Active Lifestyle Communities: Community Involvement

One of the biggest benefits that 55+ communities offer is the community part. You have a built-in network of peers right there in the neighborhood that work together to advocate certain causes, such as the preservation of nature and character of the community in which they live.

Some of the ways 55+ communities can help build a sense of community are:

  • Connecting residents to their environment by fostering a sense of engagement within the community.
  • Setting up daily, weekly and monthly special activities that encourage sharing and fostering interests such as religion, hobbies, and games.
  • Resident-organized gatherings, group outings, bus trips, and community dinners are also great activities that promote a sense of pride.
  • Searching for opportunities to get involved in surrounding communities allows residents to partner with area brick-and-mortar organizations such as churches, schools, and hospitals. Residents can gain a sense of worth by being able to give back in ways such as tutoring, teaching and mentoring.

Additionally, many families worry about their loved ones living alone as they age. Sometimes the decision to move to assisted living is as much about that fear as any day-to-day needs a senior has. 55+ communities help address that fear. When you know your loved one lives around other seniors that know them and all keep an eye out for each other, those concerns evaporate.

For more information about 55+ Communities, check out our blog

For more information on The Villages of Sally Creek
55+ Active Lifestyle Golf Community, please visit:  The Villages of Sally Creek

Active Lifestyle Communities – Connecting Socially

Staying physically active is important, but are you aware of the importance of social health as well as the benefits of being social as you age?


Social contact can be just as effective as exercise at improving your mood and quality of life. If you aren’t maintaining social interactions on a daily basis, you may be putting yourself at risk for depression or even dementia. As we age, staying socially active can help you maintain good physical and emotional health as well as cognitive function. Staying social can reduce the risk for Alzheimer’s disease, cardiovascular problems, osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis, and even some cancers. It can also help boost your immune system and improve your nutrition since you tend to eat more when you’re around others. Being social can lower your blood pressure and potentially reduce the symptoms of depression.

Active Lifestyle Community residents quickly find themselves integrated into a loving family that’s focused on mutual acceptance and friendly encouragement.

There is a sense of affinity in these active adult communities. When people live like a community, it enhances the quality of life and well-being. You will know your neighbours because you will meet often in recreation centers, shopping complexes, and sports activities such as golf. This way, the residents can connect to one another and have a sense of engagement along with building lifelong friendships.

Contact our onsite Sales Agent:226-289-1943
Or visitThe Villages of Sally Creek

What defines an Active Adult Lifestyle Community?

Adult lifestyle communities aren’t so different from other residential communities. Aside from their age requirements, most are designed with a retirement-friendly lifestyle in mind.

What Defines an Active Adult Lifestyle Community

These communities can be comprised of single-family houses, condominiums, or townhomes, with units that are owned by the resident. Often, this type of community will be built near shopping, restaurants, parks, and other attractions, since residents are still eager to live an active lifestyle into their retirement years.

Also, unlike some other senior living options, active adult communities do not have on-site dining facilities for residents, nor do they provide any type of healthcare services. However, these communities are conveniently located close to hospitals and other medical facilities.

In a nutshell, these communities exist for people who not only share your interests and passions, and who will also expose you to new and exciting opportunities and become great friends along your journey.

An adult lifestyle community is designed for adults over 55 who are active and independent. If you are too young to be in a retirement home with meals and everyday care you pay for but do want a low maintenance lifestyle, the Villages of Sally Creek is the solution. Sally Creek gives you that flexibility by giving you the ability to transition and downsize to a simpler lifestyle, where you can choose a townhome or a detached bungalow family home.

Thinking about moving into an Adult Active Lifestyle Community?

Located within The Villages of Sally Creek is the adult community you have been searching for, boasting an adult recreation centre, the challenging conjoining Sally Creek Golf Course and walking trails throughout this beautiful area. The exclusive adult recreation centre features a games room, gym, library, craft room, and banquet facilities and is the perfect place to gather to make new friends. Scheduled events included breakfasts, dinners, dances, euchre nights, VON exercises, yoga, and an art club. Enjoying a golf game or taking scenic strolls, jaunting out on a bike tour or engaging in an easy-going cross country ski venture on the well-maintained nature paths are the perfect way to enjoy the beauty evident at the Villages of Sally Creek and surrounding area.
Contact our onsite Sales Agent:226-289-1943
Or visitThe Villages of Sally Creek

10 Places You Must Visit and Experience in Woodstock.

When you visit Woodstock, you’ll find the air is cleaner and the grass is greener, the people are friendly and helpful, and there are lots of things to do.
We’ve compiled a list of places of historic value and interest, from parks to markets, museums, and entertainment. Whether you’re just visiting or moving to Woodstock, make sure to make the time and enjoy what Woodstock has to offer you, your family and friends all year around.
10 places you must visit and experience in Woodstock.


Southside Park

Woodstock’s historic Southside Park has charming walkways with decorative lighting fixtures throughout the grounds. Take some time to admire the gorgeous flowering magnolias, cherry, and crab-apple trees during the first three weeks of May.
In the month of June, enjoy the colourful accents of over 33,000 tulips throughout the park. Stop by the Southside Park Gazebo covered by a stunning display of over 10,000 tulips of pastels and plum pudding.

Bring the kids or grandkids and enjoy the expansive play area for children of all ages, guaranteed to be a fun-filled experience.

If you’re a baseball fan, come out to Southside Park in the evenings and watch the local Woodstock Jr. Rangers and Wranglers play at the newly refurbished Tip O’Neil field, named after Woodstock’s own Hall of Famer.

Woodstock Art Gallery

Located in the historic John White Building in the heart of downtown Woodstock, opposite Museum Square. The Woodstock Art Gallery inspires, engages and enriches the lives of all community members through innovative programming and activities and Oxford County’s largest municipal public gallery. Featuring a permanent collection of over 1,000 works of contemporary and historical art. The Woodstock Art Gallery also offers art instruction, TIFF film screenings, exhibit receptions, and special events.
REGULAR HOURS:  Tuesday-Saturday: 11 am – 5 pm
Free admission, accessible, and nearby parking

Woodstock Museum National Historic Site

Explore Woodstock’s Old Town Hall which once held Woodstock’s first public market, council chamber and concert hall. Serving later as the first firehall and police lock-up, the building became the home of the Oxford County Museum in 1947 and eventually the Woodstock Museum.

Originally constructed in 1853 as the Town Hall and Market House, the building was completely restored in 1993-1995 and offers a wide variety of programs and services. The Woodstock Museum National Historic Site strives to interpret the past, present, and future through conservation, education, and exhibition of local history.
Admission by donation. Located at 466 Dundas Street, Woodstock, N4S1C4
Labour Day to Victoria Day: Tues to Sat: 10 am – 5pmVictoria Day to Labour Day: Mon to Sat: 10 am – 5 pm

Pittock Conservation Area

Enjoy camping, swimming, paddling, fishing, hiking a 5km trail that goes through intriguing plantations, forests, meadows, and shoreline.
Many children’s activities and recreation programs are seasonally available at Pittock Conservation Area. Love bird watching? Come site seeing a variety of birds and ducks like the American Black Duck, Mallard, and Common Merganser.

Located on the northern edge of Woodstock, Ontario. This 2000-acre outdoor playground offers visitors the opportunity to step into nature by camping, hiking, fishing, biking or simply relaxing in its natural environment. Several events are held annually including the Dragon Boat Races and Multi-Sport Triathlon. Or simply come for a weekend getaway to enjoy a family picnic or cool down with our splash pad. Canoe rentals available. Bring your furry friend to the leash-free dog park!

Woodstock Farmers market

Shop local! Woodstock is proud to have one of the oldest markets in Ontario celebrating 162 years, established in 1853. The year-round vendors provide a variety of produce, meats, dairy products, bakery goods, flowers, honey, maple syrup, and crafts.  Located one block north of Dundas Street at West Ave. on the Woodstock Fairgrounds. It is on the East side of the City of Woodstock. Hours of operation: Jan-Dec Saturday 7am-12pm

One of a kind antique mall

If you love vintage, this is the place to visit!
Canada’s largest antiques & collectibles store with over 500+ vendors 80,000 square feet of shopping. The One of a Kind Antique Mall is a vintage treasure hunt of furniture, toys, china, housewares, games, and collectibles. Enjoy three floors of antiques and nostalgia located in a historic textile factory.  Open Daily 10am – 5pm.

Gateway Casinos Woodstock

Located in Woodstock, Ontario and owned and operated by Gateway Casino Entertainment Limited, Gateway Casino Woodstock features more than 235 slots and games as well a quick eats restaurant which features two complete menus to choose from. The restaurant’s main menu features everything from appetizers, soups, and salads to entrees such as the Chicken & Rib Combo and English-Style Fish & Chips to yummy desserts., with drink service and bar fare. The venue is also home to Woodstock Raceway, a half-mile track for Standardbred Harness Racing, which features simulcast racing and a racebook.
The Getaway Express is the perfect place to grab a light meal and relax! Monday to Thursday: 8 am to 3 am and Friday and Saturday are 24 hours

Springbank Snow Countess Cow Monument

A definite roadside photo op you do not want to miss!
In 1933 she broke the world record for butterfat production and held the record for 21 years.  The Snow Countess statue is located on the original site of her home, Springbank Farm, which was known worldwide for their cattle breeding program. Taking a photo with the Countess has become a tradition for visitors to Woodstock.  She is located on the corner of Dundas St and Springbank Ave (parking access on Springbank Ave).
The monument was restored in the spring of 2007 and appointed a Municipal Heritage Site during a re-dedication ceremony on Aug. 4, 2007 — exactly 70 years after the initial unveiling.

Roth Park

Beautiful landscape and site seeing trails for the whole family to enjoy!
Roth Park is on the south side of Pittock Lake. There are picnic facilities and is home to the Woodstock Rotary Dragon Boat.  Enjoy the trail with hard packed dirt and granular and provides a lovely view over the lake. There are also side trails, which branch through a pine plantation and go up and down some gentle inclines. These side trails link back to the main trail. At Lansdowne Ave. Length: 6.75 km approx. Difficulty: Easy, family Trail Uses: Walking, bicycle, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, dog walking. Located at the South side of Pittock Lake.

Sally Creek Golf Course

Hey Golfers! Be sure to book a tee time at the Sally Creek Golf Course, you will not be disappointed.
Sally Creek is a quaint golf course in the city of Woodstock. It offers terrific views and challenging play for golfers at every skill level. Well-groomed fairways and greens keep Sally Creek Golf Course difficult yet friendly, and the staff can offer tips and tricks for playing your best round. Sally Creek Golf Course is a great choice for your regular rounds of golf or a new destination for you and friends when visiting Woodstock. The 9-hole Sally Creek Golf Club is a semi-private golf course. Sally Creek Golf measures 3031 yards from the longest tees. The course features 4 sets of tees for different skill levels.  Located at 190 Fairway Rd, Woodstock, ON N4T 1W3, Canada
Visit: www.sallycreekgolf.com/

Thinking about moving to Woodstock?
Contact our onsite Sales Agent:226-289-1943
Or visitThe Villages of Sally Creek

The benefits of Adult Active Lifestyle Communities and what they have to offer.

Making the move to an Adult Active Lifestyle Community can be an exciting new chapter in your life. A retirement lifestyle can enable you to pursue your interests, enjoy an active lifestyle, and develop new friendships.

Here’s how retirement living can help you embrace these possibilities to ensure the next stage of your life is the best it can be.

The benefits of Adult Active Lifestyle Communities and what they have to offer.


4Active living at its best:

An active adult community will provide you with many opportunities to exercise, socialize, and stay sharp into your retirement years. In addition to the many amenities like pools and fitness centers, these communities’ residents will often organize social events, clubs, volunteer groups, and other ways to stay active and involved.

A sense of community:

Opportunities to make friends with other like-minded people; When moving someplace new, there’s something to be said for having a conveniently located group of potential friends. In active adult communities, residents are essentially all in the same place in life, having worked hard for many years, raised a family, and now looking to enjoy a relaxed retirement, Therefore, it is easy to establish friendships when there are so many common interests in mind.

No need to be retired:

Although Adult Lifestyle communities are commonly referred to as “retirement communities,” there’s no need to leave your present job to live here. That’s what makes living in one of these communities so unique.

Location, Location, Location:

Initially, since these communities are built with you in mind, great location was a key aspect to consider.

Many are conveniently located close to recreation centres, golf courses, and all the amenities to make the most of your experience. Shopping malls, restaurants, grocery stores, museums, libraries, medical offices, hospitals, parks, walking trails, and entertainment, are all part of the careful thought and planning that goes into building an Adult Lifestyle Community.

For more information on Adult Active Lifestyle communities, please contact our onsite Sales Agent: 226-289-1943
Or visit: The Villages of Sally Creek

Buying a new home? Here are 6 things you must do and questions you MUST ask!

If you’ve never built a new home and are unfamiliar with how a home builder operates, then chances are, you will have questions. The below list provides the most frequently asked questions, accompanied by a short answer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


1. Check out the builder:

Many home builders have been in the business for years and produce a quality product. However, a few do not. Check review sites, provincial licensing boards and the local court records to see whether the builder you’re considering has run into any trouble, including lawsuits, complaints with licensing agencies and disciplinary actions. This is also a good time to talk to previous customers.

Sunlight Heritage Homes has been in business for over 30 years and has built thousands of family homes in South Western Ontario and beyond.
Qualified. Trusted. Reliable. More than just words when it comes to selecting the right company to build your next home. In a fast-paced world of mass production and unprofessional workmanship, we realize that homebuyers still believe in both quality and value. As a family run business, we fully understand that the quality of our workmanship is the cornerstone of our reputation, and we embrace the many challenges and opportunities that will lend to our legacy.
Check out our testimonials here: What our clients have to say!

2. Research the community:

There’s no harm in visiting the community you’re interested in building your new home. Get a sense and feel for what’s around, amenities, schools, depending at what stage you are in life, is too close to shopping centres? or perhaps too far?  Before you buy, find out as much as you can both about the area and the subdivision itself. Visit at different times of the day and talk to residents about what they do and don’t like.

Our agents can be a great resource when researching the area and our amenity maps listed on Sunlight Heritage Homes and available to you at our sites. They can be fantastic guides for everything you’re looking for; from schools, shopping, dining, to recreation have all been carefully researched and added to our maps for your convenience.

3. Ask about warranties:

Most builders offer warranties on materials and workmanship. Make sure you understand what is and isn’t covered and what process you need to follow to get something fixed. All home builders in Ontario must be registered with TARION. Tarion’s primary purpose is to protect consumers of new homes by ensuring that builders abide by the provincial legislation. Tarion serves new home buyers and new homeowners by ensuring that one of their life’s biggest investments is protected. Almost every new home in the province is covered by a new home warranty.  This warranty protection is provided by Ontario’s builders and lasts up to seven years. To see if your builder is registered, do a search in the Ontario Builder Directory.

Sunlight Heritage Homes is a Tarion registered builder.

4. Do you provide assistance for selecting the home’s finishes?

Building a new home involves a lot of decisions, especially when it comes to selecting items like cabinets, counters, light/plumbing fixtures, paint colors, etc. For many people, it can be overwhelming. An experienced designer can walk you through the process. Make sure you’re not on your own and the builder has someone to guide you through the selection process.

Sunlight Heritage Homes are designed to fit your lifestyle. And our professional design consultants are here to help you turn your home into a perfect reflection of who you are and how you want to live.

We give you all the options. The possibilities are endless when you design your home with Sunlight Heritage Homes. From hardwoods and tile flooring to an almost endless array of countertops in granite, solid surface and quartz; from the best names and newest looks in fixtures, faucets, and finishes to the hottest trends in lights, cabinetry, and colors, we’ll help you pull your ideas together into a home that’s uniquely yours, just the way you dreamed it.

Our design center was created with you in mind. When you first arrive, you are not overwhelmed with products on top of each other. Each area has been designed to allow you to walk freely with a view of the entire area. From a fully functional designer kitchen to a luxury washroom display you will feel as if you’re at home. Let Sunlight Homes be part of your dream and help you create that home you have always wanted.

5. What standard features are included?

Every home builder includes a set of standard features in each home built while offering extras that cost more. Much like buying a car, you want to find out what is standard and what is extra. What is included and what isn’t is one of the most important questions to ask when buying a new home. The builder should have a detailed “specifications” sheet that details everything that comes standard with your new home.

Sunlight Heritage Homes come equipped with Standard finishes and
the following Main Features:

  • ENERGY EFFICIENT HOMES
  • 7-YEAR INSURED STRUCTURAL WARRANTY
  • FULL BASEMENT
  • HIGH POURED WALLS
  • HEAVY DUTY 2X6 PREMIUM EXTERIOR WALL’S
  • PEX WATER SYSTEM
  • R-22WALL & R-60 CEILING INSULATION
  • HRV SYSTEM

Standard finishes can be obtained by visiting one of our sites or online.

6. How do you communicate and provide service during the design, build and warranty?

Lack of communication is one of the most common complaints from homeowners about their builder. So how do you avoid it? This is another area where your conversations with past customers will reveal the real story. You’ll want to know if the builder responds to your requests promptly and how accessible they are. Do they communicate in a way that works for you? Given the prevalence of technology in our communications with email, texts and internet access, find out how your builder uses technology to improve communication with you.

At Sunlight Heritage Homes we pride ourselves how quickly and effectively we communicate with homeowners and we’ve made even easier with technology.
Sunlight Heritage Homes is proud to announce the “Homeowners Communication Portal”
Exclusive to Sunlight Heritage Homes: Homeowners have access to documents, and data they need, anytime, anywhere, on any device. Stay up to date with the progress of your home with Sunlight Heritage Home’ “My Story”. Access photos and progress of your custom build from beginning to end. Sunlight Heritage Home “Homeowners Communication Portal” is also mobile friendly.

Let’s Talk

We’d love to have the opportunity to answer any questions you may have. You can get in touch with us by simply giving us a call at (519) 653-5036 or drop us a line at info@sunlighthomes.ca

London activities for your whole family to enjoy.

Warmer weather is just around the corner, and with spring already here, it is the perfect time to get your family out of the house to enjoy some quality time together! Create memories with your loved ones while having fun at some of these London activities your whole family will enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Trails
London offers over 20 walking, biking and hiking trails in and around the city and dubbed the “Forest City” for good reason. Getting outdoors in London and connecting with nature is easier than you would think. If your interests include hiking, running, mountain biking, or you just enjoy going for a stroll, you may be surprised to find that you can accomplish many of these activities locally.
Meadowlily located just a short drive from Sunlight Heritage Homes: Old Victoria on the Thames site is a 3.1 Km walking/hiking/running trail containing marshes and floodplain woods along the Thames River, old fields, shrub thickets and mature woodlands on higher, rolling land, and some active and retired agricultural fields making it one of the most visited trails in London.

Boler Mountain
A year-round destination for outdoor enthusiasts. Perfect for skiing, snowboarding, tubing, mountain biking, the Treetop Adventure Park and more! During the green time, you can enjoy brunch at the Patio Restaurant. Enjoy outdoor yoga or join the adult volleyball league.
For more information: https://www.bolermountain.com/

Covent Market
Located in the heart of London since 1845 nestles in the West End, London’s main theatre and entertainment area. The market offers fresh products, gourmet foods, unique gifts, seasonal outdoors farmers market, and events. It is renowned for its luxury fashion and beauty stores as well as award-winning restaurants and theatres.
For more information: https://www.coventgarden.london/

Storybook Gardens
Fun for all age’s family-friendly fantasyland built in 1958. The 20-acre attraction is where all your beloved magical and imaginary characters come to life and attractions are themed around nursery rhymes and fairy tales. Some seasonal activities feature themed play-structures, sand and water play area, and an interactive splash pad. The fun continues with amusements parks, music shows, stage presentations and puppet shows. Subject to admission fees and parking is free.
For more information: https://www.storybook.london.ca/

East Park
A recreation and entertainment facility Located just minutes from downtown London. Featuring an 18-hole executive golf course, with a driving range and 2 mini golf courses. Add to that London’s best waterpark including 7 waterslides, a water climber with a tipping bucket and large splash pad. Have a picnic on the grounds that can be rented for groups. Go-karting, batting cages, rock climbing, bumper cars and more. Parking is free and you only pay for what you play. Fun for all ages and activity-dependent.
For more information: https://www.eastparkgolf.com/

The Factory
Canada’s largest indoor family fun centre has a wide variety of top indoor attractions, high ropes, rock climbing, virtual reality, arcades and more. Creating endless fun things to do for the whole family. And if you’re moving to London, The Factory also offers Summer Camps for your little ones.
Check them out: https://thefactorylondon.ca/

London’s Children Museum
Provides children and their grown-ups hands-on learning experiences in a distinctly child-centred environment. Part of the London community for over 40 years, the Children’s Museum is where more than 80,000 children and their families visit each year to dream and play. The museum encourages curiosity and experiences that stimulate creative spirits and encourage innovative thinking. If you have an aspiring anthropologist, the museum also offers the Dinosaur Galley, jam-packed with activities they can enjoy.
For more information: https://www.londonchildrensmuseum.ca/

Elson House
The Elson House is a historical museum located on 481 Ridout Street, London, Ontario. Built 1834 by the Harris family, the house is a fine example of Georgian and Regency architectural styles and has remained virtually unchanged since the last century.
For tour and operating hours: https://eldonhouse.ca/

Fanshawe Pioneer Village
An open-air museum established in 1959 and located in the Fanshawe Conservation Area in London, Ontario. Get a closer look at London’s bygone days, then head to Fanshawe’s open-air Pioneer Village. There is often something cooking at the old family home of famed local artist, Paul Peel (1860-1892).  Watch the forge and bellows in action while observing the Village blacksmith crafting items for use on-site or for sale at the Denfield General Store. And don’t forget to stop by the Pioneer Village Café.
Fun for all ages.
For more information: http://www.fanshawepioneervillage.ca/

The Rec Room
Conveniently located approx. 10 minutes from Sunlight Heritage Homes Foxfield Trails Community.
The Rec Room is the place to let go, be playful and experience something new and exciting. Canada’s premier “eats & entertainment” hotspot. With Canadian-inspired cuisine, virtual reality, arcades games, live entertainment, and more. The Rec Room is the ultimate gathering place to grab a pint, host an event, or just play. Fun for all ages.
And don’t forget to enjoy some shopping later at CF Masonville Place!
For more information: https://www.therecroom.com

Find your perfect London home at Sunlight Heritage Homes.
For more information please visit us: Foxfield Trails & Old Victoria on the Thames

7 Reasons Home Buyers Prefer New Over Resale Homes

Things to consider when searching for your perfect home.

7 Reasons Home Buyers Prefer New Over Resale Homes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Are you in the market to find the perfect home? Deciding between new vs. resale is an ongoing debate, however, the final decision comes down to what you want out of your home. The purchase price of a new home vs. resale can be relatively comparable but are dependent on thee things: location, build and upgrades.

Cost is important but equally as important is how each home will fit with your lifestyle. Whether you are looking for a property that is “right” for you, looking to change locations, looking for an investment property or if you are a first-time home buyer, there are a few aspects to consider.

Here are the benefits and perks of buying a new build as your next home:

  1. Better Build: New builds are up to date with structural building standards. When you purchase a home with us you can feel comfortable that you are going to pay less on your monthly utility and energy bills.
  2. Little to Zero Renovations and Upkeep: Although home construction does allow you to customize your space after your purchase, a property that needs constant TLC can weigh heavy on your wallet and mind. It is important to factor in any plumbing issues or water damage that will occur through wear and tear which will come at unpredictable costs.
  3. Mess-Free: When buying a new home, you can ensure that there is no mess that you cannot tell the story behind. This means no wine stain on the carpet which probably carries a great story for the previous owners, but in your new home, not so much. Same can be said for any dents in the walls or damages to the floorboards.
  4. New Community Development: Location is an important aspect while finding a home that fits with your lifestyle. New builds are typically located in the suburbs where fresh new communities are springing up. These communities attract new restaurants, stores and entertainment close to your home.
  5. Custom Designs: Your car and your clothing reflect your personality, why shouldn’t your living space? In a new home, you can show off your personal taste to reflect your unique style. Depending on the current progress of a new home and desired possession date, you will have the ability to customize your finishes from the flooring to cabinet colours to the backsplash on your walls.
  6. Higher Resale Value: Unexpected and expected changes happen, new jobs, kids leave home. Sometimes a home simply does not work with our lifestyle anymore. If by chance you want to move a few years after you move in, your resale value will be much higher on a new build that utilizes new technology and moderns finishes.
  7. New Home Warranty: After the purchase of the home, you will not need to budget for annual maintenance within the first few years. With the Tarion Home Warranty you have 7 years of major structural defects, 2 years – plumbing, heating, and electrical systems and building envelope, and
    1 year – all other items.

Your new home purchase should be the perfect complement to your lifestyle. Overall, the cost could be greater in an older home; from energy escaping out of the home to the physical upkeep. With more money in your pocket and less time spent at the hardware store; a new build is worth the consideration.

Thinking about buying a new build?
Talk to us about moving into your New Perfect Home.
Sunlight Heritage Homes

Avoid Damaging Your Home on Move-In Day

Moving into a new house is both exciting and overwhelming. You’ve been dreaming of this day, and can’t wait to get settled into a fresh new start. There are so many steps involved, so much planning, that it can be easy to forget about preparing your new home for the move. After all, the last thing you want is to chip new paint, scratch or stain the floors, or gouge a railing on move-in day. So, while you’re carefully packing, stacking, and transporting all your belongings, take some time to plan how you’ll move it all in without destroying your home.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Plan a moving strategy.

Taking the time to plan your move strategically is key in maintaining order and patience. There are some precautions you can take to ensure you’re minimizing scratch, bump, and scrape damage. These tips will also make the moving process so, so much easier:

When packing up your belongings, be sure to pack up boxes by room. Clearly label these boxes and keep them together in your moving truck. Not only will this keep the packing process organized – letting you go from one room to the next – but it will also help when unpacking in your new home.

To minimize traffic through your new home (and potential bumps, scratches, and scrapes), plan to move from back to front. Bring in furniture for areas farthest from the front door, like for upstairs bedrooms. Your move will go faster, and you can reduce traffic in and out of your new home.

Protect Your Floors

When you move into your new home, you’ll likely be re-arranging furniture all day. People will be coming in and out bringing boxes and furniture to every room. With so much to do, you’re likely not being as gentle or careful as you’d like. The last thing you want in your new house is scratched floors or chipped paint from move-in day.

  • Use carpet protectors, drop cloths, or flattened cardboard boxes to protect both your floors and walls.
  • Place moving blankets or cardboard boxes underneath furniture so you can slide them around with ease.
  • Add felt pads to the bottom of chair legs, tablets, and other hard furniture to avoid scratches or scuffs to your floor or buy moving pads/sliders. You can find most sizes at your local dollar or home improvement store.
  • Protect your walls and railings
  • Like your floors, walls and railings can get damaged during moves. This is especially true for tight corners or narrow staircases. Luckily, you can use the same materials to protect these areas that you used on your floors.
  • Wrap railings or banisters in bubble wrap or flattened cardboard boxes
  • Secure protections to your walls using painter’s tape to avoid peeling off the paint
  • Use corner guards or cardboard boxes around easy-to-bump wall corners

Keep Your Furniture Safe

As much as you want to avoid damaging your new home, it’s also essential to protect your furniture.

Wrapping your furniture makes it easier to transport and keeps surfaces from getting scraped up.

Wrapping furniture in moving blankets keeps it safe and helps prevent scratches or scrapes against your floor and walls. Even better, you can stack bundled up furniture without worrying about scratches.

Whenever possible, disassemble furniture. Keep track of the pieces and make sure they’re moved together.

As you can see, a quick trip to your local hardware store can go a long way in easing tensions while moving furniture and belongings into your new home. Taking the time to protect your walls, floors, and furniture will ensure a smooth move and keep your home looking fresh and new.

Until it’s time to unpack…but we’ll talk about that later.

Helpful Tips Every New Home Owners Should Know

If you’re a new homeowner, in the market or just looking to get more informed here are some helpful types that not all home owners think about. These assortments of tips will help you save money, help keep your over home healthier and safer!


Change the locks and make spare keys.

One of the first things a homeowner should do is change the locks on their new home. You don’t need to be particularly handy to install new door hardware, and a set of basic doorknobs and locks for your front and back door will only set you back $20-$80 or so. It may seem unnecessary, but there’s no way to know whether there are copies of your old key floating around, and who might have them if so. Investing a bit of money and time today can protect you from burglary down the road.

While you’re at it, get an extra copy of your key made and leave it with someone you trust, so you don’t have to shell out $100 to a locksmith when you inevitably lock yourself out.


Install LED or CFL light bulbs.

LED and CFL bulbs can save you a lot of money on energy use over the long haul, plus they have much longer lives than normal incandescent bulbs, making them well worth the upfront investment. Consider installing some in various places — especially in areas where the lights may be in use for long periods, like the living room or kitchen, or left on accidentally, like a back hallway or basement. CFL bulbs tend to be cheaper, but LED bulbs are usually preferable in terms of performance and have come down in cost quite a bit over the past few years.


Check Smoke and CO Detector Dates and Replace, as Needed.

It’s important that you know where your smoke and CO detectors are located and that you make sure they are working. Smoke alarms may be the cheapest, easiest and most effective means for protecting your family and your home from a fire, as long as they’re functioning. Learn where smoke detectors should be located, how to maintain them, when to replace them and some cool new options available for homeowners here and here.


Replace your air filters.

When you first move in, you almost always need to replace the air handling filter or the filter on your furnace or AC unit. Don’t worry, it’s easy to do – it takes about 10 seconds.

Go down to your air handling unit, find where the filter is (it’s almost always a large rectangle), and mark down the measurements (printed around the edges). Then, go to the hardware store and pick up a few of them. Go home and replace the old one with a new filter and save the rest so you always have a clean one ready to go. An outdated filter not only doesn’t filter air as well, it also has a negative impact on air flow, meaning your air handling system or HVAC unit has to work harder — and use more energy — to pump out lower quality air.

Watch our how-to video below!


Install a programmable thermostat – and learn how to use it.

A programmable thermostat allows you to schedule automatic increases and decreases in your home’s temperature, saving money on cooling in the summer and heating in the winter.

They’re easy to install and easy to use, especially if you keep a fairly routine schedule. Just program the thermostat to drop a few degrees at night while you’re sleeping or off at work during the day and set it to return to your preferred temperature just before you wake up or return home from work. You won’t notice the difference — until you see your lower utility bill.


Lower the temperature on your hot water heater down.

This is the optimum temperature for your hot water heater. Most people don’t use water hotter than 120 degrees — indeed, water hotter than that can scald you or a child — and thus the energy needed to keep the water above 120 degrees isn’t used effectively. Lower the temperature, save money on your energy bill, and you’ll never skip a beat.


Mark any cracks in the basement with dated masking tape.

Many homes have a few small cracks in their basement walls from the settling of the foundation and the weight of the house. In a stable home, the small cracks aren’t growing at all – they’re safe. If they’re growing, however, you’ll save a ton of money by getting the problem addressed now rather than later.

How do you tell if they’re growing? Take some masking tape and cover up the end of any cracks you notice inside or outside and write today’s date on the tape. Then, in a few months, check the tape – if you see a crack growing out of the end of the tape, you might have a problem and should call a specialist before the problem gets out of hand.


Check the insulation in your attic – and install more if needed.

If you have an unfinished attic, pop your head up there and take a look around. You should see insulation up there between the beams, and there should be at least six inches of it everywhere (more if you live in the northern part of the United States).

If there’s inadequate insulation up there – or the insulation you have appears to be damaged – install new insulation. Here’s a great guide from the Department of Energy on attic insulation, including specifics on how much you should have depending on where you live. Many states offer financial incentives, up to a 75% refund for instance, to encourage homeowners to better insulate their homes.


Clean Refrigerator Coils or Pay Unnecessary Repair Bills.

Refrigerator condenser coils are located on the back of the fridge or across the bottom. When coils are clogged with dust, pet hair and cobwebs, they can’t efficiently release heat. The result is your compressor works harder and longer than it was designed to, using more energy and shortening the life of your fridge. Clean the coils with a coil-cleaning brush and vacuum. A coil-cleaning brush, which is bendable to fit in tight areas, does a thorough job. Look for one online or at appliance store


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