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What to Do Within the First Year of Owning a New Home

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Buying a new home can feel a lot like graduating from college. For years you struggle, sacrifice, and put in the hard work, then comes the day when you earn your degree, which is not a guarantee for a job but a credential that can open many doors. Owning a new home can be a lot like that. You suddenly have this new brand new accomplishment under your belt and it feels great but then you begin to learn there’s more to it than that.

You’re not alone. Many new homeowners are caught off guard once the costs of owning a home begin to settle in. Not to worry—you’re in good hands. Here at Palo Verde Homes, we work with buyers we believe will be successful in their journey as a homeowner and do our part to ensure you know just what you’re getting into so you can enjoy this lifetime accomplishment, as you should! As Benjamin Franklin said, “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.”

What to Do in the First Couple of Weeks

Okay now that Franklin’s quote as settled in, it’s to plan out a couple of key items. Shortly after you move in, within the first weeks, there is a couple of home maintenance you’ll want to handle:

  • Do a thorough walk-through of the home and look for any possible repairs. Before you begin unpacking and setting up the home, including hanging decorations on the wall, you want to make the home doesn’t require any repairs. In the event a repair is needed, it’s much more difficult to have it done once there’s furniture in the home.
  • Check all appliances and electrical outlets. Although this is something that will be inspected in the walk-through, it’s always a good idea to test out your appliances within the first weeks of moving in to make sure everything is intact.
  • Know who to call in the event of an emergency. Whether you’re new to the area or El Paso in general, you want to know who to call outside of 911. For example, a local plumber, electrician, insurance agent, gas leak, and other home damages. Having these numbers on hand can prevent losing any valuable time, which is especially critical in an emergency situation.
  • Keep an emergency supply kit somewhere safe. In the same sense, you want to make sure you have a supply kit stored nearby in the event of a power outage. For example, if the lights go out you’ll have a flashlight on hand. It also doesn’t hurt to store non-perishable food and water in your pantry as well as blankets and other essential items one would need if the electricity goes out.

What to Do on a Monthly Basis

Owning a new home certainly has its perks. For one, you won’t have to worry about unexpected damage or severe home maintenance issues such a leaking roof. However, there are items you will need to keep track of and handle on a monthly basis. These include:

  • Change the air filters each month. This will help keep the air inside clean. Some people extend this to two or three months but if you’re running your AC or heater on a daily basis, it’s a good idea to replace the filters each month.
  • Test the carbon monoxide detector and other home alarm systems. The batteries in carbon monoxide detectors can stop working without notice so it’s a good idea to test the detector once a month just to ensure the batteries are working. This applies to other battery-operated doctors.   
  • Flush out the water to remove accumulated sediment. Water can cause appliances such as your washing machine or sinks to stop working much sooner. This is because the chemicals in the water will damage the pipes. As a precaution to the water you’re drinking and using for other household chores, it’s a good idea to check your water softener and replenish the salt if needed.    
  • Clean the garbage disposal. Like many commonly used but often forgotten areas of the home, the garbage disposal can easily get dismissed. We recommend marking these monthly maintenance items in your calendar on days that are easy to remember. For example, every 10th day of the month throw some ice cubes in the garbage disposal and turn on the grinder then flush it out with hot water and some baking soda. This will clean out all the residue that tends to stay behind.

Every Spring and/or Fall

While El Paso is fortunate to have rather mild and predictable weather, we do see a changing of the seasons, even if it’s not as dramatic as the leaves changing colors or the first snowfall. In our city, it’s more like the first day of triple-digit weather or the first full day of rain. Regardless of how you observe the changing of the season, at least twice a year when it gets cold/warm out, you want to do these items:

  • Have your roof inspected. New roofs don’t require nearly as much work as older homes but keeping it safe and damage free is as easy as a yearly routine inspection.
  • Remove any leaves or debris from the gutters. This will prevent the backflow of water, which can result in foundational issues or other structural damage.
  • Check your plumbing and make sure the pipes are all working. Just like a new roof, your plumbing won’t be difficult to deal with but it’s best to have your pipes inspected at least once a year.
  • Inspect your home appliances. From your oven to the washing machine and refrigerator, it’s a good idea to inspect your home appliances on a seasonal basis. Any small issues are much more feasible to repair than larger electrical issues.
  • Do a walk-through of your home’s exterior. If you don’t spend a lot of time outside, exterior issues are easy to dismiss. Make sure to do a rigorous walk-through of your home and look for any damage such as splitting paint, vegetation that requires work, a faulty door, or any issues with your irrigation system.    
  • Check for any cracks or gaps in the windows. Again, for a new home, it may be uncommon for the area around the windows to begin cracking or splitting but as caution and preventable measures, inspect your windows. Look for gaps between the trim and exterior siding as well any new caulk that needs to be re-applied.     

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Yes, having a home is work. But is it worth it? Absolutely! In a list format, it may seem like there’s a lot to do but since most of these items are spread out and can easily be tackled within a day or two, it won’t be as nearly as tiring as one might imagine. It’s also a good idea to call in a professional for some of the items, which often involves an inspection and update on that part of your home. Knowing is better than not knowing when it comes to home damage. Most importantly, doing these items will help keep the pristine look and feel of your new home.

If you have any specific questions about your new Parlo Verde Home, please connect with us today!

Building Custom Homes Can Offer You A World Of Possibilities

a beautiful home built by Palo Verde Homes If you are looking for custom homes or want to have one built in the El Paso area, chances are you probably need to find a good home building company to help you. Home building companies tend to have a nice inventory of prebuilt homes to choose from or you can build your own custom dream home with their help and expertise. If you are in the El Paso area, Palo Verde Homes can assist you with your custom build today. Our team offers a ton of amazing options including design options, energy efficient choices, and custom floor plans.

With Custom Homes, You Will Have Everything You’ve Always Wanted!

When people decide to build a custom home, chances are they are very interested in picking out their own special amenities and features. Personalizing your home is a great way to make sure that everything is exactly how you want it. Spending massive amounts of money and investing in a new home can be a big commitment, so why not make sure that you’re getting everything you want?

One of the best features about a custom home is the fact that you can pick your floor plan and essentially lay out the home however you would like. This means you can make sure there is ample space in each room, including the bedrooms so that you will never regret building small rooms later on down the road.

No More Dealing With Small Rooms And Bathrooms!

There are two main things that most people tend to have an issue with when it comes to moving into a house: small kitchen and small bathrooms. When you decide to build your own custom home, your kitchen and bathrooms can be as large as you would like. You will never regret making these rooms too large, especially after you’ve lived in a previous house with small rooms.

If you love to cook and love to spend time in the kitchen with your family, it is always a great idea to make sure that you build it with enough room for activities and storage. When it comes to your bathroom, this is essentially a relaxing oasis for you to unwind in after a long day at work. You will want it to have enough space for you to relax and enjoy the quiet time. Both of these rooms tend to get a lot of foot traffic, so it’s always important to make sure you build them large enough to accommodate your family and your guests.

Even Your Backyard Can Be Amazing

When you build a custom home, you will have the opportunity to turn your backyard into something absolutely incredible. If you like to entertain and host social events and gatherings, your backyard probably needs to look quite impressive. There are many ways you could turn your backyard into a beautiful, relaxing oasis.

Additional options include fire pits, barbecues pits, pools, and landscaping. All of these things can provide entertainment and relaxation for not only your family but any guests that you invite over as well. A great homebuilder will make sure to ask you what your wants and needs are before even starting your project. This will be a great way for them to ensure your home is being built to meet your satisfaction.

Palo Verde Homes Is Waiting For Your Call!

If you are in the El Paso area and are considering building a custom home, Palo Verde Homes would be more than happy to talk with you today. We have the experience and knowledge that is necessary to build quality homes with amazing features. If you want to build your dream home or find out about all of the services we can offer you, please feel free to contact us today!

 

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!

 

You’ll Never Be Unsatisfied With Custom Homes!

a custom home over a floor plan next to rulers and pencilsHave you ever been unsatisfied with something before? Maybe it was your dinner, a product you bought online, or a movie you went and saw. Remember that crappy feeling of not liking it? No one wants to make that mistake with the home they buy because it’s a feeling that may live with you for the rest of time. That is why looking into building custom homes will ensure you never have to be unsatisfied with such a large investment. If you’re looking for satisfaction and happiness in your new custom home, Palo Verde Homes in El Paso has got you covered.

Invest Happily With No Regrets

Buying a home is a huge investment and lingering regrets after the fact are not something you want to experience. You can avoid unsatisfactory results in your home by building a custom one! With the option to build custom homes, you can avoid problems, faulty appliances, chipped paint, loose plumbing, and much more. If you want a home that is livable and reliable as soon as you walk in the doors, tailoring your home to your exact wants and needs is the way to go.

A Custom Home Is Where It’s At

When you decide to build a custom home rather than buy an already built home, there are so many options for what you can do. Options allow you to make your home all yours with the amenities and features you’ve always dreamed of having. With Palo Verde Homes by your side you will be able to create custom floor plans, choose from a variety of interior and exterior colors, energy efficient home options, and much more! Since 2007 we have been a quality custom home builder to many clients in the El Paso area. We use only the best materials and offer innovative features and designs that will not disappoint.

You Won’t Have To Wish Anymore!

Sick of that cramped kitchen or that less than luxurious “master” bathroom? With a custom home, you can have the home you have always wanted! From flooring, to roofing, to a spa styled bathroom and a culinary kitchen, you will never be unsatisfied again. You have full control over designing and creating your new home and ultimately bringing your fairytale vision to life. Don’t settle for a mediocre home when you can create a home with the custom features you truly want.

We’re Ready When You Are

If you have gone over your budget and have been looking into custom homes, our team at Palo Verde Homes wants to hear from you! Whether you have all your wants and needs figured out or you need some creative help, we are ready to take on the challenge of building you the home you have always dreamed of! Our expert professionals and excellent customer service will ensure you are satisfied with the entire custom home process. Please call Palo Verde Homes today for more information on how to get started building your custom home.

Thinking of Building A Custom Home For Your Family?

 

new-home-builders-in-el-pasoYou’ve searched real estate websites and have gone through every Craigslist ad possible. You simply cannot find a house that best fits the needs of you and your growing family. House hunting for a new and likable home can be a daunting task for any couple. The stress of trying to find a home with the features you are looking for can be overbearing and quite frankly takes too much time and resources. The question of building a custom home comes to mind for a lot of families because of this issue. Palo Verde Homes makes the idea of looking into custom homes a reality for many people in the El Paso area.

The Benefits of Building Custom Homes

We’ve all been there. You’re searching for a house or an apartment and there’s always something that just seems to be missing. Custom homes allow the buyers to make their dreams come true with the power to pick everything that they want. From a spacious floor plan to the appliances and counter tops, you cannot go wrong with building a home tailored to your wants and needs. You will also be able to successfully create a home within your personal income and budget. Many stock homes being built today have too small of rooms and unnecessary wasted floor space that doesn’t seem to make sense for the modern family. The power to choose each aspect of your home is special and will create an enjoyable place for your family.

Where To Start In Your Home Building Journey

So, you know you want to build a custom home, you know what you want your house to look like, but you don’t know what the next step is. Finding an experienced builder with an excellent reputation will push you in the right direction of building your dream house. Asking for references will be vital to finding the right home builder and contractor. At Palo Verde Homes, you can find a builder to trust and rely on no matter the issue or request when it comes to your home. Our goal is to provide great customer service to our clients while helping them create the home they’ve always wanted.

Today Is As Good As Yesterday

It’s never too late to jump in and build the home of your dreams. Custom homes allow buyers to take full control of the building and design process. Not only can you choose your exact floor plan, you can also choose all of your home’s features to fit the type of lifestyle you live each and every day.

With Palo Verde Homes at your side, you will not be disappointed with the final product. We are dedicated to delivering quality homes to our clients and strive for perfection in everything that we do. Call us today to discuss the benefits of custom homes as well as how to get started on building the home you’ve always wanted.