Adding Curb Appeal To Your Home

Adding Curb Appeal to your home is something that can easily be done.  Here are some tips on how you can accomplish this.

  1. Manicured Lawn- this is very simple way to make your home stand out. 
  2. Paint the Front Door & Trim Most exterior paint will cost you approximately $30 a gallon. Painting your home can definitely add some brightness and revive your house. Pick a bold color that makes your house stand out!
  3. Install new house numbers- If your house doesn’t already come with the house number built into it.  Purchase some new numbers to spruce up the curb appeal. Try to match your new house numbers with the finish that is on your exterior light fixtures. 

  4. Plant a Tree- Planting a tree is one of the most common ways to add curb appeal to your house. Before you plant a tree, consider how big the tree will get and how it will affect your house, make sure that you have enough space for it.
  5. When buying new exterior light fixtures, consider both the style of your home and the function of the lights.  Look for fixtures that have the same mounting system as the current ones that you have to save yourself some time. We hope you found some of these tips useful.

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Condensation

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With the colder months approaching some homes have problems with the windows sweating on the inside.  This can happen on any home brand new or older.  If this problem is happening to you then you have a humidity problem.  Your humidity level is a bit too high.  The ideal percentage that your homes should stay around should be 50 to 55 percent humidity.  If your humidity is higher than that your windows will become dehumidifiers and condense water that is in the air, until your humidity level inside drops to the 55 perfect range.

With newer homes they are usually built much more tightly than older.  This can be good for many reasons.  However one bad side effect is that the moisture cant escape as easily.  First thing we would recommend would be to buy an inexpensive hygrometer to monitor the humidity indoors.

condensation-on-windows-1147765It could also be that your new home is still drying out. New concrete, wood and other materials usually take about 12 to 18 months to dry.  This is something that you can’t control, but on cold evenings you can open your doors and let that warm humid air out for at least 10 minutes.

Lilly Cordeiro

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10 Ideas to Save for a down payment for your first home!

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Coming up with a down payment of thousands of dollars can be really tough.  Especially if you are already struggling with loans, rent and life overall.  With most home prices being over $200,000 these days banks are looking for 20% down.  That could mean coming up with $40,000 or more.  There are lots of things that you can cut out and temporary sacrifice to get you to that end goal of owning your brand new home!  Here are our top 10 to help make this dream come true.

  1. Make coffee at home versus those daily lattes.
  2. Stick to watching Netflix instead of going out for movies!
  3. Put away those credit cards
  4. Switch Phone plan to the lowest possible
  5. Cut out Cable TV
  6. Use coupons at the grocery store or price match
  7. Sell unused items online
  8. Do you smoke? No better time to quit, not only will your health improve.  Smokers can save thousands a year by kicking the habit.
  9. No more eating out at restaurants.
  10. Swap out that vacation for a staycation.

Remember this may be a tough time but the outcome will be completely worth it!  If your goal is to save 20% calculate it by dividing the price of the house by 100, than multiplying that by 20!

Need additional help saving for that new build.  Contact us at Sunlight Heritage Homes or visit our website www.sunlightheritagehomes.ca

Happy Saving 🙂

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