San Joaquin Valley Homes Blog

Benefits of Buying A New House

Categories: SJV Homes Blog | Posted: November 12, 2018 | Comments Off on Benefits of Buying A New House

Maybe you have been looking at homes for a while and just can’t find the perfect home. Maybe you are just starting to think about buying a home. Maybe you had thought about looking at a new home but are afraid of the price tag. However, there are a lot of advantages of buying a brand new house.  Read the rest of this entry »

Tips For A Happy And Safe Halloween

Categories: SJV Homes Blog | Posted: October 29, 2018 | Comments Off on Tips For A Happy And Safe Halloween

It’s almost that time when ghosts and goblins come to your home expecting treats in exchange for not playing tricks. Even though we’re California new home builders who are proud of our developments, we’re parents first. So we want to take a break from our professional duties and offer the following tips so that you, your loved ones, and your visitors have a fun and safe Halloween.

Decorate
This may be a no-brainer but if you want the little ones to stop by your home, you need to welcome them with Halloween decor. If you have a HOA, check to see what decorating is allowed on your exterior so you spend your dollars only on stuff you can use. Then stick with fun, simple pieces that are sturdy enough for kids to accidentally hit without breaking and that are weatherproof, in case they encounter an increasingly rare raindrop. Read the rest of this entry »

Home Security: Do-It-Yourself or Professional Services?

Categories: SJV Homes Blog | Posted: October 15, 2018 | Comments Off on Home Security: Do-It-Yourself or Professional Services?

Protecting your home, and the loved ones and cherished belongings within it is one of the highest priorities of home ownership. As recent as a few years ago, the term “home security” meant calling a company to come out and install an alarm system that would alert emergency services — and you — in the event of a break-in or a fire. However, that term has taken on a whole new meaning these days. Here is the run down of what home security means and the systems and services that are available for you.

Professional services
You can still get a home monitoring system from the big-names in professional security. According to a report from Gear Brain, the companies generally charge a fee for equipment and installation ranging between $99 to $199. Often, however, these fees are reduced or waived for special promotions. They provide in-home consultations in order to identify vulnerable points in your home, and locate an area of the home with a strong cellular signal in order to place a wall-mounted or counter-top controller. Read the rest of this entry »

Top 10 Things to Do when Moving into Your San Joaquin Valley Home

Categories: SJV Homes Blog | Posted: October 1, 2018 | Comments Off on Top 10 Things to Do when Moving into Your San Joaquin Valley Home


Congratulations on your new San Joaquin Valley home! While we do everything we can to make home-buying as easy a process as possible, you still have to move in. And that’s something you and your family need to do on your own. To make that go easier, here are the top 10 things to do.

1. Inspect the home.
We know you’ve already gone on a walk-thru with one of our staff. And we do our best to make sure that the space you move into is spic and span. But it won’t hurt to go on a private inspection just before you move in. Make sure that we’ve adequately addressed any issues you initially pointed out. Look for any last-minute concerns that need to take care of, such as a spot of dirt here or a non-working smoke detector there. If you uncover any problems that you can’t address quickly, let the management office know. Read the rest of this entry »

There Are Both Benefits and Drawbacks of Buying a House with a Friend

Categories: SJV Homes Blog | Posted: September 17, 2018 | Comments Off on There Are Both Benefits and Drawbacks of Buying a House with a Friend

According to the 2015 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers, from the National Association of Realtors, nearly 400,000 couples who bought homes during that year did so outside of a traditional marriage. But is it a good idea to buy a house with a friend? It can be. Here is a look at some of the benefits and drawbacks of such a situation.

Benefits
As stated in a report from Money Crashers, many of the benefits of buying a house with a friend are financial ones. It may be easier to qualify for a home loan, as lenders will consider the combined income, and will take an average of your credit score. It will also be easier to come up with a good down payment if you’re both contributing. The longer you and your friend make mortgage payments together, Money Crashers adds, the more equity you build up, meaning that when it comes time to part ways, you can split that equity and both have money to put towards a down payment on your next home. Read the rest of this entry »

How to Prepare Your New Home for the Family Pets

Categories: SJV Homes Blog | Posted: September 3, 2018 | Comments Off on How to Prepare Your New Home for the Family Pets

If you have just bought a brand new home or are thinking about doing so, there is one concern that every homeowner needs to think long and hard about: Pet ownership. For those of you who already have a pet or have had a pet in the past, you probably already know about more than a few of the common concerns. Accidents and claw marks on the nice floors, fur in the carpets, and dander in the air ducts are all serious considerations, especially when you’re planning on protecting the value of a new home. Fortunately, homes were built to last and with only a few preventative and maintenance steps, you can ensure that you, your family, and your animal companions can all live comfortably together in the new place. All you need is a little forward thinking.

1) Choose a Safe Place for Food Bowls
For well-trained pets that already know how to behave in a home, the messiest part of pet ownership is often the area where you place the food and water bowls. Without hands, dogs and cats’ can’t pick up their food one bite at a time or sip their water. Food bits and droplets almost always hit the floor, sometimes together creating moist disintegrating food puddles. We can all agree you don’t want this to happen on carpet or wood floors. Choose a tiled or linoleum area for the food and water bowls, preferably in an out of the way place in the kitchen where messes are easy to clean up. Read the rest of this entry »

Five Fun Ways to Spend the First Night in a New House with Your Kids

Categories: SJV Homes Blog | Posted: August 20, 2018 | Comments Off on Five Fun Ways to Spend the First Night in a New House with Your Kids

If you, like many parent homeowners, have just bought a new house to raise your kids in, no one is more excited than the children themselves. Moving to a new place is always a big experience for children, especially if they’re old enough to understand home ownership and the implications: No more landlords, and the freedom to modify the house however you want. Even if you managed to hold together things like bedtime, teeth brushing, and good behavior throughout the move, that first night surrounded by boxes in a brand new house is often more excitement than most kids can handle. Most likely, they’re bouncing off the walls, eager to unpack boxes, explore the house, and in general chattering up a storm. Let’s face it, tonight isn’t going to be a normal routine night for any of you, so you might as well make it special.

Your first night is a new house is something to be celebrated and your kids will feel that energy of potential, promise, and a little bit of strangeness. To help them and yourself settle into the new home, we have five fun suggestions for how to spend that first night with your boxes, children, and brand new house. Read the rest of this entry »

What’s Hot in Outdoor Living: Five Current Trends

Categories: SJV Homes Blog | Posted: August 6, 2018 | Comments Off on What’s Hot in Outdoor Living: Five Current Trends

Deciding what to do with your outdoor space is a crucial part of maximizing the potential of your home – particularly if you don’t actually have a lot of it. With the standard lawn being only one of many ways to go about setting up your outdoor area, it can be a little overwhelming trying to figure out how to shape your space in a way you’re not regretting later. As homeowners look to balance aesthetic appeal with functionality and maintenance requirements, a little research into the wide range of options can have you on your way to enjoying your outdoor space no matter the size. Here’s a look at five of the hottest trends in outdoor living. Read the rest of this entry »

Four Ways to Know You’re Ready to Buy a Home

Categories: SJV Homes Blog | Posted: July 23, 2018 | Comments Off on Four Ways to Know You’re Ready to Buy a Home

Buying your first home is an enormous investment of time, money and emotional significance. Where you settle down and the specific property you select will shape your life for the next thirty years, and the terms of your mortgage payments will shape your finances for just as long. Many people assume home buying happens almost automatically in the natural course of finding a mate and settling down to have children, but it’s really a much more personal decision than that and doesn’t require a new family dynamic to trigger. The right time to buy a home is when it’s right for you. Read the rest of this entry »

Working from Home: Staying Productive While Balancing Life and Work

Categories: SJV Homes Blog | Posted: July 9, 2018 | Comments Off on Working from Home: Staying Productive While Balancing Life and Work

Telecommuting from home grants convenience for the worker while offering money savings for the company. In fact, the number of people telecommuting in the U.S. increased a whopping 115 percent in the last 10 years, according to WorkFlexibility.org If you’re interested in joining this trend, here are a few tips for remaining productive while still balancing your life and work.

Make a space
To maintain work-life balance, you want to divide your office tasks from personal activities. Doing that effectively requires creating a separate space that you use exclusively for telecommuting, preferably one you can close off. If it’s the corner of a room, define it with a free-standing divider. A walk-in closet or entire room is ideal but only if you don’t mix family stuff in the same space. Read the rest of this entry »