Don’t Re-roof Until You Do These 5 Things

roof project steps to followWith spring officially arriving, home improvement season is swinging into full gear. Fair warning to homeowners looking to hire a professional, 2018 is predicted to be a record-breaker.

A recent study by the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University projects home improvement spending will approach $340 billion this year — the strongest gain for remodeling in more than a decade. Among the costliest of projects is roofing, a large expense with serious implications if put off or improperly done.

When you add 2018’s remodeling demand with the much-talked-about skilled labor shortage, on top of the recovery from last year’s hurricane season, homeowners could be tempted to jump right into major home work, all without doing their homework first. As this could prove costly, consider the following before anyone sets foot on your roof:

1. Check contractor qualifications

Choose a local, reputable contractor. These contractors should have the best knowledge of local building codes, state codes and required certifications and licenses. Ask the contractor to see their certificate of insurance before stepping onto the roof. Consider going the extra mile and choosing a contractor certified by the manufacturer of the shingle the contractor installs. Improper installation is considered one of the major reasons roofs fail prematurely, so finding a contractor with knowledge and experience in the correct application of a particular product is of the utmost importance.

2. Determine layover or tear off

Many times, contractors will push for a removal of all existing shingles, or a tear off, over adding another layer of shingles on top of an existing roof, a layover. Although a complete tear off is more expensive due to increased labor costs, there are some advantages.

“When you tear off, you get a chance to look at the roof deck and repair any deteriorating wood or substrate,” said Rick Taylor, longtime roofing contractor and a trainer for shingle manufacturer TAMKO Building Products Inc.

Typically, doing a layover is more economical, although homeowners need to discuss relevant factors with their contractor, including local building code requirements and implications for the manufacturer’s warranty.

3. Research the warranty

It is important to understand the warranty specific to the roof product you have installed. Educate yourself on requirements for installation, including whether a shingle layover is applicable (as mentioned above).

“Some shingle manufacturers won’t warranty the roof unless it is a complete tear off,” Taylor said. “TAMKO is one that actually does have the option to warranty a laminated shingle applied over one other layer of 3-tab shingles.”

Other warranty concerns to consider include proper installation, the required steps to register your roof after installation and the time period allowed for transferring that warranty to future owners of the home.

4. Assess ventilation needs

Inadequate roof ventilation is another major culprit behind premature roof aging. There are a variety of options for roof ventilation; however, it is generally recommended to incorporate proper ventilation into the original re-roof, rather than add it later. The recommended ventilation depends on the size and architecture of the home, but when done correctly, the air inside the attic should be near the same temperature as the ambient temperature of the air outside it.

5. Check the weather

It may seem obvious, but a simple check of the weather before starting a roofing project could prevent a big headache later. Avoid starting a project with wet plywood or underlayment, or when the forecast indicates a strong chance of rain. Also, many manufacturers of asphalt shingles, the most popular form of roofing in the U.S., do not recommend installation in below-freezing temperatures or in excessively high temperatures.

Careful consideration of these steps during your next home exterior project could save you from costly and lengthy rework years later.

– (BPT)

 

 

How to measure and lay off your roofing project


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The Secret Places Pests Are Hiding In Your Home

how to spot pests in your homePests can be hiding just about everywhere — whether you can see them or not. When you know where to look, there are preventative measures you can take to help avoid a pest infestation problem in your home. Terminix shares details on the unexpected, “secret” places pests can be hiding.

Sinks and drains

One often overlooked area is the kitchen sink. When not properly sanitized, drains can become a breeding ground for pests like cockroaches, drain beetles and fruit flies. Cockroaches are one of the more common pests found in drains as they can access pipes when pushed up from sewers. Cockroaches survive in drains by feeding on available organic matter like grease, food waste and hair.

Other drain-breeding pests include drain flies, which resemble tiny moths, and fruit flies. Drain flies breed in residue found in drains. Fruit flies are attracted to garbage residue found in drains, which can contain damp, organic matter in which to lay eggs, and is a good food source to feed young larvae. Use smaller drain mesh and drain cleaner to create a less appealing environment for drain flies and fruit flies.

Ceiling light fixtures

Bugs see UV lighting more clearly than humans, making ceiling light fixtures a common place to find insects. Flies, beetles, cockroaches and wasps are attracted to the warmth and light, which, unfortunately for them, typically results in an early death.

Electrical outlets

One of the most unexpected places pests hide is inside your electrical outlets. Ants, beetles and bed bugs have been known to hide in electrical outlets and the voids behind the outlet plate. A pest control technician may use a dry residual dust product to reduce any bugs that could be residing there. If bed bugs are found in electrical outlets, it is likely there are more in other parts of the room or home, so call a professional to schedule a full home inspection.

The kitchen pantry

Equally likely to welcome uninvited guests is your kitchen pantry and cupboards. Pantry pests can include moths, weevils, beetles and mice, all of which are attracted to food stored in the kitchen. Pantry pests can quickly contaminate batches of cooking and baking ingredients, such as flour, grains, spices and pricey nuts and dried fruits. Thankfully, there are plenty of ways to keep them out of your cabinets, including examining all packaging for damage; avoiding storing food in original cardboard and paper packaging and instead choosing airtight containers with sealing lids; buying smaller quantities of products and using them before expiration; consistently organizing and cleaning your pantry; and throwing away all contaminated food. For even more information on secret places pests may be hiding in your home, go to Terminix.com.

– (BPT)

 

Places Pests Like to Hide


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House Hunting? Use This Handy Checklist Before You Make The Offer

Checklist before buying a houseHouse hunting can feel like an adventurous new chapter in your life. If you’re lucky enough to find the property that checks off all the “must have” boxes — appearance, size, price, location — it’s easy to fall in love.

Not so fast. Before making an offer on any property, it’s smart to take a deeper look at the overall structure and its systems, just to make sure warning signs of major and costly problems are not hiding in plain sight. If the house holds more issues than your budget (and drive to renovate) can handle, it might be best to walk away.

Of course, once the offer is accepted, it’s always a smart idea to hire a third-party home inspector to take an in-depth look at the property. In the meantime, one last pass-through with this home inspection checklist in hand can give you peace of mind about taking the next step.

Exterior

Walk around all four sides of the house, scanning it from ground to rooftop. Note the condition of the doors and window frames, and look for cracked or peeling paint or signs of loose siding. Higher up, eye the chimney, making sure it appears straight and is in good condition, while the gutters and drainpipes should be in place and functional.

Roof

Ideally, the roof would be 10 years old or less, so scan the roof for the classic warning signs of aging and neglect. Things like curled and missing shingles, dark stains, moss growth and signs of sagging can signal serious issues. (A home inspector can confirm if full replacement is needed, or if a few simple repairs would stabilize things for another decade or so.)

Yard

Take note of the landscaping. Is there a slope angled away from the house, or is there a potential for a flooded basement after a major rainfall? Mature trees provide lots of shade, but watch for overhanging branches, as these can break off in a storm and do major damage to the roof. Finally, take note of the condition of the driveway and sidewalks.

Foundation

The sight of a few hairline cracks in the cement is no cause for panic. Do look for telltale signs of serious issues, such as widening cracks, water stains and bulges. It doesn’t hurt to bring a level to make sure the walls are straight.

Plumbing

In addition to checking basement and under-sink pipes for signs of leaks, scan the ceilings for water stains. Open all the faucets to check the water pressure as well as the time it takes for hot water to reach the tap.

HVAC system

Know the age of the heating and cooling systems, and check these for tags and other signs of routine maintenance. If the system is older than a decade, that can spell costly repairs and a replacement in a brief time frame. When it comes to older systems, energy efficiency is another consideration, according to Tom Tasker, product manager with Coleman Echelon Variable Capacity residential systems.

“Newer HVAC systems are remarkably more efficient when compared to those from even a decade ago, which means they keep your house comfortable for as little as half the cost,” says Tasker.

For example, Coleman’s Echelon products are rated up to 20 SEER, which stands for seasonal energy efficiency ratio. Compare these to the 10 SEER systems of 25 years ago, and that can give you an idea of what to expect in potential energy costs, he says.

Appliances

Note the age and condition of things like the refrigerator, oven and range, washer and dryer, and hot water heater. As with the HVAC, older appliances tend to consume more energy and you’ll face a shorter timeline for needed repairs and replacements.

Buying a house is a big decision, but knowing what you’re buying can go a long way in assuring you that you’ve found the right place!

– (BPT)

 

Top 10 Things You Should Know before Buying a House


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Unique Home Improvements Perfect For DIY

Unique home improvementsHere’s a quick question for you: What’s your favorite DIY project you’ve ever completed? Chances are the answer pops right into your mind, and even if you’ve completed hundreds of DIY projects over the years, you probably have some that truly stand out.

Those that weren’t at the top of your list may fall lower for several reasons. Maybe the result wasn’t what you hoped for, the project wasn’t particularly rewarding or you’ve done it before.

If that’s the case, don’t worry. Here are five unique projects you probably have never tackled before. Try them on for size to improve your home and find a new answer to your most satisfying DIY project ever.

Clean your water with a new filter system

Cut the costs and clutter of bottled water while being environmentally conscious with this project. Breach your current water line to solder in a new shut-off valve, drill a new faucet hole and attach this line to the filter and you’ll be enjoying filtered water in no time. U.S. landfills are already overflowing with more than 2 million tons of discarded water bottles but you can enjoy peace of mind knowing that you’re not adding to them.

Breathe easier

Why stop at clean water in your home when you can also enjoy cleaner air? Renting an air scrubber can allow you to remove invisible — yet unhealthy — gases, particles and chemicals from your home’s air. Your local rental supply store will help you find the right air scrubber for your area to be sure you’re removing the pollutants that matter most.

Update and refresh your ceilings

Popcorn is great at the movies. On your ceiling? Not so much. Spray your ceiling with warm water, and scrape away the popcorn itself with a drywall scraper. Collect these contents on a tarp and toss them. You’re then ready to patch any holes caused by overzealous scraping before priming and painting your brand-new ceiling.

Give your furniture a facelift

If that upholstered furniture isn’t looking as sharp today as it once did, don’t settle for it or replace it. Rent an upholstery cleaner instead and give each piece of furniture a once-over. This simple project can dramatically improve the look of your most cherished pieces and save you considerable money over a costly replacement.

Let there be light

If natural light is a problem in your home, it could be that your window treatments are to blame. Large drapes and curtains can give your home a dated look and rob your rooms of the light they need. Instead, lose these old window treatments and install vertical blinds or shutters. These new, lighter treatments will give you better control of the light and privacy in your home than their older counterparts.

 

Tackle your new project today

Five new projects. Which one speaks to you? There’s nothing stopping your progress, and each project you complete benefits you, your family and your home.

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– (BPT)

 

7 Rustic DIY Remodeling Projects To Transform Your Home


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Add Fire Safety To Your Family’s Routine

Tips To Protect Your Home In A FireThink of all the items you replace regularly — your cellphone, lightbulbs and even your toothbrush. But when was the last time you replaced your smoke alarm batteries, or even the alarms themselves? It’s easy to overlook, but the time to think about fire safety is now — before an emergency strikes.

Many assume that because they have smoke alarms in their homes, they’re protected in the event of a fire. In reality, smoke alarms need to be installed, maintained and tested regularly to ensure they’re working properly. That effort includes knowing how old smoke alarms and their batteries are, as neither lasts forever. While smoke alarm lifespan and sensing technology have improved in recent years, the fact remains that all smoke alarms — even hardwired and sealed battery models — expire after 10 years.

“According to the National Fire Protection Association (www.nfpa.org), three out of five home fire deaths occur in homes without smoke alarms or from missing or dead batteries,” said Tarsila Wey, director of marketing for First Alert. “Just like other household duties, it’s important to make sure alarm maintenance and replacement and escape planning and practice become a regular, ongoing part of your family’s routine.”

First Alert offers the following advice to ensure your family is best protected from fire.

Count the alarms

In most cases, one alarm isn’t enough. In fact, the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), recommends smoke alarms be installed inside every bedroom, outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home, including the basement, as well as one carbon monoxide (CO) alarm on each level and in each sleeping area. A quick and easy way to remember is one on every level and in every bedroom.

Install them properly

Does your alarm ever sound when cooking? Chances are, you’ve installed the alarm too close to your appliances. An easy way to reduce false alarms and maximize coverage is to take a moment to review manufacturer guidelines and install alarms in the proper locations. Smoke alarms should generally be installed at least 10 feet from a cooking appliance to minimize false alarms. It’s also recommended to install smoke alarms high on walls or ceilings. Remember, smoke rises, so high placement provides a direct path for detection. Lastly, don’t install smoke alarms near windows, doors or ducts, where drafts might interfere with their operation.

Get complete coverage

In general, there are two types of fires — quick flaming and smoldering. Today’s smoke alarms are effective at detecting both but use unique technologies that make them better suited for particular locations within the home. The NFPA and other safety advocates recommend installing dual-sensor alarms like the First Alert 10-Year Battery Dual Sensor Alarm because they provide the best potential for early detection of all types of common household fires while helping to reduce the number of non-emergency alarms — all while providing a decade of protection without the need for costly and ongoing battery replacement.

Install and maintain

Having smoke alarms is only one part of the story. In order to function properly, all alarms must be regularly inspected and maintained. Make sure to test the alarm, by simply holding down the test button, at least once a month. Also, when testing, it’s important to clean the alarm to remove any dust or debris. This advice holds true even for newer alarms, which feature 10-year batteries, as well as hardwired alarms that feature a battery back-up. Check or replace the battery when you change the time on your clocks each spring and fall.

Plan your escape

Maintaining alarms is essential to every household, but what about your escape route? Unfortunately, recent research indicates that just 25 percent of families have an escape plan that they practice regularly. To develop an effective plan, walk through your home and inspect all possible exits and escape routes. Identify two ways out of each room, including windows and doors. Practice your home fire escape plan at least twice a year and make sure to plan a meeting spot.

For more fire safety tips, visit www.firstalert.com.

– (BPT)

 

Basic House Fire Prevention


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Home Inspectors In Bergen County

aurora home inspectionsThe process of purchasing a home can be stressful, confusing daunting exercise. Not only do you have to consider aspects such as charges and location, but you should also get concerned if the house has a problem that could lead to unnecessary charges in the future. Armed with easy-to-understand home inspectors in Bergen County you can take out some stress out in the process of buying a home. Here are some the few question and issues surrounding the whole exercise.

When do you need to hire a home inspector?

In general, it is immediately after you are done with the attorney’s review process. Usually, your purchasing contract gives you the time, often one or two weeks, but sometimes only a few days to get the inspection.

 

How can you find a good Home inspector in Bergen County?

The best information on how and where to get the inspectors come, from family and friends you can also ask your property lawyer for reliable referrals. Brokers can also provide a leading list. But no matter where you get the names, check the Consumer Department to make sure that the inspector is licensed.

 

So, what exactly is the need for these professionals?

These professionals offer best inspections service because they are trained to do so. They not only check on the ceilings, walls, doors, floors, and windows but also are conversant on the local state construction regulations. Therefore, they can determine if the property violates a rule that may be a major issue later, or worse, a serious security issue for you and your family.

A certified home inspector will give you an unbiased opinion on the state of the building. After all, their job is not to sell you, but to help you buy a house that is safe. Their training also includes how to do their work systematically so that no detail or area remains unattended. Your results will be presented in a formal and detailed report that will help you understand the whole process. A good home inspector will also answer any additional questions you ask.

 

They will help you save your money and time

Home inspections may seem expensive, but it’s nothing compared to the unexpected expenses in major repairs that you can avoid when you hire these inspection services. Are you ready to creep into the house or climb the stilt? Hire a professional inspector and avoid buying a house that will cause your miseries after you have purchased it. Moving through the property inspection process, you can move forward with the assurance that your family will be safe in your new home.

 


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Home Inspection – An Essential Tool For Buyers And Sellers

home inspection for buyers and sellersHome inspection is a necessity for anyone who wants to either sell a house or buy it. It doesn’t matter if you are buying a brand new house or a previously owned one, an inspection gives you an insight into the condition of the house that you wish to buy. If you want to sell your house, then getting an inspection done ensures that it is in a saleable condition and you can also expect to receive a high price for it.

If you want to do a home inspection in Bergen County, then there are a few things you must keep in mind. Inspectors check the structure of the house and also ensure that all the systems are working properly. After the inspection, you may want a printed, detailed home inspection report about the findings and also the potential concerns.

A tool for the buyers

Buying a house for you and your family is a costly affair. Sometimes you fall in love with a house so much so that you overlook the details such as cracked foundations or dangerous wiring. No matter how good a house looks on the outside, it requires a thorough inspection to ensure that it meets local building codes.

It is possible that you may have some knowledge about construction, but what about carpentry or plumbing knowledge? Those are equally important to check if the house requires costly repairs. In such a case, it is better to hire a home inspector who has detailed knowledge about the key points, such as if the structure is sound or not, or whether the plumbing works well, among other things.

Buying a house requires a huge investment, and you wouldn’t want that to go wrong even if you have to consider a lot of houses before choosing the best one. As the home inspector has an unbiased view, he will provide his customer with the most honest and impartial suggestion.

A tool for the sellers

As a seller, you would want to ensure that your property sells at the best possible price and sells fast. To ensure that, a home inspection can prove to be of great help in making your property salable. A home inspector can ask you to fix major problems of your house to ensure that you get the best price for it. The report prepared by the home inspector listing about 400 items that give a detailed idea to the buyer about the house helps the seller positively as the buyer gets an idea about the livability of the house.

How long does a home inspection take?

A thorough home inspection will typically take between two and three hours. At this particular time, it is suggested that you leave small children with a sitter since you need to follow the home inspectors closely as they inspect your new home.

While showing the house to the buyer, you can even plan to make him meet the home inspector that inspected your house so that he can give them a positive, professional opinion about the house and help you make a sale. A home inspector in Bergen County is therefore extremely essential for your house to get the best price for the house.

 


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Choosing The Right Home Inspector

bergen county home inspectorYou will come across a huge number of home inspectors in Bergen County, and therefore, it might be somewhat agonizing for you to make the right choice. However, there are certain solutions available for you to achieve your purpose easily. Below, we are going to provide several essential guidelines on how to select the most competent Bergen County home inspectors who can offer you flawless home inspection services.

1. Look For Referrals

Firstly, it will be prudent to ask the recommendations of your known individuals (including your close friends, co-workers as well as relatives) in case they have used the services of any home inspector in the past. You can also take the help of any realtor to guide you in this matter since most of them deal with inspectors while working on a particular project. However, you need to be extremely careful since there are many fraudulent realtors out there who can completely misguide you. Fortunately, most of them will try to make you aware of the present condition of the house before you purchase it since any misguidance on their part might cost them their own referrals in future. In case you are not satisfied with any particular realtor, it will be advisable for you to take the help of a different one.

2. Verify Their Membership

Another surefire solution to come across reliable Bergen County home inspectors will be to verify the home inspection associations to which they belong. Several home inspectors use their membership as an advertising tool so as to attract prospective home buyers. As a matter of fact, these inspectors are required to appear for an exam conducted by the association, and in certain cases, they likewise have to provide a valid state license.

3. Ask Questions Directly

Finally, the best solution will be to ask questions directly to the home inspectors. You can start by looking at their websites or pamphlets for obtaining the relevant information. After that, you can contact them directly over the phone or even discuss with them in person regarding some matters which are still unclear to you. Make it a point to verify whether they have the required experience to execute the job flawlessly. Some states do not require any license, and in that case, it is important to verify whether they are properly qualified or not. Also, take note of the services offered by them along with the home inspection checklist which they will provide to you. Do not forget to inquire how much they’re going to charge for their services, and likewise, include any additional charge (if any) as well. Never go for the cheapest Bergen County home inspectors since you might have to compromise on quality in that case. Lastly, make sure that they will provide you with home inspection reports after the completion of the project irrespective of whether it is computer generated or handwritten.

Conclusion

After going through the above-mentioned guidelines, it should not be difficult for you to come across reliable and trustworthy Bergen County home inspectors. In fact, there are plenty available out there, and you will never run out of choice. Just remember that preparing yourself beforehand will save you from lots of headaches and worries in the long run.

 


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Rent vs. Own: Which Is Right For You?

benefits of homeownership versus rentingFrom your friends at Aurora Home Inspections

If you’re thinking of buying your first home, you’ve probably wrestled with the decision to rent or own your home — and for good reason.

Owning a home is a big commitment. With it comes a lot of responsibility and a long-term financial relationship.

But which is right for you? To answer that, let’s lean into the facts.

The improving housing market

Good news! Since the depths of the recession, the housing market has made a heroic comeback. That can be attributed to a number of factors, including a drop in unemployment and a stronger economy.

But as the housing market has recovered, it has experienced some growing pains. With a sharp increase in demand, housing supplies are being strained. This means, among other things, that prices are going up.

For families and individuals still recovering financially, finding affordable housing options can be difficult. This applies to home sales and rentals.

Making the decision

With rental and sales markets heading toward record highs, the decision falls back to what is best for you. Specifically, what is financially feasible.

Let’s look at the basic numbers. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the median gross rent paid from 2012 to 2016 was $949 monthly. Compare that with the median selected monthly owner costs with a mortgage, which was $1,491 over the same time period.

Then there are utilities. The median monthly electricity cost for renters in 2015 was $82, with owners paying $117. For piped gas, the median amount renters pay monthly is $42, while owners pay $58.

For renters, it is wise to carry renter’s insurance. Some landlords will also charge maintenance and other fees. Utility costs will also vary depending on the quality of the structure and materials used as well as size of the rental space.

Homeowners will pay property taxes, insurance and an estimated $500 annually for routine maintenance, according to the Census Bureau.

The benefits of homeownership

At a glance, it may seem that renting is the lower cost option. But there are certain benefits to homeownership that may offset the additional regular costs. According to the Tax Policy Center, the primary benefit to owning a home is imputed rental income. Simply put, making a monthly payment on a home that you own is like paying rent to yourself.

While that money is not taxed, it comes with another benefit — potential tax deductions. When you file your federal taxes, you may be able to deduct a portion of the mortgage interest you pay. Talk to a tax professional for more information on the expenses you can deduct and the limits for those deductions.

Beyond the numbers

Homeownership provides a variety of benefits beyond the numbers. For many people, a home is the largest investment they will ever make. The upgrades, work and care put into the home that you own can add value to your investment. It also adds a sense of pride knowing that it is yours.

“Having a place to call your own, a place to return to at the end of the day, makes life better,” said Vanderbilt Mortgage and Finance, Inc. President Eric Hamilton. “You can see it from the moment they make the decision — that sense of pride. It’s a life-changing event and a memory that will last a lifetime.”

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– (BPT)

 

Renting vs Buying a Home


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5 Must-Have Home Features For Retirees

home features for retireesFrom your friends at Aurora Home Inspections

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As we move through the different stages in our lives, our housing needs change too. The home you were excited to move into in your 30s might not be ideal for those now nearing retirement.

According to the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University, between 2015 and 2035, the number of people over the age of 75 living alone will nearly double from 6.9 million to 13.4 million. Being prepared for retirement and aging is important, so we’re going to take a closer look at the specific housing features that would most benefit those who are looking to downsize or find that perfect home to “age in.”

1. Walk-in showers

Installing a walk-in bathtub or large shower is a good idea for ease and safety. Having extra room to move is not only aging-friendly, but a timeless trend that is easy to maintain. Clayton, one of America’s largest homebuilders, features optional walk-in showers with benches that are available in many of their homes. This is a feature that’s great at any age.

2. Wide doors and hallways

Spacious doors and wide hallways do the double duty of making your home look great while providing enough space to maneuver a wheelchair or walker through if needed.

3. Open floor plans

A home design trend that is perfect for any homeowner age is an open floor plan. But for boomers, an open floor plan is more than just an aesthetic feature. Having wide spaces that allow you to move around is essential to maintaining your independence as you grow older. It also helps add more natural light and is ideal when gathering with family and friends.

4. Low maintenance

Fixing up an older home with good bones might look fun on TV, but it’s not something you will want to deal with in your retirement. Rather than trying to troubleshoot problem after problem, look for a newly constructed home. Not only will you have fewer maintenance issues, but you can design a flexible floor plan that fits your lifestyle.

5. A customizable floor plan

The features listed so far are part of what is commonly known as age-in-place design. These home features work for people of all ages, but are designed so you can age into them. In addition, make sure the home you purchase is single-story and fits the lifestyle you want for your future.

As you grow older, you realize there is no one, perfect dream home. Rather, there are different dream homes for different stages of your life. At Clayton, we know one home model does not fit all, and that is why we offer a range of models and designs that are easily customizable, affordable and stylish, allowing you to get the most out of your silver years.

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