Planning for Your Move Part 1 (Pack A Bag)

Moving 101 Planning For Your Move, Part 1 by Bob and Sue Russo Moving can be a stressful experience. We have made many local as well as cross country moves over the years. We’d like to share some things that we have learned that may help reduce this stress. One of the first things you […]

Difference between builder grade and retail products

By Tish Oakley and John Rives The term ‘builder grade’ often has negative connotations and is sometimes thought of as synonymous with low-grade products and materials. However the difference between builder grade and retail products bought at home improvement stores is often negligible. It would be more accurate to say that builder grade is the […]

How to Maintain Vinyl Siding

By Kenny Jones and Charmaine Simmons Vinyl siding is the top siding option in the United States for remodeling and new construction. Its popularity is primarily due to its upscale appearance, outstanding durability, easy upkeep and exceptional value. Vinyl siding is not maintenance-free, but is definitely reduced maintenance. Here are a few tips to help […]

How To Navigate Online Home Buying

By Julie Russo Have you ever bought anything online: clothes, books, furniture, etc.? For the majority of you, the answer is a resounding, YES! People are buying everything online these days from mascara to motorbikes to new homes. Think back to your last online purchase. What kind of customer service did you receive? Chances are […]

Why builders use roof and floor trusses

By Matthew Meyerhoeffer and John Rives Roof and floor trusses are built in a manufacturing plant to exact specifications, which means they cost less and save labor in the field compared to the equivalent standard framing lumber. Because they are engineered, trusses can support more weight over longer spans as well. With engineered truss floor […]

Upgrading The Flooring In Your New Home

By Pat McKee Flooring plays an important role in the look, feel and livability of your new home. If you are considering buying a new home and are wondering about upgrading the flooring in your new home, there are many options available. Whether you choose carpet, vinyl, tile, laminate or engineered hardwood you must keep […]

How to Naturally Remove Fleas

By Jamie Gosselin and Joan Richter A flea-free home is important for the happiness and health of your family and pets. Not only are fleas a nuisance that can cause painful itching and irritation, but they can also transmit various diseases to you and your pets. Read the rest of this article to learn how […]

Best Location for Wall Jack Outlets in Home

By Dave Potter and John Rives One of the great things about building a new home, whether it’s a custom or production home, is that you get to make personal decisions about aspects of your home that you wouldn’t get to make with a resale home unless you want to bring in the remodeling contractors. […]

A Dry Home Is A Healthy Home

By Geoff Potter Keeping a home dry is a prerequisite for keeping the environment within a home healthy. Allowing water to intrude into a home fosters the growth of mildew and mold. Water also speeds the process by which building materials rot. This rot eventually weakens the structural soundness of the home. Both mold and […]

Three-tab Shingles vs. Architectural Shingles

By Erin Buchanan and Hollie Osborne At McKee Homes, two different types of shingles are offered: three-tab shingles and architectural shingles. Shingles can be frequently overlooked when picking a home, however it is one of the most important features offered. It is important to know the difference between the two shingles before picking which one […]