Fall is in full swing and winter will be here before you know it. Now is the time to get your home winter-ready for the cold months ahead.
Here are our tips on how to prep your home for the upcoming winter months:
Ensure Proper Home Ventilation
During the winter when doors and windows remain shut most of the time, your home needs regular ventilation. Make sure to turn on your bathroom fans during showers and continue to run them up to 25 minutes after. Turn your kitchen hood fan on when you're cooking at the stove. Many people don't regularly use these fans in their homes, but they can help your home to be well ventilated, which in turn increases energy efficiency and safety.
Keep Sidewalks and Driveways Clear
Never let snow and ice build up on your outdoor concrete surfaces. In some maintenance included homes, snow and ice removal are included, but if your home doesn't include this, make sure to regularly remove snow and ice.
Maintain Your Fireplace
A burning fire is so comforting and cozy on chilly nights. Make sure your fire is safe and healthy by scheduling a chimney sweep to clean and inspect your fireplace before using it for the cold months. If you have a gas fireplace, clean the glass according to manufacturers instructions.
Drywall and paint cracks.
CGo through your home and caulk and paint any areas that have sustained minor cracks due to changes in temperature. When summer turns to winter, large temperature fluctuations can cause small cracks in drywall.
Its finally summer in the Cleveland area and time to get out into nature! You can find urban vitality and stunning natural beauty within arm’s reach from homes in Cleveland and the surrounding areas. One of the particular jewels of this area is the availability of the Cleveland Metroparks, also known as the Emerald Necklace. And summer is the PERFECT time to take advantage of this natural beauty!
If you're not familiar with it, the so-called "Emerald Necklace" is a system of green area that circles around the Cleveland area like a “necklace” encompasses over 21,000 acres of trails, picnic spots, rivers, streams and natural education centers. The Emerald Necklace gives Clevelanders plenty of space for summer recreation like biking, walking, horseback riding and fishing.
For outdoor enthusiasts, to be able to live and play in this park area is a dream come true. Parkview Homes is building nearby in The Woodlands and will soon be building in the Preserve at Parkside – both in close proximity to the Emerald Necklace. These communities contain estate style homes in Brecksville with large square footage, beautiful nature views and large homesites.
The Woodlands of Brecksville and the Preserve at Parkside are situated in the perfect spot to enjoy the Emerald Necklace. You can view the park area from many homesites and it is an easy bike or car ride to the trails. So if you love nature, these Brecksville homes are an excellent place for you to live.
These new homes in Brecksville range from 4,235 square feet to upwards of 5,660 square feet and can be built on lots going up to an acre. All homes are fully customizable and come with lots of included upgrades like granite countertops, hardwood flooring, stainless steel appliances and 3-car garages.
Homes in The Woodlands and The Preserve start with a base price in the $500,000’s. On your next trip out to the Emerald Necklace parks, visit our model at 10,212 Woodlands Drive in Brecksville and see what Emerald Necklace living is like!
When you’re in the market for a new home in Cleveland, you have lots of options. Whether you are looking at existing homes on the market, inventory homes from builders or new homes built to your personalized style, they all come with pros and cons.
The appeal of a new construction home is pretty convincing on the surface, but the more you look at the facts for long-term living, a new construction home even further outshines the option of an existing home for many reasons.
One of the biggest pluses for a new construction home is that when you consider the total cost of ownership, you often come out ahead. With an existing home, you will incur costs to repair and renovate over time, even if the home is in good condition when you purchase. Problems like roof repairs, HVAC repairs and issues such as termites or other pests can cost quite a bit to solve.
When you purchase a new home, you have the benefit of a warranty period and customer service, so if something goes wrong, there is someone available to help. Not so with an existing home where shortly after you close, any new problems are all yours to fix. At Parkview Homes, you have a warranty to cover issues that arise.
Add to that the fact that a new construction home typically costs much less to heat and cool. Advancements have occurred in the past few years with insulation, HVAC systems, windows, hot water heaters – you name it. These improved systems make a new home that much more cost efficient and pleasant for your life.
And of course, new construction is, well, new. A new home is fresh, clean and ready for you to make it all your own. Walking into a new home is much like getting into a new car; it even has a “new home smell” of cut timber and fresh paint. You can’t put a price on the newness factor, but it certainly is a big advantage.
Start your new home discovery today by exploring our communities.
For many families, living in a highly rated school district is the number one consideration when buying a new home. Even if your children are not yet old enough for school, you’ve probably given a lot of thought to their education and want to provide the best opportunity possible. The location of your home plays a big part in where your children will attend school, so opting to buy in a highly rated school district is pretty important.
If you are looking for a new home in Cleveland, Brecksville stands out like a shining star when it comes to highly rated schools. Great Schools (http://www.greatschools.org/ohio/brecksville/) rates the Brecksville school district as a 10 out of 10 and it is an A-Grade district according to Niche (https://www.niche.com/k12/d/brecksville-broadview-heights-city-school-district-oh/)
The Woodlands community offers many new homes in Brecksville that are perfect for your growing family and located in one of the best school districts around. Parkview Homes has several custom home plans to choose from, or if you want a fully custom home, you can build from the ground up – truly your home, your way. And if you’re looking to move quickly to get your family settled before the school year begins, there are some Quick Move In homes available too. When you live in The Woodlands, you are living in one of the best school districts in Ohio.
Not only does the Brecksville school district have a great rating for the Cleveland area, but it ranks 8th in the entire state of Ohio for state report cards and met 29 of 29 state standards with A’s in achievement and overall value-added for students. (http://www.cleveland.com/brecksville/index.ssf/2016/09/brecksville-broadview_heights_370.html)
So if you have little ones and school districts are a factor in buying your new house, Brecksville is an excellent choice. The Woodlands of Brecksville gives you access to terrific schools and the ability to fully customize your home with Parkview Homes for your family’s specific needs. Visit today and find out how your family can make The Woodlands home in time for the school year.
For many, the American Dream represents having a large home, with plenty of space for a growing family and entertaining guests. But if you’ve already had the experience of owning a large home and your children have grown up and moved out, you may be reconsidering all that space and thinking of simplifying your life with a smaller, more manageable new home. After years of owning a large home, downsizing your square footage or “rightsizing” can be a welcome change that allows you to cut your living expenses.
One of the clear choices for rightsizing is a maintenance-included villa home. These new homes are anywhere from 1,500 to 4,000 square feet with most below 2,000 square feet with 2-3 bedrooms. Villas are cleverly designed for maximizing space and storage with many featuring open floor plans. Limited maintenance means that you will no longer be responsible for lawn service or snow removal – a welcome change if you’ve had to shovel your driveway for the past 20 years.
These homes are also a great option if you plan to spend time traveling in the near future; if you want to become a snowbird or if you’d like to finally go on those big trips you’ve always dreamed of taking. With a maintenance included home you never have to worry about your lawn growing out of control while you’re away.
Most villas on the market are set floorplans, but custom home builder, Parkview Homes, builds new villa homes that you can fully customize from top to bottom and even down to architectural changes. You can have your villa home, your way. So, you don’t have to sacrifice your personal style when you rightsize into a villa. Parkview also offers 1st floor master suites and the ability to have a walk-out lower level or deck to increase your living space. The conscious choice to design plans with lots of windows makes our villas feel more open and airy.
Ready to put away the lawnmower and snow shovel? Want to reduce your living expenses? Or are you just ready for a fresh start in a new space? There are several villas communities available from Parkview Homes: Siedel’s Landing in Strongsville, Stonebridge Crossing in Stow, The Arbors at Bridgewater Crossing in Brunswick Hills or Camden Villas at High Point in Strongsville. Many communities even have Quick Delivery Villa Homes available for immediate move-in. Whatever the reason you’re thinking about rightsizing, come visit our communities and discover the possibilities.