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Prepare Your Home For Winter

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: December 22, 2017

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In light of it officially being Winter, we want to make sure your home is prepared for the cold days ahead. Here are some things you can do to prevent spending unnecessary money when the ice melts:

 

  1. Prep the Plumbing: Drain the water from your outdoor faucets and garden hoses and arrange to have any in-ground sprinkler pipes blown out. Roll up the garden hoses and store them inside. Identify any “problem” pipes that are prone to freezing in the house and consider using heat tape to keep them warm during extremely cold weather.
  2. Check your Fireplace: Be sure to have the chimney inspected and cleaned by a professional before the first frost. Also, have a professional perform a routine check of the heating systems before cold weather arrives. This should include vacuuming the vents and other heating components.
  3. Raking is so Last Year: Leave them where they fall and run them over with a mulching lawn mower. You’ll be amazed at how one of these powerful machines can turn a pile of leaves into a million little pieces. Plus, they add valuable organic matter to your lawn.
  4. Reverse your Ceiling Fan: If your ceiling fan has a reverse switch, use it to run the fan’s blades in a clockwise direction after you turn on your heat. Energy Star says the fan will produce an updraft and push down into the room heated air from the ceiling (remember, hot air rises).
  5. Clear out your Gutters: If your gutters are full of detritus, water can back up against the house and damage roofing, siding and wood trim — plus cause leaks and ice dams.

 

Ivey Homes is a leading new home builder in Evans, Grovetown and Augusta, GA and Aiken, SC, with home pricing ranging from the low $100,000’s to Custom. For more information about living in or building a new home in Columbia County, Richmond County or Aiken County, visit iveyhomes.com! Connect with us on our Facebook page and Text: IVEY to: 77848 for convenient updates.

Buy Now or Wait Until 2018?

Categories: Home Ownership, News, Purchasing a New Home | Posted: December 12, 2017

Should I Buy Now or Wait? To put it bluntly, waiting will cost you more money each month and over time!

There are several factors pushing new home prices up in recent months and these factors will continue to have an effect on home prices in 2018. The Cost of Waiting to Buy is defined as the additional funds it would take to buy if prices and interest rates were to increase over a period of time. (Source: Keeping Current Matters)

1. Development Cost – The amount of money and time it takes to put a buildable home site on the ground increased rapidly in 2017.  Creating communities with lush landscaping and popular amenities that today’s home buyer demands are also included in the overall development cost.

2. Government Regulations – The involvement of local, state and national governments on new home developments cannot be overlooked. It is taking longer to work through the approval process and the addition of new regulations (some with monetary additions) adds time and money to the bottom line.

3. Raw Material Cost – Our nation saw some of the worst hurricanes and storms in 2017 and the home building industry is feeling the effects. Pair this with a robust housing market, the simple economic theory of supply and demand is in full swing.

4. Construction Labor – The skilled labor force for the home building industry is extremely low. As housing demand increases, finding workers that can and are willing to do the job needed is getting harder and harder to find.

Combine these factors with the inevitable rise in interests rates in 2018, the price for housing will increase. The graphic below from Keeping Current Matters gives a good illustration of the monthly and annual increases for a consumer who waits to buy in 2018. Search Current Ivey Homes

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Ivey Homes is a leading new home builder in Evans, Grovetown and Augusta, GA and Aiken, SC, with home pricing ranging from the low $100,000’s to Custom. For more information about living in or building a new home in Columbia County, Richmond County or Aiken County, visit iveyhomes.com! Connect with us on our Facebook page and Text: IVEY to: 77848 for convenient updates.

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