Resale vs. New Home

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Top Reasons why a New Home is a Better Choice than a Resale

When shopping for a new house, there are many things that need to be considered before you buy. One of the biggest decisions you will make on that adventure is whether you’d like to build a new home, or purchase a resale home. The buying process can be time consuming whether you are trying to find a resale home that is perfect for you, or whether you are working with builders to make your brand new home exactly the way you want it. Why spend all that time looking for something to settle on, when you could have a home specifically designed for you?

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1. Customizability

When you decide to have your home built, you have many choices available to you. You get to choose everything from the layout to the shade of carpet. If you want vaulted ceilings, they can be built in. A jacuzzi in the master bath? No problem. When looking at resale houses, what you see is what you get. Many things cannot be changed about a resale house, for instance, there is no way to rebuild a resale to have vaulted ceilings.

2. Energy Efficiency

Standards for building homes are revised on a regular basis, and become more stringent for builders. Homes built today are required to have a much more sound structure, better insulation, and higher quality windows than homes built several years ago. As these requirements become more strict, the energy efficiency of a house increases. A house built ten years ago will have higher utility bills than a house of the exact same size built today.


When you purchase a resale home items such as your appliances, the roof, the siding, and the air conditioning system are used. This means that they most likely no longer are under warranty. All of these things, and sometimes more, come with warranties when they are brand new. When you buy a new house, everything comes with a warranty that will most likely last several years, and usually extended warranties are available. This gives you the peace of mind that the first few years of owning your new house, you will have virtually no repair or replacement costs.

4. Low Maintenance

Every house has some maintenance associated with it. Mowing the grass, cleaning the gutters and windows, washing the floors and vacuuming the carpet are things that all homeowners are responsible for. However, older homes can come with additional repairs to more critical aspects of the house such as plumbing or heating and cooling. With a new house, those warranties that are mentioned above should cover any major repairs you may need. No need to worry about any kind of massive do-it-yourself projects, that is, of course, unless you want to embark on that adventure.

Purchasing a house is a major decision, and it is important that you look at all of your options. A new house may very well save you time and money in the long run, not to mention you’ll get that “New House Feeling” in your own personal home that you had a hand in making.

What Your Decorating Choices Say About You

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Design Choices

Many people do not realize that the furniture and accessories they choose for their homes tell more about the person they are than almost anything else. From observing these choices, outsiders can learn if a person is somewhat eclectic and creative or if he or she prefers simple, minimally decorated environments, as well as a generally drama-free lifestyle. Some people choose glamorous, high-end pieces to give the impression they are successful and worthy of the admiration of friends and family, while others prefer clean, sophisticated décor to create a truly comfortable retreat.

Craving Intimacy

People with highly stressful jobs often crave an intimate space at home where they are able to relax and regroup before putting their nose to the grindstone again. Oftentimes, and usually subconsciously, these people will select yellows and oranges for their living spaces. These colors not only welcome them home but can also quickly make them feel more cheerful, all the while nurturing their emotional wellbeing. Even though experts say these colors make rooms feel less spacious, they only add to a fuller feeling of intimacy.

Another form of solace in the midst of a busy, chaotic world comes through soft pastel hues from pale greens and blues to lavenders and medium blues. These colors reflect tranquility and make any room a restful haven from the pressures of daily life. Because these colors are truly easier for the eyes to bear, they can be instantly calming. Psychologists and other experts believe people who prefer soft blue hues tend to be introverted and prefer spending time alone rather than hanging out in a crowd.

Stimulation Central

Creative extroverts who tend to thrive in highly stimulating environments are often attracted to jewel tones such as amethyst, topaz, ruby, emerald, or sapphire. These sharp, brilliant colors are known to spark interest and inspiration, particularly for the outgoing, artsy types such as artists or writers. Some people choose these colors only for coordinating accessories, and even limited amounts of these pleasurable pops of color still present an element of inspiration.

Neutral and Neat

People who are described as practical or responsible are often those whose homes are based in neutral grays, tans, and beiges. These people prefer not only an even-keeled lifestyle but a smart, sensible home environment. They will often select specific brightly-colored objects as accessories rather than splashing their walls with unexpected color.

The psychological relationship between colors and the brain is so crucial that advertisers and marketers routinely select colors that elicit desired responses from potential customers. For example, a marketer may choose blues to dominate a commercial designed to make the customer feel their company is the smartest, most trustworthy choice. This is why many insurance and health care companies often choose blue hues for the backdrops of their commercials.

Remember, the next time you head to the store for a gallon or two of paint or to purchase a new sofa, keep in mind that the colors you select will likely tell the world more about you than you thought you were revealing.

Unique & Fun Home Purchases to Get You Thinking Spring and Summer

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The early months of 2014 have brought some unusual weather for the southern portion of the United States, and Mother Nature doesn’t seem to be finished quite yet. If the weather is not desirable at the moment, why not shop for some leisurely and luxurious items for when the weather perks up? Here are a few ideas to get you started:

Fishing for Fun

One of the most serene, low-maintenance home trends is the backyard fish pond. One choice is the Koolscapes 270-gallon pond kit. This pond is inexpensive and fish-friendly, not to mention a perfect way to add a unique touch to your backyard. Many people also choose to add a waterfall to enhance interest in their addition. The sound of trickling water can prove relaxing while lounging in the Adirondack chair on a weekend afternoon.

Hot Tub, Anyone?

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Everyone loves hot tubs, and the nice thing about them is that they can bring relaxation and enjoyment year-round. One exceptional choice is AquaRest’s four-person, 11-jet spa with heater. If the unusual weather of this unexpected winter has brought some annoying aches and pains, this hot tub provides the perfect prescription of hydrotherapy and relaxation. Why not go all out and build a pavilion so you can enjoy the warmth and solace in any weather?

If you need a warm-up after drying off from the hot tub, the Heatwave Santa Fe Infrared Three-Person Carbon Sauna is a great choice. This sauna is designed to fit conveniently in a corner area and provides the rejuvenation and healing of dry heat.

Fun for the Whole Family

If the kids have felt cooped up this winter, sports always bring the family together while allowing everyone to work out the stress of the season. One choice is the all-American game of baseball by way of an at-home batting cage. A perfect choice is the Xtender Batting Cage, available in a variety of sizes. Take turns hitting balls with the family without anyone breaking a window.

If soccer or field hockey fits your family’s style better, try out a pair of Franklin Sports Competition Soccer Goals for a game right in your backyard. Run up and down the field with the kids, not only trying to make the next goal but enjoying time well-spent with your favorite people. Other parents prefer to simply watch their children play while they sip a cool drink from the patio. For small children, a fun-filled purchase is the Banzai Ships Ahoy Ship Pool. This pool offers your children hours of endless play aboard their very own pirate ship.

Backyard Grub and Pub


The party is on when you set up your own backyard bar and grill this spring or summer. Grill up your favorite steaks, chicken, or ribs on a Char-Broil Red Three-Burner Gas Infrared Grill if you prefer gas grilling or the Chargriller 1224 Smokin’ Pro Charcoal Grill and Smoker if you prefer charcoal. For those who prefer pizza over a meat entrée, there’s the Rustic Natural Cedar Furniture Plain-Front Wood-Fired Oven, which boasts the ability to bake up your favorite pizza in two minutes right in your own backyard! Then serve up your grub and favorite drinks on the Atlantic Monza Five-Piece Rectangle High Patio Dining Set.

Hopefully, this list has helped inspire an even longer wish list for your home and backyard this spring and summer. Whatever purchase choices you make, be sure to settle on ones that will not only create fun and add interest to your home but also enhance the time you spend.

Fun Ways to Add Some Spring to Your Home

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After the dingy, dreary days of winter, it’s time to put some pop and pizazz in your home! What better way to add some flare than to experiment with colors and patterns? Cool citrus tones wake up any home after the hibernation of winter.

Citrusy Sensations

Swap your earth tone pillows for a pair of Rizzy Home 18-inch-by-18-inch green and yellow woven pillows. They are fun and add much-needed brightness to any room. Plus, they come at a low cost; simply swap them with your old ones, if you desire, to ease into brighter, potentially unfamiliar territory.

Home Decorators Collection Loft Orange Patterned

Spring nights can be a bit nippy, so drape a green and ivory Taryn throw over your sofa or favorite chair for easy grabbing in a pinch. While you’re warming up on a chilly night, you will update your room décor with the soft, cool shades of spring.

Pop some small green leaves in an Orange Nugget Bud Vase and drink up the juicy results. For a larger impact and to mix sunny orange with a fun pattern, switch out a pair of side tables for the Home Decorators Collection Loft Orange Patterned Nesting Tables. Complement those with a white lamp to fully maximize the punch potential. This Ripley White Table Lamp is a funky, fashionable choice.

Texture Trends

This spring, some fun textures are hot and trending. Two of the most exciting are fringe and feathers. For a warm, solid rug with funky leather fringes, look no further than the Brown Leather Shag Rug from World Market. This rug is available in different sizes and provides the perfect floor cover for any room. An even funkier, festive option is the Confetti Shag Rug from Sky Iris. This rug is a 4-foot-by-6-foot rainbow of color, ready and waiting to bring light to any dark room in need of some spring punch.

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Invite a majestic, picturesque peacock to take up residence with the Allstate 22-inch Regal Peacock Open-Tailed Natural Feather Peacock Figurine. This vibrant bird adds not only a pop of blissful blue but the fascinating texture of feathers.

A somewhat bolder, unique option is the Lumisource Feather Audubon Floor Lamp, bringing bold, stark white into your home while keeping with this funky trend. Some designers are suggesting a black-and-white color scheme for spring, and this lamp is a fun way to play with that idea.

If you are hesitant to bring actual feathers into your decorating scheme, bring in a few feathered friends instead. One option is a Feathered Friends Stained Glass panel from Signals Catalog, which allows you to combine the fun and beauty of spring birds into your home without any hassles. Hang this in your window and enjoy the kaleidoscope of colors reflecting in the spring sunshine. Another feathered choice is the Toscano Peacock Feathers Stained Glass Lamp. This Tiffany-style lamp lights up any room with a masterpiece of peacock feather design.

Geometric Patterns with Punch

eometric patterns punch through all decorating barriers, adding interest and depth to any room in your home. Cover a pair of throw pillows you already have with an 18-inch Exotic Geometric Pattern Cotton/Linen Decorative Pillow Cover, available in a wide variety of colors. This is an inexpensive option from Light in the Box and is a perfect way to test the waters of this trend.

Exotic Geometric Pattern Pillow

If you are ready to take the plunge with a bolder statement, consider the Homelegance Lifestyle Armless Lounge Chair with a blue geometric pattern. This chair, or a pair of these chairs, announces to the world that you are not only ready for a classy, elegant spring but ready to try something totally different.

No matter what color palette or design scheme you choose this spring, make sure you have fun giving your home design a new birth. After all, that is what spring is all about!