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Maintenance Tips to Keep Your House Pristine

Categories: Homeowner Tips, San Antonio Custom Homes | Posted: April 19, 2019

We know you San Antonio homeowners love your Weston Dean home, but the truth is that time is a home’s worst enemy. Though your home is built to withstand the test of time, there are a few simple things you can do to keep your house looking like the day you bought it.

First, there are several routine maintenance measures you should consider on a yearly or as-needed basis. Test your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors at least every six months and replace any dead batteries immediately. Have your fireplace cleaned and replace your furnace filters yearly. Have your air conditioning unit inspected annually as well.

Checking on each of these items and testing appliances will help you avoid costly, unexpected repairs that are easily avoidable with routine maintenance.

Your floors are a great place to start protecting your home. Buff out any scratches and wax the wood floors to keep everything looking bright, shiny, and new. Tile and linoleum will benefit from a good scrubbing to prevent excess grime from building up over time and dulling down a room. Treat stains immediately and have the carpets professionally cleaned every so often.

Check your washer and dryer, fridge, and oven for leaky hoses, dirty filters that need replacing, and any other general maintenance they require. Having clean filters and working hoses not only means things will work correctly, but that you’ll be safe from fire and other hazards.

Clean and repair any broken window screens so you can enjoy some fresh air year-round. While you’re examining the windows and doors for broken screens, keep some WD-40 on hand to tackle any creaky hinges and check for any lining that needs to be re-caulked.

There are plenty of ways to keep your Weston Dean home fresh outdoors, too. Clean the gutters each fall and spring to ensure drainage can occur as it was designed to. Keep your landscaping neat by developing a green thumb or consider hiring a neighborhood kid or professional services to cut your lawn. Trim back overgrown hedges and trees and always make sure your mailbox, house number, and public street signs are visible from the road and your driveway.

Rent a power washer for a day and go to town on your siding; make sure to follow all safety precautions and only use the washer for its intended use to avoid injury or harm to your property. If after the power wash your siding seems a little uninspired, consider repainting your home. A new coat of paint should only be necessary every 6-8 years, thanks to San Antonio’s mild climate.

If you follow these easy home maintenance tips, your Weston Dean house will look brand new for years to come!

 

Weston Dean Homes is a San Antonio area custom home builder.  For more information call (210) 408-9107.

 

Green Building

Categories: Boerne Custom Homes Builders, Green Building, New Braunfels Custom Home Builders, San Antonio Custom Homes | Posted: March 29, 2019

green buildingWeston Dean is proud of its commitment to green building in each of the custom homes they build in the San Antonio area.  When new homebuyers start looking at custom home designs, they’ve usually decided on custom homebuilding due to the flexibility of floor plans as well as attracted to the idea of having everything wholly reflect their values and life priorities in their new home.  A green home not only is a commitment to being environmentally conscious and friendly in your daily life, but it also shows forethought into you and your family’s well-being.  Green built homes are economically advantageous (by cutting energy costs and using energy more efficiently overall) as well as offers a substantially healthier way of life day to day.  How is all this possible?  Just read on; we’ll tell you!

Healthy Living For You and Yours

Throughout many new home construction projects, you’ll discover that much of the building materials are imbued with chemicals, some of which are toxic, others just not nearly as beneficial to your health.  Paint, cabinets, and other parts of your brand new home may be home to surfaces containing formaldehyde.  This is not uncommon; many of these products naturally are introduced to adhesives or other chemical bonds with this.  While clearly unpleasant, the lasting effects are dire.  Formaldehyde releases a gas that can be present for years, affecting your daily life in many negative ways such as headaches and contributing to fatigue.  Weston Dean specifically uses alternative building materials without the present of this and other such carcinogens.

Additionally, a custom home by Weston Dean means that particular attention is paid to the ventilation throughout your home, increasing and maintaining a high quality of air to breathe and reduce the likelihood and development of mold, allergens and other unwanted air-bound particles.  Green building lets you live as you ordinarily would, doing all the hard work for you and your family.

Lower Home Maintenance 

When you add these higher quality construction materials with our custom building practices, you reap the benefits of careful craftsmanship that not only last years (and thereby reducing the costs for replacements over time), but creating full self-regulating systems set at your optimum level.  Our products last longer at little maintenance to you.  Even better, our building expectations far exceed the minimum standards.

Save Money While “Saving the Environment”

When you have appliances, insulation, windows, and other household necessities working more efficiently while pulling less energy to do their jobs, you save money month to month in bills and other areas of home maintenance. Our building techniques take advantage of natural resources (such as natural heat from the sun) as well as creatively utilizing the energy needed in general.  This easily amounts into thousands of dollars saved each year – who wouldn’t make that change?

 

Weston Dean invites you to contact us to find out more about our Green Building commitment and how we can make these benefits work for you!