post

Using Energy Efficient Appliances Is a Cost-Saving Smart Move!

Using energy efficient appliances is a cost-saving smart move that can increase the longevity of your appliances and save you money on your energy bill! There are lots of benefits of using these types of appliances that not only benefit you but also the environment. McKee Homes uses all energy-efficient appliances in each of our homes. Read below for a few benefits!

  1. Reduced Energy Costs According to the U.S. Department of Energy, Energy Star appliances will reduce your home appliance energy usage and costs between 10-50%. On average, according to the NRDC American homeowners are saving about $2,000 per household using these appliances in their homes!
  1. Environmentally Friendly– Another great reason to utilize these appliances are its benefits for the earth! The benefits include reducing water consumption, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and reducing our reliance on fossil fuel resources.
  1. Do More with Less Time– This a great one for anyone that may not particularly look forward to spending an entire Saturday doing laundry! According to the NRDC using an energy-efficient washer will allow you to wash more in a single load and dry them faster!

Here are a few quick tips on how to effectively use your appliances in the home to continue seeing all the great energy-efficient benefits!

  1. Dishwasher: Use it only on full and scrape instead of rinsing your dishes before you load them. Remove the dry setting and allow your dishes to air dry.
  1. Stove: Use the burners that are closest to your pot size; heat is lost when the pot is too small. Turn your oven off a few minutes before your meal is done cooking the remaining heat will continue cooking it.
  1. Refrigerator: Check your door seal to make sure it is intact. Give your food a chance to cool down before refrigerating it.
  1. Washer/dryer: Wait until you are at a full load before washing. Try to use the cool water setting as much as possible.

There are so many benefits to using the energy-efficient appliances in your home! Contact us at 910-672-7296 to find out about all of the great features and options available to you!

post

McKee Homes Warranty

One of the most common questions new homeowners have is ‘how do I submit warranty requests and schedule the work to be done?’ McKee Homes enrolls all new homeowners in our 2-10 Home Buyers Warranty program upon closing. This program provides 1-year workmanship, 2-year systems and 10-year structural coverage. In an effort to provide exceptional customer service we have partnered with 2-10 Home Buyers Warranty, one of the nation’s leading home warranty companies, to handle all homeowner warranty requests under their Front Line Warranty Service Program.

During your Pre-Closing orientation, your Builder will show you a sample McKee Homes homeowner’s manual and cover some of its key points. Shortly after closing, you will receive an email with login information for your BuilderTrend account. This is where your personalized homeowner’s manual will be located. Your homeowner’s manual provides a wealth of information, including:

  • 2-10 Home Buyer’s Warranty information and warranty manual
  • Emergency service numbers for plumbing, HVAC and electrical
  • Seasonal maintenance guide
  • 30-day and 11-month warranty service request forms

The 2-10 warranty manual explains what is covered under warranty and what is not covered, so it is a great reference tool. The emergency numbers are for the trade partners who helped build your home. If something happens with your electrical, HVAC or plumbing that needs immediate attention, you know whom to contact. The seasonal maintenance guides are informational and provide suggestions on how to help maintain your home and avoid costly repairs later on.

The warranty service request forms can be used to fill out at 30-day and 11-months after closing to address any issues you may find in your home. These forms are optional, as 2-10 Home Buyers Warranty will take your warranty items over the phone, through email, fax and mail. All contact information can be found in your homeowner’s manual. We do recommend keeping a running list so you can be sure to get all of your items addressed at one time. Once our Front Line Warranty Service team receives your warranty items they will determine what is covered and what is not covered. The items that are covered under warranty will be scheduled for repair with you by the Builder in your neighborhood. Our warranty system does not offer reminders at 30-day and 11-months after closing, so putting a reminder on a calendar may help remind you when it’s time to turn in the lists.

If you have a warranty issue with your appliances you will need to contact the appliance supplier directly. Their contact information can be found in your homeowner’s manual.

It is our goal to make sure any issues with your new home are resolved in a timely manner. From minor issues such as nail pops to more complex issues that occasionally occur, our 2-10 Home Buyer’s Warranty Program will protect your investment in your new home. Should you ever need to sell your home, the warranty is fully-transferable, which increases the resale value of the home.

Buying a Home – New vs. Preowned

Is it better to buy a pre-owned (resale) home or a new home? There are pros and cons to think about with both purchases. Buying a newly built home is like buying a cupcake with frosting on it. With a new home, you know exactly what you are getting under the frosting. On the other hand, a resale home could be that same cupcake with frosting or it could possibly be something much less desirable dressed up to look like a cupcake. It’s up to each homebuyer to decide which to choose, but personally, I want the cupcake with frosting.

If a homebuyer chooses to purchase a new home, they have more options to choose from and a question to ask themselves: “am I ready to embrace my creative side?” If the answer is yes, they can start from the ground up and pick a lot, floorplan, features and options in the neighborhood where they would most like their new home built. Builders have lined up all the contractors, picked out great locations and have the design coordinator on standby. Also, many creative types have already developed a ‘baby book’ to chart the process of building their new home and nobody judges them. Everyone loves a baby, just sayin’.

If a homebuyer is not channeling their ‘creative animal’ at the point of purchase, or needs to move sooner than a new home can be built for them, they can buy a new home that is already built, sometimes referred to as “move-in ready.” There are some move-in ready homes that can still be personalized depending on the builder and buyer’s prerogative.

With a resale home, someone has already made the creative decisions for the buyer. Before a mortgage can be secured for the home, the buyer will need to get a termite inspection and the entire home will need to be inspected by a qualified home inspector. Any problems found by the home inspector will need to be repaired before the buyer closes. If the home has a septic system, the septic system will need to be inspected and tested by a qualified professional and the tank may need to be pumped.

Most buyers want to personalize a home once they buy it and fix or upgrade anything they don’t like about the home. Resale homes often need much more maintenance than a new home, so the homebuyers need to be prepared to spend several fun-filled weekends engaged in DIY projects or spend additional money to hire a contractor, have strangers in their home and be a temporary construction manager in order to get the home the way they want it. Resale home buyers should get cost estimates on any work they want done before purchasing the home to make sure their budget will allow for the improvements and maintenance of the home.

What about the money? Most people assume they will pay less for a resale home over a new home, however in the long run, that is often not the case.

With new construction the homebuyer controls the costs by choosing the plan, the features, the upgrades and the location or subdivision they have their home built in.   The new homebuyer will also have all the latest and greatest energy efficient building materials such as windows, appliances, insulation and heat and cooling systems. In the long run, the new homebuyer will save money every month because of the home’s efficiency. Another money-saving benefit of purchasing a new home is the new home warranty. Some builders even include an additional warranty in the purchase cost of the home that goes beyond a traditional new home warranty. 2-10 Home Buyers Warranty is an example of such a warranty. McKee Homes includes a full 2-10 warranty with all new homes, which covers the home’s systems for two years and the structure for a full 10 years.

In the end, it is up to each homebuyer to decide what is best for them. With new homes they get more input into having the home built the way they want it, they don’t have to spend every weekend doing projects and maintenance, they can rest easy knowing the home is covered by a new home warranty and they save money on energy costs every month. With a resale home, the initial cost may be lower, but until they purchase the home, they really don’t know for sure what’s under that frosting.

McKee Homes New Neighborhoods for 2014

liberty hill open house

Liberty Hill

Come visit Liberty Hill on Saturday, April 12, 2014 for an open house with fun events for the whole family. There will be an Easter egg hunt, photo booth with Easter bunny, face painting, coloring contest, and an ice cream truck. Tour the open houses in the neighborhood to see beautiful new homes starting in the $200’s.

Liberty Hill is an exciting new neighborhood nestled in the plush and established Kings Grant subdivision! Located just north of Fayetteville near the I-295 connector, 15 minutes from Ft Bragg, and 5 minutes from Methodist University, Liberty Hill is a family friendly neighborhood with convenience to eateries and shopping!

Liberty Hill is located near North Ramsey Street and I-295. Take Shawcroft Road from North Ramsey Street approximately 1.3 miles and turn right onto Williwood Road. Go approximately 400 feet and turn right on McCoy Cross into Liberty Hill.


Legacy Lakes

Just minutes from Pinehurst, Southern Pines and Fort Bragg, Legacy Lakes is home to over 400 acres of beautiful pine trees, rolling fairways, and natural lakes. Amenities include the Nicklaus Design Legacy Golf Links, the Plantation House Racquet and Fitness Club, 6 lighted tennis courts with the finest clay surfaces available, resort-style pool and pool house, state-of-the-art fitness center, and three natural lakes.

Homes starting from the low 200’s, Sq. Ft. Range: 2,300-3,600 Sq. Ft.

Take US 1 (Sandhills Blvd) to US 15/501. Go approximately 2.2 miles and turn left into Legacy Lakes. Take the first right on Kerr Lake Road and go approximately 0.4 miles to Warren Lake Road, on right.


Hanover Reserve

Hanover Reserve is one of McKee Homes newest neighborhoods with new homes for sale in scenic Wilmington. Location and Value are the biggest draws to Hanover Reserve. It offers the opportunity to be in Wilmington with easy access to everything in town including beaches and shopping.

Hanover Reserve

Homes starting in the mid $200’s, Sq. Ft. Range: 2,300-3,900 Sq. Ft.

From downtown Wilmington take Market Street towards Ogden. Turn left onto Torchwood Blvd. Take Torchwood until it dead ends and turn right onto Courtney Pines and then your first right onto White Rd. Take and immediate left onto Rabbit Hollow Drive. The end of Rabbit Hollow drive runs into Hanover Reserve, or Eastbourne Drive.


Coming Soon: McKee Homes will soon be building in the following neighborhoods.

Mid South Club

Mid South Club, in Southern Pines near Pinehurst, is a gated golf community with clubhouse offering some of the most stunning golf views in the area. The  clubhouse includes a grill and member’s room as well as a golf pro shop. In addition to the clubhouse, there is an eighteen-hole signature Arnold Palmer golf course. There are also tennis courts and a beautiful outdoor pool and cabana area for members.

Mid South Club

From Hwy 1 South, take the Midland Road exit and turn right onto Midland Road. Turn left onto Palmer Drive. The gate house is located on Palmer Drive, which can also be accessed directly from Knoll Road as well as Midland Road. From Hwy 1 North, take Hwy 15/501 exit in Aberdeen to Voit Gilmore Lane. Continue on to S. KNoll Road and turn right on to Palmer Dr. The gate house is located on Palmer Drive.


Willows

The Willows in Leland, NC, near Wilmington, is just minutes from Golf and the Beach. The community features new homes for sale and amenities including a clubhouse, pool and tennis courts. Over one-third of this community is dedicated to conservation area.

Coming from Wilmington on Highway 74/76 take the first Leland exit.  Turn right off the exit onto Village Rd. Then take the first left after the Methodist Church onto Northgate Dr. into the subdivision.

McKee Homes is one of the fasted growing new home builders in Eastern North Carolina and will soon be building in many new neighborhoods in Raleigh, Garner, Fuquay Varina, Southern Pines, Pinehurst, Aberdeen, Fayetteville, Fort Bragg, and Wilmington.