Top 8 Upgrades that Payoff at Resale

Top 8 Upgrades that Payoff at ResaleHome renovations are becoming more commonplace, thanks to the popularity of home improvement properties on HGTV, DIY Network, or Houzz. Renovations can range from months-long transformations to simple updates that can be made over the weekend. However, not all upgrades are created equally, especially when you consider resale value. Here are the top 8 upgrades that won’t cost a lot of money but will reap top benefits when it’s time to sell your home.

Upgrade the garage door

It’s not the most exciting upgrade but replacing your garage door with an upgraded model practically pays for itself, recouping about 97.5% (98.3%) of costs. Choose a garage door made from durable materials like steel, wood composites, and aluminum.

Add stone veneer siding

Adding manufactured stone veneer to your home will seriously upgrade your home’s exterior, helping you to recoup about 94.9% of the costs. Not only does stone veneer look better, but it can also improve your home’s chances of withstanding harsh weather conditions!

Minor kitchen or bathroom remodel

Kitchens and bathrooms remain king when it comes to homebuyers. Upgrading them is usually a sure bet if you want to increase your home’s value. But be smart with your upgrades. Instead of investing in a major renovation, keep it simple by replacing cabinet doors, hardware, and fixtures in the kitchen and updating fixtures, tile, toilet, counters, and lighting in the bathroom. Minor kitchen renovations can recoup about 80.5% of your costs and minor bathroom renovations can recoup about 67.2% of costs.

Deck addition

Outdoor living areas have grown in popularity over the years. Tap into that by adding a new deck or patio. Wood is always a great way to go, typically recouping about 75.6. Alternately, a composite deck or patio will yield an average return of 69.1%.  A 16×20 ft sized deck is the recommended size, however you’ll want to make sure it’s the right size for your home and yard. Be sure to include railings and steps.

Siding replacement

Old and damaged siding is an eyesore. If you’re not a fan of stone veneer, new vinyl siding is a good alternative, allowing homeowners to recoup about 75.6% of costs. Updating the siding will make your home look newer. Be sure to update the trim as well.

Replace existing windows

Replacing your existing windows with Energy Star-rated windows will appeal to energy-conscious homebuyers, since they can lower a home’s energy bill by 7 to 15%. By installing at least 10 vinyl replacement windows, homeowners can get a 73.4% return on value when they sell.

Update the front door

Replacing an existing door with a steel one can reap about 74.9% at resale. Steel doors make a home safer and add curb appeal. Add to the visual appeal by choosing a door with decorative options like glass paneling.

Install smart technology

Smart home technology has becoming popular with younger generations, especially the Millennial generation, who is now the largest buying generation. While not all smart home upgrades are made equally, here are some of the most popular smart technologies that will appeal to this buyer group:

  • Smart lighting
  • Climate control with smart thermostats
  • Smart home security systems and door locks
  • Smart garage door opener
  • Smart appliances
  • Built-in speakers with app control

Move into Your Dream Home

By investing in a few strategic home improvements, you’ll be able to get the most bang for your buck when it’s time to sell. We hope you’ll consider Hayden Homes when you’re ready to buy your next home. We make homebuying simple by offering a wide variety of beautiful and smartly-designed new homes to fit every life stage. To learn more about our new homes in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho, visit us online today!

4 Ways to Personalize Your New Hayden Home

After searching high and low, you’ve finally found your dream home. Now that it’s yours, it’s natural to want to put your personal touch on your new place. One of the best things about a new construction home is that it’s a blank slate for you to personalize as you see fit. Here are some quick and easy ways to make your new house feel more like home.

Hang family photos and display collections

One of the fastest ways to make a home feel like yours is putting up some family photos and displaying your collections. There’s nothing more personal than that! Surrounding your home with items that carry a special significance is a surefire way to make your new house feel more like yours.

Paint a wall (or more)

Most homes are painted in neutral tones so make your mark by painting the walls. You can go simple by brightening a door or window frame with a bold accent color or go big by painting an entire room or two.

Customize smaller details

You’re going to be in your new home for years to come so don’t feel compelled to immediately make all the changes. Instead, think small by swapping out smaller features like hardware and drawer pulls, window treatments, or light fixtures. These small updates can make a big statement.

Landscape the yard

Depending on the season you move in, updating the landscape is a great option for putting your personal stamp on a new property. Plant some flowers and shrubs, add large potted plants, and even some patio furniture like a seating option or a fire pit. These small additions will make your home more inviting.

Enjoy Your New Home!

We hope that you enjoy your new Hayden home for future generations. If you’re still on the hunt for your dream home, we have homes for sale in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho. We’d love the opportunity to help you purchase your dream home. Contact us today to learn more!

Prepare your Home for a Successful School Year

a funny child girl doing homework writing and reading at home

It’s ‘Back to School’ season and even if your kids are already in school, it’s still a great time to get your home in order so everyone has a successful school year. Follow these tips to get your home organized and ready for the busy days ahead!

Organize the entryway

Set up the entryway of your home to withstand the morning rush out the door, whether it’s the front door or garage door. Use hooks, cubbies, or a drawer unit to stash your kids’ belongings so you don’t waste time looking for that missing mitten or jacket. Get your kids into the habit of placing their backpacks in their designated places once their homework is finished so they’re ready to go in the morning.

Update your kids’ closets

A new school year usually means a brand-new wardrobe. Make room for their new clothes by going through their closets and purging old clothes they’ve outgrown, are in poor condition, or just don’t get worn anymore. Donate anything that’s still in good condition or passed down to younger siblings. Once you’re finished, organize the closet by clothing type to make getting ready easier in the morning.

Organize the kitchen

If making lunches is your least favorite part of going back to school, a little organization can make that task a breeze. Pick a spot in your kitchen dedicated to lunch construction and set up some containers in the pantry, cabinet or the fridge that holds lunchtime favorites like yogurt, fruit slices or cups, crackers, granola bars, etc. That way all you need to do is grab something from each section and lunch is ready! Or better yet: let your kids put their own lunch together.

Create a family command center

Keep track of everyone’s schedule by creating a family command center. This can be a bulletin board, large calendar, or even just a basket for each child. Use this area to keep important papers, like permission slips, lunch menus, or schedules.

Designate a homework zone

After weeks of homework-less days, getting back into the homework routine can take some time. Make the transition back to completing homework easier by designating a place for homework. Whether it’s the kitchen table, the home office, or their bedrooms, make sure this space is fully stocked with the supplies they’ll need and do your best to limit distractions so your kids can focus on completing their studies.

With a little preparation, you can make sure your home is organized and ready to ace this new school year. At Hayden Homes, we build brand new homes in cities throughout Washington, Idaho, and Oregon that are close to all the things our homeowners prioritize, including great schools. Let us help you find your dream home today!

Start Fresh: Buy a New Home

Homebuyers in the Northwest have a lot of options in today’s real estate market. There are plenty of new homes and resale homes available. Why not start fresh in a brand-new home? Depending on what your priorities are, there are several advantages to buying a new home.

Here are some of the top benefits of buying a newly-built home:

Designed for Today

New construction homes are built to satisfy today’s needs. New home builders tap into today’s design trends for flexible, open floor plans, larger kitchens, spacious rooms, outdoor living spaces, and plenty of storage space. They’re also wired for today’s technology, making it easier to outfit your home with the latest smart technology.

Customization

Instead of settling for someone else’s design preferences, you can customize your new home to be a true reflection of your style. Depending on the building stage of a new home, you may be able to select the type of flooring, fixtures, paint colors, and other options to create a unique home tailored for you.

Energy Efficient

Newly built homes are more energy-efficient than resale homes thanks to improved building requirements. Today’s building codes require a tighter-sealed building envelope that prevents air from escaping the house, meaning your home stays cooler during the summer and warmer in the winter months. Additional energy-efficient features include higher-efficiency insulation, doors, windows, and appliances. All of which works together to keep your utility bills lowers and your wallet fuller.

Low Maintenance Living

Today’s new homes offer low-maintenance living in two ways. First, they’re built cutting-edge building materials that require less maintenance, like using composite materials instead of wood that can rot or need repainting. Second, because everything is new, there’s less need for repairs, especially in the first few years of owning the home.

New Home Warranties

A definite advantage of newly built homes is that everything in the house is brand new. Everything in your home is under warranty and since they’re at the start of their lifecycle, you’re ensured many years of problem-free usage before it needs to be repaired. Most builders offer a one-year warranty to cover any needed repairs during the first year in your home, leaving you with one less thing to worry about.

Buy New in the Northwest

If you’re looking to buy a new home in the Northwest, we want to help! Hayden Homes has new home communities throughout the Northwest in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho. Reach out today to learn more about what we have to offer.

Common Organization Mistakes that Make Your Home Look Messy

Do you wonder why your home still looks messy even after you spent time cleaning? Don’t worry; not only does this happen to a lot of people, it’s also easy to fix! Here are the most common organizing mistakes that actually make your home look messier than it is and how to fix them.

Confusing ‘clean’ with ‘organized’

The most common mistake is confusing clean with being organized. Oftentimes we clear off a surface and stack everything in a pile thinking we’re “organized.” But what we really did was make a new pile.

Piles are sneaky. They seem innocent but quickly grow to epic proportions. What started as a small neat pile of paper or mail on the kitchen counter quickly becomes a larger pile of every single sheet of paper in your home. Then maybe there’s a pile of clothes in the corner that is mostly clean, and don’t forget the pile of random things you still need to sort through. See what we mean?

Fix: Assign a ‘home’ for everything and be diligent in putting things away immediately instead of waiting for ‘later,’ which may never come.  

Attaching notes to the fridge

Our refrigerators can become the family message center, filled with art projects, party invitations, photos, or important notes. But eventually, it gets overwhelming! The fridge is the focal point of the kitchen so if it gets too cluttered, the entire kitchen will look cluttered!

Fix: Instead of attaching notes to your fridge door, use a separate magnetic or bulletin board to hold notes, artwork, and invitations. And just like your mail, when the invite has passed, remove it from the board.

Overstuffed shelves

Shelves and counters are great multitaskers; not only can you display decorative items, but they’re also a great storage option. However, filling them with stuff can make them looked cluttered, regardless of how neatly everything is placed.

Fix: Limit the number of items you place on a shelf or counter. If you are filling a bookcase, leave some space between items to give them room to breathe.

Shopping without a plan

Have you gotten bit by the organizing bug and then immediately rush out to buy all the baskets and bins, only for them to add to the clutter? You’re not alone! Unfortunately buying a bunch of organization products isn’t enough to get organized. Those products will help you stay organized but, you need to put in the work to get organized.

Fix: Start with decluttering and removing unneeded items first and then figure out what storage tools you’ll need for your remaining items. You may find that you already have what you need at home!

Skipping labels

Bins are a great way to efficiently store multiple items. However, it’s easy to start tossing anything that fits into the box or forget what’s in a specific container, forcing you to dig through several different bins to locate what you’re looking for (and not to mention the mess that’s been made in the process). Save yourself the frustration by using labels.

Fix: Take time to label each container so you can quickly and easily find what you’re looking for. This will also make putting things away a breeze too.

Keep your new home looking great

These common organization tips are easy to fix to keep your new home looking great all the time.

If you’re on the hunt for a new home Hayden Homes can help. We have brand new homes for sale in the Northwest, and we’re ready to get you moved into your dream home. Contact us today for more information, whether you’re buying your first home or upgrading to a bigger one.

What’s Hot in Outdoor Living

IWhat's Hot in Outdoor Livingt’s summer but there’s still plenty of time to prepare your backyard for a season of fun. Once the overlooked space that kept faded patio furniture, outdoor spaces have become an extension of our homes. If it’s time to upgrade your backyard, check out some of this year’s outdoor living space trends to get your creative juices flowing.

Indoors Mixing with Outdoors

One of the lasting trends has been bringing the indoors out. Current outdoor living spaces are now following the same design trends as indoor areas, especially now that outdoor living spaces are seen as extensions of indoor living areas instead of an entirely separate thing. Gone are the flimsy plastic patio furniture and in its place are comfy furniture pieces that you would normally find inside, like plush seating arrangements, coffee tables, and more.

Outdoor kitchen and bars are another way of blurring the lines between indoors and outdoors. Installing an outdoor kitchen or bar makes entertaining a breeze since you don’t have to make multiple trips to the kitchen. It’s especially helpful on those days when it feels too hot to cook dinner inside.

Smart Technology

Continuing the idea of bringing the indoors out, installing smart technology, like programmable lighting or Bluetooth sound systems, outdoors offers homeowners new ways to entertain and enjoy their outdoor areas long past sunset.

Mixed Materials

Outdoor furniture has embraced mixed materials. You’ll now see natural elements (like natural-colored wood, wicker or rattan) combined with metallic accents like frames or accessories. Mixing materials will allow you to create a unique outdoor space that speaks to your unique design sense.

Fire Pits

Fire pits or tables pull double duty: not only are they a great way to relax with and entertain your guests, but they also provide a heat and light source once the sun sets, allowing you to extend the fun a bit longer outside. Fire pits act as a focal point and become a natural gathering point for your guests. Not only that, but they’re also functional any time of year!

Bold Colors

Outdoor living spaces are the epitome of fun. Play off that idea by embracing bold, bright colors! Bright colors and patterns are popping up everywhere from outdoor rugs, pillows, and umbrellas to name a few items. These accent pieces are the perfect way to invigorate your design without breaking the budget.

Hayden Homes’ Dream Backyard Giveaway

These new outdoor living space trends will help you transform your backyard into your own private oasis but if you want a little more help, we can deliver. With the Hayden Homes Dream Backyard Giveaway, you can win $30,000 towards your dream backyard! You can enter NOW through August 31st, 2019 here!

At Hayden Homes, we’re as excited about getting you into your new home as you are. To learn more about our homes for sale in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho and meet with our Northwest home builder, contact us today online or by phone. We can’t wait to help you find your new home!

Summer Activities in the Pacific Northwest

Summer Activities in the Pacific Northwest

It’s officially summer! The days are longer, the nights cooler, and the kids are out of school. It can be challenging finding fun summertime activities to keep your entire family entertained, so we’re here to help!

In addition to the many fun outdoor recreation activities, we gathered a roundup of fun summer events happening near our new home communities in Idaho, Oregon, and Washington.

Idaho Summer Activities

Paul Bunyan Days: Labor Day weekend comes alive during St. Maries’ annual Paul Bunyan Days! This three-day festival is filled with logging competitions, water events, moto-cross races, carnival rides and more.

Rathdrum Days: Rathdrum Days is a fun celebration of all things Rathdrum. Enjoy live music, street dancing, beer garden, a classic car cruise, and the annual community parade. There’s plenty of fun activities for the entire family.

Family Art Saturday at the Boise Art Museum: Head to the Boise Art Museum on the last Saturday of the month for a hands-on art workshop that’s perfect for kids 12 years and under (children must be accompanied by an adult). Free with the price of museum admission (BAM Members are free).

Canyon County Fair: Find your fun at the Canyon County Fair! Enjoy the carnival rides, concerts, live stage acts, 4-H and FFA market livestock shows, Latino Festival, and lots more!

Idaho Botanical Gardens: The Garden is in full bloom during the summer and is a great place to explore during the warmer months. There’s plenty of fun events happening around the Botanical Gardens all summer long, including Bug Day, the Outlaw Field Summer Concert Series and Great Garden Escape.

Explore the Nampa and Caldwell Greenbelts: The growing pathway system is perfect for walkers, joggers, and cyclists.

Here are some more great Treasure Valley area events to enjoy all summer long.

Oregon Summer Activities

Munch and Music Series: Hayden Homes is a proud co-presenter of Munch & Music in Drake Park! This free live music series happens every Thursday evening from July 11th through August 15th in Bend. Enjoy a free music concert, dining, shopping, and youth activities in the kids zone.

Balloons Over Bend: Bring the family out to watch the skies above Bend become filled with the bright colors of hot air balloons. There are several fun events happening over the weekend, including a Children’s Festival and Balloon Blast Kid’s Race, and the Night Glow!

Deschutes County Fair & Rodeo: The annual county fair is always a highlight of the summer. This year the Deschutes County Fair will be celebrating its centennial!

Blackberry Jam Festival: The Blackberry Jam festival is a family-friendly community event featuring lots of blackberry jam, great music, car show, fishing derby, quilt show, parade and more.

Washington Summer Activities

Yakima Downtown Summer Nights: Each Thursday evening, head down to downtown Yakima to enjoy free live music. There’s a beer garden, food from Front Street restauranteurs and other vendors, dancing, and arts and crafts for kids in the Activities Area.

Pig Out in the Park: This end of summer bash at Riverfront Park should not be missed! The food and music festival spans 6 days so there’s plenty of time to head out. Enjoy free concerts, delicious food from local restaurants, as well as an arts and craft fair and public market.

Family Movie Night: Head down to John Dam Plaza in Richland for a free family movie screening! A different film will be shown each Friday night throughout the summer. Bring a picnic and some blankets to enjoy the movie once the sun goes down!

Summer is a special time in the Pacific Northwest. These fun events capture the spirit of the communities in which we build in.

If you’re looking for a new home in Idaho, Oregon, or Washington, we invite you to visit our website to learn more about our new home communities available throughout the Pacific Northwest.

Your Guide to Effortless Backyard Entertaining

Your Guide to Effortless Backyard EntertainingThe summer months are a magical time in the Pacific Northwest. Not only is it the perfect time to explore the great outdoors, it’s also a fantastic time to host family and friends in your Hayden home.

Whether you’re planning a casual outdoor dinner for the family or a full-blown fiesta, here’s your guide for hosting an effortless backyard party with minimal stress.

Keep the menu simple…and weather friendly

Whatever you decide to serve your guests, make sure to choose items that can hold up outdoors. If you decide to serve dairy-based items like dips or salads, simply place smaller containers in a large bowl filled with ice and a sprinkle of kosher or rock salt to keep it cool.

Another way to keep the hosting stress at bay, choose menu items you’re comfortable making. It’s tempting to try new recipes to wow your guests, but cooking an untested recipe can be stress inducing. Instead, rely on an array of signature meals you know you can make quickly and easily. If you still want to try something new, limit yourself to just one new recipe.

Light it right

Proper lighting can make or break your outdoor soiree. Instead of turning in once the sun sets, make sure your backyard has ample light. Hang café-style string lights around the deck or along the fence. You can also use flameless pillar or votive candles as additional light sources.

Double check seating

Avoid scrambling the day of by taking stock of your seating options before your party. This will give you ample time to purchase or borrow additional seating as necessary. Opt for lightweight chairs that can easily be stored in your garage when not in use.

Combat bugs

Nothing sours a fun outdoor get together quicker than unwelcome bugs. If mosquitoes are a threat, remove any standing water (that’s where mosquitoes breed), plug in some outdoor fans (they don’t like moving air), and offer guests bug wipes. You can also keep mosquitoes at bay with citronella candles or use natural repellents like lavender, mint, tansy, and rosemary as table arrangements.

And some finishing touches

Now that you’ve covered the basics, it’s time to add the small details that will make your guests look forward to the next party.

  • Set up some lawn games like corn-hole, ring toss, croquet, giant Jenga, or even ladder toss to keep both kids and adults entertained.
  • Keep some blankets or a movable fire pit or heater on hand to keep your guests cozy well after sunset.
  • Create a fun playlist of music (aim for about 5 hours of music) to play in the background. Just keep it at a level so people can easily converse.

These tips will make your next backyard gathering the social event of the summer! Have you been thinking of buying a new home? Or perhaps want a home you can entertain in? Why not enter to win your own dream backyard? Enter to win from June 15th – August 31st, 2019 here!

Ideas to Make Your Father’s Day Fun

Son giving dad Father's Day CardIt’s time to celebrate dads in gratitude for everything they do (those Dad jokes aren’t going to tell themselves). Whether you’ve already found the perfect gift or you’re looking for some simple yet meaningful activities to bond with your dad, keeping reading for some ideas!

Do what Dad loves

Sometimes the best gift is simply spending time together. Why not spend the day doing something dad loves? Whether it’s visiting museums, going bowling, hiking, camping, fishing or even catching a ball game, spending some quality time together is something your dad is sure to remember and appreciate for years to come.

Fire up the grill

With the warmer weather, celebrating Father’s Day outdoors is a great option. Get the entire family together to celebrate dad with a backyard BBQ. Play some backyard games while grilling up some of dad’s favorites for a filling meal everyone will enjoy. Need some ideas to plan the menu? Try one of these ideas!

Plan a spa day

Spa days aren’t just for women! Dad deserves to be pampered as well. Book your dad a haircut or professional shave, or even consider booking a massage to help him relax.

Have a Father’s Day movie night

Pop some popcorn, grab some snacks, and some favorite drinks and enjoy a movie night! Watch father-themed movies like Incredibles 2, Indiana Jones, We Bought a Zoo, The Lion King, Finding Nemo, or The Godfather for an older group. Here are some more ideas.

Plan a road trip

Pack up the car and road trip to a fun destination. Make it a day trip or a weekend jaunt. There are plenty of amazing destinations to explore with the family: visit a National Park, local attractions, or even far-flung family.

Time spent together is always the perfect gift. Whether it’s a grand adventure in the great outdoors or a quiet evening at home, these activities will give your dad a chance to spend some quality time together with the family.

How to Choose the Right Floor Plan for Your Home

How to Choose the Right Floor Plan for Your HomeThere are a lot of decisions to make when it comes to finding a new home. You’ve probably already decided which neighborhood you want to live in, the type and style of home you prefer, and even the features and amenities you want. Now it’s time to find the right floor plan for your home and your family.

Selecting the right floor plan is important. You can repaint and update the kitchen in the future, but it’s difficult to change the layout. Before committing to a home, ask yourself these questions to make sure you’re choosing the right floor plan for your family’s new home.

What’s your family’s current lifestyle?

Your lifestyle dictates the type of home you’ll gravitate towards. If you have young children, you may prefer to have the bedrooms on the same level. Conversely, if you’re looking for a home you can eventually age in place, you may prefer a single-story home instead of a two-story home. You may want an open-floor plan if you love to entertain. Work from home? Look for a home that offers a flexible space for a home office or other specialty room.

Does the home feel ‘livable?’

While the size of your new home is important, don’t hold fast to a particular measurement. Square footage is just a number; a smartly-designed floor plan can feel much larger than the square footage. Instead of staying committed to a particular size, set a general size range you’d like and focus on finding a home that has the right number and type of rooms for your family. When touring homes, check that the flow makes sense and imagine your daily routine and how your family will move around in the space.

What features do you need that your current home doesn’t have?

How does this home improve on what you have in your current home? Does it have more storage? Larger bedrooms? A dedicated laundry room? Consider what features and amenities your current home lacks and make sure the new home fits those needs.

Does the home fit within your budget?

Buying a home is one of the largest financial purchases you will make in a lifetime. And let’s face it, there is a part of us that may want to have a larger, fancier home than we may need or can afford. So before you get your heart completely set on a floor plan, be sure to talk with your builder about what your costs will be and make sure it aligns within your budget. If you need help on determining what that is, check out our blog on how to budget for a new home.

Will this home fit your family now? In 5 or 10 years?

Each family has its own life-cycle. Consider the current state of your family and think about how your family’s needs may change in the future. Do you anticipate growing your family? Or perhaps having a family member move in? Will your kids be moving out soon? The right home will allow you to comfortably fit your family for several years.

Finding the right home for your family can be difficult but isn’t impossible! By asking yourself these questions, you’ll be able to find your perfect home.

Explore Hayden Homes Floor Plans

Hayden Homes offers gorgeous homes that are perfect for every stage in life. With over 30 home plans, you’re bound to find the right home for your family. Take a few minutes to review our gallery of floor plans HERE, view a virtual tour and even play with the design features of your new home. Then, when you’re ready to buy a new home in Oregon, Washington, or Idaho, contact us directly. We’re excited to help you find your new dream home.