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

by Shea Homes Arizona on September 19, 2015

Emergency Evacuation Plan (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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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 your family will be well-prepared for the cold months ahead. Better yet, many of these habits can be easily learned by your kiddos to join in the fight against the flu.

The best place to start is at the sink; good ol’ soap and water will protect you from germs found on every surface you touch. Next, protect yourself from the inside out by building up your immune system. Adding Zinc, Echinacea and garlic to your diet along with a wide variety of fruits and vegetables will operate as a 24/7 super team providing your body with valuable nutrients, while maintaining a strong immune system that is ready to fight against viruses. Zinc and Echinacea are commonly sold in pill form and can be taken first thing in the morning or right before bed. The recommended daily allowance (RDA) is eight milligrams per day. Garlic can easily be added as a spice in various meals or consumed raw, just make sure that you have a toothbrush and/or some mint gum close by! Keep your breath smelling fresh and the germs away by replacing your toothbrush every three months, or immediately after you recover from feeling under the weather.


Another integral part of building up your immune system stems from movement. We know fully that as parents, your schedules are filled to the brim with work, acting as taxi driver for your kids, running errands, cooking, cleaning, prepping, planning, etc. But, an hour of exercise at least three days a week or a half hour six days a week makes a world of a difference when it comes to keeping you well. The largest supporter of our body’s immune system is the lymphatic system. This system runs off of physical movement as it does not have an organ—like the heart—to pump the 600-plus bacteria fighting lymph nodes throughout the body. The more you exercise, the more effective the lymphatic system is at protecting your immune and digestive systems, keeping you feeling swell and well this year.

If you have tried everything and still can’t make it out of the house to work out in the midst of a chaotic day, get movement in at home while protecting your family. Jog around the house with a soapy washrag or disinfecting wipes and clean well-used surfaces such as doors, counters, cabinets, the refrigerator and toys while doing squats or one of your favorite workout routines.

On top of keeping your lymphatic system running effectively, exercise releases endorphins that relieve stress. High levels of stress run down your immune system and increase your risk for infection. To continue to relieve stress, allow your body to heal and rebuild muscle and to restore memory while you sleep. At the end of a long day, do yourself a favor and call it a night an hour or two earlier than you normally do. But, before your head hits the hay, get out the humidifier that you have hidden away, or stop by a local store to pick one up. Viruses thrive in dry air. Humidifiers add moisture to the air and stop viruses from multiplying and spreading throughout your home. Much like dry air, a dry mouth and throat also act as hotspots for viruses; this can be prevented by drinking plenty of water throughout the day.


Finally, if you suspect that one of the kids is coming down with something, don’t be afraid to keep them home from school or to cancel play dates. You will be protecting other children and your own child from germs while allowing them to rest, thus building up their immune system so they can get better as quickly as possible. During this time, protect the rest of your family by turning the child’s room in to a camp out, fort or castle for your little princess stocked with water, saltines or veggies and their favorite movies. This way your child can comfortably rest in their room and get better, while allowing you to check on them and also reducing the likelihood of the virus being passed from one family member to the next.


Want a fun way to teach your children about the flu and how to fight it? Check out these coloring books: In English ( and in Spanish ( or introduce them to the healthy habits that you have now created in your life.

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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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