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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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Cool Down and Save with Summer Energy Efficiency Tips from APS

by Shea Homes Arizona on April 20, 2018

 

Summer in Arizona means siestas and Saturdays by the pool. For many Phoenix residents it also means sweat and rising energy bills… but it doesn’t have to! With a few easy tweaks, you can enjoy the cool comfort of modern air conditioning (invented in 1902 by the one day founder of Samsung, Willis Carrier, in case you were wondering) without the gut punch of the summer energy bill. APS® offers a few tips to keep you cool:
Energy Efficiency Tips from APS

  • Doctor Doctor: Cooling accounts for nearly half of your monthly energy bill in the hotter months, but it can easily skyrocket if your unit isn’t operating the way it should. Schedule regular yearly check-ups for you’re A/C unit to help prevent it from working harder than it has to.
  • You Spin Me Round: It’s time to wake up that ceiling fan that’s been hanging dormant since November. Turn on the fan and turn up the temperature: raising your thermostat by one degree can save 2 – 3% on energy cooling costs — set your thermostat to 79° and use fans to feel up to 5° cooler.
  • Carry on My Wayward Sun: The desert sun bakes your windows all day long. Plant low water use shade trees in front of south, east, or west facing windows to help keep sunlight from heating up your home in the summer months.
  • Take Me Home, Desert Roads: Don’t spend money to cool your home when you’re away at work all day! Program your thermostat to turn up the temperature when you are not home, or get a smart thermostat with “geofencing” that does this automatically by working with your smartphone.
  • Dancing in the Dark: Turn off unnecessary lights and appliances; they can add heat to your home. Unplugging appliances when you aren’t using them could help lower energy costs as well. TVs and toasters take up more power than you’d expect, even when you aren’t using them.

At Shea Homes®, we work to keep our new homes energy efficient from the start, which is why our ENERGY STAR® certified homes use up to 20-30% less energy than other non-certified homes. Through a combination of complete thermal enclosure systems, high efficiency ventilation, comprehensive water management systems, and energy-efficient appliances and lighting, together families that have purchased ENERGY STAR labeled homes save more than $350 million dollars each year on utility bills.

Visit Shea Homes to learn more about the Shea difference.

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5 Easy Tips to Welcome Your Holiday Guests

by Shea Homes Arizona on November 25, 2015

 

Preparing your home for guests can feel a bit overwhelming, especially since your time may also be wrapped up in getting ready for the holidays. Here are a few simple tips to help make your guests feel welcome and at home.

Make space for your guests

This might seem like a no brainer, but it is probably the easiest, most effective way to help guests feel at ease right away. A cluttered guest room or common area can make guests feel unsure about where to put their things or feel out of place.

Clear some extra space in the guest closet, leave a drawer empty, put a small tray out for keys and phones in the guest room, and cut out some of the regular clutter in the great room. A few simple changes will give your guests plenty of space for essentials and to help them feel relaxed in your home.

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Thinking of buying a new home? You’ll want to read this first!

by Shea Homes Arizona on November 13, 2015

Buying a New Home
A home purchase is often the largest, single financial investment people make in their lifetime. Buying a home, the place you live, raise a family, entertain your friends and make memories should be exciting. There shouldn’t be any mysteries or unexpected surprises in the home buying or mortgage process to cloud the bright future in your new home.

Shea Homes has a history of caring about our customers, which begins with simplifying the home buying process, including the mortgage. It’s not uncommon to have more questions than answers, that’s why we created the Home Buying Guide  for some great, interactive tips to clarify the journey of buying a new home.  Understanding the “inside baseball” terms, the various steps in home buying, and what to expect at each one goes a long way in making the new-home buying experience a great one. Here’s what one Shea Homeowner has to say about the process:

“This was our first time building a brand new home. We have owned several homes prior so knew exactly what we wanted and decided to have Shea build our “dream”. Rather than telling us what we couldn’t have they did all they could to give us what we wanted! The staff, from the very first person we met at the model to the last person we did the final walk through with, became family and treated us with so much respect. They answered any question and fixed any problem “the right way” no matter the cost to them or the difficulty. I was always asked if there was anything else I needed or wanted. If ever I have to move out of my perfect home I will only buy with Shea Homes!”

Plan Ahead…

If you aren’t sure if home ownership is right for you now, but purchasing a home is in your future there are a few of things to consider. First, is your credit score. When it comes to buying a house, your credit score is important. Missing or late payments on rent, a mortgage, credit cards, automobile payments, or just about anything can influence your credit score. The best practice is to pay on time, every time.

Second, is paying off debt. Lenders look at your income and the total of all your debts, this is called your “debt-to-income ratio” and will determine how much home you will qualify to purchase. Finally, save a little something.  Having the necessary funds for a down payment is important in qualifying for a loan to purchase your new home.

Interest rates are at historic lows, making this a great time to buy a home. If “rent vs. own” is where you are, try this for some answers. If you have more questions, the Home Mortgage Guide can help. 

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How to Make an Emergency Home Evacuation Plan

September 19, 2015

 (photo credit: Thinkstock) Thankfully, most of us will never deal with a major household or community emergency or disaster. But, luck favors the prepared and that’s why we’ve gathered some tips to help you prepare your family in case the need to evacuate ever arises. 

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Winter Dangers: Tips for parents to “clear the air” from the flu and other germs

December 26, 2014

Parents, we know that your kids always come first and we love that about you; but this flu season there are some important actions that you can take to care for yourself so that you can keep your family healthy all winter long. After these tips become healthy habits in your daily routine, you and […]

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Thanksgiving Tips for the Procrastinators

November 21, 2013

Thanksgiving is less than a week away and there’s a lot of prep to be done! Have you browsed through our Pinterest (Shea Homes Arizona) yet? Whether you’re trying to update the look and feel of your home for fall, or you need to cram in some recipes so you can get your grocery list […]

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Pins to Peak Your “Pinterest”…

May 31, 2013

We’ve been pinning for a while now on our Pinterest page, but as of late, we are actively providing our audience with a Pinterest board every week! Whether the boards reflect the season, the holidays, the newest health trends and recipes or Shea Homes Arizona’s own home design and styles, we are all over the […]

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