Downsizing Your Home

June 3, 2019 in Pine Meadows, Springfields of Allendale, Tips and Ideas

Going through a time of change can be stressful. The decision to downsize alone can sometimes feel like the hardest part of the journey. Then there are all the questions. Where should I begin? How much can I keep and what do I have to give away? Don’t worry. While downsizing is a big process, it can be done by taking one small step at a time. Take a deep breath, then take the plunge.

  1. Baby Steps. Start early, and start small. The entire process is going to take much longer than a week, so it’s important to give yourself time. Dedicate a specific time a week, or an hour a day to go through your belongings. You likely have a spare room that you won’t have in your next home, that’s usually a good place to start.
  2. Clean. Cleaning is the best way to rediscover everything you own. Go through old closets or the shed and start by physically cleaning up the place. While working, take breaks to go through old boxes. Sort them between keep, sell, and donate. You’ll have the benefit of both a cleaner home and a head start on downsizing.
  3. Find donation outlets. Not everyone wants to go through the process of a garage sale. For all the items you wish to sell or donate, figure out which plan-of-action works best for you. If you’re looking to make a quick buck, find a second-hand outlet such as a consignment shop, Craigslist, Etsy, or Ebay. If not, search for your local Goodwill or find items to pass down to family.
  4. Plan a family get-together. It can be daunting to try and downsize on your own. Inviting kids and grandkids to help with the process is a great way to bond and have a helping hand. You can recount the tales to your grandkids about that necklace you found abroad, while family members can find small knickknacks to claim as their own.
  5. Prepare for emotions. Going through a lifetime of memorabilia can be hard. Some days it’s tempting to stop and look at your child’s old report cards and drawings for the rest of the day. And that’s ok. Know that there will be moments of nostalgia, and allow yourself the time to experience it.

Contrary to popular belief, it can be easier to sort more popular rooms (the bedroom, the kitchen) than less-used areas. Once you get into the swing of things, it could be beneficial to tackle one of these larger rooms instead of saving them for the end. Having a good stock of essentials will make going through the odds and ends much easier.

Generally, downsizers sort their belongings into three piles: one to keep, one to donate/sell, and one to throw away. Stick to these three piles. The ‘maybe’ pile is doomed to take over the room.

All packed? If you’re ready to explore new communities​ or look at ​available homes​, then give us a call. We’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have and offer more tips to help you with your transition.

5 Practical Reasons Why Building New Is Better

May 17, 2019 in Building Materials, Design, Tips and Ideas

There are many exciting possibilities when building new.  It gives you the ability to choose the perfect location and design your home your way.  The journey of home ownership should be an enjoyable one, which is why we’ve found the 5 most practical reasons why building new is the way to go.          

  1. You can have exactly what you want and need.  The biggest benefit of building a new home is being able to create a house that’s tailor made for you and your family.  From the moment you walk in the door it’s easy to see your personal style stamped on everything, so it will really feel like home.  Unlike an older house, there is no need to do renovation projects to make it feel more “like you”.  Having a blank canvas means you can personalize the design of your home to your lifestyle and needs.
  2. Your home will be built to the latest building standards.  Investing in a new-build is a sure-fire way to make sure that your home is built to a high standard.  Regulations continue to evolve to ensure homes are warmer and healthier thanks to better insulation and materials.  Lower heating costs could also help you to save money in the long run.  Building new can give you peace of mind by knowing that your home was built using quality materials to today’s higher standards.  Partnering with a building company is a simple way to take the hassle and stress out of the process.  The design, construction and budgeting is managed by a dedicated team who are responsible for ensuring your home checks all the building-quality boxes.  With access to cutting edge design and the best building materials, your new home will stand the test of time and have lower maintenance costs.
  3. It’s more energy efficient and less maintenance.  New homes with good insulation are warmer, drier and less expensive to heat.  This is good for both your wallet and the environment.  By building new, you can also ensure that eco-friendly appliances and water-conserving plumbing fixtures are fitted throughout, which will help to reduce your utility bills.  An efficient home built from the latest hard-wearing materials is the ultimate combination.  Compared to an older home that often has hidden costs, your new home will require less time and money to maintain.
  4. Your new home will be under warranty.  When purchasing an older home, typically there is no warranty option so when something breaks you are responsible to fix (and pay for) it.  If you choose to build with Maplewood Homes, we provide a home warranty.  For one year from your move in date you’ll be covered for any maintenance or structural issues of the home.  This is great news to know that you are covered should any problems arise.
  5. You can include modern design and technology.  Constructing a new home gives you the opportunity to personalize it with modern design and cutting edge technology. Whether it’s as simple as a walk in closet or as special as a media room, you can customize the layout and design of your home to reflect the way you want to live. With practical design solutions from experts, you can add both style and functionality to your home – and even maximize sun exposure and your privacy.  A great first step is to set up a meeting with our sales consultant who will be able to give you advice on your vision and how you can achieve it.

A Guide to Gray Paint

April 25, 2019 in Design, Tips and Ideas

Gray paint has become a staple in home design over the years, but with so many options it can be difficult to choose the right color.  From cool grays with stormy blueish undertones to warmer ones with just a hint or taupe or brown, there is a wide variety of shades.  Well, we understand how hard it can be and are here to help!  Here is a narrowed down list of the Top 10 best gray paint colors from Sherwin Williams that we love.

As you can see no two colors are the same, but all can be beautiful in their own right.  One thing to keep in mind when selecting paint colors is what other colors will be in the room you’re painting such as flooring, furniture and décor.  If you like decorating with blue accents, go with a cooler tone such as Collonade Gray.  Or if you’re drawn to warmer hues, Amazing Gray is a great complementary wall color.  Another factor when choosing a shade of paint is the size of the room.  Typically lighter colors can make a room feel bigger.  Going with a shade like Repose Gray or Worldly Gray will make a room feel more open and airy.

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