Lance Cardoza & Ashley De Young Tour You Through The 2017 St. Jude Dream Home

Haven’t had a chance to tour the 2017 St. Jude Dream Home in Clovis, CA yet? Now you can see the St. Jude Dream Home from the comfort of your home. Click the video below to watch the tour now!

The 2017 St. Jude Dream Home Bonus Prize Deadline ends this Friday, October 20. Call 1-800-543-5887 to reserve your St. Jude Dream Home ticket by Friday and be entered to win a five-night trip for two including airfare, to beautiful Riu Jalisco, courtesy of Apple Vacations.

Don’t miss out on this extra incentive!

Final Open House tours continue this Saturday from 9am-5pm and Sundays from noon-5pm—as a reminder while there you can register FREE to win a $10,000 shopping spree at Mor® Furniture for Less.

SPECIAL EVENT:  If you drop by on Sunday say hello to Kopi and the FOX26 news team who will be hosting a watch party from 1-3 p.m. at the St. Jude Dream Home house.  There will be food, prizes and commemorative shirts for the first to join the fun! 

The winner will be announced on FOX26 on November 5, 2017.

DIRECTIONS:

From Fresno, take Highway 168 to Shaw Avenue. Exit east on E Shaw for 4.8 miles then right/south on N DeWolf Avenue for 0.7 miles.  Turn right/west on Ashcroft Avenue then left/south on Graybark Avenue and left/east on Holland Avenue to 3340 Holland Avenue, Clovis.

Old Town Clovis & De Young Properties Design Home!

Local merchants curated unique finds and one-of-a-kind pieces that are characteristic of Old Town Clovis stores now displayed in the latest De Young Properties model home, including products from Magnolia Home by Joanna Gaines.

De Young Properties and Old Town Clovis Design Home

 

Collectors, decorators, and prospective home buyers alike will love exploring De Young’s newest model and finding inspiration for home décor in the process.

Visit the Old Town Clovis and De Young Properties Design Home Open House this Saturday, October 21 from 1:00pm – 5:00pm. Stop by and tour this fully furnished & decorated Design Home by Old Town Clovis merchants.

De Young Properties and Old Town Clovis Design Home

See the full list of Old Town Merchants who helped decorate the De Young Properties & Old Town Clovis Design Home:
  • The Foundry Collective
  • Brick & Mortar Furniture Décor
  • Cavelle Kids
  • Fifth Street Antiques
  • A Secret Garden
  • Good Ol’ Days Antiques
  • Clovis Floral
  • Gottschalk Music Center
  • Once Upon a Time
  • The Urban Umbrella
Visit the Design Home at Armstrong, south of Gettysburg, 2853 Evergreen, Clovis, CA 93611!

De Young Residence 210i - Tuscan Elevation

The Design Home features 3 bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms, 3 distinctive fireplaces, open air courtyard for indoor outdoor entertaining, a 3-car garage and more on a large corner homesite. You can find photos of the Design Home here on Old Town Clovis’ Pinterest Board.

Local merchants collaborating with local homebuilder to bring world class design to the Central Valley. Come see for yourself by joining us Saturday!

Successful Pre-Grand Opening For De Young EnVision – Largest Grid-Connected Zero Energy Home Community In California

De Young Properties is proud to announce De Young EnVision, the first grid-connected Zero Energy home community in Central California and largest to be developed in the State of California is now selling. Located in the master-planned community of Loma Vista, De Young EnVision will include 36 grid-connected homes, each designed with the potential to produce as much clean energy as they consume in a year*. After a successful Pre-Grand Opening weekend, De Young Properties anticipates this community will sell quickly. For best homesite selection and special introductory pricing, interested homebuyers are encouraged to visit a De Young Welcome Center today.

“The community will be unlike any other in the region,” said Brandon De Young, De Young Properties Executive Vice President. “Its green design and energy efficiency features will enable homeowners to achieve extremely low energy bills, to live more comfortably, and to reduce their carbon footprint.”

“De Young EnVision was intriguing because the Zero Energy design gives my fiancée and I the ability to enjoy the bigger space of our Residence 320 floorplan with minimal energy costs,” said De Young EnVision homebuyer, Richard. He continued, “we see this home as our “forever home” and it gives us comfort and security knowing that we will be living in an extremely energy-efficient home that will be better for the environment and our wallets.”

In order for a home to be labeled Zero Energy, also known in the homebuilding and energy industries as Zero Net Energy, it must be exceptionally energy efficient and designed with the potential to produce as much clean energy as it consumes in a year*.

Each De Young EnVision floorplan is designed as a computer energy model that allows building scientists to optimize home energy consumption and solar production.

The homes use De Young EnergySmart™ features, such as heat pump water heaters that harvest energy by extracting heat from the ambient air around the unit, a performance sealed attic, advanced framed walls, and ample formaldehyde-free insulation with airtight construction, among other energy efficient features.

The homes also include a solar power system designed with the potential to produce enough energy to bring net annual energy consumption to zero. Once an EnVision Zero Energy home is built, it is up to the energy use choices of each homeowner to achieve optimum results. This simple “production and consumption” formula is guided by sophisticated U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and industry-accepted methodology and energy simulation software to predict a home’s annual energy consumption, as well as calculate how much solar must be installed to produce an equivalent amount of clean energy. Homeowner energy consumption practices are also paramount in achieving Zero Energy status as designed by De Young’s building science team.

“De Young EnVision represents the future of homebuilding. When we constructed our first Zero Electric home in 2011, we knew that was just the beginning of our forward-thinking energy vision,” said De Young. “Our goal has always been to build better homes for our homeowners, the community and the environment. With our extensive team of collaborators, the EnVision community has allowed us to reach that goal by building a Zero Energy community with a call-to-action for what California homebuilders can do now to positively impact generations to come.”

De Young EnVision at Loma Vista Infographic

De Young EnVision is amidst Loma Vista’s developing 20-mile network of lush parks, nature trails and tree-lined streets in the Shaw and Highland neighborhood which also boasts beautiful views of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Nearby Pasa Tiempo, Palmina and Los Arbolitos Parks, with additional parks planned for the area, will provide plenty of outdoor fun and activities for the family.

De Young EnVision is located in the highly-acclaimed Sanger Unified School District, providing an opportunity for education excellence. The Clovis Country Shopping Center is just a few minutes away for shopping and daily needs. In addition, Sierra Vista Mall, Clovis Crossing, The Square at Campus Pointe, Old Town Clovis and Wild Water Adventure Park, are a short drive for entertainment and dining options.

Whether for work or play, De Young EnVision’s location provides easy access to Highway 168 for a fast work commute during the week or a weekend family outing. With an easy drive to Pine Flat, Shaver or Huntington lakes, you’ll have the opportunity to create memories to last a lifetime.

EnVision homes will be available in eight floorplans ranging from 1,690 – 3,820 square feet, and prices will start in the $300,000’s. *To learn more about the Zero Energy homes at EnVision, please visit www.deyoungproperties.com/zeroenergy.
The good life meets the green life in this first-of-its-kind community. De Young EnVision at Loma Vista. Renewable. Responsible. Remarkable. The future of homebuilding is here.

Old Town Clovis & De Young Properties Design Home Open House This Saturday!

Local merchants curated unique finds and one-of-a-kind pieces that are characteristic of Old Town Clovis stores now displayed in the latest De Young Properties model home, including products from Magnolia Home by Joanna Gaines.

Old Town Clovis & De Young Properties Open House

Collectors, decorators, and prospective home buyers alike will love exploring De Young’s newest model and finding inspiration for home décor in the process.

Join us for the Old Town Clovis and De Young Properties Design Home Open House this Saturday, September 30, 2017 from 1:00pm – 5:00pm to tour this fully furnished & decorated Design Home by Old Town Clovis merchants.

See the full list of Old Town Merchants who helped decorate the De Young Properties & Old Town Clovis Design Home:
  • The Foundry Collective
  • Brick & Mortar Furniture Décor
  • Cavelle Kids
  • Fifth Street Antiques
  • A Secret Garden
  • Good Ol’ Days Antiques
  • Clovis Floral
  • Gottschalk Music Center
  • Once Upon a Time
  • The Urban Umbrella
Visit the Design Home Open House at Armstrong, south of Gettysburg, 2853 Evergreen, Clovis, CA 93611 this Saturday, September 30th from 1pm – 5pm.

The Design Home features 3 bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms, 3 distinctive fireplaces, open air courtyard for indoor outdoor entertaining, a 3-car garage and more on a large corner homesite. You can find photos of the Design Home here on Old Town Clovis’ Pinterest Board.

Local merchants collaborating with local homebuilder to bring world class design to the Central Valley. Come see for yourself by joining us Saturday!

Join us TOMORROW for the De Young EnVision Pre-Grand Opening Event!

De Young EnVision will hold its Pre-Grand Opening event tomorrow, Saturday, September 23. For best homesite selection and special introductory pricing, interested homebuyers are encouraged to attend the Pre-Grand Opening event at the De Young Armstrong Welcome Center, located at Armstrong south of Gettysburg, tomorrow from 12pm – 5pm. Tomorrow’s event will include fun for the whole family, including live music, fun and games for the kids, refreshments, and so much more!

De Young EnVision at Loma Vista - Central California's First Grid-Connected Zero Energy Community

Homebuyers that purchase at De Young EnVision tomorrow can be eligible for up to $15,820 in financing and ControlSmart personal selections in the De Young Design Studio.
“The community will be unlike any other in the region,” said Brandon De Young, De Young Properties Executive Vice President. “Its green design and energy efficiency measures will enable homeowners to achieve extremely low energy bills, to live more comfortably, and to reduce their carbon footprint.”
In order for a home to be labeled Zero Energy, also known in the homebuilding and energy industries as Zero Net Energy, it must be exceptionally energy efficient and designed with the potential to produce as much clean energy as it consumes in a year.

Each De Young EnVision floorplan is designed as a computer energy model that allows building scientists to optimize home energy consumption and solar production.

The homes use De Young EnergySmart™ features, such as heat pump water heaters that harvest energy by extracting heat from the ambient air around the unit, a performance sealed attic, advanced framed walls, and ample formaldehyde-free insulation with airtight construction, among other energy efficient features.

Wondering what living at De Young EnVision would be like? Watch the video to learn more!

The homes also include a solar power system designed with the potential to produce enough energy to bring net annual energy consumption to zero. Once an EnVision Zero Energy home is built, it is up to the energy use choices of each homeowner to achieve optimum results. This simple “production and consumption” formula is guided by sophisticated U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and industry-accepted methodology and energy simulation software to predict a home’s annual energy consumption, as well as calculate how much solar must be installed to produce an equivalent amount of clean energy. Homeowner energy consumption practices are also paramount in achieving Zero Energy status as designed by De Young’s building science team.

What is a Zero Energy Home? Watch the video to learn more!

“De Young EnVision represents the future of homebuilding. When we constructed our first Zero Electric home in 2011, we knew that was just the beginning of our forward-thinking energy vision,” said De Young. “Our goal has always been to build better homes for our homeowners, the community and the environment. With our extensive team of collaborators, the EnVision community has allowed us to reach that goal by building a Zero Energy community with a call-to-action for what California homebuilders can do now to positively impact generations to come.”

De Young EnVision is amidst Loma Vista’s developing 20-mile network of lush parks, nature trails and tree-lined streets in the Shaw and Highland neighborhood which also boasts beautiful views of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Nearby Pasa Tiempo, Palmina and Los Arbolitos Parks, with additional parks planned for the area, will provide plenty of outdoor fun and activities for the family.

De Young Residence 210

De Young EnVision is located in the highly-acclaimed Sanger Unified School District, providing an opportunity for education excellence. The Clovis Country Shopping Center is just a few minutes away for shopping and daily needs. In addition, Sierra Vista Mall, Clovis Crossing, The Square at Campus Pointe, Old Town Clovis and Wild Water Adventure Park, are a short drive for entertainment and dining options.

Whether for work or play, De Young EnVision’s location provides easy access to Highway 168 for a fast work commute during the week or a weekend family outing. With an easy drive to Pine Flat, Shaver or Huntington lakes, you’ll have the opportunity to create memories to last a lifetime.

De Young Residence 210

EnVision homes will be available in eight floorplans ranging from 1,690 – 3,820 square feet, and prices will start in the $300,000’s. To learn more about the Zero Energy homes at EnVision, please visit www.deyoungproperties.com/zeroenergy.
The good life meets the green life in this first-of-its-kind community. De Young EnVision at Loma Vista. Renewable. Responsible. Remarkable. The future of homebuilding is here.

JUST ANNOUNCED: De Young Properties Unveils Largest Grid-Connected, Zero Energy Home Community in California

JUST ANNOUNCED: De Young Properties Unveils Largest Grid-Connected, Zero Energy Home Community in California

De Young Properties, Electric Power Research Institute, Pacific Gas and Electric Company and BIRAenergy collaborate on R&D for the community

A collaboration led by De Young Properties, and including the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E), and BIRAenergy, just announced De Young EnVision, the first Zero Energy Home Community in Central California and the largest to be developed in the State. Located in Clovis, De Young EnVision will include 36 grid-connected homes designed with the potential to produce as much clean energy as they consume in a year.
EnVision Press Conference - Central California's First Zero Energy Home Community

“The community will be unlike any other in the region,” said Brandon De Young, De Young Properties Executive Vice President and President of De Young Mortgage. “Its green design and energy efficiency measures will enable homeowners to achieve extremely low energy bills, to live more comfortably, and to reduce their carbon footprint.”

EnVision Press Conference - Central California's First Zero Energy Home Community

About The Homes

In order for a home to be labeled Zero Energy, also known in the homebuilding and energy industries as Zero Net Energy, it must be exceptionally energy efficient and designed with the potential to produce as much clean energy as it consumes in a year.
Each De Young EnVision floorplan is designed as a computer energy model that allows building scientists to optimize home energy consumption and solar production.

De Young EnVision at Loma Vista Infographic

The homes use De Young EnergySmart features, such as heat pump water heaters that harvest energy by extracting heat from the ambient air around the unit, a performance sealed attic, advanced framed walls, and ample formaldehyde-free insulation with airtight construction, among other energy efficient features.

The homes also include a solar power system designed with the potential to produce enough energy to bring net annual energy consumption to zero. Once an EnVision Zero Energy home is built, it is up to the energy use choices of each homeowner to achieve optimum results. This simple “production and consumption” formula is guided by sophisticated U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and industry-accepted methodology and energy simulation software to predict a home’s annual energy consumption as well as, calculate how much solar must be installed to produce an equivalent amount of clean energy. Homeowner energy consumption practices are also paramount in achieving Zero Energy status as designed by De Young’s building science team.

De Young EnVision’s 36 Zero Energy homes will be located within the greater 3,300-acre master planned community of Loma Vista in Clovis. EnVision homes will be available in eight floorplans ranging from 1,690 – 3,820 square-feet, and prices will start in the $300,000’s.  Homes will be available for purchase at a Pre-Grand Opening event at De Young’s Armstrong Welcome Center located on Armstrong, south of Gettysburg in Clovis on Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017. The first homes in this community are scheduled to be completed by the second quarter of 2018.

About The Research

Over the next several years, De Young Properties and EPRI researchers will monitor energy usage and solar production, among other performance attributes, of the EnVision homes to learn how they can continue to improve Zero Energy home design.

EnVision Press Conference - Central California's First Zero Energy Home Community

“We are at the precipice of realizing the benefits of a fully electrified, optimally integrated and smart home,” said Ram Narayanamurthy, EPRI principal program manager. “Customers benefit from more choice, optimized energy costs, and increased satisfaction and control.”

The findings will further inform utilities and other development stakeholders how to more seamlessly integrate these types of homes into the electric grid.

“We aim to achieve an improved understanding of the economic and technical feasibility of developing more communities of this type,” continued Narayanamurthy.

Narayanamurthy added that these homes will help achieve the goal of the California Long Term Energy Efficiency Strategic Plan, which is for all new homes to be Zero Energy.

About The Event

The event included a panel discussion that was held in Clovis, Calif., amidst an audience of the California Energy Commission (CEC), the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), and collaborating organizations, in addition to regional and local political leaders and other invited guests.
De Young Properties, a guest speaker, and project collaboration panelists addressed how De Young EnVision homes’ advanced building science and technology design will far exceed California’s current and future energy efficiency building standards and will serve as a model for future Zero Energy homebuilding.

EnVision Press Conference - Central California's First Zero Energy Home Community

Guest speaker Martha Brook, Advisor to CEC Commissioner McAllister, provided insight on what the future holds for clean energy in California and the importance of communities like De Young EnVision. The panel of distinguished energy efficiency experts was moderated by De Young, and included: Narayanamuthy; Peter Turnbull, PG&E’s zero net energy program manager; Aaron Gillmore, Tesla’s Director of Military and Builder Sales; and Dr. Rob Hammon, founder and president of BIRAenergy as panelists.

“De Young Properties saw the future for California and embraced it. They worked with industry and technical experts to demonstrate that the State’s clean energy goals are not just attainable, but also practical and affordable,” said Martha Brook, advisor to CEC Commissioner McAllister. “With EnVision, they are not just a state leader in implementing California’s clean energy policies, but will be a model for the world by providing beautiful homes with small carbon footprints.”

Contributing to the Community

Understanding energy efficiency is the responsibility of all California homebuilders and homeowners, that is why the De Young Properties family also presented a $5,000 check to Fresno State’s Construction Management Department Chair, Brad Hyatt, at the conclusion of the event. The money will contribute to programs to help educate the next generation of sustainable homebuilders.

EnVision Press Conference - Central California's First Zero Energy Home Community - Presenting a $5,000 Donation to Fresno State Lyles College of Engineering

De Young Properties encouraged others to invest not only in energy efficiency, but also in educational programs, like Fresno State’s, where engineering research and development is being studied to maximize energy efficient homebuilding for tomorrow’s homebuilders.

EnVision Press Conference - Central California's First Zero Energy Home Community

“De Young EnVision represents the future of homebuilding. When we constructed our first Zero Electric home in 2011, we knew that was just the beginning of our forward-thinking energy vision,” said De Young. “Our goal has always been to build better homes for our homeowners, the community and the environment. With our extensive team of collaborators, the EnVision community has allowed us to reach that goal by building a Zero Energy community with a call-to-action for what California homebuilders can do now to positively impact generations to come.”

EnVision Press Conference - Central California's First Zero Energy Home Community

To learn more about De Young EnVision, visit a De Young Welcome Center today.

Author: Brandon De Young

Brandon & Ashley De Young talk about De Young EnVision, Major Announcement Coming August 29, 2017!

 

Brandon & Ashley De Young talk about De Young EnVision, Major Announcement Coming August 29, 2017!

We have a secret that we’re dying to tell you! Tune in to learn more or join the VIP List at deyoungproperties.com/envision today!

Join us LIVE on our Facebook Page this Tuesday, August 29 at 10:00am for a MAJOR announcement about our newest Clovis community, De Young EnVision at Loma Vista!

#DeYoungEnVision #TheFutureOfHomebuilding

 

Beat the Heat: Tips to Save on Utilities this Summer

The Central Valley heat is here. If you live in a De Young SmartHome, you are enjoying the control, convenience, comfort and efficiency that’s built into each and every home and the heat might not be noticeable. If you don’t live in a De Young SmartHome, don’t sweat it (see what we did there?), here are a few tips to beat the heat and save on your utility bills this summer.

1. Close Your Blinds

As simple as it may seem, closing your blinds will help keep the cool air in and the hot sun out. For those of you who enjoy natural light, pick a select few to keep open but try to avoid western-facing windows.

2. Be AC Smart

Summer time means summer activities and being out of the house. If you own a two story home and no one is frequenting the upstairs, turn the AC off. When you return home, turn the AC on once you go back upstairs. There’s no reason to have the AC on if no one is benefiting from it! Also as a general rule, keep the thermostat at a reasonable temperature. If it’s getting warm, turn on a fan or eat a popsicle. ‘Tis summer season!

3. Take Advantage of Summer Nights

Here in Fresno and Clovis, we are lucky to have cool summer nights. Once the sun goes down, the temperature drops and the air can feel quite refreshing. Take advantage of the cool air and open your windows at night. This way, cool air can come in and keep your home cooler longer into the morning. Now, you don’t have to turn on the AC until later in the day! When you wake up in the morning, just remember to close the windows before the temperature start rising.

4. Shut the Door Behind You

With kids running in and out of the house, the door is sometimes forgotten. Remind the youngsters to close the door behind them. You can also use this tip when bringing groceries in from the car. It may be less convenient to close it each time you come in and out, but you will appreciate it later!

5. Hang Dry

Take advantage of the dry spell and install an outdoor clothesline to hang your laundry in the summer sun. This will save you money on electricity by skipping the dryer and give your sheets a nice outdoor smell. It’s a win-win!

6. Hit the Lights

When you aren’t in a room, be sure to turn the lights off. This will not only help with saving electricity, but it will also keep the room cooler. You’d be amazed at how much heat lights can put out!

 

7. Fans! Fans! Fans!

That’s right; fans are a great alternative to air-conditioning. Plus, it’s cheaper! Throw on the ceiling fans and get a couple portable fans and you’re good to go.

8. Disconnect unused appliances

Though you may not be using the appliance, electricity is still being consumed because it’s plugged in. If you have a coffee maker or other appliances that don’t have to be plugged in 24/7, unplug it!

9. Use Sprinklers Sparingly

Fresno and Clovis homes are asked to run on a sprinkler schedule in order to help save water during the summer months. Not only does this benefit the city, but it benefits your water consumption! Follow the schedule of even-numbered homes on Wednesdays, Fridays and/or Sundays, and odd-numbered homes on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and/or Saturdays.

10. Turn Off the Hose

Kids love running through the large sprinklers attached to the hose, or just spraying each other with the hose! Be sure to remind your kids to turn off the hose when they are no longer using it.

11. Avoid Running Water

During the summer, it doesn’t take the water heater very long to warm up. This means your shower will be hot in no time! Do your best to not let the water run for too long before getting into the shower, while washing dishes, or when you brush your teeth. These small habits will make a positive impact on your water usage.

12. For Pool Owners

Pools are, hands down, used most during the summer. With use comes the necessity to run the cleaner. Do yourself a favor and set the pool sweep to run on a scheduled time each day. This way you know that your pool is getting cleaned and you don’t accidentally run the pool sweep and use the water pump more than once a day.

 

With these tips, you are now ready to conquer the heat and save on your utilities.

To learn more about the advanced building science and technology built into every De Young SmartHome, visit a De Young Welcome Center today!

6 Redecorating Tips To Consider For A Kid-Friendly Home

De Young Residence 350 Bedroom 2
As the kids are heading back to school, you can now sit back and reflect of all of the fun you had at home this past summer. Your days were full of laughter, activities, maybe a spill or two on the couch but worth every memory.  Now that your house will go back to having quiet days, you might consider doing a few home decorating updates – while still being kid-friendly.

1. Double Duty

While you are furniture shopping, look for pieces that can be used in more than one way. For instance, ottomans with storage inside, side tables and beds with drawers for storage are all great duel-purpose furniture pieces. This way you can combat the overflow of kid’s toys and excessive amount of blankets lying around, which can turn into tripping hazards.

De Young Residence 240 Family Room

 2. Not Too Leggy

At some point in the day, the kids are running around the house. Avoid the possibility of furniture being knocked over by purchasing pieces that are heavier and low to the ground, with small legs. Pieces with long legs are easier to tip over and can fall on a child. This will also help with avoiding stubbed toes. Those are never fun!

 

De Young Residence 320

3. Stain Free

When selecting your new couch, choose fabrics that are easy to remove stains from. Whether its juice, crayons, markers, dirt, or something else, things are bound to spill or leave a mark. Linen fabric works well to resist stains, along with leather, ultra-suede and performance velvet.

De Young Residence 240 Bedroom

 4. Safe Accessories

No matter how many times we remind our kids not to throw things in the house, it can still happen. For living areas that are used more frequently or where there might be a flying Frisbee, choose accessories that aren’t breakable and are safe for small children to grab. Move all of your fragile accessories to rooms that the children don’t frequent as much, such as your bedroom or the office.

De Young Properties and Old Town Clovis Design Home

5. Slip and Slide

For those of you who have wood floors or tile, choose rugs that are heavier or have a good underside grip. This will keep your kids from slipping on the rugs when they come running through the house during a game of tag. Also choose rugs that are forgiving and easy to clean. Avoid silks and viscose, and go for the Persian and natural fiber rugs.

De Young Residence 350 Bedroom 4

6. Safety checks

While you are redecorating, you can also use this time for organization. Check that the smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors are working properly and make sure all medications and any house cleaners are stored properly and out of reach for children.

 

We hope that you have fun redecorating and organizing during the day and enjoy playing Frisbee (outside) with the kids in the evenings.

 

Author: Ashley De Young

Summertime Maintenance–Prepping for Fall

We are all familiar with spring cleaning, but have you heard of summer cleaning? With the heat on its way and our summer days winding down, there is a whole list of projects that you can do to better prep your home before fall is here.

1. Have a clear view

Kids love to play outside during the summer. Take an afternoon to clean your windows so you can keep an eye on the little ones and have a great view of the bright summer colors. Make it a fun activity with your children and keeping each other cool during the process with the bucket of water. Who doesn’t love to play with water in the summer heat?

 

2. Keep the dust away

Avoid spreading dust throughout the home by cleaning your vents and fans. Here are a couple key areas to consider –

  • One appliance that becomes especially dusty is the ceiling fan blades. Attach a dryer sheet to a paint roller with rubber bands to roll the dust away!

 

  • You might not notice the bathroom vents but they are there and buildup can make them noisy and inefficient. Be sure to clean these to avoid the possibility of getting mold in the bathroom! If you are able to remove the vent screen, take down, vacuum, rinse and replace. If you are unable to remove, take a handheld vacuum up to the vent and remove any dust.

3. Outside tune ups

Take a look around your backyard and see what needs a little extra work.

  • You may be interested in barbecuing this summer, so cleaning your outdoor cooker would be recommended.

 

  • If you have a wood deck in your backyard, do a quick inspection to make sure there aren’t any loose boards or nails sticking up. It’s never pleasant stepping on a nail! Also check if your deck needs to be resealed. Pour water on the boards and if the water beads up, you’re good to go. If it soaks in, it’s time to reseal.

 

  • For those of you with porches, take some time to sweep and then mop with all-purpose cleaner. Every porch deserves a little polish!

De Young Residence 320

4. Time for a check-up

Over time, some household appliances need to be checked to make sure they are working properly.

  • Starting inside, check your smoke detectors to make sure that they are still functioning correctly. It may be time to switch the batteries out.

 

  • Check the bathroom walls around the bath and shower for mold. Sometimes hot winter showers can create moisture build-up in the walls, creating mold. Also check the sinks for any dripping from the head and from underneath.

 

  • Head out into the halls and inspect the vent filters. You want your AC to work to its fullest potential and clean vent filters will help! It is recommended for these to be replaced every 3 months.

 

  • Check your hoses and exterior faucets for leaks. Even a small, slow drip can add up to a big waste of water.

2016 St Jude Dream Home

Utilize these tips to get your home summer ready. With a more clean and efficient home, you will be able to enjoy the last month of summer knowing that your home is in tip-top shape!

Author: Ashley De Young