Last Minute Prepping for Severe Weather

 

The signs of a storm often involve dark clouds and drizzle; there are other indications that you can look out for sometimes hours before the storm hits. Knowing these indications can help you take the proper precautions way before any severe storm hits your neighborhood. Here are some tips on what you can do in a short time to keep you and your family safe when you’re caught unprepared during a threatening storm.

 

Secure the outdoor furnitures. This includes umbrellas or decors such as hanging plants, as they can become projectiles during high winds. Move any unsecured items in your backyard (or perhaps your front yard). This includes patio furniture, lawn chairs, and so forth. If you can’t move any furnitures inside, make sure you securely tie them down.

 

Moving cars. Cars can often be damaged or destroyed by falling trees or debris during a threatening storm. Try to position cars closer to your home, and away from trees and powerlines. If you have a garage on the lot, park your cars inside and close the garage door.

 

Resources. Make a safety kit that has essential first-aid resources as well as flashlights, battery powered radio, and extra batteries. Be sure to also have enough bottled waters and non-perishable food items.

 

Find utility cutoffs. Identify the cutoff switches or valves for water, power, and gas, and learn how to turn them off just in case of an emergency. A storm can cause damage to your home and can cause a short or power surge, and that my result in a ruptured gas or water line.

How Manufactured Homes Can Keep You and Your Family Safe During a Storm

 

One of the most common misconceptions about manufactured homes are that they are not safe during storms; however, that is not the case. Manufactured homes are built with the different elements in mind to make sure you and your family stays safe. Manufactured homes are built to meet the construction standards and codes that takes in consideration elemental safety requirements to ensure your home is safe to live in.

 

 

According to Richard Jennison, President and CEO of MHI (Manufactured Housing Institute), “The standards for manufactured housing are subject to robust compliance and quality assurance regulations, sometimes more stringent than those for traditional site-built homes. The building materials in today’s manufactured home are the same as those used in site-built homes. The homes are engineered for wind safety based on the geographic region in which they are sold.” If you want to buy a manufactured home, you can rest easy knowing you, your family, and your home will be living somewhere energy efficient and engineered for any potential disasters or threats.

 

 

Prior to the building codes, regulations which are required by the Department Housing and Urban Development (also known as the HUD code), manufactured homes were used as a temporary housing for workers, hence why there is a misconception about how safe manufactured homes are. The HUD code was made and are followed by every manufactured home builder, as it is a requirement, including the home building facilities we work with! The HUD code contains the Body and Frame Construction Requirements, which details that builders are required during the building process to inspect and ensure that the manufactured homes are built to withstand any threats. Manufactured homes are so sturdy that, in a 2014 Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety test, found that modern manufactured homes are sturdier to high winds than site-built homes.

 

Proper installation is extremely important for maximum amount of safety, including additional structures and inspections from the homeowner. The structure can include the following: an awning, deck, carport, or even a sunroom.

 

 

 

 

Smaller Footprints with Smaller Homes!

 

Showcase Homes offers variety of diverse floor plans provided by many different manufacturers (The list of our manufacturers here). These high quality and affordable homes range from small to large; however, smaller homes have smaller environmental footprints. It greatly differs to traditional site-built homes, as smaller modular homes with smaller footprints have environmental impacts such as extracting, producing, and transporting building materials, as well as construction of the home itself.

 

 

The Benefits

 

According to the United States Green Building Council, it is estimated that for every doubling of square feet, a home uses 25% more energy and 50% more materials! So, one of the benefits of having a smaller home is that it uses less of both materials and energy, which also means that homebuyers end up saving money in the long run. That way, they can potentially invest more for the maintenance, furnishing, or utility bills for the home.

 

Another report, according to the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, 80% of greenhouse gas emissions over a home’s 70-year life span occur during occupancy and come from electricity and fuel consumption. If you reduce the size of the home by 50%, the lifecycle emission can shrink by 36%.

 

In the long run, this can benefit your energy and water savings. Plumbing and ductwork will have a compact design that can more efficiently cool and heat your home, making it more beneficial for your savings. Construction costs typically are lower with smaller homes as well, since it’s on a per square foot basis.

 

Decorating for Autumn: 7 Tips and Tricks

 

Say hello to autumn by adding these seasonal, cozy touches in your home! There are many various ways to decorate your home in a festive way for the fall. You can mix all the different elements of autumn together and stagger them artfully all around your home. When decorating for the fall, it’s best to get the most viable option to pick one style that will carry over from Halloween to the Thanksgiving seasons.

 

Adding Plaid Blankets. Instantly add warmth and coziness to your living room and bedrooms by adding a plaid throw blanket that feature red, orange, and golden colors.

 

 

Decorate the Front Porch. Line your front porch with pumpkins and gourds for a maximum curb appeal! Perhaps you can tell your guests they’ve arrived at fall with adorable pumpkin patch signs sitting next to your front door.

 

Hanging Wreaths. You can dress up doors, windows, empty nooks, or bare walls with a festive wreath! You can say a lot with little with an elegant initialed fall wreath hanged on your front door.

 

 

Dressing Up the Fireplace. Adding several banners, including ones with festive colors, textures, and patterns, can give you that little extra spice you want above your mantle! Before lighting the season’s first log, make sure to have your chimney and fire box both inspected and cleaned beforehand.

 

Farmhouse Style. Freshen up your home as a welcoming place to hang around and enjoy autumn’s cooler season. If you already have rustic elements throughout your home, this might be easier; there’s no reason why you can’t incorporate them into your fall festive décor!

 

Firewood for Décor. That’s right, firewood can not only functional, but decorative. Be sure to remove excess leaves or twigs and give them a quick brush off and trim to eliminate any unnecessary things such as bugs before bringing the firewood in your home.

 

A Rocking Chair. Let’s say you already have your plaid blankets and a bountiful amount of pumpkins at your door. What could possibly be missing from this festive scene? A rocking chair, and maybe some hot cocoa on the side.

 

 

Things that Home Buyers Should Never Compromise when Purchasing a Modular Home

 

When you build or buy a new modular home, there are many tough decisions to make. It all begins with a wish list, armed with an inventory of must-haves, you’ll be able to focus your search and recognize what you exactly want in a future home.

 

When you’re in the process of getting a new modular home, it’s important to stick to a specific budget, and it’s very unlikely you’ll have to check off absolutely everything on your lest; so, it’s nice to prioritize what you need vs. what you want. Buying a home perfect for you is not simple, and you’ll more than likely be compromising on a lot of things. However, there are certain things you shouldn’t compromise on.

 

Location

 

You can change any aspect in you home, but you can’t change the location once the foundation is laid on your lot. In fact, location should be the most important factor you should consider. Where you live also impacts greatly on your lifestyle, so spend time researching the area you want to live in until you find a lot that’s more appropriate for you and your family. It’s a good idea to have some flexibility and have a couple of options if possible, to give yourself a better chance of finding a suitable land at the most affordable price.

 

For starters, you should consider how close the land you want to buy is in relation to your work. The convenience of your commutes both in the morning and evening will rely heavily on where your home is located. Commute is critical when you’re thinking about buying land for your modular home. Regardless of distance from home to work, other factors such as proximity to freeways and public transit may come into play.

 

There are plenty of other factors that go into location, which includes area’s school district, crime rate, and greenspace will impact how desirable your modular home is in the neighborhood or land. Being close to important amenities is a factor to consider as well, such as groceries, restaurants, shops, hospitals, and more.

 

A Good School District

 

Even if you do not have children, you should keep in mine to place or buy a home where it has desirable schools nearby. Not only can things change, such as potentially having children in the future, but also because good school usually translate to a higher resale value. Potential buyers may want their families to be in a good school district. Be sure to do some research to find out whether your new home sits in the good school district boundaries. You can look at the school district’s website to get a map of the district boundaries.

 

The Floorplan

 

A house that’s already well-designed for your lifestyle is already essential. Having the right amount of space or rooms you need is very important. It’s easier to change a layout to make it an open floor plan, but it’s more difficult to change the number of bedrooms or bathrooms. The layout of your home can impact your enjoyment of your home. In the long run, you can potentially end up having a lot more problems taking on a big financial obstacle.

 

Consider the Lighting

 

Lighting may not be the first thing you think about when designing your new home, but it has a large impact on the overall style of your home. Once you figured out the placement of your lighting, you can visit a lighting showroom for ideas.

 

 

How to Get Your Home Ready for the Holidays

 

The holiday season is almost upon us! Prepping for it can get stressful, no doubt, but with proper planning and organizing, you can enjoy the holidays with friends and family without worries!

 

Prepare early. Whether it’d be preparing for holidays, family or friends joining for a get together, the most important step is to start preparing early! Things will always take much longer when you procrastinate, so when you start preparations early, you won’t be so stressed out last minute!

 

Clear the clutter. Before you decide to buy more decorations or bring them back down from the attic, it’s important to declutter. Organize your belongings by dividing them by category by room and use. Separate your belongings in what to keep, throw away, donate, or sell.

 

 

Jazz up the main spaces in your home. Put a lot of your focus on the main areas of your living space, especially in the areas that your guests will spend time in or will be seeing; such as the entryway, living room, kitchen, and bathrooms.

 

Do the big projects first. Have you been putting off some of the chores you need to do in the home, such as window washing or HVAC maintenance? Perhaps you should call professionals or experts to prep your home for the fall and winter. Make the appointments or head to the closest home improvement store and get started.

 

Seasonal scents. While you are organizing and cleaning your home, as well as any maintenance that needs to be done; perhaps you should start putting out a few scented candles this time of the year.

 

 

 

 

The Importance of Air Sealing your Modular Home

 

Reducing the amount of air that leaks out of your home is one of the most important steps for a homeowner or a contractor should take. It is the most cost-effective way to cut heating and cooling costs, as well as improve durability and comfort.

 

What Could Happen if you Don’t Seal your Home Properly?

 

Air leakage occurs when outside air enters, and conditioned air leaves your house through the cracks and openings. A leaky house causes higher energy bills and allows in excess moisture and contaminants. This could potentially help allow the air to flow, and heat to escape, in the middle of the colder seasons.

 

How to Properly Air Seal

 

Modular homes that are properly air sealed is more energy efficient than a traditional, site-built home. These are the places contractors check to seal out air:

 

  1. Interior marriage wall
  2. Basement and attic marriage wall
  3. Exterior marriage wall
  4. Exterior still plate
  5. Exterior bands

 

The most common infiltration paths include access to the attic and any air that can enter the modular home’s envelope. Insulation is important, but you still must air seal first, to make sure your home is energy efficient as well as comfortable. Three of the most common, and most high-quality materials are used to air seal a home:

 

  1. High-quality acrylic-latex caulk.
  2. Fire-rated caulk.
  3. Expandable polyurethane foam for the larger gaps.

 

Minimizing air movement in and out of your new modular home is key to building an energy-efficient modular home. We always emphasize air sealing to our contractors, and our manufacturers make sure to always inspect each step while building the modular homes within their factories.

 

 

Tips and Tricks on Buying Furniture on a Budget

 

Buying your first home or upgrading to more square footage can be exciting, bur furnishing the new space can give you anxiety on an already stretched budget. Furnitures can get crazy expensive, especially when investing in designer or heirloom pieces isn’t always feasible. With SO many shopping options available, it can be easy to be sucked into a spending hole, but you don’t have to! Here are some affordable suggestions for smart, easy ways to save cash and furnish your new home.

 

Figure out which furnitures you need. If you cannot afford the furnish your rooms one at a time, then start with the furnitures you need first and add to them as you can afford more. Once you have purchased your most important items, you can start looking at the next important items to purchase, such as nightstands, side tables, dressers, or mirrors.

 

Buy used furnitures. Craigslist, eBay, or Facebook Marketplace can be excellent for finding used goods. There are other options such as Letgo, an app that locals find used items near them, and Chairish has options design freaks will love! Be sure to keep an eye out for yard sales for pieces as well!

 

Pay attention to the fabric. Natural fibers or fabrics are preferable, but most synthetics mixed in can make it more durable and stain resistant. Buying fabrics mixed in with synthetics can help keep it more affordable but be sure to consider the quality; by checking whether it still has the natural look and feel.

 

Furnitures with multiple functions. A stool can be used both as seating and as a handy end table. A bar stool can be used as extra kitchen storage or makeshift bookshelf. A daybed can be used as a bed and switched into a couch at the same time. These practical furniture pieces will not only fulfill your needs, but you get two pieces of furniture (or more) in the cost of one!

 

Consider your lifestyle. If you have kids or pets, you’re choosing a piece for a high traffic area. Smaller furniture pieces that are out of the way are most recommended. As stated before, half synthetic indoor or outdoor fabrics are durable, versatile, and beautiful.

Shop at the right time. If you have enough stuff to hold you for a short time, consider holding off buying new furniture until you can time it with wonderful sales. Holidays offer great saving opportunities, but new furniture design also debut in spring, so February is also recommended as a good time to go furniture shopping.

 

To Rebuild or Not to Rebuild: Replacing Your Modular Home

 

Many homeowners choose to renovate because it’s something they are familiar with. However, many homeowners are unaware of the different options; such as replacing the home you own with a new modular build! It’s not always a decision when you’re trying to figure out if you should renovate or rebuild your home. If you like the location of your home but not the layout, rebuilding is most likely the best options; especially if you’re looking to make dramatic changes in your home’s floorplan!

 

Why Rebuild?

 

Let’s say that you love your current neighborhood, and your family has adapted and began to feel more comfortable in their schools; and you want to stay close to your family and friends. Your two options would either be:

 

  1. Renovate your current home.
  2. Replace and rebuild your home.

 

Although renovating is perfect for changing specific parts of your home layout, if you wish to remodel your whole home, rebuilding is the safest bet. Tearing your home down and replacing it with a new one can be more economical. Not only will you be able to save your money in the long run but building your new home can fit specific customization options your family wants and needs. Tearing down the home and replacing it with a new home can allow you to save money you’d spend on labor during renovation.

 

 

Can You Tear It Down?

 

Before contacting us to help you build your new modular home, you should learn what your town’s zoning, planning, and building departments will allow; which we can help you with too! Those rules are there to protect the existing town or neighborhood, and they can dictate whether you can tear down your existing home. These rules can also share you what type of limits you must follow when building your new home, such as size, square footage, height, or style. Be sure to check with all your utilities (which includes gas, electric, and water) to learn how to disconnect these from your home.

 

Although there are many lovely benefits to replacing your existing house with a new modular home, it’s important to evaluate your circumstances to find the best option for you! Take necessary precautions and contact your city to find out whether your property is zoned for a modular home, or have your home be appraised by a deconstruction expert.

 

 

Changing the Way You Look at Modular Homes, Literally!

 

Ready to Make Serious Upgrades? Modular Renovation Just Might be the Answer

 

Homeowner’s have so many choices when it comes to rebuilding or renovating a home, especially older homes. However, many older homes are usually torn and replaced with newer homes. Suppose you have a property you love and don’t want to move, and you want to update the house without the trial of an endless renovation. If that’s the case, you should consider buying a modular home!

 

Can It Improve Property Value

 

Many homeowners consider renovating because they want to improve the value of their home. In fact, adding bathrooms, bedrooms, patios, and more can add increase of value to a home! It can also provide some sense of accomplishment because renovation can improve the home’s size, floorplan, purpose, or design so that your home space can be comfortable and functional. This is a sure way to increase the value of your home, and renovating will cotribute to your overall return on investment!

 

Energy Efficiency

 

Installing energy-efficient upgrades can not only add value to your modular home, but you can also save on utility costs in the long run. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, improvements like energy-efficient windows, doubling the insulation, and so on can curb energy costs. Renovating is the perfect way for homeowners to add functionality and aesthetics to their property while increasing the value. If you choose the right projects to enhance within your home, such as replacing the doors, windows, or siding will reduce maintenance and utility costs drastically.

 

Custom Lifestyle

 

Perhaps you need extra space to accomadate your growing family; renovating can increase your home value but it can also help you upgrade your home to your preferred lifestyle. Maybe you would like to remodel the kitchen to get a gourmet kitchen look, or maybe spruce up the bathroom to look elegant! Whatever it may be, altering your home to suit your needs and tastes are aloteasier than moving to a new home!