New Years Resolutions for Your Home

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Each New Year we promise to eat better, work out, save money and spend more quality time with the people who mean the most to us but what about your home? Here are some ways to make your home in Chesterfield, VA more beautiful, organized, clean and green in this New Year!

Clear the clutter!

This is the time to streamline! Every year we acquire more and more stuff. Purge those cabinets and drawers that seem to get packed with unused items. Resolve to clear each room in your house of things that you no longer use.

Safe and sound

Your home is beautiful, but is it safe? Every homeowner should do a few things to avoid any potential health hazards or risk of fire.

First, check your home for radon, a colorless, odorless gas that can cause lung cancer from the radioactive particles it traps in your lungs as you breathe, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. You can purchase a kit at your local hardware store for around $20.

Second, invest in a $40 Carbon monoxide detector. Install the detectors on every floor along with your fire detectors. When a chimney flue or furnace vent gets blocked or leaks, carbon monoxide could back up in your house.

Third, check your dryer for lint. You may clean the little trap inside the door, but most people neglect to clean the vents and ducts behind the dryer. Lint seems innocent, but it’s highly combustible, according to the U.S. Fire Administration, accounting for more than 15,000 building fires a year.

Go Green and shrink your bills

You don’t have to add solar panels to your home in Chesterfield, VA to go green or drive a hybrid. You can start with the little things like:

  • Turn off the lights when you leave a room
  • Turn off your air conditioner when you leave the house as well as turn your heater down to 55 degrees at night.
  • Use compact fluorescent bulbs
  • Install low-flow showerheads
  • Turn off your power strips
  • Keep your house clean

Create a weekly cleaning schedule for your home to keep it clean and tidy without it feeling overwhelming. Here are a few tips for controlling the mess and clutter.

Daily:

  • Put your dishes in the dishwasher every evening
  • Put dirty clothes in the hamper and not the floor
  • Hang jackets and clean clothing

Weekly

  • Wipe down fingerprints on cabinets, counters, mirrors and appliances
  • Sweep and mop
  • Vacuum, dust, and change bed linens
  • Clean the bathrooms
  • Empty all trash can

Keep all of your cleaners and cleaning items in a portable carryall that you can move from room to room.

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Tips On How to Prepare Your Home to Sell in the Winter Months

westerleigh-new-home-kn=tWinter is here and it can present some challenges if you are thinking about putting your home for sale in Chesterfield. There are steps you can take to make your home showing pleasant one.

Clear the Walk Way

  • Shovel your sidewalk and/or a path through the snow.
  • Sprinkle a layer of sand over the sidewalk and steps.
  • Put a rubber mat by the front door and a container to hold wet umbrellas and shoes for rain.

Brighten Your Home

  • Push back the drapes and keep the blinds partially closed if the outdoor scenery is not pleasing otherwise open them up.
  • Turn on all of your lights including your appliances and closets.
  • Turn off TV’s and computers.
  • Make Your House Shine:
    • Wash windows
    • Clean out cobwebs.
    • Bleach dingy grout or if necessary, re-caulk tubs, showers and sinks.
    • Polish chrome faucets and mirrors.
    • Clean out the refrigerator.
    • If you have carpet, vacuum daily.
    • Wash and wax floors.
    • Dust furniture, ceiling fan blades and light fixtures.
    • Empty trash and recycling bins.

Warm and Cozy!

  • Turn up the thermostat. Heat your home one to two degrees warmer than usual, then set the temp back to normal. This will keep the heat from coming on when the buyer is in your home.
  • Have throws on the couch or in a basket by the couch.

Create the Environment

  • Many people are sensitive or even allergic to smells so go easy on the plug-in’s and sprays.
  • Turn on soft music. (Classical or jazz)
  • Display photographs showcasing your summer flower gardens and lush green lawns.

Give the Details

  • Print out cards to place in each room to provide further information to the buyer.
  • If you have a unique item or fixture in your home attach a card to it disclosing the special information.

Following these tips will help your home for sale in Chesterfield stand out from all the rest!

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Energy Star Homes Save You Money in the Winter

12421915_SThe colder weather is here which means higher utility bills! So how can you save money this winter? Energy Star certified homes save you money by using less energy for heating, cooling, and water heating.

Energy Star is a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, a voluntary program, that helps businesses and individuals save money and protect our climate through superior energy efficiency. Main Street Homes is an Energy Star homebuilder in Richmond, VA. A new home that has earned the ENERGY STAR label has gone through a process of inspections, testing, and verification to meet specific requirements set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, delivering better quality, better comfort, and better durability.

Energy Star certified homes are 30% more energy efficient than other new homes and over 60% more efficient than a 20 year old home. A certified Energy Star home will save you and your family $100 monthly on your utility bills for the next 30 years.

Check out Energy Star homebuilder in Richmond, VA Mainstreet Homes to start saving money on your utility bills today!

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Community Profile: Harper’s Mill

iStock_000006637619XSmallHarper’s Mill is a vibrant community that has your active lifestyle and convenience in mind. This community is convenient to RT 288 and features beautifully spacious new homes in Chesterfield and plans to have family friendly amenities for your active lifestyle in the near future.

Harper’s Mill plans to offers peaceful biking and jogging trails, Olympic sized pool, Resort-style pool for adults, kiddie pool, splash-park, playground, lighted soccer complex and amphitheater. All of the convenience of a resort right at home.

Harper’s Mill is within walking distance from shopping, restaurants, entertainment and recreation, however you will feel miles away in this serene community setting. Chesterfield County offers six public golf courses to choose from, eight lakes for fishing and boating as well as numerous parks with athletic facilities.

These new homes in Chesterfield start in the $300’s with one to two story floor plans. These floor plans feature open floor plans with spacious kitchens, first floor masters, vaulted and tray ceilings, mudroom and laundry area with access to the master closet, large walk-in showers and closets, hardwood and ceramic tile flooring, three-car garages and much more.

This beautiful community is located in the Cosby School District (Winterpock Elementary, Bailey Bridge Middle, & Cosby High). The U.S. Secretary of Education named Winterpock Elementary School, which is located within the Harper’s Mill community, a 2014 National Blue Ribbon School. This award was only given to 10 schools in the whole Commonwealth of Virginia. Harper’s Mill is also close to top-notch colleges and universities like Virginia Commonwealth University and  the University of Richmond.

If you are looking for a home that combines a peaceful family atmosphere with small town local charm, Harper’s Mill is the community for you.  Contact Main Street Homes today to schedule a tour of on of the available new homes in Chesterfield!

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What Does an Energy Star Home Mean to You?

12421915_SDid you know that Main Street Homes offers ENERGY STAR® certified new homes in Midlothian, VA? So what does that mean for you and your family? The ENERGY STAR label means that your new home has been designed and built to standards well above other homes in the market today because it has to meet the strict requirements set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

These ENERGY STAR® certified new homes in Midlothian, VA can be more than 30% more efficient than a standard new home, and over 60% more efficient than a 20 year old used home! That adds up to significant energy cost savings for you and your family over the life of your new home! A monthly savings of $100 for the next 30 years equals $36,000 in your pocket!

Choose an ENERGY STAR® certified new home for better quality, better comfort, and better durability.  Your new home will be a better value for today, and a better investment for tomorrow.

Learn more about ENERGY STAR® certified homes:

http://www.energystar.gov/newhomes

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Decorating Your New Main Street Home For the Holidays on a Budget

IMG_1380If you are one of the many families who have just moved into one of the new homes in Moseley you may be looking for some ideas on decorating for the holidays. Here are some ways to decorate your new home in Foxfield and Broadmoor Park at Westerleigh without breaking the bank this holiday season.

Keep it Simple!

Don’t try to create a winter wonderland inside one of the new homes in Moseley, instead spend your money wisely. Purchase a few items and focus on a couple of focal points, like the mantel and a console table, inside your new home instead of decorating every square inch.

Get Creative!

Make handcrafted items with your children like stringing cranberries and popcorn or filling baskets with seasonal produce. You can use burlap or brown paper on tabletops and cut out snowflakes on white paper to set a naturally festive holiday table.

Re-use!

Spray paint those old ornaments from years past using silver or white to breathe new life into them. Add white lights, ornaments, or fruit to old wreaths to freshen up their look. Fill a clear vase, bowl or dish with old ornaments or shards of broken ornaments. You can place a tea light inside to add a little sparkle.

Enjoy decorating your brand new home in Foxfield or Westerleigh this holiday season!

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Product Profile: Programmable Thermostats

12421915_STrusted new home builders in Richmond, VA know that turning your thermostat back 7°-10°F for 8 hours daily can save as much as 10% a year on your utility bill. Heating and cooling your home consumes more energy and money than any other system in your home, making up almost 48% of your utility bill.

Installing a programmable thermostat in your home can increase your comfort as well as save you money by setting times to turn on the heat or air condition. New home builders in Richmond, VA will tell you that you do not want your equipment to operate as much while you are sleeping or not at home. With most programmable thermostats you can store six or more temperature settings.

For the cooler months set your thermostat to 68°F while you are awake and set it about 10° lower while you sleep or are away from your home. For the warmer months set your thermostat to 78°F when you are home and need cooling. This will increase your energy savings to 5%-15%.

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