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Before You Build: 5 Steps to Follow

Building a new home begins long before the foundation is poured. To avoid costly mistakes during the construction process, start with these five important steps. As you move from your dream house to your real house, be sure to ask questions and share your progress.

1. Plan Your Budget

Begin now to think about how much you can afford to spend and how much building your new home is likely to cost. Chances are you will need a construction loan and a mortgage. It’s not too early to find out what size loan you qualify for. Also, knowing the approximate costs will help you modify your building plans to meet your budget.

2. Choose Your Lot

Whether you are building your home in a suburban development or a site with sweeping ocean views, you will almost always need to choose the land before you select floor plans or other details. You (and any pros you hire) will need to investigate factors such as soil condition, drainage, zoning and building codes in the region.

3. Line Up Your Team

You’ll need a team of experts to design and construct your house. Key players will include a builder, an excavator, a surveyor and a home designer or an architect. Many homeowners begin by selecting the builder or contractor. That pro then selects other members of the team.

4. Pick a Plan

Many new homes are built using stock plans from a catalog. The builder or a home designer may make minor modifications in room size, window style or other details. A custom-designed home, on the other hand, is created specifically for the family which will live there. In most cases, custom-designed homes require the services of a licensed architect. Whether you opt for a stock or a custom design, you will be wise to choose a plan that will meet your needs for many years to come.

5. Negotiate a Contract

Be sure to get a written contract which has been signed and dated by both the builder or contractor and the architect or designer. A contract for new home construction will describe the project in detail and include a listing of all the parts to be included in the house. Remember to amend the contract if you or your team make any changes to the project later on.

20 Creative Color Schemes Inspired By The Color Wheel

An empty room is a blank canvas for any decorator to fill with color, pattern, and texture. While decorators have a handle on color schemes that work, choosing color schemes can be a scary proposition for others. Fear not, there are a few easy guidelines to follow that will have anyone picking colors like a pro.  There are five basic color schemes and a myriad of options from which to draw upon for inspiration and we will review each of them.

Monochromatic

The monochromatic color scheme is perhaps the easiest to understand. It is the use of anyone tint, hue or shade of a single color.  This scheme can be either very relaxing or very dramatic depending on the color chosen and the various shades or tints incorporated. For a bit of drama consider the use of a warm hue such as red or orange. For a cooler feel try blues or greens. Grays, whites, and creams are fabulous options for neutral schemes.

Analogous

The analogous scheme uses consecutive colors on the color wheel.  Mixing colors that are adjacent to each other creates a colorful yet harmonious look.  Using more than five colors would be a bit jumbled and cause visual confusion in a space. A safe bet is to pick three to four that you like together and decide which will be a key color and which will be accepted.If yellow and green are favored colors you could build a scheme that involves yellow-orange, yellow, yellow-green and green into space.

Complementary

A complementary scheme is created by using colors, shades, tints or tones of two colors found opposite each other on the color wheel.  This scheme is easy to use and leaves a room feeling harmonious and soothing. Pick the two colors you like and build your scheme from there.  Expand the palette by incorporating a lighter tint or a darker shade of the two colors. This will add some depth and character to the room. Add white to both green and red to achieve the vibrant and cheerful look of the pink and green room, or add white to the yellow and blue to achieve a soothing formal look for a living room.

Split Complementary

A split complementary scheme involves the use of three colors. Start with one color, find its complement and then use the two colors on either side of it.  For example, the complement of blue-green is red-orange and the split complement of blue-green would be red and orange. Again, any shade, tint or tone of these three colors can be used when developing your color scheme.

If One Of Your Goals For 2019 Is To Become A Homeowner, Read Along…

Owning a home is one of the greatest investments. And right about now you’re thinking, “Yes, I’ve heard that phrase time and time again.” The reality is, owning a home can provide you with many incentives and a prosperous future. However, getting there is what takes the majority of work. Being determined, persistent, and wise about this decision is what truly matters.

Here at Palo Verde Homes, it’s our priority to match people with homes and guide them in their journey to homeownership. If you’ve made it your goal to become a homeowner in 2019 then we’d like to provide you with a couple of tips to help get you started.

Tip #1. Don’t settle.

This is a lifetime investment after all. Spend time exploring what you need and desire in a home. Make a list and carry it with you. There may be some give and take, especially if your partner has a different set of ideas but it’s important to find a balance. Once you begin attending Open Houses and working with a Realtor, who will also pose discovery questions, you’ll have a better picture of what will fill your desires in a home.

Tip #2. Research the builder.

You can fall in love with certain layouts or home features but if the home’s foundation is not what it should be, you’ll have numerous problems down the road. Knowing that the builder is reputable and has a solid customer satisfaction rate is key. One of the first items on your agenda should be researching home builders in the area. See what type of warranties they offer, make sure they meet all of the standard qualifications and don’t be afraid to ask for customer reviews. You should get to know the builder and ensure they are able to provide you with quality service from beginning to end.

Tip #3. Get pre-qualified for a loan early on.

Having your finances in check is especially important. One of the first items your Realtor will want to know is how much you’re looking to spend. If you have any outstanding debt or bad credit, this will affect your qualifications for a loan. Ultimately, it’s critical that you know what amount you can afford for a monthly mortgage. Knowing upfront what you can and cannot afford will save you from headaches and heartbreaks.

Bonus Tip: Contact Palo Verde Homes

We don’t say this because we’re biased to our own high-quality, beautiful homes, we say this because we are confident in our ability to bring you a home you’ll cherish for years to come! Knowing your goal is to become a homeowner in 2019 excites us. Each year we meet so many couples, families, and young professionals embarking on a new journey of homeownership and it’s truly what keeps our passion alive. Once you see a couple of our model homes in person you’ll have a great sense of why we continue to score a 5/5 among current owners.

We’re confident 2019 will be the year you unpack your bags and shout, “I’m home!Contact us today to make that vision a reality!