San Joaquin Valley Homes Blog
If you’re thinking about buying your first home, chances are you’re renting now. And you might be wondering whether you’re better off buying a home or continuing to rent.
The truth is that there are advantages and downsides to both buying and renting, depending on your circumstances. For example, renting might be better if you have a fast track career and have to move every couple of years. On the other hand, your landlord can raise your rent every year when your lease is up. Buying has the advantage of building equity and improving your credit score, but it also means paying taxes and homeowner’s insurance, and of course you’re responsible for maintenance.
To help decide if this is a good time to buy your first home, ask yourself these five questions: Read the rest of this entry »
A little greenery has an amazing ability to liven up any living space. The benefits go beyond the aesthetic, though. Research has shown plants to be effective in removing indoor pollutants. In fact, a study from NASA found that houseplants are able to remove up to 87 percent of air toxins in a 24-hour period. Some of the most effective houseplants at removing toxins were dragon tree, ivy, ficus, philodendrons, spider plants, peace lilies, ferns, chrysanthemums, palms and the rubber plant. Several of these awesome creatures also made our list of hardy, easy-to-care-for plants. Here are our top six picks to brighten up your new home.
VISALIA, Calif. – May 11, 2015 – The North State Building Industry Association recently predicted that the Central Valley housing market may see the strongest new home construction and sales years since the recession hit. Local homebuilder San Joaquin Valley Homes (SJV Homes) is leading the way with six neighborhoods now open for sale with a total of 645 units in the Central Valley region.
Last year, SJV Homes was the busiest homebuilder in Tulare County, where new home sales increased by 57 percent in 2014, even pulling past the national public builder Lennar, according to the Visalia Times Delta. The homebuilder also has two properties with about 200 units in Kings County, the nation’s second-fastest-growing urban county, where property values increased 13.9 percent in 2014.
“San Joaquin Valley Homes is a small company, but we’ve been able to compete with large, national builders because we’re committed to getting local residents into homes and providing work for local contractors,” said Lissa Walker, director of marketing for Visalia-based San Joaquin Valley Homes.
“We’ll do everything we can to get people into a first home, but we realize it doesn’t end there,” she said. “Our reputation is based on our abiding commitment to stellar service—every day, with every home buyer, one home at a time.”
Founded in 2013 by Joe Leal, Jim Robinson and Randy Merrill, who had Read the rest of this entry »
You’ve researched California home builders, found the perfect home, and now you’re ready to move in. Avoid damaging your home’s pristine condition with these smart moving techniques:
The Heavy Stuff: Damp-Mopping, Masonite, and Furniture Gliders
The moment has arrived. You’re standing next to your moving truck, staring with apprehension at the beast inside it — a major appliance or an enormous piece of furniture with hard, pointy edges.
Whether it’s a washing machine the size of a small car or an antique cast iron stove that seem to weigh almost as much as the moving truck, the thought of moving that thing across brand new floors and walls makes you gulp nervously. Here are a few tips to help with the big objects:
Protect Your Carpets
What about the extra foot traffic (and extra dirt) from move-in day? What about Read the rest of this entry »
There’s at least one wall in a room that is completely blank. The usual response is to put some artwork on it and fill it up. Rather than drawing attention to a blank wall, you want to take attention away from it and hope that no one notices that you haven’t put that much effort into that side of your room. However, it’s generally a better idea to use that space and make the most of it. If you just engage your creativity, you’ll find that there are so many things you can do with a blank wall, as indicated by this article in Huffington Post. Accent walls can make your new home more aesthetically attractive and functional. Here are a few tips to help you create one: Read the rest of this entry »