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Reasons to choose a new construction home

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Whether you’re a first time buyer, want to move to a newer property or simply need to upsize or downsize, a new build home is a great option. There are many new construction homes for sale that are ready to move into at just a moment’s notice. These new construction homes often come with great incentives for buyers, offering different promotions and payment plans. 

We have put together reasons to choose a new construction home. Maybe it’s the perfect way to buy for you!  

Move in straight away 

The great thing about a new construction home is there is no waiting for it to be built. It’s already there for you to simply sign the papers and move in! 

Attractive upgrades 

New construction homes are created to be sold quickly, so they are often equipped with attractive upgrades without the extra cost. If you find the home just before completion, you may even be able to tailor these upgrades to what you want. 

Competitive pricing 

These types of spec homes are constructed to be moved into straight away and as builders invest their own money in them, they want to sell them quickly. If they have stood empty for some time, there is a chance you can request a lower price. 

Low maintenance 

New construction homes require very little maintenance. If you move into an older home, you may need to carry out repairs and ongoing maintenance, with a new-build home, you shouldn’t need to carry out this type of work for years. 

Good locations 

New construction homes are usually built in neighbourhoods with many good local amenities. By purchasing one of these homes, you are usually placing yourself in a prime and attractive location.

The list of pros for new construction homes seems endless. If you are looking for a quick purchase that you can move straight into with little work and hassle-free, this is the perfect type of home for you. 

 

Get your new home ready for summer

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Summer is just round the corner and with it comes a season that can mean sunshine, barbecues and entertaining guests. But is your new homeready for the coming season – especially if it is your first summer in a new house? Here are a few chores that it can be helpful to do in advance to get your home ready for the season, so that when summer does arrive, you can just kick back and relax!

1.     Prepare for rain– We’re starting with a less obvious one, but in some states summer is as likely to bring heavy rain as it is sunshine, and it’s important to make sure your new home is prepared. Check for any damage to gutters and downspouts, and ensure your gutters are clear of leaves, debris or anything else that might prevent rainwater from flowing freely.

2.     Get your yard ready for outdoor living– Check and clean any outdoor furniture that needs attention. Summer is also barbecue season, so make sure to clean your grill and ensure your propane tanks are full, or that you have a sufficient supply of charcoal.

3.     Check your decking– Wood decks can be susceptible to damage over the winter, from snow, ice and cold temperatures, even if you’re in a new home. First you’ll want to clean your deck with a brush and a low-pressure hose or washer; high pressure has the potential to damage the wood. Inspect the deck for splinters, raised fibers or cracks. If necessary, sand the deck down and re-stain or reseal.

4.     Inspect your HVAC system– If you’re expecting a warm summer (and bear in mind that the last three years have been the hottest on record) then you’ll want to know that your air conditioning is up to the job. Check and clean away any leaves or other debris on the outside compressor, and make sure the air filters are cleaned or replaced as appropriate.

5.     Attend to your greenery– Time to apply the old green thumb: trim your shrubs and fertilize your lawn. Get out your hoses and make sure both hoses and nozzles are in good repair; replace any that seem problematic. If your lawn has a sprinkler system, it’s also a good time to check that it’s in good working order.

There you have it. This list is by no means exhaustive, but these five tips will help you to ensure that when summer is in full swing, you will be able enjoy your new homeand yard, whether that’s just you and your family or if you are entertaining guests.

Here are some signs it might be time to search for a new home

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Not everyone enjoys the prospect of moving to a new home, but when the time is right, it is definitely a good idea to start searching for a new house. But how do you know when the time is right? There are any number of factors that can prompt a home move, and they differ for every unique individual or family. Still, there are a few common factors that can be a trigger for people wanting to find a new home. In this blog we’ll look at some of the signs that it might be time for you to get off the fence and start a new house search.

1.     Financial– Any financial advisor will tell that it’s important to review your finances periodically. But that doesn’t just mean your income, outgoings, cash savings and other investments; you also need to consider your property wealth. How much is your current home worth and how much equity do you have in it? Examining your finances can give a good indication on whether it’s time to upsize to a new homeor to stay put, to concentrate on saving a deposit or on paying down an existing mortgage.

2.     A fresh start– Most considerations on this list are practical in nature, but this one is more emotional. Are you happy with your current life and where you are living? Or is the time right for a fresh start in a new housein either just another neighborhood, or another part of the country entirely. Perhaps you are considering a change of career, or just a change of scenery. It’s important to be sensible and practical when considering a house move, but it’s also important to listen to your heart.

3.     Storage space– This is a big one. We all accumulate what might generally be referred to as “clutter” in our lives, but that word can also devalue our treasured belongings. If your book collection, wardrobe, music collection, or kids’ toys are taking over your home then sometimes it may come down to a stark decision between having a thorough clear out, or considering upsizing to a bigger new home with more storage space.

4.     Changing relationships– When a couple start getting serious, it’s common for one to move in with another to begin their life together. But buying a new housetogether can also be an option for some. There can be a real bonding experience in house-hunting together, choosing furnishings, and setting up a new home that reflects the compromise and agreement between two partners.

5.     An expanding family– Another one of the big ones. If you are planning having your first or further children, it may be necessary to think seriously about upsizing to a new home. But it’s not always just the size of the property that’s a consideration – you may simply want to move to a new house in a more appealing neighborhood, or one with a better rated school district.

At Miraval we have built a beautiful community of luxury new homes featuring award-winning architectural design. Contact us today to find out more.

How to have a great 4th of July party at home

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Here at Miraval we passionately believe that we don’t just build new homes, we build new home communities. With the 4thof July just around the corner, the families who live at Miraval will be making plans for how they are going to spend their Independence Day, whether that’s with family, friends or their new home community neighbors. The holiday is a great opportunity to celebrate our nation, its history and what makes it great; here are a few of our ideas for how to have a great 4thof July celebration.

Kid-friendly fun

The 4thof July is a great opportunity for adults to hang out and chill out, but if there are going to be kids at the gathering, it’s important to give them lots of things to see and do. Set up fun, traditional games like cornhole – and for an extra bit of Independence Day patriotism consider getting a board and bags sporting the good old Stars and Stripes! Alternatively, what could be more American than a game of baseball? A whiffle ball (for safety), a bat and throw-down bases and you’ve got fun for adults and children alike. Not all kids are sporty or competitive, though, so be sure to have entertainments for them, too, whether that’s coloring books and pencils, or a fun craft table where they can get creative.

Food and drinks

Whether you’re throwing the traditional 4thof July barbecue or not, there are a whole host of Independence Day party foods to please adults and children alike. For sweet treats, it can be fun to keep the theme going with those patriotic colors. Cookies, cupcakes or even ice-cream sandwiches bedecked with red, white and blue sprinkles make great treats for all the family. For something just a little bit healthier, how about skewers with alternating strawberries, marshmallows, and blueberries? As for drinks, what could be more traditionally American than a lemonade stand … homemade, of course!

Well, we hope that’s given you some ideas. At our Miraval new home development, we know that families will be taking advantage of our indoor/outdoor floorplan to enjoy the day to the max. Miraval wishes all of our residents – and everyone else – a happy and joyful 4thof July.

Arranging the furniture in your new home

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Different people take different approaches to arranging furniture in a new home. Some homebuyers are meticulous planners, thinking long and hard about it and even sketching out ideas based on the property floor plan. Others take a more organic approach, waiting until they move in and trying different arrangements to see what setup best suits their new house. In this blog, we’ll give a few hints and tips on what you might want to consider when thinking about furnishing your new home.

First of all, ask yourself practical questions about your space. What activities will be taking place in this room? How many people does the room have to accommodate? If you are, say, a family of four, do you also need to take visitors into account when planning living and dining rooms? Once you’ve thought about the practicalities, you will have a better idea of what furniture you need for each room, whether you are moving pieces from an existing home, buying all new furniture, or somewhere in between. 

If you are so inclined, experimenting with various arrangements in advance can save avoidable hassle after you move into your new home. In the old days, we used to do it by drawing out floor plans and even using little cutouts to try different furniture arrangements. Today, there are various interactive online tools available that make the job much easier. Try out websites like Homestyler.com and SketchUp.com to experiment with various arrangements for your new house and get a feel for how things will look.

A good interior design tip is to remember the concept of focal points. Focal points in a space may be a natural part of the room’s design – for example, that bay window or fireplace that your eye naturally goes to. Alternatively, you may want to create a focal point, whether that’s the corner of the room where the television will go, a painting in an alcove, or an ornate mirror on a wall. Remember to take the focal point into account when deciding how to orientate the furniture in the room.

As a final tip, beware of creating too big a void in the center of rooms. While some may be inclined to push all the furniture up against the walls to create more space, in reality, this can have the effect of a gaping, uncomfortable void in the middle of the room. Consider moving the furniture away from the walls, or alternatively filling the void with another piece of furniture, such as a coffee table, which can create its own focal point.

So there you have it! We hope that we’ve given you something to think about and that when it comes time to move into your new home you'll find the job of choosing and arranging your furniture in each room of your new house just a little easier.