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Tips to Begin the Search for Your New Home

Categories: DanRic News, Design Tips, DIY Tips & Tricks, Home Buying FAQ, New Homes | Posted: February 17, 2012 | Comments Off on Tips to Begin the Search for Your New Home

If you’re here, you are already ahead of the game in beginning your search for new homes for sale in LaGrange, GA! Beginning your search online with DanRic Homes will help you discover what you’re looking for, narrow down your choices, schedule tours and be standing at the threshold of your dream home in no time. Here are a few tips to help you get started.

Know what you need. Make a list of the features you want in your new home. This may include everything from number of bedrooms and bathrooms to hardwood floors and granite countertops. Just be sure to separate your needs from your wants. This will help you be realistic and remain open-minded when comparing your choices and touring homes for sale in LaGrange, GA.

Consider your investment. Take a moment before you dive-in to get your finances in order. Meet with a mortgage professional to review what you are comfortable with investing and get pre-qualified. They can recommend loan programs you may not be aware of or even offer suggestions to help improve your credit score while you’re searching for your new home.

Use search tools. DanRic Homes can send you information about homes that suit your specific needs when you complete their online request. There are also multiple mobile applications you can use while you’re on the go to find available homes or directions. While touring homes for sale in LaGrange, GA you can even locate restaurants, shopping centers, schools, and entertainment near you with apps like AroundMe!

Here’s one final tip as you begin your search; studies actually show that your memory improves after consuming carbs versus slowing down when consuming sugar. So enjoy some pasta and avoid dessert before heading out to tour homes and you’ll be sure to remember the beautiful features and amenities of each home you see!

DanRic Homes is excited you’re beginning your search here. You can easily search our website to view neighborhoods, maps, photos, and floor plans then bookmark your favorites. We’re positive you will find what you’re looking for among our choices of affordable, craftsman-style, traditional-style and woman-centric homes!

Chic Dining Room Designs and Styles

Categories: Auburn AL, DanRic News, Design Tips, Design Trends, DIY Tips & Tricks, Opelika AL | Posted: November 7, 2011 | Comments Off on Chic Dining Room Designs and Styles

Forget the days of your dining room being a space holder in your house. If you only use this space for occasional dinner guests or wrapping Christmas gifts, it’s time for transformation! Better yet, pack away that old dining room all together and unwrap your new style in one of Danric Homeshouses for sale in LaGrange, GA.

To create a chic dining room in your home consider updates and customization in four main categories; Walls, Lighting, Seating, and Décor. Here are a few tips on getting started:

Walls: You don’t have to paint your entire room, add a custom stencil in the middle of one wall, your ceiling or inside a frame. Use leftover paint from another room to add a horizontal stripe or an accent wall. If you are moving in one of our new houses for sale in LaGrange, GA, choose your paint colors in our Design Studio. Believe it or not, wallpaper is trendy again! Find wallpaper that reflects your personal style with damask print or unique graphics.

Lighting: This can be a one-step way to dramatically change the style in your room. Placing an eye-catching chandelier, adding modern, industrial style fixtures or simply attaching ribbon to an existing drum shade can transform your dining room from stagnant to stylish overnight! Consider this while touring houses for sale in LaGrange, GA. Newer homes may have the updated look you’re after without any additional work needed!

Seating: Here’s your chance to recreate the ambiance of your favorite café or classy bistro…and it doesn’t have to be expensive! Bring in that color or print you’ve been admiring with fabric by adding slip covers, accent pillows, or recovering seat cushions. Your chairs do not even need to match; paint mix and match seating with the same color, add a bench, or wingback chair. Eclectic, cozy seating can create a room you can’t wait to dine in!

Décor: The trend now ranges from larger-than-life to sleek and trim. That being said, you’ve got room to play! Try oversized prints, frames, and mirrors with sleeker center pieces like tea lights, votives, or miniature glass vases with single-stem flowers.  This is also a great opportunity to display things you love like your dishes, a treasured collection or original artwork. Display them in odd numbers like 3, 5, or 7. Turn empty shelves, bare buffets or vast wall space into the center of attention.

Maybe you are looking at houses for sale in LaGrange, GA or perhaps you are just staring into your own abandoned dining room. Either way, the tips above will help you create the perfect, chic room you’ll return to time and again. Come visit our homes and see what new design features Danric Homes has to offer.

Gadgets That Can Help You Keep Your Home Clean

Categories: Auburn AL, Design Tips, Design Trends, DIY Tips & Tricks, Opelika AL | Posted: October 15, 2011 | Comments Off on Gadgets That Can Help You Keep Your Home Clean

Most people find the chore of keeping their houses for sale in LaGrange, GA clean a time consuming task but luckily for us, we live in an age where technology can help do a good portion of the cleaning for you. Here are some new inventions that can save you hours a week cleaning so you don’t have to:

Nearly a decade ago, iRobot released a glorious invention: the Roomba. These 8 pound robots vacuum your home during the day, avoiding furniture and obstacles around houses for sale in LaGrange, GA. It takes itself to a docking station to charge, so the only thing you have to do is empty the dust tray. The Mint is another floor cleaning robot designed for cleaning hard floors, so you can put them both to work on your floor.

Cleaning the shower has always been one of the most unpleasant chores to keep up with regularly. Scrubbing tile on hands and knees to keep the mildew away can now be avoided entirely with an Mr. Bubbles Automatic Shower Cleaner that sprays down your entire shower while you’re away, preventing mildew and soap scum buildup.

As everyone knows, cats are much more self-reliant pets than dogs. They need much less attention and they don’t need walks, but they do come with a very big responsibility: litter boxes. Luckily for us, Littermaid makes an automatic litter box that cleans the cat box every time your kitty uses it using special motion detectors. It helps reduce smell in your houses for sale in LaGrange, GA and it makes changing the litter regularly infinitely easier. Welcome to the age of technology.

Simple Ways to Organize your Laundry Room

Categories: Auburn AL, Design Tips, Design Trends, DIY Tips & Tricks, Montgomery AL | Posted: October 3, 2011 | Comments Off on Simple Ways to Organize your Laundry Room

As we all know, washing machines are notorious for eating spare socks and gloves. Where did the matching one go? Do they go to an alternate lonely universe of lint? Who can really say. However, having a sock that doesn’t have a brother anymore can make your mornings a mess. Go through your clothes and remove all of your worn or mismatched clothes. If you prefer, you can even cut them up and turn them into rags to use for housecleaning later.

If your laundry room has the space, adding cabinets or countertops can help optimize your space. Having your home builder in Opelika, AL install shelving can maximize your wall space for functional use. Even if your wall studs can’t support wood shelving, installing wire wall racks to store your detergents, dryer sheets, or fabric softener can help save precious space and keep things organized. You can even keep all of your cleaning supplies, like dusters, spray bottles, and in the same place.

White and color hampers can help you and your family separate colors during the week so laundry can be done whenever you accumulate a full load in either basket to keep your chores running as efficiently as possible. Using a hanger on your laundry room door can help you separate delicates or dry cleaning clothes from your usual laundry so it’s harder for you and other family members to accidentally ruin or shrink clothes. If your home builder in Opelika, AL is clever, they might already have some amenities like counter space for laundry folding, or shelving already in place.

Pets and children are seemingly magnetic to messes, especially after playing outside. Placing a pegboard can help you keep jackets off the floor and keep leashes in one place, and at the end of the day, you can throw them in the wash when they get too filthy. Have your home builder in Opelika, AL install a cubby or basket for shoes or rain boots, which can also help keep things organized daily.

Fall Home Maintenance

Categories: DIY Tips & Tricks, Home Maintenance, Landscaping Tips | Posted: September 23, 2011 | Comments Off on Fall Home Maintenance

It’s that time again. The air is crisper, and so are the leaves. Autumn is here, complete with sweaters and cider. Make sure your home is ready for the change in season. Here are some excellent tips you can use to keep up maintenance on your homes for sale in Opelika, AL in time for the fall:

August and September are the two months with the most active hurricane activity. Change out those summer window screens for storm windows to keep your home safe from falling branches and debris.

Reroofing is also incredibly important- especially if you lost any shingles from summer storms or hurricanes. Water damage can eat at your ceilings and cause warping and dry rot, but ice and snow can make the problem much worse because they add a substantial amount of weight to your roof. New homes for sale in Opelika, AL are a lot less likely to suffer from wear and tear, but it’s important to thoroughly check your home for damage after a storm regardless of how new it is.

Gutter cleaning can be a real pain, but overflowing gutters can make leaving your home with the intention to stay dry nigh impossible. Grabbing a small shovel and a ladder, you can scoop out leaves and fallen debris from your gutters. Make sure someone is home to make sure you can get medical help in case of an emergency. If you really hate cleaning your gutters, you can get gutter gaurds, which greatly reduce the amount of debris that can collect in your gutters.

Before the harsh cold makes a comeback, make sure your home is properly insulated. Door seals can really help keep your home from losing a lot of heat. Most new homes for sale in Opelika, AL are built with double paned windows, which help keep heat from seeping out by quite a large margin.

Ways to Spruce up Your Patio or Deck for Summer

Categories: DIY Tips & Tricks | Posted: May 17, 2011 | Comments Off on Ways to Spruce up Your Patio or Deck for Summer

With Spring in full swing and Summer right around the corner, using your patio is the perfect way to enjoy the weather.

Screened in porches are quickly becoming one of the most popular trends in new homes in Opelika, AL; all the benefits of nice weather, minus the mosquitoes and well, the weather. Many people who have a screened in porch use it like an outdoor living room. Screened in porches can host comfy furniture, mini fridges, ceiling fans,  lamps, and accent tables as long as they can withstand humidity and changes in temperature.

Fire pits and chimneys are a fantastic way to enjoy your patio under the stars. New homes in Opelika, AL offer features like fire pits, which can either be built directly into to your patio or they can be mobile. Some fire pits take artistic measures like an inlayed mosaic design, or ornate brick pattern for a truly unique and beautiful

Stringing weatherproof Christmas lights overhead can help give your deck or patio chic and ambient light at night when entertaining guests or hosting barbeques.  Walkways and gardens can be decorated with solar-powered glass orbs, which offer a beautiful glow for hours after the sun goes down while helping guide guests around your  new homes in Opelika, AL.

Power washing your deck and re-staining it can also give it a fresh and crisp look for the Summer. A belt sander can help make quick work of rough spots, making your deck safer and more visually appealing. Make sure to choose a quality stain that will protect and seal your wood from weathering and termite damage. Sealing your deck can help protect its structural integrity and natural beauty longer.

However you decide to spruce up your deck or patio, make sure you enjoy your Summer to the fullest!

Tips to Help You Save Money around the House

Categories: DIY Tips & Tricks | Posted: April 16, 2011 | Comments Off on Tips to Help You Save Money around the House

 

By making small changes around your house, you can streamline the efficiency of your home and spending habits so you can end up saving yourself money around  homes for sale in Opelika, AL.

  • Make sure you and your family turn off lights when you leave a room or home.  Also be sure to turn off TVs, Computers, and other electronic devices which suck a lot of energy to idle. Not only will this increase the lifespan of your electronic equipment, but it will also save you in utility bills.
  • Many people don’t realize it, but leaving certain electronic devices or charging cords plugged in constantly siphon power. Phone chargers are notorious for pulling electricity, even when your phone isn’t charging. Make sure to unplug all unnecessary cords to prevent energy leeching by unused equipment.
  • Buying food and supplies in bulk is almost always cheaper than buying them individually. Buying and cooking in large quantities optimizes the amount of food you can afford, and cooking in bulk and storing leftovers means you can save money and time. By having lunch and additional meals for the week prepared, you can spend less time cooking and you won’t find yourself ordering food out weekly than you have to.
  • Use the sun to your advantage.  When it’s hot and sunny, make sure to keep your curtains or shades drawn to prevent sunlight from warming your home, making your air conditioning unit work harder to keep  homes for sale in Opelika, AL  comfortably cool.
  • If you regularly water your lawn or garden, make sure you water in the morning.  This allows your soil to absorb more water because the evaporation point is highest during the midday zenith of the sun. Not only will it give your plants a greater chance to diffuse water from the soil, but it also means you will have to use less water.
  • Using coupons and paying attention to sales when anticipating a purchase can help you save money on items you were already planning on buying. Doing this for food and clothing purchases can be especially beneficial and save money. It helps get you into the mindset of planning and budgeting monthly expenses and optimize the discount opportunities available.
  • Weatherproofing your home can not only assist in promoting it’s structural integrity, but it can save you hundreds of dollars in air conditioning or heating costs. Some  homes for sale in Opelika, AL are designed with energy efficiency in mind already.  Making sure windows and doors are properly sealed and caulked can prevent leaks, and making sure floorboards, walls, attics, and basements are properly insulated and sealed can also keep the temperature of your home consistent and controlled.

How to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

Categories: DIY Tips & Tricks | Posted: April 7, 2011 | Comments Off on How to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

 

With Spring in full-gear, here are some helpful habits to help you take care of the environment.

1)      Use vegetable-based or biodegradable cleaning products around the house– You may not realize it, but most of those caustic chemicals we use for daily maintenance and cleaning usually wind up down the drain, in the garbage, or outside steeping into your water table.

2)      Composting– Set aside an area in your backyard to compost leaves and biodegradable waste, like eggshells, spoiled food, and banana peels. If you intend to use your compost pile for gardening at your new homes in Auburn, AL, you can even add earthworms to your compost pile to speed up the process and enrich your topsoil. Just be sure to keep extremely acidic waste like coffee grounds separate, as it can kill your earthworms.

3)      Water your lawn in the morning– This gives your soil and vegetation the chance to absorb the most moisture possible before the midday sun causes substantial evaporation. Not only will this save the environment, but also your wallet and your lawn.

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Spring Landscaping Tips for New Homes in Auburn AL

Categories: DIY Tips & Tricks | Posted: March 16, 2011 | Comments Off on Spring Landscaping Tips for New Homes in Auburn AL

For a lush lawn this spring, reseeding can give you fast-acting results. Make sure you find seed that accommodates the sun coverage in your yard and spread it evenly across your lawn. Make sure you lay down extra seeds on bald spots and be sure to cover exposed seeds with hay to keep them in place. One of the major benefits of buying a new home in Auburn, AL is the landscaping that comes with the home. New homes generally have thick lawns, but basic lawn maintenance in the future helps your lawn come back lush and thick for years to come.

Spring showers bring April flowers- which is why it’s important for you to have a proper irrigation system set up in your garden. Make sure your flower beds, or even your lawn, aren’t going to get ruined by the plentiful rain this spring. Run off can drown plants and rip up parts of your yard. Raised flower beds built with lumber or rock frames can help keep soil and roots secure. Yards come in all shapes and sizes, so when you’re looking new homes in Auburn, AL, think about what you want in a home site. Do you spend a lot of time outdoors? Do you have pets that need room to roam? Or is your idea of outdoor living a screened in porch and a no maintenance home site? There are home sites and landscaping alternatives for every lifestyle.

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