the area. This is important because each area has different land needs. What works for one area may not work for another. You will want to have a team that has at least five or more years’ experience building. In addition, you will want at least three of those years working in the area. After you have gotten answers that satisfy these requirements. You will want to verify the info. You can do this by doing a quick google search. If you cannot find them, or the info you find does not match. Then you know not to hire the builders.

Choose Palo Verde Homes, Today!

Trying to choose builders can be stressful. Whether you are struggling to find builders or pick from several recommendations. Having some questions to ask always helps.  Palo Verde Homes has quality builders to work for you. Remember to ask for proof of the builders licenses, this will help avoid legal issues later. Then it is a good idea to ask about experience. After you have their answers, then verify their answers later. Doing this will help you avoid trouble, and make a good decision.