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What Countertops Best Suit Your Needs?

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High-quality countertops are a key aesthetic and practical feature you can add to your current home or to a new home you plan to have custom-built. In fact, given the centrality of the kitchen and the necessity of functional bathrooms, choosing the right countertop is a major home building decision.

There are a plethora of options for countertops and a few of the top contenders in today’s market for stone countertops are granite, quartz, quartzite, and marble.

Which stone should I choose?

All of them are quality and popular materials, each of which has its own set of pros and cons. Some situations will call for one, while others may call for the others. Every homeowner may have his or her preference in this regard as well.

The important thing, then, is to decide based on the facts which option is “right for you.” Here are the main points you need to know when choosing what stone countertops best suits your needs.

  1. All Stones Offer Much Variety In Color & Style

There is a huge variety in color and style when choosing stone countertops. In general, granite slabs tend to be darker and bolder, but this is just a rule of thumb and nothing more. Marble usually has softer vein patterns than other stones. This may make them more appealing to those seeking a lighter touch, a softer ambiance. Quartz is an engineered stone that allows you to have an even and consistent appearance and Quartzite has the look of marble, but it’s much easier to care for.

  1. Granite Costs Less & Lasts Longer

Although it always varies from specific stone to stone, granite has a lower price range than does marble. You can find some marbles, however, that cost less than some granites.

In general, granite is more durable. It survives longer and requires less maintenance over the years. Both stones have to be sealed from time to time, but marble may require more frequent sealings. (Note that each particular granite stone slab is given a durability rating ranging from A to D, with A being the most durable.)

Marble is “magnificent,” but it is also more “touchy.” You have to be a little more on your guard against staining and etching with marble. But again, it varies from stone to stone so that some marble slabs are less at risk of staining than some granite stones are.

  1. Marble Gives You Greater Consistency

There is always some variation in pattern and color from stone to stone, which is considered desirable by most involved in the home building process. But many prefer countertops made up of slabs that are as close as possible to each other in style.

Granite slabs usually vary more from piece to piece, which may be an attraction to some home builders. However, the greater consistency of marble slabs may be more important to others. Usually, marble’s closer matches are considered more appealing, and this is part of the reason why marble generally requires a little bit more of an investment.

  1. Quartz Is New But Here To Stay

Quartz countertops are relatively new, but they’ve found a loyal following because of their many good qualities such as their attractive appearance, durability, and the fact they don’t have some of the weaknesses of natural stone.

Quartz has the same durability as concrete and granite but is quite a bit more forgiving, so it won’t chip or crack as easily. It doesn’t have the same hardness in the feel that some people find unpleasant. A downfall is that they can be a bit pricey, but if you want an upscale look with very low maintenance required, quartz countertops are definitely worth considering.

  1. Quartzite

Quartzite countertops are often confused with quartz countertops, but quartzite countertops is a naturally occurring stone. Quartzite is an extremely dense material and does not etch when exposed to acidic foods, making it a popular choice for countertops, especially for those looking for an alternative to typical granite.

Due to its density, quartzite takes a nice polish and is also available in honed and brushed finishes. If maintenance is an issue that keeps you from marble, quartzite is a great alternative. It is also very durable, like granite, quartzite leans toward the hard side of natural stone, so that means it won’t wear down or develop problems in the short term.

  1. All Stones Are Highly Heat-resistant

One part of a home building scheme is to envision your home design in actual use. Your daily habits and everyday use can partially determine which highly-rated stone you’re more likely to choose. Each of these different stone types can take the “heat” of the kitchen in everyday use and will continue to add value and a pleasing aesthetic to your cozy space for years to come.

To learn more or to discuss a custom home building plan, contact Experience Homes in Amarillo, TX today!

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Top 5 home design trends in 2021

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As the new year gets started, many will be thinking about more than just cleaning their home – it may be time to redecorate or even to buy or build a new home

If so, you will definitely want to start thinking over some interior design ideas. It’s good to make a list of your must-haves and should-haves and to brainstorm up some unique features you’d like to make a part of your new home design.

To help you get started, here are five trendy home design tips and ideas to use during 2021.

1. Multi-style Ambiance Combinations

2021 looks to be, if anything, very eclectic in regard to its trending decorating styles. It’s becoming more and more common to see mixtures of modern styles with classic, not only in the same house but even in the very same room.

Thus, modern living and on-trend decor need not be divorced from the past. Earthy wood grains and an emphasis on metals like copper and brass are now wedded. Rustic fireplaces and antique furnishings are now being paired with on-trend designs like bold colors and modern artwork.

2. Multi-zoned Kitchens

Another key trend going into 2021 is the specification of multiple, small “zones” in your kitchen space – called a multi-zoned kitchen. This allows even busy families to all “do their own thing” in the kitchen at the same time without getting in each other’s way.

For example, you might have a special small nook for morning coffee preparation, another for lounging and eating while watching TV, and yet another for simple food prep like microwaving or toaster use (versus major food prep at the stove.) 

3. Contrasting Colors & Shades

It is certainly “in” these days to create sharp color contrasts. One common strategy is to have light-colored furniture or shelves set up against a dark-colored wall. In fact, black is the most trending color right now. I guess “black is the new black!”

Geometric patterns are often painted onto walls as well, and those patterns not only involve creative shape and size variations but also include sharp color, shade, and tone contrasts. Contrast is one key method to help something stand out, look bold and daring. And that’s trending for 2021.

4. Blending Outdoor & Indoor Living

When building or renovating a home, you should also consider how you will play host to family and friends during the holidays. In the warmer months of the year, you may need quick access to the kitchen from outdoors during a backyard barbecue.

It’s quite in-trend now to put in an outdoor kitchen and barbecue right next to doors leading directly into your indoor kitchen. Using sunrooms, pergolas, and indoor terrariums to blend outdoor living with indoor living is also quite popular.

5. Home Automation Systems

Home automation systems are becoming commonplace, almost standard in some circles, as we move into 2021.

Things like motion-sensing lights, no-touch faucets, automatic blinds, and programmable HVAC systems are certainly very common nowadays. The ability to lock/unlock doors, open/close garage doors, turn on/off the oven or laundry machine, etc., from a distance with your smartphone is fast becoming a new trend as well.

To learn more about these and other home design trends that look to be very popular as we move into the year 2021, or to discuss buying, building, or trading-in a home, contact the experts at Experience Homes in Amarillo, TX, today!

What You Need to Know Before Building a New House in 2021

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As we move into a brand new year – 2021, you may be thinking about building your dream home. Both home buying and home building carry with them a flurry of requirements, steps, and processes that should be given careful thought before you get started.

First of all, you should think about contacting a local, reliable builder who specializes in new homes and can help you build your own. A helpful, experienced builder will be able to guide you through the process step by step from beginning to end.

But even in the initial planning stage, there are a number of considerations to keep in mind – including these:

1. Formulate A Home Building Budget

Everyone who undertakes to build his/her own home has to work from a budget. This gives you a framework within which to work and plan and helps you to figure out where you can save money and where you want to invest your biggest expenditures.

Begin by finding out how large of a building loan you can qualify for. The lender will take into account your total annual income, your current financial obligations and debts, and your credit history.

Most banks right now are pretty generous about home building loans, so you can most likely qualify. But you also have to ask yourself how much you are comfortable owing and for how long. And you need to plan on the project costing at least 10% more than planned due to unexpected costs that inevitably come up.

2. Decide On Your New Home’s Location

You want to look carefully at the 2021 forecast for the housing market in each local area, such as the North Texas Panhandle. The best place to build won’t be determined solely by cost, but you want to plan (usually) on 20% to 25% of the total cost going toward the purchase of the lot.

Proximity to your workplace, schools, relatives’ houses, and amenities and the safety and desirability of the neighborhood must be considered, of course. But don’t forget to look into things like zoning rules, building codes, drainage, and soil conditions as well.

And pay some attention to landscaping issues or to what you would like to do with the landscaping and how much that will add to the total cost of home building.

3. Dig Deep Into Home Design & Outfitting

There are many pre-made, standard home designs you can find online, and even a custom home builder would use a number of “starting point” floor plan options that you can adjust. Or, you can make your own floor plan 100% from scratch if you wish.

Custom homes will take more work to figure out as to exact plan, material and labor cost estimates, and what it will cost to furnish and “outfit” each room. But it’s worth it! You get exactly what you want.

You will need to make a list of must-haves and should-haves, calculate costs for each element of the new house, and even calculate it out room by room. You will need a system for organizing and tracking expenses. And you may have to trim down your original design if it gets too far out of budget. Home building is a process, and that’s normal.

Finally, you will need to plan on how to sell your current home, and you may want to consider a home trade-in program to simplify and speed up the process, while avoiding the possibility of a period where you carry two mortgages or have stressful deadlines to meet.To learn more on how to get started on building a new house in the year 2021, contact the professionals at Experience Homes in Amarillo, TX.

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Winter Preparation:

Keeping your house warm and cozy for cold winter months

By Holiday, Home
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Texas is known for its hot summers, but in some areas, like the Panhandle, winters can be a bit chilly. It pays to prepare ahead of time for the cold season so you and your family can stay as warm and cozy as
possibleduring the late Fall and Winter.

In previous blog posts, we covered how to protect your home from viruses and from Texas storm season. Protection from the cold is no less important! Here are 5 tips to help you keep your home warm and cozy this winter.

1. Invest In New Windows & Doors

If your home has outdated, inefficient windows and doors, that is costing you money every day as you pay to heat or cool your premises. Winter is the season when this kind of poor energy efficiency costs you the most.

Thus, there is no better time to upgrade with newer, more efficient, and better-looking windows and doors than just before winter. They will ultimately pay for themselves in what they save you on your energy bills.

2. Up Your Insulation Game

Another approach is to add insulation – or more/better insulation as the case may be, around your existing windows and doors. Use heavy curtains to help reduce drafts as well. And use caulk and/or weather stripping around all openings.

If you lack proper insulation in your attic, realize that most of the heat escaping from your home goes out through the attic. Reducing attic heat loss greatly boosts your home’s overall energy efficiency. It will make it faster to warm up your home as well.

One final thought. Laying down large, heavy area rugs will help insulate your flooring, preventing excessive updrafts and preventing cold feet in the morning as well!

3. Get Your HVAC Inspected

Many times, homeowners fail to get their HVAC system up to speed before winter. But having it inspected and repairing and ductwork leaks or problems with the heater may save you hundreds of dollars and keep you warmer and toastier too.

If you rely on an oil heater during the winter months, at least in some rooms of your home, be sure it is filled (but not overfilled) with oil before use. Also, consider getting the oil heater a professional tune-up.

4. Call A Chimney Sweeper!

Chimneys aren’t as common these days, but wood stoves are. Anything that has a flue requires some maintenance for maximum performance and full safety.keep your house warm

Use a chimney-cleaning fire log, have the flue inspected and repaired if necessary, and (for chimneys) call in a pro sweeper to ensure top performance this winter.

5. Run Your Ceiling Fans Backwards

One final trick that can keep you significantly warmer with minimal additional cost – run your ceiling fans in reverse during the cold season.

This has the effect of pushing heated air back down and lifting the colder air up. It will let you experience the benefit of your heating faster, plus, it will circulate air so that your home’s air ultimately reaches a more even temperature distribution.

For additional tips and advice on maximizing the warmth and comfort of your home this Texas winter, or for help in selling, buying, building, or trading-in a homecontact Experience Homes in the Texas Panhandle today!

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Preparing Your Home For Storm Season in Texas

By Home

Severe storms can come at any time in Texas, but risks run higher for your home during certain times of the year. Hurricanes hit the coast from June through November, sending strong winds and heavy rains throughout much of the rest of the state. And tornado season picks up in March and runs strong through August.

In the North Texas Panhandle around Amarillo, it’s the tornado season in the spring that brings the worst storms. Springtime means more than just flowers blooming and birds chirping – it also means hail, lightning, thunder, and the threat of tornadoes.

That makes spring a good time for some home maintenance to get your home prepared for the inclement weather. Here are 7 key home maintenance tips to keep in mind for Texas storm season.

1. Get A Professional Roof Inspection

Your roof protects every other part of your home since everything else is under it, and a leak could mean expensive interior water damage. Getting a roof inspection done in early spring may reveal problems and weak points.

A timely roof repair, or in some cases, a re-roofing job, will help you avert serious damage. Remember that your roof is easily the most vulnerable part of your home during storm season.

2. Do Landscaping Maintenance

Any debris left lying around your yard could become a projectile during a tornado. And dead trees or branches are likely to topple in strong winds. Also, tree branches hanging over your house may damage the roof either by breaking off and crashing into it or by swaying back and forth and scratching it.

Thus, spring is a great time to make your landscaping safer as well as more beautiful. 

3. Clean Out Your Gutters

Another important way to protect your home during storm season is to clean out and inspect your guttering system. If gutters are stuffed with leaves, sticks, and dust, they could back up during a storm and cause a leak. The water could also cause fascia boards and the edges of your roof decking to rot or mold.

If gutters are leaning over, loose, or need more gutter caulk at points, be sure to make all necessary repairs promptly.

4. Inspect Your Basement Or Storm Shelter

Due to the tendency of Texas’ clay soil to cause basement cement damage, many Texas homes have a slab only and an external storm shelter.

Whatever your home has, you need to inspect it in the spring for cracks and fissures. Damage to the cement in your basement wall, slab, or storm shelter wall should be repaired to prevent leaks, further damage, or an unsafe situation during a storm.

5. Be Ready For Major Storms

It’s a good idea to keep a sump pump and a portable gas generator at home. This will allow you to combat storm-related flooding and to have power during an outage.

Installing storm shutters before a major storm is supposed to hit may also be a good idea. Extra-thick (5/8 inch) plywood over windows and sliding glass doors is ideal.

Also, stock up on items like flashlights (and batteries), candles and matches, canned goods, bottled water, a first aid kit, and other survival supplies.

6. Be Prepared Financially

Be sure to have an emergency fund and homeowners insurance in place before storm season. Flood insurance is also important in some areas. Take a home inventory and pictures of possessions to show your insurer. This is an important aspect of preparing your home for potential storm damage.

7. Protect Your Electronics

Be sure electronics are protected by surge protectors. Storms are very likely to send power surges through the system that could damage or destroy computers and other electronics – or even start a fire.

Also, consider getting a UPS (uninterrupted power supply) system so that sudden power outages won’t damage your electronics either.

When looking to build a Texas tough home in the panhandle, contact the experts at Experience Homes in Amarillo, Texas!

Cleaning Routines to Keep Your Home Virus-Free

By Home

As COVID-19 (Coronavirus) is making headlines and going around, you may already be taking extra precautions through social distancing, avoiding unnecessary trips to the store, and practicing super-high bodily hygiene.

But don’t overlook how cleaning your home and keeping it spic and span during the crisis can help defeat the coronavirus in your new home.

Home maintenance and cleaning can help keep your home virus-free. And since the virus can live on surfaces for anywhere from a few hours to a few days, ramping up your cleaning routine is going to be important.

Here are 5 ways home cleaning and common sense can lower the riks of contracting coronavirus.

1. Sanitize And Disinfect Surfaces

Sanitizing means just cleaning, with soap and water or by dusting off. Disinfecting means killing the pathogens. Always start by sanitizing and follow up by disinfecting.

Focus on surfaces that get touched a lot like doorknobs, blinds rollers, cabinet-door handles, table surfaces, desktops, toilet flush levers, faucet on/off knobs, remote controls, microwave buttons, and video game controls.

Also, put a premium of attention on areas where it may get damp and dark so that germs are more likely to thrive. This includes mainly the bathroom and the kitchen.

2. Establish A Home Hand-cleaning Station

Not only do you need to designate one or more sinks as hand-washing stations to fight the virus, but you need to make sure those sinks are always free of dirty dishes and totally washed and cleaned – both sink bowl and faucet.

Have all the products you need to clean and disinfect hands right there by the hand-washing station. This includes bar soaps, anti-bacterial liquid soaps, hand sanitizers, sanitizing wipes, fresh, clean hand towels, and a hamper with a lid to collect used towels.

3. Stock Up On The Right Home Cleaning Products

Also, be sure to stock up on the safest and most powerful cleaning products to sanitize and disinfect surfaces in your home. Keep them in a cabinet you can easily access but that can be locked to keep kids and pets out.

You may have thought your work was finished after winter-proofing your home this winter, but spring brings its challenges too. Colds, The Flu, and Coronavirus are very real dangers, so be prepared. You will need bleach, rubbing alcohol, and products containing the same.

Use separate cleaners for the bathroom, the kitchen, and the rest of the home. Check expiration dates and be aware of EPA recommendations. Always closely follow directions for use to keep things safe, kill the most germs, and avoid damaging your furniture.

4. Get Your Laundry Area Ready For Heavy Use

Coronavirus can live on fabrics for hours or even a day. That’s why it’s important to wash and dry your clothes promptly during the crisis.

Start by removing all clutter from the laundry area. Clean the washer and dryer, inside and out. Sweep and clean the floor in the area. Have all the laundry baskets, detergents, and other products/tools you need to carry out your predetermined system for processing loads.

5. Vacuum, Sweep, Mop, and Wash Walls/Ceilings

Home maintenance must also extend to your building itself, not just the surfaces of furniture inside of it. Vacuum, sweep, and mop more frequently than usual. Take time to dust and wash walls and ceilings at some point too.

Clean off the dust clinging to the top surface of ceiling fans or to other fans (before using them!)

Have a home maintenance routine that you follow right after getting home from work and a checklist so you won’t forget any important aspects of fighting the virus at home.

For additional homebuilding advice, feel free to contact the experts at Experience Homes in Amarillo, Texas, today!

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Is a new home purchase tax deductible?

By Buying Process

If you have just bought a new home or are about to, you definitely will be interested in finding ways to save as much as you can – including on taxes. Which raises the question, home buying tax deductible?

That’s a big question, and the answer breaks down into several more detailed areas. Here are the most important things you need to know about whether buying a new home can be deducted from your tax bill.

You Can Deduct Certain Mortgage Expenses

In general, you cannot simply deduct home-buying costs – but there are important exceptions that are tax-deductible. Some of these are mortgage-related.

First of all, you can usually deduct the “points” from a prepaid mortgage. Under the points system, the lender charges a fee of from one to three percent (one to three “points.”) This will add up to thousands of dollars, so it’s good to know that chunk of change is fully tax-deductible.

Under the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act, you can also deduct the interest paid on your home mortgage. That’s huge! While there is a cap of either $1 million or $750,000, most people will be able to deduct 100% of mortgage interest – and the interest is often as much or more than the cost of the home.

Also, you can deduct mortgage insurance premiums, and low-income home buyers may qualify for the mortgage tax credit deduction which allows them a tax credit of 20% of mortgage interest per year or up to a $2,000 limit.

Property Tax Deductions

When you buy and/or build a new home, you can also start deducting state and local taxes, especially property (real estate) taxes. Up until 2025, there is a $10,000 cap on this deduction which was introduced by the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act.

Being able to deduct taxes from your taxes may seem ironic, but it may add up to a deduction of thousands of dollars per year.

Deduct Home Equity Loan Interest

If you take out a home equity loan on your new home, you can also deduct the interest paid on that loan up to a limit of $100,000.

You may wish to use this kind of loan for further home improvements or to build a second home or improve a second home. This may be a way to build a new home or a vacation home and save some money while doing it!

Capital Gains Deductions / Exclusions

Finally, if you are selling your old home to move into your new one – very often the case, you can subtract all the home repair and home improvement costs you put into your old home over the years from the capital gains tax basis.

And if you qualify for a capital gains exclusion, you can keep the first $250,000 profit from selling your old home (or $500,000 if filing jointly as a married couple.)

Thus, while home buying is not technically an official tax-deductible activity, there are nonetheless ways to get deductions, credits, and other tax savings with buying a new home (and selling an existing home.)

To learn more about how you can reduce your tax bill when going through the home buying process, talk to your local tax professional, and then contact the professionals at Experience Homes in Amarillo, TX today to get you started with a new home!

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Winter-Proofing Your New Home

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After moving into your new home, the last thing you want to do is risk seeing it damaged for lack of proper winterization techniques. Plus, winter-proofing your new home will help keep down your monthly energy bill during the most energy-intensive season of the year.

Thus, even with a new home that is well-built, well ventilated, and generally energy-efficient, there are steps you can take to ensure you don’t have any problems during your first winter in your new “dream home.”

 

  1. Winterize Outdoor Faucets

Many times, people forget to winterize their outdoor faucets, but unless you do, they could freeze. A pipe could even burst. Simply disconnect the hose and drain it. Then get a faucet cover from your local hardware store or use a cloth for the same purpose.

 

  1. Insulate Exposed Pipes

Indoor pipes can be in danger of freezing in a cold snap too. Use foam or fiberglass insulation covers to protect them. Pipes in a crawl space, attic, or exterior wall are especially vulnerable. Insulating exposed pipes will also help lower your energy bill if heated water runs through those pipes.

 

  1. Winter-proof Windows & Doors

If there are any gaps around your windows or doors, you should have them sealed with wood filler. You may also need to caulk around the edges of windows and install weather stripping and a door sweep. You’d be surprised how much energy can be lost through windows and doors, so take time to test for drafts and to seal them all off.

 

  1. Change Your Furnace Filter

One simple action that can make a big difference in your wintertime energy bill – and indoor air quality, is changing your furnace’s filter. All too often, a sluggish furnace or a spike in the monthly electric bill is due to nothing more than an old, dirty filter in your furnace.

 

  1. Get An Up To Date Thermostat

Installing a programmable thermostat can save you lots of money this winter. You can program it to raise or lower the temperature setting at specific hours of the day. That way, you aren’t paying to keep an empty house at a high setting or coming home from work to a chilly indoor temperature.

 

  1. Winterize Window-set AC Units

To prevent an air leak, you need to either remove window-based AC units for the winter or properly seal and cover them. You can buy covers for the outside end of the unit and use tape on the inside if there are any gaps that need to be sealed.

 

  1. Be Sure You Have Enough Insulation

If you’ve not yet added sufficient insulation to your home, it’s best to do so now. A new home will have new insulation and should have a good R-value. But you might want to consider adding another layer in the attic or crawl space if you’ve not already done so.

 

  1. Let The Sun Shine In!

During the winter months, use your windows wisely. Cover them with drapes, curtains, or blinds during the night, but let the light shine in through them during the sunniest part of the day. This strategy will help keep heat in at night and add extra “free” heat during the daytime.

 

For all of your “dream home” needs, contact Experience Homes in Amarillo! Also, find out more about our custom-built homes, home trade-in program, and other services.

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Why List Your Home During The Winter Months?

By Holiday, Selling Process

While many homeowners assume that spring or summer is the ideal time of year to list their home for sale, this is not necessarily the case. In fact, there are many good reasons why listing a property during the winter months is the best overall strategy.

Here are the top 5 reasons to list your home during the cold season instead of amid spring flowers or in the balmy summertime:

1. There Is Less Competition

Contrary to popular opinion, the real “sweet spot” for home sales is in the dead of winter. The reason is obvious – there is less competition on the market, which puts the seller at an advantage due to the regular laws of supply and demand.

With fewer homes to choose from, the hard fact is that buyers can’t afford to be as “picky” if they plan to buy during the winter months. That’s why the best time to list a home is (arguably) from November through January and especially during December.

2. You Get Only Serious Buyers

Think about it. If someone is motivated enough to go about shopping for a new home in cold weather. Packing up and moving during the winter is not much fun either, nor is working around a busy holiday schedule. Thus, winter buyers are almost always “serious” buyers who won’t waste your time and who come prepared.

3. Selling Prices Are Higher

The above-mentioned factors lead naturally to wintertime home sales prices tending to be higher than in the spring or summer. On average, homes sell for 1% more this time of year. That may not sound like much, but 1% of a $300,000 home is $3,000 cash in your hand.

4. Selling Times Are Shorter

Additionally, homes listed in the winter tend to sell a week or more sooner than otherwise. That is unsurprising, given that buyers are serious and maybe on a fixed time table. What it means for the seller is less wait time, less stressing over “what if it doesn’t sell,” and getting into your new home quicker!

5. Financing Processes Quicker

Bankers are less busy in the winter as well, which also works to your advantage. It is easier for people to get pre-approved for a mortgage and to obtain financing faster. The bottom line is that everything just moves faster in a smaller seasonal market.

For help in listing your home, custom-building your dream home, or for information on our home trade-in program, contact Experience Homes in Amarillo today!

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Host with the Most in Your New Home 

By Holiday

With the holidays right around the corner, there’s a good chance you’ll be hosting a major get together this year in your new home. If so, you may have had little time to gather your thoughts when it comes to holiday decor, planning meals and events, and making guests feel welcome.

There are so many aspects to hosting the holidays, and some timely guidance and tips can make a big difference. In that vein, here are 6 top holiday hosting tips to put to use in your brand new abode!

 

  1. Provide A Memorable Entry

As soon as your guests walk into your home, they should feel welcome and excited to be there. To accomplish this, greet each new arrival personally or have a designated door greeter take their coats and hats. Make it a “take your shoes off” event – far more intimate and easier on your new flooring too!

Also, be sure there is plenty of room where guests walk in so they won’t feel cramped and a place to immediately set down gifts and other bulky items they may be bringing in with them.

 

  1. Have A Designated Welcome Area

It is important that new arrivals know where to go as soon as they arrive. Let them gather initially in a cozy living room with a modern fireplace lit, comfortable couches and chairs arranged in a semicircle, and the Christmas tree just across the room (along with other festive decorations.)

Also, it helps if the kitchen is not far away so guests can enjoy the aroma of delicious dishes wafting in – and snap up some cookies or other holiday snacks from a central table. The point is to let everyone come in, sit down, converse, and start getting into the holiday mood.

 

  1. Post A Schedule Of Events For All To See

All too often, people come to a party and feel lost. They aren’t sure what is coming next – or when. There’s nothing wrong with eliminating this problem by setting up an attractive, decorous sign or announcement board that outlines the day’s events.

Alternatively, you could mail all guests a page or card explaining the plan with the invitation, give a handout upon arrival, or just tell them what to expect in a few quick words just after they settle in.

 

  1. Keep The Indoor Environment Comfortable

Be sure you keep the indoor temperatures pleasantly warm and the air clean and dust-free. A modern heating/cooling system and automatic thermostat will make this simple, along with an up to date home ventilation system.

Also, be sure to open the curtains and blinds to let in plenty of sunlight if your event is during the daytime or to turn on the lights everywhere guests will be for the duration of the party should you host during the evening hours.

 

  1. Make A Statement With Exterior Decorations

To show off your new home and make an immediate holiday statement to every guest as he/she catches the first glimpse of your home and parks the car – go big on outdoor decorations.

Holiday lights outlining the entire front of the building will make your home easy to find and make it look friendly and inviting. An inflatable Santa and his tiny reindeer mid-yard, a high-quality door wreath, and a holiday-themed doormat will add to the charm.

 

  1. Make Every Room Festive With Indoor Decor

While the room with the tree and presents, the kitchen, and anywhere else guests will spend a lot of time are most important when it comes to indoor holiday decorations, don’t neglect hallways, decks, and even bathrooms.

Plan out every room. Include both unique and novel touches and traditional, nostalgic standards. A conversation piece or two in the main guest room is a smart move. And you should avoid having empty wall space or large sections of the home that look exactly the same as on non-holidays.

Poinsettias, handmade snowflakes, tinsel on the picture frames, doors decked out in wrapping paper, bows, and ribbons, and festive space rugs are just a few of the many ideas to explore.

Hosting Christmas in a new home is a wonderful experience. We’d love to show you one of our homes for sale in Amarillo or Canyon, or tell you more about our quality Amarillo home builders. We build new construction homes for every budget and you can even trade in your existing home. Let Experience Homes take the hassle out of buying a new home and help make your dream of building a new home become a reality this season or next!