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Blog Archive for November, 2015

Five Tips For Holiday Entertaining In Your New Home In Tulare

Categories: SJV Homes Blog | Posted: November 30, 2015 | Comments Off on Five Tips For Holiday Entertaining In Your New Home In Tulare

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The holidays are just around the corner and, for many people, that means entertaining groups of friends and family. Since you’ve just bought a new home, you’ll naturally want to show off your home and your hosting abilities. You can successfully pull off even the busiest holiday entertainment schedule by following these five simple tips for holiday entertaining in your new home in Tulare.

The Invitation List

You want to invite everyone you know and love to your holiday party, that’s understandable. However, you have to keep in mind the amount of space that you have when you’re finalizing your guest list. According to TLC’s Clinton Kelly, there’s an easy formula you can use to calculate the perfect number of guests. First of all, you’ll need to know the square footage of your home. You’ll then take that figure and divide it by five, which is the number of feet of personal space each of your guests will need. Therefore, if your space is 1,000 square feet, divided by five, you can comfortably entertain up to 200 people. Read the rest of this entry »

Be Thankful for Your Beautiful New Home This Holiday Season

Categories: SJV Homes Blog | Posted: November 23, 2015 | Comments Off on Be Thankful for Your Beautiful New Home This Holiday Season

Thanksgiving is coming up fast. Will you be home? Will you make a turkey? Will you invite friends and family over to celebrate? Will you be untraditional and have it catered? Or make a butternut squash lasagna with a pear and gorgonzola salad and garlic bread? Whatever your plans this year, don’t stress about it! Thanksgiving is a time for thankfulness. With that in mind, we’ve put together some tips to help you get the most out of your Thanksgiving feast.

First, infuse your days with thankfulness. That’s what this holiday yearns for. So gather your family and practice it. Practice it every day leading up to The Great Day of Thanks. If you have children (or even if you don’t) cut out a tree from brown paper, or paint one, and purchase fake leaves from the dollar store. Every day, write one thing you’re thankful for on one leaf and attach it to the tree. Use your children’s hands for leaves, use real tree branches and set them in a vase, or make it super easy by taping your thankful leaves to a piece of yarn, creating a thankful garland. Hang it on your mantel, in your hallway, or on a wall in your kitchen. Read the rest of this entry »

Pet-Friendly Tips For Moving Into Your New Home In Tulare

Categories: SJV Homes Blog | Posted: November 16, 2015 | Comments Off on Pet-Friendly Tips For Moving Into Your New Home In Tulare

Moving into a new home is exciting. With new construction, your family gets to make the first memories inside your home’s walls. This includes your furry family members too. New homes are great for pet owners. No previous owners mean there are no hidden toxins like rat poison or pesticides waiting for your pets to ingest. Best of all, your new home is clean, without old pet stains or smells. There are still a few things to keep in mind.

As you settle into your new home in Tulare, keep your pet happy and safe by following these pet-friendly new home guidelines.

1. Keep Pets Away From Packing Materials

The moving process creates temporary chaos. Boxes, packing peanuts, and packing paper pile up quickly as your family’s possessions find their new locations. This mess poses dangers to pets. 

Dogs and cats, especially stressed out dogs and cats, often mistake packing materials for toys. Light and airy packing peanuts skitter across the floor, tempting dogs and cats to chase and eat them. These styrofoam peanuts cause intestinal blockages and choking hazards, costing you hundreds of dollars in emergency vet fees. Read the rest of this entry »

Buying A San Joaquin Valley Home With Someone Else

Categories: SJV Homes Blog | Posted: November 9, 2015 | Comments Off on Buying A San Joaquin Valley Home With Someone Else

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Owning your own San Joaquin Valley home is part of the American dream because it’s an investment in the future and frees you from the demands of a landlord or apartment management company. It also signals to the world that you’re mature and stable enough to take over long-term financial responsibility.

However, you can often only achieve this goal with the help of someone else with a steady income. Typically, that someone is a spouse and such two-person purchases happen often enough that they attract no attention. But if the person you’re partnering up with to buy a home has a different relationship or is unrelated to you, you must consider the following for the transactions to proceed successfully.

Financing

Buying a property with someone else doesn’t differ whether you’re doing it with a friend, business partner, or spouse. However, all parties to the purchase must have enough income, a stable job industry, and a good credit report to qualify for financing. If one person does not meet those requirements, then the lender will not issue a mortgage. One option is to leave the unqualified person off the mortgage but keep him on the title. But this means that the person left becomes legally responsible for the debt. the other person essentially owns the home free-and-clear since he has no documented financial responsibility. Read the rest of this entry »

Visalia Times-Delta: “Valley homebuilders feeling happiest in 10 years”

Categories: Media Coverage | Posted: November 5, 2015 | Comments Off on Visalia Times-Delta: “Valley homebuilders feeling happiest in 10 years”

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Packing, Unpacking and Getting Settled into a New Home in Visalia, California

Categories: SJV Homes Blog | Posted: November 2, 2015 | Comments Off on Packing, Unpacking and Getting Settled into a New Home in Visalia, California

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So you found a new home that you love. You have signed the paperwork, and now you are ready to pack up your belongings and move on to life in your new home.
But it’s not that simple. Moving can provoke all kinds of emotions. While excited for what lies ahead, you are probably a little sentimental about leaving something behind. You are full of enthusiasm for the move, but you are not really that excited about seeing all your things in boxes.

Excitement can really take a nosedive when you’re packing. It may not seem like you have much stuff, but once you get your books off the shelves and the kid’s toys out from under the bed, and all your dishes out of the cabinets, a whole day has gone by and you haven’t even packed up half the house.

Once you do finally pack all your things and get them inside your new home, you will likely be exhausted. In order to help you survive your first night in your new home, we have put together a few tips to encourage you in the endeavor:

•               Easy unpacking starts with organized packing. It might be tempting to just throw things in boxes, but unpacking will be so much more pleasant if you can pack according to room. Don’t just think about your current home, either. Think about the new home you’re moving into. Your new home might have a dining room, but your former home may have just had an eat-in kitchen. Your new home might have an office, but your former home may have just had a roll-top desk in a corner of your bedroom. Get the idea yet? Things that are in your kitchen or living room now might be better suited in your new dining room. Read the rest of this entry »