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5 Quick Ways to Make Your Home More Energy Efficient

by Shea Homes Arizona on August 10, 2018

 

When the temperature spikes, you expect that your energy bill does too – especially when the thermometer is pushing 120. The good news for Shea Homes® homeowners is that with ENERGY STAR appliances, you can be confident that your bill won’t make you make you consider turning up the thermostat to uncomfortable temperatures just to save some money. But there are a few simple switches any homeowner can make to shave a few dollars off their bill each month. Remember, a few little changes can add up to big savings!
Energy Efficiency - Ways to Save1. Check for Open Windows or Doors

If all that cool air your unit is producing isn’t staying inside, you’ll be feeling like there is a crack in your wallet, not just your doors. Check each window and doors, especially the door to the garage to make sure each are fully closed..

2. 78 is Great

We all know to turn the thermostat up when we leave for work during the day, but it’s important not to try to turn your house into an ice box as soon as you get back. 78 degrees is the oft quoted sweet-spot for keeping your house comfortable without draining the bank. Try cooling things down further with either standing or ceiling fans – they’re much more efficient than turning down the air even a few degrees.

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Over the next few months we’ll be highlighting some of Shea Homes® Arizona’s amazing community representatives. As the faces of Shea, our team members pride themselves on their knowledge and passion for helping buyers find a space perfectly suited to their lifestyle.

This month we chat with Megan Kellis, community representative for Shea Homes at Carino Villas. Megan works to ensure that home buyers have an exceptional experience when taking the steps to purchasing their new home.
Faces of Shea: Megan KellisQ: What makes the experience of buying, building, and living in a Shea Home special?

A: The Shea Homes experience is different because our employees are different. We care about our buyers, their families and their experience building with us in our communities.  We have several touchpoints during the building experience to get the buyers excited about buying, keep them updated through the build and help them feel comfortable with their choice to purchase with us.  When a buyer purchases with Shea, they become part of our Shea Family.

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Vitalize Your Home with Your Own Terrarium

by Shea Homes Arizona on July 27, 2018

 

Your décor may say a lot about your sense of taste, but what does it say about your health? Introducing some plant life into your home is a quick and easy way to revitalize your space and improve your well-being. Plants have been shown to reduce airborne toxins in your home, increase productivity and concentration, and even reduce stress. But that sure won’t be the case if you’re constantly worried about keeping them alive!

Terrariums with cacti or succulents are easy ways to get the beauty and enjoyment of a houseplant, even if you are known to not have the greenest thumb. With just a little bit of time and creativity, you’ll have a wholesome piece of décor that you can be proud of. Make it a family craft and greenify your entire home!
Easy To Make TerrariumsSupplies

  • Clear glass vase or container
  • Pebbles
  • Potting soil for succulent and cactus
  • Succulents and cacti of your choice
  • Sand

Follow These Steps

  1. To start, you’ll need a clear glass container with an opening on top. Get creative! A vase, fish bowl or even a cleaned out spaghetti sauce jar will work! Shop thrift stores, antique malls, or your kitchen cabinet.
  2. Fill the bottom of the vessel with a layer of pebbles (about one and a half inches) for water drainage.
  3. On top of the pebbles, add a layer (about two and a half inches) of potting soil, specifically made for succulents and cacti.
  4. Using a spoon, make a hole in the soil big enough for the roots of your largest plant, and nestle the roots in the hole. Press the soil down firmly around the roots to make sure it is tucked in tight.
  5. Plant the rest of your succulents or cacti in the same fashion, moving from largest to smallest.
  6. Finally, distribute about one fourth of an inch of white sand around the base of your plants (optional).
  7. Now for the fun touches. Add miniature animals, figurines, shiny marbles, rocks, or favorite stones.

For maintenance, keep your terrarium in a location near a window where it will get indirect sunlight, and lightly water approximately every two weeks or when the soil dries out. Enjoy this sweet addition to your home. If you’re looking for more decorating ideas, head by any of our models and see what life could look like in a home by Shea Homes®!

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10 Tips for a Successful Move

by Shea Homes Arizona on July 20, 2018

 

You’ve signed on the dotted line, you’ve done your final walkthrough, and everything looks great – you’re new home is ready for you! But are you ready for your new home?

Moving anywhere takes planning and preparation, and when moving into a new home there are a few extra things you’ll want to consider so you can start this new chapter of your life on a good note.
Here are ten things to consider for the big day:

Before the Move

  1. Declutter

If you’ve been in your current home for a while, then it’s likely you’ve accumulated a fair amount of clutter. Be it clothes that no longer fit, old birthday cards, or unwanted furniture, the less you need to take with you, the better.

Start in an area that has lots of stuff, like the kitchen or bedroom. Pick one corner or cabinet and ask yourself, “Is all this absolutely essential to my life?” Start a pile for the yes’s and no’s. Do you really need the extra set of pans from Aunt Shirley? Or that t-shirt from freshman year orientation? Probably not. The more you can donate before your move, the less work you’ll have, and the freer and open your new space will feel.

  1. Make a list

Maybe you’re someone who makes a list for your nightly dental hygiene routine, or maybe you’re the kind that trusts themselves to remember the thirty-two items on the grocery list. Wherever you fall on the spectrum, you’re about to embark on a journey with a lot of moving parts. You’ll want to be organized.

Think about each room in your new home and what items and furniture will be going where. A detailed list will help immensely on moving day to keep you in-control when you’re surrounded by boxes. Speaking of which, clearly labeling all your boxes before the move will keep things streamlined and efficient, and make your list all the more effective.

  1. Pack your survival kit

Moving is rarely a quick experience. After a day of hauling and unpacking, you’ll be ready to hit the hay, and the last thing you want to do is unpack every box in the house to find your sheets.

Set yourself up with a box complete with bedding, a dopp kit, and a change of clothes, so when the end of the day comes, all you have to do is relax and enjoy your first night in your new home.

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Faces of Shea: Meet Eric Nathan, Community Representative at Compass at Recker Pointe

July 13, 2018

Over the next few months we’ll continue to highlight some of Shea Homes® Arizona’s amazing Community Representatives. As the faces of Shea, our team members pride themselves on their knowledge and passion for helping buyers find a space perfectly suited to their lifestyle. This month we chat with Eric Nathan, a Community Representative of Shea […]

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Benefits of Buying A Former Model Home

June 29, 2018

  There are tons of great reasons to move into a former model home – particularly a former model from Shea Homes®. When you purchase one of our move-in ready model homes you will get to enjoy all the thoughtfully chosen upgrades, designer finishes, and lushly landscaped yards you’d expect from a development’s crown jewel. […]

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Faces of Shea: Meet Carmen Inzinga, Community Representative at Ambition at Eastmark

June 8, 2018

  Over the next few months we’ll continue to highlight some of Shea Homes® Arizona’s amazing community representatives. As the faces of Shea, our team members pride themselves on their knowledge and passion for helping buyers find a space perfectly suited to their lifestyle. This month we chat with Carmen Inzinga, the Community Representative for […]

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Easy Home Automation with Deako Smart Lighting

June 1, 2018

Whether it was the Jetson’s high-tech home of the future or Tony Starks’ AI controlled Malibu mansion, home automation has been the lofty goal for convenience-seeking homeowners everywhere for years. The downside? These technologies can be cost-prohibitive, difficult to install, and the results aren’t always the sleek, intuitive solution homeowners are hoping for. Now Shea […]

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Adding a Swimming Pool to Your Home? Things You Should Know

May 18, 2018

Have fun in the sun and stay cool by the pool! With that lovely extended spring behind us and the infamous Arizona summer on its way, Valley residents are pulling out their swimsuits and stocking up on sunscreen. Shea Homes® homeowners in communities like Recker Pointe and Ambition at Eastmark (and soon, 24 North) love […]

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Faces of Shea: Meet Marci Kloss, Community Representative at 24 North

April 27, 2018

  Over the next few months we’ll be highlighting some of Shea Homes Marketing Company’s amazing Community Representatives. As the faces of Shea Homes®, our team members pride themselves on their knowledge and passion for helping buyers find a space perfectly suited to their lifestyle. This month we chat with Marci Kloss, the Community Representative […]

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