November 2018

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Winterizing Your Home: Maintenance Checklist

Buying a home is a major and exciting life decision! But you’ll come to find that once you move in and get settled, the work has just started! While the thought of taking care of your home, especially as the temperatures drop, can seem daunting, it doesn’t have to be. Whether you opt to undertake most projects yourself*, or you are more than happy to leave such work to the professionals, it will serve in your best interest to keep these Home Maintenance Winterization Tips and Checklist handy! 

The First Steps to Winterizing Your Home

Beginning to winterize your home shouldn’t be a hurdle. Start with the smaller jobs first and then expand from there. For instance, nearly every winterization checklist will start with a few basic tasks: 

  • Winterize your sprinkler system 
  • Disconnect all garden hoses, drain them, and store them.  
  • Oil, clean, and properly store all lawn implements (lawn mower, trimmer, etc.)  

Now, as we get more in depth with your home’s winterization plan, we know your task list will vary by where you live. Let’s dive in

Winterizing Your Home Based on Region 

Come October, the steps to take for winterization will differ if you live in a state like Colorado versus Arizona. Luckily, Shea Homes® has you covered. By downloading one of our following home maintenance checklists, you can be confident that you’re properly winterizing your home regardless of where you live. (Click on your region below to view your checklist!)   

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Winterizing Your Home Is Important Year-Round 

Home maintenance can be easy if you know how to do it.  Think about it like this: a few small fixes today can lead to less large fixes later, especially come winter. To keep your home humming, check out these home maintenance tips you can do yourself:


  • Vacuum all carpets regularly.  
  • Keep hardwood floors free of dirt and dust.  
  • Check irrigation system and timer to maintain optimum performance.  
  • Tip downspouts in down position.  


  • Inspect Furnace/Air Conditioning filters for dust. Replace filters as needed.  
  • Check the plumbing under kitchen and bathroom cabinets for leaks. Check toilet supply lines for leaks. Check the area around the water heater for leaks.  
  • Check faucet aerators for proper flow of water. If the flow is reduced, clean the aerator screens.  


  • Lubricate hinges and locks on exterior doors if required. Inspect finish for cracks and peeling. Use touch-up paint where required.  


  • Lubricate hinges on interior doors.  
  • Lubricate garage door hardware. Inspect mechanism for free travel.  


  • Test smoke detectors.  
  • Test carbon monoxide detectors.  
  • Test and reset GFI outlets.  
  • Clean shower door tracks and clear of debris. 
  • Repaint front doors if necessary. Consult your Homeowner’s Association regulations before changing the exterior paint color of the doors.  
  • Inspect southern and western exposed exterior paint for cracked and peeling paint. Repair and repaint, if necessary.  
  • Clean debris from gutters every six months and after storms.  


  • Check crawl space annually for moisture.  
  • Inspect exterior paint for cracked and peeling paint. Repair and repaint, if necessary.  
  • Inspect French and exterior wood doors annually. Consult your Homeowner’s Association regulations before changing the exterior paint color of the doors.  
  • An annual roof inspection by a roofing professional is recommended.  
  • Heat Pump/Furnace/Air Conditioner – we recommend an inspection by a heating/cooling professional every year.  
  • Replace smoke detector back-up batteries.  
  • Carbon Monoxide (CO) Detectors – replace backup batteries. 

Don’t let the idea of tackling home maintenance overwhelm you. With this handy checklist, you can break each task down to a step-by-step process that is easy to complete and will have your home in tip-top shape year-round.

A healthy home is a happy home. And a home maintained year-round is the happiest of them all, especially through the winter months.

We at Shea Homes® are here to make each step of the process as smooth as possible. If you are new to the do-it-yourself game, this blog is a handy resource that can keep your home in great shape not only year-round but during the wintertime in any region.  

Bookmark this Home Maintenance Checklist and stay prepared. Sign up for the Shea Homes® newsletter and interest list to stay up-to-date on home news, design and decorating advice, and everything else you need to make your house a home!


Why You Should Live in Colorado During the Holidays 

by Shea Homes on November 15, 2018

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Living in Colorado: Uncovering the Appeal

If you’re considering making a move and finding the perfect place to settle down, you might consider Colorado as the ideal place for you. With countless appealing features, the evolving and bustling capital of Denver, and more fresh air than you could ever possibly need, there’s something about this state that’s hard to put your finger on; and that’s precisely why you’re going to love it. From stunning fall weather to the winter wonderland, Colorado around the holiday season is one of the most special places on earth.

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Fall Block Party Celebration and Sage Open House Event

by Shea Homes Northern California on November 12, 2018

Sage Fall Block Party
You’re invited to join Shea Homes® at Sage in Livermore for a Fall Block Party & Open House event on Saturday, November 17th from 1 to 4 PM and Sunday, November 18th from 1 to 4 PM! Bring the whole family to our Sage community (located at 609 Sandalwood Dr., Livermore, CA 94551) for festive music, a light lunch, and refreshments. Then tour a few of our homes that are ready for you to move in by the end of 2018!
RSVP on Facebook! (RSVP not required.)

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to speak directly to our Shea Mortgage team! Call (866) 696-7432 to learn more.

Featured Open House Homes:

Synergy Homesite 3801 (Plan 3E)
Synergy Homesite 3806 (Plan 5)
Synergy Homesite 3812 (Plan 1)

Harmony Homesite 2904 (Plan 3)
Harmony Homesite 3203 (Plan 4)
Harmony Homesite 3302 (Plan 7)
Harmony Homesite 3303 (Plan 4)

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Sage homes feature the amenities you know and love, including a stunning pool area, fitness center, yoga lawn, bocce courts, and art walk. The elegant homes located in the beautiful Sage community are ideal for a modern lifestyle of convenience and recreation.

Visit to learn more about the community!

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Date: 11/17/2018
Time: 1PM-4PM
609 Sandalwood Dr.
Livermore, FL 94551
Phone: (866) 696-7432

You can get more information here.   

Welcome to Point Richmond: Get to Know this Charming City by the Bay

by Shea Homes Northern California on November 8, 2018

Waterline Nearby Places
Peace, tranquility, and breathtaking views – you’ll love what Waterline has to offer. But when you live in Point Richmond, there’s more. Much more. Moments away, you’ll find a quaint village, filled with unique places to eat, sophisticated places to shop, and charm around every corner. You can take a stroll, go for a hike or a swim, and end every day with a twinkling skyline just across The Bay. And now, you can own a stunning new condominium in the center of it all.

Our new Waterline homes in Point Richmond are just minutes from Marin, Berkeley, and San Francisco. Built by Shea, featuring sophisticated design and stylish finishes. It’s refreshing. It’s relaxing. And with the community being located on the San Francisco Bay, it’s all about the bay, 24/7/365. Our onsite Visitor Center is now open daily. LEARN MORE

With so many great places to visit in Point Richmond, it’s hard to figure out where to start — so we’ve put together this handy list to get you well on your way to exploring this charming town!

Point Richmond Fun, Food, and More:

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  1. Richmond Yacht Club | This is a great place to dock your boat. There are sailing lessons offered for kids and adults.
  2. Miller/Knox Regional Park | This 295-acre bayside park located in the area surrounding Waterline is great for hiking, biking, fishing, and picnicking.
  3. Tunnel | John Wehrle is the artist of the mural on the Tunnel that connects Pt. Richmond to the regional park.
  4. Great American Burger + Pie Co. | Popular little burger shack across the street from The Plunge Natatorium.
  5. The Richmond Plunge | This historic landmark/swim center was retrofitted in 2011 and offers lap swims, water fitness, aqua Zumba and swim lessons for reasonable residential rates.
  6. Up & Under | Reliable neighborhood pub serves a tasty fare. Great place to have a beer and catch a Raiders or Golden State Warriors game.
  7. Kaleidoscope | Coffee shop/ice cream parlor during the day; performance venue/comfy hang-out at night.
  8. The Masquers Playhouse | This non-profit community theater has been in action for over half a century! Every year, they offer children’s classes, development programs, three plays, and two musicals.
  9. Farmers Market | This gathering of craftsman and growers is a local favorite. It happens every Thursday evening.
  10. Little Louie’s | Cute restaurant serves Contemporary American and Italian for breakfast & lunch. Sister restaurant Four2Nine serves dinner next door.
  11. Hotel Mac Restaurant | This historic landmark is a popular gathering spot. It has an impressive wine cellar and delicious seasonal menus.
  12. Gaia Yoga | Cozy neighborhood yoga studio with a relaxing atmosphere and a caring, personal vibe.
  13. Bark Stix | Small batch organic dog treats made in town, plus toys, food, and other supplies for your canine are sold at this welcoming, pet-friendly shop.
  14. Watershed Nursery | Source for ecologically sound gardening supplies providing California native plants, landscaping, and gardening workshops.
  15. East Brothers Beer Co. | Neighborhood brewery & taproom for tasters, pints and to-go growlers in industrial-cool digs.
  16. Riggers Loft Wine Co. & Far West Cider Co. | Collective wine bar, tasting room, working winery and cidery. Plus tangy, refreshing California ciders from a fourth generation farm.
  17. Assemble | Hip urban restaurant perfect for brunch or lunch. Next to Craneway Pavilion. Excellent views, vibe, and cocktails.

In addition to all of this fun – the new Richmond Ferry Station is set to open January 2019, and is located just down the road from Waterline at the Rosie the Riveter WWII Monument National Park (which is another fun place to check out) in Marina Bay. This new Ferry Station will make commuting to San Francisco a breeze!

Ready to explore Point Richmond for yourself? Give us a call at (866) 696-7432 to schedule a visit to our Waterline community while you are there. Be sure to register for community updates, and follow Waterline on the Bay on Facebook and #WaterlineOnTheBay on other social media channels for the latest!

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Experience Smart and Connected Living at Skylark in La Habra, CA

November 6, 2018

  The perfect blend between modern and functional, Skylark by Shea Homes® features two, three-story townhome designs that invite all who live here to experience smart and connected living! Residences feature up to approximately 2,121 square feet of living space with 3 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, elegant kitchens with large center islands, breezy decks, and an […]

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5 Fun Ideas for Your Flex Room

November 2, 2018

  At Shea Homes® Arizona, our design team spends months, sometimes years, meticulously crafting our homes to tailor each floorplan to specific lifestyles. But no matter how much planning and heart goes into each design, the most important thing is that your home feels uniquely you. That’s where the flex room comes in. Flex rooms […]

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