In a time where home maintenance shows are on TV around the clock and homeowners can share the latest household tips on social media with the click of a button, there is no shortage of home maintenance advice. These tips have been shared so many times most people take them at face value and don’t question their validity. So it may be surprising to learn many commonly known tips are in fact wrong and could cause more harm than good. Here are 10 common myths and what you can do instead.
If you are like many people you know, you do not have too much time at the end of the day for extra activities. However, the holidays are approaching, and you want to do something special for your family. You want to turn your new house into a home for the holidays. There are no limits to what you can do to create a Christmas atmosphere at your home, and one of the best things about decorating for Christmas is that you do not have to break the bank to do this.
We know relocating your entire family to a new area can take you on an emotional rollercoaster ride. You may feel nervous, excited, anxious and a variety of other emotions. So many questions will swirl around in your head, including the following:
• Will my neighbors be nice and friendly?
• Where can I do my grocery shopping?
• When is trash pickup day?
• Will my children make friends easily?
If you are moving to a community where you do not know anyone, we understand the uneasy feeling you may have during the first week you are in your new neighborhood. When you move to a new neighborhood, you are going to meet different people from different backgrounds. You will eventually form lasting friendships with many of these people, and they will become part of your family. It will be great to have a friendly face across the street or next door.
Are you looking forward to a Thanksgiving with friends and family gathered near, a beautiful table setting fit to make Martha Stewart green with envy, and a gorgeous buffet of culinary delights? Fear your dreams will come crashing down around your ears in a flurry of grocery shopping, under-cooked potatoes, over-cooked turkey, mismatched table linens and demanding house guests? Keep the faith: with just a little planning and surprisingly little effort, this Thanksgiving can be the happy, peaceful holiday you have always dreamed of!
Don’t wait until the Halloween candy is gone before you start planning. There are things you can do one month before the big day to help your holiday come together.
1) Plan your guest list and get your invitations out. Invitations can be as formal or as casual as you like, from printed invites to a group text. For a stress-free invite, create an event on Facebook: you can invite all of your guests, receive RSVPs and communicate pertinent details all in one place.
• San Joaquin Valley Homes and Presidio Residential Capital to build 142 homes
• Positioned as a “move-up” development
San Joaquin Valley Homes and Presidio Residential Capital plan to build a new community called Bella Vista – a 142-home neighborhood located on 41 acres in Northern Hanford, the companies say.
The retail value of this project is approximately $35 million.
“Hanford is experiencing a historically low inventory of existing homes on the market, and demand for new houses is strong,” says Danny Garcia, vice president of sales at SJV Homes. “The wide range of floor plans will appeal to everyone from move-up buyers and growing families to people who are looking to downsize. We expect these homes to sell quickly once they go on the market.”
When the average household moves, that includes relocating around 7,400 pounds or nearly four tons of stuff – around 100 boxes for an eight-room home. Packing, moving and getting settled into a new home can be daunting for anyone. It’s an exhausting process no matter how you slice it. These pro tips, however, can make the moving process go more smoothly.
1. Label everything. Ideally, boxes and furniture should be labeled with the room where you want it. This makes it possible for anyone who’s helping to determine where a box or furniture item needs to go and may help prevent you from having to rearrange everything as soon as the movers are finally out the door.
There’s nothing more frustrating than trying to settle down for the evening, only to hear the familiar sound of barking from outside your window. Worse is when you’re outside in your yard, minding your own business, and your neighbor’s dog simply won’t stop barking at you and your guests. It’s disconcerting–and can even be frightening, depending on the size of the dog and your personal comfort levels. If you’re ready to help that pooch stop its distracting barking once and for all, try some of these strategies.
1. Talk to the owners. They might not realize their dog’s barking is being disruptive. This is particularly useful if there’s a specific time of day–baby’s nap time or a child’s bedtime, for example–when the dog’s barking is particularly troublesome. You can’t insist they keep the dog inside 24/7, but you can ask they show compassion. Most pet owners will be glad to oblige.
Halloween is a great time of year to explore your creative side and have fun. Whether you are crafting for your home, a party or involving the family in creative projects, there are so many options and opportunities. Halloween crafts are great for beginners, and when you DIY, you can have a great Halloween at a fraction of the price.
These Halloween crafts are easy and inexpensive to make, but the results look dramatic:
For your home:
• Make a ghostly wreath. This wreath uses materials easily picked up at a craft store and many materials you probably already have at home. Make a wreath that will add flair to your front door and get guests and trick-or-treaters into the Halloween spirit, literally.
VISALIA – San Joaquin Valley Homes (SJV Homes) and Presidio Residential Capital recently closed on 8.75 acres on Ferguson Avenue west of Highway 63 in Visalia and will build Catalina, a new neighborhood offering 51 single-family homes. Vertical construction will begin in January 2018, and a grand opening is scheduled for spring of 2018. The community is expected to be complete by July 2019.
“Because we’re based in Visalia, we know how great it is to live here,” said Joe Leal, co-founder for Visalia-based SJV Homes. “Homes in this area are moving quickly, and prices are rising. We’re pleased to be able to offer quality houses in a great location with Catalina.”
If you’ve read our last blog on how to prepare for the holidays by November 1st in less than an hour a day, welcome back! We’ve got yet another list for you to follow so you and your friends and loved ones can celebrate the upcoming seasons in comfort and confidence. So read on:
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Oct. 17: Allow easy access to your pet supplies. Houselogic recommends you arrange all your puppy stuff in one area. Install hooks near the door to hang leashes, and place shelves or cubbies to hold bowls, toys and pet food.
Oct 18: Organize your magazines. Dust off any stray magazines lying around and arrange them neatly on coffee tables and other suitable counter tops.
Oct 19: Attack the mail pile. Sort through the mail or any paper piles lying around. Get rid of junk mail, recycle envelopes and shred any personal information.
San Joaquin Valley Homes (SJV Homes) and Presidio Residential Capital have closed on a 8.75-acre community site in Visalia, California, on which they plan to build 51 single-family homes.
The upcoming Catalina community will offer 5,000 square foot home lots and close access to major employers and public transit options, as well as recreation at Sequoia National Forest, Riverway Sports Park and Lake Kaweah.
“Because we’re based in Visalia, we know how great it is to live here,” says Joe Leal, co-founder for Visalia-based SJV Homes. “Homes in this area are moving quickly, and prices are rising. We’re pleased to be able to offer quality houses in a great location with Catalina.”
According to the National Association of Home Builders’ local impact formula, 51 new single-family homes will generate $14.6 million in local income, $1.8 million in taxes and other revenue, and 201 local jobs.
The community will begin construction in January 2018, and celebrate its grand opening in spring 2018. It is expected to be complete by July 2019.
Construction is scheduled to begin in January on Catalina, a new 51-home residential development planned for northwest Visalia.
San Joaquin Valley Homes and Presidio Residential Capital announced that they’ve closed on the purchase of a 8.75-acre parcel off Ferguson Avenue, west of Highway 63 where the single-family homes will be built.
If you own a smartphone, you already have a powerful house-hunting tool in your pocket. Check out these apps for both the IOS or Android phones, and you could soon be moving into the place of your dreams.
1. Doorsteps Swipe
Turn house hunting into a fun game with Doorsteps Swipe, which is powered by Realtor.com. Set up a personal profile detailing your home preferences and your current lifestyle. Or, you can specify an area in which to look. Then check out the suggested homes offered to you. Swipe through the pics and give each one a Like or a pass. The app slowly learns your preferences, so you begin to see only homes that meet your needs
Do you remember when decorating a child’s room included buying blue paint or pink paint? Mom or dad would paint the room and cover the bed with Barbie bedding or Spider Man bedding. Decorating a child’s room is a little different now.
Decorating a child’s room will require you to carefully think about the decisions you are about to make just as you will do when you are going to decorate the other areas of your home. When thinking about decorating your child’s room, you do not always have to turn to the colorful walls first. We think if you actually make the decision to keep the walls a neutral color, such as gray, you will be able to add splashes of color.
Now that the kids are in school, you can take a little breather. But not for long — the fall and winter holidays are just around the corner. You can still get ready for the festivities to come, however. This to-do list, inspired by house logic, shows how you can organize your home in less than one hour a day by November 1st.
Oct. 1: Remove old holiday decorations. Do you still have that Easter bunny lawn decoration near the foot of your driveway? Shamrocks or Valentines on your front door? Time to take those down. And go through all your holiday decorations stored in your home, throwing out the ones you haven’t used in three years.
Oct. 2: Get rid of your kids’ old school clothes. Now that the school year has started, you already have a good idea of what items your kids have outgrown. Set them aside to donate or give away.
Your electric bill is one of your biggest variable expenses each month, especially as the hot days of California’s summer stretch into the fall. Whether you’re looking to go greener in your home to reduce your environmental impact or you’re simply hoping to reduce your electric bill, there are several small ways you can make a big impact on your electricity usage each month. These energy-saving tips for new homeowners in San Joaquin Valley will help you reduce your electricity usage – without feeling deprived.
1. Raise the thermostat by a couple of degrees. You keep your air conditioner pumping hard, especially when the summer sun is pounding down outside. By adjusting your thermostat by just a couple of degrees, however, letting it get a little warmer in the house, you’ll reduce the amount of energy needed to keep your home at a mild temperature. In general, you’ll save around 2% of your utility bill for each degree.
Steve Upchurch is the construction superintendent for the San Marino Subdivision being built by San Joaquin Valley Homes on the northwest corner of Visalia at Riggin and Shirk. He’s been working hard wrapping up the eight or nine homes in various stages of completion.