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3 Helpful Hacks for the Holidays

by Shea Homes on December 22, 2016

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So, there you are, enjoying a hot cup of cocoa, when it hits you… It’s a few days before Christmas, you’re hosting, and your house is nowhere near the winter wonderland that it needs to be!

Fear not! Here at Shea Homes®, we pride ourselves on providing the ultimate home experiences, and the holidays are no different! Our gift to you this year: a couple of quick and easy (yet effective!) tips to get your home into the festive spirit. And the best part is that you don’t even have to head to the craft store for these decorations.

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Holiday Curb Appeal

by Shea Homes Arizona on November 21, 2014

First impressions matter! Spruce up your home’s curb appeal and welcome your guests in style. Here are a few of our favorite DIY updates for the holidays.

Tomato Cage Christmas Trees

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Photo credit: Our House on the Corner

Give your tomato cages new life by flipping them upside down and covering with string lights or greenery (real or faux).

Chalkboard Welcome Sign

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Photo credit: Home Depot

Who knew a trip to the home improvement store could yield so many simple holiday DIY projects for your home’s entry? Check out this Home Depot blog post for instructions on how to make this chalkboard welcome sign plus more easy projects like festive house numbers made from nails and red yarn.

Moss-covered Letters

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Photo credit: Uncommon Designs

Inspired by similar letters from Garnet Hill, this DIY version gives you the look for less. Click through for Uncommon Designs for a shopping list and instructions on how to add some big time “joy” to your front door.

Mason Jar Luminarias

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Photo credit: The Inspired Room

We love this fresh take on the classic paper bag luminarias. All you need is a set of mason jars, Epsom salt and some small candles. Line them up on your front walk for a festive winter welcome.

Holiday Doormat

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Photo credit: A Beautiful Mess

Grab a new doormat at Target or get creative and go for a little doorway DIY. Pick up an inexpensive bristly doormat, some gold spray paint, then add a smattering of triangle with white craft paint and a small paintbrush.

Gold Wreath

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Photo credit: Canadian Family

Add a dash of metallic to your entry with this simple gold wreath. Hit the craft store for a foam wreath form, gold thumbtacks and a ribbon. Yes, you’ll be pushing in over 1,000 thumbtacks, but pop in A Christmas Story and watch while you work.

Wrapped Gifts

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Add instant holiday spirit to your front porch with this easy and inexpensive DIY project. Simply wrap a selection of different sized boxes and stack by the front door or on a rocking chair or bench.

Photo credit: bhg.com

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Customer Care Connection: How to Care for your Garage Door

by Shea Homes Arizona on October 25, 2013

This week on our Shea Homes Arizona social media, we featured another “Customer Care Connection” video teaching you how to preserve and protect your garage door.

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Out of all of the parts of your home that you strive to care for, how often does the garage door come to mind? This part of the home can often be overlooked even though it is responsible for keeping our cars clean and warm and storing the many collections of sports equipment, tools, arts and crafts, etc.  A well cared for garage door can keep your family safe and your keepsakes well protected.  A basic and inexpensive way to care for your garage door only requires a few items that are most likely lying around the house; silicone spray, eye protection, a rag and a ladder, if necessary.  All of these items can be found at your local home improvement store.  The first thing that you will need to do is put on your eye protection to avoid any possible accidents and keep safety first.  Next, you will need to spray the silicone spray on the rollers of the garage door. Apply the spray between the pin and the wheel so that you saturate the operative part of the roller. Take your rag and dab the excess silicone so that it does not run onto the track of the door and cause the door to slip. After you’ve done this with the rollers, repeat the process with all hinges. You can store the silicone spray container in a cool, dry place so that it is ready for its next use. Manufacturers recommend that this is done every six months. Congratulations, you are well on your way to preserving a protecting your garage door for years to come!

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Here are a few more simple ways that you can protect yourself and your family through garage door maintenance:

1.)    Check the safety reverse mechanism. This can be done by setting a roll of toilet paper or a pillow under the garage door and closing the door, if the door does not reverse after it hits the object, the mechanism is not working properly.

2.)    Check and tighten bolts around the perimeter of the door and on the tracks, as they hold the system together.

3.)    Wipe down the door regularly with a damp rag, this will prevent dirt buildup that could chip away at the door and will keep it squeaky clean.

4.)    If the door is wood, fill in gaps with caulk and keep it well coated with paint to prevent dirt build up, mold and water damage.

5.)    Garage areas, in general, can be dangerous with several storage items and tools lying out. These loose items could potentially pose a health or safety hazard for anyone in the area. We recommend regularly keeping your garage organized, especially with little ones at home!

To see how this process is done, watch our Customer Care Connection Video.  For more information on what we’re up to at Shea Homes Arizona, visit our Facebook page, tweet with us on Twitter, get informed and educated on our YouTube channel or get inspired with us on Pinterest!

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Customer Care Connection: How To Caulk Bathroom Sinks and Tubs

by Shea Homes Arizona on September 13, 2013

This week on our Shea Homes Arizona social media, we featured another “Customer Care Connection” video teaching you how to fill in those cracks and crevices that happen in your bathroom sinks and tubs. Leaving these mishaps go unattended can be harmful to you and your family’s health, so we at Shea Homes are here to show you just how quick and easy this task is!

Caulk is a sealant made from either latex or silicone_MG_9532-100 that is used throughout the home to fill in gaps and seal out moisture. When it comes to the bathroom, it is especially important to seal in gaps and repair cracks around the tub and sink, as these are surfaces that face high levels of moisture and varying temperature changes. The best indicators that a sealant is necessary are small cracks between the backsplash and the tub or the sink and the wall behind it. Though the crevices may seem small, using caulk as a strong sealant prevents mold, dry rot, and pest problems.

When choosing a caulk, find one that is silicone based because, unlike latex, it is flexible throughout varying temperatures, does not support mildew growth and is completely waterproof. There are two different types of silicone caulk, one is an acid cure that works on smooth surfaces such as glass or glazed tile, the other is a neutral cure which works on rough surfaces such as wood or metal. Therefore, when purchasing caulk for bathroom surfaces look for one that is a silicone, acid cure.

In order to begin the process, be sure to remove the old caulk with either a utility knife, razor or flathead screwdriver; this creates a clean workspace while also removing built up mold, mildew and soap scum. After the old caulk has been removed, wipe down the surface with a clean cloth to dry. Then, cut the opening of the tube to fit the job at hand. After the opening of the tube is cut to size, pierce the tip of the opening to activate and hold the tube over a receptacle to test. With the tube of caulk securely set within a caulk gun, hold it steadily at a 45 degree angle and, slightly above the surface, create a line of caulk filling in the gap. After the bead (line) is set, use your index finger to smooth out the surface and remove any excess caulk. It is helpful to have a damp rag and a dry paper towel handy to use after smoothing to wipe your hands clean. Finally, allow 24 to 36 hours before using the shower, bath or sink to give the caulk time to cure before exposing it to moisture.

To see more Customer Care Connection videos, please visit our YouTube channel.  For more information on Shea Homes and what we’re up to at the Arizona division, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and get inspired with us on Pinterest.

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Customer Care Connection, a YouTube Video Series

August 2, 2013




Helping you put print into practice At Shea Homes Arizona, we are all about customer service. We get several calls each day to our Customer Care team about how to do several little projects in and around your home. With use of technology today, we decided to make it a means of communication to our […]

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