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

The Basics to Landscaping Your Yard

Landscaping plays quite an important role in the physical appearance of your home. It is the first thing people see when they see your property, and some good or bad landscaping can make or break a home’s whole look, as well as increase or decrease its overall value.

Here is an example of how landscaping can make a big difference.

As you can see, the homes look way different when they are nicely landscaped. But then you may be thinking, “I want to landscape my home but I don’t want to hire a designer”, well there are some easy ways to make your home look nice, without the help of anyone. These are some ways to landscape your home depending on your lot and other contributing factors.

The first thing to remember is, do not ever neglect your front yard. As stated by HGTV, many people often mainly focus on the backyard, forgetting the front yard, however that is where everyone’s first impression of your house develops.

  • If you are looking for something simple, the best thing to start with is just keeping your grass clean and cut. Make sure you keep your grass short, but not too long. It is suggested that you cut down to 1/3 of its original length to ensure healthy grass. Too long means too much moisture, and too short attracts too much sunlight. Also don’t forget to weed your yard because they can spread fairly fast, which does not look very nice. As a result this can drastically change the appearance of your lawn, from messy to well kept.

  • Landscape with the shape of your home. Take into consideration the size of your home, since the main goal of landscaping is to effectively display your house. If you use small flowers on a large house, they will not be noticed as much, so consider shapes and masses when developing a plan. Use large items that can be seen from the distance, but do not cover windows and doors. Group plants together and use some variation and repetition, while going along a color scheme as well, otherwise too many colors can overpower the yard.

  • Consider maintenance. If you are landscaping your yard to appeal to potential buyers, try to make it look both nice, and low maintenance, because an extravagant garden may have strong curb appeal however many people would not like to think of themselves spending hours taking care of it. Some low maintenance items to consider include:

  • Next, a helpful tip is: do not plant hedges, trees, and plants too close to walkways. It is recommended that you plant them so that you have approximately 2 feet of free space around the walkway. This ensures that the plants won’t grow onto the pathway, thus restricting the pathway.

  • This is an important one, and it is, make the entrance obvious. Don’t tell me you’ve never came across a house where you had absolutely no clue which door was the front door. Trust me, you do not want to be the owner of one of those. It just makes everything confusing because your guests do not know where to go. As a result, make the main entrance the focal point and have your landscaping focused on highlighting it.

To conclude, those are just some of basics to landscaping your yard, every lot has potential, and with some time and hard work, yours can look incredible as well.

Let us know what you think of this post in the comments below, and tell us if you have tried any of these, or if you have any additional tips that we may have missed.

 

 

 

Adding Style To Your Home On A Budget

It is not always necessary to spend thousands of dollars to give your home a stylish touch. There are many ways you can decorate your house when you are on a budget, and it can look even better than some of the furniture stores you see today.

Some suggestions include: shopping second hand, seeing what family members have that they do not use, garage sales, antique stores, and more.

If you are hoping to redecorate your home but you are on a tight budget then don’t worry about hiring someone to come in and help you. There are some awesome sites on the internet such as Pinterest, that have lots of DIY ideas that allow people to create fabulous items on a low budget, which you can also personalize to your own liking, that can end up looking like they’re right out of a furniture magazine. You can also see room design ideas online as well, which can be very helpful. This is also where your family and friends can come in to assist with the helping of moving items and building them, which overall can become a fun experience for everyone.

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Chunky X Media Console

 

You could even hold a party to help you with the efforts of painting, laying tile, or anything else you have in mind. Friends and family are always willing to come and help with a design and/or decor project and if you provide the food and drinks then they usually will never say no.

When you are on a budget it is hard to find the best pieces and you have to be flexible. You can shop at second hand stores and find really nice furniture, paintings,
rugs, and more. Sometimes what you may find will need a bit of love but they make for great pieces. If you are willing to shop used, you will be surprised at some of the awesome items you can find at these places that you can use that will make your home look fabulous!

You can go to furniture stores and find defective furniture that is still brand new for very low prices. Some of the furniture might have a scratch that is barely noticeable at an excellent price.

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When you are on a budget, you have to think cheap but be creative and it can look like you paid a good penny for it.

Tell us about some of your success stories for adding style to your house on a budget, we would love to hear about them!

Decorating Tips and Home Design

We can all agree that everybody wants their house to look nice, and it is actually not that difficult to accomplish. There are many ways you can spice up your living spaces, such as using pops of color or contrasting wallpapers and designs!

Here are some things that you can incorporate into your living spaces to make them more appear more stylish.

Firstly, authentic textures and natural characters are very in at the moment.

 

 

 

 

So, incorporating things into your home, such as brick or stone, and wood paneling can freshen up the look of your room. Additionally, depending on how you would like your room to look, the colors you choose to work with is quite an important factor to consider. Using light colors can make your room appear larger, and more inviting, whereas dark colors absorb light, thus giving the impression of a smaller room. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next, pops of colors can really change the appearance of a room for the better, if used correctly of course, and by adding small things, you can give a plain room a whole new look. By having a room with generally one color, such as white, as you can see below, adding any other color will create contrast thus making the room more exciting. Colored paintings, rugs, flowers, throw pillows, paint, and many more items to choose from can all change the way your room looks, and tie it all together.

     

Thirdly, another great way to make a statement is to use various wallpapers, you can easily bring personality to any room by throwing on a cool pattern or texture. Statement walls are especially popular right now and can refresh a room; the bathroom, bedroom, living room, it really works anywhere you’d like.

By using different wallpaper designs and colors, you can set the entire theme for the room as well, so the walls play a very important role in determining the feel and atmosphere of the room. The pink room featured above gives off a funky, hip vibe using pops of hot pink and floral designs, where as the light grey walls featured to the left, is more of a calm, soft atmosphere. Again, colors and patterns are very important factors to consider.

Next, plants can give your room an earthy feel, and are quite popular right now.

 

There are are many benefits to having plants in your home as well, not only do they make your room look and smell better but they also:

  • serve as a mood enhancer
  • encourage stress recovery by lowering heart rate
  • filter airborne microbes, reducing 20% of dust in the household

And those are just some of the ways you can spice up your living space and make it more you.

Tell us about some of the ways you added some of these techniques to your home or what you think of them, we would love to hear about it!