Fall Home Maintenance Tips

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Fall is in the air, and chances are, you may have already seen the first signs of the season appearing around your neighborhood. The leaves are changing, the weather is starting to cool down, and pretty soon, the sounds of Trick-or-Treaters will be filling your street and the smells of Thanksgiving will be filling your kitchen. At LGI Homes, we strive to build superior quality homes that will endure over the years, but keeping up with routine home maintenance will ensure your home stays in top shape for decades to come. Here are our top home maintenance tips for Fall.

Fallen Leaves During Fall Season

Fall is a great time of year to start preparing your home for the harshness of winter.

Give Your Systems a Tune Up – Fall is the perfect time to give all of your home heating and cooling systems a quick tune up. Change out your air filters, make sure your heater is in working order and check your hot water heater for potential rust damage. Routine upkeep will maximize the lifespan of your systems – and help you avoid costly breakdowns and repairs.

Check Out Your Roof and Gutters – Depending on where you live, your roof could take a beating through the fall and winter due to rain or snow. Before the season has a chance to hit in full swing, give your roof a thourough once-over to ensure that all of your shingles are in top shape – and replace any shingles that are cracked, chipped or otherwise damaged. Clear out your gutter and try to keep them cleared so they don’t get blocked – preventing water from effectively running off your roof.

Turn Off Exterior Water – After you’ve watered your lawn for the final time, roll up your hoses and turn off your external water faucets. Shutting off the exterior water will ensure your pipes don’t get frozen once the weather cools down, and will make sure you’re protected if early freezes hit during the autumn.

Turn Your Leaves into Mulch – If you’re passionate about keeping your lawn looking lush during the warmer months of the year, mulch your leaves instead of raking, bagging and throwing them away. Simply run over the fallen leaves with your mower to chop them into smaller pieces. These pieces will settle into your lawn and nourish it throughout the fall and winter, providing you with a lawn worthy of showing off to the neighborhood when spring rolls around.

Clean and Store Seasonal Items – Give your lawnmower and other lawncare appliaces a thorough cleaning before storing them in a dry place for the fall and winter. Clean off your seasonal furniture and decorations and store them as well. This way, they’ll look as good as new when it’s time to put them out again next year.

We strive to help our residents stay on top of seasonal home maintenance, and have created helpful checklists for each season of the year. Check out our lists for more home maintenance tips, and be sure to print them out for your own reference each time the seasons change and you’re ready to give your home a little TLC.

Know Your Neighborhood: Maple Park

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Maple Park in Atlanta, GA

Here at LGI Homes, we take pride in not only the quality and affordability of our homes, but also in the locations we select for building each of our communities. Each location is chosen with you in mind, and we take care to ensure our neighborhoods provide convenient access to some of the best restaurants, parks and attractions around. As part of our “Know Your Neighborhood” series, we’re showcasing some of these locations to help you become better acquainted with the area around you. Today, we’re highlighting some of the best local attractions and businesses near our brand new Maple Park community in Atlanta, Georgia.

La Parrilla Mexican Restaurant
3446 Winder Hwy
Flowery Branch, GA
(770) 297-0811
laparrilla.com
If you’re in the mood for Southwestern-style fare, you won’t have to travel far because La Parilla Mexican Restaurant serves up authentic Mexican cuisine just up the road from the Maple Park community. With dozens of appetizers, burritos, combinations and other menu items to choose from, La Parilla has something to satisfy any appetite. Try the Burrito Mexicano or their traditional taquitos, and La Parilla is sure to become a family favorite in the neighborhood.
Chicopee Woods Golf Course
2515 Atlanta Hwy
Gainesville, GA
(770) 534-7322
chicopeewoodsgolfcourse.com
Golf lovers won’t have to travel far to spend a day on the green, because the Chicopee Woods Golf Course is located just minutes from Maple Park. The 27-hole course includes a driving range, a chipping green, a bunkered green and a putting green – making it easy to get in all of your practice at one place. There’s also an on-site golf shop and full-service grill, and the course employs trainers to help you perfect your swing during private lessons.
Elachee Nature Science Center
2125 Elachee Dr
Gainesville, GA
(770) 535-1976
elachee.org
Looking for an educational place to take the kids? Check out the Elachee Nature Science Center, a local attraction located on 1,500 acres of forest land. With 10 miles of hiking trails, the center specializes in offering environmental education to visitors of all ages. They even offer summer camps for kids to help children learn more about the natural flora and fauna of Georgia – as well as how they can help out in conservation efforts.
Gainesville Bowling Center
2317 Browns Bridge Rd
Gainesville, GA
(770) 536-5563
gainesvillebowl.com
What better way to spend an evening with friend and family than bowling a few rounds at the local alley? The Gainesville Bowling Center offers 24 bowling lanes – as well as a two-story, 3,500 square foot laser tag arena. It’s fun for the whole family, and the kids are sure to beg to go back every weekend.
INK Interactive Neighborhood for Kids
999 Chestnut St SE #11
Gainesville, GA
(770) 536-1900
inkfun.org
This children’s museum features a miniature neighborhood for kids to make their own. Children can play in the miniature buildings and take on roles including postmaster, grocery clerk, doctor, dentist and more! There’s also a family playground and an arts and crafts room, making this a truly one-of-a-kind attraction just minutes from Maple Park!
Lakeshore Mall
150 Pearl Nix Pkwy
Gainesville, GA
(770) 535-8877
shoplakeshoremall.com
The Lakeshore Mall offers Gainesville residents a one-stop shop for all of their retail needs. The mall is home to a variety of popular retailers, including Belk, JC Penney, Finish Line, Sears and more.
Miscellaneous Destinations Maple Park puts you in close proximity to all of your shopping needs, so you won’t have to travel far to get your groceries or find school clothes for the kids. Within minutes of the neighborhood you’ll find a Sam’s Club, a Walmart, a Publix and more. The community is close to Scoutland, River Forks Park, City Park and a variety of other outdoor attractions that are perfect for taking the kids for a picnic or taking the dogs for a walk.

Know Your Neighborhood: Avondale Springs

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Avondale Springs in Atlanta, GA

Here at LGI Homes, we take pride in not only the quality and affordability of our homes, but also in the locations we select for building each of our communities. Each location is chosen with you in mind, and we take care to ensure our neighborhoods provide convenient access to some of the best restaurants, parks and attractions around. As part of our “Know Your Neighborhood” series, we’re showcasing some of these locations to help you become better acquainted with the area around you. Today, we’re highlighting some of the best local attractions and businesses near our brand new Avondale Springs community in Atlanta, Georgia.

Buckhead Barbecue
Company

3100 Highlands Parkway Southeast
Smyrna, GA 30082
(404) 792-9388
buckheadbarbecueco.com
If you’re looking for some authentic southern barbecue to treat your family to on a Saturday night, you won’t have to travel far before you find Buckhead Barbecue Company just a mile away from Avondale Springs. They also serve up hearty brunch every morning for early bird customers to enjoy. Whether you want a rack of ribs, some pulled pork or an order of BBQ tacos, Buckhead Barbecue Company has something to satisfy any appetite.
Georgia International Horse Park
1996 Centennial Olympic Parkway
Conyers, GA 30013
(770) 860-4190
georgiahorsepark.com
Equestrians and festival lovers will find no shortage of fun things to do at the Georgia International Horse Park, located just 30 minutes from Avondale Springs. The park hosts a wide variety of horse shows and equestrian competitions, as well as several annual festivals – including the Conyers Cherry Blossom Festival and the Big Haynes Creek Wildlife Festival. Outdoor enthusiasts will find plenty of biking and horseback riding trails, as well as a golf course, nature center and arboretum.
Bobby Jones Golf Course
384 Woodward Way NW,
Atlanta, GA
(404) 355-1009
bobbyjonesgc.com
A few miles up the road gold lovers will find the Bobby Jones Golf Course, a 5,888-yard par-70 championship course that backs to Peachtree Battle Creek. You’ll enjoy stunning natural scenery combined with views of the Atlanta skyline as you spend an afternoon on the green. The course also offers golf lessons for beginners and tournaments for experienced players throughout the year.
Cumberland Mall
1000 Cumberland Mall
Atlanta, GA
(770) 435-2206
cumberlandmall.com
Looking for the perfect Christmas gift or school clothes for the kids? You won’t have to travel far, because the Cumberland Mall is located just minutes from the neighborhood. Featuring a wide variety of popular stores – including Aldo, Charlotte Russe, Foot Locker and Sears, as well as a host of gourmet restaurants – including the Cheesecake Factory and P.F. Chang’s, the Cumberland Mall is your one-stop shop just minutes from home.
Georgia Aquarium
225 Baker St NW
Atlanta, GA
(404) 581-4000
georgiaaquarium.org
If you’re looking for something to do in the big city, pay the Georgia Aquarium a visit! As one of the largest aquariums in the United States, millions of visitors are marveled by the sights at the Georgia Aquarium every year. The aquarium is home to a wide variety of marine life – including species you won’t find in any other American aquarium. From belugas and whale sharks to manta rays and sea turtles, the Georgia Aquarium puts you face-to-face with some of the most stunning sealife on earth.
The World of Coca-Cola
121 Baker St NW
Atlanta, GA
(404) 676-5151
worldofcoca-cola.com
Have you ever wondered how America’s favorite soft drink is made? Pay the World of Coca-Cola a visit and you’ll get to see for yourself! Part musuem, part factory, the World of Coca-Cola celebrates the history of Coke – which was actually invented in the great state of Georgia! No visit is complete without a trip to the tasting room, where you’ll have the opportunity to taste samples of hundreds of Coke products from around the world.
Miscellaneous Destinations On the hunt for groceries or looking for a park to take the kids to for a picnic? Avondale Springs convenient location makes it easy to find whatever you’re looking for. Just minutes from the community you’ll find a Kroger, Family Dollar and Publix, as well as Whittier Mills Park, Chattahoochee Park and Riverside.