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Bringing Vacation to Your Home: How to Get Away

It’s safe to say that many of our plans for 2020 took an interesting turn. As families have been encouraged to stay home as much as possible, people are not only trying to find ways to keep themselves entertained, but they are also trying to make the most out of their canceled plans. We understand how hard it might be for homeowners, especially those who love to travel, during this whirlwind of a time. But when there is a will to get away, there is a way! Maybe you need a vacation to get your mind off of work or other stress-inducing factors in your life. Whatever the case may be, there’s plenty of ways you can make your home feel like the vacation you’ve always wanted to go on. Let’s take a look!

Turn On the Candles and the White Noise 

With candles in sight and the peace that white noise brings, you can expect to feel like you’re on cloud nine within seconds! Aromatherapy has been known to help lighten up the atmosphere and help release stresses and anxieties. Even better, when you throw in the sounds of crashing waves or some light rainfall, you can summon the relaxing vacation you need to let loose. With these few accessories, you can experience a tropical paradise all within your home!

Prepare Your Home for the Winter 

No one really knows how long families will be encouraged to stay at home, so you’ll want to plan ahead and consider refurbishing your home. This way, you’ll bring a level of comfort and coziness you need to get through the winter. If you want to completely replace your furniture so it can fit all times of the year, you can consider switching to wooden sets and throw in more textiles for a warm, holiday-like feel. You might also want to upgrade your morning routine by treating yourself to new appliances, such as a personal coffee maker. With these simple changes, you bring the joy of the holiday season into your home!

Hang Up a Hammock 

There’s nothing quite like taking an afternoon snooze under the shade of your porch or backyard patio with the help of a beach hammock. With a hammock, you can rock yourself to sleep or even enjoy the leisure of reading a book or magazine where it’s nice and quiet. Two study figures with enough distance apart is all you need to put your hammock up and swing yourself into the vacation you deserve. Even better, you can always take it down if the weather starts to get unpleasant or if you have other ideas for your patio! 

Set Up a Bonfire

Some hotels often include special commodities, such as public swimming pools, buffets, and better yet, firepits! Firepits also can often be seen on beach shores, where families and loved ones gather together after an eventful vacation day. If you have a firepit in your backyard already, all you have to do is gather some wood and some lighter fluid, and you’ve got the vacation of your dreams all within the vicinity of your home! You can have your family gather together after sundown and roast some marshmallows for an even sweeter treat.

Build a Water Fountain for Extra Relaxation 

If you’ve ever been immersed by simply staring at a brook of rocks with water trickling down, you can admit how easily it can make you feel like you’ve been swept up off your feet and taken to paradise! You can either add this landscaping feature in your front yard, backyard, or even in the entrance of your home. A water fountain is much easier and cost-friendly than implementing a koi pond in your home or traveling somewhere where commodities might be limited. The sweet addition has all the right soothing sounds and sights you need to be taken away.

Add a Breath of Fresh Air with Color 

If you’re aiming for a tropical paradise, it doesn’t get any better or easier! By planting vibrant or exotic plants in both your front and backyard, anywhere you’ll go, you’ll be welcomed by a wave of authentic scents and colors of all kinds. People often enjoy the vibrancy of new plants, especially those that cannot be found close to home. By making an extra effort to spruce up your gardens, paradise can be found right outside your door! 

Need More Inspiration? You Can Count On Us! 

Here at Palo Verde Homes, we are all about helping our customers manifest their ideas for their home life to a dream come true! Contact us today to learn more about how we are assisting our customers through stay-at-home orders. 

Small Ways to Make Your Home More Eco-Friendly

Here at Palo Verde Homes, we believe that there is no need to sacrifice the health of the environment for pleasant living. Taking care of our mother earth is very important and we do our best to make all of our homes the most eco-friendly and energy-efficient as they can be. In fact, we have been recognized as an Energy Star leader in homebuilding. We don’t want to stop there though. We are always looking for ways to improve and make the planet just a little bit cleaner. Here are some ways that you can help improve the earth with just a few small changes that can even save you some money in the process. 

Use More Rags

Rags are far more sustainable than using paper towels to clean and use at the dinner table. Cloth napkins at the dinner table also help make everything feel just a little fancier. Using rags to clean uses less waste because rags and cloth napkins are reusable. All you need to do is stick them in the washer. With reusable rags and cloth napkins, you are largely cutting down on paper products, which means that there is a lot less taking up space in a landfill somewhere.

Buy Some Dryer Balls

Again, the less paper that you use the better, and you can easily cut down by buying fewer dryer sheets. Dryer balls can last for approximately 100 loads and make your clothes just as soft as dryer sheets do. It’s time to get rid of single-use items and time to aim towards reusable materials. 

Cut Down on Dryer Usage

This is an appliance that we use way too often. Many times, we don’t need to put our clothes in the dryer for as long as we usually do. You can probably afford to take your clothes out a few minutes earlier. You can also just skip the dryer altogether. Hang your clothes out to dry on a clothesline or invest in a nice drying rack to eliminate the need for a dryer. 

Shop Vintage

For this, we mean both clothes and furniture. Don’t buy a used mattress or anything, but if you see a nice vintage chair that barely has a stain and was kept in good condition, go for it. This means that there will be fewer things in landfills. Vintage clothes can be really cute and stylish if you find the right items for you. It’s one less thing going in the dump. Also, don’t be afraid of taking your clothes and furniture to get repaired if they’re torn or broken instead of tossing them out. It saves space at landfills and it is probably less expensive than buying new ones.

Get Some Plants

A few houseplants are always a pleasant sight in anyone’s home. They can give you and your family some well-needed oxygen and they look beautiful. The world needs more plants, so give it more plan. Consider also growing your own herb garden. This will save landfills from the packaging that comes with them when bought in a store and will smell lovely in your home.

Get a Compost Bin

Speaking of plants, maybe it’s time that you get a compost bin. Compost is a great way to put use to all of your food scraps so that they don’t go into the trash and into a landfill. You can save up all of your food scraps and use them to fertilize your plants. There are plenty of compost bin containers that can go right on your kitchen counter and hide the smell. 

Invest in a Good Water Filter

Don’t be afraid of drinking the water that your house provides for you. No more plastic single-use bottles and jugs in your house. Switch to a nice reusable bottle and some nice water filters to have all of your tap water taste nice and fresh.

Get a Low-Flow Showerhead

Here is another big yet small way for you and your family to save some water. You won’t even feel the difference if you manage to find yourself one with good reviews. It’s a very subtle change, but it will save a lot of water for our planet, and it will make its money back in no time with all of the money you’ve saved on your water bill. 

We here at Palo Verde Homes deeply care about the environment and try to build our homes to be as eco-friendly as possible. We do our best to give you the best home while saving the planet. Hopefully, this list has helped you become more environmentally conscious and make some small but impactful steps towards being more eco-friendly. If you have any questions about the homes that we build, don’t hesitate to contact us.

The Important Part Affordable Homes Play in the Community

one of the many affordable homes available from Palo Verde HomesHousing impacts your life in many more than simply having a roof over your head. The general rule of thumb regarding how much of your income should be allotted in order for a house to be considered an affordable home is 30 percent. For many families, that is not enough to afford a place to live and they need to spend more than that. An adequate supply of budget friendly residences is essential to community health. This contributes to the community’s health in several ways. The team at Palo Verde Homes offers beautiful and affordable homes to the people of El Paso.

What Affordable Homes Do for the Community

Not only does affordable housing fulfill the basic human need for shelter, it also contributes to the well-being of both parents adults and children. Several studies have shown that children do better in school and are less likely to experience a disruption in their education due to unwanted moves when it is available. Moreover, decent, affordable housing reduces stress, toxins, and infectious diseases. This, in turn, leads to better physical and mental health. Additionally, affordable housing also frees up funds that families can spend on other necessities. For adults, being able to afford a home means reduced stress as they do not have to worry about foreclosure or eviction. They have fewer health problems and reduced absenteeism on the job.

Affordable Homes and the Advancement of Society

Reasonably priced housing creates stability, community, and engagement. Affordable homes are also important to the economic vitality of an area as they can help to attract and retain employees. Affordable housing ensures that working families will remain in your community. They will be able to provide the labor necessary to help the economy grow. In addition, it also encourages working families to settle in your community and provide a growing population of students to keep your local school system healthy and strong. These can be used as selling points and competitive advantage for area employers.

Affordable homes also allow the local workforce to live closer to their jobs. Allowing for shorter commutes makes it so that workers can spend more time with their families. Additionally, it makes it so that the community benefits as there is less traffic congestion, air pollution, and expenditures on roads. When families can are able to remain in your community, they become part of the social fabric and advance the common good. If you are looking for affordable homes in the El Paso area, contact Palo Verde Homes today. We have been building for a decade.

Finding the Right Spot for Your Dream House

a couple dreaming about lots for sale and their future homeAs a kid, you knew treasure was always marked with an X. Locating the X was simple, but getting to the X was hard. As an adult, it’s the opposite. To get where you need to go, you just hop in your car, step on the gas, and pray the police officer you just passed doesn’t pull you over for speeding. There are no treacherous jungles or fiery beasts you need to get through before getting your treasure; just a few red lights. But when it comes to finding the right place to build your dream home, you know navigating the various lots for sale around the city and choosing the best one for you and your family won’t come with an X on a treasure map. But just like the trusty sidekick in all the pirate movies, Palo Verde Homes is here to help! We have multiple lots for sale across the El Paso area, so you’ll be sure to find the one that’s right for you. Here are a few extra tips on how to do so.

Tip #1: Where is the Lot Located?

Driving around El Paso, you’ll probably see a couple dozen lots for sale, so it’s no surprise one of the biggest determinants will be location. Picking the best one for you will depend on your situation. For one, is it just you or do you have a family? If you have a family, finding a spot near good schools, parks, and multipurpose centers will be best for you. But if you’re rocking the bachelor/bachelorette life, finding one in the heart of El Paso’s night scene may be the way to go. Other determinants like where you work, go to school, or visit often can also come into play. Doing this will help you narrow down a side of town at the very least.

Tip #2: What is Your Budget?

While everyone dreams of having a butler and an infinity pool, your wallet may be telling you that those luxuries will have to come later. It is cheaper to live in some parts of town than others, so that can also help you narrow down a general location to look for lots for sale.

Tip #3: What Size Do You Need?

 

This is also circumstantial advice and will depend on the size of your family and how big of a house you’ll need. If you have six kids and hope for each one to have their own bedroom, as they say in “Jaws,” you’re going to need a bigger boat (lot). But if you have a small family or don’t mind pairing your children off in rooms, a smaller lot will do. It’ll depend on what size yard and driveway you’ll need as well.

Tip #4: Contact Palo Verde Homes

If you’re looking for a good place to build your future home, check out our lots for sale! We have lots all over the El Paso area and can help you find the best one to take the next step in your and your family’s journey!

Important Things to Check When Viewing New Properties

new properties available from Palo Verde HomrdWhether you are a first-time buyer or an experienced buyer, looking at new properties is a big deal. Excitement levels and emotions run high and often cause important things to be overlooked when walking through a home. This is especially true if it is a brand new, never-before-lived-in a home. Before you hand over the down payment, take some time to make sure you are truly getting your dream home.

Check the Location of New Properties

The most important factor when looking at new properties on which to build a home is its location. This includes the distance between it and the neighboring homes and the nearest main road, as well as the distance from the property to the town’s amenities like shopping, dining, markets, warehouses, transport hubs, and freeways. 

You need to find out about the ownership, type and intended usage of neighboring areas, as well as the free land in the locality. Additionally, you should also inquire about the school district, even if you do not have or plan on having children as this will affect whether or not the home will hold its value. Finally, you should also ask where the home will be located on the new property and which way it will face. This will help with energy efficiency.

Costs of New Properties

You need to go beyond the cost of the home itself and find out about the additional fees that you will need to pay. This includes taxes, homeowner’s association fees, and estimated utility costs. This will help you determine exactly how much you can afford as a mortgage payment each month. Keep in mind that these things fluctuate so you may want to look at a two-year cash flow estimate before coming to a conclusion. You should also look into recent comparable sales of properties with similar characteristics in the area including the most common and suitable for both old and new properties and the expected depreciation on the new home.

If you are looking at new properties in El Paso, be sure to include Palo Verde Homes in your search. Contact us today to learn more about what we have to offer!

 

Custom Floor Plans Can Make You Fall In Love With Your New Home

happy family holding a small model home in their handsBuilding a brand new home is a huge investment but definitely worth it. There are many benefits that come with building your own home, including the ability to choose custom floor plans and the entire layout of your home. This can give you a home that is uniquely yours and that you don’t hate for one reason or another. If you are in El Paso or the surrounding areas, our team at Palo Verde Homes can assist you with building your brand new, custom home. We know the importance of building a home that you absolutely love.

Never Wish You Had A Different Home Layout Again

With prebuilt homes or certain home building companies, there are only certain floor plans that you can choose from. They may be floor plans that you do not necessarily like or love. Why settle building a home with options you do not really like? With the right home building company, you can pick absolutely customized floor plans that will cater to your every want and need. This means you can lay out your home exactly how you would like and put each room exactly where you want it. This will ensure that when you walk into your home, you are beaming with happiness instead of settling for a few things you do not necessarily like. So how can you truly benefit from this custom option in your brand new home?

Each Room Will Be Exactly The Size You Want

As stated above, custom floor plans allow you to lay out your home in the exact way you want it. This means you can have each bedroom exactly where you want it as well as the kitchen, bathrooms, and dining/living rooms. You can also pick the size of each room. This is probably one of the best reasons to decide to custom build your home. Many times, people regret purchasing prebuilt homes because the bedrooms are too small and cannot accommodate their growing families or need for more room. Picking the size of each room in your home can be a lifesaver and allow you the option to go with a bigger size in case you need more room in the future. Picking your own floor plans can be a great option if you want a home that you love, not just one you like.

Make The Most Out Of Your New Home Build

Building your home is an exciting venture and you want to make sure you make the most out of it and get everything you ever wanted and dreamed of. If you are in El Paso or the surrounding areas, our team at Palo Verde Homes can make your every wish come true. Create custom floor plans and much more with our reliable and professional home building team. We know the importance of building a home with quality materials and professionals who really know what they are doing. So, if you would like more information on our home building services or how we can better assist you, please give us a call today!

New Home Builders Will Make Your Dream Home Come True

a beautiful home built by the new home builders at Palo Verde HomesA new home should have the best of everything, shouldn’t it? But how often have you heard horror stories of people’s homes collapsing? Or walls falling in? Such disasters happen when bad builders are involved. If you are building a new home to live in, you want to make sure you have good builders working for you. The team at Palo Verde Homes is made up of new home builders who are dedicated to serving you. They have builders who will focus on the quality you want, and they have the experience you need. With them on your side, you can rest assured that your home will be well built.

Quality New Home Builders

Quality new home builders do not skimp on materials, effort, or skill. They are people who not only know what they are doing but tend to take pride in it too. This means that the builders will get the best material available for their budget. Then they will take the time necessary to put the house together properly. Lastly, they will hire people of skill to work on your house. To put it simply, a quality builder will build a house they would want to live in. It is not just a matter of doing good work, but doing work that will last.

Warning Signs

When you start looking around for new home builders, make sure to watch for two warning signs. The first warning sign is unreliable management. Often times, companies and managers seem very friendly and helpful when you first meet them. After some time, however, they may turn rude or even become unreachable. This can be very detrimental, especially if you’ve already paid them for the drafting of floor plans or other services. The best way to avoid this is by checking as many reviews from previous clients as possible. This way, you can have all the knowledge you need and won’t be wooed by a charming demeanor. You can also take note of specific individuals reviewers talk about, whether positively or negatively. This will give you a good feel for the team and you’ll avoid costly issues down the road.

The second warning sign is a fast build date. Building a home takes an average of six to twelve months. If your potential builder gives you a date than that, then it is either a lie or a rush job. You do not want to get involved if it is either.

Choose Palo Verde Homes, Today!

Your home is a special place of refuge for you. This is why you need a good building crew to help bring it to life. Palo Verde Homes has a number of new home builders with the experience you want for your home. They are not only a quality home building company but a dedicated one. With them working for you, you know that your home will be beautiful and last for years to come.

 

Three Traits of Excellent Home Builders

a beautiful home built by the home builders at Palo Verde HomesIf you are planning to build a new home rather than buy a house that is already on the market, you clearly aren’t someone who is willing to settle. You have a vision of what your home should look like, and you are willing to take the necessary steps to make your dream home a reality. If you aren’t willing to settle for a home that is already on the market, however, you certainly shouldn’t settle for home builders that you aren’t comfortable with. Building a home is a huge project, and a trustworthy and experienced home builder, like Palo Verde Homes, is essential to getting the job done correctly.

Home Builders Should Be Skilled

Finding a quality home builder starts with research. There are many housing contractors in the industry, and it may take awhile to research options. That being said, don’t rush the process! A good builder should have a solid portfolio demonstrating their education and skill. Building homes take a lot more than assembling a lot of pieces. It is a craft, and good workmanship is important.

Home Builders Should Be Educated

Before hiring a builder, make sure to ask plenty of questions. Some builders are more educated than others, and construction philosophies vary from contractor to contractor. Here are a few questions you can ask during the exploration phase:

  1. What methods will you use to determine the exact cost of my home?
  2. Are you licensed, if so, by whom and what are the requirements?
  3. Do you have insurance, liability and workman’s compensation?
  4. How long have you been in the business?
  5. Can you provide me with names and phone numbers of the four most recent homeowners you built for?
  6. Do you have a finished home I can see?
  7. How long do you guarantee your workmanship?
  8. Do you guarantee a completion date, if so, how?

Home Builders Should Be Advocates

The best home builders are advocates for the homeowners they work with. They work hand in hand with the homeowner and design team to ensure that the completed project will match the homeowner’s vision while staying within a realistic budget. The relationship between the homeowner and the homebuilder should be creative and collaborative.

Building Homes in El Paso

Palo Verde Homes has been surpassing the standards of excellence in home building since 2007 when it first opened. Since then, it has been featured in Texas Builder Magazine and has been recognized as a 2011 national Energy Star Leader. Palo Verde builders are skilled and educated advocates of their clients, and they can help you build your beautiful El Paso home.

Five Reasons New Homes are Everywhere in El Paso

one of the many new homes built by Palo Verde HomesLocated at the western tip of the state of Texas and situated right on the impressive Rio Grande, El Paso is a blended culture with unique traditions, a rich heritage, and an impressive amount of sunshine. If you currently reside in a different city and are considering relocating to El Paso, you are in good company! All across the country, people are beginning to recognize what a gem the Sun City really is, and new homes are popping up all over the greater El Paso area to meet the growing demand. So, why is El Paso such a great place to live? The team at Palo Verde Homes has listed out just a few of the many reasons below.

Five Reasons that El Paso Rocks

1.) The Weather is Awesome

El Paso may not be able to offer 500 days of summer (that’s not possible anyway!), but it does offer 310 days of sunshine per year. Though research suggests that many people in the world have vitamin D deficiencies, we almost guarantee you that they aren’t talking about El Paso residents!

2.) The Food is Delicious

If you love guacamole, El Paso is for you! Often referred to as the Mexican food capital of the United States, this city offers authentic and delicious Mexican food on every corner. Chico’s Tacos is one of the most infamous restaurants in the city. In fact, Chico’s has appeared on the Food Network on shows like, “The Best Thing I Ever Ate.” El Paso is also known for its other cuisines, as well, and its several gourmet restaurants make this metropolis foodie-approved.

3.) Nature Lovers Thrive Here

El Paso is home to the Franklin Mountain State Park, the largest urban park in the United States. Covering over 24,000 acres, this park provides recreational activities such as hiking, mountain biking, and picnicking. People travel from all over the nation to see the park’s pictograms and mortar pits, remarkable historical artifacts. El Paso is also incredibly beautiful, with open skies contrasted by jagged, desert mountains.

4.) One Word – Football

Texas loves its football, and El Paso residents are no different! El Paso is home the annual Sun Bowl, the second oldest bowl game in the country! Now known as the Hyundai Sun Bowl, the first game was played all the way back in 1937!

5.) New Homes are Less Expensive

Purchasing new homes in El Paso is currently 31 percent cheaper than the national average, which is surprising given that El Paso is a major U.S. city with a high quality of life. In fact, U.S. News & World Report ranked El Paso “one of the safest metro areas in the country.” So, with new residents moving to El Paso every day, many new houses are in the construction process.

Researching New Homes in El Paso

So, if you aren’t yet convinced that El Paso is one of the best cities in the U.S., doing more research and coming to visit in person is likely to do the trick! If you need assistance researching new homes in the El Paso area, Palo Verde Homes is a great resource for answers to your questions. Palo Verde Homes is a trusted, home building company that has served clients since 2007 and has been featured in Texas Builder Magazine. With this in mind, contact our office today to find out how to make life in El Paso a reality for you!

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!